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Librarian Note: Alternate/new cover edition for ISBN-10: 1468137913 / ISBN-13: 978-1468137910.Mr. Darcy’s Forbidden Love is a Pride and Prejudice variation. Not a simple retelling, it is an intriguing new story that does not follow canon. It is rated for Mature Audiences. When Fitzwilliam Darcy meets Elizabeth Bennet for the first time, he is already married to another womLibrarian Note: Alternate/new cover edition for ISBN-10: 1468137913 / ISBN-13: 978-1468137910.Mr. Darcy’s Forbidden Love is a Pride and Prejudice variation. Not a simple retelling, it is an intriguing new story that does not follow canon. It is rated for Mature Audiences. When Fitzwilliam Darcy meets Elizabeth Bennet for the first time, he is already married to another woman. Forced into a loveless marriage, in name only, to the widowed Lady Gisela Grantham because of his father’s sins, Darcy is obliged by honour to remain in the marriage to hide a dark secret. That unhappy part of his life, however, is quickly coming to an end as he meets the love of his life in a little known village in Hertfordshire. Mr. Darcy’s Forbidden Love is the story of a love that was meant to be—a passion too strong to be denied....

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Mr. Darcy's Forbidden Love Reviews

  • Sophia
    2019-04-10 07:30

    Borrowed Through Amazon PrimeI adored the first book I read by this author. She has a flair for the dramatic and romantic. Her characters and plot were original and only mildly based on Austen's Pride & Prejudice. This is not something I mind so when I had the chance to read this second book with another intriguing blurb, I snagged it.Darcy and Lizzy were surrounded by dastardly plotters and tough, seemingly insurmountable circumstances. Darcy is married. His wife is awful and a blackmailer. His Aunt Catherine is out to strip him of his fortune with the help of Darcy's despicable wife and Wickham. His other Fitzwilliam relations other than the Colonel are unsupportive and push him to reconcile with the wife he won't allow in his house or enter hers. Darcy suffers in silence and accepts that he has a good reason for taking on the burdens he has until he encounters the lovely Elizabeth Bennet. He falls for her and enjoys a few tender moments, but then leaves because that is the honorable thing.Meanwhile, Lizzy falls for Darcy, but then discovers he has left her without explanation. And he has taken Bingley with him. Lizzy is hurt and feels love did her wrong so she heads off to London to snag a rich husband and forget about love. She encounters Darcy, there is a scene, and then she learns the whole torturous truth. But now she is entangled with another man who is abusive and controlling at the instigation of her Aunt Gardiner and her mother.As people plot around them, their situation grows dire. Lizzy loves Darcy, but thinks there is no chance for his divorce. Darcy thinks Lizzy has chosen to offer herself to a rich man she doesn't like for her family and she won't wait for him. Hope rises and then hope is dashed only to rise again.This one, like the other is very dramatic- like cheesy gothic romance drama (this is not a criticism as I love that stuff). I had to adjust to that quickly. I was tracking with this one- plot, tone, and characters until somewhere after the sixty percent point. Then suddenly, I wasn't. I think it was when the pace went from steady to snail as Darcy and Lizzy got- um, well, mushy for lack of a better word. For instance, once Lizzy was near tears to part from Darcy- it was just a parting to another room in the same house. And Lizzy suddenly is lost to all sense of propriety. She became needy and totally lacking in confidence, needed Darcy to constantly tell her she was lovely, he loved her, he wanted to be with her.And the pleothora of evil plotters like Lady C, Darcy's wife, Wickham, and Lizzy's suitor. But let's not forget the scheming Mrs. Gardiner (yep you read that right) and Mrs. Bennet. Caroline Bingley got in the act. Toss in a secret love child side plot. And Mr. Bennet storming into the latter fourth of the book suddenly acting the part of the wrathful father... it was tiring and was just so over the top. Thank goodness for Jane, Bingley and Colonel Fitzwilliam for being calm and no ounce of drama in them. I needed them to help balance all the rest. Now here's the thing. I didn't hate the book. I loved many parts of it. I think in a certain mood I might have been into both the gushing romance, the crazy scheming, and the constant uproar. I admit to seeing some good humorous scenes, too. Some of the twists on the P&P story were so innovative. I loved that the Ramsgate situation with Georgiana actually happened in the current story instead of in the past. It was neat to see Darcy and Georgie get some wonderful new relations in a second Fitzwilliam Aunt and a family friend. Bingley and Jane's romance was lovely and they were colorful and well developed characters. So, I think this will be very enjoyable for those who don't mind a strong variation from the original story and are in the mood for gothci-style drama and a sugary romance.

