Dec 132013

The Subsequent ProposalPride and Prejudice Meets Persuasion!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

What if after several months of living in anguish and despair over Elizabeth Bennet’s rejection, Darcy encountered a gentle and compassionate person named Anne Elliot?

What if Anne, with her kind and encouraging nature, brought about a significant improvement in Georgiana’s shyness and confidence, while at the same time soothed Darcy’s broken heart with her easy-going friendship?

What if Darcy decided the best course of action for him and Georgiana, at this point in time, was for him to offer marriage to…Anne Elliot!

In this incredibly inventive and daring novel, author Joana Starnes explores the possibility of the characters from Pride and Prejudice crossing paths with characters from Persuasion. Taking place three months after Darcy’s disastrous proposal in Hunsford, Darcy, instead of reuniting with the Bingley family at Pemeberley, travels to Somersetshire in the company of his relations from Matlock. And accompanying Elizabeth and the Gardiners on their northern tour is Mrs. Gardiner’s former school companion, Mrs. Croft (as well as her husband and charming younger brother – a naval captain!)

I found the combination of these two beloved Jane Austen couples to be extremely successful and conceivable! Darcy and Anne Elliot do have a lot in common with each other, they are “kindred spirits,” and perhaps make more sense – on paper – than do Darcy and Elizabeth (*gasp* Yes, I said it.) And with their outgoing personalities and love of adventure perhaps Elizabeth and Captain Wentworth do seem like they would make a compatible pair (c’mon, you have to admit they do!) But do not be alarmed, dear readers!  Joana Starnes throws a wrench into these not-so-happily-ever-afters by bringing a betrothed Darcy back to Netherfield! What will he do when he encounters the charming and attentive Captain Wentworth…

I must devote this next paragraph of my review to express the love I have for Joana Starnes’s Darcy! In a style similar Abigail Reynolds and Lory Lilian, Ms. Starnes portrays a very emotionally intense and impassioned Darcy. *sigh* I love seeing Darcy rendered as a romantic – so desperately in love with Elizabeth that there is no hope of cessation. This story is told from his perspective so readers are privy to all the painful anguish and repressed longing he feels. And if you are a sympathetic reader, like me, you will experience all poor Darcy’s heartache and torment right with him!

Besides a well-crafted variation and an incredibly romantic Darcy, other parts of this story I enjoyed were the altercation with Wickham, the combative conversations between Darcy and Wentworth, Mr. Bingley clumsily trying to play matchmaker, and Colonel Fitzwilliam’s hard heart-to-heart with Darcy.  Oh! and I mustn’t forget Caroline Bingley and Lady Russell, who were always trying to thwart Darcy’s plans at every turn! So much going on, felt a little like a Shakespearen comedy! Perhaps the only thing missing was seeing a little bit of the story from Captain Wentworth’s point-of-view, but that might have been a bit challenging to integrate.

Achingly romantic and exquisitely expressive – The Subsequent Proposal is a beautifully blended story with our favorite, albeit mismatched, couples. I absolutely adored it and I’m so elated to learn that Joana Starnes is currently working on another variation that combines Pride and Prejudice with Sense and Sensibility! Woot Woot!

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Because she is super awesome and generous, Joana Starnes has set me up with ONE paperback and TWO ebook copies of The Subsequent Proposal for me to giveaway to THREE lucky winners!

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  • This giveaway is open to residents worldwide.  Thank you, Joana!
  • The giveaway ends December 21st.
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Lilyane Soltz

Oh my goodness, a premise such as this has never crossed my mind. Now I can’t think of anything else, and my mind is full of “what if” and “how could”.

Thanks so much for the opportunity to win this book!

Joana Starnes

Hi, Lilyane!
Thanks for popping by and hope the premise isn’t too shocking 🙂
Good luck and thanks for commenting!

Kelli H.

This book sounds wonderful! I love when characters from different books come together. I have heard nothing but wonderful things about this story! Thanks for the giveaway!!:)

Joana Starnes

Thanks so much for your kind words, Kelli!
I’m so glad you like the idea of mixing Austen characters, I think some of them are just begging to be mixed! Hope you like what I’ve done with them!

Warmisunqu's Austen

Woo!!!If there is a mix of Abigail Reynolds and Lori Lylian will be a good story. I am waiting my copy that just I have won.
Thanks Meredith for this review. You have put me long the teeth. 😛

Joana Starnes

Hi, Natali!
Will email you asap! Hope the paperback gets there soon, it should have been with you by now!! Thanks for your comment and catch up in a minute!

