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Rumours & Recklessness: A Pride and Prejudice Variation Dear reader,If you are in the mood for a beautifully worded,utterly romantic,humorous,sigh inducing story featuring our beloved characters,then look no further than this fantastic book We begin our journey with Mr Darcy s early morning trek thorough the Hertfordshire countryside.In a vain attempt to exorcise the very beguiling image of Ms Elizabeth Bennet from his mind,he encounters none other than Mr Bennet Both being land owners they slowly become familiar with each other as they converse on Dear reader,If you are in the mood for a beautifully worded,utterly romantic,humorous,sigh inducing story featuring our beloved characters,then look no further than this fantastic book We begin our journey with Mr Darcy s early morning trek thorough the Hertfordshire countryside.In a vain attempt to exorcise the very beguiling image of Ms Elizabeth Bennet from his mind,he encounters none other than Mr Bennet Both being land owners they slowly become familiar with each other as they converse on matters agricultural Shortly afterwards Mr B suffers a fall from his horse and is rendered unconscious Mr Jones,the apothecary,fearing for the immediate future of the Bennets under the direction of their sycophantic cousin,Mr Collins,calls on the gentlemen in Netherfield,as the Bennets nearest neighbours,to step into the breach and offer help and support to them in their hour of need.Enter stage left,said Mr Darcy and Mr Bingley,whose plans to return to London suddenly disappear,at this sudden call to arms Mr Collins,the heir apparent,seems to believe it his duty to propose to his fair cousin Elizabeth,and in an effort to thwart such a proposition and gift Lizzy a marriage partner that she loves and respects,Darcy promptly announces that they are indeed betrothed To say that Lizzy reacts in a furious and somewhat violent way,is an understatement Indeed,the scene at the back of the house, near the river,where Darcy encounters her shortly afterwards,left me wondering how,if ever,these two spirited,hot tempered,deeply passionate people would reconcile to their fates,would allow the other to see the real them and finally realise that they were the perfect foil for the other.What of Lady Catherine,I hear you ask To say this lady was devious,is to fail to do justice to her plans for matrimonial happiness for her dear Anne Knowing the full facts as she did,the mind boggles as to how she believed it possible that a union could exist between Darcy and Anne However,I must admit to loving the plot line involving Lady C,Richard s scheme to delay her inevitable arrival in Hertfordshire,the servants as you wish,your ladyship replies to her various demands and of course her heart to heart with Elizabeth Let us not forget Caroline and her desire to usurp Lizzy s place in Darcy s affections I really admired how she finally accepted that wishing for the Darcy name,in the fashion of a certain lady of the higher circles,would likely result in her walking the same path as this lady,imitating her dastardly behaviour,and was simply not worth the price demanded Wickham too had his share in the conversation but thankfully was successfully defeated in his various money making schemes I loved this story and greatly admire the author s evident devotion to Darcy and Elizabeth Her inherent ability to pen such a warm, funny,highly entertaining and fundamentally heartwarming story bestows on the reader an opportunity to spend many a happy hour among such august company To read of the slow, awkward path tread by Darcy and Elizabeth,towards mutual understanding, appreciation,acceptance,and finally love,couched in such prosaic language left me totally enraptured until story s end Treat yourself to this wonderful story,you won t be disappointed Fitzwilliam Darcy Is Desperate Finally Confronted With A Woman Who Ignites All His Hopes , He Agonizes Over The Cruel Trick Of Fate Which Placed Her In A Situation Beneath His Notice The Morning After The Netherfield Ball, He Resolves To Put As Much Distance Between Himself And Her As PossibleThat Very Morning, However, Elizabeth S Future Is Jeopardized By Her Father S Untimely Accident With Mr Bennet Unconscious And Surrounded By Concerned Neighbors, Mr Collins Presses His Suit Elizabeth S Mother Frantically Demands Her Acceptance To Secure The Familiy S Welfare With So Many Witnesses To His Proposal And Everyone Expecting Her To Make A Practical Choice, Elizabeth S Reputation Hangs In The BalanceWithout Her Father To Defend Her Refusal Of Mr Collins, There Is No One To Speak Up For Her Except The Last Man In The World She Would Ever Marry 4.5 stars rounded up to 5 starsThe main premise here is that with