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Only days after his disastrous proposal, the untimely death of Anne de Bourgh draws Fitzwilliam Darcy and his cousin Colonel Alexander Fitzwilliam back to Rosings Park before Elizabeth Bennet has left the neighborhood. Their return finds Rosings swathed in mourning. In death, Anne is revealed as having lived a rich life of the mind, and she plotted rather constantly to escOnly days after his disastrous proposal, the untimely death of Anne de Bourgh draws Fitzwilliam Darcy and his cousin Colonel Alexander Fitzwilliam back to Rosings Park before Elizabeth Bennet has left the neighborhood. Their return finds Rosings swathed in mourning. In death, Anne is revealed as having lived a rich life of the mind, and she plotted rather constantly to escape her loathsome mother, Lady Catherine de Bourgh. Anne's journal-spirited into the hands of Elizabeth and Charlotte Collins-holds her candid observations on life and her family. It also exposes her final, and sadly fatal, means of outwitting her mother. Anne's Last Will and Testament, with its peculiar bequests, sends Lady Catherine into a tailspin and throws into turmoil every relationship amongst the Bennets, Darcys, Fitzwilliams, Collinses, and even the Bingleys! Was Anne de bourgh a shrewder judge of character than Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzilliam Darcy combined? Includes mature content....

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A Will of Iron Reviews

  • Blodeuedd Finland
    2019-05-02 05:39

    The author was unhappy with my 3 and my horrible, and negative review (I actually liked the book, though not anymore) *eyeroll* Be warned, if you give her a bad rating she or her friend might come after you.For the actually review go to my blog since I wont support this book here anymore.

  • Sheila Majczan
    2019-05-09 06:40

    To use the author's own words, “And more apt and clever satires are rarely created.” “…amateurish and rather ghoulish production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream?” “A decidedly macabre lover’s lane”At first I was horrified with the "serial" events, but then as I read on I was Rolling On the Floor Laughing. Do not think me unholy, with all the dire and deadly happenings but this was just so over the top. I read it over one day and, obviously, could not put it down.As the book description tells you, events commence shortly after Darcy’s disastrous proposal at Hunsford. He and the Colonel have left but return as Anne has died. The doctor is called but Lady Catherine throws him out after hearing his pronouncement about Anne’s condition – the condition that led to her death? Others are called in or show up and the house is in an uproar. Mrs. Jenkinson is fired, the jewelry is counted and then the magistrate is involved. Lady C. will not bury Anne until the Archbishop is present to conduct the funeral service. And when Lady C. reads of a Mr. C., she takes action. Now who could Mr. C. be? Is it the man in the collar?This tale has a spiraling of interconnected happenings. The POV goes from the reading of Anne’s journals (which have been spirited out of the house), at first by Charlotte and Elizabeth, to reading of both Elizabeth’s and Darcy’s yearnings, regrets and suppositions and back to the journals. There are two readings of Wills: point and counterpoint to each other. The characters of Bingley and Jane have more insight and loyalty than in canon. Their words show some wisdom as to observations they have made. And although not all the happenings are exactly as in canon we do have some pairings we expect and hope for but also a one new and surprising one.We have most of the characters with whom we are familiar: Darcy, Elizabeth, Charlotte, Mr. Collins, Lady Catherine, Anne, Mrs. Jenkinson, Mr. Bennet, Sir Lucas and Maria, Georgiana, Col. Fitzwilliam and his family, Wickham and we hear a little of the other Bennets back in Longbourn. While most of the action is at Rosings, we spend some time at Longbourn and there are mentions of London.There are descriptions of an intimate nature. Charlotte will not allow Elizabeth to read one journal due to its content and to Lizzy’s maidenly sensibilities. MA rating. I was very pleased with the outcome. And although I would not have wished for Anne’s demise I was intrigued to read of her observations of the people who came into her circle and of the way in which she sought and planned for her freedom. Her journals are presented sporadically throughout this novel. I do believe some readers may not accept her way of dealing with a mother like Lady C. but if/when you read of the history you may empathize with Anne’s plans and schemes.The cover was apropos with which you will, I am sure, agree with if you decide to read this story. I do recommend such.