  • Sheila Majczan
    2019-04-13 12:21

    In this story we read that Darcy is married, due to the manipulations of a rejected woman, who 1.) When Darcy would not succumb to her charms, 2.) Then seduced his father, George Darcy, 3.) Claimed to be pregnant by him and 4.) Furthermore, found letters written by Darcy's mother, Anne Darcy, which revealed that Georgina is not George's child. So 5.) Gisela blackmailed Darcy into marrying her to keep those two family secrets hidden...and then after the wedding 6.) He dumps her at her townhouse and refuses to have anything to do with her.Later, when traveling to Meryton to visit his friend's, Bingley's, new estate, Netherfield) Darcy stops in a bookstore, as he knows Bingley will not have any books in his new library, meets, and is instantly smitten by, Elizabeth Bennet. Later while he is inspecting the property for Bingley and she is rescuing her goat, they are caught in a rain storm and spend the night sheltered together out of necessity. She is in love; he realizes he can't allow her to develop any deeper feelings due to his married state so he runs back to London. She is hurt and pretends not to care.Meanwhile, we have our scheming Mrs. Bennet who, when Bingley leaves Netherfield to return to London in order to look into TWO lost merchant ships without telling Jane where and why he is gone, decides to send the 2 oldest daughters to London to throw them into the paths of other rich men. (In this story we also have a similarly scheming Aunt Gardiner in London - not our lovable JA character.) Jane refuses to go as she is nursing a broken heart. While in London Elizabeth is introduced to a Lady Alfreda Wilkens, with whom she becomes friends, and Alfreda's brother, Lord John Wilkens, who decides that, since he was rejected by 3 women of the ton whom he courted, Elizabeth, with her low connections cannot possibly do the same and thus she is to be HIS. And to cap off the suspense she now runs into Darcy at a ball. BUT WAIT - the story has just begun!I read both of Brenda Webb's books within a 5 day period. I found this second book very romantic, a real page turner, great development with characters and with plot, very different take from so many other JAFF stories. Most don't have Darcy married. Others don't have kidnapping, and a completely evil Aunt C. There are some similarities to our original P&P, i.e., the incident at Ramsgate and some but not all of our original characters. But some actors play a very minor role, i.e., Charlotte Lucas, the 3 younger sisters, and some are not in this story, i.e., Mr. Collins.Things I noticed: Brenda begins both her books with Elizabeth and Darcy falling in love. All the action takes place after that. And in both of her books she has Lizzy being pursued by or "married" to an obsessive, controlling abuser. One love scene seems to be copied word-for-word from the first book into the second (Hard to check when both books are on kindle). And Brenda likes to go on-and-on after the marriage with various other sub-plots and then a long epilogue. I have mixed feelings about the latter two. On one hand it seems to drag but, on the other hand, we have no loose ends. However, the stories could have ended with the wedding and a short epilogue and still have been very satisfactory.There are no intense bedroom sex scenes in this story, in case you hate those. There is some foreplay but they do get married before getting to the sex.Are the characters true to the canon? No. But with variations we readers know to expect such. Brenda wrote a story that could have had other names for her main characters and had her story stand on its own merits, but we needed the connection with P&P, knowing the canon, to give us background and understanding of how the author changed the events and the characters. It simply made for a richer understanding of on what this tale was based. *SPOILER*: Some of us love that Wickham was killed off in this story. Lady C. has always seemed pretty much off the deep end for me. (How many of us want to strangle her in the original P&P?) So her fate can be delicious for some of us. And Darcy's parents and other extended family members (especially Darcy's kind and supportive aunt, Lady Audrey Ashcroft, and his godfather, Lord Landingham) are introduced and/or explored more in depth. Aunt Gardiner is not to my liking here but her character change was necessary for this story.I recommend this story as a wonderful variation on Pride and Prejudice. Or simply as an excellent historical romance. I have now re-read this since publishing this review originally on Amazon.

  • Talia
    2019-04-05 14:05

    This is the first book that I have read by this author and I can't wait to read more. They are a bit pricey for me right now but looking forward to future readings. :)Reread: Still 5 stars. I loved this book but I must say the highlight for me this time was Bingley.Reread: Best Bingley/Jane scene ever!

