Mr. Darcy's Refuge: A Pride & Prejudice Variation

Mr. Darcy's Refuge: A Pride & Prejudice Variation

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by Abigail Reynolds
     
 

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Trapped for three days by a flood, and trapped forever by society because of it....

The river isn't the only thing overflowing in Hunsford when a natural disaster forces Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy to work together. The residents of flood-stricken Hunsford, seeking refuge in the parsonage atop the hill, are unaware they are interrupting Darcy's disastrous

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Trapped for three days by a flood, and trapped forever by society because of it....

The river isn't the only thing overflowing in Hunsford when a natural disaster forces Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy to work together. The residents of flood-stricken Hunsford, seeking refuge in the parsonage atop the hill, are unaware they are interrupting Darcy's disastrous proposal. Even worse, the flood has washed out the only bride to Rosings Park, stranding Darcy with the woman who has just refused his offer of marriage. But it may already be too late to redeem Elizabeth's reputation....

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940015170801
Publisher:
White Soup Press
Publication date:
08/22/2012
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
238
Sales rank:
96,354
File size:
286 KB

Meet the Author

Abigail Reynolds is a great believer in taking detours. Originally from upstate New York, she studied Russian and theater at Bryn Mawr College and marine biology at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole. After a stint in performing arts administration, she decided to attend medical school, and took up writing as a hobby during her years as a physician in private practice.

A life-long lover of Jane Austen’s novels, Abigail began writing variations on Pride & Prejudice in 2001, then expanded her repertoire to include a series of novels set on her beloved Cape Cod. Her most recent releases are MR. DARCY’S REFUGE, A PEMBERLEY MEDLEY, and MORNING LIGHT, and she is currently working on a new Pemberley Variation and the next novel in her Cape Cod series. A lifetime member of JASNA and a founder of the popular Austen Variations group blog, she lives in Wisconsin with her husband, two teenaged children, and a menagerie of animals. Her hobbies do not include sleeping or cleaning her house.

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Mr. Darcy's Refuge: A Pride & Prejudice Variation 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book starts out in an interesting way but then descends into the usual wallowing in sex  and heaving bosoms usually found in most  third rate historical novels.  The most dramatic and interesting section of the book is when Elizbeth and Darcy are trapped on the other side of the river from Rosings.  They are left to contend with various difficulties where an opportunity to fully devleop their characters.  This was wasted as the author or her editors needed to rush onto the very sudden decision by Elizabeth to marry Mr. Darcy.  There is not the gradual dawning of self-awareness that Austen gives us but rather the need by this author to get onto the heaving bosoms section of the plot thqt takes up the rest of the book.  This is distracting from the plot, which was a good premise but wasted.  Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth spend the rest of the book either pining for each other or anticipating more bosom-heaving sessions.  It ends up squandering very good opportunities for a better book.
LiederMadchen More than 1 year ago
This latest Pemberly Variation was simply delightful, rife with humor and drama. I alternated between laughing, sighing and tearing my hair out in exasperation.Poor Darcy and Elizabeth are trapped at the Hunsford parsonage when the river overflows after being interrupted in the midst of Darcy's dreadful proposal. Once the hullabaloo dies down a little, Darcy is under the misapprehension that Elizabeth had been on the verge of saying yes, which makes things a little awkward. When she sets him straight, things get a little tense...and that's before it gets really interesting. I love how you see a great deal more of Col. Fitzwilliam in this story that usual. Caught between Elizabeth and Darcy, then Darcy and Mr. Bennet...as well as between some other people I won't mention for fear of spoilers, you feel rather sorry for the poor man. Other favorites of mine were Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner, both of whom managed to be quite devious and lovable. You get to see a harsher side to Mr. Bennet and, surprisingly, to Mr. Bingley, which I found quite interesting. My only very small complaint is that this book should have been longer. The beginning was just a trifle rushed, but mostly I just didn't want it to end so soon. I would have been very happy with another 200-300 pages so I could just wallow in the delicious romance. Anyone who loves Austenesque re-tellings will love Mr. Darcy's Refuge. Sweet, funny, and absolutely lovely, I can foresee reading this again and again, just as I do most of Abigail Reynolds' books. This is not to be missed.
Erialnj More than 1 year ago
The story line is amusing but the characters bear so little resemblance to the Austen's characters that the only relationship to P&P is the characters' names. Also, Reynolds must get some steamy sex in no matter what and it seems more forced in this effort than in the other variation I read, "Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman." If you love P&P you will find this book annoying. If you like reading Regency romance you'll find it tolerable. Some good editing would improve the book. There are many errors (words left out, wrong words, misspellings, continuity issues, etc.)
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Diane84 More than 1 year ago
i was surprised at the character "adjustments" to Austen's Mr. Bennet, as well as Mr. Bingley. But, the author tells a good tale and it is believable. i enjoyed this book more the second time than the first. I was initially distracted by the leaving of the expected Jane Austen theme, character behavior and general story expectation. The author did include gratuitous sensuality (mostly at the end) which was not needed to make this story enjoyable. This is a good "What if" story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cannot express in enough words how much I love this book! My mother bought it for me for my birthday and I wasnt too excited about it since I am a huge Pride and Prejudice fan and picky about spin offs. This however was amazing! I couldnt put it down! Darcy's devotion was inspiring even when he was refused and still striving to do right by her when it would have been all too easy to throw his hands up and back away! And Elizabeth slowly falling in love with him after fate rips them apart! *Dreamy Sigh* I cant rave enough about this book! First Abigail Reynolds book I picked up and I am now a huge fan! Cant wait for my next one!
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A person who loves reading every Jane Austen novel over and over again--and Pride & Prejudice much more than that--is usually tempted to read any "knockoff" available in print. There's never enough of Mr. Darcy (or Captain Wentworth of Persuasion, for that matter) to satisfy. I must say this one written by Abigail Reynolds is the best Mr. Darcy knockoff on the market! It's actually written a la Jane Austen style, and I can't wait to read another of her renditions! The characters are the same, but she takes such fun twists with the story that I must say--and this is so bad to say--that she eclipses Jane! I absolutely love the ending involving Jane Bennet! So preferable to the original! Don't miss this for your next Darcy fix!
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To be honest, this book took me about 3 days to finish reading. Why?. Because this book is soooooo good that I did not want it to end!!! I was so excited while I read it and the only problem I had was with Jane's end. I was happy for her of course.. but I truly did not expect it!. Great book and I hope Abigail Reynolds keeps writing this amazing books!
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Abigail Reynolds is trully a master story-teller. I fell in love with Darcy all over again as he tries to protect Elizabeth during the storms.
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I've read a buttload of P & P sequels but this version, by far, is one of my favorites! I particularly like the twist in Jane's love interest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read most of this author's books. I love her writing. This was a good book but the epilogue was not complete. Many characters are neglected.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was so excited to read the latest from this author but the story was rather tedious and there was just not enough lizzy and darcy!