Darcy's Voyage: A Tale of Uncharted Love on the Open Seas

Darcy's Voyage: A Tale of Uncharted Love on the Open Seas

by Kara Louise

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A Tale of Uncharted Love on the Open Seas


In this enchanting and highly original retelling of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth Bennet sets out for the new world aboard the grand ship Pemberley's Promise. She's prepared for an uneventful voyage until a chance encounter with the handsome, taciturn Mr. Darcy turns her world upside down.


When Elizabeth falls ill, Darcy throws convention overboard in a plan that will bind them to each other more deeply than he ever could have imagined. But the perils of their ocean voyage pale in comparison to the harsh reality of society's rules that threaten their chance at happiness. When they return to the lavish halls of England, will their love survive?


What readers say:


"Kara Louise is an incredible storyteller."


"Such a sweet and romantic 'what if' scenario for Pride and Prejudice fans! A must have for your P&P library!"


"Romantic, creative, and witty."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402257438
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/01/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 519,888
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Originally from Los Angeles, Kara Louise now resides just outside Wichita, Kansas with her husband. She began writing in 2001 and has written 6 novels based on Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice." In addition to writing, she works at her church doing the publications. She has a married son who lives in St. Louis, Missouri.

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From Chapter One

Elizabeth Bennet walked into the parlour at her Aunt Madlyn and Uncle Edmund Gardiner's empty home in London. She and her father had spent the day travelling from their home in Hertfordshire and were now spending the night at the Gardiners' home in Cheapside, where they would both depart early the next morning for the harbour on the River Thames. Elizabeth would board a sailing ship, which would take her from her England homeland to America. Her aunt and uncle were already in America, where they had been these past three months, so this evening they had the house to themselves.

Mr. Gardiner's business had taken on additional work that spanned the two countries separated by the Atlantic Ocean. Elizabeth understood only that it involved some importing and exporting details that needed to be worked out on the American side. The Gardiners had expected to remain there between six to nine months. Elizabeth planned to visit them for the remainder of their stay. The Gardiners and their four children had all made the crossing together, taking advantage of this opportunity to see some of the sights in the New World.

With her uncle's work taking him to New York, Elizabeth understood that she and her aunt would have sufficient time to tour the area together. When her uncle's work was completed, they would all travel back together to England.

Elizabeth's only regret was that her sister, Jane, was not able to join her. She had also been invited, but due to Jane's tendency for severe motion sickness, she declined. She knew from a past experience on a boat in the English Channel that four to five weeks on a ship out on the ocean would be exceedingly difficult for her. Consequently, Elizabeth was setting off by herself, much to her father's consternation.

When the letter from her aunt had arrived, the discussion between herself, her mother, and father had been typical of the conversations that took place in the Bennet home. Elizabeth tried to remain calm as she gave her reasons for desiring to go. Her father was adamant against it and her mother wavered back and forth, giving her nerves full rein as one moment she saw no reason why her daughter could not go, and the next, changed her mind.

It was Elizabeth's steady, calm, and rational argument that finally persuaded her mother. She knew it would take more to convince her father to allow her to travel unaccompanied, but she knew she could appeal to their mutual love of history, geography, and books. To pass up an opportunity such as this to see America would be something she would always regret if she did not do it now. She appealed to his trust in her character, her wisdom, and her maturity, and in due course, he gave in.

Elizabeth sat down on one of the chairs that occupied the Gardiners' sitting room. She thought nostalgically of all of the times she had come here to visit her aunt and uncle over the years. She was extremely fond of them and considered them practically a second mother and father. She closely identified with her aunt, and as a young girl scrutinized her closely and tried to imitate her ways. She had never understood her own mother's ways and knew at a very young age that she did not wish to grow up to be like her.

The Gardiners' home in London, although neither exceptionally fashionable nor elegant, was very warm. Elizabeth always found it to be a respite from her own home. The Bennet home in the village Longbourn was, by society's standards, neither modest nor extravagant. Situated in the country on a good parcel of land, it did give Elizabeth a chance to enjoy her favourite pastime, which was to walk. Their own home was a good distance from their nearest neighbour, while her aunt and uncle's was located on a busy street in Cheapside. Yet she felt the Gardiners' home was more tranquil because of their easy nature and that of their children. It was far too often that the Bennet household resonated with the nervous ranting of her mother and the uncontrolled outbursts from her youngest sisters. She enjoyed every visit she ever made here. Now, she was looking forward to seeing them again, this time in America. She pulled out the letter that her aunt had written to her and her sister and read it again. From the moment she first read the missive, she knew she had to go.

