Summary

Trapped for three days by a flood, and trapped forever by society because of it....
The river isn't the only thing overflowing in Hunsford when a natural disaster forces Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy to work together. The residents of flood-stricken Hunsford, seeking refuge in the parsonage atop the hill, are unaware they are interrupting Darcy's disastrous proposal. Even worse, the flood has washed out the only bride to Rosings Park, stranding Darcy with the woman who has just refused his offer of marriage. But it may already be too late to redeem Elizabeth's reputation. In this Pride and Prejudice variation, the lane dividing the Hunsford parsonage from Rosings Park has been replaced by one of the flood-prone Kentish rivers. The storms are real - the spring of 1811 was remarkable for numerous thunderstorms in Southeast England.
©2012 Abigail Reynolds (P)2012 Abigail Reynolds
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4 out of 5 stars
By Catherine on 11-03-14

Reynold's best P&P variation to date

Would you consider the audio edition of Mr. Darcy's Refuge: A Pride & Prejudice Variation to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version yet!

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the drama of the flood, Mr Bennet's over-reaction to the publication of Elizabeth's engaement and Jane's choice of husband.

Have you listened to any of Pearl Hewitt’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes, I have. This is her best so far.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

In some of her other books Ms Reynolds dwelt too much on sexual detail, which made reading/listening somewhat tedious and a little boring; this time the balance was just right.

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4 out of 5 stars
By The Generalissimo on 08-11-12

Good Story, Terrible narration

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The character's voices were unnerving. The men all sounded old and crotchety with scratchy voices (including Mr. Darcy - gasp!) and most of the women sounded like they had head colds.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By tachi1 on 06-08-18

Not my favorite Reynolds book, but still good.

Even when unfavorably compared to her other works, this book is still superior to at least 75% of the P&P variations out there. Abigail Reynolds has a gift for making her plots flow, imbuing her characters with believable qualities that remain consistent throughout the book, and creating scenarios that place the reader in a place and time that feels comfortable.

The audible version of this book is beautifully narrated. The reader has an English accent which, of course, makes perfect sense, but it is one that the American ear has no difficulty adjusting to. The only hitch is that the female reader has to also enunciate the male voices and there is a limit to how successful that can be overall.

The reason why I didn't enjoy this book as much as the others is that I had a difficult time believing that Lizzy could go from absolutely hating Darcy to absolutely adoring him. Literally, when she went upstairs she hated him. When she descended the stairs (after eavesdropping on a very heated conversation in which Darcy defended her) she was madly and irrevocably in love and ready to take on the world on his behalf. The rest of the story consists of the two of them biding their time until they can marry against the opposition of almost their entire families. Mr. Bennet is particularly irritating in this book, the Gardiners are particularly lovable.

Don't get me wrong, it's a beautifully well written and well paced story, well worth reading.

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