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Publisher's Summary

Miss Elizabeth Bennet must decide whether to accept or refuse a proposal from the last man in the world whom she could be prevailed on to marry. At least two unhappy alternatives are also before her: certain scandal and her mother's disapprobation. Is there a path to happily ever after in wake of an alliance born out of such circumstances?
©2015 P. O. Dixon (P)2015 P. O. Dixon
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5 out of 5 stars
By HeatherY on 05-27-17

An Innocent Half Hour in Netherfield Library

This Pride & Prejudice novella explores what would have happened if Darcy and Elizabeth had been considered compromised by their silent half hour spent alone in Netherfield library. The story opens during Elizabeth's stay at Netherfield taking care of a sick Jane. Darcy has been struggling to resist her charms and decides it would be wise to ignore her for the rest of her stay. Darcy and Elizabeth find themselves alone in the library. Although they each try to think of a topic to interest the other, they remain silent. Elizabeth returns home, and Darcy is both relieved and saddened to have her stimulating presence gone.

Unfortunately, a servant noticed their time in the library together and reports it to a jealous Miss Bingley. She immediately dismisses the servant in an effort to save Darcy's reputation. Her plan backfires as the dismissal makes it appear as if Darcy and Elizabeth have something to hide. Rumors start to circulate about the couple in Meryton.

Meanwhile, Elizabeth returns home and meets her odious cousin Mr. Collins. A few days later, Elizabeth attends the Netherfield ball and is shocked when the silent Mr. Darcy asks her to dance.

The next morning, Mr. Collins makes his disastrous proposal, with one appalling addition. He threatens that if Elizabeth doesn't accept his proposal, he'll propose to Jane next, and Elizabeth knows that Jane would feel obligated to accept. Elizabeth asks for time to make her decision. While wandering in the garden trying to think of a way out, Elizabeth is approached by a very different gentleman and offered a very different sort of proposal.

I really enjoyed this novella, the romance was steamy in spots and sweet the rest of the time. The character's personalities are a little bit different than in canon. Mr. Collins is conniving and almost evil instead of bumbling and foolish. Darcy is quite rude to Miss Bingley, and Elizabeth insults Lady Catherine almost immediately after meeting her. I also think that Darcy would avoid even the appearance of impropriety, and wouldn't invite a single woman to his room alone to change her clothes. But I really enjoyed reading a variation without Wickham, and Mr. Bennett was hilarious as always.

Pearl Hewitt has a wonderful speaking voice, and it fits this type of novel naturally. She's the perfect narrator for the time period. I've listened to this book twice since I purchased it, and enjoyed it more each time!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Julie Vetter on 03-26-16

A lovely, thoughful variation

I like alternative stories that stay true to the characters, wit and restraint of the original. I needed to enjoy the goodness in P&P without a lot of angst and this was just right. The romance is romantic and not graphic, which I prefer.

There are several insights into the reasons behind the decisions of characters like Collins, for example, that I felt added to what we know.

The narrator has a talent for taking on the inflections from the version starring Colin Firth which I really enjoyed.

One could find fault but when finished I felt completely satisfied.

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