Title: Mr Darcy’s Undoing
Author: Abigail Reynolds
Genre: Retelling, Historical Romance
Synopsis: A passionate new Pride and Prejudice variation explores the unthinkable-Elizabeth accepts the proposal of a childhood friend before she meets Darcy again. When their paths cross, the devastated Mr. Darcy must decide how far he’ll go to win the woman he loves. How can a man who prides himself on his honor ask the woman he loves to do something scandalous? And how can Elizabeth accept a loveless marriage when Mr. Darcy holds the key to her heart? As they confront family opposition and the ill-will of scandal-mongers, will Elizabeth prove to be Mr. Darcy’s undoing?
Pages/Hours: 319 pages
I love the idea behind this variation; what would happen if their love had to bloom much slower? If there was a major obstacle in the way?
Mr Darcy’s Undoing (originally published in 2007 as Without Reserve) is one of Abigail Reynolds earliest Pride and Prejudice retellings and my first by her. Having read it I’m excited to read more of them.
In this story Darcy has a real rival for Lizzie’s affection. A family friend she already admires and is a genuinely nice character. The fact that he’s actually nice makes the story that little bit more tense. She accepts his proposal before Darcy has a chance to prove his love and demonstrate how her criticisms of his character changed him.
I really enjoyed reading this version of their love story. It has all of the pageantry, pomp and drama of the Georgian era with a touch of modern relationship ideology.