Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy: The Last Man in the World [NOOK Book]

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What if…

The last man in the world she could be prevailed upon to marry…is her husband?

In Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth Bennet tells the proud Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy that she wouldn't marry him if he were the last man in the world.

But what if she never said the words? What if circumstances conspired to make her accept Darcy the first time he proposes?

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Overview

What if…

The last man in the world she could be prevailed upon to marry…is her husband?

In Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth Bennet tells the proud Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy that she wouldn't marry him if he were the last man in the world.

But what if she never said the words? What if circumstances conspired to make her accept Darcy the first time he proposes?

In this installment of Abigail Reynolds's acclaimed Pride and Prejudice Variations, Elizabeth agrees to marry Darcy against her better judgment, setting off a chain of events that nearly brings disaster to them both…

What readers are saying

"A highly original story, immensely satisfying."

"Anyone who loves the story of Darcy and Elizabeth will love this variation."

"I was hooked from page one."

"A refreshing new look at what might have happened if…"

"Another good book to curl up with… I never wanted to put it down."

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Originally self-published as a “Pride and Prejudice Variation,” Reynolds (From Lambton to Longborn) introduces a few twists to the Austen classic, a project that purists will surely abhor, but which should prove a pleasing diversion for more casual fans. In this spin on events, Reynolds excises Elizabeth Bennet's famous rejection of Fitzwilliam Darcy's initial proposal (“the last man on earth” she'd marry), instead putting them together from the get-go (despite Elizabeth's lingering doubts). This romantic trifle is marred by occasionally hysterical sentiment (Darcy: “But ardent love will not be denied. I can no longer imagine a future without you by my side”) and the incongruous notion that Austen's willful proto-feminist would feel constrained by a kiss, however public. If romantics can overlook the subversion, they should enjoy witnessing Elizabeth as an industrious and caring wife, administering to Pemberley's tenants, learning how to be an equestrian and growing to love that perplexing Darcy; characteristic trepidations, setbacks and miscommunications stick close to the spirit of Austen. (Jan.)
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"I will definitely read another of Abigail Reynolds' books in the future." - Virginie Barbeau

" I would recommend Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy for anyone who loves Pride and Prejudice and can't get enough of these characters." - PopSynidcate.com

"What a beautiful story Abigail Reynolds has brought to the many devoted Jane Austen fans." - A Bibliophile's Bookshelf

"Abigail Reynolds delivers again!" - Love Romance Passion

"Thought-provoking and extremely sensual." - Readaholic

" I believe Reynolds did a nice job of making these characters her own, while not sacrificing Austen's intent." - Palmer's Picks for Reading

"Absolutely fabulous... I can't wait to read Abigail Reynolds' other books and will read any further sequel she writes." - Books Like Breathing

"A very talented and gifted author that clearly loves Jane Austen and "Pride and Prejudice" with a passion! " - Austenesque Reviews

"Reynolds' spin on the love story reads like a classic. " - Savvy Verse & Wit

"A great novel to add to your Austen sequel collection." - Okbo Lover

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402246289
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Series: Pride and Prejudice Variation Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 65,102
  • File size: 819 KB

Meet the Author

Abigail Reynolds is a physician and a lifelong Jane Austen enthusiast. She began writing the Pride and Prejudice Variations series in 2001, and encouragement from fellow Austen fans convinced her to continue asking "What if...?" She lives with her husband and two teenage children in Madison, Wisconsin.
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Excerpt from Chapter One:

"In a moment, when we leave the trees, you will be able to see the house," said Mr. Darcy. "There it is, across the valley—Pemberley House."

Elizabeth smiled at him dutifully, then looked out the window of the carriage to where he was pointing. The house was large and handsome, even at this distance, and its situation on a rising hill above the water was lovely. Of course, she had expected as much, having heard its praises sung by Miss Bingley as well as Darcy himself. In other circumstances, she might have been delighted by it.

