Only Mr. Darcy Will Do

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"Refreshing... a tale of romance, intrigue, and adventure...that made me sigh in all the right places and laugh out loud at the most surprising moments." -Austenprose

Her worst fears come true...
After her father's death, Elizabeth Bennet goes to work as a governess. Little does she know the Willstones are social acquaintances of the Bingleys and the Darcys, and Elizabeth finds ...

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Overview

Praise for Darcy's Voyage
"Refreshing... a tale of romance, intrigue, and adventure...that made me sigh in all the right places and laugh out loud at the most surprising moments." -Austenprose

Her worst fears come true...
After her father's death, Elizabeth Bennet goes to work as a governess. Little does she know the Willstones are social acquaintances of the Bingleys and the Darcys, and Elizabeth finds herself once again drawn into Mr. Darcy's orbit. To make matters worse, Mrs. Willstone's sister sets her sights on Mr. Darcy. With Elizabeth's social status even lower than it was before, she knows she must abandon all hope of Darcy renewing his proposals, even as she begins to see him in a completely different light...

What readers say:

"An amazingly good story, beautifully plotted."

"I loved this book... I've already read it twice!"

"Another outstanding Kara Louise story! I read and own everything she has written, and I have never been disappointed."

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Editorial Reviews

Austenprose
Creative, engaging and reverent to Austen's characters, I cannot recommend Only Mr. Darcy Will Do enough. If you've never read anything by this author, then I highly suggest you jump on the bandwagon and read everything she's written.
Jane Austen Examiner
Overall, Kara hit a home run with my control group and both mentioned to me the possibility of reading more work by her. I'd like to say that I'm responsible for creating two new Austenites, but the kudos go to Kara Louise and her deft wielding of the mighty pen.
A Curious Statistical Anomaly
Kara Louise is very respectful of Austen's characters and the feel of the story as well as the interactions of the characters are believable while following naturally from the new story line. I was enchanted by characters I admire and enjoy reading about and by Louise's style, wit, humor, and story telling. If you enjoy Pride and Prejudice variations as much as the follow-ons, you really need to read Only Mr. Darcy Will Do
Love Romance Passion
Kara Louise's Only Mr. Darcy Will Do is stunning, eloquent, and just plain wonderful. It is one of the best Pride and Prejudice variations I've ever read! A keeper for sure!
Austen Sequels
Kara Louise is gifted in her writing of the Regency era, and her characterization of Lizzy and Darcy is spot on with Austen's original vision. Only Mr. Darcy Will Do is the ultimate romantic tale for those who simply cannot get enough of Lizzy and Darcy
Literary Litter
Austen fiction fans will love this. If you've not read any Austen fiction, this is a good place to begin. You don't have to know the characters to love them and delve right into the story.
Austenesque Reviews
Only Mr. Darcy Will Do is an emotive, absorbing, and heartrending romance that Austen admirers should not miss!
From the Publisher
"Creative, engaging and reverent to Austen's characters, I cannot recommend Only Mr. Darcy Will Do enough. If you've never read anything by this author, then I highly suggest you jump on the bandwagon and read everything she's written. " - Austenprose

"Overall, Kara hit a home run with my control group and both mentioned to me the possibility of reading more work by her. I'd like to say that I'm responsible for creating two new Austenites, but the kudos go to Kara Louise and her deft wielding of the mighty pen." - Jane Austen Examiner

"Kara Louise is very respectful of Austen's characters and the feel of the story as well as the interactions of the characters are believable while following naturally from the new story line. I was enchanted by characters I admire and enjoy reading about and by Louise's style, wit, humor, and story telling. If you enjoy Pride and Prejudice variations as much as the follow-ons, you really need to read Only Mr. Darcy Will Do" - A Curious Statistical Anomaly

"Kara Louise's Only Mr. Darcy Will Do is stunning, eloquent, and just plain wonderful. It is one of the best Pride and Prejudice variations I've ever read! A keeper for sure!" - Love Romance Passion

"Kara Louise is gifted in her writing of the Regency era, and her characterization of Lizzy and Darcy is spot on with Austen's original vision. Only Mr. Darcy Will Do is the ultimate romantic tale for those who simply cannot get enough of Lizzy and Darcy" - Austen Sequels

"Austen fiction fans will love this. If you've not read any Austen fiction, this is a good place to begin. You don't have to know the characters to love them and delve right into the story. " - Literary Litter

"Only Mr. Darcy Will Do is an emotive, absorbing, and heartrending romance that Austen admirers should not miss! " - Austenesque Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402241031
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 363,993
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Kara Louise grew up in the San Fernando Valley and moved to the midwest in 1991, where she enjoys the relaxed pace of the country. She began writing about 9 years ago, first with a story inspired by her genealogical research. But that took a back seat when she discovered the writings of Jane Austen. She has written 6 novels based on Pride and Prejudice, answering the "what happened next" and the "what ifs" in Elizabeth's and Darcy's story. She lives with her husband outside Wichita, Kansas.

