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“I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.” – Mark Twain Elizabeth Bennet is the daughter of one of New York’s first families. When her grandparents take her and her sisters on a journey abroad, she is not surprised to encounter anti-American prejudice among the members of the English upper class “I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.” – Mark Twain Elizabeth Bennet is the daughter of one of New York’s first families. When her grandparents take her and her sisters on a journey abroad, she is not surprised to encounter anti-American prejudice among the members of the English upper class. If only her new friend’s brother was not the most offensive of the lot! Fitzwilliam Darcy is grateful that his sister is coming out of her shell. If only her new friend was not a brash American who gets the better of him at every encounter! And if only he could stop thinking about her… When Elizabeth and her family depart for Italy, she is happy to leave Mr. Darcy and his disdainful cruelty behind. Darcy is not prepared to let her walk out of his life for good, but how is he to win a woman who despises him and challenges everything he was taught to believe? This epic Regency variation of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice is the debut novel by an author who cherishes the timeless romance of Mr. Darcy and his Elizabeth. Sweet and clean, with just a touch of spice in the final chapter!


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“I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.” – Mark Twain Elizabeth Bennet is the daughter of one of New York’s first families. When her grandparents take her and her sisters on a journey abroad, she is not surprised to encounter anti-American prejudice among the members of the English upper class “I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.” – Mark Twain Elizabeth Bennet is the daughter of one of New York’s first families. When her grandparents take her and her sisters on a journey abroad, she is not surprised to encounter anti-American prejudice among the members of the English upper class. If only her new friend’s brother was not the most offensive of the lot! Fitzwilliam Darcy is grateful that his sister is coming out of her shell. If only her new friend was not a brash American who gets the better of him at every encounter! And if only he could stop thinking about her… When Elizabeth and her family depart for Italy, she is happy to leave Mr. Darcy and his disdainful cruelty behind. Darcy is not prepared to let her walk out of his life for good, but how is he to win a woman who despises him and challenges everything he was taught to believe? This epic Regency variation of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice is the debut novel by an author who cherishes the timeless romance of Mr. Darcy and his Elizabeth. Sweet and clean, with just a touch of spice in the final chapter!

