Mr. Darcy's Mail-Order Bride: A Pride and Prejudice Variation

Mr Darcy s Mail Order Bride A Pride and Prejudice Variation Jane Austen s Pride Prejudice meets the Wild Wild West In females are in short supply in the west while a single man in want of a wife is rare in the east When lonely Charles Bingley convinces

  • Title: Mr. Darcy's Mail-Order Bride: A Pride and Prejudice Variation
  • Author: J. Dawn King
  • ISBN: 9781540466976
  • Page: 252
  • Format: Paperback
  • Jane Austen s Pride Prejudice meets the Wild, Wild West.In 1869, females are in short supply in the west while a single man in want of a wife is rare in the east When lonely Charles Bingley convinces his good friend, Will Darcy, to write a letter offering marriage to Miss Jane Bennet, she likewise convinces her sister, Elizabeth, to pen the reply Elizabeth is strucJane Austen s Pride Prejudice meets the Wild, Wild West.In 1869, females are in short supply in the west while a single man in want of a wife is rare in the east When lonely Charles Bingley convinces his good friend, Will Darcy, to write a letter offering marriage to Miss Jane Bennet, she likewise convinces her sister, Elizabeth, to pen the reply Elizabeth is struck by the beauty of the letter and responds by opening her heart to the Oregon wordsmith, who she believes to be Mr Bingley It s love at first letter for both the couples Misunderstandings and bad impressions abound as the true identities of the authors are discovered.In the days following the double wedding, Will and Elizabeth Darcy face challenge after challenge while Mr and Mrs Bingley appear to live in wedded bliss Will Mr and Mrs Darcy find their own true love In this sweet variation of Jane Austen s Pride and Prejudice, we will see open disdain shift to a wary friendship and the wary friendship grow to the tenderest of emotions or will we A western novel by best selling author, J Dawn King Book description from

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    1. I do believe this is Ms. King's best book to date. While it departs significantly from canon well beyond the alteration of place and time from Regency England to the Oregon frontier of the late 1800s, the essence of this story has recognizable echoes of Pride and Prejudice, particularly in the characterizations of Will Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet.The carnage of America's Civil War has devastated a generation of men in the East; the West suffers from a shortage of women willing to travel to the re [...]

    2. An Unattached Frontiersman in Possession of Property in the Pacific Northwest Must be in Want of a Mail-Order Bride!Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice RetellingSETTING: Oregon, 1869MAIN CHARACTERS: Elizabeth and Jane Bennet, Mr. Darcy, and Mr. BingleySYNOPSIS: Through her Uncle Gardiner, who has just recently returned from the Pacific Northwest, Jane Bennet receives a letter requesting marriage from an unknown Charles Bingley. Needing help with her reply, J [...]

    3. I love this author's work. However, I was hesitant to read this variation of my favourite characters based on time period and location. It is considered a western novel taking place in America, and I have found in similar readings that it is not my favourite. I didn't want to be disappointed nor write a bad review based on my own foibles. That being said, I put my faith in Ms. King's writing and some trusted reviewers and took the plunge. My reservations were unfounded and like Lizzy and Jane, I [...]

    4. Go west young lady, go west… and take a chance on loveThe Oregon Trail, connecting the Missouri River to the valleys in Oregon, helped bring those seeking a new life and their fortune to the west coast. Over the years, the area was settled and civilized with towns and shops. Men had settled the wilderness, worked their lands, and set up their houses, they need only wives to make them homes. With a shortage of women in the area, they turned their lovelorn hearts and minds back to the east. The [...]

    5. Set in the USA in 1869, it is a very different premise from the JAFF that I normally read but I was intrigued after reading the blurb, you can read it here or carry on with my review.Charles Bingley is lonely and there are not many single women in the west so he sets his cap on the older nice of a Mr Gardiner. However, Charles writes very poorly so he asks his friend Will Darcy to write the letters. Darcy helps him but he does not expect to fall in love with the person who writes those letters a [...]

    6. While Jeanne does an excellent job with her review, I would like to add a bit to introducing and maybe enticing other readers to read this pleasurable JAFF story. In writing of a Mail-Order Bride I kept in mind that our author lives in Oregon so her descriptions are from her own experiences and they enable us to well imagine that lush green settings. In 1869 this nation, especially in the east, is struggling to regain its feet as jobs are few, young men fewer and distrust of neighbors hangs in t [...]

    7. What a sweet bit of candy this book was! A most enjoyable means of combating the dreaded 4 AM insomnia. I was useless all of the rest of the morning until I got to finish. Thank you, Joy!

    8. Love this author but not so much this book. Probably not her fault but my own aversion to American P & P variations. I really can't point out one thing I loved about this one but I think it will be a popular title for readers who enjoy P & P outside of England.

    9. Pride and Prejudice retelling set in the Wild West. Ladies are in short supply on the West coast so Bingley convinces Darcy to write a letter to Jane. Jane, enamored, gets Elizabeth to agree to pen the reply. Jane and Elizabeth travel cross-country to meet their suitors. Both Darcy and Elizabeth have developed feelings for the person on the other end of the letters, not realizing that it's each other."The die had been cast. They would be tied permanently to each other by morning. He would return [...]

    10. I thoroughly enjoyed this Pride and Prejudice variation that unfolds in a post-Civil War America. Rather than finding ourselves in Bath, Portsmouth or London, we are surrounded by the beauty of the Oregon territory; a rich narrative provides us with a satisfying taste of that frontier life and pioneering spirit. The author does a splendid job explaining how the Bennett sisters find themselves in such dire straits which necessitate crossing the country as mail-order brides. I found that I was eas [...]