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Elizabeth Bennet wrapped the cloak tightly around little Emily, bending down with a smile as she straightened it.

"There! I believe you are ready."

"Thank you. I am sorry I dawdled and needed you to help me get ready." She looked up at Elizabeth with pleading blue eyes.

"Will you not join us this morning, Miss Bennet? Why do you never attend church services with us?"

Elizabeth took the little girl's hands in her own. "You ask me that every week, and every week I tell you. Your mother and father have been so kind to me that on Sundays I am free from my duties so I may visit my family. I accompany my sister, Jane, and my aunt and uncle and little cousins to the church they attend in their neighbourhood."

The little girl pouted. "But today is Easter! I do not know why you cannot spend the day with us."

Elizabeth patted Emily's head. "You have me for six days a week. I would think that you would prefer to have one day without me. Besides, when we are in the country this summer, I shall be with you every day. I dare say you will tire of me then and wish to have some time away from me!"

Before the little girl could respond, her mother called from downstairs. "Emily, we are about to leave. Are you ready?" Emily looked toward the door, then sadly back at Elizabeth. "I think I would enjoy church much better if you were there with me."

"That means a great deal to me, Emily. And one day I shall join you, but not today. Now walk downstairs like the little lady you are. I will be late if I do not hasten and get myself ready." Elizabeth smiled and shook her head as she watched her ward turn and skip down the stairs.

Each week Emily's plea was the same, but Elizabeth knew that once Emily was with her parents, she would be all but forgotten.

As Sunday was her day off, normally Elizabeth did not have any responsibilities with Emily. Today, however, the young girl needed some additional help readying herself, so Elizabeth gladly assisted her. With that task now behind her, Elizabeth could look forward to her day with her family. She would accompany them to church and then visit with them throughout the afternoon and evening. This was the highlight of her week. For the remainder of the week she was governess to six-year-old Emily Willstone. Elizabeth hurried to ready herself. She knew her uncle's carriage would arrive shortly, and she did not wish to be late.

When she was finished dressing, she looked at herself in the mirror. Her eyes took in the grey dress she wore and how pale her face appeared. It was one of two grey dresses she owned and wore while in half-mourning. She also had two black dresses that had been her complete wardrobe for her days of full-mourning. She still had a little over a month of mourning remaining and she wondered whether she could ever go back to wearing colours again. Her grief was still as fresh and strong as it had been the day her father died.

In the waning of spring last year, just as the days were growing in length and warmth, Mr. Bennet was unexpectedly taken from them. A trip Elizabeth had planned to take with the Gardiners up north was cancelled. Her youngest sister, Lydia, was sent home from Brighton, where she had been staying as a guest of Colonel Forster and his wife. Jane's loss of Charles Bingley's affections was now swallowed up in the loss of her father. The family grieved together and consoled one another. Elizabeth, being the one who had the strength of character, was the one everyone turned to, yet it was she who suffered the deepest grief in the loss of her father.

While Elizabeth tried to encourage everyone to be strong, there was an underlying uncertainty that each of the Bennet ladies shared. With Longbourn entailed away to their cousin, Mr. Collins, he now had every right to claim it as his own. Whenever Mrs. Bennet brought up the dreaded subject, Elizabeth and Jane would do their best to assuage her fears that they would not be left homeless and destitute. As was feared, however, several months following Mr. Bennet's death, the Collinses sent notice that they would indeed be moving to Longbourn at the beginning of the new year. Charlotte Collins, Elizabeth's good friend, assured the family that they could remain in their home as long as they required, but Elizabeth knew she could never live at Longbourn when it was no longer theirs, and neither could she live under the same roof as Mr. Collins.

With strong urging from Elizabeth, Mrs. Bennet moved into the nearby village of Meryton with her sister and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Phillips. She brought her three youngest daughters to live with them. The Phillips's children were grown and married, and the couple was able to take the Bennet ladies into their home, although there was not as much ample space as they had enjoyed at Longbourn.