"Well, my Lizzy, are you still determined to do this?"

Elizabeth looked up. "Yes, Papa. I am so looking forward to it." She stood up and walked over to him, taking his hand in hers. "Do not worry. All shall be well with me."

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The next morning, Elizabeth pulled her wrap tightly around her as the carriage carrying her and her father drew them closer to the harbour in London. She shivered, not so much because of the cool, foggy mist enveloping them, but because of her realization that the day had finally come. She could admit to herself, but not to her father, that she was indeed nervous about all that was in store for her.

The only way Mr. Bennet had agreed to allow Elizabeth to travel alone was for him to take her onto the ship himself and put her under the protection of the ship's captain until she reached the foreign shore. But even then, he felt very troubled. The journey would take from four to five weeks, depending on the weather, the winds, and a multitude of conditions. He had heard too many tales of ships that never made it across, sickness spreading throughout the passengers and crew, and other adversities that could befall them. But he also feared for his daughter arriving in this new world and the type of people she might encounter there. He absently shook his head.

"What is it, Papa?" asked Elizabeth.

He turned to her with a sad look in his eyes. "You know what it is, my dearest Lizzy. I would give anything to talk you out of this right now and turn this carriage back around to the safety and security of Longbourn."

"But Papa, this is an opportunity that I may never get again! Think of it! All of those places I have only read about. Aunt and Uncle Gardiner certainly would not have asked us to come if they did not think it was safe. Do not worry about me. I shall be well." Elizabeth smiled to reassure him. The only betrayal to her words and her smiling face was her rapidly beating heart.

They soon saw the tall masts of the ships docked along the harbour on the River Thames. One of these very ships would transport Elizabeth out to the eastern coast of England and down around the English Channel. From there it would sail out into the open seas of the Atlantic Ocean, farther from any source of land than either dared comprehend.

"Elizabeth, if anything were to happen to you..."

Elizabeth quickly put her hand over her father's. "Nothing will happen to me, Papa. Please try not to worry."

The smile he returned to her was weak. Elizabeth noticed, but did not comment on, the tears that welled up in his eyes. He quickly turned his head to look out the window of the carriage. She knew this was difficult for him, and she wanted to do all she could to set his mind at rest. She could think of nothing else to say. She knew he would not rest easy until she was back here in his sight, in a few months.

In a very soft, sad voice he suddenly said, "We are almost to the port. Are you sure, Lizzy, that I cannot talk you out of this?"

"This is something I have to do." Elizabeth looked out the window. She saw the masts of the ships, some with sails completely unfurled and already sailing, and others with the sails still furled tightly about their masts. Elizabeth's heart skipped a beat as she suddenly felt a wave of excitement pour through her. Yes, this will be a life-changing adventure. I will not be the same when I come back!