  • Eliza Baum
    2019-05-23 05:41

    Re-read 1/10/17This book is completely insane, and I stand by the things mentioned below that I find silly...but I do love it all the same. It's the ultimate just deserts for all appearing characters. Unrealistic, but really satisfying.Original read 7/18/15I grabbed this book on a whim, because it was a suggested read after I finished another P&P variation, and I'm really glad I did. I loved Anne's diary and how the book alternated between that and the story. In some books, that might have been tedious, but Anne's voice was entertaining, and you could always see how it fit the section you were reading. I loved that some characters got recompense for being awful, even if (view spoiler)[killing Mr. Collins in such a graphic and humiliating way (hide spoiler)] was a bit disproportionate to the crime. I thought Lizzy (view spoiler)[having such a strong reaction to Darcy's painting (hide spoiler)] was a little silly, and I wasn't overly fond of (view spoiler)[Charlotte and Colonel Fitzwilliam appearing to be so much in love after so short a period of time (hide spoiler)]...but those are really minor gripes. The flow of the story, the way the characters were portrayed, and the little bits of mystery around Anne's journal were all really good. I'd have read it all in one sitting if I'd been able.

  • Mary
    2019-05-07 12:31

    A journey detailing the lengths Anne de Bourgh went to......her sheer determination to be governed no longer by her arrogant and seemingly mad mother.............a series of unfortunate events incorporating tea parties and cake............a comically high body count ( yes,you read that correctly!!!) ..........a rekindling of affections for ODC and a HEA for two other happily matched couples........yes,these elements all add to this sometimes dark,sometimes funny and all too readable tale! Highly recommended for those who yearn for a tale with a both characters' personalities and plot line!

  • J. W. Garrett
    2019-05-12 06:39

    “For mad I may be, but I will never be convenient.” Jennifer Donnelly, RevolutionHow do I start this review? OMG!!! Oh-my-gosh seems so lacking at the shock and awe of this story. Man, Beutler pulled no punches as she created a story to amaze and delight. Rating: MA-R: Mature Audience, R-rated. It gets fairly explicit and graphic in places as our characters talk around subjects of a sexual nature. There is a double meaning in the title. A Will of Iron can relate to the ironclad will of Anne de Bourgh, written in such a way that it could not be challenged. It can also relate to a will of iron as Anne defied her mother’s purpose for her life. Man, talk about the fight of the titans. Lady Catherine applied an iron fist in forcing EVERYONE within her sphere of influence to bend to her will. On the other hand, Anne used a passive aggressive approach and still managed to get things done her way. Totally different approaches and yet both strong willed ladies. Oh-my-goodness, the secrets that these two ladies held is beyond believing. On the surface of this story we have the P&P characters doing things as they did in canon, living, arguing, grieving, loving, regretting and desperate for a HEA. We are in Kent, post the Hunsford proposal debacle, and Darcy’s bolt for London. Elizabeth is grieving after reading Darcy’s letter and accepting that life must go on. Only it doesn’t.The twists and turns in this story are not to be believed. We have the diaries of Anne de Bourgh that chronicle the last year of her life. Yeah, she died and in a way, that is not to be believed. Poor Anne. Charlotte Collins and Elizabeth are reading the diary entries in secret and are shocked beyond belief at what they reveal. They also reinforce what Elizabeth had read in Darcy’s letter about a certain person, whose name we do not speak. Poor Charlotte. The diary she had contained such entries, observations and explicit, graphic scenes that she wouldn’t let Elizabeth [a maiden] read them. Anne did not hold back in her opinions regarding Mr. Collins. She was very condemning of the vicar and his new wife. This no-holds-barred opinion must have been very revealing to Charlotte’s previous opinion toward marriage. Yeah, I really felt for her. “I didn’t have all the answers, but at least I had a goal. Revenge. Who cared it if would eat me up inside and leave me hollow?” Brandon SandersonAnne lead a secret life that we had NO idea about. She had a goal, she had a plan and she implemented that plan. The cost was her life. Poor Anne. I really felt for her.The Diary: within the pages of her diary were the damning accusations of heinous acts perpetrated by her mother Lady Catherine. OMG!!! That is one crazy maniacal b-witch with no conscious and no remorse. If she wanted something, nothing stood in her way… nothing. She was beyond redemption, beyond reasoning, beyond… sane.We took forever to get to the HEA part of the story. There were several story threads to follow, and soon the picture began to come into play. As the story unfolded, there were so many surprises that kept unfolding that, at one point, you are saying OMG! OMG!! OMG!!! How is this possible? In the midst of all the angst, our author was able to bring humor to the table [no pun intended]. As we grieve the loss of Anne de Bourgh, we see her humor in her diary notations and we feel her loss with her cousins and friends. This was a person. She had life, humor, a quirky side to her opinions, and was so kindhearted that she made provisions in her will that shocked and surprised everyone. Oh, I hurt with and for them as they realized that in their avoidance of Lady Catherine, they neglected Anne. This is a story full of revelations. Some will shock, some are incredulous and some are outright outlandish and insane. However, it is never dull. It did take too long to FINALLY get Darcy and Elizabeth together. I was beginning to get a little frustrated with their attitudes. I loved our dear Colonel and was a bit perturbed with the author playing around with his feelings and emotions. We don’t mess around with our dear Colonel. However, I soon forgave her because she gave him such a marvelous HEA. I totally agree with her decision. I’m not sure if Mr. Bennet will survive his visit to Kent. In the epilogue, I wanted to hear more about what happened when he went back home. Did he remain indolent or did he clean house with Mrs. Bennet and her blatant disregard to his edict? Her actions could have cost the family greatly. Her overriding actions were serious and he needed to make sure it never happened again. I am still going WOW over this story. I can’t get it out of my head. So, I suggest you read it and decide for yourself. Personal note: although I love almonds, I don’t think I will be able to eat almond cake again… ever.