Mr Bennet incapacitated and unconscious for who knows how long due to a fall from his horse, Mr Collins working under the assumption that Mr Bennet may never recover or may be mentally impaired if he awakens at all steps up his plan to have Elizabeth as his bride and announces that she is his choice of wife and he will manage Longbourn in the stead of his predecessor BUT, his biggest mistake is that he does this in the prese 4.5 stars rounded up to 5 starsThe main premise here is that with Mr Bennet incapacitated and unconscious for who knows how long due to a fall from his horse, Mr Collins working under the assumption that Mr Bennet may never recover or may be mentally impaired if he awakens at all steps up his plan to have Elizabeth as his bride and announces that she is his choice of wife and he will manage Longbourn in the stead of his predecessor BUT, his biggest mistake is that he does this in the presence of Mr Darcy There are others there as witnesses, the rest of the Bennet family, Bingley, servants, etc they may be shocked but will do little to object to this And we know Mrs Bennet will only grab on to this assurance that, if her husband does not recover or recover fully, the family will not be thrown out into the hedgerows if Elizabeth is married to Mr Collins To backtrack just a little this scene is the day after the Netherfield Ball and both Darcy and Bingley are on their way to London They are approached by the apothecary bringing to their notice what has happened to Mr Bennet and suggesting that as a close neighbor Mr Bingley might want to help with advising the Bennet family while Mr Bennet is bed ridden Thus Bingley s and Darcy s presence at the onset of this misfortune is explained We have had a look into Darcy s thoughts You know those of which he pondered after meeting Elizabeth and witnessing her sisters behaviors and her mother s matchmaking efforts while learning of their poor prospects with little to speak of in the way of dowries So he has realized towards whom his heart is leaning but has had all those misgivings But to have thrown in his face the possibility that this cretin might touch Elizabeth, that she would bear Collins children, forces Darcy to make a bold move, an unexpected move, one which has all the makings of a forced engagement Elizabeth is sputtering, a wet hen, hissing and coiling in her anger About half this book is about that relationship Then guess who comes up with a very wise decision about how to sort out and bring to fruition what Darcy has set in motion OK, you ll never guess so I ll tell you, Bingley Yes, Bingley sends for Colonel Fitzwilliam and Georgiana So much of this book is reading of how ODC sorts out this rocky start Darcy loves Elizabeth but she is anything but in love with him The Hunsford proposal is brought to mind Then there are matters to address in the management of the estate and here we read of this pair working in unison to a wise conclusion Wickham is part of the story but is dealt with to the applause of the readers in a solid and permanent manner at the end Lady Catherine has her say but it is her daughter who has some new surprises for us Some readers have said they can t quite accept this turn but with variations we do at times have to let the author have her twists and turns It may be a surprise but Anne herself has a backbone and you will be cheering for her part in this tale, despite some of her personal history The Colonel, as usual, plays a supportive role but he has some feelings to deal with, which are handled briefly in the epilogue as another review mentioned Georgiana has muchof a role in this novel than in canon She develops relationships with several of the Bennet sisters but at the same time continues to conceal the Ramsgate matter.There are no scenes for mature audiences only but Darcy does have his moments of wishing the wedding was imminent and there is some kissing, etc But I remember nothing which would offend This was an enjoyable book but I was forced to spread it out over several days as I read it before and after the Christmas holiday I did note some of the errata spoken of in other reviews But those didn t lessen my enjoyment of a good read I noticed that this author also wrote a variation of North and South and, as that is one of my favorites, I will buy and read that as I found this book so delightful A deeply engaging and entertaining tale If you would like to find Mr Darcy giving in to his feelings much sooner than expected, in the face of extreme provocation, then look no further And extreme provocation it is indeed for him to learn that the woman he loves a lady of Elizabeth Bennet s calibre is likely to become the wife of a pompous fool like Mr Collins At a drop of a hat he declares it an