30 review for The Re-education of Mr. Darcy: A Pride & Prejudice Variation

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sheila Majczan

    The highly rated reviews by trusted friends and other readers moved me to read this immediately. Debbie's review, among others, plus the author's blurb give a good overview of the story. There are two Bennet families with one living in America and being very successful and high in NYC society there. We have Jane, Elizabeth and Lydia as daughters/granddaughters in that family. In Hertfordshire live the other Bennets with Mary and Kitty being their girls. With the threat of being forced to marry a M The highly rated reviews by trusted friends and other readers moved me to read this immediately. Debbie's review, among others, plus the author's blurb give a good overview of the story. There are two Bennet families with one living in America and being very successful and high in NYC society there. We have Jane, Elizabeth and Lydia as daughters/granddaughters in that family. In Hertfordshire live the other Bennets with Mary and Kitty being their girls. With the threat of being forced to marry a Mr. Pringle, (who works with her father) as she is not yet "of age" Elizabeth is taken on a "Grand Tour" (along with her 2 sisters) by Nanna and Grandpa Bennet, a wise and obviously in love couple. Their motive is partly to allow Elizabeth time and opportunity to find other choices than Mr. Pringle who is of an age with her father. When their first stop is Ramsgate Elizabeth befriends Georgiana Darcy and helps prevent that elopement (as per canon)...although Lydia also seems to learn a lesson, too, as he also has charmed her. When Elizabeth meets Georgiana's brother her opinions about his care of his sister are not favorable. He has basically locked her in a gilded cage with few, if any, opportunities for his sister to gain wisdom by friendships and intermingling with other people and/or society. When the Bennet family then moves to meet their relatives at Longbourn they have further interaction as Bingley and Darcy show up at Netherfield. Elizabeth treasures her friendship with Georgiana and so cannot avoid being, at times, in company with Darcy. Her opinion of him sinks further as she overhears that insult and observes his disdain of others. The Bennets being "American" and their wealth originating from trade place her beneath him and so he fights the attraction. The Colonel, and even Bingley, have no problem intermingling with those Darcy looks down upon and the Colonel, especially, has a few words of admonishment regarding Darcy's attitude as the Colonel can see that Darcy is denying that attraction to Elizabeth. Darcy's actions and words about Elizabeth lead to society's snubbing the Bennets. However, the Colonel along with his mother plus Captain and Anne Wentworth help to reverse that. And so it is that Darcy decides that he and Georgiana will follow the Bennets as they depart on their Grand tour to Italy. We meet some interesting people who become close to the Bennets. We learn of cities, local attractions and various culture differences and holidays. (Some are amusing as in one city it seems husbands are expected and allowed to have mistresses.) Lydia becomes the center of attention in more than one way as she proves that her inclination is to do exactly the opposite of what she has been taught. Darcy has a sterling moment as he rolls up his sleeves and enters a burning building to rescue two small children. While others seem to think that Elizabeth has made changes in her opinions about him he is slow to take a second chance of declaring himself. Bingley follows canon in Hertfordshire as he leaves Jane hanging and seems to disappear from their lives. However, he does show up with Darcy and Georgiana and finds Jane is not so eager to accept his attentions due to his past behaviors. Yes, Jane is learning somethings about life during this tour also. You have to love the older Bennets. They are very perceptive about what is going on and they help to set the stage for what they deem best. They seem to communicate with a look, a smile, a frown or a raised eyebrow. I remember being told as a young adult that I should never think I am going to change a man after marrying him...if he doesn't change before marriage then he is set for life. So it is with Darcy. In canon he only is observed changing in a limited interaction with the Bennets and acquaintances in Hertfordshire. In this story he meets and interacts multiple levels, even the servants as he tours Italy. Darcy even has to consider Elizabeth becoming involved in her family's business and spending time in America due to family and that business being located there. Excellent story. Took Darcy a while but he did become all Elizabeth could want and more.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    A really fantastic story. Highly recommended.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    5+ stars - Impressive debut novel by a new JAFF author Ms. Douglas makes some very intriguing changes to the family dynamic, making Jane, Elizabeth, and Lydia Bennet all Americans whose great-grandfather left England and built a successful business in New York City. Their distant cousins are the rest of the Bennets that we recognize from Pride and Prejudice: Mr. and Mrs. Bennet of Longbourn with daughters Mary and Kitty. The American family is quite wealthy, at the top of the New York social ladd 5+ stars - Impressive debut novel by a new JAFF author Ms. Douglas makes some very intriguing changes to the family dynamic, making Jane, Elizabeth, and Lydia Bennet all Americans whose great-grandfather left England and built a successful business in New York City. Their distant cousins are the rest of the Bennets that we recognize from Pride and Prejudice: Mr. and Mrs. Bennet of Longbourn with daughters Mary and Kitty. The American family is quite wealthy, at the top of the New York social ladder, and the Bennet-Janssen Shipping Company continues to expand. Elizabeth is being pressured by her parents to marry Mr. John Pringle, a creepy "company man" who is twenty years older than she is. Fortunately, her grandfather has business connections with whom he wishes to meet, so he and his wife step in and take the three girls on a year-long trip abroad for a "Grand Tour." Their first stop is Ramsgate, where the girls meet both Georgiana Darcy and Mr. Wickham. The savvy Elizabeth immediately becomes concerned that her new friend may be taken advantage of. Their friendship with Georgiana leads to an acquaintance with Mr. Darcy, who strikes Elizabeth as being too high-handed and neglectful of his sister. From there, the Bennets travel to Hertfordshire to stay with their British cousins. The timing coincides with the Netherfield party taking residence and attending the infamous Meryton assembly. Elizabeth and Darcy are each dismayed to find the other present, having expected to never cross paths again after Ramsgate. Although Darcy proves helpful in shielding Elizabeth from Mr. Collins, her opinion of him remains low. She's also not very impressed with Mr. Bingley, who strikes her as being too easily swayed even before the Bingleys and Mr. Darcy abandon Netherfield and leave Jane broken-hearted. The story moves on to London, where Georgiana renews her acquaintance with the Bennet sisters. London Society is all a-buzz with Mr. Darcy's sudden acceptance of invitations, and all assume he is finally seeking a wife. There's a bit of a cross-over with Persuasion, as Caroline Bingley is steering her brother towards Elizabeth Elliot, while Elizabeth, Jane, and Georgiana develop a growing friendship with Mrs. Anne Wentworth. Then the American Bennets head to Italy. By this time, Elizabeth has given Darcy a thorough set-down - twice - but he's realized that he loves her and must follow her. Unfortunately for him, this is only his first step in the self-improvement he needs to make. The plot is completely outside of canon, involving a descriptive travelogue of the various places the Bennets travel. Each chapter opens with a penned letter by one of the characters that serves to keep the reader abreast of events during the interim since the previous chapter. It's an effective storytelling device. The storyline is built meticulously with plenty of interesting twists, none of which detract from the primary plot. The characters feel consistent with Jane Austen's, and the additional characters are also three-dimensional. The romance between Darcy and Elizabeth builds believably. Bingley and Jane's romance also has unusual but very satisfactory developments. I was absolutely captivated from beginning to end. Beautiful, flowing writing. Unique, interesting story. Characters that feel real. What a great book! Content is clean.

