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Miss Elizabeth, daughter of a knight, is resolved to dislike her silly mother's newest chosen suitor for her. Fitzwilliam Darcy, heir to Pemberley, is equally determined to reject any matchmaking endeavors targeting him. But when the two attract, there is little that will get in their way. Come along for this variation on the pairing of Pride and Prejudice's two central Miss Elizabeth, daughter of a knight, is resolved to dislike her silly mother's newest chosen suitor for her. Fitzwilliam Darcy, heir to Pemberley, is equally determined to reject any matchmaking endeavors targeting him. But when the two attract, there is little that will get in their way. Come along for this variation on the pairing of Pride and Prejudice's two central characters. You are sure to leave laughing, and loving and cherishing the fresh portrayal of the attraction the two inherently share. A tale of romantic twists and comedic spontaneity.


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Miss Elizabeth, daughter of a knight, is resolved to dislike her silly mother's newest chosen suitor for her. Fitzwilliam Darcy, heir to Pemberley, is equally determined to reject any matchmaking endeavors targeting him. But when the two attract, there is little that will get in their way. Come along for this variation on the pairing of Pride and Prejudice's two central Miss Elizabeth, daughter of a knight, is resolved to dislike her silly mother's newest chosen suitor for her. Fitzwilliam Darcy, heir to Pemberley, is equally determined to reject any matchmaking endeavors targeting him. But when the two attract, there is little that will get in their way. Come along for this variation on the pairing of Pride and Prejudice's two central characters. You are sure to leave laughing, and loving and cherishing the fresh portrayal of the attraction the two inherently share. A tale of romantic twists and comedic spontaneity.

30 review for Mothers Know Best: A Pride and Prejudice Variation Romance

  1. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

    If I had to say something positive about this book, there were no spelling errors. This is a book that leaves the reader with many questions foremost is “WTF did I just read?” This is a P&P variation that asks "What If: 1] Mr. Bennet was a Knight (à la Sir William Lucas) 2] the Bennets had a house in town 3] Lady Anne and Mr. George Darcy were still alive when Darcy met Lizzy" And these are home questions. But the answers are unfortunately are never given. I have often said that I don't think anyone If I had to say something positive about this book, there were no spelling errors. This is a book that leaves the reader with many questions foremost is “WTF did I just read?” This is a P&P variation that asks "What If: 1] Mr. Bennet was a Knight (à la Sir William Lucas) 2] the Bennets had a house in town 3] Lady Anne and Mr. George Darcy were still alive when Darcy met Lizzy" And these are home questions. But the answers are unfortunately are never given. I have often said that I don't think anyone who hasn't read P&P is reading a P&P variation, yet my first brush with P&P variety was Pride & Prescience and I Hadn't read P&P. I have since corrected that gaping hole in my education but it didn't much prepare me for this book. This is like P&P in a blender. We get most of the characters, some undead (not zombies), but we get little logical story. And most infuriatingly a good part of the story happens off page and is related to us in the past tense. We have a situation when Mr. Bennet has been transformed to Sir Thomas Bennet, Knight. How? The author doesn't tell us. Hey I'm not looking for a giant backstory here but how about a variation on JA's explanation for Sir William. Nor does the author explain how they have a townhouse. Did Mr. Bennet invent something, invest wisely, get a reward, award or something else? Has it been in their family for generations? Is it part of the entail, does the entail exist. I as a reader would like to know these things. Since Lady Bennet and Miss Elizabeth apparently (because it is related not shown) meet Mrs. Darcy at the dressmaker we can assume these Bennets have more money than JA's Bennets; but that is all it is. Perhaps Mrs. Bennet is spending beyond their means. Mrs. Darcy is not just alive she is hearty and hale enough to gallivant about town and meet people. So why does Georgiana have a companion, Mrs. Younge? She only had a companion in P&P because she was living alone since it wouldn't be right for her to live with her bachelor brother. So she has no need for one here. Further in P&P Darcy blames himself for not researching Mrs. Younge sufficiently to discover that her background was bogus. Well I am sure Lady Anne would do her due diligence. So the book more or less begins with both mothers telling their children that they must attend the ball and they must dance the supper set together. Both are unhappy. Both comply. Things go pear shaped and Lizzy and Darcy APPARENTLY have one of their infamous war of words. I say APPARENTLY because the author didn't actually write this bit. She wrote the before bit and the aftermath bit and left this giant gaping PLOT hole. Now perhaps she felt she wasn't up to delivering the witty repartee that we associate with ODC (or Moonlighting the TV show with Bruce Willis not the Movie with Cher although that has some witty repartee as well). But you could have given us a clue, was it her looks, his manner, her mother, her sisters (who aren't out) her taste in books, his taste in music, whether she preferred a plain dish to a ragout? Nothing, nada, zilch, we merely get an apology that goes all wrong without detail. Mrs. Bennet is 10000 x's more annoying than in any other Variation I have read. As a 'Lady' and the owner of a house in town she carries on in a manner much more vulgar than in P&P. She carries on like a deranged fish wife. All Lizzy and Darcy seem to do is apologize to one another like Chip & Dale (the Disney chipmunks not the male strippers) and somehow that leads to love, but I don't know how because the author didn't write that scene. And a bunch of other stuff has to go wrong / go right and go sideways and we get to a HEA. And the author doesn't even give us a wedding, we just know it happened. really run away

