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The Child

By: Jan Hahn
Narrated by: Neil Roy McFarlane
Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
5 out of 5 stars (33 ratings)

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Will Darcy ever grow to love a child he never wanted?

In Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Fitzwilliam Darcy’s proposal to Elizabeth Bennet at Hunsford is disastrous. In Jan Hahn’s The Child, Darcy flees England soon afterward, striving to overcome his longing for her. Upon his return two years later, while standing on the steps of St. George’s Church in Hanover Square, he spies the very woman he has vowed to forget. But who is the child holding her hand?

Darcy soon discovers that Elizabeth and her family are suffering the effects of a devastating scandal. His efforts to help the woman he still loves only worsen her family’s plight. His misguided pride entangles him in a web of falsehood, fateful alliances, and danger.

Will Elizabeth be able to forgive Darcy for his good intentions gone awry? And what effect will the child have on Darcy’s hopes to win Elizabeth’s love?

©2018 Jan Hahn (P)2019 Jan Hahn

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An unexpected surprise

Another wonderful story told by Jan Hahn about my favourite couple of Austen’s writings. This time with a twist.
Fitzwilliam Darcy returns to England after 2 years abroad, and the first thing his eyes sets upon in Hanover Square is Elizabeth with a small child clinging to her skirts. Who is the child? And is Elizabeth her mother? And just what has happened to the Bennet family since his fateful proposal in Hunsford?
Follow Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth as they learn truths about themselves, ‘the child’ and each other, which leads to happiness for all.

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  • bebe
  • from SC
  • 07-15-19

An original and interesting P&P variation

Quite unusual Pride and Prejudice variation. The story is told by Darcy and the narrator is excellent. I love his voice. Three years after Elizabeth turns down Darcy’s proposal, he sees her on the street with a little a little girl. Darcy is shocked. Is it Elizabeth’s child? He must find out the origin or the little girl. Wickham, Caroline Bingley, George Bingley, the Bennetts, the Lucases and others from P&P are present. I must admit that I did get aggravated with the Elizabeth Bennett in this book. She was determined to mistreat Darcy no matter what he does. Of course some of his help he provides is not so helpful. All ends well, and the epilog is fantastic – one of the best around and almost as good as the epilog from the Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice book.
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The Child between them

The Child by Jan Hahn, narrated by Neil Roy McFarlane, was a treat in terms of ingenuity on the part of the author and her rendering of the characters given the situation they found themselves in. Without giving too much away, Elizabeth and Darcy have even more obstacles to overcome, especially as Wickham plays a pivotal role in what could keep them apart forever.

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A very different pride and prejudice story

This is Mr. Darcys story told by him. Darcy out of his love for Elizabeth makes bad choices. His greatest fear is that Elizabeth will find out what he’s done. I highly recommend this book. I don’t usually like epilogues that tell you what happens to the characters in the future. This was an exception.