  • Monica
    2019-04-30 10:43

    4.5 stars - Review now up at Austenprose

  • Sophia
    2019-05-11 10:41

    I enjoyed following the tour for this book reading the guest posts, excerpts, and the like so I thought I knew what to expect. Anne de Bourgh writing a scandalous diary, her death, her shocking will, and mayhem commencing from there. Well it was that, indeed, and then some. This was one dilly of a story making its way through several twists and shocking turns.The story is based on Pride & Prejudice and the familiar characters, but it is a loose variation and begins from the point in the original story at Rosings and Hunsford. It begins from Anne's perspective through her diary, but then continues mingling diary entries and narrative. Anne has a keen eye to what is going on around her particularly between her cousin, Darcy, and Miss Elizabeth Bennet, but along with her observations, she has her own startling plans in place.The story progresses after Anne's death into a complicated plotting of Lady Catherine working in her own interests, Darcy taking the opportunity to better himself and show Elizabeth that he is, Colonel Fitzwilliam considering his own opportunity at a courtship, and several other players who are affected by Anne's death and the revelations in her diaries.After I got reading, I realized this is a story with darker edges, but was one that couldn't be taken too seriously either. The historical backdrop is full of authentic details relating to the social norms at the time particularly those surrounding death and mourning. The romances were engaging. And yes, I do mean that in the plural. Darcy and Elizabeth are the main couple, but there is Bingley and Jane along with another one that surprises everyone. The romances develop at a steady pace and do end up with some spicy honeymoon passion occurring. It was interesting how this story's twists kept me off balance. I think the slight differences in the characters' personalities as each was introduced was probably the fun part for me. A nastier Lady C was a hoot! But yes, all the shocking details kept my eyes wide open in astonishment a few times.All in all, it was engaging and different. Austenesque lovers should keep it in mind if they wish to explore a variation that makes Anne de Bourgh's action the focal point of the story.

  • Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
    2019-05-15 11:39

    Something Is Rotten in The County of Kent!What if poor Anne de Bourgh’s sudden death brought Darcy and Colonel Fitzwilliam (and Georgiana!) back to Kent before Elizabeth Bennet left?What if Anne de Bourgh was more aware and intelligent than expected and revealed all her thoughts and observations in her journals?What if Elizabeth was instructed to remain in Kent because she was included in Anne de Bourgh’s Last Will and Testament?Anne’s death not only brings Darcy and Elizabeth back into contact with each other immediately after Elizabeth’s vehement refusal of his disastrous proposal, but also brings about a dramatic change in circumstance for several characters in this story. It would appear that poor Anne holds more power and influence in death than in life. And Lady Catherine, who is most seriously displeased with her daughter’s secret plans to escape and exertion of control, does not handle these developments and revelations well…and what she does in retaliation is equally horrifying and hilarious!Oh my! I was immediately attracted to this novel because of it featuring Anne de Bourgh, and Linda Beutler’s portrayal of Anne was one of my favorite aspects in this novel. I loved that Anne had a journal that revealed her memories, thoughts, and true personality to the reader. Anne’s voice, for me, felt reminiscent of Jane Austen in her candid and sometimes sharp-tongued commentary. I loved how quiet and unassuming Anne saw and understood all, but never let on. Well done! I appreciate how she tries to escape her mother and found that part of the premise (while shocking) to be fascinating. It put me in mind of Jane Austen’s allusion to Sterne’s A Sentimental Journey in Mansfield Park and the starling who cried “I can’t get out.” Like Maria Rushworth, Anne daringly takes matters into her own hands.Another aspect of this story I greatly enjoyed was seeing how Darcy and Elizabeth would interact with each other now they are once again thrown together. There aren’t many variations that explore this scenario and take place primarily in Kent in the days and weeks following Darcy’s failed proposal. I thought both Darcy and Elizabeth were well-drawn in this variation. I liked how Elizabeth was brave enough to overcome her confused feelings and awkwardness to show sympathy and kindness towards Darcy. It was admirable how her concern and compassion prompted her to act, smile, and offer what small help she can. My heart went out to Darcy in his pain and longing. I love how he was constant in his regard and always appreciated Elizabeth’s worth. There gentle friendship, while masking their faithful and fervent love for each other, was pleasing to witness.One aspect of the story I didn’t enjoy as much as the rest was Colonel Fitzwilliam’s quest for a wife. I felt he was being pulled/went in too many directions. Anne and Darcy had some matchmaking schemes in mind for our good colonel which didn’t quite set right with me. For Anne it was confusing because she claimed to understand Darcy’s affections and yet also had this lady in mind as a possible lady’s companion. For Darcy, I felt it was too soon and a little unfeeling. Overall, the colonel seemed to consistently waver with his feelings towards the women in this story and his actions were just a little too precipitous for my taste.A Will of Iron is delightfully shocking and diverting variation of Pride and Prejudice! It was fun to explore the macabre and sinister doings in Kent. I loved how the author gave Lady C her “just desserts” and laughed out loud at the hand that served it to her! Poetic justice indeed! This tale is full of madness, murder, and matchmaking mayhem and certainly is not to be missed by readers who would love to see more of Anne de Bourgh, Lady Catherine, and explore their family drama!Note: The last 20-25 pages of the book do include several intimate romantic scenes and occasionally Anne’s journal entries contain some more graphic content. Recommended for Mature Audiences.

  • Cettina Barbera
    2019-05-18 12:44

    Original, funny and... twisted. I loved it.The chapter in which they read Lady C's will (I believe it was the 17, but I could be wrong) was absolutely hilarious, I laughed all the laughter that Mr Bennet had to keep in!

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  • wosedwew
    2019-05-09 06:26

    Loved it -- once I recognized the satire!As I began to read, "A Will of Iron" seemed to be one of those stories where everyone who is unpleasant in the original tale becomes a murderer. Instead, this story is a spoof of those amateurish efforts.I did find I had to read more carefully (i.e. without having a background movie on the TV) because the story moves back and forth in time as Anne's diaries are read. Pay more attention to the dates than I did at first.

