• Bitter Mournings

  • A Pride & Prejudice Variation
  • By: Linda Gonschior
  • Narrated by: Richard Auty
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (24 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The deaths of his wife and sister weighed heavily upon him, and there was little left in life to enjoy…

It is summer's end of 1821 when the ladies of Longbourn learn that Netherfield Park has been let at last, to two wealthy young widowers. The news is elating to Mrs. Bennet, who has never given up hope that her beautiful eldest daughter Jane would one day marry a rich gentleman. For the former Miss Elizabeth Bennet—now Mrs. Matthews—the news is less exciting. A widow herself, she is more interested in caring for her two young children and settling her recently widowed mother into a new home than thoughts of husbands. 

Fitzwilliam Darcy harbors no thoughts of acquiring a wife, only entering into the society of Hertfordshire on behalf of his friend. Yet, the more he sees of Mrs. Elizabeth Matthews, the more she draws his eye and the more his dreams of Pemberley becoming a house of warmth and laughter and love prick at his mind. 

But a life lived in the shadows of grief has become too comfortable for them both. Falling in love will require both Darcy and Elizabeth to recover their lost hopes, reignite long-forgotten dreams, and regain the courage to give their hearts to one another.

Bitter Mournings is a Pride and Prejudice variation set in England during the Regency Era.

©2022 Linda Gonschior (P)2022 Quills & Quartos Publishing
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Romance

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In Mourning…

Really loved the audiobook narrated by Richard Auty. His Mrs. Bennet was right on the mark, and I loved his performances for Bingley and Darcy. Highly recommend.

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The story begins with a prologue at Ramsgate in 1811. Darcy and Colonel Fitzwilliam are discussing Darcy’s future plans following Georgiana’s almost elopement.

Chapter 1 jumps forward ten years later at Longbourn. The residents are in mourning. Mr. Bennet has died, Mr. Collins is soon to arrive to claim his inheritance and, Jane and Elizabeth are trying to find a new home for Mrs. Bennet. Elizabeth is a widow, visiting with two young children and Jane has never married. The other Bennet sisters are married and live a distance from Meryton.

Netherfield Park is let at last, but there are no ladies. Only two widowers, one of whom has two young children—Bingley. Darcy is hopeful that a change in society will help Bingley, who remains grief stricken. A dinner at the Lucases introduces them all and when it is discovered Elizabeth has children, play dates are arranged for them. Of course, the adults will also get to know one another during these visits. Mrs. Bennet is still a matchmaking Mamma, determined to marry off her only spinster daughter, Jane. Wickham is not around to defame Darcy’s name, but someone else is.

I enjoyed the book. There are some very nice moments for the couples as they work through their respective doubts and questions. The dialogue is good and flows well. Bingley, with the years, is more mature and a good father, Darcy is a devoted “Uncle Fizzwilly”! Loved that!

It is a lovely book, nicely written, no angst, with a very different beginning and premise. I enjoyed it very much and recommend it.

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A lovely story for our dear couple

I enjoyed this story about a mature Darcy and Elizabeth earning their happily-ever-after in a more realistic and less dramatic way. It was refreshing that they both brought some life experience to their relationship, having previously been married to others and losing their spouses, and as a result had already learned to value what matters most in life. The audiobook narrator did a good job creating distinguishable voices for each of the many characters.

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What if Netherfield wasn’t Let for 10 years!?

Elizabeth had married and was now widowed. Mrs. Bennet is also now recently widowed so they must make way for Mr. Collins.

The story is very good. Not too fond of the female voices, but otherwise the narrator does a fine job.