Sketching Mr. Darcy: A Pride and Prejudice Alternative Journey

Sketching Mr. Darcy: A Pride and Prejudice Alternative Journey

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Sketching Mr. Darcy: A Pride and Prejudice Alternative Journey
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The morning after the Netherfield Ball, Fitzwilliam Darcy is ready to leave Hertfordshire, taking his friend Bingley away from the lady of his choice and distancing himself from her sister, who has disturbed his tranquility for weeks.

The path, meant to lead him away, unexpectedly brings him close to the person he most wants to avoid, and saving Miss Elizabeth Bennet’s life becomes not only his immediate goal but also a decision that affects his future.

A strong and powerful yet forgotten bond from their past—combined with startling events in the present—brings Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy into a marriage not planned but accepted by both, forcing them to break the barriers between them in order to build their future happiness.

The book includes mature content.

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  •    Kazik Dagonano
    2020
    Loved this variation that asked the question what if Mr. Darcy and Miss Elizabeth Bennet were forced to marry after an innocent incident threatened to ruin their reputations. I've read this author's books before and was eager to try this one. I enjoyed how her timing as to the development of character and romance, attention to historical detail and characters as well as a lively plot made this forced marriage trope work well.

    The story opens with Elizabeth Bennet out for a walk to clear her head after a stormy scene when she refused a marriage proposal. She accidentally slips into a pond in the winter. Between the cold air and her damp clothing, she would have frozen to death before getting home. Mr. Darcy comes to her rescue while out riding on his horse. He has plans to leave Meryton and never come back because of an unwelcome attraction to Elizabeth. And he does leave only to worry about her health.

    But then idle tongues start speculating and twisting the story about what really happened. Darcy takes this as an opportunity to rush back to Elizabeth and request her hand in marriage to stop the talk and salvage their reputations and that of their families. She is reluctant, but agrees knowing they really have no choice.

    From that point on, it is a long journey from near strangers and barely tolerated one on Elizabeth's part to maybe a chance at love if they can get past all the mistakes and misunderstandings and interferences by others. Their marriage isn't easy and they both have to work hard to make it work and maybe something will take root and grow into love.

    Alright, this one wasn't easy. This pair are a tempestuous couple and the misunderstandings are vast. And if they don't make the mistakes on their own there are plenty of outside players to give them a hard time. But, there are an equal amount of supporters, too. Most of the original characters are represented as well as a few newer creations. There is a fair amount of drama and excitement. In fact, there were moments that pushed the limits toward this turning into a romp. There were dragging spots, but for the most part, it pressed forward quite steadily.

    The characters are recognizable to the original Pride & Prejudice, but each range from mild to moderately different. Most secondary characters are playing larger roles or their role has altered a bit from the original story so that's part of it. And then there are several new characters not in the original that made things interesting. It's a huge cast of characters as a result.

    As I said, the romance is a forced marriage and it was handled well. It takes its time and moves forward in baby steps. All the usual barriers were there from Darcy's arrogance to Elizabeth's willful misunderstanding, but there was also a fatal attraction thing going as well as a host of others working to break them up. I liked that it didn't resolve quickly though a few times I just wanted to bop them for making it harder than it had to be. Near the end, though when they were really working through their issues, the passion was off the charts.

    All in all, I enjoyed the story that engaged the emotions and my interest. Austenesque lovers who don't mind a hard fought passionate romance in their variation might like it.


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  •    Yoll Griskenas
    2020
    i>This review was first posted on Babblings of a Bookworm: />
    ‘Sketching Mr Darcy’ is a ‘Pride & Prejudice’ variation looking based on a forced marriage scenario. Here, Elizabeth manages to injure herself while out walking, setting out after refusing the unpalatable Mr Colllins’ proposal. Darcy is due to leave Netherfield that day, but decides to go for a ride while waiting for Bingley to be ready to leave, as he needs to keep busy to keep thoughts of a certain Miss Bennet at bay. He finds her injured and cold, and does what you’d expect of a gentleman, rescuing her and ensuring that she is safely returned home. Darcy then sets off for London, but Elizabeth’s wellbeing is on his mind. He decides to send his doctor to Longbourn to ensure that she will receive the best care, which is lucky, as Elizabeth ends up being quite ill.

    This solicitous behaviour from Mr Darcy isn’t in line with the character Elizabeth thought he had, and she begins to revise her opinion of him. This is not the only area that Elizabeth begins to re-evaluate. A frank discussion with Charlotte, where the precarious financial situation of the Bennet sisters is touched upon, also gives Lizzy food for thought:

    “You may laugh at Mr. Collins now, but have you considered what will occur if something happens to Mr. Bennet and none of you has made a favourable marriage? Where will you all go, Lizzy? Who will keep you? Let us hope Mr. Bingley does marry Jane because one of you needs a very wealthy husband to take care of you all. Otherwise, you, Jane or any of your sisters will gladly accept any offer, even from someone with more faults than Mr. Collins has. And would you then not regret that you so hastily rejected him?”

    The episode with Mr Darcy appears to be over and life moves on, except that somebody begins to maliciously gossip about the incident. It’s just as well she is open to changing her view, as Elizabeth soon finds herself in a position where she is faced with the prospect of having to marry him to stem the gossip. There isn’t much choice for her. We know he has his attraction for her as an ulterior motive, but here Elizabeth has additional reasons for marriage too:

    ‘There was Mr. Darcy, proposing to her, waiting for her answer. Here was the opportunity to marry a man who would be able to support her family in times of need, the opportunity to join one of the most illustrious families in the country, the opportunity to place Jane in Mr. Bingley’s path again in the future and save her sister from the danger of accepting a marriage proposal from a man who would make her unhappy, just to save their family.’

    So Elizabeth enters marriage, hopeful that she can come to love her husband, and open to the idea that it will take a while to get to know him properly:

    ‘She remembered their discussion at the Netherfield ball, and yes, she had not managed to sketch his character, but she would have plenty of time for that – a lifetime’

    This was the first book that I’d read by this author so I don’t know how it compares with her others , but I’d say that this was a story that was romantic and generally quite low on drama until towards the end, where the drama is ramped up quite a bit. When there was a misunderstanding or argument (and there were examples of both), rather than draw out the misunderstanding for chapters and chapters things were usually resolved pretty quickly, which I liked as I see Lizzy particularly as a person with the courage to raise issues rather than let them fester under the surface. However, I was a bit surprised at how open they were with each other emotionally; by the end of ‘Pride & Prejudice’ I can see them being open because they’ve been through such a journey with each other but at this point in canon both of them are very private and keeping their cards close to their chests so for me, these characters seemed more open that I think was likely in such a short timeframe.

    An aspect that some readers might find objectionable is that Darcy in this book has a romantic past. This is not an issue for me, as I think it was quite likely that he would have done, and also that a young woman marrying in those times would have expected her husband to have had previous experience so it wasn’t something that bothered me, and it was dealt with quite matter-of-factly by Elizabeth.

    As I said earlier, I hadn’t read a book by this author before, and at some points I wasn’t sure where plot points were headed; there were a few occasions in this book when I felt that the author set up the potential to create a dramatic situation and then resolved it sensibly, which I liked, as sometimes you read books where you question whether a situation will ever be resolved as the characters just won’t talk to each other!

    For those who like to know such things, there are a few sex scenes in this book, but they are not graphic.

    I’d recommend this book to those who like a romantic, low-angst read, and I’d rate it as a four star read.

    Note: I received an ebook of this title from the author for my honest review.

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