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What if...

The last man in the world she could be prevailed upon to marry...is her husband?

In Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth Bennet tells the proud Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy that she wouldn't marry him if he were the last man in the world.

But what if she never said the words? What if circumstances conspired to make her accept Darcy the first time he proposes?

In this installment of Abigail Reynolds's acclaimed Pride and Prejudice Variations, Elizabeth agrees to marry Darcy against her better judgment, setting off a chain of events that nearly brings disaster to them both...

What readers are saying

A highly original story, immensely satisfying.

Anyone who loves the story of Darcy and Elizabeth will love this variation.

I was hooked from page one.

A refreshing new look at what might have happened if...

Another good book to curl up with... I never wanted to put it down.

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"Originally self-published as a 'Pride and Prejudice Variation,' Reynolds (From Lambton to Longborn) introduces a few twists to the Austen classic, a project that purists will surely abhor, but which should prove a pleasing diversion for more casual fans. In this spin on events, Reynolds excises Elizabeth Bennet's famous rejection of Fitzwilliam Darcy's initial proposal ('the last man on earth' she'd marry), instead putting them together from the get-go (despite Elizabeth's lingering doubts). This romantic trifle is marred by occasionally hysterical sentiment (Darcy: 'But ardent love will not be denied. I can no longer imagine a future without you by my side') and the incongruous notion that Austen's willful proto-feminist would feel constrained by a kiss, however public. If romantics can overlook the subversion, they should enjoy witnessing Elizabeth as an industrious and caring wife, administering to Pemberley's tenants, learning how to be an equestrian and growing to love that perplexing Darcy; characteristic trepidations, setbacks and miscommunications stick close to the spirit of Austen." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

In this sexy Jane Austen sequel, Elizabeth Bennet accepts Mr. Darcy's first marriage proposal, answering the What if...? question fans everywhere have pondered

I had not known you a month before I felt that you were the last man in the world whom I could ever be prevailed on to marry.

Famous last words indeed Elizabeth Bennet's furious response to Mr. Darcy's marriage proposal has resonated for generations of readers. But what if she had never said it? Would she have learned to recognize Mr. Darcy's admirable qualities on her own? Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy follows Elizabeth and Darcy as they struggle to find their way through the maze of their prejudices after Elizabeth, against her better judgment, agrees to marry Darcy instead of refusing his proposal.

Two of the most beloved characters in English literature explore the meaning of true love in a tumultuous and passionate attempt to make a success of their marriage.

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Crystal_Dark, August 11, 2013 (view all comments by Crystal_Dark)
This book was really well written and I felt that the book did a great job of describing the differences in how Elizabeth and Darcy might have misinterpreted things causing problems to arise and how they finally work things out. This book was a very interesting read that I enjoyed reading.
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Lieder Madchen, April 27, 2011 (view all comments by Lieder Madchen)
This was the first Pemberley Variation I read, so I did not know what to expect and was somewhat shocked by the beginning. Elizabeth Bennet Darcy miserable at the thought of entering her new home with her new husband? How could this be? Soon, however, I learned why. What if Elizabeth had to say yes to Darcy's first, horrible proposal? What if he never wrote the letter that changed her mind about him? What if they were married and she still considered him to be "the last man in the world?" That is what this story explores. This well-written tale tells of the newlywed's trials and tribulations on their journey to true love. I wanted to find out what happened so much, that I read it in just a few hours with only a few interruptions. I found it fascinating, and immediately started thinking of other what-ifs. What if Darcy didn't accompany Bingley, so he and Elizabeth first met at Rosings? What if Wickham had succeeded in eloping with Georgiana? I know that some people might find it impudent that an author would mess with Jane Austen in such a way, and no doubt the lady is rolling in her grave at some of the more horrific re-tellings, but I found this one eminently enjoyable, and I look forward to more.

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gaby317, March 15, 2010 (view all comments by gaby317)
In Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth Bennett tells the proud Fitzwilliam Darcy that she wouldn't marry him if he was the last man in the world. Abigail Reynolds's The Last Man in the World: A Pride and Prejudice Variation, she creates asks the question, "What if Elizabeth hadn't refused Darcy? What would their story have been like if she had said yes?"

The book builds on this interesting premise. Even though Lizzie Bennett has agreed to marry Darcy, she still carries her uncertainties and doubts. George Wickham's insinuations are still unanswered at the time of the wedding and Lizzie hasn't formed a good opinion of Darcy.
In this Pride and Prejudice variation, Fitzwiliam Darcy is particularly interesting: It is clear that he loves Lizzie but he doesn't know her well. It never occurred to Darcy that Lizzie Bennett would refuse his proposal or that she wouldn't be honored and excited to become Mrs. Darcy. The two discover that they'd been blind in their own ways and as Lizzie and Darcy gradually see beyond their prejudices and expectations, they find love.

Overall, I found The Last Man in the World: A Pride and Prejudice Variation a fun read. The Lizzie Bennett and Fitzwilliam Darcy seemed to be closer my own impressions of Jane Austen's characters and thoroughly likeable. I enjoyed the ups and downs of their love story and its satisfying conclusion.

ISBN-10: 140222947X - Paperback
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (January 1, 2010), 256 pages.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781402229473
Author:
Reynolds, Abigail
Publisher:
Sourcebooks Landmark
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Romance - Historical
Publication Date:
20100131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
248
Dimensions:
7.48x6.52x.76 in. .71 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Originally self-published as a 'Pride and Prejudice Variation,' Reynolds (From Lambton to Longborn) introduces a few twists to the Austen classic, a project that purists will surely abhor, but which should prove a pleasing diversion for more casual fans. In this spin on events, Reynolds excises Elizabeth Bennet's famous rejection of Fitzwilliam Darcy's initial proposal ('the last man on earth' she'd marry), instead putting them together from the get-go (despite Elizabeth's lingering doubts). This romantic trifle is marred by occasionally hysterical sentiment (Darcy: 'But ardent love will not be denied. I can no longer imagine a future without you by my side') and the incongruous notion that Austen's willful proto-feminist would feel constrained by a kiss, however public. If romantics can overlook the subversion, they should enjoy witnessing Elizabeth as an industrious and caring wife, administering to Pemberley's tenants, learning how to be an equestrian and growing to love that perplexing Darcy; characteristic trepidations, setbacks and miscommunications stick close to the spirit of Austen." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , In this sexy Jane Austen sequel, Elizabeth Bennet accepts Mr. Darcy's first marriage proposal, answering the What if...? question fans everywhere have pondered

I had not known you a month before I felt that you were the last man in the world whom I could ever be prevailed on to marry.

Famous last words indeed Elizabeth Bennet's furious response to Mr. Darcy's marriage proposal has resonated for generations of readers. But what if she had never said it? Would she have learned to recognize Mr. Darcy's admirable qualities on her own? Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy follows Elizabeth and Darcy as they struggle to find their way through the maze of their prejudices after Elizabeth, against her better judgment, agrees to marry Darcy instead of refusing his proposal.

Two of the most beloved characters in English literature explore the meaning of true love in a tumultuous and passionate attempt to make a success of their marriage.

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