impossibility, because Elizabeth is engaged to him This is news to everybody and no less to A deeply engaging and entertaining tale If you would like to find Mr Darcy giving in to his feelings much sooner than expected, in the face of extreme provocation, then look no further And extreme provocation it is indeed for him to learn that the woman he loves a lady of Elizabeth Bennet s calibre is likely to become the wife of a pompous fool like Mr Collins At a drop of a hat he declares it an impossibility, because Elizabeth is engaged to him This is news to everybody and no less to Elizabeth herself Needless to say, she does not appreciate high handedness, nor being taken for granted Mr Darcy has to try really hard indeed to win her trust and her heart and, to our delight, he does Luckily for him he has staunch allies in the process Colonel Fitzwilliam of course, who is as wonderful in this variation as we d wish him to be also, a Mr Bingley with a backbone, a number of resourceful servants and a delightful Georgiana There are villains too Lady Catherinevillainous than usual, and Wickham, and Miss Bingley, the snotty lady we love to hate You ll have to read this roller coaster of a tale to see how everyone gets their just deserts and follow our beloved couple to their happily ever after You won t regret it, I m sure you ll love every word Rumours Recklessness was a creative variation on Jane Austen s P P when a series of small actions change the course of the original story What if Darcy encountered Mr Bennet just before he makes the decision to leave behind the temptation of a woman he feels he cannot have What if Mr Bennet takes a fall from his horse and is rendered unconscious and slips into a coma What if Mr Collins isgreedy and sleazy and makes his move while Mr Bennet is not there to defend his daughters Wha Rumours Recklessness was a creative variation on Jane Austen s PP when a series of small actions change the course of the original story What if Darcy encountered Mr Bennet just before he makes the decision to leave behind the temptation of a woman he feels he cannot have What if Mr Bennet takes a fall from his horse and is rendered unconscious and slips into a coma What if Mr Collins isgreedy and sleazy and makes his move while Mr Bennet is not there to defend his daughters What if Wickham iswicked than canon What if Lady Catherine holds a secret that takes a gothic bend And what if Mr Darcy takes the biggest, most reckless gamble of his life to save Elizabeth I enjoyed exploring each and every one of those what ifs and seeing where it took Darcy, Elizabeth, and the rest of the cast of characters that involve known and new characters to love and hate in their turn The story is gently paced and takes it s time once the opening events transpire Though it lags in spots, those scenes are important for establishing the transitions for what is to come and I appreciated especially seeing the steady courtship between Darcy and Elizabeth after the rush to save her and her fury in the beginning There is a vast deal of humor sprinkled throughout the story to balance the drama taking place I thought Colonel Fitzwilliam s antics with keeping Lady Catherine at bay and also the over the top bombasity of Lady C quite amusing.The flavor of the gothic with Wickham s evil rumour mongering, Collins grungy greed, and the big dark secret in Darcy s family wonderful sources for conflict.Elizabeth started out as a heroine I struggled to like because she was so determined to be put upon and stubborn when she didn t have all the facts and didn t want to believe them at first because it went contrary to her views She also tends to beof a tease than I was prepared for so I had to adjust my expectations She also grew and became the lady just suited to a dour and broody Darcy and she stood true and strong through some trying circumstances Darcy gets his comeuppance, but he really is the solid and supportive hero of the piece not just to Elizabeth, but to everyone around him.This is a longer story, but that is because the focus is not narrowed in to just Darcy and Lizzy s romance This is Georgiana s story, the whole Bennet family, the Bingleys, and Darcy s family So many plot threads are going on here I enjoyed each one and it was fun when they all converged for the big scenes near the end.I experienced this story in the audio version and was rather taken with narrator Stevie Zimmerman She was in touch with the tone and pace and emotion of the story and she had a huge cast of characters to distinguish from one another I was impressed Her Darcy voice was scratchy, but I adjusted I would definitely listen toof her work.All in all, this was a fantastic PP variation that I would definitely recommend to other Austenesque