She became aware that his eyes were upon her awaiting her response. Obediently, she turned to him and said, "It is lovely, sir. I do not believe I have ever seen a house more fortunately situated."

His face warmed with pleasure, and Elizabeth hurriedly looked out the window again, pretending to examine the nearer aspects of the house as they drove along a stream which wound its way downhill. There was no denying the beauty of the park. It would be some consolation to have such fine-looking grounds to wander through whenever she wished.

The driver called out to the horses as they pulled up in front of the house. Darcy stepped out immediately, then turned to offer his hand to Elizabeth. She placed her own upon it, accepting his support as she stepped down, then allowed him to bring her hand to his lips for an intimate caress.

There was no point, after all, in pretending he did not have the right or that he had not spent the previous night taking every imaginable liberty with her body. She had no reason to complain; he had been kind and gentle, but after a second long day of travel, her spirits were flagging, and she found the pretence of happiness more difficult to sustain.

He did not release her hand, and eventually she glanced up at him to find a slight smile upon his lips. "Welcome to Pemberley, Mrs. Darcy," he said with evident satisfaction. To Elizabeth's relief, the rooms and furnishings of Pemberley house showed more restraint and true elegance than she had expected. She had tried to imagine living in an even grander and ore ostentatious version of Rosings; at least her surroundings would be more pleasant than that. It demonstrated more good taste on Mr. Darcy's part than she would have anticipated. In all fairness, she had to admit there had been no reason to think he lacked taste beyond the garishness of his aunt's residence. Nothing about his appearance, from his frock coats to his horses, was ever lacking. She schooled herself to remember how little she knew this man who was her husband. It was imperative that she learn to grant him the benefit of the doubt if they were not both to be unhappy.

She was greeted respectfully by the housekeeper, Mrs. Reynolds. The household appeared to be excellently managed; she could have no complaints in that regard. The servants were deferential without being obsequious, and Darcy appeared genuinely glad to see some of them.

Finally, he asked if she would like to see her rooms. Hoping for the chance to refresh herself, she agreed and followed him through a maze of corridors to a large, well-lit suite. Darcy closed the door behind them and took her into his arms. It was something she had become accustomed to, and in general it no longer made her uncomfortable, but after the intimacies of the previous night, it felt like an intrusion. She would learn to bear it.

If only she could have a few minutes to herself! She had barely been out of his company since she walked into the church the previous day. It was a long time to play the role of the contented wife without an intermission.

Finally, in desperation, she suggested to him that she needed a little rest, and he reluctantly departed, promising to see her shortly at dinner. As the door closed, leaving her alone at last, her façade visibly collapsed, her shoulders slumping in despair. Surely this would become easier with time. She lay down on the bed—larger than any she had ever slept in before—to which she was supposed to welcome her new husband. Tears of loneliness and fatigue slipped down her face.

How had her life come to this? If only she had paid more attention to Darcy's puzzling behaviour when they first met and then later at Rosings, perhaps she might have prevented it. But that was useless speculation. There was nothing left but to make the best of it.

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  • Posted January 10, 2010

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    Great for Austen fans!

    Since I'm so attached to Lizzy and Darcy, naturally this book absorbed every bit of my attention. I liked how it switched from Elizabeth to Darcy's viewpoint and it was fun to see how each one thought of each other and what they thought after their quarrels. Sometimes it made me just want to smack myself because they just couldn't see eye to eye and you wanted to jump in and become the middle person in their arguements. Then there were parts where I wanted both of them in their own corners as if they were children and misbehaving. It was just filled with such emotional conflicts that you weren't sure how to feel towards both of them. There were also times where I just heaved a sigh of frustration because it just wasn't working out and it felt as if it was one thing after another and you're left with saying: "Oh jeez, now what???" but, I liked it. This book was excellent on tugging emotions left, right and center. I really liked both Elizabeth and Darcy in this book.