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Darcy's Voyage 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 124 reviews.
LHedgpeth More than 1 year ago
I am an Austen snob and as addicted as I am to Austen sequels and inspired books, I can be very demanding with them. Taking on established and very beloved characters is a risky business for an author - - readers will inevitably ask "Would Jane Austen have allowed Lizzy to do that? Would Mr. Darcy have said such a thing?" Kara Louise's Darcy's Voyage (previously published as Pemberley's Promise) is nothing short of a virtual love letter to not only Jane Austen but Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. I absolutely loved each and every page and was enthralled with the story and with how Ms. Louise painted Elizabeth and Darcy. I found the concept itself of Elizabeth and Darcy meeting on a carriage and then on board a ship headed to America rather than at a town dance fascinating and novel (no pun intended). While changing their initial meeting caused other aspects of the original story to be slightly altered, there were other features that remained true to Austen's original masterpiece and I had fun picking up on them. I enjoyed the variations that Darcy's Voyage set forth and believe them to be an inspired alternative to Pride and Prejudice. Ms. Louise's writing style was engaging and yet still remained true to the Regency period. She was faithful to the characteristics Austen firstly penned for Elizabeth and Darcy while giving new insight into their actions and behaviors. So closely did she mirror Austen's vision that Darcy's Voyage could have been a colloboration between the two. Original Pride and Prejudice characters, including the Bennet family, Aunt and Uncle Gardiner, Georgiana Darcy, Colonel Fitzwilliam, Lady Catherine de Bourgh and Wickham, provide solid support in Darcy's Voyage. I would not hesitate to highly recommend Darcy's Voyage to any devoted reader of Jane Austen and historical fiction and romance readers. Out of the many Austen sequels and Austen inspired novels I have read, Darcy's Voyage easily ranks in the top few, based on writing style, story and interpretation. This was my first novel by Kara Louise but I am so in love with Darcy's Voyage that I will eagerly snap up her five other Pride and Prejudice inspired variations.
lizziebeth More than 1 year ago
I thought this was going to be an awful P&P spin off. How surprised I was to be drawn in by the characters and story line. An enjoyable read.
WillowPark More than 1 year ago
This is one of those novels where you grow to love the characters and really hate it when the book is over. I could go on and on and on reading about the Darcys and this time period. Loved it!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like Pride and Prejudice you will certainly love this book. I read this book straight through in 2 days because i could not put it down. :) I will definitely be reading more books written by Kara Louise in the future.
Kimberly_Book_Addict More than 1 year ago
Darcy's Voyage, a Pride and Prejudice variation, was originally published as Pemberley's Promise and is Kara Louise's debut novel. The main variation of Darcy's Voyage is that Elizabeth and Darcy don't meet in Meryton, they meet briefly in a carriage ride, and then again two years later on a boat headed towards America. It was during that carriage ride where the two unknown passengers left lasting impressions on each other. Two years later Elizabeth and Darcy again meet while on board Darcy's ship Pemberley's Promise which is set to make berth in America. Darcy is going to pick-up Georgiana while Lizzie is going to meet her Aunt and Uncle Gardiner. (Neither recognized the other as the passenger from that carriage ride)While on board Elizabeth fascinates Darcy with what living below decks is like, never knowing he is the ship's owner. A sickness soon begins to overtake those living below decks and Darcy becomes frightened for Elizabeth's health. Darcy finds out that Elizabeth is sick, and that his stately room has the only spare bed on-board the ship. He proposes to Elizabeth that they marry strictly for propriety so that she can take the extra bed in his room and get well. Elizabeth agrees to the plan and the two are married. Darcy promises that upon his return to England that he will have the marriage annulled. A week or so later she is completely well again, and starting to have feelings for Darcy. Unbeknownst to her Darcy has also fallen in love. The two believe that the other is play acting the role of doting spouse for appearances sake. On the final night aboard ship Darcy kisses Elizabeth. Elizabeth quietly scolds herself for allowing herself to want to be kissed by Darcy, knowing that he doesn't love her. Embarrassed by her actions she hides from Darcy for the final night on board, awaking early to leave the boat and her fake marriage behind. Darcy on the other hand cannot wait to tell Elizabeth that he loves her and wants to keep their marriage intact. Darcy returns to their room only to find it empty. Distraught he drinks himself to sleep only to wake up and realize that Elizabeth has left the ship and possibly his life forever. Darcy vows to himself that he will not annul their marriage until he has found Elizabeth and told her how he truly feels about her. It is through this path that we see more of Austen's original storyline. (i.e. Meryton assembly, Jane getting sick and staying at Netherfield, Lady Catherine's explosion) Darcy's Voyage is probably my favorite Pride and Prejudice variation that I've read so far. Louise created an original storyline that was able to incorporate all of Austen's original characters and conflicts. She chose different outcomes for some, most notably the Wickham/Lydia storyline, which made me exceedingly happy. Mr. Benett, the Gardiners, and Colonel Fitzwilliam were also given larger roles, much to this reader's pleasure. The interactions between Elizabeth and Darcy are some of my favorite that I've ever read. Louise got both characters really well. She lets the reader into both of their heads for the whole story, which gave a lot of insight into the characters inner thoughts and workings. I highly recommend this for anyone who is a fan of Pride and Prejudice and would like to see what might have happened had Elizabeth and Darcy been thrust into each other's company and forced to get to know each other. Kimberly (Reflections of A Book Addict)