  • Tina
    2019-05-18 06:46

    This story starts off with Anne dying from complications during pregnancy. It's was a big shock to Lady Catherine that Anne was pregnant at all and the search to find out the identity of the father begins. Darcy of course is the first person she suspects but as he said he hadn't seen her since July of the previous year so how could he be the father? Anne also had made a will and leaves some surprising things to different members of her family and friends both old and new. Of course Lady Catherine gets all pissy and tries to contest the will. She even consorts to murdering people, however this isn't the first time she has murdered. Eventually one of her murders goes wrong with a surprising twist. How will this all turn out? Will Lizzy and Darcy end up together? Find out by reading this book for yourself.I really enjoyed this book. It doesn't disappoint just like her other one's don't. I however wanted to read more of their lives after they had gotten married but it ended on a good note so I guess I can't complain.

  • Carol Perrin
    2019-05-23 05:31

    A Will of IronThis story was definitely a surprise! Lady Catherine was more than evil in this story. And Anne, what lengths she went to to get away from her mother. Wicked Wickham was unfortunately paid by Anne to help with the goal she envisioned. Lady Catherine had plans for her entire family that would have decimated the Fitzwilliam and Darcy family members. Luckily, she was foiled by her own plot.

  • wosedwew
    2019-05-11 07:34

    Loved it -- once I recognized the satire.As I began to read, "A Will of Iron" seemed to be one of those stories where everyone who is unpleasant in the original tale becomes a murderer. Instead, this story is a spoof of those amateurish efforts.I did find I had to read more carefully (i.e. without having a background movie on the TV) because the story moves back and forth in time as Anne's diaries are read. Pay more attention to the dates than I did at first.

  • Abigail Bok
    2019-05-18 05:28

    In this Austenesque variation on Pride and Prejudice, the scene opens right after Elizabeth Bennet has rejected Darcy’s proposal at Hunsford. The tale is not, however, told from Elizabeth’s point of view; instead, an omniscient narrator alternates with passages from the personal journals of Anne De Bourgh, who dies at the beginning of the story. The tale is a mystery (though not terribly mysterious), and events in the present are gradually explained by those past journal entries.Anne has discovered that her mother, Lady Catherine, has perfidiously usurped her inheritance, and Anne is ready to lash out. To this end she writes and rewrites her will to benefit anyone but Lady Catherine—including Elizabeth, whom she has barely met. She has also concocted a truly preposterous scheme to disgrace herself in her mother’s eyes so that her mother will cast her off and she will be free. Murder, mayhem, and misunderstandings ensue before all can be resolved in the end.Beutler writes the Austenesque language quite competently, and I enjoyed many aspects of this story. It moved fast, with lots of twists, and the scenes were vividly realized. But a problem I often experience in reading Austenesque novels is that while the language is credible, the behavior of the characters does not follow Regency norms, and that is the case here. People become intimate friends too quickly, characters storm and rage and act out, conventions are ignored. I realize that the Austenesque genre has moved away from a pure attempt at re-creating the Jane Austen experience to become a kind of romance fiction in fancy dress with Austen characters name-checked—but I am very sorry it has done so. Also a personal problem for me was the sex, both explicit and elliptically described: this violates the rules of the marriage plot genre. But I realize it is an accepted part of the romance genre, and did not knock off any stars for it simply because it is not to my taste.What did lower my rating was the preposterousness of the plot. It was inventive and entertaining, but illogical. If Anne was the real heir of Rosings and able to hire her own attorney, why could she not simply leave and have the attorney set up an independent establishment where she could live till her mother died? Why all the rigmarole (which I won’t give away for those who don’t want spoilers)? I also did not believe that under the circumstances described, Elizabeth and Darcy’s misunderstandings would have persisted so long. Colonel Fitzwilliam was not a consistent character (either consistent with his portrayal in Pride and Prejudice or internally consistent within this novel); he seemed to live only to keep the plot complications coming and to be talked at by Darcy. And Wickham was positively dragged in by the short hairs.Finally, Anne. I have myself taken liberties with Anne’s personality as drawn in Pride and Prejudice, but the Anne I found here was so far outside the pale of Austen’s fiction that it made the whole story hard for me to enjoy. The violence of her language in the journal entries and her behavior in the months preceding the action of this story were so un-Austen-like that I think I would have enjoyed the book more had it been stripped of all connections to Pride and Prejudice. Had this novel been set in England between the wars, I would have enjoyed it more, as a drawing-room farce with mystery elements.

