Unequal Affections: A Pride and Prejudice Retelling

Unequal Affections: A Pride and Prejudice Retelling

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by Lara S. Ormiston
     
 

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When Elizabeth Bennet first knew Mr. Darcy, she despised him and was sure he felt the same. Angered by his pride and reserve, influenced by the lies of the charming Mr. Wickham, she never troubled herself to believe he was anything other than the worst of men—until, one day, he unexpectedly proposed.

Mr. Darcy’s passionate avowal of love causes

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When Elizabeth Bennet first knew Mr. Darcy, she despised him and was sure he felt the same. Angered by his pride and reserve, influenced by the lies of the charming Mr. Wickham, she never troubled herself to believe he was anything other than the worst of men—until, one day, he unexpectedly proposed.

Mr. Darcy’s passionate avowal of love causes Elizabeth to reevaluate everything she thought she knew about him. What she knows is that he is rich, handsome, clever, and very much in love with her. She, on the other hand, is poor, and can expect a future of increasing poverty if she does not marry. The incentives for her to accept him are strong, but she is honest enough to tell him that she does not return his affections. He says he can accept that—but will either of them ever be truly happy in a relationship of unequal affection?

Diverging from Jane Austen’s classic novel Pride and Prejudice at the proposal in the Hunsford parsonage, this story explores the kind of man Darcy is, even before his “proper humbling,” and how such a man, so full of pride, so much in love, might have behaved had Elizabeth chosen to accept his original proposal.

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ISBN-13:
9781626361003
Publisher:
Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date:
01/02/2014
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
508,011
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

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Lara S. Ormiston is a Christian, wife, mother, and writer, in that order. She had a wonderful childhood as the daughter of missionaries in Indonesia and Zimbabwe, where she read Regency romances instead of watching TV. She loves Jane Austen because of her wit and morality, and the nineteenth century because of its beautiful language and elegant and erudite conversations no one would ever have these days. Lara lives in Round Rock, Texas, with her husband and three children.

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Unequal Affections: A Pride and Prejudice Retelling 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Paperback_Wonderland More than 1 year ago
A friend once mentioned we needed to form a support group for those of us horribly addicted to Pride and Prejudice retellings - and, more often than not, I'd finish one of these retellings feeling like I really, really needed help escaping this addiction: too much drama, too much angst, both Darcy and Elizabeth behaving like they'd been replaced by pod people considering how out of character they were both behaving. Then the usual plot of Darcy and Elizabeth, once having declared their love, becoming these nauseatingly, irrecognisable, diabetic-induced-coma sugared versions of themselves: constantly spouting Hallmark card-worthy declarations of devotion. ...And I kept reading? And I couldn't stop? HELP! But then we get books like Unequal Affections! Those rare treats that make it all worthwhile! In this book Elizabeth is still the recipient of Mr Darcy's infamous declaration of love and proposal of marriage. She's shocked, as we'd expect her to be - but Ormiston took a turn I hadn't even considered: she made Elizabeth pause and think, "All this time I assumed he was attempting to put me down, showing his scorn... but he was actually in love with me. What else have I mistakenly believed about this man?" So, while not blithely setting aside the insulting manner of his proposal, she decides to give him a chance. She asks for time to consider his proposal, and best of all, she actively tries to get to know him. She tells Darcy she does not share his affections - hence the title - but she is willing to get to know him better and perhaps become his wife. I really, REALLY, liked this! No lies, no pretending. Just an honest: “Sir, I think it only right to tell you that I cannot, at this time, return your affections. If you wish to withdraw your offer in light of this information, then I would understand completely and not hold it against you.” It's so refreshing to see historical romance characters behaving like rational, pragmatic adults! And throughout the book we see them coming to turns with their pride, their prejudices. We see them trying to better themselves for the other, because that's what a healthy relationship is about: someone bringing out the best in you. This book isn't all just happiness and sunshine. Both Darcy and Elizabeth, prior to their courtship, had been quite vocal about their thoughts of the other one's failings. These come back to cast a spectre over their blooming relationship, as do the expectations of their friends and relations: they had both been so adamantly adverse to each other, it's not easy to accept their new-found courtship. Some of them were quite funny, I must admit... “Well, la, why should he want you, Lizzy?” asked Lydia tactlessly. There are only two things I must point out in this book: There was a lot of talk about the difference in Elizabeth and Darcy's stations but, as Elizabeth herself told Lady Catherine, he is a gentleman, and she is a gentleman's daughter. Darcy has no title, what he has is money. Also, Elizabeth makes mention in the book that she has no dowry. In the original it's mentioned the girls will have £5,000 between them - therefore £1,000 each, with a further £100 per year while their father is alive. But these are small things when considering how lovely it was to read this book! If you like Pride and Prejudice retellings then this is the book for you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well done! The characters were true to Jane Austen's original work. The plot was interesting and well developed. Darcy and Elizabeth's interactions were wonderful. I couldn't put the book down.
Bnme143 More than 1 year ago
I was searching for yet another P & P story to read (I'm addicted, what can I say) when I happened upon Unequal Affections. After reading the brief description of the story, and liking what I read, I decided to "give it a try". I am so glad that I did! It is an intriguing and wonderfully written story. Even though Elizabeth accepts Mr. Darcy's on his 1st proposal, many of the elements of what happens after in the original story are there but written with a pleasantly different process and outcome. So often I find myself dreading reading about Lydia and Wickham and all the "misunderstandings" between Darcy and Elizabeth (some of them are just ridiculous) that for awhile I had given up hope of finding a fresh approach to their stories until I read Unequal Affections. I could not put this book down! Ms. Ormiston is a talented story teller and writer. Do yourself a favor and let yourself be lost in this story. You'll be glad you did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its a even paced and entertaining! I was sad when it ended! Worth the time as its a very ingenious and plausible variation!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! The author did a fabulous job!,
Anonymous 11 months ago
I am a great fan of P&P by Ms Austin. But this was a wonderful "What if... ?" I actually enjoyed this version more than the original, which I did not think possible.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What if Elizabeth Bennet did NOT lose her temper with Mr. Darcy's rudeness on the day of his proposal? What if, in her surprise at realizing the truth of his affection for her, she asks instead for time to consider his offer? An engaging take on the beloved story.
hockeygranny More than 1 year ago
This was an interesting concept, but I don't think it really works. The book held my interest, but even as I read I kept thinking it seemed so untrue to Austen's characters. I can't imagine Jane Austen's Darcy acting like a lovesick schoolboy nor Lizzy blushing at the slightest thing. My opinion that the book is only mediocre is apparently out of step with the opinion of others, though. I think the best thing for those of us who want more Darcy and Lizzy is to just re-read "Pride and Prejudice."
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