What if Mr. Darcy doesn't meet Elizabeth until she travels to Derbyshire with her aunt and uncle? What if instead of disparaging her status, he doesn't know it? What if Darcy is immediately enthralled by her fine eyes? How does the story of their romance proceed then? Does she still find him arrogant? Does he fall in love at first sight?
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Monday 9th September "I left London today and met Bingley at Netherfield Park. I had forgotten what good company he is; always ready to be pleased and always cheerful. After my difficult summer, it is good to be with him again. ..." The only place Darcy could share his innermost feelings was in the private pages of his diary... Torn between his sense of duty to his family name and his growing passion for Elizabeth Bennet, all he can do is struggle not to fall in love. Mr. Darcy's Diary presents the story of the unlikely courtship of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy from Darcy's point of view. This graceful imagining and sequel to Pride and Prejudice explains Darcy's moodiness and the difficulties of his reluctant relationship as he struggles to avoid falling in love with Miss Bennet. Though seemingly stiff and stubborn at times, Darcy's words prove him also to be quite devoted and endearing — qualities that eventually win over Miss Bennet's heart. This continuation of a classic romantic novel is charming and elegant, much like Darcy himself. Pride and Prejudice has inspired a large number of modern day sequels, the most successful of which focus on the rich, proud Mr. Darcy. Praise for Mr. Darcy's Diary: "Absolutely fascinating. Amanda Grange seems to have really got under Darcy's skin and retells the story, in diary form, with great feeling and sensitivity." — Historical Novel Society "Written with charm, elegance and style, Amanda Grange's excellent retelling of Pride and Prejudice, Mr. Darcy's Diary, will make you fall in love with Fitzwilliam Darcy once again!" — Single Titles "Mr. Darcy's Diary is an enjoyable journey into the mind of one of the most popular characters in literary history...a gift to a new generation of Darcy fans and a treat for existing fans as well." — Austenblog
BOOK ONE OF TWO BOOKS - THE ALLIANCE AND CONFRONTATION. What if Fitzwilliam Darcy asked Charles Bingley to invite three of their Cambridge University friends to Netherfield Park and not his sisters? What if the invitation was a cover-up for Darcy's plan to establish a secret alliance? And once there, what if Darcy discovers he is not the only man at Netherfield Park who is impressed with Elizabeth Bennet's fine eyes? Fitzwilliam Darcy and Charles Bingley are joined by Lord Blake, Gerald Rawlings, and Stephen Kent at Netherfield Park where business is intermingled with romance and the men become opponents in a high stakes competition for money and control. With the help of an unnamed spy, a business rival is watching and preparing for the destruction of any alliance that emerges. Rivalry, alliances, romance, jealousy, and competition challenge the young men's friendships. Can men of differing backgrounds come adapt to the social and financial expectations of the emerging Industrial Revolution.
Praise for The Perfect Bride for Mr. Darcy: "Another superior Jane Austen homage...will entertain those who already know their Austen and Georgette Heyer by heart, as well as fans of old-fashioned romance." -Publishers Weekly A GENTLEMAN should always render an APOLOGY When Mr. Darcy realizes he insulted Miss Elizabeth Bennet at the Meryton Assembly, he feels duty bound to seek her out and apologize... When he has INSULTED a LADY But instead of meekly accepting his apology, Elizabeth stands up to him, and Darcy realizes with a shock that she is a very different type of lady than he is used to... Darcy is more intrigued than he's ever been by any young lady, but he's already entangled in a courtship. It's a brutal predicament for a man of honor who only longs to follow his heart...
Description: What if Mr Darcy had proposed to Jane Bennet before meeting Elizabeth? For years, Mr Darcy has been haunted by the fine eyes of a woman he glimpsed in a carriage. Unable to find her, he has at last proposed marriage to the sweet, gentle Jane Bennet so that his sister will have an affectionate friend and he himself will have a beautiful and biddable wife. But on finally meeting Jane's sister, he is stunned to find she is the woman of his dreams. Unable to go back on his word, he is tormented by his feelings, the more so because he suspects that Elizabeth is falling in love with him. Their path to happiness lies through tangled circumstances and it is not until the unwitting intervention of Lydia that a solution can be seen Extract: A flurry of muslin gowns, bonnets, shawls, pelisses and capes went past the window and there came the sound of the front door opening. 'My sisters,' said Jane. 'They have been into Meryton.' Mr Darcy stood up as the four young ladies entered the room. Lydia flew in like a whirlwind, Kitty followed in her wake, Mary walked in stolidly with a book held in front of her face, and Elizabeth . . . . . . His heart stopped beating. . . . . Miss Elizabeth Bennet was the young woman from the carriage. He froze. The woman with the most beautiful eyes he had ever seen; the woman he had spent the last two years trying to find; the woman who had haunted his thoughts and dreams ever since the moment he had caught sight of her; was now standing in front of him. And he could do nothing about it. If they had met a year ago . . . . even a day ago . . . it would all have been so very different. He would have paid court to her, wooed her and married her. But now he could do nothing because he was engaged to her sister. His spirits plummeted as he stood there like a statue, for his proposal was a legal contract, binding on both parties, and one he could not escape. He felt a terrible wrenching inside him as the trap closed tightly around him, and he thought in anguish: I am marrying the wrong sister.
A re-creation in rime royal based on the letters of Jane Austen, her novels and the comments of her biographers. Edited and introduced, with a memoir of the author, Mary Corringham, and notes to the text by H. P. Henningham.
The Pleasure of Mr. Darcy's Love begins two years after Darcy's letter of explanation to Elizabeth. . . a time of great anguish for both. These intervening years have brought immense changes in the lives of the all the Pride and Prejudice characters. Unsurprisingly, Jane and Bingley are now married, but all our other favorites are flung into unexpected lives. The Collins will no longer inherit Longbourn. Why? Where has Lydia disappeared to? How can she be found? Who tries to kidnap Georgiana? Will Elizabeth finally find pleasure in Mr. Darcy's love or will Caroline and Wickham and perhaps even Lydia intercede?
Austen’s most celebrated novel tells the story of Elizabeth Bennet, a bright, lively young woman with four sisters, and a mother determined to marry them to wealthy men. At a party near the Bennets’ home in the English countryside, Elizabeth meets the wealthy, proud Fitzwilliam Darcy. Elizabeth initially finds Darcy haughty and intolerable, but circumstances continue to unite the pair. Mr. Darcy finds himself captivated by Elizabeth’s wit and candor, while her reservations about his character slowly vanish. The story is as much a social critique as it is a love story, and the prose crackles with Austen’s wry wit.
Pride & Prejudice: When Elizabeth Bennet first meets bachelor Fitzwilliam Darcy, she thinks him arrogant and conceited; he is indifferent to her good looks and lively mind. When she later discovers that Darcy has involved himself in the troubled relationship between his friend Bingley and her beloved sister Jane, she is determined to dislike him more than ever.