lovers and also to sweet historical romance fans I will admit the book has some flaws and probably should have about 4 and a half stars, but it hooked me so completely I had to lean upwards to 5 stars for my review.This is filled with well rounded characterizations that seem very consistent with those in the original P P Elizabeth and Darcy are given ample opportunity to interact with some entertaining back and forth volleys The usual scheming villains get in on the action Wickham, Caroline Bingley, Lady Catherine as do the annoying ones I will admit the book has some flaws and probably should have about 4 and a half stars, but it hooked me so completely I had to lean upwards to 5 stars for my review.This is filled with well rounded characterizations that seem very consistent with those in the original PP Elizabeth and Darcy are given ample opportunity to interact with some entertaining back and forth volleys The usual scheming villains get in on the action Wickham, Caroline Bingley, Lady Catherine as do the annoying ones Mr Collins, Mrs Bennet, Lydia Colonel Fitzwilliam and Georgiana have larger roles in this obstacle course on the way to HEA and the good Colonel s storyline has the most surprising final resolution, though a secret involving the de Bourghs is a jaw dropper The book is jam packed with a variety of different conflicts, the initial event driving this action being Mr Bennet s accident He remains deathly ill while events swirl around the main characters, particularly Elizabeth and, to a lesser extent, Georgiana The book builds to its climax when Mr Bennet s medical crisis finally resolves You can look to other reviews for spoilers regarding whether he survives or not I m not telling I agree with other reviewers that the book is too long There were stretches that delvedinto the individual characters thoughts than was necessary that could easily have been pared down or omitted altogether I did notice a few typos and occasionally awkward phrasing, but not enough of either to irritate me Most of the time, I was immersed in the author s prose and felt that she told her story well I m not a stickler for authentic Regency period behavior, so I didn t really notice or care if there were inconsistencies there.I m all about the story, plot construction, believable character development, and the overall quality of the writing It s always satisfying to find a book that delivers the goods in all those areas, and I believe Rumours Recklessness does so Most JAFF enthusiasts should really enjoy this one as much as I did Finished this one yesterday Loved it so much I wantReread One of theperfect JAFF reads I want to look up to see if she has writtenby now This is a definite keeper and one to cherish.Reread Terrific I say Obstinance Oh my Just loved loved this variation In this story it starts out at very near the beginning of Pride Prejudice, right after the Netherfield Ball Darcy is taking a ride and encounters Mr Bennet also out for a ride early in the am They have a genial conversation and they go there separate ways Unfortunately Mr Bennet has an accident and a head injury He is unconscious and the house is in an uproar Mr Collins try s to take advantage of this situation and infers in front o I say Obstinance Oh my Just loved loved this variation In this story it starts out at very near the beginning of Pride Prejudice, right after the Netherfield Ball Darcy is taking a ride and encounters Mr Bennet also out for a ride early in the am They have a genial conversation and they go there separate ways Unfortunately Mr Bennet has an accident and a head injury He is unconscious and the house is in an uproar Mr Collins try s to take advantage of this situation and infers in front of Mr Darcy that Elizabeth is his betroth Elizabeth outraged tells Mr Collins that he has not asked nor received an answer Mr Darcy try s to come to the rescue and all hell breaks out What happens next is very diverting and the journey Darcy and Elizabeth have to make to come to an understand is well worth reading Incredible alternative and definitely recommend to all JAFF readers.There s only one thing near the end that I wasn t to fond of Love Charlotte and truly want to see her happy but was to pat for my liking Neededtime for that conclusion Daring, touching, shocking, hilarious, OMG reveal, love rewardedI just want to say read the reviews they were great in helping me decide if I wanted this book or not Before writing this review, I also read the book twice I wanted to see if my original thoughts were true and second to simply enjoy the story again.The journey to love is not a straight line, especially with P P characters There are a lot of bumps in the road to happiness This work is no different Some will argue that it