Mr. Darcy's Obsession: A Pride and Prejudice Variation

Mr. Darcy's Obsession: A Pride and Prejudice Variation

Abigail Reynolds / Dec 10, 2019

Mr Darcy s Obsession A Pride and Prejudice Variation The he tries to stay away from her the his obsession grows What if Elizabeth Bennet was unsuitable for Mr Darcy than ever Mr Darcy is determined to find a suitable bride But then he learns that Eliza

  • Title: Mr. Darcy's Obsession: A Pride and Prejudice Variation
  • Author: Abigail Reynolds
  • ISBN: 9781402240928
  • Page: 160
  • Format: Paperback
  • The he tries to stay away from her, the his obsession grows What if Elizabeth Bennet was unsuitable for Mr Darcy than ever Mr Darcy is determined to find a suitable bride But then he learns that Elizabeth is living in London in reduced circumstances, after her father s death robs her of her family home What if Mr Darcy can t help himself from seekinThe he tries to stay away from her, the his obsession grows What if Elizabeth Bennet was unsuitable for Mr Darcy than ever Mr Darcy is determined to find a suitable bride But then he learns that Elizabeth is living in London in reduced circumstances, after her father s death robs her of her family home What if Mr Darcy can t help himself from seeking her out He just wants to make sure she s alright But once he s seen her, he feels compelled to talk to her, and from there he s unable to fight the overwhelming desire to be near her, or the ever growing mutual attraction that is between them What if Mr Darcy s intentions were shockingly dishonorable

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      • Abigail Reynolds

        Abigail Reynolds may be a nationally bestselling author and a physician, but she can t follow a straight line with a ruler 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 Conceit Concealment, the national bestsellers Alone with Mr Darcy and Mr Darcy s Noble Connections, and Mr Darcy s Journey Her books have been translated into five languages A lifetime member of JASNA, she lives on Cape Cod with her husband, her son and a menagerie of animals Her hobbies do not include sleeping or cleaning her house.


    1. What if Mr. Darcy, even though he was completely enamored and entranced with Elizabeth Bennet, hesitated to declare his love? What if Elizabeth left Hunsford without receiving Mr. Darcy's proposal? What if Mr. Bennet passed away and Elizabeth's place in society became even more inferior to Mr. Darcy's?Fast-forward two years from Elizabeth's visit to Hunsford Parsonage, we encounter the Bennet women destitute and homeless. Jane, being the dutiful daughter she is, marries a local shopkeeper to hel [...]

    2. I have read this book several times in the paperback version. I have all Abigail's books and have read every one of them more than once in whole or part. She is my favorite JAFF author to date. I read all the other reviews before now posting my own. I am doing this at such a late date due to having no time while working but now having time in my retired life.I will not go over the story line in detail. The other reviewers did a good job of that. I will say that what I saw as the premise was Darc [...]

    3. This was one of the more serious and at times distressing Pride and Prejudice variations I have read. This is due to the story line and the dramatically reduced circumstances the Bennet's find themselves in after the death of their father. The social divide between Darcy and Lizzy now seems so unsurpassable and yet Darcy still cannot imagine his life without Lizzy. I enjoyed seeing this side to Darcy. He was very sweet and caring towards Lizzy and all her family and in the second half the book h [...]

    4. Mr. Darcy's Obsession, the latest of Abigail Reynolds's Pride and Prejudice Variations, is a stunning tale of love lost and refound.Two years have passed since Darcy last saw Elizabeth. Having convinced both himself and a reluctant Bingley of the Bennet sisters' unsuitability for marriage, Darcy encounters Elizabeth in London. Her father's death has cast her family into dire financial straits and Elizabeth labors as an unpaid nanny for her Uncle and Aunt Gardiner's children.Even as he tries to s [...]

    5. I rarely get far with Austen fanfic, but with this book I saw the appeal. Though slow-paced, it was an easy read, more like watching a fairly respectful movie version of Austen than reading one of her novels. So you get a little kissing, even Darcy in a soaked shirt, but nothing too out there. (Which I, for one, appreciate.)The fancy of this book is that Elizabeth's father died just before Darcy was about to propose to her, and so he never did. The family is now in uncomfortable straits and Jane [...]

    6. Before I begin this review let me state that I am not a romance reader in general and a lot of what I disliked in this story might be standard romance tropes, that are just not my cup of tea.In Short: I was severely disappointed by Mr. Darcy's Obsession. I liked the idea of a divergence in the plot of Pride and Prejudice and it interested me a lot what could come of that, but it didn't measure up to what I expected.In Detail: THE MAIN CHARACTERS just did not feel like Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy, bu [...]