  4. 4 out of 5

    James S

    So many good things Quite the original story. The Bennets are two families. One in England and one in America. Jane, Lizzy and Lydia are Americans. Mary, Kitty and a young brother are English. Lots of adventures, lots of angst, and lots of people with not much good to say about The Ton. The story is very original and has lot to say. This is the first book I’ve read you the author. I look forward for more.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tlotem

    5++ Such an interesting and enthralling story. You will meet with new and endearing characters you can’t fail to love. And above all, partly thanks to travelling through Europe, a diversity of cultures that adds much to this story. I highly recommend this book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Marie

    Excellent Debut In this very well-written debut novel, Mr. Darcy certainly receives a re-education, as the title reveals. In this P&P variation, he is particularly unsociable, prejudiced and unaccepting of his lessers in society. Elizabeth is an American—a rich one from the first circles of New York, yet she is still not good enough for Darcy. He looks down on her roots from trade and her citizenship. This book only touches on a few similarities from canon. The Bennets appear as two separate famil Excellent Debut In this very well-written debut novel, Mr. Darcy certainly receives a re-education, as the title reveals. In this P&P variation, he is particularly unsociable, prejudiced and unaccepting of his lessers in society. Elizabeth is an American—a rich one from the first circles of New York, yet she is still not good enough for Darcy. He looks down on her roots from trade and her citizenship. This book only touches on a few similarities from canon. The Bennets appear as two separate families. One from America and one from Hertfordshire. Elizabeth, Jane and Lydia, along with their grandparents, embark on a grand tour from New York to visit England and then Italy. Mary and Kitty are the daughters of the Longbourn Bennets. Of course, Darcy insults Elizabeth—multiple times in fact. I won’t say more to spoil it for anyone. I loved the original storyline. The dialogue is very good, as are the reflections of the characters, especially Darcy of course. Col. Richard Fitzwilliam was brilliant; even though he only appears in the beginning and final chapters, he plays a very key role. I loved his conversations with Darcy. So good! Nana and Grandpa Bennet are rich, intelligent and wise. I loved them too. A very good read which I highly enjoyed and recommend. I look forward to more variations from this author. Well done!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sheryl Gordon

    A Tour Worth the Time I thoroughly enjoyed this story and except for the lack of a true epilogue, it would have been five stars. Original characters replaced some others in much of the book, though hardly a character was left out, just bypassed. Elizabeth, Jane and Lydia are American and suffer the snobbery expected by the ton, but their monetary status and education are first rate - just different. And the significant time spent traveling in Italy is well described and pertinent. I will go searc A Tour Worth the Time I thoroughly enjoyed this story and except for the lack of a true epilogue, it would have been five stars. Original characters replaced some others in much of the book, though hardly a character was left out, just bypassed. Elizabeth, Jane and Lydia are American and suffer the snobbery expected by the ton, but their monetary status and education are first rate - just different. And the significant time spent traveling in Italy is well described and pertinent. I will go searching for other well reviewed books by this author as she writes well and dabbles in physical romance. Even in Italy, that's my cup of tea.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    2.5 rounded up. This is one of those times where I look at the reviews this book has received and question whether I read the same book as everyone else. My first thought is that I have a difficult time categorizing this as a P&P variation. There are very few similarities to the characters or the story aside from using their names. IMO, this should have been an original story with original characters and not passed off as a P&P book. For a book that was set in 1815, the characters, almost all of 2.5 rounded up. This is one of those times where I look at the reviews this book has received and question whether I read the same book as everyone else. My first thought is that I have a difficult time categorizing this as a P&P variation. There are very few similarities to the characters or the story aside from using their names. IMO, this should have been an original story with original characters and not passed off as a P&P book. For a book that was set in 1815, the characters, almost all of them, had very modern ideas, beliefs and behaviors that would have been more believable in a different period. It just didn’t feel right for Regency England. I have no complaints about the writing itself, but I didn’t find this book engaging at all. I didn’t feel much of a connection and felt no chemistry between D&E or anyone else. I was not even a full 50% through when I started growing weary of the book and started wishing I would find myself close to the end. I had to really push myself to finish as I found myself bored and lacking interest in picking it up. Many people have enjoyed this book, but unfortunately, it just didn’t work for me.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sam H.

