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Friday, February 17, 2012

"Mr. Darcy's Letter" by Abigail Reynolds~A Worthy Variation of "Pride & Prejudice"

Published by:  Intertidal Press
Pages:  262
Genre:  Fiction/Historical Romance~Classic Variation
Ms. Reynold's website:  http://www.pemberleyvariations.com/

A lady's reputation is a fragile thing. If anyone ever discovered that Miss Elizabeth Bennet had received a letter from a single gentleman, she could be ruined... or forced to marry a man she detests. In this Pride & Prejudice variation, Elizabeth takes the safer course and refuses to read Mr. Darcy's letter of explanation. Returning home unaware of Wickham's true nature, Elizabeth confesses everything to him, putting both Mr. Darcy and herself in grave danger from Wickham's schemes.

Portrait of an Author: Abigail Reynolds is a lifelong Jane Austen enthusiast and a physician. In addition to writing, she has a part-time private practice and enjoys spending time with her family. Originally from upstate New York, she studied Russian, theater, and marine biology before deciding to attend medical school. She began writing From Lambton to Longbourn in 2001 to spend more time with her favorite characters from Pride and Prejudice. Encouragement from fellow Austen fans convinced her to continue asking "What if...?" which led to four other Pemberley Variations and her modern novel, Pemberley by the Sea. She is currently at work on another Pemberley Variation and a sequel to Pemberley by the Sea. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband, two teenaged children, and a menagerie of pets.

The Bookish Dame's Review :
What if Lizzy refused to read Darcy's letter of intent?  And, what if she found Wickham to be a likely confidant?  Oh, no!!  A twisted and horrendous turn of fate for all concerned, perhaps.  This variation by Abigail Reynolds is told with such strict adherence to the practical writings of Jane Austen that you can almost believe Miss Austen herself wrote another ending to "Pride and Prejudice!"  I was cringing and worrying all the way to the end of this perfect rendition of the original, with a twist.  Of all the authors who write variations and adaptations and such on our dear Jane's books, Abigail Reynolds is the real McCoy!!  She's good enough to ghost-write, and that's the best compliment I can give her.

Take a few moments and visit her very extensive website where you can see and read about the collection of books she's written, read her reviews of other books written by Austen-worshippers, and learn a tremendous amount about Jane Austen and contemporaries.  I can't hope to tell you all there is to find, nor can I hope this review would live up to what you'll find there. 

You'll also want to follow Abigail on Facebook where she'll keep you up on all the latest books having to do with our Miss Austen subjects!

So, without holding you up further, please do yourself a favor and go to Abigail's website:  http://www.pemberleyvariations.com/    and buy  "Mr. Darcy's Letter" either on line at your favorite book store, or get a copy for your Kindle or Nook!   This is a quick and exciting read.  Don't worry like I did...it all turns out in the end!

5 peaceful stars!


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Abigail Reynolds

Thank you for the lovely review!

Sophia Rose

I have this one on my wish list because I just love Abigail's writing. Thanks for sharing your review.


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