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A Matter of Prudence, by Lucy Marin
He could hardly stop thinking of Elizabeth, and no longer tried to convince himself that he should.
Fitzwilliam Darcy is drawn to Elizabeth Bennet from the day they met, captivated by her cleverness, her charm, and her good humour. While he initially sees only a friendship between them, his feelings for her soon grow more ardent, even while he tries to persuade himself she would be an unsuitable bride. At length, however, his pride and his prejudices must be laid aside; he knows that to be happy in marriage is more important.
Alas, just as he grows certain of his own heart and mind, a problem reveals itself. William Collins, a cousin of the Bennets who has lived in Longbourn since his boyhood, returns to Hertfordshire. The fondness between Elizabeth and Mr Collins is clear, and Darcy begins to fear there is an understanding between them. His fears are confirmed by Miss Caroline Bingley, who warns him that the pair are on the brink of matrimony.
A chance encounter when he is visiting his aunt, Lady Catherine, changes everything. Deceptions are uncovered and friendships end, but is it too late for him and the woman he loves?
A Matter of Prudence is a Pride and Prejudice vagary in which mistaken identities and false assumptions complicate the road to true love for Mr Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet.
The Seven Sins of Fitzwilliam Darcy, by Julie Cooper
Perhaps falling in love was not a momentous initial attraction, but a growing realization that one’s life was simply happier, better, when in the company of a certain gentleman.
After Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy departs Hertfordshire unexpectedly just before Mr Bingley’s ball at Netherfield Park, there is no further impediment to prevent Jane Bennet’s romance with her handsome neighbour.
Unfortunately, Mr Darcy returns to Netherfield on the Bingleys’ wedding day, just in time to launch disaster into the proceedings. Elizabeth Bennet’s attempt to put the wedding-wrecker in his place only worsens matters when her private conversation with Mr Darcy becomes a misunderstood marriage proposal. Mr Darcy is willing to put everything right—for a shocking price.
Can Elizabeth bear even a temporary alliance with this incomprehensible, possibly roguish, but certainly ardent Mr Darcy?
Can Mr Darcy convince the intriguing and charming Elizabeth Bennet to overlook his sins long enough to become his bride, or must he banish her from his dreams forever?
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A Folly of Youth, by Amy D'Orazio
My own folly had endangered me, my preservation I owe to the kindness, the integrity of another....
In 1808, Elizabeth Bennet is young, curious, and in possession of an invitation to a London party which she ought not to attend. Unable to resist the temptation, Elizabeth indulges her wish to see a party of the beau monde and finds herself in a dangerous situation. She is saved from a desperate fate by Mr Darcy of Pemberley, but relief is short-lived. Mr. Gardiner arrives and demands satisfaction on behalf of his young niece’s honour.
Bound for three years—with no intent to marry on either side—Mr Darcy and Elizabeth both resolve to do as they must to end their unwanted almost-betrothal. Mr Bennet, however, refuses to allow it, fearing that Elizabeth’s character will bear a permanent stain that no amount of time or money could erase. Together, Darcy and Lizzy contrive a plan to overcome her father’s reluctance: Darcy will find her someone else to marry, thus relieving himself of the obligation.
The folly of their youth, it seems, might be set to rights after all, until feelings arise which complicate the scheme. But will they realise their true attachment before it’s too late?
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