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Mr. Darcy's Noble Connections
     

Mr. Darcy's Noble Connections

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by Abigail Reynolds
 
There's only one fact that notorious rake Lord Charles Carlisle and his cousin, Fitzwilliam Darcy, can agree upon: a house party given by the Marquess of Bentham is bound to be intolerably dull. To relieve his boredom, Lord Charles accepts a bet that he can seduce his sister's pretty friend during their stay at Bentham Park. After all, it's easy money for an

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There's only one fact that notorious rake Lord Charles Carlisle and his cousin, Fitzwilliam Darcy, can agree upon: a house party given by the Marquess of Bentham is bound to be intolerably dull. To relieve his boredom, Lord Charles accepts a bet that he can seduce his sister's pretty friend during their stay at Bentham Park. After all, it's easy money for an experienced seducer. Why should he care if his staid cousin Darcy disapproves?

But when Darcy discovers that Lord Charles' new target is none other than Elizabeth Bennet, the woman who refused Darcy's offer of marriage, he cannot stand by and watch as the woman he still loves is callously ruined. What he doesn't know is that Lord Charles has a dark secret, and that his attentions to Elizabeth may not be what they seem. After a midnight rescue, clandestine meetings, a long-lost son, conspiracies, blackmail, and an attempted elopement, everyone can agree that this house party is anything but dull.

"I loved reading Mr. Darcy's Noble Connections! With touches of a Shakespearian comedy, this Pride and Prejudice variation will have you laughing and swooning!" - Leatherbound Reviews

"Five out of five stars! I thoroughly enjoyed her refreshing departure from the Pride and Prejudice canon, inventive new characters, and exciting new plot twists! Well done, Abigail Reynolds!" - Austenesque Reviews

Product Details

BN ID:
2940016707716
Publisher:
White Soup Press
Publication date:
06/03/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
237
Sales rank:
128,661
File size:
829 KB

Meet the Author

Abigail Reynolds is a great believer in taking detours. Originally from upstate New York, she studied Russian and theater at Bryn Mawr College and marine biology at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole. After a stint in performing arts administration, she decided to attend medical school, and took up writing as a hobby during her years as a physician in private practice.

A life-long lover of Jane Austen's novels, Abigail began writing variations on Pride & Prejudice in 2001, then expanded her repertoire to include a series of novels set on her beloved Cape Cod. Her most recent releases are Mr. Darcy's Refuge, Mr. Darcy's Letter, A Pemberley Medley, and Morning Light, and she is currently working on a new Pemberley Variation and the next novel in her Cape Cod series. A lifetime member of JASNA and a founder of the popular Austen Variations group blog, she lives in Wisconsin with her husband, two teenaged children, and a menagerie of animals. Her hobbies do not include sleeping or cleaning her house.

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Mr. Darcy's Noble Connections 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
SanPlatt More than 1 year ago
If there's one thing that's certain in life, it's that you will enjoy a book written by Abigail Reynolds, and Mr Darcy's Noble Connections is no exception. Set in Yorkshire, such is the skill with which Ms Reynolds wields her pen that the landscape and settings leave a powerful impression, so much so that they almost become another `character'! The story begins with Elizabeth arriving at the majestic Bentham Park at the request of an old friend, Lady Eleanor Carlisle, who is being forced to marry against her inclination and, what is more, has lost her heart to the owner of a neighbouring estate, who, though raised and educated as a gentleman, would not be considered worthy of Eleanor by her family due to his wealth emanating from his father's background in trade. Darcy, meanwhile, who has connections to Lady Eleanor's family, has come to stay with his friend from university - the very same gentleman with whom Eleanor is in love. It is hoped that Darcy will be able to help his friend with an entrée into Bentham Park. Soon, a whole cast of characters - skilfully drawn by Ms Reynolds - has arrived at Bentham, bent on pleasure and socialising at this elegant house party gathering. What's not to like? With plenty of sparring, some swoon-worthy waltzing, an exiled heir to the Estate, a second son bent on ruining Elizabeth's reputation and an embittered but jealous Mr Darcy, the scene is set for yet another fantastic story about two of literature's favourite characters. Well-written with fully rounded, believable new characters, blending seamlessly with those we know so well, this is an excellent read, and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys Pride & Prejudice inspired stories.
yoyowa More than 1 year ago
If you're familiar to the JAFF world then you're most likely well acquainted with Ms Reynolds' work. If you have no idea what JAFF is, then you probably won't enjoy this book since it is in fact JAFF (Jane Austen Fan Fiction).  I'm a fan of Reynolds' work on the whole. It was actually a random impulse purchase of "Without Reserve" that introduced me to the world of JAFF and since then I've become addicted. Every book of Reynolds' I immediately buy (the actually book, despite owning a Nook but I reread them so much I like to have them easily on hand). This newest addition was no exception but it left me....wanting.  The book was well written as always but what attracts me to Reynolds' work is the relationship she manages to build between Elizabeth and Darcy, which "Mr Darcy's Noble Connections" is lacking. There are so many other characters taking stage it almost doesn't even read as a Darcy and Elizabeth story but as an ensemble work.  "Mr Darcy's Noble Connections" is no doubt worth a read if you enjoy JAFF, but if you're a fan of Reynolds' previous books you may find yourself a bit disappointed. 
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izadora More than 1 year ago
An interesting variation with, of course, a happy ending. An enjoyable romance.
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This book was absolutely fantastic!! I loved it! It was written in the style of Jane Austen but had a little different plot line. But it was still really good and I loved it!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Overall, the story was good. But it lacked something that I like about Reynolds'' other books.
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NikiGunn More than 1 year ago
While I usually enjoy Abigail Reynolds' Pride and Prejudice variations, this one wasn't as interesting as her previous efforts. I think this has to do with the new characters she introduces, Lady Eleanor Carlisle and Geoffrey Paxton, and they take center stage. I couldn't stand these two whiny brats. "Oh I love him but can't marry him and I hate the fiance my family has found for me!" she says and he says, "I love her but she won't marry me!" So of course Eleanor writes Elizabeth Bennet and Geoffrey invites Fitzwilliam Darcy at the same time and of course they meet up at the Carlisle house party. Suck it up and move on or run away together, I wanted to tell this new couple, but of course the author plans for them to beat these obstacles, and the book would be very short otherwise. Two of Eleanor's brothers are slightly more interesting but not enough, the rake as a reaction to his past and the brother in misconceived exile. Eleanor's grandmother is kind of fun, but a character that flouts society rules is generally more interesting. Lady Bentham, Eleanor's young stepmother, isn't an entertaining villian. Elizabeth's friendship with Eleanor is implausible but the premise rests on this idea. I dislike Eleanor more than Geoffrey because she frequently acts like someone stole her brain. (I'm looking directly at the river incident, Eleanor!) Geoffrey is slightly more likable, probably because he's not the one keeping them apart, but he's still rather tedious. If you like Abigail Reynolds' Woods Hole books, you might like these characters since she also originated them. (I don't care much for those books; I thought it was the modern setting, but maybe not.) If you like think you'll like Eleanor and Geoffrey and the rest of the Carlisles, you'll likely enjoy the twists and turns of the house party. If you find the lovers tedious, this book will be as well.
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