An Arranged Marriage

An Arranged Marriage

by Jan Hahn

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ISBN-13: 9781936009145
Publisher: Meryton Press
Publication date: 06/07/2011
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 697,708
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.53(d)

About the Author

I've been a storyteller since childhood, and as soon as I learned to print, I began weaving stories. Instead of playing outside, I could often be found sitting under a tree, spinning tales for my friends. When my children came along, I wrote skits and plays for them to enact during summer breaks, and soon I was enlisted to do the same for various local organizations. Eventually, I developed my own small business recording, writing, and publishing oral histories.

I have a closet full of story starts, but I rarely finished any of those supposedly great American novels until I began writing fiction based on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. I’ve been involved in the Jane Austen community since 2002 when I discovered the joys of reading and writing fanfiction.
I was married to the dearest and best man in the world until his death in 2008, and I am blessed with a large and loving family, for which I am grateful.


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An Arranged Marriage 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
mt256 on LibraryThing 21 days ago
An Arranged Marriage by Jan Hahn is a 'Pride and Prejudice Alternate Path' book. It is based on the original Pride and Prejudice but picks up after Mr. Darcy purposes for the first time. Mr. Bennett dies unexpectedly and Elizabeth is forced to return home immediately. I was sad about this fact because he is one of my favorite characters in Pride and Prejudice. However his untimely death has some foreseen consequences. For example, the house is entailed to Mr. Collins and the Bennetts will have to not only find a place to live but also live on a very moderate income. Mr. Darcy comes to the rescue and lays an arrangement on the table that is hard to refuse. If Lizzy agrees to marry Darcy then he will provide for her family. At first Lizzy refuses but after consideration she agrees to sacrifice her happiness for the sake of her family. Thus the story begins.I was a little taken aback by Lizzy's character in this book. She is not her usually charming, witty self, instead she's angry and leery at Mr. Darcy. I could understand her feeling though. She recently lost her beloved father and she is married to a man she doesn't really know or like. After all he did ruin the happiness of her sister, Jane. Mr. Darcy's character is a bit hard and unrelenting as well. He's used to having his will be done all the time and without question. He's not used to showing emotion or talking about his feelings. These two characters interact like oil and vinegar.The story line to this book is good. I enjoyed reading every bit of it. Both Lizzy and Darcy's characters transform over each page. They both have a lot to learn about each other as being a married couple. I love that Hahn included most of the characters from the original book, especially Lady Catherine and Caroline Bingley. They are great characters that add adversity to Elizabeth and Darcy's happiness. Jan Hahn did a great job with the beloved characters of Pride and Prejudice. Fans of Jane Austen will love this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is well written and fun every time I read it! I love the stories that have the Darcy/Elizabeth forced marriage scenario and describes their life at Pemberley. This stories contains almost all the original characters and is consistent with their personalities and language as JA created them. I have read this story many times and will reread it in the future. It’s good every time!
Diane84 More than 1 year ago
An Arranged Marriage is a well crafted story.  I was unable to pace myself through this book and stayed awake into the wee hours of the morning, relishing and sometimes agonizing over every word.  Would it be well with Darcy and Elizabeth? Pride and prejudice are surely in play here as the worst of the couple's character is in the forefront of almost every action and word spoken for much of this tale.  There are of course parallel story lines to make things even more interesting.  Georgiana shows herself to be much like her brother and is most confident and secure when at home in Pemberley.  This is one of my top five favorites in my P&P collection.  The author stays true to Jane Austen's characters, which is one of the best reasons for Pride and Prejudice fans to read and enjoy this selection.  
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love the way Jan writes
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kfss More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this variation of the story and characters. This variation had the tender romance without it being smutty.