    7. I picked this up at the library for a laugh and instead grew increasingly horrified as I realized I was reading something that wouldn't be out of place on fanfiction. I'm an Austen fan, so it's not like I'm saying I wouldn't read some P&P fanfiction if the fancy took me, but it wasn't what I was expecting out of a book that actually got published.First 50 Shades of Grey, now this-- when did publishing full novel-length fanfiction for profit become a thing?? Anyways, I'm unsure if Ms. Reynold [...]

    8. Love conquers all!I really enjoyed the way this story took our beloved characters through the changes they needed to make to reach their and and to a new understanding of themselves and society.Highly recommended!

    9. For Jane Austen fans who enjoy a different perspective or a new thread in the Pride and Prejudice that does not include zombies, Abigail Reynold’s novelMr. Darcy’s Obssession is perfection. In this insightful and creative variation, new scenerios allow for a fresh new plot with familiar characters and new ones. What if Mr. Bennett dies and the entailed estate goes to Mr. Collins? What if Mr. Bingley is convinced not to marry Jane? What if Darcy follows the dictates of his family obligation w [...]

    10. I picked up this novel at the library since I have recently become obsessed with Abigail Reynolds' alternate endings to Pride and Prejudice. When I grabbed it I was just hoping to fill a few spare minutes, but after starting it I couldn't put it down.To date this is my favorite Abigail Reynolds' Darcy and Elizabeth book. Certainly, the events in this story diverge quite a bit more than in other novels by this author that I have read so far. Elizabeth and her family are in dire straits after her [...]

    11. What if Elizabeth Bennet was called away from Rosings before Mr. Darcy could propose? What if the reason she was called away was that her father was deathly ill? What if her path and Darcy's didn't cross again for two years?Mr. Darcy is surprised when, two years after Elizabeth's visit to Rosings, his good friend Charles Bingley mentions having seen her. He learns that Mr. Bennet is dead, Jane is married to a much older shopkeeper, and Elizabeth is living with her aunt and uncle and is taking ca [...]

    12. I enjoy alternate history, but I didn't realize there was a such thing as alternate fiction. In general, I have no objection to authors taking a well-loved work and adding to the story--prequels, sequels, alternate character viewpoints (and I'm not counting zombies here, which are obviously intended as farce). Though they never seem to be executed as well as the original, they also don't change the established story. But this book goes beyond that--I expected to just get P&P from Darcy's vie [...]

    13. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this story. In fact, I found it difficult to put down. Unlike some of the official comments I read, this book wasn't steamy at all. It was very romantic and pulse-pounding, but in a very innocent way. The cover is gorgeous, but it makes Elizabeth Bennet look kind of seductive. I didn't get that sense at all from this story. I loved the way this story felt so true to the time period, and how different Mr. Darcy was from some of his relations. There [...]

    14. Review originally posted on Diary of an EccentricIn Mr. Darcy’s Obsession, Abigail Reynolds really shakes up Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. In Reynold’s retelling, Mr. Darcy doesn’t propose to Elizabeth Bennet at Rosings, as she is called back to Longbourn when her father falls ill. When Mr. Darcy’s Obsession opens, Mr. Bennet has died, Elizabeth is living with her Aunt and Uncle Gardiner in London, and Jane is married to an old milliner. Mr. Bingley is upset because Jane is out of [...]

    15. I think it might be I who is obsessed with Mr Darcy, all these different variations are just pure escapism.In this one Mr Bennet died, the Collins' moved into the house, Jane married a shopkeeper to help out her family, and Elizabeth went to London to help with the Gardiner kids. Mr Darcy never proposed because Elizabeth left before he had time too. But Mr Darcy just can't her her out of his head. He sneaks around a bit and manages to meet her by "accident" one day, and they start talking. Some [...]

    16. I loved this brilliant variation of Pride and Prejudice. The author, Abigail Reynolds, does a great job of staying true to the world Jane Austen created yet let her creative light shine through.I was utterly enthralled with this book from page one. The story opens with what happens to the Bennets after Mr. Bennet dies and Elizabeth Bennet's refusal to wed Mr. Collins. You get to see old friends like Mr. Bingley, Georgiana, and Colonel Fitzwilliam while you are introduced to new characters.You ar [...]

    17. This book is not polite! There is a surprising amount of profanity--even if it is considered light. The dialogue of side characters and even Bingley and Darcy mention subjects in a crude, rakish way and this is only 20% into the story! The talk of mistresses and tupping to get an heir was far removed from the style of Jane Austen. To speak about those subjects without saying the actual word would have been more in tune with Austen's characters.The descriptions of fine eyes and others were irrita [...]