was Daring, touching, shocking, hilarious, OMG reveal, love rewardedI just want to say read the reviews they were great in helping me decide if I wanted this book or not Before writing this review, I also read the book twice I wanted to see if my original thoughts were true and second to simply enjoy the story again.The journey to love is not a straight line, especially with PP characters There are a lot of bumps in the road to happiness This work is no different Some will argue that it was too long or too slow in development I think we are becoming too accustomed to the current craze of the novellas and short stories regarding JAFF Now days, an author can have a wild thought, can write it down, doesn t have to develop the complete story and can have it published That is fine if you like that sort of thing and shouldn t take away from those who write a full novel I enjoyed the emotional journey Elizabeth took when her world was shaken First, her father was seriously injured second, her toad of a cousin embarrassed her by declaring her his fianc e before a room full of people thirdly, Mr Darcy, with whom she did not have an agreement, declared that she was his fianc e We watched as she struggled and came to grips with her situation Over time, she discovered that Mr Darcy was not the evil incarnate that Wickham had painted and that Wickham was in fact a complete villain and the opposite of the gentleman that he portrayed to her and to society Elizabeth s world as she knew it was shaken to the ground She felt she could no longer trust her own instincts This was a hard blow for our beloved heroine, since she always prided herself on knowing people and could make out their character It was interesting to watch her understanding change her emotions and finally her feelings for Darcy evolve over time into love There was none of this jumping from hate into ardent love as most novellas short stories try to foist on readers Darcy is so caught up in the web of his own creation that he could not escape It was NOT his intention to become engaged to Elizabeth He and the Bingley party were in fact leaving Hertfordshire for London never to return Darcy simply lost it when Collins cornered Elizabeth with his declaration, and watched as Elizabeth tried valiantly to refuse her cousin He couldn t bear hearing Mrs Bennet screeching at Elizabeth as she tried to force her to accept her cousin s hand He watched with horror as Elizabeth, with tears in her eyes, started to panic knowing her injured father was not there to support and back her in her refusal Darcy simply could not allow it to go on any longer and acted through impulse and love This is why the world loves Mr Darcy it is simply who he is Colonel Fitzwilliam I loved this version of our dear Colonel He is AWESOME, powerful, smart, crafty, and everything wonderful What a man, what a brother friend to Darcy and so important in his life.The Earl of Matlock and Lady Matlock Darcy s uncle and aunt are generous, wise people that recognized the love Darcy had for Elizabeth and though she was beneath his station, they accepted her as the future Mistress of Pemberley Mr Collins evenof a toad than canon if that is possible He is sprinkled throughout the story wherever Lady C is located His future condescension from that quarter however, is in serious jeopardy Lady Catherine was in rare form she was superb in her regal villainous ways, simply awful delicious I loved the creative ways in which Darcy s staff handled her delightful It was hilarious watching her thwarted in every endeavor The author was creative as she sprinkled subtle hints and signs throughout the story that alluded to the madness engulfing Lady C The big reveal is so massive that you will not believe it I ve never see it and the author was so creative Well done, horror that it was Just like Lady C Caroline Bingley held out to the very end in her self importance and thinking that she was best suited for Darcy She still believed that she could wrestle Darcy from the grips of Elizabeth Bennet She and her brother Bingley locked horns onthan one occasions due to her behavior toward Darcy and toward his staff She was awful It wasn t until she was in the grips of Lady Catherine that she was able to see how her behavior looked to others Charles Bingley At last he listened, watched and learned as Darcy and Colonel Fitzwilliam handled the many problems presented to our group He put on his big boy britches and was finally able to conduct business with the grownups I liked how he evolved throughout the story He and Jane will do fine Jane was the strong influence wherever she went Everyone loved Jane Georgiana I would have liked to see her evolvethan she did Yes, we saw some change and we needed to see that change