    This was a yay/boo for me. I enjoyed the reading of it, but not so much all the storyline. I don't have a problem with off-canon P&P, but I don't like when the objectification of women is leaned on too much to move the story forward. With all that, a HEA is assured. This was a yay/boo for me. I enjoyed the reading of it, but not so much all the storyline. I don't have a problem with off-canon P&P, but I don't like when the objectification of women is leaned on too much to move the story forward. With all that, a HEA is assured.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Madenna U

    This author's interpretation of the original story was such a fun trip through Europe. London, Gibraltar, Venice, and Rome are all highlighted through the work. Elizabeth, Jane and Lydia escape their match making mother to tour Europe with their Grandparents. Their family is the highest level of society in New York City having immigrated from England a generation prior. They are introduced to the Darcy's and Bingley's in Hertfordshire as they visit their Bennet relatives at Longbourn. Their decid This author's interpretation of the original story was such a fun trip through Europe. London, Gibraltar, Venice, and Rome are all highlighted through the work. Elizabeth, Jane and Lydia escape their match making mother to tour Europe with their Grandparents. Their family is the highest level of society in New York City having immigrated from England a generation prior. They are introduced to the Darcy's and Bingley's in Hertfordshire as they visit their Bennet relatives at Longbourn. Their decidedly American views don't match up to Fitzwilliam Darcy's thoughts on society. However, he can't forget a pair of fine eyes. A decision is made for Georgiana, Darcy and Bingley to meet the family on their travels in an attempt to woo their lady loves. They meet lots of amazing characters along the way that help them all grow as people, learn that not everyone is as honest as you think, family can be found/earned beyond your blood relatives, and other lessons. This re-education as the title aptly calls allows our dear couple to find their happily ever after. As a side note, I have traveled to most of the cities visited and found the descriptions of the landscapes, culture, and people to be authentic and easily took me back to my holidays!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Valeria

    Great new characters and subplots This is a great new JAFF novel; I strongly encourage and fan to read it. I’m particularly fond of variations that introduce new, interesting characters and the subsequent subplots this liberty allows. How many twists can you intro to the Lucases, Goulding’s and Longs before they’ve all been exploited. The early riddance of Wickham and Caroline coupled with very little Fanny Bennet won me over. This novel is one of my top 10 JAFF favorites.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    Well drawn characters, interesting book I've never read a better portrayal of Darcy's personal growth. The many original characters liven up the plot. A very enjoyable read. Well drawn characters, interesting book I've never read a better portrayal of Darcy's personal growth. The many original characters liven up the plot. A very enjoyable read.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Barbara (CatinMyLap)

    Let's turn Darcy into Bingley. On second thought, let's not. Let's turn Darcy into Bingley. On second thought, let's not.

  14. 5 out of 5

    lori huff

    Fabulous To call this a P&P variation is a bit of a stretch. There are so many important differences in the characters and situations, and so many new characters, that it's not very recognizable. The basic premise regarding ODC is similar, and many of the names are familiar, but whatever the case, this is a wonderful idea for a story. Some of the details required a blind acceptance of some unlikely occurrences, but it was a pleasure for such an interesting tale. Elizabeth and her two sisters, Jane Fabulous To call this a P&P variation is a bit of a stretch. There are so many important differences in the characters and situations, and so many new characters, that it's not very recognizable. The basic premise regarding ODC is similar, and many of the names are familiar, but whatever the case, this is a wonderful idea for a story. Some of the details required a blind acceptance of some unlikely occurrences, but it was a pleasure for such an interesting tale. Elizabeth and her two sisters, Jane and Lydia, travel from New York with their wealthy grandparents, Mr and Mrs Bennett, to visit relations in England (the Bennetts in Hertfordshire). Their travels will then take them to Italy. The English Bennetts have little to do with the plot. While in England, the New York Bennetts meet Darcy and Georgiana, as well as Bingley. Darcy insults Elizabeth at an assembly, she finds him to be impossibly stuffy and arrogant, and Bingley is immediately smitten with Jane. The large difference here is that Elizabeth and Jane (and Lydia) are wealthy, but being American makes them unsuitable in the English high society. Darcy, of course, finds himself falling in love and fighting it. His major obstacle is overcoming the long held notions about people in trade, and people from other countries, both of which apply to the New York Bennetts. In true Darcy fashion, he finally resolves to do whatever it takes to win Elizabeth, even going so far as to follow the Bennetts to Italy. This occurrence was one that I felt was a little bit weird and unlikely, but I just wanted to go with it. The story is well paced, and gives plenty of time for development of some fascinating situations. There's a lot of traveling going on, and the descriptions are vivid and lovely, without being excessive. There's a lot that needs to happen between Elizabeth and Darcy, but there are many other couples getting their acts together, too. The action kept moving, and the story held my interest. The book is well written and well edited. My kudos to this new author. This is a first rate effort. This story almost begs for a sequel, as there are a few story threads that could use expansion. I recommend it highly.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Snow

