• Some Natural Importance

  • By: Jan Ashton
  • Narrated by: David Pickering
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (51 ratings)

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By: Jan Ashton
Narrated by: David Pickering
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Publisher's Summary

"It is the way of the world, Elizabeth. Men hold power over women, but I am not a man who wants to wield such power. I would prefer a woman who has some power over me".

Fitzwilliam Darcy already has one arranged marriage in his past. The last thing he envisions for himself is another, yet he has somehow become entrapped in a promise to a dying man. Not only must Darcy overcome his resentment in order to live up to his sense of honour, but when he realises how deeply his heart may be engaged, he must convince Elizabeth Bennet of his true feelings.

Elizabeth never expected the imperious Mr Darcy to become a good friend of an idle gentleman like her father. And she certainly never anticipated they would form a secret pact compelling her marriage to a man she dislikes. She must set aside grief and resentment, as well as her suspicions: Is Darcy using her to avoid another bride pushed onto him by his family, or to gain riches Elizabeth never knew she had?

Or is it possible he loves her?

©2021 Jan Ashton (P)2021 Quills & Quartos Publishing

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Loved this!

Another great addition to the retelling or alternate tellings of Pride and Prejudice. It was a very original story and very different from P&P. A totally different book with the same personalities and characters we love from Jane Austen’s original.

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Entertaining story

Good book that is very interesting in parts but not quite exciting or gripping as it could be. It is an unusual twist in the Darcy/Elizabeth relationship that involves a close friendship between Darcy and Mr. Bennett.

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Good Mix of Old and New

There are some unexpected twists to the story, some things that are familiar, some familiar dialogue but said by someone different.

Narrator did a good job as well.

Story MIGHT have been a little longer than needed.

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Great book

This was a great book to listen to. The narrator did a great job too. Well written and witty. Great Jaff.

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  • JLL
  • 09-11-22

A makes variation, but highly enjoyable

I really enjoyed this variation, although it’s a very different plot and some key characters are given only minor references (no Lady Catherine, not much mention of Wickham). Narration is excellent.

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  • Mo Bass
  • 03-08-22

Enjoyable

I have become a fan of Pride and Prejudice variations as they are invariably well written, true to the period, and have an engrossing plot. This is no exception. The narrator did it full justice.

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  • 02-01-22

An uplifting story

A very good story which worked well as an audiobook due to the easy style of writing.
Although the characters went through ups and downs and there was some tension it was not excessive and the tone overall was positive and uplifting.

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  • Marg
  • 11-22-21

Loved it! A P&P variation which kept me reading

Another variation where Mr Bennett has to face his mortality and shortcomings as a father and husband. How fortunate that Darcy happens to turn up at the right time to put everything right for the remaining Bennetts.

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  • 07-25-21

Not great

I’ve read (and listened to) many a P&P variation. This one was just didn’t quite hit the mark for me. The writing was fine but the story focused too much on Mr Bennet and Mr Darcy and it just took too long to get where it was going. Nothing much happened and I actually found it a bit boring. It just didn’t capture the pace or humour of the original and the ending felt rushed compared to the snail’s pace of the body of the story.