Mr. Darcy's Proposal

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A Pride and Prejudice "What If?" Story...
This retelling of Pride and Prejudice asks "what if" events prevented Fitzwilliam Darcy from proposing to Elizabeth Bennet that day at Hunsford parsonage? Darcy arrives with marriage on his mind, only to find Elizabeth has just received news her father is critically ill and not expected to live. In the process of offering his help to her in traveling home, Darcy discovers what she really thinks of him-and it's not good. Should Darcy ...
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Overview

A Pride and Prejudice "What If?" Story...
This retelling of Pride and Prejudice asks "what if" events prevented Fitzwilliam Darcy from proposing to Elizabeth Bennet that day at Hunsford parsonage? Darcy arrives with marriage on his mind, only to find Elizabeth has just received news her father is critically ill and not expected to live. In the process of offering his help to her in traveling home, Darcy discovers what she really thinks of him-and it's not good. Should Darcy deliver Elizabeth home to be with her family and then disappear from her life, or should he propose another kind of help? Will Elizabeth be willing to sacrifice her future happiness to save her family from financial ruin? Or, do she and Darcy, two very stubborn people, have a chance of finding happiness together?
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  • ISBN-13: 9780615529721
  • Publisher: Susan Mason-Milks
  • Publication date: 9/28/2011
  • Pages: 408
  • Sales rank: 392,200
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Ms. Mason-Milks says, "Writing stories inspired by Austen's books offers a way to spend more time with characters I've grown to love. Just because the book ends, it doesn't have to be the end of the story."
In addition to writing, her other loves include singing in "a cappella joy" (a women's barbershop chorus), reading, and yoga. She currently lives in Seattle with her husband and their three cats.
In addition to her blog at http://www.austen-whatif-stories.com, she is also part of a group blog called austenauthors.net.
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  • Posted November 11, 2011

    Check this out!

    It has been said that you know you are a success when others imitate you. Jane Austin must be the greatest success of all time as many authors imitate her style and even rewrite her books. I have read several of these imitations and sequels and ¿what ifs¿ and have found them less than satisfying. Mr. Darcy¿s Proposal is the exception. The playfulness of Elizabeth and the masked insecurity of Mr. Darcy are there for the reader to enjoy. I did get frustrated by all the misunderstandings, but that only indicated to me how much I was caught up in the story. Read it. You¿ll love it.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 21, 2011

    Loved It!

    Darcy proposes marriage to help Lizzy through tough times as her father's health fails. As she comes to rely on the strength of her new husband, she realizes she has married a complex, handsome, loyal, romantic man. This journey is a wonderful read that is not overly sensual. One of the best sequels out there.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 28, 2012

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    Wonderful What-if!

    What if Mr. Darcy didn’t get a chance to make his dreadful proposal at Hunsford? What if Elizabeth’s father fell ill before any of his daughters were married? What if Mr. Darcy proposed a plan to save Elizabeth and her family? Susan Mason-Milks explores these questions in her debut novel, Mr. Darcy’s Proposal. Throughout the book, Mason-Milks does a great job of showing rather than telling. Whether it’s tea stains on the carpet, horse riding or fun games splashing in the water and telling secrets, the scenes are real, vivid, and memorable. Watching Elizabeth slowly fall in love with Mr. Darcy was both entertaining and enjoyable. She may not have wanted her marriage to Darcy; however, Elizabeth realizes it is up to her to make the most of it. With each proffered handkerchief (as she is always finds herself without her own- and one of my favorite parts throughout the book), Elizabeth slowly begins to see a new side to Mr. Darcy, realizing he may not be as arrogant and dour as she first thought. Darcy, who still believes Elizabeth is a woman worth being pleased, is persistent in setting out to prove this. As their relationship progresses, each look, each smile, and each touch help build the passion and tension. For those who do not enjoy explicit amorous scenes, this novel will be one of interest as Mason-Milks allows the reader to sense the passion between the couple without the details. Even though there are some intimacies, it takes quite awhile getting them there as they have to work through a myriad of misunderstandings. The roles of Master of Pemberley and Georgiana’s guardian have heightened Darcy’s authoritative demeanor. For a man used to giving commands and having his orders carried out without question, Darcy does not realize his motives could be viewed as anything but proper. However, suffering from trust issues, Elizabeth misunderstands Darcy’s reasons behind his actions. At times, Elizabeth feels she cannot approach Darcy with her problems, causing her to bottled-up her frustration until it cannot be contained any longer and explodes. About the time I was tiring of all the misunderstandings, Darcy and Elizabeth finally get everything out in the open. Whew! With those problems behind them, they now must figure out how to make their relationship work. It was worth the wait. FTC Disclaimer: Review copy provided by author