    18. Excellent!!!! Read two boring books (different types) right before this this book was a lifeline of what an author can do!!! Love how with different circumstances that Elizabeth and Darcy can still fall in love. Liked all the different characters. More realistic about the female servants and how they could be abused by men. (not so much likedbut more realistic). Sad how Jane married anotherbut after his deathmarried to Bingley.but realism again.This author is a medical Dr and has two kids and wr [...]

    19. This is absolutely my favourite among the Pride and prejudice variations by Abigail Reynolds.I particularly appreciated this novel because of the lack of explicit sex scenes. In the other variation sometimes I found these scense a bit too much explicit and I feel they don't suit Austen period.Moreover this plot brings to light the best sides of both Darcy and Elizabeth in a very moving way. Quite the perfect retelling!

    20. There was a little bit too much ick (view spoiler)[ almost rape, almost incest, servant girls being used for sex and discarded (hide spoiler)] in this story for me. Not with D&E but definitely in Darcy's extended family! I would just get into the romance of D&E's story and then something else ick would be introduced. It kind of ruined it for me.

    21. I really enjoyed reading this variation, but at times it felt like there were pieces of the story that had been left out. I feel that if a few plot points were expanded upon it would have added greatly to the telling.

    22. Fans of the original Pride and Prejudice will be happy with this alternate version/ending. Fast, fun and easy! Thanks Nicole Kronzer for your review so I knew to give it a try!

    23. Not a *great* book, but a good book in an approximation of Austen's voice. Once I settled a few chapters in, I definitely enjoyed it. What would have happened if Mr. Bennett had fallen ill and the Bennett women were forced to withdraw from society? Reynolds gives us a look at what two years of separation might have done to the relationship between Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy (as well as Jane, Bingley, and the rest). This book contains a lot of wish fulfillment for readers, but who can be disappointe [...]

    24. This one was pretty good, and also aligned with my belief that Darcy, as a 28 year old wealthy man, is not going to be an inexperienced virgin or evangelical prude. I like the JAFF in which Mr. Bennett has died, untethering Mrs. Bennett from reason and rightness. I'd love to see one where she really goes off the rails as a result, but she is a grasping pragmatist ultimately.

    25. I was pleasantly surprised to like this book and enjoyed the thoughtful backstory that was provided by the author in terms of the extended family members of the original Austen characters. It answered a "what if" I had never imagined, but I am glad I read on to find out what would have happened if Darcy never proposed to Elizabeth in the first place. (Side note: Poor Mr. Bennett.)

    26. Very good alternative story. I'm a big fan of Jane Austen and I had never read an alternative story or a spin-off based on one of her books. I thought to give it a go and I was very pleased! The imagination of the author is very good to create such an alternative. The book is a real page-turner! I really enjoyed it and recommend it 100%

    27. This one I enjoyed a lot. Darcy is so incredibly sweet and awkward in this book that he's completely adorable. In this one the Bennet father dies before Darcy could ever propose to Elizabeth so everything is different enough to keep the book really interesting without wasting the growing romance between Elizabeth and Darcy that is classic. There's a new character in this one, too, that I really enjoyed. He brought out a lot of good and playfulness in Darcy that was a lot of fun.

    28. This book is an emotional roller-coaster that deals with the social order found in society of that time period. Unlike the authors of that day…who exposed the underbelly of society…Jane Austen dealt with social issues but not the dark-darker-darkest side of society. Reynolds, on the other hand, is blatant as she presents us with the difficulties of the social structures / hierarchies / social classes / rank and status of society from the lowest servant to the titled aristocracy. Through this [...]

    29. Orgoglio ecrificioL’origine di un sequel consiste sempre in una domanda, principalmente prende in oggetto l’ipotesi di un proseguimento di una storia, dall’istante successivo o a distanza di anni da quella momentanea conclusione; ma un sequel è tale anche quando interrompe una storia preesistente da un punto cruciale e propone una trama alternativa, se vogliamo, una vera e propria diversa risoluzione degli eventi.Questo è il caso di Mr Darcy’s Obsession, il racconto alternativo immagin [...]

    30. In Mr. Darcy’s Obsession, Mr. Darcy finds out that Miss Elizabeth Bennett is living in London with her uncle since her father passed away. Instantly he needs to know more, and he’s willing to pay anything to find out more about her current situation. One night while passing by her uncle’s neighborhood he finds a young man who has good potential to be his eyes and ears as far as Elizabeth is concerned. So starts Mr. Darcy’s attempt to work his way back into Elizabeth’s life.Elizabeth ha [...]

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