Elizabeth suggested early on that Jane move to London with Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner, their mother's brother and wife, as governess for the Gardiners' four children. Jane was delighted when Elizabeth herself secured employment as a governess for a family in London. With this arrangement, the two close sisters could still occasionally visit.

The Willstones, the family for whom Elizabeth worked, hired her when it became apparent to them in their initial meeting that she and six-year-old Emily seemed to get along quite nicely. Despite Elizabeth's lack of formal education, she impressed them with her knowledge of the basic accomplishments. While explaining she learned much from her own love of reading and self-teaching, she did have access to a few masters who lived in the nearby town of Meryton.

Richard and Lorraine Willstone were exceptionally kind and generous, allowing Elizabeth time off on Sundays to visit the Gardiners and her sister. While Elizabeth was grateful for the employment, it was not a life she had ever envisioned for herself.

A piercing recollection interrupted her musings of Easter spent in Kent exactly one year ago. She shuddered as she thought how much had changed since then.

What if I had...?

No! She stamped her foot. She would not reproach herself for refusing those two marriage proposals. The first one, Mr. Collins, she could never have agreed to. The second...

A knock at the door announced that the carriage had arrived.

She pushed away that last thought.

As the carriage drove her through the streets of London from the more fashionable neighbourhood to the less fashionable neighbourhood near Cheapside, Elizabeth looked forward with much anticipation to her day. She would listen with joy to all her aunt and sister had to share about their week, and she would recount to them how her own had passed. It would certainly prove to be a more agreeable Easter than last year.

When she arrived at the Gardiners' home, she handed off her coat and gloves and eagerly walked into the breakfast room, where a warm meal was being served. She was greeted warmly and profusely.

"Good morning, Lizzy! Happy Easter!" her uncle exclaimed, and he rose and walked over to her, wrapping her in his arms.

"Thank you, Uncle. And a joyous Easter to all of you." When her uncle released her, she walked over to Jane and gave her a hug.

"How are you, Jane?"

"I am well. And how is my dearest sister?" Jane asked.

"Delighted to be here." Elizabeth let out a soft laugh. "As much as I love Emily, the joy of my week is being with all of you."

"And how is little Emily?" her aunt asked as Elizabeth motioned for her to remain seated.

"Her usual self," answered Elizabeth as she walked over and gave her aunt a kiss on the cheek. "She was a little slow this morning getting ready for church, so I gave her some assistance. She went through her usual custom of not wishing to leave without me. I hope I am not late."

"Dearest Lizzy, do not worry about being late. We have plenty of time," her aunt reassured her.

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  • Posted March 31, 2011

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    Loved this book!

    I absolutely adore Jane Austen sequels and variations. When I received this book in the mail I squeeed while jumping up and down. My husband asked me what was the matter and I told him "It's Darcy and Elizabeth". He just rolled his eyes and said he didn't understand how I could read the same story over and over again. I had to set him straight. This is an entirely different story. Yes, it has Darcy and Elizabeth in it but the journey to happily ever after is completely different. That's what I love about variations. I love seeing how the authors envision these beloved characters and the alternative direction they take this well known story.
    Only Mr. Darcy Will Do is a fantastic variation. I found my self devouring this book page after page. This was a 'stay up all night to read' book. Kara Louise takes Darcy and Elizabeth and sets them on a different path. After Mr. Darcy's disastrous proposal, Elizabeth gets the tragic news that Mr. Bennett has died leaving his estate to Mr. Collins. Elizabeth becomes a governess with a respectable family. She adores her pupil and is within walking distance of her most beloved sister, Jane. Elizabeth and Jane although content are a little disheartened about their present circumstances. They carry on as best they can. Elizabeth forms a friendship with her employers sister, Rosalyn. During their friendship it is discovered the Rosalyn has her sites set on none other than Mr. Darcy.
    I really like the direction that Kara Louise took this story. I really appreciated how she kept the personalties of Darcy and Elizabeth in tact. I was sorry that Mr. Bennett had to die because he's one of my favorite characters but it is necessary for the storyline. Kara Louise introduces some new characters into the story. Rosalyn, who has her eye on Mr. Darcy is a great character. I love seeing her transform through out the book. Mr. Hamilton is also a great new character. He doesn't think much before he speaks but he added some comedy to this novel. The author kept many of the original characters in this book but she gives an exciting twist to their stories as well. Of course the main focus of the book is Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth. I loved seeing their story unfold bit by bit. Kara Louise gives us a glimpse of the softer side of Mr. Darcy. The banter between the two is great. I fell in-love with Darcy and Elizabeth all over again. I thought the story was fresh and deeply romantic. This is a book that I will definitely read again.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 12, 2011

    Hooked For Life!!

