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What if Elizabeth Bennet didn’t turn down Mr. Darcy’s initial proposal? How would Mr. Darcy, a man full of pride and love, react? That’s just what Lara S. Ormiston sets out to explore in this reimaging of the classic Jane Austen novel, Pride and Prejudice. With an enchanting delivery from veteran performer, Carmela Corbett, Ormiston’s Unequal Affections is a humorous and touching examination on what happens to Mr. Darcy when he isn’t hit with the necessary humbling refusal of his proposal. Though knowledge of the original story isn’t necessary for this powerful story to resonate, fans of Jane Austen will delight in the alternate look at what could’ve happened to the man from Derbyshire.
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Publisher's Summary

When Elizabeth Bennet first knew Mr. Darcy, she despised him and was sure he felt the same. Angered by his pride and reserve, influenced by the lies of the charming Mr. Wickham, she never troubled herself to believe he was anything other than the worst of men - until, one day, he unexpectedly proposed.
Mr. Darcy's passionate avowal of love causes Elizabeth to reevaluate everything she thought she knew about him. What she knows is that he is rich, handsome, clever, and very much in love with her. She, on the other hand, is poor, and can expect a future of increasing poverty if she does not marry. The incentives for her to accept him are strong, but she is honest enough to tell him that she does not return his affections. He says he can accept that - but will either of them ever be truly happy in a relationship of unequal affection?
Diverging from Jane Austen's classic novel Pride and Prejudice at the proposal in the Hunsford parsonage, this story explores the kind of man Darcy is, even before his "proper humbling," and how such a man, so full of pride, so much in love, might have behaved had Elizabeth chosen to accept his original proposal.
©2013 Lara S. Ormiston. Foreword Copyright 2013 by Devleena Gosh (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Pezzilla on 02-02-14

Great alternate finish to the novel

Too many times, too often that is, a retelling of Pride and Prejudice becomes nothing more than a sordid romance novel, with kissing and fondling and make-out sessions...but not here. Here, what you get is an actual retelling, a different, alternate ending. How refreshing.

That is not to say there are not portions of the book dealing with affections, hands being pressed and the sort..this retelling is just much more true to the original than those others. The characters are not changed, they are simply there, and feel like those in the original.

If you liked the original, this one will allow you to revisit the Bennet household once more, and feel at home for a bit. Recommended.

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5 out of 5 stars
By CrisRod7 on 04-17-14

In case you didn't love Darcy enough!

This gives a very believable alternative to P&P. Here, with Elizabeth deciding to say yes after the first proposal we see our favorite couple run into the obstacles we already know (how Darcy acts towards her family and society, Elizabeth's previous opinions of Darcy, Wickham, Bingley) and we actually get to see (hear) the conversations that help them work through this and eventually help Lizzy realize what we all know...Darcy is the ideal man!

The narration is also done quite well, with none of the characters being ruined by a weird voice. I definitely recommend this listen, though if you are looking for ::cough cough:: indecent scenes, you're looking at the wrong book (in my opinion, thank goodness).

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4 out of 5 stars
By A. Kemp on 09-29-15

Great story

Would you listen to Unequal Affections again? Why?

Read it yes, listen to it no unless read by somebody else.

What other book might you compare Unequal Affections to, and why?

Fidelity and Affection. Loved that book.

Any additional comments?

The reader sounds too harsh. No real sentiment or passion put into the different characters. At times it was even robotical. I nearly quit the book because of her performance.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Beth on 01-08-17

Misguided attempt

What is the point of trying to re write Jane Austen? Nothing is added either to narrative or technique & merely shows substantial mediocrity. Fine as a training exercise, unsuccessfull as a piece of literature. The narrator is tedious in tone & irritating in misuse of stress which detracts from meaning.
Afraid this one had to go back.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Lilania Kershaw on 06-18-17

Wonderful

I absolutely loved this Pride & Prejudice variation. Most in this genre are pretty average but this was delightful.

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