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{Read Ebook} ¸ Impulse and Initiative ì In Jane Austen s Pride Prejudice, Mr Darcy gives up on winning the woman he loves after she refuses his proposal of marriage What if, instead of disappearing from her life, he took the initiative and tried to change her mind In Impulse Initiative, Mr Darcy follows Elizabeth Bennet to her home in Hertfordshire, planning to prove to her he is a changed man and worthy of her love THE PEMBERLEY VARIATIONS by Abigail Reynolds is a series of novels exploring the roads not taken in Pride Prejudice This is my 5th read through of this wonderful book It just hits all the right notes for me The internal psychological emotional demons that Darcy and Elizabeth fight are as compelling as the external events in the story From the time Darcy became the Master of Pemberley, he has always taken charge, been in control, and made things happen in whatever way he deems best for those he cares about He does the same when he finally determines to properly court Elizabeth shortly after the events in H This is my 5th read through of this wonderful book It just hits all the right notes for me The internal psychological emotional demons that Darcy and Elizabeth fight are as compelling as the external events in the story From the time Darcy became the Master of Pemberley, he has always taken charge, been in control, and made things happen in whatever way he deems best for those he cares about He does the same when he finally determines to properly court Elizabeth shortly after the events in Hunsford He confesses to Bingley about Jane s affection for him and accompanies him back to Netherfield and Longbourn When Elizabeth asks Darcy how long he will be staying in the area, his answer is, As long as necessary As for Elizabeth, her Aunt Gardiner describes her best Lizzy, you have grown up to be self reliant, which is hardly surprising since both of your parents, in their very different ways, cannot always be relied upon It can be difficult to give up such self reliance, even when it is no longer necessary Consequently, the conflict in this particular book between these two strong characters isn t pride or prejudice Instead, it s Darcy s habit of making unilateral decisions and handling everything himself, and Elizabeth s fear of dependence upon anyone but herself Once Bingley and Jane are reunited, Elizabeth and Darcy are already past the misunderstandings that kept her from recognizing his true worth However, Elizabeth resists because she doesn t like feeling pushed, and Darcy is definitely pushing her to accept him They have a strong physical attraction to each other and Darcy is not a very patient suitor This leads to their engagement sooner rather than later in this story Gradually, Elizabeth s sense of humor allows her to recognize the inevitability of their partnership and how much she truly cares for Darcy, though she still holds out on telling him that she loves him for quite a long time However, she is NOT shy about letting Darcy know that she expects him to include her in the decisions affecting their relationship The banter between the two of them, in my opinion, is among the best in the JAFF world They exchange famous quotes in their verbal skirmishes, demonstrating how perfectly matched they are in intellect The Lydia and Wickham storyline emerges after Darcy and Elizabeth are married Colonel Fitzwilliam ends up meeting with Wickham instead of Darcy, and Elizabeth is also an active participant much to Darcy s displeasure He allows himself to be persuaded, though, proving how much Elizabeth s influence is changing him.The book also continues to include Elizabeth s pregnancy and the birth of their first child Darcy s panic is understandable with the history provided of his mother s illness and death Obviously, childbirth is an area where Darcy will have no control at all Elizabeth is able to confront the issue with him in a believable, sympathetic way and helps him work through those fears.Overall, what appeals to me so much in this book is the balanced, healthy relationship portrayed between these two and how they positively influence each other.WARNING There are scenes of graphic intimacy, both pre and post marriage They re beautifully written and fit within the context of the story, but some may find them offensive I debated just putting this book down and not finishing it many times while reading this Why didn t I Probably because nothing truly eye rolling popped up to make me say effe it But it was close And it all started around page 28 when I encountered this She fiercely renewed her attention to her needlework, with the unsurprising result that her needle promptly found its way into her finger With a muffled exclamation of pain and embarrassment, she raised the injured finger to her lips, comple I debated just putting this book down and not finishing it many times while reading this Why didn t I Probably because nothing truly eye rolling popped up to make me say effe it But it was close And it all started around page 28 when I encountered this She fiercely renewed her attention to her needlework, with the unsurprising result that her needle promptly found its way into her finger With a muffled exclamation of pain and embarrassment, she raised the injured finger to her lips, completely unaware of the effect that this simple gesture would have on Darcy My eyes roll each time I read this Anyway, I chose to ignore the idiocy and continue reading though perhaps I should not have because this eventually devolved into a bodice ripper Seriously, he rips her dress of at one point No joke Honestly, I like the idea of the book and the writing style was nice and decently Austen y But I would have greatly preferred that this keep with the tone of the original PP and everything stay G rated Not because I am a prude but, in my world, I read Jane Austen when I am in the mood for sweet and innocent love stories Because not everything needs lots of sex to be enjoyable I have other books when I m in the mood for that I read this book first as Impulse and Initiative and did post a review of 5 stars I have now re read it under this title.I went back and posted under the original title an addition to note that I found there to be scenes involving Caroline Bingley and her design to spread rumors concerning Elizabeth s behavior with Darcy are omitted in this edition Then, of course, the matter of Darcy s discovery that it was Caroline who set in motion the rumors and his consultation with her brother, Charles, I read this book first as Impulse and Initiative and did post a review of 5 stars I have now re read it under this title.I went back and posted under the original title an addition to note that I found there to be scenes involving Caroline Bingley and her design to spread rumors concerning Elizabeth s behavior with Darcy are omitted in this edition Then, of course, the matter of Darcy s discovery that it was Caroline who set in motion the rumors and his consultation with her brother, Charles, have to also be omitted The lack of that particular scenario does not change my opinion nor my enjoyment of this book which I downloaded under kindle Unlimited on a whim to re read on that rather device rather than take up my paperback first edition I am glad I re read it as I truly enjoyed the way in which Darcy is persuaded to return to Hertfordshire and attempt to woo Elizabeth and win her heart One of my favorite lines is when she asks him how long he and his sister plan to remain at Netherfield and he answers, As long as it takes And then I loved how he decides that the best way to win her is to let her set the pace as he finds little by little, she is persuaded to accept a touch to her hand, then a kiss on the hand, as slowly she realizes that against all her determination, she likes it and looks forward to such small gestures of admiration.Abigail Reynolds is one of my favorite authors and this book is only one reason why Yes, there are scenes of a mature nature but they are built up to so naturally, so in character for two passionate lovers that I found myself wanting to read it all and very happy with this manifestation of their love The book does go on to address the Wickham situation but this time Elizabeth is in on the details and it was part of reading of them working in support of each other, part truly satisfying that I liked in this variation Indeed part of Elizabeth s forming a relationship with Darcy is in her demand that he consult with her on decisions, even if the action is not to be changed, she wants to be part of knowing what is going on in every aspect of their lives together And she expects to have him seek her affirmation of what will be then done or to listen if she has another opinion.Well worth reading again Gah I realize that I shouldn t like this book as much as I do, but really it s pretty awesome And it s almost possible to believe that it s not entirely out of character for Darcy and Elizabeth to behave the way they do in the book, right Ok, maybe not, but it s a fun read anyway and who doesn t want to read about Darcy passionately wooing Elizabeth even if Jane Austen might not approve