    Their character development was great. What I thought most interesting was, Georgiana, who wasn't really much in the book developed in character as well I actually liked that considering we don't really hear much about her anyway. However, naturally the main character development is within Elizabeth and Darcy and they develop nicely. Plotwise, I'd have to say there really isn't much of one. The real main focus is the development of the relationship between Elizabeth and Darcy. This might not sit well with others as plot driven novels can be essential to the story. I didn't mind, I was too engrossed in their relationship and what they went through to really pay attention to having no plot.

    The one thing that did bother me about the novel was Elizabeth's behavior. Where was her wit? her comments that had the subtle sarcasm that was her trademark? where was her inner strength and her ability to think things through clearly and cleverly? to me, Elizabeth wasn't really Elizabeth it was like as if that part of her personality was wrenched out from her. I wasn't really too crazy about this new Elizabeth in this book but I went along with it. There were parts in the book where she engaged in her banter with Darcy but it just wasn't the same. It bugged me but not the the extent that I had to stop the book and quit it altogether. There are a few romance scenes in here, but I was willing to read it through. It was acceptable for a non romance reader like me.

    Overall, if Elizabeth's personality change doesn't bother even the most hard core of Austen readers out there, then by all means pick this up. It'll tear you to pieces with emotions, that I can guarantee you. You either wanted to reach out to either confort or lecture these two. This is a great Jane Austen "What if" question, and a great novel to add to your Austen sequel collection.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 8, 2010

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    Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy

    I LOVED this book. I loved it because it took a different approach to Pride and Prejudice then other variations or sequels. Having Lizzie forced to marry Darcy before she realized she loved him was great (although it was sad when he found out she didn't love him). Watching them grow to realize they were perfect for each other was a wonderful reading experience. Those who read Pride and Prejudice sequels obviously do it for their love of Lizzie and Darcy. It was nice to read a refreshing different approach to their love story. I read this all in one sitting. I definitely recommend reading it!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2010

    BRAVO!!!

    The last Abigail Reynolds book I read was terrrible! I almost didn't buy this one, but I'm thankful the good reviews and sale price made me give in. By far this is one of my favorite P&P spin offs. Loved the twist of events from the original. Of course I must point out a negative. Once again Ms. Reynolds had to make the bedroom a little too steamy for my taste. At one point I had to minimize the font in fear that someone would read over my shoulder. It felt like I was reading a book with Fabio on the cover.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2010

    Loved it!

    When I first started reading I wasn't sure I would like it, but then it really got going, and I was completely hooked! It was a real page turner, and the writer has a wonderful grasp of the characters. I've read a number of Pride and Prejudice alternate reality books, and this is my favorite! I highly recommend it! I also recommend the third book in the Pamela Aiden series from Darcy's perspective regarding Elizabeth.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2010

    A great read - all 3 times

    The only reason I didn't read this a 4th time was that I had to get it back to the library in 14 days. And I should state that I never re-read books. I did need to go back and read Pride and Prejudice again, as I hadn't in several years, but this book is very true to the "essence" of the original characters and maintains the frustration and thrill of the original plot. Yet, it is intriguing to see what would happen to the characters you fell in love with, had they chosen a different path in the original book. Having read other P&P novels (including the dreadful Lathan ones), this is where you should be if you love Austen's characters and want to continue to "spend time" with them.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 10, 2010

    A variation of the most interesting sort

    This is an interesting take on Mr. Darcy's first proposal in "Pride and Prejudice." Here, Elizabeth is forced, against her better judgment, to accept Mr. Darcy and they end up married, with him besotted and her barely managing to play the dutiful wife. While this booked lacked the sparkle and wit of Ms. Reynold's "Impulse and Initiative" variation, it was still a good read that I devoured in one sitting.

