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I bought this paperback book when it was first published and now, also, own it on my kindle I have read it at least three times, the most recent, very carefully, not skimming, so as to have it fresh in my mind in order to post this review I also read all the other reviews, some twice, in order to digest their input.I have this to say First, it is a variation don t complain how the characters or their actions change from the canon Second, yes, there is sex But in thinking about why the aut I bought this paperback book when it was first published and now, also, own it on my kindle I have read it at least three times, the most recent, very carefully, not skimming, so as to have it fresh in my mind in order to post this review I also read all the other reviews, some twice, in order to digest their input.I have this to say First, it is a variation don t complain how the characters or their actions change from the canon Second, yes, there is sex But in thinking about why the author put this in I can only say that from my viewpoint it is a direct outcome of all the struggles Elizabeth and Darcy are having in their relationship Both had to consider their family, society and its rules, and all the miscommunications and feelings they experienced and or developed And I am of the generation of women who fell on and devoured the new genre historical romance created in the 70 s when Kathleen Woodiwiss took us into the bedroom of her characters Always one man, one woman and they ended up married So this follows that path and I love it We are talking about a 20 year old woman and a what was he 27 year old man Is he a eunuch Does she have no sex drive Are they to be considered cold and indifferent in this aspect of their characters Or are we just not supposed to talk about such In the beginning of the story, I found the angst so strong it just took my breath away The poetry Darcy noted for Elizabeth brought tears to my eyes Some of what I consider in this relationship is explained by Aunt Gardiner s words as to Lizzy s parents role and or lack of it and how she always had to rely on herself her parents have not always been people Lizzy could depend upon in times of need Lizzy has learned as a result to keep a great deal to herself, and it has been a concern of mine for some time that it might prove difficult for a man to earn her trust At times in this plot E doesn t even have Jane with whom to discuss events and circumstances Yes, we see what some describe as a vastly changed Mr Bennet but I will maintain that his personality was always such but here we just read those traits manifesting in stronger terms I always read Mr Bennet as a lazy father who didn t want his bookroom invaded He would not even take the time to hear his favorite daughter out, both in the warning about allowing Lydia to go to Brighton and when Elizabeth wanted to explain her change in opinion and feelings about Darcy He always took the path of least resistance, in allowing Lydia to go to Brighton and in not putting down his foot on the behaviors of his daughters, even allowing the younger ones to be out and, lastly, in not having a heart to heart talk with his wife about curbing her tongue A true ostrich with his head in the sand I can t even address his actions in not protecting Elizabeth from Lady C s verbal assault at this point he lost the right to call himself her father And then I consider the role of Darcy s parents in his life I am especially reminded of the scene he describes in going to his father, who is playing cards with Wickham, to relate how he mastered a certain skill in horsemanship, and is told by his father never to interrupt him while at cards again as it will put him off his game It was at that moment that I realized I was littlethan a pawn to him, andresolving I would never allow Georgiana to feel so uncared for as I felt at that moment Then there are the years of pressure from Lady Catherine for Darcy to marry Anne, the weight of managing an estate with money matters, investments, servants, etc and the stress of rearing a sister, basically alone Yes, we see a side of Georgiana that we do not read of in the canon But I think about the age of this teen and of her isolation from a sister, an aunt, a mother, a female friend, etc with whom she could discuss her budding sexuality and her attraction to or her acceptance of Wickham Darcy rarely saw Col Fitzwilliam, due to the latter s military career and his other close ally, Charles Bingley, is not one who could discern that 1 Darcy is troubled or 2 Offer up good advice about any number of situations Darcy had to deal with, much less, his love life.There are so many times that DE misunderstood what the other meant and just in thinking about what their position was, i.e., Lizzy thinking about what Darcy s position was in society and how he would turn away from her after Lydia s elopement, Darcy thinking when he sees her in church shortly after his refused proposal, Remember, she