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 29, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    As Ms. Mason-Milks states, this book is in the "what if" category of the "Pride and Prejudice" story. The circumstances are drastically changing in the Bennet family, and Mr. Darcy, assured of his love for Elizabeth, offers to marry her, although she does not love him. There are many sides to Mr. Darcy than Elizabeth ever imagined: his kindness, thoughtfulness, and his care for her, although often misunderstood. There is an excellent flow of the story and extensive detail adds to the development of Elizabeth and Darcy's characters. The progression of their relationship--including many trials and misunderstandings on both sides--is a delight to read. The love relationship between the two develops so beautifully, and the conclusion is very satisfying. Kudos to Ms. Mason-Milks!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2012

    It was good, as long as I kept reminding myself that I wasn't reading Jane Austen

    I really enjoyed this book, from start to finish. The premise was very interesting, and Mason-Milks handled the familiar characters in their changed circumstances in a masterful way. I always felt that Darcy acted true to form and that Lizzy did as well, which is especially impressive considering how different Lizzy's story is in this book. I suppose the only issue I had with this book (or any other Austen fan fiction, probably) is that I had to keep reminding myself that I was reading a piece of modern fiction, albeit in a historical setting, that used Jane Austen's famous characters. I kept expecting the kind of sparkling humor of Austen's manner comedies, and it was disappointing that wit and humor were so frequently and conspicuously absent from the telling. I know it's silly, and I should read Jane Austen when I want Jane Austen. Otherwise, I thought this story was very well told.

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  • Posted February 25, 2012

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    A Wonderful What-if!!

    What if Mr. Darcy didn’t get a chance to make his dreadful proposal at Hunsford? What if Elizabeth’s father fell ill before any of his daughters were married? What if Mr. Darcy proposed a plan to save Elizabeth and her family? Susan Mason-Milks explores these questions in her debut novel, "Mr. Darcy’s Proposal."

    Throughout the book, Mason-Milks does a great job of showing rather than telling. Whether it’s tea stains on the carpet, horse riding or fun games splashing in the water and telling secrets, the scenes are real, vivid, and memorable.

    Watching Elizabeth slowly fall in love with Mr. Darcy was both entertaining and enjoyable. She may not have wanted her marriage to Darcy; however, Elizabeth realizes it is up to her to make the most of it. With each proffered handkerchief (as she is always finds herself without her own- and one of my favorite parts throughout the book), Elizabeth slowly begins to see a new side to Mr. Darcy, realizing he may not be as arrogant and dour as she first thought. Darcy, who still believes Elizabeth is a woman worth being pleased, is persistent in setting out to prove this. As their relationship progresses, each look, each smile, and each touch help build the passion and tension. For those who do not enjoy explicit amorous scenes, this novel will be one of interest as Mason-Milks allows the reader to sense the passion between the couple without the details.

    Even though there are some intimacies, it takes quite awhile getting them there as they have to work through a myriad of misunderstandings. The roles of Master of Pemberley and Georgiana’s guardian have heightened Darcy’s authoritative demeanor. For a man used to giving commands and having his orders carried out without question, Darcy does not realize his motives could be viewed as anything but proper. However, suffering from trust issues, Elizabeth misunderstands Darcy’s reasons behind his actions. At times, Elizabeth feels she cannot approach Darcy with her problems, causing her to bottled-up her frustration until it cannot be contained any longer and explodes.

    About the time I was tiring of all the misunderstandings, Darcy and Elizabeth finally get everything out in the open. Whew! With those problems behind them, they now must figure out how to make their relationship work. It was worth the wait.

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  • Posted February 8, 2012

    A delightful must-read, even for Austen beginners.

    This book is my inaugural foray into Austen territory. After purchasing Mr. Darcy's Proposal on the recommendation of a friend - I dug right in, and was amazed at how quickly I ripped through over 800 pages (Nook edition)! What I thought would be a daunting read was completely delightful, full of detailed character development and wonderful dialogue.
    I learned to love the characters through their faults, their bickerings, their mistrust,
    and eventually their love for each other.
    Now, though I never thought I would - I'm hooked, and am going back to the beginning to read Jane Austen's version! I only hope the characters are the same - as I'm pretty attached now to Ms. Mason-Milks' adaptation. I can't wait to see what she comes up with next - I'm hoping to read more about sister Jane and Bingley!

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  • Posted December 23, 2011

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    Excellent Take on A Classic! Must Read

    I found this book highly enjoyable! It is well written and the language follows the syntax of the time. The storyline was a complete surprise!
    I will not give it away but I will say I found Miss Bennett to be almost too headstrong. But the story is absolutely believable for the time period.
    A great read, I really couldn't put it down. I would, and have recommended this book to all P&P sequel lovers, this one was very "clean" compared to some of the others as well.

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  • Posted December 16, 2011

    I recommend this book to anyone who loves a love story

    It was well written and is one of a few which I would read again. Again, through all the everything Mr. Darcy still wins the love of his Elizabeth.

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  • Posted October 22, 2011

    Interesting twist

    I liked the way this story was presented. It's a very real situation for the time and it was very well written!

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