  • Rita Deodato
    2019-05-02 12:50

    https://frompemberleytomilton.wordpre...I didn’t read the premise of A Will of Iron before reading it so for me this book was a very positive surprise.What if Anne de Bourgh died a few days after the Hunsford proposal and Darcy along with Col. Fitzwilliam had to return to Rosings and into the company of Elizabeth Bennet?And what if Anne had lived an unimaginable life and had kept all the details of it in several journals?And what if these journals were to be read? Which would be the consequences?From the beginning of the book, the writing and the characters were so good I felt Pride and Prejudice had merely changed the scenario and Jane Austen’s story continued in Kent.Apart from that, the way the book is written is so entertaining I hardly noticed I had already read several chapters. Linda Beutler decided to integrate Anne’s diary entries in the story, so between the main tale that is occurring in 1812, we will read about past events in Anne’s life and those around her. For me this made the book very interesting, interactive, and captivating. It was something I hadn’t seen in a Pride and Prejudice fan fiction before.I loved Anne’s remarks, and even though Anne is not usually a character I pay much attention to, I really wanted to read more about her. She is so interesting in this book that I felt I didn’t even need to have many interactions between Darcy and Elizabeth. The book does have these interactions, and some of them even show us a deep understanding and bond between them, but Anne’s character and life were so fascinating I didn’t long for them as I usually do.The book was full of surprises for me as a reader. As I mentioned before it is really unusual and surprising for me to forget about Darcy and Elizabeth, but that was not even the biggest surprise! I don’t usually care much about humour in JAFF books. I enjoy it, of course, but I never take that into consideration when choosing a book to read, but A Will of Iron is truly amusing! I laughed out loud more times than I could count so I imagine that readers who do like and value humour in books will absolutely love and take pleasure with it.I really chuckled with Jane’s teasing of Mr. Bingley. I loved her teasing manner and even though this is a feature we associate with Lizzie, Jane did it in a most delightful way.I also laughed with the arrival of Mr. Bennet at Hunsford Parsonage. The entire scene is hilarious! This book has a great sense of humour and I loved it.Mr. Bingley’s letter is another amusing detail that made me enjoy the book, as well as reading how both Darcy and Elizabeth ponder on the characteristic of Jane and Bingley and how they would not look for those characteristics in their partner for life. I believe this made even clearer how Mr. Darcy’s disposition is indeed the perfect personality to match Elizabeth’s as they are truly perfect for one another.I wasn’t too fond of the idea of Darcy wanting Col. Fitzwilliam to court Elizabeth as I always prefer a version where Darcy cannot even imagine Elizabeth to be another man’s but it did not prevent me from enjoying the book immensely and I highly recommend it.

  • Jenifer Hanen
    2019-05-20 08:30

    Bravo to Linda Beutler on writing a humorous and murderous Pride and Prejudice variation that was never boring and made my neighbor inquire this morning why I was laughing so much last night.Neighbor: "Whatever were you doing?"Me: "Reading."Her: "A book?"Me: "Yes, I was improving my mind with extensive reading."Her: "Oh, I could hear the laughter over my TV."Not being a reader at all, she didn't ask about the book but did want to talk about the strange reality tv show she had been watching.Anywho... The action in this P&P what-if starts out just after the Hunsford proposal after Anne de Bourgh dies and all the major characters remain or return to Rosings Park as the deaths pile up. No angst here, as really, Ms. Beutler crafts the best off-ing of Mr. Collins and Lady Catherine in all of fan fiction and one gets to understand the private person of Miss de Bourgh through interspersed journal entries.For those of you who were a little put out on Ms. Beutler's last book, Longbourne to London, expressing that the love scenes were a bit too breathtaking for you, you may read A Will of Iron happily, as the lovey dovey bits are at the end and are in line with the rest of the story: funny, discrete, and fast paced.I re-read the story today to catch all of the little details. Thanks to Ms. Beutler for a fine book.

