• The Secrets of Darcy and Elizabeth

  • A Pride and Prejudice Variation
  • By: Victoria Kincaid
  • Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (145 ratings)

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The Secrets of Darcy and Elizabeth

By: Victoria Kincaid
Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
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Publisher's Summary

What if Darcy and Elizabeth were plunged into the war between England and France?

It is 1803, and a treaty has allowed England and France to enjoy a brief moment of peace in the midst of the Napoleonic wars.

Darcy is despondent over Elizabeth’s refusal of his proposal at Hunsford, so Colonel Fitzwilliam proposes a trip to Paris as a distraction. At a ball, Darcy unexpectedly encounters Elizabeth, who is visiting Paris with the Gardiners. He sees this as his opportunity to court Elizabeth properly and rectify past mistakes.

Before he can make much progress, however, England declares war again, and Darcy must help Elizabeth flee France. As they make their way to the coast, Elizabeth and Darcy must battle brigands, French soldiers, illness, and their own mutual attraction - all without a chaperone.

When they return to England, Elizabeth and Darcy have their own secrets to conceal - even from those closest to them.

©2014 Victoria Kincaid (P)2018 Victoria Kincaid

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A little absurd, but fun!

As far as I can tell all of this authors Pride and Prejudice variations are of the fluffy/sappy variety. That's not to say I'm knocking it! You just have to know what you're getting in to going in. This is a fluffy piece, if you're looking for a more serious piece, keep looking. Out of all of hers I've read/listened to though I think this one might be my favorite. It's just fun! There's a lot of action up front and a good ol' nefarious scheme to be thwarted later on. This hits a lot of JAFF tropes, but it's a fun ride. The one thing about this one that annoys me though is the sort of convoluted way Darcy and Elizabeth go about keeping their big secret once they're back in England. There are so many times where you think, "If they just told everyone the truth none of this would be an issue." Almost immediately their excuse for keeping the big secret doesn't really seem justified. That said, if you're willing to suspend belief it's still pretty enjoyable.

A lot of JAFF readers/listeners are familiar with Stevie Zimmerman, she's a terrific narrator and her Darcy is just perfect. My only quibble is her Georgiana voice which I always want to fast forward through, it's TOO innocent and insipid. Georgiana isn't really in this one a lot though so it's pretty smooth sailing.

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Very Well Done!!

This variation seems organic in the way that it changes from canon. In another story set with ODC in France (the title escapes me) the story was well done, but the premise seemed a little contrived. Lizzy was thought dead in a boat explosion and Darcy heads to France, maybe you know the one I mean. Don’t get me wrong, I liked that book, but this one has a more believable start.

Here, post proposal, Darcy is depressed and Richard, called in by a worried Georgiana, convinces him to take advantage of the new peace treaty and visit Paris to take his mind off of whatever is wrong with him.

Meanwhile, instead of a visit to Derbyshire, the Gardners have taken Lizzy with them when Mr. Gardner has a business opportunity that takes them to France.

They meet at a Ball being held for English citizens visiting Paris after the war by the English wife of an adviser to Napoleon. Just as they start to heal the damage done by their prior acquaintance, the treaty is broken and they must flee France.

From here, the story unfolds with occasional visits to the timeline of the original with excellent results.

As usual, Stevie Zimmerman is simply perfect. I’ve said this before, but she improves the story with the way she brings characters to life, even to the point that she makes even mediocre stories better. Give her an excellent story like this one and you have a winner.

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The back half stalled for me

I liked it, then ODC returned to England and it crashed for me.... The secret keeping became absolutely implausible after a point. I ended up skipping chapters because my level of frustration was through the ceiling. I love Stevie Zimmerman as a narrato. I still love Victoria Kincaid as an author. This story just pushed me too far in the end.

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First few chapters were great...

ODC got married close to the middle of the book but decided to keep it secret because of Lydia and Wickham. WHY? The reason is so stupid. I am writing the review during the process of concealing the marriage from her family. I'm not sure if I can finish this stupid story.

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charming and fabulous

The story is enchanting and Zimmerman's voice is always wonderful to listen to. I enjoyed this book immensely as I think any Darcy and Elizabeth fan will.

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Great alternative ending

I love the changes to the story. On the edge of my bed wanting to find out what would happen next. Lots more affection shone between them and that makes it way better!

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Secrets and love

Another adventure where Darcy and Elizabeth meet in circumstances which is different from Miss Austen’s original book. This adventure takes place in France, in the short peace time between the war between England and France in 1814 and before Waterloo and the 100-day war. Darcy helps Elizabeth out of France, and they end up falling in love.
Stevie Zimmerman made Darcy and Elizabeth come to life, and they feel like long lost friends by the end of the story, and Stevie made me fall in love with Darcy through the story, even if it is not something new, as Stevie has a wonderful way of making the characters come to life and make the readers/listener love the story even more.

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amazing !!

I loved this story !! I was on the edge of my seat every page. Different turns, new friends and a great story. Thank you.

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🤩 👍👍

I have re-read this ebook on my Kindle app several times. I have always enjoyed it. When I saw this book being released on Audible, I bought it without hesitation. This was doubly so because Stevie Zimmerman is one my favorite narrators when it comes to Regency and/or Victorian era stories.
I enjoyed this story once again and Ms Zimmerman brought the book to life.

I hope more books by Ms Victoria Kincaid are released on Audible soon.

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Great fun

I love all the books I read about a Pride and Prejudice people Victoria Kincaid is certainly a mistress of the genre.
I can’t wait to read another of her books.

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  • elisabeth jackson
  • 04-10-21

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Excellent plot although I hot a little frustrated in the middle by the secrets it became apparent for the plot why these occured.

It is romantic, amusing and exciting book and highly recommended.

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  • KJ
  • 10-28-20

I loved this!

I love Darcy and Elizabeth! It's the passionate relationship I always thought it would be!

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  • laura bingham
  • 09-17-19

Absolutely loved this.

It has stayed true to Jane Austen characters personalities and how she writes and the story is fantastic!