    I absolutely LOVED this book! It was a first of it's kind for me. Can you believe it? I have NEVER read a Jane Austen novel (though I have two sitting on my shelves waiting to be read!), nor have I read any of these sequels, but after reading Kara's book, I am hooked as a fan for life! She has a way with her words to make the story stand out. It engulfs the read, and the love and romance, and humorous moments cocoon the reader like a warm, fuzzy blanket on a relaxing night.

    Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy are a couple like no other. The sparks are always there, even when they don't want to acknowledge them for fear of what gossip mill will run. Elizabeth turned downed Mr. Darcy's proposal a year ago, and now another woman is interested in the wonderful, handsome young Mr. Darcy. Can Miss Bennett let him go? Can someone of her status win back his heart? Through laughs, love and persistence, can Mr. Darcy and Miss Bennett realize that only the other will do for their love and happily ever after?

    I loved this sweet, romantic historical novel. I could hear all the accents and see all the scenes come to life before me. I walked along side of Miss Bennett and fell in love with Mr. Darcy, too! If you are an Austen fan, then you are SURE to love this story. The skill of Kara Louise, the lovable characters and the laughs make up a fantastic 5 star novel. I highly recommend this book to all as one that should be read hundreds of times over!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2013

    Another very good P & P sequel!

    I think Miss Austen would enjoy this sequel to her wonderful story. For all who can't get enough of Pride and Prejudice, be sure to include this one !

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 30, 2011

    Loved this version!

    I have read many sequels and this is one of my favorites. I love pride and prejudice but adding a touch of Jane Eyre to the story line was genus. This is another favorite romantic classic.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 8, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    Good book, but WAIT!

    The other reviews are very detailed and I will only add that I agree that this is a very interesting book and that I enjoy it very much, however this is "Something Like Regret" re-released with a new title... I almost bought the same book twice!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2014

    This is probably the best novel I have read using the characters

    This is probably the best novel I have read using the characters from Pride & Prejudice. I couldn't put the book down. I read it in 3 days. Kara Louise transports you seamlessly right back into the story. However, she changes the story a little and inserts Elizabeth and Darcy's courtship and how they fell in love before they get married. Very charming! I would highly recommend this novel!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2014

    Beautifully written

    Thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Will be reading her other books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2014

    Great story

    I loved it! It was a very intriguing alternate story that would please Ms. Austen herself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2014

    Really enjoyed this

    It swept me up all over again. Good book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2014

    Recommend.

    I really enjoyed the story, however, the dialogue and writing style did little to remind me of the 16th-17th centuries (Or whenever P&P took place.) Definitely not Jane Austin style. The love story was wonderful. I even liked the new angle on the old story but, other than the chaste touching, and respectful sur names, it didnt feel much like an "historical" romance. Having said that, I did like the book and looked forward to reading it everyday, so do I recommend it.

    S.A.K.

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  • Posted January 28, 2013

    Only this book will do!! If I didn't suffered a heart attack mus

    Only this book will do!! If I didn't suffered a heart attack must be because I'm in exceptional physical shape. I did not wanted to stop reading and I was afraid to finish reading my book so fast. This is one of the best "Pride and Prejudice" variations I have ever read.

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

    Love Jane Austen. I have purchased many different sequels of Pri

    Love Jane Austen. I have purchased many different sequels of Pride and Prejudice. This is one of the best "what if's" of Elizabeth & Mr. Darcy. I will reread this book again.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 24, 2012

    Most of this was AWESOME

    Everything at Pemberly was AWESOME! That said, after they left it kinda went down hill. There is no way that they would invite Wickham and Lydia to their wedding; what about Georgiana? That part made NO sense! But 90% of the book was great, and one of my favorite reads of the darcy/lizzy alternate reality books. I would definately take the time to read my favorite parts again! :)

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2012

    Recommend

    Not my favorite adaptation. However, it is a good read.

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  • Posted May 23, 2011

    Great read!!

    Love P&P variations, and I just finished Abigail Reynolds' collection and needed something to fill the void. This book was fantastic. Darcy and Elizabeth's characters are true to the original and how they grow together is beautiful!! Loved this book, can't wait to read it again!

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