To Conquer Mr. Darcy (Pride and Prejudice Variation Series) [NOOK Book]

Overview

What if...

Instead of disappearing from Elizabeth Bennet's life after she refused his offer of marriage, Mr. Darcy had stayed and tried to change her mind?

What if...

Lizzy, as she gets to know Darcy, finds him undeniably attractive and her impulses win out over her sense of propriety?

What if...

Madly in ...

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To Conquer Mr. Darcy (Pride and Prejudice Variation Series)

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Overview

What if...

Instead of disappearing from Elizabeth Bennet's life after she refused his offer of marriage, Mr. Darcy had stayed and tried to change her mind?

What if...

Lizzy, as she gets to know Darcy, finds him undeniably attractive and her impulses win out over her sense of propriety?

What if...

Madly in love and mutually on fire, their passion anticipates their wedding?

In To Conquer Mr. Darcy, instead of avoiding Elizabeth after his ill-fated marriage proposal, Mr. Darcy follows her back to Hertfordshire to prove to her he is a changed man and worthy of her love. And little by little, Elizabeth begins to find the man she thought she despised, irresistible...

"Shows a different side of Darcy, a bold side unafraid of going after what he wants."
-Hollywood Today

"Sure to appeal to fans of lusty historical romance."
-Library Journal

"Abigail Reynolds sure knows how to steam up a page!"
-A Readers Respite

"If you always longed for Mr. Darcy to sweep Elizabeth off her feet, then this is your book!"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402256615
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/2010
  • Series: Pride and Prejudice Variation Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 45,372
  • File size: 629 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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From Chapter 1:

It was nearing noon on a hot June day when Colonel Fitzwilliam stepped out of the stuffy coach into the raucous noise of London. Since it was only a short distance to Darcy's house, he decided to take the opportunity to stretch his legs after the long ride rather than hire a carriage. Paying a boy to cart his luggage for him, he set off at a quick pace.

He sincerely hoped that his cousin would prove to be in town. He could not be certain, since Darcy had been such a poor-in fact non-existent-correspon­dent since their trip to Rosings. Georgiana's last letter had not indicated any planned travels, so presumably she at least would be there. He would prefer to see Darcy, though, so that he could at least attempt to resolve whatever it was he had said or done that had offended his cousin.

Darcy had clearly been angry and upset when they left Rosings, but had been unwilling to discuss his concerns. At the time, knowing that Lady Catherine had called Darcy in for a private conference just before their departure, Colonel Fitzwilliam had assumed that his mood was related to that event, and that she must have finally overstepped the boundaries regarding Darcy's supposed engagement to her daughter. But now, after nearly two months of uncharacteristic silence from Darcy, and despite several letters sent to him, he could only conclude that Darcy's anger must have been directed toward him. Try as he might, he could not recollect anything more offensive in his behavior than the usual teasing he engaged in with his cousin. Well, he would just have to jolly Darcy out of his sulk and find out what was on his mind.

He rapped sharply on the front door and was admitted by a servant who knew him well enough not to comment on his unexpected arrival. He was informed that Darcy was out, but Miss Georgiana was at home and would receive him in her sitting room. Disregarding the offer to show him in, Colonel Fitzwilliam strode down the hall and walked in.

"Cousin Richard!" Georgiana said delightedly. "What a lovely surprise! I thought you were still in Newcastle!"

He kissed her cheek in greeting. "Sorry to disap­point you, sweetheart. His Lordship decided that Major General Bradford needs to discuss certain matters with me immediately, so there I was, sent off post-haste to London with nary a chance even to tell you I was coming. Can you put up your poor wandering cousin for a few nights while I suffer the slings and arrows of the Major General?"
Georgiana smiled. "Oh, Richard, of course. Why else would we keep your room available?"

He bowed slightly. "Let me excuse myself then to make myself presentable for the company of a lady, which, after roasting for two days in the most uncom­fortable coach in England, I assure you that I am not."

"Of course. I will be here when you are ready. And, Richard," she added, her voice becoming serious, "I am glad you are here. I need to talk to you about William."