Catherine Commons

Meredith, another 5 out of 5 stars!! You’ve got me! Sounds like an interesting “what-if” story. I can’t wait to read it. Hope I win the giveaway!

Joana Starnes

Hi, Catherine! I’m so glad! Thanks and best of luck!

Heather M

What an original idea! I love it! My two favorite couples thrown together and mixed up like a Shakesperean comedy! How could I not read this?

Of course, the angst of watching any chemistry unfold between Elizabeth and Captain Wentworth and Anne and Darcy is making my stomach turn already. I may have to read the end first 🙂 *shhh* don’t tell. I’m such a wimp.

Joana Starnes

Hi, Heather!
Great to hear those are your favourite couples too! I hope you won’t have much to worry about, there’s no chemistry worth speaking of between Darcy and Anne, they’re just good friends, and I hope you’ll find that the chemistry is unfolding in the right direction…
Good luck – and yes, I often read the end first too 😉


with 5 stars I have just added it to my wish list and it’s available in paperback from Amazon Canada!! Can’t really imagine Darcy and Anne as a couple but I will keep an open mind until I read it

meikleblog at gmail dot com

Joana Starnes

Great to hear it’s available in paperback in Canada already and thanks for putting up with my shock-horror tactics 😉 I do hope you’ll like it when you get to read it!

As for Anne and Darcy, the idea is that they’re more like ‘people who understand each other helping each other out’ rather than a couple in the D&E sense of the word (translation: I wouldn’t dare write a Darcy who falls in love with the wrong woman!!!)

Tresha Boone

Would love to win this book sounds amazing!

Joana Starnes

Thanks for popping by, Tresha, and good luck!


I was captivated with your beautiful and lovely review. What a special outlook and novel to feature. Thanks for this delightful idea.

Joana Starnes

Hi, Diane!
I’m absolutely in awe of Meredith’s wonderful review (THANKS, MEREDITH!!!) and I’m so glad you like the premise! Best of luck and thanks for your comment!

D Rudy

Even if I don’t win a giveaway, this book is definitely going on the to-read list! Two of my most favorite Austen books combined…yes, thank you!

Joana Starnes

So great to hear that so many people have P&P and Persuasion as their favourite! Thanks for popping by and I hope you like what I’ve done with them 😉 Good luck!


This is simply extraordinary and wonderful. Thanks for your insightful review.

Joana Starnes

Thanks so much, Ellie and thanks, Meredith for the amazing review!!

Ellie, best of luck in the giveaway and thanks for commenting!


I love Reynolds’ and Lilians’ books. I am sure I’ll read it even if I don’t win the giveaway

Joana Starnes

Hi, Sonia!

I’m so honoured to be compared to them!!! Hope you’ll enjoy it and best of luck!


My two favorite books….I need to read this!

Ana Iris

I love “what if” stories! This one sounds amazing. I’ll definitely check it out.

Joana Starnes

Hi, Ana Iris!
Hope you’ll like it!
Thanks for popping by and good luck!!

Joana Starnes

Hi, Teresa! Yes, they’re my favourite books too, as you can probably tell 😉

Thanks so much for your interest, and best of luck!


My two favorite Austen stories mushed together? I am so there. This sounds beyond creative. Thanks for the review and for the giveaway opportunity.

Joana Starnes

Hi, Sophia Rose!
Thanks so much for your lovely words, you’re so kind!!
Good luck, and I hope you’ll like it!


Darcy and Wentworth are my favourite Austen heroes. I must admit to being a little nervous about reading the angst they must go through in this novel but I can’t resist…

Joana Starnes

HI, Brenda!
Yes, they are by far and away the most romantic, which is what probably makes P&P and Persuasion the two most romantic of her books, IMO. Sorry about making you nervous and hope to make it up to you by the end 😉 Best of luck!

Dave McKee

Thank you Joana for writing such an intriguing book! I had to read it straight through to the end, and it is definitely in my reread stack! Darcy’s angst is heart rending at times and the linking of two wonderful stories is so well interwoven! Am looking forward to your next book! Since I do own a copy, no need for me to be in the drawing.

Joana Starnes

Hi, Dave!

Thanks so much for your kind words and for all your help, much, much appreciated!
I’m so pleased you enjoyed the ride 😉


An original idea which would be unforgettable and lovely. Many thanks for your great observations.

Joana Starnes

Hi, Pearl!
I’m very glad you like it! Best of luck!

