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Mr. Darcy's Undoing (edition 2011)

by Abigail Reynolds

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Title:Mr. Darcy's Undoing
Authors:Abigail Reynolds
Info:Sourcebooks Landmark (2011), Paperback, 352 pages
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A rather intriguing idea: what if Lizzie Bennett accepts another man's proposal of marriage after Mr Darcy's first disastrous proposal?

Back home after dodging Mr Darcy's badly put offer of marriage, Lizzie Bennett runs into an old friend of the family, Mr Covington, who proposes to Lizzie after a pleasant, if a little staid, courtship. She accepts, since it seems that Jane will not marry after all and she feels responsibility towards the future of her family, and because she respects Mr Covington, as she did not respect either Mr Collins or Mr Darcy.

Cue Mr Darcy's arrival on the scene, all full of contrition and better self awareness and ready to make things right between Jane and Mr Bingley, and between himself and Lizzie.

Abigail Reynolds has weaved in snippets of Jane Austen's original story, so every now and then I found myself reading something very familiar. However, the story itself is obviously completely new, if it still uses many scenes and story lines from the classic [Pride and Prejudice]. Unfortunately, it's not half as fun as the original story, as Lizzie and Darcy are already in love at the start and the original story's joy was watching their attitudes change. There is very little tension as we are given too much insight into Darcy and Lizzie and their emotions with their internal monologues. And plot wise there is far too much sitting around talking, and altogether too many explicit sex scenes, as this seems to be soft porn for Austen aficionados, rather than a clever re-imagining of beloved classic.

Jane Austen would be spinning in her grave. ( )
  wookiebender | Jan 19, 2013 |
Abigail Reynolds is well know for her 'what if' alternate versions of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. She takes the beloved characters of Austen and twists and turns the story to shake up their path to love. In Mr. Darcy's Undoing Reynolds picks up the story following Mr. Darcy's disastrous proposal. Elizabeth returns home to Longbourn and realizes that it will fall upon her to make a good marriage to help her family in the event that her father passes away. Elizabeth accepts the offer of a long time friend, Mr. Covington.
Mr. Darcy realizes the mistake he's made in his actions towards Elizabeth and her family. He decides to try to rectify his actions by proving to Elizabeth that he's a changed man. However when he shows up in Herfortshire he realizes that he might lose Elizabeth forever.
Reynolds takes this classic story in a new direction where she covers themes such as jealousy, sacrifice, love, and forgiveness. She also turns up the heat in the sensuality department between Elizabeth and Darcy. Although parts of this novel are a pure delight there are aspects of this book that are slightly lacking. Mr. Darcy has seemed to throw his principles to the wind and give up all his propriety. Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth's personality did a complete one-eighty. I'm a huge fan of Abigail Reynolds but this book is not my favorite. ( )
  mt256 | Feb 18, 2012 |
Mr. Darcy’s Undoing by Abigail Reynolds is the latest in her “What If?” series of Pride & Prejudice variations that seeks to uncover how far Darcy will go to woo Lizzy if after his disastrous proposal she accepts one from another man. Darcy has made is arrogant speech about loving Lizzy against his better judgment and has proposed they get married, and she has refused by the time this book opens.

Lizzy has a dilemma before her; she had hoped to marry for love, but with her sister Jane’s hopes of marrying Mr. Bingley dashed and her continued depression about losing him, Lizzy realizes that she no longer has the luxury to marry for love and must find a suitable man with means to save her family from ruin upon the death of her father. She takes the responsibility on when a family friend Mr. Covington begins to show interest in her. After accepting his proposal and resigning herself to a marriage based on necessity and fondness, which she hopes will grow into love, Mr. Darcy arrives on the scene with Mr. Bingley and things get more complicated as she realizes her true feelings for Darcy.

Read the full review: http://savvyverseandwit.com/2011/10/mr-darcys-undoing-by-abigail-reynolds.html ( )
  sagustocox | Oct 26, 2011 |
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A passionate new Pride and Prejudice variation explores the unthinkable-Elizabeth accepts the proposal of a childhood friend before she meets Darcy again. When their paths cross, the devastated Mr. Darcy must decide how far he'll go to win the woman he loves. How can a man who prides himself on his honor ask the woman he loves to do something scandalous? And how can Elizabeth accept a loveless marriage when Mr. Darcy holds the key to her heart? As they confront family opposition and the ill-will of scandal-mongers, will Elizabeth prove to be Mr. Darcy's undoing?
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When Elizabeth Bennet accepts the proposal of a childhood friend before she sees Darcy again, Darcy must decide how far he will go to win the woman he loves.

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