  • Claudine DiMuzio / Just Jane 1813
    2019-04-09 07:01

    This was a long and wonderful P&P variation!!! I have to say that it took a while to get into this story... There a lot of characters to keep track of and who's doing what to this person and that person... But I had a giant smile on my face when it was over, which usually tells me I found another great read...This is a very different story from P&P, but Elizabeth and Darcy's personalities are similar to the original book in many ways. They meet and fall in love at a book store, which seals their connection and from there we are treated to an amazing journey of greed, romance and suspense. I've read other books where Darcy is in an unhappy marriage and it just feels sad for him. I'm glad there's 90 minutes devoted at the end of the book to the Darcy's marriage... As that turns out to be my favorite part of this book. Lots of sweet moments, lots of romantic memories... Just a really great read!!! Thanks Brenda Webb!!!

  • Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
    2019-04-21 08:16

    What If Darcy Was Trapped In Marriage?Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars!TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Variation, Mature AudiencesTIME FRAME: April 1812, Mr. Darcy’s first appearance in MerytonMAIN CHARACTERS: Elizabeth Bennet. Mr. Darcy, Georgiana Darcy, Charles Bingley, Richard Fitzwilliam, George Wickham, Lady Catherine, and a bunch of original creations – Lady Ashcroft, Gisela Darcy, Lord Landingham , and John WilkensSYNOPSIS: Darcy meets Elizabeth in a bookshop in Meryton and it is love-at-first-sight for both of them. No insult, no pride, no prejudice. What separates them from being happy and in love together? Darcy is entrapped in marriage with another woman who threatens him with scandal and disgrace.WHAT I LOVED:- Darcy’s Hands Are Tied!: Sure there are many times we’ve seen Darcy unable to follow his heart – either because of rejection, competition, family interference, etc. But this has to be one of the few times where I’ve seen Darcy’s hands truly tied. As a married man, he can’t pursue Elizabeth – he isn’t the type to have a mistress and his horribly wicked wife threatens ruin for Georgiana and the Darcy name if he divorces her. Knowing how rare and difficult divorce was in this time period, this seemed like an impossibly helpless situation that brought me to the brink of despair…lucky for me things got better!- Unique Adventure: This is not Pride and Prejudice as we know it. While the characters and many personalities and situations are familiar, this is an imaginative departure from Jane Austen’s canon. I love how the premise for this story is unlike any other I’ve read before. Darcy married to an evil witch of a woman? Dark family secrets about the Darcy family? It is brave, dramatic, and wonderfully intriguing.- Elizabeth Bennet Is My Hero: While Elizabeth acknowledges that her heart belongs to another, she travels to London to prove to Jane (who is heartbroken and morose) that it is possible to receive an offer of marriage without much of a dowry or connections. But instead of being her surrogate mother and confidant, Aunt Gardiner is pushing her to accept the addresses of an unpleasant and foul-tempered soon-to-be earl. What I loved most about this Elizabeth, was her strength. She never gave into gloom and despair (like Jane did) and she always thought for herself (even when everyone in her life was trying to sway her differently). She was so strong, so brave, so inspiring!- Audrey and Marshall: Out of all the new characters introduced in this story, these two are my favorite! I love their individual stories and pasts, and the storyline that brings them together. They are intriguing characters who could not but help earn my admiration and sympathy! I definitely wouldn’t have minded seeing more of them!WHAT I WASN’T TOO FOND OF:- Balance and Pacing: Only a minor complaint. There were a few storylines that seemed to move a bit slowly, or perhaps they felt slow since plans or events discussed would take several chapters to finally take place (i.e. Ramsgate). And once in awhile some scenes and conversations felt redundant because they illustrated the same point made by an earlier scene. In addition, some storylines felt a little hurried towards the end. (I would have loved to witness a final confrontation with Lady C!)CONCLUSION:Poignant and dramatic – this enthralling Pride and Prejudice variation is sure to please readers who delight in seeing Darcy and Elizabeth conquer insurmountable obstacles and love each other fiercely! I love Ms. Webb’s epic, inventive, and exhilarating approach to these characters! While there is some unhappiness and despair, the tender and special moments Darcy and Elizabeth share together are heartwarming and beautiful!WARNING:There are several intimate scenes in this story – not very frequent or graphic though. And there are some scenes of mild violence. Would recommend for Mature Audiences.