"So something is up in that quarter. I suspected as much. I shall be interested to hear all about it."

In his room he was grateful to shrug out of his sweaty uniform while one of the menservants vainly tried to unwrinkle the garments he had packed hurriedly in Newcastle. "Well, they will just have to do for today," Colonel Fitzwilliam told him. "Perhaps you could spruce up the rest for tomorrow."

A knock came at the door as he was buttoning his waistcoat. Philips, Darcy's long-time butler, was on the other side. Colonel Fitzwilliam waved him in.

"Welcome to London, Colonel." Philips looked unwontedly nervous. "I know you have just arrived, but I wondered if I might be so bold as to beg a moment of your time."

"Of course," he said amiably. "What can I do for you?"

"Well, sir, I hope you will not think this excessively forward of me, but when I heard you were here, I thought perhaps... I should take the opportunity to speak with you about a concern that I have, that is to say that the staff in general have, but we have been at a loss as to whom to approach about it."

"Well, I'll be happy to hear you out, but surely if this is a staff concern, would Darcy not be the one to address?"

"Yes, sir, of course, but you see, the concern is, well, about Mr. Darcy, sir. He just hasn't been himself of late."

The colonel held his chin up as the valet began tying his cravat. He was quite surprised that the loyal and reticent Philips would approach him about Darcy at all, much less with a concern. "Not himself? What do you mean?"

"He seems very, well, withdrawn, I would say, for lack of a better word. He spends most of his time alone in his study, and we, the staff that is, have noticed that he often seems to be, well, in some distress. He goes out most evenings, although he doesn't seem to look forward to it, but then when his friends come calling, he isn't at home to them, not even Mr. Bingley. Mr. Darcy has never been what I would call a man of many words, sir, but now, well, we don't hear much of anything out of him beyond requests and thank yous, even his valet. And, well, there are other things, but I'm sure you see the problem."

"What other things, Philips?" Now he was truly concerned.

"Well, sir, he's been short with Miss Georgiana a few times. And he has taken to staying up half the night, sometimes reading, but sometimes pacing or just staring off into space. And, well, begging your pardon, sir, but as you know Mr. Darcy has never been one for excessive imbibing, as it were, but there have been several occasions when he has, well, gone through more than a bottle on his own, though Cook says it is a challenge to tempt him to eat much of anything. I don't mean to complain, sir, he has been no trouble to us, but, well, we are worried. I don't know what he would say if he knew I was talking to you about him like this, sir."

"You were quite right to bring this to me, Philips, and you may be certain that I will keep this conversa­tion to myself."

"Thank you, sir. If there is anything I can do to help, anything at all, please say the word." He bowed and left the room.

The colonel turned to the valet. "What do you have to say about all this? Do you agree with Philips?"

The young man snorted. "He's not telling you the half of it, sir, and that's all I'll say about that. I value my position here."

A few minutes later Georgiana was warming to the same theme. "He has not been the same since the two of you came back from Kent. He is abstracted, and sometimes I find that he is paying no attention to what I say. But the worst is when I come upon him when he is not expecting to see me, and he looks so bleak. I have tried talking to him, asking him if something is wrong, but he says that everything is fine, and it is so obviously not fine that I have no idea what to say. All I can think is that it must be something to do with me. It's been rather frightening. I haven't known who to turn to."

Colonel Fitzwilliam shook his head. "Do you have any idea what this may be about?"

She hesitated. "I know of nothing that can have caused such a change. I cannot think of anything that I would expect to bother him this much, anything new, that is, only the old things. There is no trouble with his friends; in fact, he is being rather unusually sociable, though he hardly seems to enjoy it. And I assume that there is not any financial trouble, because you would know about that, would you not? The kitchen talk is that there is a woman involved, but I cannot see what would upset him so much about that either." She paused, then added in a softer voice, "I have wondered if it has anything to do with last summer."

"I am quite sure it has nothing to do with that," he said reassuringly. "Not to worry, sweetheart; I will worm it out of him somehow. We shall get to the bottom of this."

