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In this Pride and Prejudice variation, Mr. Bennet's death on the morning after the Netherfield ball changed everything. With the estate entailed on Mr. Collins and Mr. Bingley away in London, Elizabeth was forced to accept Mr. Collins' proposal. When Darcy learned of the engagement, he wrote to Elizabeth and made her a marriage offer of his own. But Elizabeth married Collins before Darcy could travel to see her, and he knew his pride had caused him to lose the love of his life.
For two years Mr. Collins made Elizabeth's life a living hell. He managed every aspect of her life, took away everything precious to her, disrespected her, and demeaned her. Their marriage bed was especially traumatic for Elizabeth. When he died Elizabeth could feel nothing but relief and began to manage Longbourn successfully.
When Mr. Darcy learned of Mr. Collins' death, he felt hope for the first time in years. After he reunited with Elizabeth at a ball thrown at Netherfield, Darcy strove to show her how much he'd changed. But Elizabeth vowed to never marry again, to never place herself in another man's power. Could Darcy convince her that marriage to him would be better than an independent life without him?
This book was SO amazing! It's lovingly written by an author who showed an obvious love for the original characters. It's a dialogue driven story, a mature tale with steamy scenes. They were necessary to the story and not salacious. I loved every minute of it.
The story begins a year after Collins' death and Elizabeth's marriage to him is shown in short recollections. Luckily we're not forced to endure that torture with her. Despite that, it's perfectly clear what Elizabeth went through, and her strength and determination will have your heart aching. Darcy was especially wonderful in this variation! If you loved Darcy in the original, this version will spoil you for any other man. He's gentle, patient, respectful, vulnerable, articulate, and very skilled. The characters felt very true to the original.
The narration was well done, and pulled me into the story. I highly recommend this story of second chances, I know it's going to be a frequent reread. It's a wonderful ending for the couple that deserves all the happiness in the world.
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This is a good enough story, but the narrator makes it almost impossible to listen to. I liked howthe story is about Lizzy after a terrible period on her life where she was married to Mr Collins. The romance between Lizzy and Darcy is good. Unfortunately the narrator end almost every statement with a downward inflection and her reading took away much of thr meaning in the story. I will not be buying any other books read by this narrator in the future.
It’s a sweet romance (however it is unclean) but there is absolutely no angst in the storyline which made the story very vanilla. It also could have ended sooner than it did as the lengthy ending was unnecessary.