  • Erlynn (BooksHugBack)
    2019-04-22 10:02

    First off Brenda Webb's Fitzwilliam Darcy an Honorable Man is one of my all-time favorites! I have read it many times and was so excited when I saw another of her novels was being released! She really changes the story and creates a whole new plot and atmosphere with the characters. They are romantic, fun and enjoyable, and served up with enough angst even for me. :)Mr. Darcy's Forbidden Love is P&P variation where Darcy is already married. In order to hide a family secret, he was forced into marriage to a real witch of a lady, Gisela Gratham. Resigned to his fate he never sees what's coming when he meets Elizabeth Bennet in Hertfordshire. Feelings of love that he never thought possible begin in his heart, and soon he will move heaven and earth to be with Elizabeth. In the meantime, although Elizabeth is attracted to Mr. Darcy she must move on with her life and find a wealthy match in order to protect her family and her sisters. Thrown into the path of rich men, Elizabeth is in danger of being married off to a gruesome man. Darcy must act fast if he plans to escape his own fate, and save Elizabeth from hers.This was a great story, where the characters are put in an almost insurmountable obstacle tearing them apart. I love the amount of heartache and angst that her stories create and I want so much for it to be resolved I am just unable to put the books down. She really changes up the story completely and even some characters personalities are different, so you have to want a different retelling to enjoy it. In my mind the author had a lot to live up to with the first and this one did very well. Compared to her first, which is one at the top of my list, I still liked that one better... but this still receives high praise.

  • Brittany
    2019-03-30 07:25

    So this book took me an unexpectedly long time to finish compared to the last few I've read. And of course it is my 30th book of the year! Which is what I set my 2015 goal as...so I may have underestimated how many books I read a year... lolThis book definitely started out being five stars, but dwindled by the end. It's probably 4.5 in reality.The premise - Mr. Darcy is already married! Ah! But he was blackmailed into this marriage by a very evil woman named Gisela! The marriage is loveless, they never live in the same house, and he barely acknowledges her existence if he can help it. So when he comes to Meryton and sees the beautiful Elizabeth Bennet for the first time, he is already humbled to a certain extent. He is just so depressed and miserable, that he never acts haughty and disagreeable. They fall instantly in love in this novel. But what can he do? He's married.What I love: I went to bed a few nights wondering how I was going to sleep, because I felt my own heartbreaking. The writing was spectacular, and I really felt for Darcy and Elizabeth. Their love and sheer helplessness devastated me (in an absolutely good way. I feel that a book that can evoke such emotions in me are the best). All the additional characters in this rendition are well thought out. Gisela was crazy, but she was fascinating. Lady Ashcroft, another sister of Anne Darcy and Lord Landingham were also fantastic additions. They acted almost as parents to Darcy. Which was good, because this was already devastating enough, and if he had had no support system whatsoever...it may have been unreadable. But instead this pair added the support that really saved Darcy. I liked how the Fitwilliams (with the exception of Richard) were not innocent in the beginning but came around in the end. I think it was just good to have some realistic people intermixed. Not everyone would be on board with Darcy treating his first marriage the way he did. I love how mixed up everything became with Catherine and Wickham. How each of them were evil, and realized that they couldn't really trust one another. In the end Gisela is even more evil than Wickham, and that fascinates me. Their showdown in Teddington is definitely my favorite part. I was nearly on the edge of my seat.So it all sounds great right? Well...you're mostly right.What I was not too fond of: It was just too long. I know, I know - "...but for my own part, if a book is well written, I always find it too short." And it is really well written - but after the scene in Teddington...I feel like you can have one more chapter and then an epilogue. We concluded the story really, but we were only 85% in. Now in a short book that's like nothing, but in a book that has taken me days to read, it's at least another 12 hours of reading. That's an estimate, but you get the point. I do hate when stories don't wrap up enough, but this one dragged for me in that last 15%. It was still good, but I was just like...alright, we covered the bases...everyone lives happily ever after. Also what ever happened to Anne DeBourgh? I may have missed that part - it's possible, but she seems to vanish. I will definitely read this book again! At least 85% of this book :)