Lekster More than 1 year ago
Pride and Prejudice is my favorite book, therefore, I can never get enough of Lizzy and Darcy. However, I am very picky about which sequels and variations on Austen's original meet the mark of excellence. Darcy's Voyage, originally published as Pemberley's Promise, is one of the best variations I have read. The story is highly original, the characters all that is charming, and the events fascinating. While most of my copies of Austen variations bear the marks of my red pen throughout, this one remains unblemished. Miss Louise has a talent of creating extremely interesting stories from Austen's brilliant classic, maintaining the romance while remaining true to the characters. I really enjoy all of her variations, and this one is a favorite.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this story. I have read most P & P sequels, and this is one of my favorites. There's plenty of emotion and romance without any explicit scenes. I have never read anything by Kara Louise before, but now I can't wait to read more!
Chutzpuh More than 1 year ago
Great Story absolutely loved it!! After Returning to England Darcy and Elizabeth's story follow the same time line of Jane Austen. You still have misunderstanding verbal sword play and Lady Catherine de Burough. I have read some of Kara Louise other books and this is just as imaginative as Something Like Regret definitely a keeper for your bookshelf!
Nancy_Muck More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book when it was originally published under the title of "Pemberley's Promise." It was actually recommended by my surgeon when she noticed that I was reading a Jane Austen book. I LOVE Jane Austen! Kara Louise's version of what might have happened if Darcy and Elizabeth had met while on a voyage to America is delightful. She stays true to the characters created by Jane Austen. Elizabeth may come across and being a little more easy-going but this can be attributed to the fact that she is away from everyone and everything she knows and loves. However, her independent streak shines through when she insists on helping others even when she is not feeling well herself. I read this book a year ago and then reread it this summer while following my husband around the hay field and enjoyed it just as much as I did the first time. I am truly looking forward to reading many more of Kara's books!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing book
SusanM-M More than 1 year ago
I read this book a few years ago when it was published as "Pemberley's Promise." As an Austen fan, I have read many, many Pride and Prejudice alternate stories, sequels, prequels, modernizations, etc. and this is one of my favorites. Darcy and Elizabeth meet on board a ship on their way to visit the United States. As in the original, the course of their relationship is anything but smooth sailing. Eventually, of course, they admit to their true feelings and just as in all Jane Austen's books, there's a wedding and a happy ending. One of the errors that many fan fiction writers make is having the male characters say and do things that no sensible gentleman would have done in Austen's time -in other words, talk too much about their feelings. I think this author understands that what makes the original great is more about what's not said than about what is said. As a result, I think you'll recognize the essence of Darcy and Elizabeth in this book. Overall, I found this to be a well-written and delightful diversion, and I recommend it to anyone who can't get enough of Darcy and Elizabeth and the other P&P characters.
knittingmomof3 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
From my book review blog Rundpinne.In Darcy¿s Voyage, Kara Louise retells the timeless classic Pride & Prejudice in her own manner, begging the questions of what if fate and time were added to the relationship of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth. While Darcy and Elizabeth meet in England, they do not truly become acquainted until they ride the same ship bound for New York. Darcy is headed to New York to escort his sister Georgiana back to England while Elizabeth is off to stay with relatives for a holiday. Louise keeps the characters relatively true to form, but alters the settings so very much that she does indeed rewrite Pride & Prejudice in an entirely new setting. True it begins and ends in England, however a vast amount of pride and indeed prejudices occur on the journey to New York. While I am not usually enthusiastic towards remakes of any novel, Darcy¿s Voyage makes for an extremely delightful day of reading. I would recommend Darcy¿s Voyage to anyone who enjoys remakes of Pride & Prejudice or who enjoys period novels.
celticlady53 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This Jane Austen sequel is yet another variation of Pride and Prejudice with the original storyline being followed to a certain degree with a lot of the same characters. There is a difference though as the author takes the story to the open sea's. Elizabeth is traveling alone to New York to her Aunt and Uncle who are residing there while Elizabeth's uncle does some business. On the ship is Fitzwilliam Darcy, who is traveling to America to bring back his sister Georgiana. Two years, Elizabeth and Darcy met and shared a carriage but did not know each others names. Elizabeth is traveling on Pemberly's Promise, the ship owned by Darcy, and is staying below decks. As in all travel on ships at that time, people get sick from sea sickness and other ailments contracted in the close quarters of a ship. While Elizabeth cares for some of the people that are sick, she becomes ill herself. Elizabeth and Mr.Darcy meet on deck and after a time they take the air on deck in the form of a daily walk. When Darcy realizes that Elizabeth is ill he has her share his cabin, which has the only other available bed. Of course such a thing is frowned upon in polite society, so the only way that they can get by with this is to have the ship's captain marry them. This is what they do with the stipulation that the marriage be annulled once they dock.So Darcy nurses Elizabeth back to health and as they dock in New York, Elizabeth leaves the ship before Darcy. As they do not know alot about each other Darcy is unable to find her. So Elizabeth goes onto her family and Darcy goes to fetch Georgiana. I will say no more about what happens at the end of course and just say, I enjoyed this book because it was just a bit different than the original and some of the other sequels. I am sure if you are a Jane Austen fan you will love this book.
