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review 2016-11-23 08:36
Review - Mr Darcy's Obsession by Abigail Reynolds

Cross posted from The Pemberley Library

 

I'm a recent fan but I am so obsessed by Pride & Prejudice that I'm of the belief that I could happily read anything that even hints at being a retelling, variation, vagary, etc. since the original was over too soon. It's fitting that my first adventure into the world of P&P fanfiction  is titled Mr Darcy's Obsession and is authored by Abigail Reynolds.

 

What a book! I loved it. Slightly different from the original as they fork apart around the time of the Rosing's meeting but the beloved characters were just as I remembered them with a few new names thrown in for good measure. I'm not really familiar with the sub-genres yet but I think this one might be a 'What-if' and the story follows what would happen if Darcy had never been able to propose and Elizabeth's father had died, scattering the sisters and their mother to cope as best they can.

 

I wasn't sure what to expect as I'm still not used to how things veer off from the original but if they're all like this one then I'll be lapping them up! I loved Darcy and his attempts to meet Elizabeth, I loved the misunderstandings, I loved the new setting and most of all I loved the outcome.

 

Since reading P&P I've watched both the BBC drama with Colin Firth and the movie with Matthew MacFadyen and loved them both in their own ways and I'm not sure which Darcy is my favourite. Reading this I pictured Colin Firth as Mr Darcy so perhaps he'll be my guy when reading the FF's. Suits me! Can't wait to build up my library with more of the same...

 

                      

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review 2016-04-14 06:43
Sweet one
By Force of Instinct: A Pride & Prejudice Variation - Abigail Reynolds

What do you know, I liked it. Every once in a while I come across a nice one, and despite some unnecessary drama, I liked the focus on slow developments, and the differentiation between infatuation, passion and trust.

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review 2015-01-30 16:56
A Pemberley Medley - Abigail Reynolds

Collection of short stories inspired in Elizabeth and Darcy. All of them happens after the first proposal, a "what would have happened if...?".

They were well written, and if I could ignore the main characters were Elizabeth and Darcy, it would have been more enjoyable. But sadly, if there is one thing that is hard for me to ignore, is when the author loses the essence that is the character in a retelling. Seems like Elizabeth is The Sweetest (the sweetest girl, has the sweetest lips, etc., etc.) and Darcy is constantly aroused. They are Needy Elizabeth and Hot Hands Darcy.

Darcy cannot control his passion.

Ugh.

Please, don't try to taint the purity of Pride and Prejudice with heated scenes.

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text 2015-01-28 10:12
Reading progress update: I've read 25%.
Mr. Darcy's Obsession - Abigail Reynolds

It's all highly unlikely, but that's part of the charm with FanFic, surely?  I'm just loving this so far!

 

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review 2015-01-11 08:08
Mr. Dary's Obsession - Yeah...no.
Mr. Darcy's Obsession - Abigail Reynolds

I've read at least two of Reynolds books (though I think I've read at least one other) and she's hit or miss with me. I didn't expect both to be true of one of her books!

 

I've wanted to read this book forever as the idea really intrigued me. the Bennett's situation was bad enough, but what if it got worse? The Collins are at Longbourne, the Bennett girls split up among relatives, and Jane is married to a shop keeper! Elizabeth is living with the Gardiners, helping her aunt with the children. A chance encounter with Bingley brings the cast of characters together again.

 

Awesome premise and the obvious research into the time period added a great deal of social, historical, and even economical aspects that were wonderful to read. The characters were recognizable and mostly themselves (see below for exceptions), though obvious changed slightly by the circumstances of the 'What If' scenario. There were touching moments, hilarious ones, and painful ones.

 

I really wanted to like this book.

 

But man, it thwarted me at every turn!

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