    11. I really enjoyed this P&P trip to the Oregon territory, where the Bennett sisters decide to take their chances as mail order brides. On both sides of the country the letters of introduction exchanged are admired and create expectations. Upon marriage Elizabeth and Darcy are immediately thrown into a relationship stretching situation. Through their time together and with help from friends, they are able to make it.All that is told in the backdrop of the beautiful Oregon forests and rivers. Wi [...]

    12. So funny!This is, without a doubt, one of the best variations I've read. I LOVED this Elizabeth! She rocked! And Mr. Darcy was exactly the way a lone rancher would have been. It was hilarious, real and tender.

    13. This was just a wonderful, creative P & P retelling. Set 4 years after the end of the American civil War the Bennets are living a hardscrabble existence in Baltimore, MD with few prospects for success or marriage. When Uncle Gardiner returns from his visit to the Willamette valley with a letter for Jane from a prospective husband Jane is inclined to accept. The letter is lovely, filled with literary allusions and rich descriptions of her future home. Feeling unequal to the task of replying s [...]

    14. The research embedded in this book is impressive and opens a new window (using the story of ODC) into the history of the Pacific Northwest. Clear and strong portraits of all of the characters contributes to this well-composed work. Would have enjoyed a slightly wider focus which would have offered us a better contextual world into which Jane and Lizzy travel. Perhaps it is my agebut I grew up when the rugged individualist hero was in the process of establishing himself on the frontiert having "a [...]

    15. I've read quite a few P&P variations, and this is the first I've read that took Darcy and Elizabeth out of England and plopped them down in the Wild Wild West. The book begins with Mr. Gardiner returning from a trip out west to scope out the new land. He brings a letter for his eldest niece from a rich eligible bachelor, Charles Bingley. In the West, women are scarce and are snapped up as soon as they arrive, and Bingley hopes to make his case early to Jane to see if she might consider comin [...]

    16. What a refreshing take on a Pride and Prejudice Variation novel.Apart from some grammar errors I thoroughly enjoyed the American themed story version of Darcy and Elizabeth.It was a clean romance and a predictable happy ending.I also enjoyed how the author J.Dawn King dealt with the poignant plot themes in an original way while still sticking to some of main plot ideas in the original Pride and Prejudice version.

    17. 4 1/2 Stars"Well that`s certainly a PP variation" Ok, this was my first PP variation located in the USA.It did take me a moment to wrap my head around the storyline, but honestly once I did I really enjoyed it. Elizabeth is by far my favourite character in any book I`ve read, she is smart, strong and my lord funny.This was my first book narrated by Wendy Rich Stetson, and I really enjoyed her in the book immensely.

    18. Ok, this was my first PP variation located in the USA.It did take me a moment to wrap my head around the storyline, but honestly once I did I really enjoyed it. Elizabeth is by far my favourite character in any book I`ve read, she is smart, strong and my lord funny.This was my first book narrated by Wendy Rich Stetson, and I really enjoyed her in this book immensely.

    19. Meh. 2.5. Not a lot of depth, and the narrator's reading didn't seem natural enough, or perhaps it was just the writing that was too unreal and cheesy. Lost interest and listened on turbo speed to finish. I've enjoyed other ones from this author, but this one was a miss.

    20. I utterly adore mail-order bride stories (although, I admit that I only read those that I know will end 'well') and you all know that I adore P & P variationsSo, this one worked for me-- although, I missed Mr Darcy's British accent.

    21. Mr. Darcy's Mail-Order Bride is a quick, fun, silly read. I liked that it didn't strictly follow the plot of Pride and Prejudice, that the author gave it room to breathe and be its own story. Some elements were dropped completely (I certainly didn't miss Mr. Collins!), and original characters were brought in to pad out some of the changes. I never felt as though I was reading a Pride and Prejudice script that just happened to take place in late 1800's Oregon. That said, outside of Lizzy and Darc [...]

    22. Ah! So good! I love this story almost as much as the original!I hesitated to read this, though I do follow Ms King on . I have never not liked one of her books; she has a consistent style that I feel comfortable with. My hesitation came from the idea of the America Out West setting. Hear me now, I was wrong to expect anything less than a wonderful story!! I am impressed with how easily our favorite characters transfer into this new setting, while still retaining their essential personalities. I [...]

    23. Different setting, same delightful characters!Post Civil War Oregon is the setting for Pride and Prejudice's memorable characters. [Small spoiler] Jane and Elizabeth become mail-order brides to Bingley and Darcy. Despite a rocky beginning and a multitude of misunderstandings, our Darling Couple makes their love flourish. A wonderful book!

    24. Wonderful bookIt took me a while to read this simply because I couldn't understand how to apply Darcy and Elizabeth to post Civil War America. However, once I started, I couldn't stop. This is a wonderful story. I love J Dawn King; her books are well researched, character driven, and clean. Enjoy!

    25. I likedIt was a nice story.Rather unexpected, the settings were original as were the hardships suffered by the different characters. The essentials of the characters stayed the same.I recommend it.

    26. I really like this variation. I think the characters are interesting and well done. It is kind of like Pride and Prejudice meets Boston Jane and since these are two of my favorite books, I love it.

    27. I had a difficult time with the change in venue - not Britain but the American frontier. The book was okay, I guess.

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