WisteriaLeigh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
DARCY¿S VOYAGEby Kara LouiseSourcebooks Landmark9781402241024Historical FictionSeptember 2010$14.99/$17.99/£7.99 UK505 pagesSummaryElizabeth Bennet is off to America to visit her aunt and uncle. Her father, is loathe for her to go, but after placing her in the care of the competent captain, he acquiesces and waves goodbye from the docks. Elizabeth is sailing in steerage on Pemberley¿s Promise, and soon discovers that the dark and close quarters are undesirable. She walks on deck in the early morning to breathe the clean air. She gives up her bed to a woman with sick children, leaving her only place left to sleep on the floor. The handsome and aloof Mr. Darcy, sailing in one of the most elegant cabins, has taken notice of the unconventional and attractive Elizabeth. In true Pride and Prejudice style the characters of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet banter back and forth as they stroll the boards of the ship. They met once before several years ago in a carriage ride. It was clear then as now their social circles were completely opposite, yet drawn to each other. This is the story of the marriage, between Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy that occurred while on board the ship. A marriage on paper only, for propriety¿s sake, as they both agree to a future annulment upon Darcy¿s return to London. ReviewWith the countless retells of Pride and Prejudice on the shelves these days, I was not sure I wanted to sit down for another version. With welcomed delight, this one is full of life, honors the memory of the original and offers a scenario of happenstance that works. I did notice that this Elizabeth is a little more agreeable, with a little less of an edge to her colorful conversations. Her personality is softer in the beginning, than the original Elizabeth, but perhaps she is characterized this way on purpose. Traveling alone without the security of family surrounding her, she is more vulnerable. I fell in love with Mr. Darcy all over again and it is painful to read his despair upon losing Elizabeth in America. In fact their separation caused me frequent anxiety reading the story, hastening my pace to find out how it all works out. The love between the two is prideful and the prejudice still remains. As they once again appear to be star-crossed, these memorable lovers from historical literature are presented by Kara Louise with endearment. Darcy¿s Voyage takes you beyond the continent and back, and with her responsible portrayal, you still feel the depth of their passion, their desire and their need for one another. Loved it!
LoriHedgpeth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am an Austen snob and as addicted as I am to Austen sequels and inspired books, I can be very demanding with them. Taking on established and very beloved characters is a risky business for an author - - readers will inevitably ask "Would Jane Austen have allowed Lizzy to do that? Would Mr. Darcy have said such a thing?"Kara Louise's Darcy's Voyage (previously published as Pemberley's Promise) is nothing short of a virtual love letter to not only Jane Austen but Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. I absolutely loved each and every page and was enthralled with the story and with how Ms. Louise painted Elizabeth and Darcy. I found the concept itself of Elizabeth and Darcy meeting on a carriage and then on board a ship headed to America rather than at a town dance fascinating and novel (no pun intended). While changing their initial meeting caused other aspects of the original story to be slightly altered, there were other features that remained true to Austen's original masterpiece and I had fun picking up on them. I enjoyed the variations that Darcy's Voyage set forth and believe them to be an inspired alternative to Pride and Prejudice. Ms. Louise's writing style was engaging and yet still remained true to the Regency period. She was faithful to the characteristics Austen firstly penned for Elizabeth and Darcy while giving new insight into their actions and behaviors. So closely did she mirror Austen's vision that Darcy's Voyage could have been a colloboration between the two. Original Pride and Prejudice characters, including the Bennet family, Aunt and Uncle Gardiner, Georgiana Darcy, Colonel Fitzwilliam, Lady Catherine de Bourgh and Wickham, provide solid support in Darcy's Voyage. I would not hesitate to highly recommend Darcy's Voyage to any devoted reader of Jane Austen and historical fiction and romance readers. Out of the many Austen sequels and Austen inspired novels I have read, Darcy's Voyage easily ranks in the top few, based on writing style, story and interpretation. This was my first novel by Kara Louise but I am so in love with Darcy's Voyage that I will eagerly snap up her five other Pride and Prejudice inspired variations.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a true Jane Austen fan and have read everything she's ever written...Pride and Prejudice is my favorite of them all! I just could not get enough of Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy...I've read a lot of other retelling of the story. None of them have been able to stand side by side with the original until I read this one. Kara Louise did a wonderful job of telling the same story in a fresh new way but keeping to the Regency style. When I finished it the first time I turned back to the first page and read it again! I highly recommend this book to anyone who want a "Jane Austen" experience
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too easy to skip pages and lose absolutely nothing. Boring drivel in many sections and tedious in others. Why bother. I love reading variation stories. This less so.
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