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  • Posted September 2, 2010

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    not much of Jane Austen's characters in this one

    Whenever a variation of a classic story such as Pride and Prejudice is attempted, there is always the danger that the reader who is an avid fan may not accept the new version of a beloved character. Although I was initially excited about this book, I was soon disappointed with To Conquer Mr. Darcy, which reads like the typical romance where the main characters are so engrossed with each other that nothing else is happening in the story. I read the first 150 pages, hoping for a good plot development and all I got was a continuous series of scenes involving Mr. Darcy as a rogue and Elizabeth Bennet as a high-spirited damsel who swoons and loses all self-control the minute Mr. Darcy touches her. In most of the scenes they are alone and can't keep their hands off each other even though Elizabeth refuses Darcy's marriage proposal twice! I wanted to throttle her for saying one thing and mere seconds later doing the exact opposite. She was so unlike Jane Austen's intelligent heroine as was Darcy that any resemblance to their former characters was limited to their names. Furthermore, although Jane is present, very little development of a close sisterly relationship is apparent. It seemed to me that the author merely plucked the characters from Jane Austen's book and wrote a book about them without significant character and plot development. I was hoping it would get better since I liked the author's writing and I felt she captured the Regency vernacular. But after 150 pages, I called it quits. However, if you like historical romances without caring too much for a good story, this one might be for you.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2010

    Warning! Identical story from Impulse & Initiative!!!

    I was looking forward so much to this "new" version. However, when I started reading....this is Impuse and Initiative WORD FOR WORD! What a rip-off!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2014

    Wonderful

    I loved this book. Seeing Darcy's devotion and how Elizabeth slowly but surely falls in love with him is heartwarming. I love how attracted they are to eachother also. I will have to admit though that after they got married it seemed to drag on for me. Wasnt sure where there would be an end, but it was a sweet ending.

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  • Posted January 10, 2013

    When I first began reading I was discouraged that the notable ev

    When I first began reading I was discouraged that the notable events of the original P&P were repurposed. As a lover of all things P&P, it was disturbing. However, by the time I finished the book I was delighted with the product... so much in fact that I immediate began to reread it. (Oh... if only there was a Darcy for everyone woman!)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2012

    Love Darcy and Elizabeth

    I never tire of Abigail Reynold's P&P variations. Love, love, love Darcy and Elizabeth living on in different stories

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2012

    Buyer beware! This is the same exact story as Ms. Reynolds' &qu

    Buyer beware! This is the same exact story as Ms. Reynolds' "Impulse and Initiative" which was published by Intertidal Press in 2007. My new "duplicate" copy is going back to Barnes and Noble for a full refund. Have always enjoyed her stories but this is the second time I've been burned by this author/publisher in purchasing her books. Very commendable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2011

    Wonderful.

    Love seeing another side of the characters and seeing how affectionate Darcy can be to his adoring wife.

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  • Posted August 2, 2011

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    I Also Recommend:

    AKA: Impulse & initiative : What if Mr. Darcy didn't take No for an answer?

    I really enjoyed this book and felt that the characters were well developed and that this book did a really good job of displaying both an emotional and physical attraction between Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy.