    I really enjoyed this (signicant) variation. Doesn't even pretend to follow canon, but instead focuses on our favorite (or at least they are my favorite) main characters' interactions and growth as they travel together through Italy. A combination P&P character study and a travelogue. Both aspects are very nicely done; this is a well written story and it flows nicely. 4.5 stars, rounded up. (Not a full 5 star for me as I sometimes found it hard to keep track of all the new characters, especially I really enjoyed this (signicant) variation. Doesn't even pretend to follow canon, but instead focuses on our favorite (or at least they are my favorite) main characters' interactions and growth as they travel together through Italy. A combination P&P character study and a travelogue. Both aspects are very nicely done; this is a well written story and it flows nicely. 4.5 stars, rounded up. (Not a full 5 star for me as I sometimes found it hard to keep track of all the new characters, especially the families they meet on their travels.) I love stories where Darcy has to work for it, and this story delivers by letting the reader see his efforts more closely. There is a long slow burn between ODC; after the build up I was wanting more steam when they (finally!) connect, but I understand the author's restraint. I loved Lydia in this story; you get to see and understand more of her personality as she grows up. Jane has more of a backbone and learns to stand up for herself instead of taking Bingley back immediately without question. Georgiana is a treasure here, and I really enjoyed her being an integral part of the story. Great debut. I'm looking forward to reading more from this author in the future.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Maria Escarda

    Delightful variation This is truly a delightful gem. A true variation, if I’ve ever read one. Although many of the circumstances in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice are skillfully infused in this novel, there are so many differences that make this alluring and engaging. I wished there were more exchanges between FD and EB, but what is lacking is alleviated by the substance and significance of their journey from disdain to pure affection. Many characters are added in support of the premises forwa Delightful variation This is truly a delightful gem. A true variation, if I’ve ever read one. Although many of the circumstances in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice are skillfully infused in this novel, there are so many differences that make this alluring and engaging. I wished there were more exchanges between FD and EB, but what is lacking is alleviated by the substance and significance of their journey from disdain to pure affection. Many characters are added in support of the premises forwarded, while many of the original ones (i.e. Caroline Bingley, Lady Catherine, and George Wickham) were afforded only a few scenes; which makes it the better as most JAFF offerings have exhausted them a good deal that a reader can only feel truly sick of them. The writing is excellent and reference to several works of literature is clever. The descriptions of travels of the characters makes this all the more adventurous and appealing. Highly recommended read for all fans!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Martha

    Much to like about this book. I really like the author’s technique of writing a teaser as each chapter title and starting the chapter with a letter to someone not present in the current location and then getting the chapter started. It created a wonderful rhythm in the book and I loved it. It was an engaging story that held my interest mostly (they Lydia story dragged a bit toward the end). The one thing I did not love is how hard everyone was on FD - the name calling and teasing by his friends a Much to like about this book. I really like the author’s technique of writing a teaser as each chapter title and starting the chapter with a letter to someone not present in the current location and then getting the chapter started. It created a wonderful rhythm in the book and I loved it. It was an engaging story that held my interest mostly (they Lydia story dragged a bit toward the end). The one thing I did not love is how hard everyone was on FD - the name calling and teasing by his friends and family seemed over the top and implied that he did not have good qualities until they all reformed him. I prefer a story where those qualities are there and circumstances uncover them as he makes more effort for them to be seen. I’ve enjoyed this author’s books and look forward to more.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sara (onourshelves)