Beth Wade

I LOVE this novel idea! It’s somewhat rare to be surprised by the general theme of an Austenesque novel these days (well, it IS….we love them, but they don’t break the mold with every other book). I think it’s brilliant, and if well-executed, I’d be thrilled to see more mashups done seriously like this. The possibilities are endless! Thanks for putting this one on my radar. 🙂


wow! Two of my most favorite novels of all time intertwined…..wowza.

I loved your review Okay, I’d like to win this.

Joana Starnes

Hi, Suzan! Thanks for looking this up and commenting! Best of luck!

Monica P

When I first read the premise & pairings for this my heart went *stop*! lol But I was quickly reassured & have heard nothing but great things. Definitely on my tbr list. And an upcoming P&P/S&S mashup?! Yes, please!

Thanks for the giveaway!

Joana Starnes

Hi, Monica and Meredith! I’m with you too! I could never ever write a story where they end up apart! Challenges, angst, spanners in the works? Yep, bring them on – as long as the pairing is right by the time they have to say ‘I do’!
So thrilled I managed to tickle your fancy with the preview of the P&P/S&S mashup, Meredith! I’ll get to it and I hope it won’t disappoint!

Debra C.

My two favorite novels!!!! Thanks for the chance to win!

Joana Starnes

Hi, Debra! Thanks for popping by and good luck!


Thank you for the reassurance that our couples do end up with the proper match; otherwise, I’d be terrified to read on. But now you have me intrigued about other mash-ups — I’d like to see Darcy lecture John Dashwood regarding his responsibilities to his stepmother and sisters. Willoughby and Wickham compete for Miss Gray and her 50,000 pounds. Darcy and Brandon share a convo regarding unrequited love. Think you can work on another mash-up next year?

Joana Starnes

Hi, June! Wow! Such a wealth of ideas that I haven’t even thought of!!!!! Willoughby and Wickham in competition – now that’s a very likely scenario, and a very rewarding one as well, and as for Darcy and Brandon, yes, it sounds like they might find a lot to talk about and have lots of things in common!

Sanja Janosevic

Sounds great! Can’t wait to read it! Regards from Serbia!


I’ve been dying to read this one ever since I came across it browsing Amazon! I love crossovers/mashups, and the idea of this one fascinated me. I’m eagerly awaiting the Sense and Sensibility mashup, too; anything that gives me more S&S (my personal favorite Austen) is good with me! 🙂 Thank you, Joana, for such a fascinating premise!

Joana Starnes

Hi, Trai! Delighted you’re intrigued, and ever so pleased that the idea of crossovers doesn’t put you off! IMO, all those lovely characters are Jane Austen’s beloved children (some more beloved than others 🙂 ) and it’s just so unfair to keep them apart, when some of them look like they might get on so well! Good luck in the giveaway and if you get to read it, I hope you’ll like it!

Amanda Mauldin

Interesting. I don’t think I’ve ever come across a book that suggests Darcy actually proposing marriage to someone other than Elizabeth. There’s been the occasional woman to turn his head but not like that. And what does he do to end things with Anne respectably when he realizes he’s made a mistake. … It is a mistake right? I mean, Darcy does end up with Elizabeth right? I must find out.

Joana Starnes
Hi, Amanda! First of all, don’t worry!!!!! The unthinkable doesn’t happen! Spoiler alert or not, D&E do end up together (no point to JAFF otherwise, IMO 🙂 ). Even in some of the scarier stories where D not only proposes but actually marries somebody else (yes, I was brave enough to read a few of those and enjoy them, once I’ve cheated and checked out the end lol) the beauty of it is that despite all the trouble along the way, they do end up together, and all is well with the world! As for the other bit, Darcy being… Read more »
Suzan Lauder

You cut the text and put the “more” button just at the right spot! What angst! I love it!

Suzan Lauder

More… there are two Suzans. Yeah, we were both surprised to find out, too! I’m “redhead” on JAFF story sites. However, when my book came out, I started calling myself Suzan more, then realized that I was stepping on the toes of suzan, who has used that name in JAFF for years. So I’m clarifying with my last name.


thank you. Nice surprise.

Joana Starnes

Glad you love the idea, Suzan! Thanks for your comment and good luck!

Eva E

Your book sounds wonderful, Joana, and a perfect read between Christmas and New Year’s. The story sounds very intriguing, and I can only begin to imagine how the lovers sort themselves out. Thank you for the giveaway.

Joana Starnes

Hi, Eva!
Thanks very much, I’m so glad you like the idea.
Yes, they might have a bit of a job to extricate themselves from the tangle 🙂
Hope you’ll like it! Best of luck in the giveaway!