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There are three kinds of P&P re-writes. The ones that take the original novel and add a truly refreshing twist while maintaining the integrity of the characters. The ones that just add sex. And the silly ones that warp Lizzie and Darcy into very different characters than the ones Jane Austen wrote about, sometimes even turning them into people that she would have pilloried mercilessly, given half a chance. This book falls into category 3 with Lizzie featured as the original spineless wonder. It is by no means the worst of its genre (hence the two star rating) but it is far from the best.
lovelifeva More than 1 year ago
I have read both novels by this author and found one as delightful as the other. I believe she stays true to the characters of Jane Austens Pride and Prejudice. I hope there will be more novels from this author.
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Janie_tx More than 1 year ago
I love the characters of Pride and Prejudice. Altough I had never read anything else from Jan Hahn, I really enjoyed the what if. How Lizzy ended falling in love with Fitzwilliam regardless of accepting him only after her father's death. I, like Lizzy was jumping to conclusion he had fathered a son. This is a book I will read again and again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Told in first person from lizzies point of view, this was an interesting change of pace from other p&p stories. Not overly graphic but still tender and sweet... great read!
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Lizzlett More than 1 year ago
This version brings our couple together to save the Bennet family after the early untimely death of Mr. Bennet. I wish Mr. Darcy would have been more loving towards Elizabeth from the start, but that would have eliminated all of the angst they had to go through while they learned to truly love each other. Of course we would not like him as much if he were not so complex. Neither would Lizzy. I also enjoyed the relationship between Georgianna and Richard. Great read!
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jt12JT More than 1 year ago
Although this book is told from Elizabeth's perspective, one gains much insight into the character, and even childhood, of Mr. Darcy. The book transported me back in time to an era of romance and beauty, to Georgian England, London and Pemberley. I never wanted to stop reading. It was intriguing.a fascinating book and one I look forward to reading again and again. I have to admit, Mr. Darcy is my favorite character in the original book, as well as this one, but Elizabeth does run a close second. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has a love of Jane Austen and the books written of that era. You will fall in love with the characters all over.
Marcie77 More than 1 year ago
An Arranged Marriage by Jan Hahn is a 'Pride and Prejudice Alternate Path' book. It is based on the original Pride and Prejudice but picks up after Mr. Darcy purposes for the first time. Mr. Bennett dies unexpectedly and Elizabeth is forced to return home immediately. I was sad about this fact because he is one of my favorite characters in Pride and Prejudice. However his untimely death has some foreseen consequences. For example, the house is entailed to Mr. Collins and the Bennetts will have to not only find a place to live but also live on a very moderate income. Mr. Darcy comes to the rescue and lays an arrangement on the table that is hard to refuse. If Lizzy agrees to marry Darcy then he will provide for her family. At first Lizzy refuses but after consideration she agrees to sacrifice her happiness for the sake of her family. Thus the story begins. I was a little taken aback by Lizzy's character in this book. She is not her usually charming, witty self, instead she's angry and leery at Mr. Darcy. I could understand her feeling though. She recently lost her beloved father and she is married to a man she doesn't really know or like. After all he did ruin the happiness of her sister, Jane. Mr. Darcy's character is a bit hard and unrelenting as well. He's used to having his will be done all the time and without question. He's not used to showing emotion or talking about his feelings. These two characters interact like oil and vinegar. The story line to this book is good. I enjoyed reading every bit of it. Both Lizzy and Darcy's characters transform over each page. They both have a lot to learn about each other as being a married couple. I love that Hahn included most of the characters from the original book, especially Lady Catherine and Caroline Bingley. They are great characters that add adversity to Elizabeth and Darcy's happiness. Jan Hahn did a great job with the beloved characters of Pride and Prejudice. Fans of Jane Austen will love this book.
PrincessMange More than 1 year ago
One of the better Pride & Prejudice re-imaginings I've read. Georgiana's and Colonel Fitzwilliam's parts are beefed up from the original and are a nice addition to the story. I guess my problem with most pride and prejudice re-dos is that they never seem to cover a long enough span of time or the author rushes through it. This book suffers from from a little bit of both and while it's a neat concept, I would have liked to see the relationship develop more slowly. Even so, I'd read it again.