    This variation is an absolute delight. While there is significant changes to canon, I believe all are for the better. The character growth was great, I especially appreciated both Miss and Mr. Darcy's growth. Elizabeth was a smart and strong heroine. Just genuinely excellent. Edit: I forgot to add that some Persuasion characters play a minor but very sweet and fun role in this book and I think it elevated my experience (Anne Elliot and Elizabeth Bennet are my two favs though so take my excitement This variation is an absolute delight. While there is significant changes to canon, I believe all are for the better. The character growth was great, I especially appreciated both Miss and Mr. Darcy's growth. Elizabeth was a smart and strong heroine. Just genuinely excellent. Edit: I forgot to add that some Persuasion characters play a minor but very sweet and fun role in this book and I think it elevated my experience (Anne Elliot and Elizabeth Bennet are my two favs though so take my excitement w a grain of salt :))

  19. 4 out of 5

    Shauna

    Really, really good I always think ODC comes to an understanding way too fast in most variations. This one made it both realistic but didn't drag it out with unnecessary impediments and angst. This is also one of the few variations I've read in which Mr. Darcy's initial meanness towards Elizabeth isn't minimized or quickly forgiven, because he was appallingly mean, and it shouldn't be minimized. Really, really good I always think ODC comes to an understanding way too fast in most variations. This one made it both realistic but didn't drag it out with unnecessary impediments and angst. This is also one of the few variations I've read in which Mr. Darcy's initial meanness towards Elizabeth isn't minimized or quickly forgiven, because he was appallingly mean, and it shouldn't be minimized.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lorie

    WOW! I really enjoyed this book. At first I wasn't sure about having three sisters from NY rather than five sisters from Meryton, but it worked. I also enjoyed the trip to the continent and the slowly evolving romance. It is true that traveling with someone gives you insight to their personality. Alexa did a great job on this book. (Also, I didn't find any typos, which to me is the icing on the cake since I'm in communications.) I can't wait for your next book. WOW! I really enjoyed this book. At first I wasn't sure about having three sisters from NY rather than five sisters from Meryton, but it worked. I also enjoyed the trip to the continent and the slowly evolving romance. It is true that traveling with someone gives you insight to their personality. Alexa did a great job on this book. (Also, I didn't find any typos, which to me is the icing on the cake since I'm in communications.) I can't wait for your next book.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jo

    Interesting take on the re-telling of a classic. too modern for the time period, however since it was so different some aspects could be overlooked with "American" take on things. However, hugh disappointment at the end with intimate scene in practically the last page. Let down the whole story, hence the rating. Interesting take on the re-telling of a classic. too modern for the time period, however since it was so different some aspects could be overlooked with "American" take on things. However, hugh disappointment at the end with intimate scene in practically the last page. Let down the whole story, hence the rating.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lizette

    Absolutely enchanting! Witty, believable, great plot & characters So, so interesting to meet many of the characters from "Pride and Prejudice" in more depth, some in interestingly different situations, the men much more a part of the story, and delightful new characters. This is a wonderful novel that Jane Austen would highly approve of. Absolutely enchanting! Witty, believable, great plot & characters So, so interesting to meet many of the characters from "Pride and Prejudice" in more depth, some in interestingly different situations, the men much more a part of the story, and delightful new characters. This is a wonderful novel that Jane Austen would highly approve of.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jose J Grillo Alverio

    Let the story continue Such a good story. Hope Miss Douglas will write about Lizzy and Darcy’s married life between England and New York, and about the development of all the other characters as Georgiana and Lydia.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sisi_k

    The plot sounded intriguing but the book was just Ok, 3.5 stars for me.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Really good If I could have I would have given this book a 4.5 rating, but since I couldn't, I rounded up. Really good If I could have I would have given this book a 4.5 rating, but since I couldn't, I rounded up.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    Fun variation! A great variation! The Pride and Prejudice story with new characters and new settings while still holding true to Elizabeth and Darcy’s personalities. A fun read!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Doris Studer

    I loved this book. It is intelligent and witty and excellently written. And I lo ve Venice, too!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jo

    Good… Loved it! This was a good book you really need to read it. Especially if your JAFF. I live the way she writes.

  29. 4 out of 5

    wendy luther

    I loved it felt as though I traveled If your willing to keep an end mind you will love this book ......its lovely well written great story arc thank you

  30. 4 out of 5

    Craftyhj

    A fantastic debut for the author A delightful and very unique addition to the world of Pride and Prejudice variations. This feisty American Elizabeth really knows the wind out of dour Mr Darcy’s sails and he has to work hard to measure up to her. I heartily recommend this book.

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