    The good points: I think that based on what happened here, and knowing the past not related pulled from P&P, Lizzy and Darcy did act fairly as expected. Another review said that Lizzy was out of character, but her actions are explained by her anger at her situation and her lack of comprehension of Darcy's affection and her place at Pemberly. In order to settle into her position and to keep herself from upsetting her husband and entering into arguments with him, she stays quiet when they are together and loses her livlihood. This causes Darcy distress, of course, but for much of the book the two are too proud and presumptuous to talk to each other, which is true to the original as well. I wish that less of the book had focused on misunderstanding and silent seething, but in this variation (that being the key word), it works. I truly feel that this would be a likely scenario if Elizabeth had married, against her will, a man she did not understand and whose love for her she could not fathom.

    The bad: In a word, Georgiana. What possessed Ms. Reynolds to portray her as she does is a great mystery. Georgiana's words and behaviors, even with the explanations given, are so out of character and incomprehensible that I felt it was like reading about a new sister, not the shy, injured one was expect. Her presence and thoughts add little to the story, although the scene where Lizzy sets her right was enjoyable.

    All in all, if you love P&P and want to see what might have happeened, if ... then give this a try.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 6, 2013

    Excellent read! My eyes stung with tears more than once as I rea

    Excellent read! My eyes stung with tears more than once as I read this book. One cannot help but feel for both Lizzy and Fitzwilliam. Though all turns out well in the end, the journey is intense. One just can't keep from wanting to shake them both out of frustration.

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  • Posted April 1, 2013

    I loved it!  I have read other sequels but this is by far my fav

    I loved it!  I have read other sequels but this is by far my favorite.  What if...are huge words and this perspective answers it wonderfully. I loved the character development of some of the lesser discussed characters. Wickam and Lydia, Georgianna, Col. Fitzwilliam, and even the staff at Pemberley. Well done!

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  • Posted February 15, 2013

    Pretty good!

    I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Its not an Austen novel but it does a fine job of giving us Darcys point of view. Give it a try, I think you'll enjoy it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2012

    Grestv Great read

    What if Elizabeth said yes the first time?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2011

    Decent

    Good writing style. Good finish to the original pand p.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2012

    My favorite alternative P&P

    So, of course it's no where near as good as the original. With that said, this is a good romance, with lots of angst and a beautiful ending.

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  • Posted August 10, 2011

    I love fan fiction with a twist!

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  • Posted August 2, 2011

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    I Also Recommend:

    Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy : The Last Man in the World

    This book was really well written and I felt that the book did a great job of describing the differences in how Elizabeth and Darcy might have misinterpreted things causing problems to arise and how they finally work things out. This book was a very interesting read that I enjoyed reading.

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  • Posted June 13, 2011

    Heartbreakingly+beautiful

    Just+as+other+reviewers+have+said%2C+keep+reading.+And+when+you+do%2C+you+won%27t+regret+any+of+the+time+you+spent+doing+so.+I+recommend+this+book+to+any+Jane+Austen+fan.+

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  • Posted June 4, 2011

    Hold Fast!

    There is so much to say that I could prattle on like Mr. Collins, but I will try to contain myself. This story might not please the hardcore Austen followers, but nonetheless it is an amazing story. I was truly curious on how the author would rewrite the proposal scene and I was not disappointed. The book takes off from there on a whirlwind of emotion. I must have cried through 3/4 of the book. Beware that it takes Elizabeth and Darcy to a very dark place and that their rough patches are worse than any other rendition. But when they come out on the otherside it is more beautiful than the original story. Their happily ever after completely balances out the rest if the book. This is not for the faint hearted, but I still want everyone to read it. Grab some kleenex and a stuffed animal and bunker down. I did not stop once I started and I am glad for it. I will most definitely read the other books this author has written. This book is totally and completely worth the buy and the emotional involvement. Just be sure to read something light and witty after. Cheers!

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  • Posted March 10, 2011

    Nice reading, enjoyed it.

    Story line was entertaining. I considered it leisure time reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2010

    Just okay.

    This wasn't as good as some of the other Pride and Prejudice variations I have read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    OMG

    I LOVED THIS BOOK

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