Oct 242016

pride-prejudice-and-secretsWhat If Elizabeth Bennet Is Ill When Mr. Darcy Proposes?

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Gift from Editor

Elizabeth Bennet prides herself on her robust constitution and ability to never succumb to illness. But while visiting her friend Charlotte, the unthinkable happens and Lizzy finds herself feeling most unwell. Instead of staying in bed and calling for the apothecary, Lizzy ventures downstairs and receives a visit from a concerned and solicitous Mr. Darcy who anxiously seizes the opportunity to propose marriage. Feeling feverish, foggy, and weak Lizzy doesn’t exactly have her wits together and her absent-minded nod to his query is taken as acceptance! ¬†Elizabeth knows she must find a way to undo this massive misunderstanding. But is it already too late…? Continue reading »

Mar 242014

Consequences_coverReject in Haste, Repent in Leisure, Lizzy!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Publisher

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Two variations (approximately 120-140 pages each) that explore two different possible outcomes of Darcy’s proposal at Hunsford Parsonage

TIME FRAME: The first variation (The Road Not Taken) begins the day of Darcy’s proposal and continues forty-two years into the future. The second variation (The Sleeper Wakes) begins early in the day of Darcy’s proposal and continues seven months into the future.

MAIN CHARACTERS: Elizabeth, Mr. Darcy, Jane Bennet, Lydia Bennet, Charlotte Collins, and the whole gang…

SYNOPSIS: The Road Not Taken explores the questions: What if the coincidental meeting at Pemberley never took place? What if Darcy didn’t learn about Lydia’s scandalous elopement until it was too late? The Sleeper Wakes explores the questions: What if Charlotte addressed her concerns and suppositions more forcefully with Elizabeth? What if Elizabeth realized ahead of time the negative consequences her refusal of Mr. Darcy might have on her family and more specifically her sister?¬† Continue reading »

Mar 272013

Mr. Darcy Endeavors at a Little Civility

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Publisher

What if Darcy, remembering the many conversational faux pas he’s made in the past with Elizabeth Bennet, spent some time contemplating and carefully selecting the words he would use in his proposal to Elizabeth Bennet? What if Darcy went to Hunsford Parsonage (after spending the night writing himself helpful cue cards) with an eloquent, heartfelt, tender, and most civilproposal? What if Elizabeth still refused him?

The Result: An emotionally charged exchange that was as intense as it was turbulent! Even though Darcy made her a most gentlemanly and amorous proposal, Elizabeth still brought up her two strong points of contention with him. And Darcy, instead of communicating his defenses and explanations to her accusations in writing, he said it all to her in person. Elizabeth was able to see the raw pain, suppressed anger, sincere honesty, and hopeless despair plainly written on Mr. Darcy’s face; and Darcy was able to witness Elizabeth’s reaction to all he disclosed, her fierce fury, uncertainty, agitation, and tears. Such an impassioned and powerful scene! (You might need your smelling salts near by…) Continue reading »