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This Pride and Prejudice variation begins right after Lizzy and Darcy meet at Pemberley. Darcy rides to the inn in Lambton to see Lizzy just as she receives the awful news of Lydia's elopement. Forced to disclose everything to Darcy, she breaks down in tears.
It's here that the variation breaks from canon, as Lizzy realizes this is the last time she might see Darcy. Recognizing all that he means to her, she gathers her courage and apologizes to him for her harsh refusal in Kent. Overcome by her words, Darcy offers her comfort and they share a kiss, or rather several of them! They're discovered by the Gardiners, but Lizzy is still unwilling to enter into an engagement. Instead, they start a courtship, and when Darcy arrives at Longbourn things heat up even more.
This was an interesting variation that explored a more physical relationship between our dear couple. I loved the series of letters exchanged between Lizzy and Georgiana, and the Gardiners were the calm eye of the Bennet storm. All Wickham action is off screen, so the focus is all on Lizzy and Darcy's relationship.
And wow, is there a lot of focus on their physical relationship! Lizzy and Darcy are unable to keep their hands off each other. Their scenes consist of the pair professing their love for each other, trying to find corners to make out in, and chastising themselves for making out. Absent any other real plot or tension, I wouldn't say this is my favorite Reynolds, but it's an entertaining read.
Pearl Hewitt is the perfect narrator for this audiobook. Her voice and accent are so friendly, and she reads the funny parts like she's sharing in the joke. She performs consistent voices for each character, and I love her voice for Lizzy.
Loved this audible,only wish it would have been a longer story .Maybe there will be another volume ...
Where does What Would Mr. Darcy Do? rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
It's one of my top 20 overall and top 5 Jane Austen variations.
What was one of the most memorable moments of What Would Mr. Darcy Do??
Darcy staying with Elizabeth at the Inn at Lambton, instead of leaving as he does in the original. This is where this variation diverges from the original.
What do you think the narrator could have done better?
Probably the male characters but I think female narrators always have a problem when it comes to this. It goes both ways though, I've rarely heard an audiobook narrated by a male artist who manages female characters very well either.
Pearl Hewitt narrated most of this book beautifully, however, making all the characters distinct and you can tell she's British by birth and not from the USA aping an English accent.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Some of it made me laugh, especially when Elizabeth was teasing Darcy and he responded likewise. I knew that there would be a "Happy Ever After", as Abigail Reynolds has always made clear that in this series of variations, the outcome is always going to be the same as the original, so I didn't cry. On a couple of occasions, though, I did wonder what torture Ms Reynolds was going to put the couple through before reaching it.
Any additional comments?
Some people complain that Ms Reynolds puts too much non-Regency behaviour (e.g. the love scenes) in her books but after all, these are modern re-tellings and variations on the original, still set in period, so I don't have a problem with it. If our beloved Jane was writing now, what would she do? Very much the same IMHO.