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  • Posted March 25, 2011

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    Sexy Austen Variation

    To Conquer Mr. Darcy is another of Abigail Reynolds' famous Pride and Prejudice variations books.Reynolds truly is THE master of the Austen variation novel.In this particular novel she poses the following questions: What if Mr. Darcy did not give up after Elizabeth rejected him? What if he pursued her and she fell in love with him? What if their love and passion would not allow them to wait until their wedding night? Colonel Fitzwilliam arrives at Darcy's London townhouse a few short weeks following the disastrous "Rosings proposal." Fitzwilliam has no idea what's been bothering Darcy, but after getting him drunk enough to admit he's in love with Elizabeth Bennet, he convinces Darcy not to give up. Colonel Fitzwilliam convinces him to insert himself back into her life and make her see the man he really is. Accompanied by Georgiana, Darcy returns back to Netherfield and back into Elizabeth's life. Once back in Elizabeth's presence he convinces her to come back to Netherfield to be introduced to his sister. She readily agrees and after meeting Georgiana quickly establishes a friendship with promises for more afternoon visits together.Seeing Elizabeth ready to leave, Darcy asks if he can drive her home.Elizabeth's visits to Georgiana continue thrusting her into Darcy's company often.She begins seeing a new side of Darcy and quickly realizes that he is not going to give up on his dreams of having her as his wife.As they spend more time together Darcy begins taking more liberties with her. He tells her how he feels about her in a subdued manner, holds her hand, takes private walks with her, and at one point the two make-out. Elizabeth begins having feelings for Darcy on a passionate level but cannot forget both the things he said to her during his proposal and what he did to Jane and Bingley.She struggles with her feelings knowing that Darcy is indeed a good man. Will Elizabeth ever be able to reconcile her feelings and return the love that Darcy feels for her? Where will their "passion" take them? I had read this book for the first time last year and wasn't the biggest fan of it. As a huge fan of Abigail Reynolds I decided to give it a second chance; I'm really glad I did. Upon my first reading of the book I was really disappointed in how Darcy's character was changed.I thought that he would NEVER sleep with Elizabeth prior to their wedding or be as forward as he was. On the other hand I also didn't think that Elizabeth would have slept with him prior to their wedding knowing how badly she reacted to Lydia's situation with Wickham.With my second reading I could see the gradual changes that each of the characters made, making the end result not wholly unexpected.I thought it was hysterical that Lizzie and Darcy told Bingley and Jane that they slept together prior to their wedding. To see the change that the news brought to Bingley and Jane's relationship was really humorous. The most enjoyable part of the entire book was reading about the "new Darcy".Darcy became a man who was bold and knew he had to risk everything if he wanted Elizabeth as his wife. He held some of his feelings and thoughts back at first but realized there was no point. If Elizabeth would have him he wanted her to know all of him.I was also glad that Georgiana got bought out of the woodwork. She plays a key role in bringing Elizabeth and Darcy together in the beginning of the book, as she is basically their "chaperone" on outings.

    Kimberly (Reflections of a Book Addi

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  • Posted January 16, 2011

    The Best of the Variations!

    This is the same book as Impulse and Initiative - and the best of the Reynolds series. I think I have read it at least five times in the past year. Austen purists will be fanning themselves, and if you don't like to see passion in your sequels, this may not be for you. I however, enjoy all types of sequels and Reynolds has a way of uncovering the inner Darcy in a way that no other author does. If this comes with steamy embraces and sexy encounters, I am not complaining!! There is plenty of emotional growth and analysis in her books as well. Make sure you read all of the other Variations.

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  • Posted September 7, 2010

    a GREAT P&P variation (but is a reissue of Impulse & Initiative)

    Highly recommend this book - if you have not read Impulse & Initiative - to any fan of Jane Austen and Pride and Prejudice! All of its bad reviews are because people scarfed it up because they love her other books and were then angry it was a reissue. Note - the publisher, and NOT the author, are responsible for changing the title!

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  • Posted September 7, 2010

    Interesting P&P Variation

    This book is a steamy "what if" variation of P&P that adds to the personality of each character and deviates from Austen's purist ideals. If that is not for you, do not read it. Personally, I thought this variation was very interesting. It is important to note that it is a re-published form of Impulse & Initiative. Reynolds makes this announcement and provides an explanation on her personal page. I do not understand why B&N would not announce this as well. Nevertheless, once I started reading it, I could not stop and completed it within several hours. I recommend it to P&P fans with an open mind and to those who are apprehensive, try reading the free sample or purchase the ebook for the incredibly high price of $4.79.

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  • Posted August 20, 2010

    Dont buy this if you already own Impulse and Initiative!

    Its the same exact book as Impulse and Initiative, they just renamed it. They should list this when they sell this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2010

    LOVED IT!!!!

    If you like and believe in true LOVE. You will love this book. There is nothing like a Darcy and Elizabeth story to steam up a long day.

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