Lory Lilian

This sounds fabulous. What a fantastic premise, Joana ! I believe it is unique in JAFF, yet is sounds so logical :). And very romantic :). And Meredith – great review, as alwasy !

Joana Starnes
Hi, Lory! So glad I managed to come up with something unique! I’ve read an awful lot of JAFF over the years, but I was pretty sure I haven’t caught everything, so there was no way of knowing whether it’s been done before or not. It seemed logical to me (glad you think so too) because Darcy and Anne Elliott are so similar in many ways. Still waters run deep – check. Love story gone wrong – check. Strong sense of duty – check. Clever/ loyal / decent background – check check check, and I’m sure we can find a… Read more »

Oh my God! I’ve already read the plot of this novel and I liked it but now your entusiastic review make me feel like I can’t wait to read it. May I ask the author where the idea came up? And why she chose first Persuasion and than Sense and Sensibility?

Joana Starnes
Hi, Loren! So glad you’re interested! Not sure exactly when the idea came up, or how, to be honest! I think it was largely prompted by the thought that some characters from different novels look like they might have a lot in common and get on really well, so it seemed a shame not to bring them together! P&P/Persuasion was a very tempting choice of a crossover because I absolutely adore both those books! I think they’re the most romantic of them all. Besides, as I said in my reply to Lory, Darcy and Anne Elliott are so very similar… Read more »
Stephanie Carrico

What an interesting concept…two of my favourites mashed together…a definite must read…
who could choose between Darcy and Fredrick…oh my

Joana Starnes

Hi Stephanie!
Thanks for your comment! Darcy v. Frederick – what a fab thought!
Maybe we should have a debate one day! What do you think, Meredith? Maybe we should have a get together, like the Bridget Jones Group Watch, and instead of Team Edward v Team Jacob we could have a Team Darcy v Team Frederick 🙂 They’re both dishy; they both behaved pretty horribly to the women they loved, in their different ways; on the plus side, both can write pretty good letters etc 🙂
Thanks for stopping by, Stephanie and best of luck!


Hello Joana!
I love the idea of mixing characters of different novels, it makes the story be richer and challenging! 😉
And thanks Meredith for your charming review… Darcy and Wentworth… What more can I ask for?

Joana Starnes

Hi, Teresa
So glad you think so! It just seems right, somehow. After all, they were contemporaries, so it makes sense that they should meet 🙂
Best of luck in the giveaway!


Persuasion is my favourite book, and I’m very intrigued by this “cross-over”. I never imagined Darcy with Anne and Elizabeth with Captain Wentworth!
Plus, I love when books are so well-written that you suffer with its characters, and this seems the case!

Joana Starnes

Hi, Carmen!
So glad you’re intrigued!! Hope you like the twists and turns I’ve dreamed up for them 🙂
Best of luck in the giveaway and thanks for popping by!

Anna (Diary of an Eccentric)

Wow, this sounds fantastic! P&P and Persuasion are (after Emma) my favorite Austen novels, so to see them combined makes me excited. I’ve reviewed countless Austenesque books, but never one like this. Thanks for bringing this one to my attention, and great review!

Joana Starnes

Thanks for your interest, Anna, I’m so glad it caught your attention and thanks, Meredith for the fabulous review 🙂
Best of luck!


Oh wow what a premise! I’m not entering the giveaway because I need to read it right away and am off to buy!

Joana Starnes

Hi, Nicole!
Many thanks for your lovely comment and I hope you’ll like it!!!


sooooo added to my WishList!!!!
thank you for the giveaway!!!

Joana Starnes

Hi! Thanks for stopping by and good luck!


My two favorite stories in a mash-up—clever!! I look forward to reading!

Joana Starnes

Hi, Joy!
So glad it caught your eye 🙂
Thanks for commenting and best of luck!!

Carole in Canada

Two of my favourite books in one!!!! Brilliant concept and I cannot wait to read it! It’s climbing to the top of my TBR list! Then to hear she is writing a P&P/S&S story!!!!! Thank you for the giveaway!

I not sure if reading your reviews is good or bad lol I wanted to read this but wanted to read persuasion again as it’s my favourite after P&P and I want to refresh my memory but now ive read this I know it’s going to be no sleep for me while I read both. I am the same I stay up till late until I am satisfied things are ok before I put the book down! Seeing how many reviews you have I feel like a kid in a candy store and I know over the next couple of… Read more »
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