  • Charlene
    2019-04-05 10:12

    WOW! Loved this book with only one exception. In this alternative P&P, Mr Darcy is trapped in a loveless marriage and he is married only to save the family name. His parents lived longer but was not the ideal marriage by the end. Anne Darcy was very sick and George Darcy had mistresses. As a result Darcy is made to marry to save the family name and than in the span of a year both parents die and he is stuck married to Gisela(who is a beautiful, pampered, winy, vengeful bitch). She makes Caroline seem tame. When Darcy goes to Netherfield he meets Elizabeth in a bookstore in Meryton and falls in love wit her. Being married he knows it can't be and leaves before she can fall in love with him. Unfortunately she does and all sorts of things happen. There is mystery, intrigue with lots of misunderstanding. Wickham, Lady Catherine and Gisela are all wonderful villains in this story. There are also new characters which you will fall in love with and the plot twists are perfect. Plenty of nail biting and in the end love always wins out. Enjoyed this story very much!This is for the author:Now the only thing I didn't like was the Gardiners characterization. I know it needed to be that way but I like them and wanted so much more!

  • Elmo
    2019-04-21 08:01

    I found this book very hard to rate. What I didn't like:* I didn't really like the fact that Darcy was already married and concealed that fact from Elizabeth. Also, I would have found it more realistic if the Darcys had just paid Gisela off, instead of getting Darcy to marry her, or set her up in a cottage somewhere, like other mistresses. * I also thought there was a bit too much drama going on, at some point I kept thinking it would be nice to finally have some uninterrupted romance, instead of yet another murder/plan to pester Darcy or Georgiana or Elizabeth/plan to get Elizabeth married to some vilain etc. etc. There were in my opinion just too many persons with less than honourable motives.* I absolutely hated Mrs. Gardiner, and normally she is one of my favorite characters. I understand there had to be someone to push Lizzy to accept Lord Wilkens, but it would have been possible to just send Mrs. Bennet to London when she heard Lord Wilkens was interested in Lizzy, and let her do the pushing. What I liked:* There were some very romantic scenes in this book, like when Darcy saves Elizabeth from the stream and the shirtless Darcy-scene. Very nice!* I liked the addition of Lord Landingham and Darcy's aunt, it was nice to have some positive characters around!So, some very nice scenes and some things I had a problem with, means 2.5 stars, which I can't give, so 3 it is.

  • Sarah
    2019-04-16 11:31

    This was a very soap opera-y what-if telling of Pride and Prejudice, but one of the better ones that tend to go that way (there are plenty of horrible and unreadable ones out there). Some areas seemed to go on forever, but overall was a good indulgent read (I read it while stuck in bed sick.).

  • Madenna U
    2019-04-06 13:10

    The plot and characters were very interesting but it just kept going on and on and on!

  • Jenny
    2019-04-20 10:03

    This story starts when Mr Darcy falls in love at first sight (pretty much) with Elizabeth when he meets her in the bookshop in Meryton. Their paths cross again resulting in a compromising situation. Mr Bennet demands Darcy marries Lizzy. He says he would love, to were that it not for the complication that he is already married! Oh dear....This book is long... about 13 hours reading time. It also a story that goes much wider than the original with a range of new characters that make for an interesting tale. There are some real villains... Gisela Darcy, Lady Catherine and Wickham. Mrs Bennet is just awful and unfortunately so is Mrs Gardiner. I think to enjoy this book the reader has to be ok with the personalities of some of the major characters being different. For British readers, the 'Americanisms' in this book are also a little distracting, but admittedly not as bad as in some other books if this type.For a book that is so long, it wasn't a difficult read. There is a lot of drama affecting other central characters which I was just as interested in. I think one of the things I particularly liked about this book was the ending wasn't rushed. It is a real frustration of mine that readers are taken through a long and exhausting journey and then the ending is summarised in a paragraph or Epilogue. The author takes the time at the end to give us the happy ever after we have waited 12 hours to get to!!I gave 4 stars rather than 5 as I felt a little disagreement between Elizabeth and Darcy felt a bit forced and not in keeping with their relationship. It felt as though it was added to just add some angst and to see them making up afterwards. Also, as much as I enjoyed it, I don't think this would be a book I'd read again.