thinks you devoid of every proper feeling and completely lacking in honour How many times he had thoughts that she thought little of him Quite a reversal from thoughts about women, i.e., Caroline B who fawned over him And then to make matters worse we have persons such as Georgiana who deliberately throw tripwires into the events.For me, all the events in the narrative are very important to allowing Darcy and Elizabeth to understand that one person only is in this immediate relationship No matter what family or society say or do they must look to each other and in giving themselves to each other they make that very clear I like how Darcy says it, I shall never forget, Elizabeth, that you came to me of your own choice, rather than as a duty of our marriage I highly recommend this and all of Abigail Reynolds books This must have been the worst of them all Well this is a what if version of P P What if, after Darcy s proposal and Elizabeth s stormy refusal at Hunsford Parsonage, he unexpectedly has to stay in Kent rather than go away the next day They both have to face each other, both are mortified, him at the refusal and all the accusations flung at him, and her at the realisation that she has been far too hasty in her impressions of both Darcy and Wickham, and the realisation of what her family s behaviour has cost Jane The times they have Well this is a what if version of PP What if, after Darcy s proposal and Elizabeth s stormy refusal at Hunsford Parsonage, he unexpectedly has to stay in Kent rather than go away the next day They both have to face each other, both are mortified, him at the refusal and all the accusations flung at him, and her at the realisation that she has been far too hasty in her impressions of both Darcy and Wickham, and the realisation of what her family s behaviour has cost Jane The times they have to meet in Kent are really well written, lots of uncomfortable emotions etc They are brought together afterwards in London where Darcy meets the Gardiners etc This part of the book is really good, I would rate it five star.But then bizarre behaviour creeps in Lydia elopes, as per the real PP Lizzy throws a super strop when they come to visit Longbourne after the wedding and goes off in self righteous indignation at how selfish Lydia has been and then goes on to hypocritically behave in practically the same way The justification is that Mr and Mrs Bennett haven t been good parents to her, but actually any bad behaviour on her part would have affected her sisters chances I really don t think Elizabeth would have been so monumentally selfish She and Darcy are like a pair of randy teenagers frankly, and there is not really much romance, it s all pretty seedy I would give this part of the book 1 star, as that is the lowest, it s really awful If I were to re read this book I would give up at the point where they are invited to Darcy s party in London It s very good up until that point and after that it s not good I don t know why the author changed Elizabeth and Darcy s characters and morals so much, it s such a waste as this could have been an excellent book I also didn t like the way Mr Bennet s character was changed, he s quite unpleasant in this book This is the second P P variation I have read from Abigail Reynolds and they seem to follow a formula Of course the whole point is that Elizabeth and Darcy come to a better understanding of one another, but so far both of the variations I have read have been very similar in outline Basically some detail changes, E D go back and forth on whether they should be together get engaged, premarital sex ensues, overwhelming passion blah blah, hurried wedding, happily ever after.I think I would find th This is the second PP variation I have read from Abigail Reynolds and they seem to follow a formula Of course the whole point is that Elizabeth and Darcy come to a better understanding of one another, but so far both of the variations I have read have been very similar in outline Basically some detail changes, ED go back and forth on whether they should be together get engaged, premarital sex ensues, overwhelming passion blah blah, hurried wedding, happily ever after.I think I would find these variationsappealing if they focused less on Darcy s uncontrollable passion for Elizabeth and how they are constantly tempted by one another I get that these are romance novels but one thing I have always admired about both ED is their sense of propriety and their honor I find it hard to believe that Darcy would endanger Elizabeth by enticing her with sex, almost as much as I find it hard to believe that Elizabeth would violate societal norms so easily.Okay, rant over Sorry Overall, this was a pretty good attempt to explore the what ifs of PP If you enjoy romance novels and or PP you might enjoy this one I am devouring these, one after another, so I am becoming a bit of an expert on Reynolds.So this one lots of Elizabeth and Darcy misunderstandings Yowza I prefer it when she gets them together early, and then we