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Publisher's Summary

Pride & Prejudice meets alternate history.

Six years after Napoleon's invasion of England....

Fitzwilliam Darcy is a traitor. He even admits to collaborating with Napoleon's troops. And Elizabeth Bennet despises all traitors.

But she can't make sense of Darcy. He doesn't act like a traitor. He risks his own safety to save young women from the French. And how can she despise a man who loves puppies? Something about him doesn't add up - and she finds him far too attractive.

Then Darcy's carefully constructed world crumbles, and he must entrust his closest-held secret to Elizabeth. To protect that secret, Elizabeth must disappear entirely, leaving her family and Darcy behind, to plunge herself into the dizzying world of fashionable London and the dangers of the Loyalist Resistance. Nothing will ever be the same again.

Darcy is determined to find Elizabeth. Now that she knows the truth about him, there's nothing to keep them apart - nothing, that is, until the day Darcy is forced to choose between his country and the life of the woman he loves....

©2017 Abigail Reynolds (P)2017 Abigail Reynolds

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Butterflies, Goosebumps, And A Lot Of Tears!

In this Pride and Prejudice variation, Napoleon invaded England in 1805 and conquered it, imprisoning royalty and stripping nobles of their lands and titles. Now England lives under French occupation. When the story begins, Mr. Bingley has arrived at Netherfield Park with his friend Mr. Darcy, a man everyone knows is a traitor.

I would go on with a summary, but I don't want to spoil any part of the book for anyone. The revelation of the new state of affairs for the Bennet family had me on pins and needles, and you need to experience that for yourself! This was one of the most original P & P variations I've ever read. It told a completely new story, and only borrowed characters and locations from P & P. Every once in a while the author dropped in a phrase from the original novel, and it was so fun to pick them out.

As for the plot itself, it was really well done. Meticulously researched, wonderfully creative, expertly written, and full of witty dialogue. The book had so many romantic scenes between Lizzy and Darcy, but also managed to be action packed and suspenseful. Expect butterflies, goosebumps, and a lot of tears!

Narration can really make or break the listening experience, especially in a book with so many French accents. Elizabeth Klett ranks up there with Kate Reading, Rosalyn Landor, and Davina Porter for me. Her regular speaking voice is so pleasant, and her French accents a delight. She's incredibly talented, and did an outstanding job with this professional narration.

I received a copy of the audiobook at my request, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review.


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Reynolds does it again...

I didn't even bother to read what this book was about before purchasing because Abigail Reynolds has yet to publish something I haven't been able to put down. To say she has out done her self would be the understatement of the year.

The alternate history sets the backdrop for one of the most adventurous Pride and Prejudice stories I've ever had the pleasure to read/listen to.

I laughed, cried, and laughed again. The new characters were just as lovable as their original counterparts.

This story couldn't have been told better!

Brava, Abigail!

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Sweet read

Abigail Reynolds has a lovely writing style, it flows smoothly and makes for a fast paced read. The cast of characters were likeable and fun. For me personally, Elizabeth and Darcy didn't remind me of JA's characters, but I really enjoyed them as new characters. The author also created an ending that tied everything up including all the minor story lines. I appreciate when an author takes the time to do this, especially as many of the minor characters are often my favourite ones. Conceit and Concealment was also a fun 'what if story'. I found it interesting to read her interpretation of what life would have been like had the French invaded Great Britain. I loved that at the end of the book she include the actual historical situation regarding Napoleon's plans for a British invasion. It had me running to the computer to do some more research:)

Narration: Elizabeth Klett's narration was an excellent choice for a P&P variation. Her tone and pacing fit the period very well. She is also capable of doing appropriate voices for the cast of characters including men and French accents. I have listened to her before narrating the Cuckoo in Spring by Elizabeth Cadell. She is definitely a narrator that I will follow.

Fun Facts: Elizabeth Klett is from...(think about that beautiful English accent)... New Jersey! Abigail Reynolds states that her hobbies do NOT include sleeping or housework. I believe it! As a Physician and an Author (of a ton of books) when on Earth would she find time!

For those who like to know... there is absolutely no sex, foul language or violence. It's a lovely sweet clean read:)

I received Conceit and Concealment free in exchange for an unbiased review.

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Entertaining Twist to Pride & Prejudice

This was a great alternate reality for Pride & Prejudice. The story was entertaining and very original. I enjoyed the adventure, danger, suspense, romance, and unexpected twists.

The narration was well done and brought the story to life.

This is by far the best variation I have heard from Pride & Prejudice. It is set in an alternate reality where England has been invaded and conquered by the French/Napoleon.

I'm looking forward to reading/listening more books by this talented author.

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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Interesting Twist!

I have enjoyed Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice, and found this twist on the original premise to be very good. The story is original and yet has some very familiar details. I thought the narrator did an excellent performance with the various characters and emotions. Both the author and narrator are very talented, and I will look for more of their works. My review is not a synopsis of the book, but rather my opinion of it. This is a sweet story that is a clean listen and full of so much imagery. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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extremely original

The most original P&P variation that still feels like it could be Darcy and Elizabeth. So well researched.

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I rarely write reviews , but I loved this book!

I enjoyed this story of ODC. The friendship between Darcy and General Desmarais was a treasure and the tale of Georgiana was riveting. Would love to read a sequel to this book. The narration by Elizabeth Klett was outstanding. I will definitely have to listen to this book again.

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Great story

This is my first Audible story. As with others, Dr Abigail Reynold’s had written a wonderful/ entertaining, unique story. I have enjoyed it immensely. This is a must have book for a P & P fan.

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A wonderful surprise.

Would you consider the audio edition of Conceit & Concealment to be better than the print version?

Yes, the characters come to life with the narration.

What did you like best about this story?

It was so different than the usual P&P. England is occupied by the French. Life in England is different and has challenges I had not imagined. Darcy is a an unknown hero along with his remaining Fitzwilliam family. Elizabeth’s journey with Georgianna to keep themselves safe while learning the truth was something I could never have imagined. That’s why Abigail Reynolds is an amazing author.

What about Elizabeth Klett’s performance did you like?

Elizabeth Klett has the range to make all the characters in the book to come to life without making them sound hokey. One of the best narrators I have heard.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

When the ships were blown up, not knowing what happened to Elizabeth was awful. Darcy was broken.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed this book and love this audiobook. I will be listening to it again and again.

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Disappointment

I really rely on reviews to decide which audio books to buy. It was all the great reviews that caused me to purchase this one. After listening to it for awhile I went back and began reading the ones on my phone under the 'reviews' tap. As I was reading them, a great majority of them, ended by saying they received a free copy in exchange for this review. In my mind I'm thinking these must be All the friends and relatives of this author because this in NOT a five star book and the narrator is NOT like Rosyln Landor or Davina Porter, as one reviewer wrote. Perhaps this could have been a nice little beach book for me--if the reviews hadn't gotten my hopes up so high. I'm returning it because I feel manipulated and misled by the publisher or author-whoever is responsible for boosting the reviews by handing out so many free copies in exchange for good reviews. It just isn't that good, mediocre at best.

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  • 05-18-18

This is my first audio book, found it difficult at

times because I'm a fast reader but once I got used to the pace I really enjoyed it. Narration was very good.

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  • Susie Q
  • 08-03-17

Buy it for sure

Best book I've read all year; well-researched, expertly-written; brilliant characterisation. I highly recommend it to all