process however, it could have been taken a bit further After Darcy commented on her release her anger and passion by slapping Elizabeth there should have beenprogress with her development after the dam broke so to speak She still reacted too violently where Wickham was concerned At some point she should progress beyond that initial fright and hold her head high, not quiver in her boots and hide her face in tears That drew way too much attention to her Lydia Bennet did not change in the story Everyone, except her mother, saw her for what she was a spoiled silly girl Once her father gets on his feet, her life will take a dramatic change Now THAT is a story I would love to read The taming of Lydia how her father manages to wrangle her into becoming a young lady Kitty and Mary were able to change somewhat Maryso than Kitty There is hope for them yet If Elizabeth can separate Kitty from Lydia s influence, she will improve Mrs Bennet subdued somewhat by the presence of prestigious guests visiting Longbourn, fooled no one by her quiet demeanor Mr and Mrs Gardiner played a heavier role in this version and were well liked and respected by everyone they met including Darcy s noble relatives Uncle Gardiner filled in nicely for Mr Bennet He was wise, cared for his nieces, and was willing to do whatever was necessary to protect the family, the family honor and name NOTE when they mentioned Mary King s uncle there was a subtle hint that he was not a man to cross That would be a story We should have heardabout him coming to the rescue of his niece Even if it had only been a meeting with Darcy, it would have been powerful There were minimal errors, already mentioned in other reviews, no need for me to repeat them SPOILER view spoiler I doubt this is a spoiler as it has been mentioned in another review I just don t want to spoil it for anyone We were left to conclude about how the love transferred from Georgiana to Anne came about for one gentleman I think there were enough clues leading up to it and sufficient hints of the basis for that affection already in place and was not such a big leap Also there was concern regarding Charlotte and the Doctor This was not such a great leap Remember, she only wanted a home of her own She had already accepted Collins on short acquaintance She had met and liked the doctor the first time she saw him and blushed when he touched her as he kept her from falling I would say this was a far better arrangement than Collins ever presented and I love how she received a prince of a guy instead of the toad hide spoiler End Spoiler This is a crazy fun P P What if What if Mr Bennet actually talked to Darcy, then had an accident and lost consciousness, then Darcy Bingley didn t go to London, then Darcy announced that he and Lizzy were engaged And thencrazy time compressed stuff happens.This book bounces from crisis to crisis to emergency to misunderstanding to mistake to crisis All of your favorites make an appearance This is a crazy fun PP What if What if Mr Bennet actually talked to Darcy, then had an accident and lost consciousness, then Darcy Bingley didn t go to London, then Darcy announced that he and Lizzy were engaged And thencrazy time compressed stuff happens.This book bounces from crisis to crisis to emergency to misunderstanding to mistake to crisis All of your favorites make an appearance


About the Author: Nicole Clarkston

Nicole Clarkston is a book lover and a happily married mom of three Originally from Idaho, she now lives in Oregon with her own romantic hero, several horses, and one very fat dog She has loved crafting alternate stories and sequels since she was a child watching Disney s Robin Hood, and she is never found sitting quietly without a book of some sort.Nicole discovered Jane Austen rather by guilt in her early thirties how does any book worm really live that long without a little PP She has never looked back A year or so later, during a major house renovation project, she discovered Elizabeth Gaskell and fell completely in love Her need fortime with these characters led her to simultaneously write Rumours Recklessness, a PP inspired novel, and No Such Thing as Luck, an NS inspired novel Both immediately became bestselling books The success she had with her first attempt at writing led her to write three other novels that are her pitiful homage to two authors who have so deeply inspired her.Nicole was recently invited to join Austenvariations.com, a group of talented authors in the Jane Austen Fiction genre In addition to her work with the Austen Variations blog, Nicole can be reached through Facebook at Twitter N_Clarkston, her blog at Goodreads.com, or her personal blog and website, NicoleClarkson.com.


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