  • Margie's Must Reads
    2019-04-25 04:55

    Death, scandal, and intrigue...A Will of Iron was very original and inventive. Linda Beutler writes Pride and Prejudice adaptions without fear, without trepidation and does so with such grace and civility.

  • Leslie
    2019-05-11 08:30

    This book could be subtitled Three Weddings and just as many if not more funerals. This is a really unique twist on P&P that goes wildly off canon but results in a vary satisfying story. There is a significant portion of the book that contains adult content and themes and may be unpleasant for sensitive readers. It also takes many dark twists. In this P &P what if, Anne de Bourgh is not the truly sickly young woman but an angry hypochondriac who seeks only to punish her over bearing mother. She yearns to escape Lady Catherine without marrying and becoming a pawn of her husband. So she decides to flout society and be ruined, undeniably and unquestionably. Her decision leads to her demise.Her death returns Darcy and Col. Fitzwilliam (in this story named Alex as opposed to the more popular Richard) to Rosings. The reading of her diaries and eventually her last will and testament sets off a chain of events that will stun and surprise most P & P fans. If you want a P & P variation that will surprise you and present fresh versions of the characters you already know then you will like the book. If you are a P & P purist this probably isn't the book for you.And last 10% of the story consists of the detailed deflowering of three maidens on their wedding night.

  • Michelle H
    2019-05-08 12:55

    You've read the synopsis, you've read the other reviews. Does it sound intriguing? Ok, go read it. Jane purists won't like it, but this writer has really become one of my favorite JAFF writers lately. Unique stories, yet revisiting our favorite characters in some clever plot twists. I think there's plenty of room at the table for something this well written. Some angst, and in Darcy trying to be noble and pushing his cousin at Elizabeth since she 'couldn't possibly have him' after his disasterous first proposal. Some steam-worthy (not porn) scenes toward the very end. Lots of humor. I loved it.

  • Susanne
    2019-05-03 05:34

    A very intriguing Austen variation in which Anne DeBourgh dies after Darcy and the Colonel leave Rosings and all heck breaks loose. Elizabeth, who is still staying with Charlotte Collins, is embroiled in the mysterious happenings at Rosings as the cause of Anne's death is discovered and the "cover-up" begins...and proceeds with stunning results. Definitely a page-turner; I read it in fewer than twelve hours and simply couldn't put it down. A wonderful read for fans of Pride & Prejudice!

  • Susan
    2019-05-19 08:48

    I really enjoyed this version of Pride and Prejudice. I have read at least a hundred re-tellings of P&P and this was original and plausible. Lady Catherine was more despicable than in the original, and Charlotte as well as Anne were both more developed and clever.

  • pamela k cronister
    2019-05-05 05:33

    Nice twistI was pleasantly surprised by the twists and turns in this book the back-and-forth between Anderberg's diary and what was going on in the story I think it gave a definite new look at what and might've been capable of and everybody knew her mother was nuts anyway

  • Katelyn
    2019-05-03 09:52

    DelightfulI found spending more time with these beloved characters irresistible and the author endeavoured to remain true to each while expanding and heading in a different, surprising direction.