  • Bettye McKee
    2019-04-23 11:01

    An interesting variationAs Darcy arrives in Meryton to visit Bingley at Netherfield, he first stops at a book shop where he meets Elizabeth. He is instantly struck by her beauty and lively personality. This is the woman who should be sharing his life, but alas, he is already married.While the story is filled with angst and danger, it provides an interesting perspective of how love conquers all and how patience and trust will guide you through the obstacles set in your path.86

  • A Ruth Ranson
    2019-03-30 13:21

    Multifaceted storyI would have given this book 5 stars but it has an ending that is anti - climatic. It is an interesting story which has Darcy in a loveless marriage with a vindictive and revengeful woman. Elizabeth and Darcy fall in love but can't be together. A wicked Wickham and evil Aunt Catherine try to do their worst. Elizabeth's mother is her usual horrible self and even the Gardiners aren't at their usual best. This is a story with lots of intrigue and romance but could have easily been reduced by several chapters at the end. It is worth a read.

  • Katherine
    2019-04-12 10:03

    Nothing but the characters are the same from Pride and Prejudice. Darcy meets Elizabeth for the first time in a bookshop and is immediately drawn to her ad falls in love with her quite easily. He is not tortured by her family, her lack of connections or fortunes but rather of a loveless marriage he is stuck in to avoid scandal in his family when all he wants is Elizabeth. At first I was surprised how quickly they fell in love as in the original they were under the same roof in Netherfield and they verbal sparring attracted Darcy whereas on this version one conversation in a bookstore seals his love for Elizabeth and one experience In a rainstorm seals it for Elizabeth. But when you understand why Darcy got married and how his beautiful bride is his wife in name on,y you feel sorry for Darcy that to protect his parents from scandal he is despaired all hope of happiness. Elizabeth doesn't know that Darcy is married when she falls in love with him but finds out months later at a London ball - how shocking! The one character change that I hated in this novel was Mrs Gardiner. I can't believe she would be determined to we'd Elizabeth off to the wealthiest man in London even of he is a horrible man and we earn how horrible he really he in this novel. Backbiting Caroline still plays a part in this novel as does wicked Wickman, vindictive Lady Catherine but the first Mrs Darcy is truly the worst villain in the novel. The journey for Darcy and Elizabeth to find their happiness is a long one and when you know it will turn out, another plot twist occurs - more trouble! I loved that Darcy was an hounorable man, even with his wife.. Never succumbing to making Elizabeth his mistress although they got almost too close at one point (not my favorite part) but wanting to protect Elizabeth even when it wasn't his right. What I loved is that the novel don't end when they find their happiness and are finally married. We get a glimpse of their personal conversations, their love for each other especially with the birth of their first child and we get an entire family history until Darcy is 70.. They truly did love happily ever after! Even the relationship of Bingley and Jane is tested and I love how Bingley turns out to be the night in shining armour to Jane. Truly this novel is emotional and a real page-turner! It will make you stay up late int the morning hours trying to finish it.

  • Elizabeth Bennet
    2019-03-24 07:08

    I read BW's first book, An Honorable Man, and hated to see it end. I thought it very romantic and loved how the author created that bond between Darcy and Elizabeth. Georgiana and Evan was sweet too. I love when author include children and then the glimpse into the future was perfect. The one thing I felt it was lacking was the intimate moments. I know some don't like reading about love scenes but I feel it adds depth and when your talking about romance and love it should be natural. I felt it was dry and rushed not matching up with the rest of the book. That all being said I still became excited to see she had a new book. I have to say I was not happy. I hope Brenda reads reviews because I'd like to tell her she has talent but I missed Darcy and Elizabeth in this one. In her first book even though they weren't married we still got to read about our favorite couple together and that was part of the enjoyment seeing how they'd be before the marriage. When the couple spend awkward moments as well as intimate times it adds that depth to the book I like reading. The love scenes in this book seemed copied word for word from her first book. I felt she thought well I have to add a splash of sex so that should be good enough. You can't fake it or your readers notice. I didn't feel near as good when I was done.