  2. 4 out of 5

    wosedwew

    I'm feeling generous -- 3 Stars. The story has possibilities but needs a LOT of POLISH to raise the rating. This Elizabeth was hard for me to like -- surely the one true thing about Elizabeth is her ability to make her opinions known without rudeness. Elizabeth is on the attack when her Mother and Lady Anne arrange for their children to meet. She's a bit snarky. Quick and easy to read except the story jumps around a little. I'm feeling generous -- 3 Stars. The story has possibilities but needs a LOT of POLISH to raise the rating. This Elizabeth was hard for me to like -- surely the one true thing about Elizabeth is her ability to make her opinions known without rudeness. Elizabeth is on the attack when her Mother and Lady Anne arrange for their children to meet. She's a bit snarky. Quick and easy to read except the story jumps around a little.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Erika

    Sweet fluffy read This is a very cute and fluffy story where Darcy’s parents still live and Elizabeth’s father has a title. Of course mothers will be mothers trying to get their offspring to listen to them and do as they are told. This story takes on a different view point and has Darcy and Elizabeth at odds initially for a different reason than in canon. There were some parts that were a bit confusing and rushed, but over all it was well written and enjoyable with very little angst. Lady Catheri Sweet fluffy read This is a very cute and fluffy story where Darcy’s parents still live and Elizabeth’s father has a title. Of course mothers will be mothers trying to get their offspring to listen to them and do as they are told. This story takes on a different view point and has Darcy and Elizabeth at odds initially for a different reason than in canon. There were some parts that were a bit confusing and rushed, but over all it was well written and enjoyable with very little angst. Lady Catherine appears only through a letter, an Wickham is still the degenerate rake!!! I would recommend this to all JAFFers.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sheila Majczan

