Archive for January 18th, 2010

In this sexy Jane Austen sequel, Elizabeth Bennet accepts Mr. Darcy’s first marriage proposal, answering the “What if…?” question fans everywhere have pondered

” I had not known you a month before I felt that you were the last man in the world whom I could ever be prevailed on to marry.”

Famous last words indeed! Elizabeth Bennet’s furious response to Mr. Darcy’s marriage proposal has resonated for generations of readers. But what if she had never said it? Would she have learned to recognize Mr. Darcy’s admirable qualities on her own? Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy follows Elizabeth and Darcy as they struggle to find their way through the maze of their prejudices after Elizabeth, against her better judgment, agrees to marry Darcy instead of refusing his proposal.

Two of the most beloved characters in English literature explore the meaning of true love in a tumultuous and passionate attempt to make a success of their marriage.


Writing Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy: The Last Man in the World was a learning experience for me.  I’d already written four Pride & Prejudice variations where I took the classic plot and characters and put in my own twist.  What if Mr. Darcy admitted his feelings for Elizabeth before they parted in Lambton?  What if Mr. Darcy hadn’t left Rosings immediately after giving Elizabeth his letter, and instead they’d had to meet face to face the next day?  Various romantic entanglements always ensue, leading to the happy ending with Elizabeth marrying Darcy.  This book, however, was different.  What if Elizabeth had to marry Darcy with all her prejudices about him still intact?  It was a common enough scenario at the time, a young lady marrying a gentleman she disliked, but had to learn to co-exist with.  But could it work with Elizabeth and Darcy?  And, perhaps more importantly, could I write it? (more…)

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