  • Jennifer Redlarczyk
    2019-04-14 14:29

    Lovers of Pride and Prejudice variations will find this non-canon, what-if, an exciting book filled with intrigue and suspense. What could be more horrendous than to find our favorite character, Fitzwilliam Darcy, forced into a loveless marriage with the immoral Gisela, a woman who has gained her position through blackmail? In Darcy's mind, the situation is futile. However a spark of hope is ignited when he meets Elizabeth Bennet, by chance, in a Meryton bookshop. Brenda Webb is a master when it comes to weaving a fascinating tale filled with angst, an interesting plot, loads of character development and of course passion. In Brenda's own words, "This is the story of how love conquers even the deepest trauma, and how one is only able to emerge from an abyss of despair by the power of love." Brenda thanks for a fantastic read! ~Jen Red~

  • Tamra
    2019-04-05 08:11

    That was a damn tedious waste of an evening.....or two.. Too many eye rolling, you have got to be kidding moments. The book goes on and on and on and on and on.... One disaster after scandal after tragedy..... It's every bad romance plot rolled into one rather long P&P variation. Most unrealistic is Elizabeth considering marriage to an abusive cad because Mrs. Gardener demanded it. I was disappointed by the portrayal of Mrs. Gardiner as a calculating social climber. Read the whole book but skipped unnecessary paragraphs as this was way too long. I enjoy a long P&P variation but not this one!

  • Leigh Anne
    2019-03-25 08:19

    Mostly dreadful, but I read to the end. Thought it was taking forever to get there, however. There were parts that were fun and enjoyable, but also loads of crazy subplots, characters who are the opposite of their Austen selves, pistol-packing society ladies (!), a disturbing emphasis on punishment, a reliance on dialogue to provide exposition... the list goes on and on. But the most problematic aspect to my mind was that Elizabeth did not seem like herself. (Darcy's character is different, too, but his transformation can be explained by the events of the story.) Oh well. No harm done.

  • Jeanah
    2019-04-01 10:17

    Rich with interesting new heroes and villains. There was passionate moments and also nail biting suspense. A few of my beloved characters are flipped to be unlikeable, but the plot works it into a good balance overall. There were points when I laughed until I cried and other times I just cried for my beloved Lizzy and Fitzwilliam. I really like how the writer makes each character interesting- from the elite to the servants. They all played active parts in moving the story along. I will keep my eye out for more of Ms. Webb's works in the future.

  • Bronwen Chisholm
    2019-03-29 15:08

    I enjoyed this story for the most part, but it tended to ramble and run on in areas. Though I read it quickly, as is my norm, there were so many characters that several times I had to stop to think who someone was as they had not been mentioned for such a long time. There were parts that did not hold my attention and I tended to skip ahead. Language is not true to the period, but it was well written.

  • Elesha
    2019-03-27 12:04

    There is nothing particularly wrong with this story, I never completed it but that was more to do with my own constitution rather then the prose. I don't consider myself a angst wheenie most of the time but half way through this I found I couldn't endure anymore suffering on the protagonists behalf. Not for the diehard janeites or the angst wheenies I think.

  • Andy
    2019-04-14 13:01

    The cover picture is heinous but the book is pretty good. The gardiners weren't true to the original, it was missing the witty banter of the original, there were a few inconsistencies, and the ending kind of dragged but overall i would recommend it

  • Carey Louise
    2019-04-03 08:18

    TOO MUCH . . . bad grammar, plot twists, repetition, cliches, drama . . . I'm not sure why I finished reading the book.I read a lot of fan fiction and don't hold it to the same standards as other genres. This novel, however, was not good even on that sliding scale.

  • Jennifer
    2019-04-14 13:25

    I thought this was a fun read. I haven't read a premise like this one and I was surprised at how the author portrayed the Gardiners, specifically Mrs. Gardiner. I am glad I read it and would recommend it to anyone who likes, or wants to try, P&P variations.

  • Sandra Gebhard
    2019-04-17 13:20

    WOW!Long but in the best way. When I first considered this book, I wasn't really sure if I'd like it. Darcy already had a wife?!! That just seemed so wrong. I put off reading it only to find that it's one of my favorites.

  • Staciel
    2019-03-29 08:06

    This one had a ton of added characters and a story line that started with Mr Darcy already married-- albeit unhappily so.I liked it, but kept getting bogged down by all the characters/storylines that the author added.

  • Michelle
    2019-04-06 11:28

    This author needs to learn when to leave well enough alone. One tragedy after another, the book just went on, and on, and on.

  • Hayley 'Snow White'
    2019-03-30 07:05

    I had written my review for this book just after finishing it but it's long as hell and must be revised. I will hopefully post it in the next few days!

  • Barb
    2019-04-21 14:26

    Good, but it got awfully complex. I think it could have been a bit simpler.