spend the rest of the book watching them fight off the rest of the world together The Mr Bennett stuff and Georgiana stuff are bold moves Why not I do really dig the psychological investigation into Lizzy s relationships with her parents and what those relationships have done to af I am devouring these, one after another, so I am becoming a bit of an expert on Reynolds.So this one lots of Elizabeth and Darcy misunderstandings Yowza I prefer it when she gets them together early, and then we spend the rest of the book watching them fight off the rest of the world together The Mr Bennett stuff and Georgiana stuff are bold moves Why not I do really dig the psychological investigation into Lizzy s relationships with her parents and what those relationships have done to affect her being able to trust anyone with her feelings Plus the side stuff about her education or lack thereof The great steamy stuff is just bonus However, does Darcy need to use the phrase claim her as his own so often There are some wonderful feminist moments throughout, but Darcy using physicality to stake his claim all the time does get under my skin.Reynolds is a smart writer and I feel fortunate that she is choosing to spend those smarts in this way What if indeed The first half if great, the second half is terrible The characters do not act how they should would have in that era. |Download Book ♨ By Force of Instinct ♆ In Jane Austen s classic Pride Prejudice, Elizabeth Bennet never expects to see Mr Darcy again after his disastrous proposal in Hunsford But what if family business required him to stay at Rosings after giving her his letter Coming face to face with Mr Darcy only days later could give Elizabeth a new chance to understand himor chance for even misunderstandings This is my least favorite of the P P variations The others made me want to run out and pick upAfter I finished this one I just took a nap This is my least favorite of the PP variations The others made me want to run out and pick upAfter I finished this one I just took a nap Very similar to other Reynolds novels well written, but way too preoccupied with sex, so much so that it twists the characters into versions of these characters that I really did not recognise I understand that Darcy is passionate but his sole thought and aim in this seems to be sex, which leads him to be out of character for most of the novel After a while it gets pretty tedious I started skim reading at 60% when it descended into full on sex scenes without plot. This book wasn t awful, but I couldn t give it 3 stars simply because I consider 3 star books to be good enough to recommend to someone who likes the genre, and this isn t one I d particularly recommend That said, I wouldn t warn someone away, either It s a benign 2.5 stars for me I skimmed a lot of it and rolled my eyes through other bits, but I did finish it, and at least 50% of it was fine, if nothing special.Hiding the rest of this review, as I m not going to hold back on spoilers I had This book wasn t awful, but I couldn t give it 3 stars simply because I consider 3 star books to be good enough to recommend to someone who likes the genre, and this isn t one I d particularly recommend That said, I wouldn t warn someone away, either It s a benign 2.5 stars for me I skimmed a lot of it and rolled my eyes through other bits, but I did finish it, and at least 50% of it was fine, if nothing special.Hiding the rest of this review, as I m not going to hold back on spoilers I had a whole list of things immediately after I read it, but I ve read something else since then, and I don t care enough to try and remember everything Still, here are a few specific things I liked and disliked view spoiler 1 I liked Darcy joining in on gatherings and discussions with his lessers and learning things from them, to his benefit and growth I really liked the idea that Elizabeth had introduced him to people who could expand his social circle and introduce him to opinions and ideas he wouldn t necessarily encounter in his accustomed society.2 I did not like the premarital sex I can buy it in a romance novel about people from the same social classes as these characters, but this is Elizabeth and Darcy, for crying out loud I felt they were very out of character here I mean, come on The Darcy I know would never encourage Elizabeth to sneak out of her house in the middle of the night to meet him at an abandoned house to have sex And the Elizabeth I know would never risk disgracing her family with that sort of behavior, even if she was tempted The whole thing was just ridiculous.3 I hated the way Mr Bennet and Georgiana were used in out of character ways just to fuel the misunderstandings and artificial conflict Georgiana was just a brat, and I don t think that the departure point for this variation was a justification for so completely changing her character I could have believed Mr Bennet s behavior if he d relented when Lizzy had a frank conversation with him, but his obstinate attitude was silly hide spoiler