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    A Learned Romance

    “She had been forced into prudence in her youth, she learned romance as she grew older: the natural sequel of an unnatural beginning”–Jane Austen, Persuasion, chapter 4 MARY BENNET HAD NEVER WISHED for anything more than to be known as the meek and pious Bennet sister, the one who sweetly brought peace to her family. BEING THE LAST UNMARRIED BENNET SISTER, the pressure to partake of a London Season with the nouveau riche Wickhams was considerable, no matter how little she desired it; but, her young sister Lydia would not hear a refusal. Mary hoped she could pass her days as quietly as a mouse and maybe encourage her still-wild sister…

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    Old Boots

    Some form of devilry has come over Mr. Darcy.  Since his father’s death, Fitzwilliam Darcy has endeavored to be reliable, responsible, and restrained. But upon visiting Netherfield Park in Hertfordshire, he finds himself weary of the struggle to be so damnably well regulated and delights in a revival of the carefree mischief that characterized his younger days. What brings on this sudden reversal? Perhaps it is a shocking incident that takes place upon his first entering the neighborhood when he rescues Miss Elizabeth Bennet from the raging current of a rain-swollen stream. The so-called “lady” does not prefer to be rescued, and Darcy’s subsequent dunking, rather than resulting in the…

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    Forgotten Betrothal

    Enlightenment dawned, sharp and painful in its glaring exactitude. He knew. From the moment she had uttered her true name, he had known that she was not free. So why was he here? Why did he still look at her in that way? Why could she see the adoration in his eyes and the torment in his features? Had he come to say goodbye? To leave her to this fate? How can an innocent stroll through Hyde Park change the course of so many lives? Confused and chastened following her cruel rejection of Mr Darcy’s proposal, Elizabeth Bennet returns to her aunt’s home in Gracechurch Street. Unable to find solace…

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    An Unexpected Harvest

    Hello all! I’m excited to be making my very first appearance at Probably at the Library today! Thank you, Melissa, for welcoming me and for being a part of the blog tour for An Unexpected Harvest.  I’m sharing a deleted scene today, and I’ve purposely saved this particular scene for the end of the tour. Be warned that it’s a SPOILER in some ways… I mean, there’s always a happy ending for Darcy and Elizabeth in my variations of Pride and Prejudice, but this scene goes a bit beyond the happily ever after, and shows our favorite couple as they’re moving into the future. An Unexpected Harvest doesn’t have an…

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    There You Were

    “I was not looking for love, but there you were. I cannot stop it, I cannot indulge it, so I must put distance between us and hope that time will heal this fever I have.” Abandoned by her mother and ignored by her father, it is hardly any wonder young Elizabeth Bennet’s curiosity soon brings about trouble and marriage to a man she does not love. Colonel Fitzwilliam’s family—save for his cousin Mr Darcy—despises her, and life is not what she dreamed of. As she matures and grows from an impetuous girl into a woman, Elizabeth’s most reliable source of friendship and comfort becomes Mr Darcy. When tragedy strikes leaving…

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    For The Deepest Love

    “After thinking long and hard, I have come to the conclusion that—although it may not be the kind of love my sister and I once had in mind—marrying Mr Darcy would be marrying for a love of the deepest kind.” Recovering from their parents’ deaths, Elizabeth and Jane Bennet have held their family together, leaning on the support of their uncle, Edward Gardiner, to help them survive.  Thus, when Mr Gardiner is threatened with scandal and ruin, Elizabeth vows to help him.  Hearing of her distress, the scandalous Fitzwilliam Darcy enters her life—offering his aid in exchange for her hand.  Accepting his proposal upends her life in unimaginable ways as…

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    The Predisposition of Elizabeth Bennet

    An insulting proposal without an explanatory letter…how can they possibly reconcile? When her sister Lydia elopes without a trace, Elizabeth Bennet must put aside her predisposition against Mr. Darcy—the man whose hand she refused months earlier—and plead for his assistance in locating the wayward couple. As a result, they face daunting hurdles with help from well-loved friends and interference from old rivals. Will their struggles result in permanent estrangement or a love match? The Predisposition of Miss Elizabeth Bennet is delightful, suspenseful and overall a completely enjoyable Pride and Prejudice variation. I was happy to read Hunter Quinn’s debut novel. I found the story to be varied enough from the original but…

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    The Recovery of Fitzwilliam Darcy

    I have no notion who I am meant to be. In 1789, a terrible crime is committed, plunging one family into grief as another rejoices at the gift of an unexpected son. Two decades later, a chance meeting leads to the discovery of the lost heir of Pemberley and the man who knew himself as Mr William Lucas is restored to his birthright as Fitzwilliam Darcy of Pemberley. Discovering the truth about his past means leaving behind everyone and everything he has ever known and loved—including his childhood best friend and soon-to-be betrothed, Elizabeth Bennet. Tormented by questions about himself, and his place, Darcy struggles to understand and adapt to…

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    Dangerous Magic

    Welcome to the wizarding world of…. Elizabeth and Darcy? A sparkling tale of Regency England, a forced marriage, and two magicians who must work together to save the Kingdom. Elizabeth Bennet is stunned when the Royal Mages come to her peaceful country home of Longbourn to take her away. She is even more bewildered when she is commanded to marry a powerful mage by the name of Fitzwilliam Darcy. She has always dreamed of marrying for love, and an arranged marriage with an arrogant stranger was never part of her plans. But Darcy and Elizabeth have no choice in the matter. Uniting their two forms of magic is essential if…

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    Fearful Symmetry

    Longbourn is on fire! Hello fellow reader. Welcome to a review of Fearful Symmetry. This book does not treat the poor Bennet’s kindly. As a family, they endure so much grief. Be prepared to read a Pride & Prejudice variation that vividly walks you through both physical and emotional loss, rips your heart apart, and then puts it back together. I have to say, that I truly enjoyed this Darcy. He really captures the true spirit of Austen’s Mr Darcy. Along the way, there are some fun twists on Austen’s quotes which brought a smile to my face. The characters are lively and quite enjoyable. This is a great variation!…