Review: Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, The Last man in the world – Abigail Reynolds

Genre: JA variation
Pages: 288
Published 2010
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Source: My own

What if-The last man in the world she could be prevailed upon to marry-is her husband?In Jane Austen-s Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth Bennet tells the proud Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy that she wouldn-t marry him if he were the last man in the world.But what if she never said the words? What if circumstances conspired to make her accept Darcy the first time he proposes?In this installment of Abigail Reynolds-s acclaimed Pride and Prejudice Variations, Elizabeth agrees to marry Darcy against her better judgment, setting off a chain of events that nearly brings disaster to them both-What readers are saying-A highly original story, immensely satisfying.–Anyone who loves the story of Darcy and Elizabeth will love this variation.–I was hooked from page one.–A refreshing new look at what might have happened if—Another good book to curl up with- I never wanted to put it down.
My thoughts:
I think I never posted this one…so it works well in a Saturday
I have a weak spot of Jane Austen sequels, variations and just about anything. I never get tired of the story, and I do love the What if’s. I have read some wonderful ones, some strange ones, and they are always witty and amusing. 
This one was actually rather heartbreaking in a way. Lizzy and Darcy got married because she never turned him down after that first awful proposal. Colonel Fitzwilliam showed up and saw Darcy kissing her, and they were married. Mr Darcy is in love with her and thinks she loves him too, but here comes the heartbreaking part, she doesn’t. She is not happy in their marriage and tries to do her duty. And to see him so in love and clueless just tugs on my heartstrings when she doesn’t share his feelings. It’s horrible to read. 
That is the beginning of this novel, but the author would never leave us with a mess like that. The truth will come out and hearts will break. But there will also be a chance for them to build something new, something lasting and fitting the love they are supposed to share. As for old characters, this is mostly Lizzy’s and Darcy’s book, but we do meet Colonel Fitzwilliam, Georgiana, Wickham, and Bingley shows up too and he wants his Jane back.
The thing I liked best about this story was actually this great twist just because it brought so many feelings into the mix. And it gave me as the reader a chance to really root for them, and hoping that they somehow could truly fall in love as equals. Because this twist meant that Darcy still was awfully pride and looked down at her family and Lizzy also had prejudices against his sister, whom she thought of as proud. And then there is the whole Wickham angle, yes she still thought of him as the good guy.
There are many JA variations around and this one was one of the more interesting ones that I have read. I would happily recommend it to fans of variations, or anyone with a love for Jane Austen. If you haven’t tried one by now then take a chance on them. They are fun to read, and it does not make the original any less of a book. 

27 thoughts on “Review: Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, The Last man in the world – Abigail Reynolds

  1. Blodeuedd says:

    BuckyAnd I love them 😀 And yes I do tend to like Reynold's books.NaidaIt was a good one because of the way it took, soooo goodbermudaI know, there are sure many and it's not always easy to pick one. I guess it depends on what you wantChrisI know, something if offAnaLol, oh you are wicked

  2. Julie at Outlandish Dreaming says:

    Out of all of this author's variations, which I've loved, this one was the hardest to read. As you said it was painful for Darcy and Elizabeth and what they were going through. They're all good, but this was my least favorite because it was just so damn angsty!

  3. Fairday Morrow says:

    Oohh! I love books like this! I think twists and what ifs can bring about some interesting and unique stories. I just added this one to my list. I think revisiting loved stories in new formats is exciting! Thanks for sharing!~Jess

  4. Blodeuedd says:

    CaroleI always kind of wanted to know, what if. I mean he was rich, her family needed money. What if she gave up her own happiness? And now I got to find out.AurianAha, i tempted you, yay. It is just such a fun what if.FairdayTwists are the best and I had not read a twist like this before in the JA variations that I have coem across

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