    Mothers: Lady Anne Darcy and Lady Bennet agree to arrange a meeting between son and daughter. Both children resent the matchmaking efforts of their parent and they have no qualms making those feeling clear to the other when they first meet and on further occasion. Lady Anne decides to invite Elizabeth to Pemberley as a friend to Georgiana...and to allow Fitzwilliam to get to know Elizabeth better. As you can imagine Darcy has no problem discerning his mother's continued efforts. But what becomes Mothers: Lady Anne Darcy and Lady Bennet agree to arrange a meeting between son and daughter. Both children resent the matchmaking efforts of their parent and they have no qualms making those feeling clear to the other when they first meet and on further occasion. Lady Anne decides to invite Elizabeth to Pemberley as a friend to Georgiana...and to allow Fitzwilliam to get to know Elizabeth better. As you can imagine Darcy has no problem discerning his mother's continued efforts. But what becomes a climaxing point is when he overhears Lady Bennet (who has arrived uninvited with Kitty) rant on and on about what a fine husband the young Darcy will make. Darcy steps in and has cold and definitive words to say on the matter. So Elizabeth is off to pack her bags. Elizabeth continues a correspondence with Georgiana who has gone to Ramsgate with Mrs. Younge after her father rallies from an illness. Georgiana writes that she wants to come home but that not only does Mrs. Younge keep putting off the departure but also that no one from Pemberley has written back about Georgiana's request to return home. (I am sure you can surmise what it up with Mrs. Younge.) Georgiana has invited Elizabeth to come to the seashore and vacation with her for the remaining time she will be there and Elizabeth does so. It is this act that proves her character and her motivation in befriending the young girl. The language with which this story is written at times made it difficult for me to follow along. I am not a scholar but my impression was that the language was suited to a different English period. There were no real surprises in this story...just two very opinionated people who are not afraid to stand up to their parents and not allow any manipulation of words or actions. I did particularly like when Darcy keeps his promise to inform Georgiana when he learns what love is.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Madenna U

    This Pride and Prejudice variation does not take the usual path at all, but comes together in a very enjoyable way. Sir Bennet and Lady Bennet have a house in London and Longbourn in the country. An enchanted Lady Anne Darcy meets Elizabeth while shopping for dresses and decides that she must meet her son Fitzwilliam. They are introduced at a ball with a similar result to the canon Meryton Assembly! Elizabeth and Darcy have all the usual assumptions and arguments, while Elizabeth proves herself t This Pride and Prejudice variation does not take the usual path at all, but comes together in a very enjoyable way. Sir Bennet and Lady Bennet have a house in London and Longbourn in the country. An enchanted Lady Anne Darcy meets Elizabeth while shopping for dresses and decides that she must meet her son Fitzwilliam. They are introduced at a ball with a similar result to the canon Meryton Assembly! Elizabeth and Darcy have all the usual assumptions and arguments, while Elizabeth proves herself to be exactly what the Fitzwilliam family needs. Through illness and a rather startling scene with Wickham, our dear couple finds their happily ever after. Although it is far from cannon, I really did enjoy this story. At times I wanted to hit Darcy upside the head, but he did improve with his lessons learned.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Joan

    Avid Reader This book was well-written and interesting.Darcy and Elizabeth were so determined not to like each other because of their mothers. However, Lady Anne realized that Elizabeth was the perfect woman and wife for Darcy inspite of Mrs. Bennett and her horrible behavior. The relationship between Elizabeth and Georgina was genuine from the beginning.Elizabeth handled Wickham and Mrs. Younge with aplomb, and we didn't have to endure the tedious Wickham and Lydia plot.😈 Avid Reader This book was well-written and interesting.Darcy and Elizabeth were so determined not to like each other because of their mothers. However, Lady Anne realized that Elizabeth was the perfect woman and wife for Darcy inspite of Mrs. Bennett and her horrible behavior. The relationship between Elizabeth and Georgina was genuine from the beginning.Elizabeth handled Wickham and Mrs. Younge with aplomb, and we didn't have to endure the tedious Wickham and Lydia plot.😈

  7. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Oh my gosh, Mrs Bennett!! This was an entertaining version. Mrs. Bennet was in it a lot more than in Pride and Prejudice. She was so irritating! Misunderstanding between Darcy and Elizabeth were fun to read.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Magma

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    Pat Dougherty

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  14. 4 out of 5

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  15. 4 out of 5

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  17. 5 out of 5

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  18. 5 out of 5

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  21. 4 out of 5

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  22. 4 out of 5

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  23. 4 out of 5

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  24. 5 out of 5

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  25. 4 out of 5

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  26. 4 out of 5

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  27. 5 out of 5

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  28. 5 out of 5

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  29. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Martin

  30. 4 out of 5

    Hira Alam

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