  • Brittany
    2019-04-30 05:50

    3.5 in reality. If not an actual 4. This is a very interesting variation in which we find that Anne actually has a lot more going on in her head! She keeps a diary, and when the poor girl dies the diaries end up in the hands of Charlotte and Elizabeth. They discover that the shades of Rosings is very polluted.What I liked: Lady Catherine was perfectly evil, that crazy old bat. She does not see much that can stand in her way from getting what she wants. I think my favorite parts of this book were the situations. I loved hearing the will being read, I liked the insights into Anne's mind. I thought her life brought interesting developments into the story. Overall it was very difficult to put down, because it kept me captivated. Charlotte was also a very strong character, which I enjoyed seeing. She is often forgotten in many retellings. Also, even though I will complain below about how long it took our protagonists to profess their feelings to each other, Elizabeth at least acknowledges her changing of feeling after the letter, and after Bingley shows up. She realizes that she has nothing else to be mad about. I like that. I can't stand the variations where he improves and does all these things but she's still too stuck up to appreciate him. This book was not like that.What I wasn't so fond of: Darcy moped. ALOT. And the fact that it took them sooooo long to realize they loved each other was grating on my nerves. Jane was a different character to me. To the point where we can't really call her Jane. She was outspoken and even kind of witty, and demanding. She was still sweet...but her character felt like it hit off the mark. I also did not like Colonel Fitzwilliam in this. First he's all about Elizabeth, which always gets to me when books dwell on that. When I read P&P I see it as a mild admiration. And although he says he'd never really go after her after he found out Darcy loved her, he kinda wavers in that loyalty at times. Then Darcy pushes her at him for part of the book! Awkward. Hated that. That's not a good plan Darcy. If I were in love with a guy, who didn't want me, the last thing I'd want was for my best friend to date him. Then Fitzwilliam goes lust crazy over Jane, MEGA awkward, to the point where he writes to her dad before he actually says more than a sentence to her? And she said like three words? Talk about insane, and not completely well thought out. Then he finally turns to Charlotte in the end....Yeah, not going to explain how that happened. But it still seemed like a weird transition of Fitzwilliam is just going to go after every girl in Hunsford one at a time, Anyway, it was a very enjoyable read! I am not sure if I will read it again or not. Possibly. But it's worth reading once!

  • Joana Starnes
    2019-04-29 06:33

    An amazing, riveting read. What exquisite language, what a premise, what an Anne and what a busy-busy-busy Lady Catherine! I loved the gradual development of Darcy and Elizabeth’s relationship and how the circumstances were as such that it was allowed to grow, as they would be thrown together by the happenings at Rosings. The characters were very skilfully developed, Anne’s diary was a fabulous read, and the roller-coaster plot kept me spellbound for the entire time. I loved the impulsive Colonel Fitzwilliam, the determined Bingley, the lovelorn Darcy, the ever so resourceful Anne. I loved Mrs Jenkinson’s role in the affair. Charlotte was a delight, as was Mr Bennet. I loved how he installed himself in his cousin’s house and advised Elizabeth on her love life. I loved Elizabeth’s epiphany regarding her feelings for Darcy and the deeply moving way in which it had saved her life. Last but by no means least, I loved Lady Catherine and Mr Collins’s tea party. By far the best time I’ve ever had at Rosings ;) !

  • sylph
    2019-04-23 11:31

    This is a Pride and Prejudice variation like no other. Events unfold at Rosings and Hunsford in Kent, shortly after Elizabeth turned down Darcy's first proposal. I gave it four easy stars for the imaginative idea and the lavish execution of that idea. I have a feeling it could have been kind of really great, but that's not to disparage the author, about whom I know nothing else. Pastiche is difficult, and I appreciate highly the adherence to language and descriptions that would fit into Austen's world. Also, there are diary entries, and I am a sucker for the epistolary touch.It was thrilling, fascinating, and fun to watch events unfold as they did, and it was easy to take delight in watching the merciless handling of disagreeable people. Maybe it can be described as a black comedy? Not for the faint of heart or prudish of spirit.

  • Teresita
    2019-05-15 08:42

    Original and daring. I loved the development of the story. A very interesting approach to a "what if". It offers a glimpse into what Anne de Bourgh may be behind the face she presented to the world. Her death and will unleash unexpected consequences with surprising results.A wonderful read!

  • Sue
    2019-04-30 08:55

    Wow the suspense. Lady Catherine truly is wicked. Anne is an unexpected wit and very observant. Anne also is shocking but I loved the diary idea. Lizzy and Darcy work things out a bit soon for me but I'm glad it happens. The last 20% of the book I'm guessing here has intimate wedding night scenes. So I'd recommend for mature audiences. Plus there's murder and mayhem.

  • Susan
    2019-05-19 07:50

    In this Pride and Prejudice variation, Darcy and the Colonel have left Rosings after the failed marriage proposal only to return on the death of Anne de Bourgh. With the revealing of Anne's diaries, her will, with the activities of Lady Catherine, and the coming to Kent of various members of the Bennet, Fitzwilliam, and Bingley families can any relationship problems be resolved.