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In Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth Bennet unexpectedly met Mr. Darcy while visiting Pemberley. In this 'what if' story, Elizabeth Bennet and her relatives - Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner - are in London, ready to start their tour to the Lakes in June. During this time, Elizabeth's path crosses with Mr. Darcy's again. However, Mr. Darcy is not alone in London: besidesIn Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth Bennet unexpectedly met Mr. Darcy while visiting Pemberley. In this 'what if' story, Elizabeth Bennet and her relatives - Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner - are in London, ready to start their tour to the Lakes in June. During this time, Elizabeth's path crosses with Mr. Darcy's again. However, Mr. Darcy is not alone in London: besides his close family - Georgiana and Colonel Fitzwilliam - an old and dear friend has returned and claimed a well-deserved place in their lives. This is a story about hopes and desires, about losses and fears, about second chances and happiness....

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ISBN : 9781936009022
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Number of Pages : 456 Pages
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Remembrance Of The Past Reviews

  • Sheila Majczan
    2018-12-29 17:34

    This was a very long read, so - you got your money's worth. There are two parallel main romances going on which can confuse us and do confuse Elizabeth. Elizabeth turns into a blushing tongue-tied, head down onlooker, as she sees the interaction between Darcy and Lady Cassandra. But Darcy is also giving her the green light with his attentions...just what does he propose by that? There are several side romances also.Many other reviewers have set down the story line so pardon me if I jump from one segment to another.First of all: Lady Cassandra remains an enigma...even though we have our happy ending. The relationship between her and Col. Fitzwilliam (Oh, and I was jarred every time I read of him as "David" - somehow an earlier author dubbing him as "Richard" imprinted on my brain.) was so uneven. We learn very late in the story *spoiler* that both of them had a serious attraction back at the time of Lady Cassandra's coming out ball. Now - knowing the Colonel and getting to know Lady Cassandra, I find it hard to believe that they kept this all to themselves for so many years. I agree with others that Cassandra is like a "nice' Lady Catherine but "wow & ouch" she really knew how to step on toes and didn't give a cat's meow as she did so. But then she also misinterprets Col. Fitzwilliam's not coming over and demanding an answer to his proposal after a period of time and a rain storm. Sometimes she contradicted what seemed to be her character's outspoken frankness. And to take him into her bed and then basically snub him the next day??? This lady, obviously needs major therapy. Yes, she went through a lot but couldn't seem to settle on what fate would allow her even though she had the answer for everyone else. I was happy in the end with that couple and the epilogue telling up of their child.Elizabeth and Darcy: he had a lot more depth in this story, especially as we learn of his going to Lady Cassandra's aid and his actions with the villain in this story. I liked reading how he decided to take the second chance but was disappointed that early-on he didn't realize that Cassandra's place in his life could be misinterpreted by Elizabeth. The interruption in his planned second proposal gave us a bit of angst as events from the canon came into play.The development of the sexual relationship between ODC in this story was much more realistic (for me) than in so many other books. Elizabeth learns to enjoy the various parts gradually as her innocence is gone and her body adjusts. I hate it when virgins enjoy sex and all its aspects their first time in bed. (I think I need to go back and re-read "Everything You Wanted to Know about Sex and Were Afraid to Ask" from my college days - am I that ignorant of how things work? DON'T ANSWER THAT!) But then, too, I was at a point of just wanting to skim over those sections as there were so many. Visits back and forth between bedrooms for snuggles or to check in on how our patient is doing or to satisfy a hunger (as for David and Cassandra) just happened more than anyone could believe anywhere near realistic in that day and age. Lock Georgiana up or she is going to stumble on someone or another going into or out of a bedroom not their own.Bingley and Jane were nicely handled with Bingley realizing that he has to take blame if he doesn't make a decision based on his own observations and feelings. And, even though I basically hate Caroline, my heart went out to her in the hand fate dealt her. Additionally, as others have stated, really enjoyed Mr. Bennet responding to Lady Catwitch as he did! Right-on!Loved the Epilogue. Would recommend this book to anyone and everyone and will re-read in the future.I read this for a second time as I had won a paperback copy in the grand raffle prize for the blog tour of The Darcy Monologues.

  • Sheila Majczan
    2018-12-19 20:49

    This was a very long read, so - you got your money's worth. There are two parallel main romances going on which can confuse us and do confuse Elizabeth. Elizabeth turns into a blushing tongue-tied, head down onlooker, as she sees the interaction between Darcy and Lady Cassandra. But Darcy is also giving her the green light with his attentions...just what does he propose by that? There are several side romances also.Many other reviewers have set down the story line so pardon me if I jump from one segment to another.First of all: Lady Cassandra remains an enigma...even though we have our happy ending. The relationship between her and Col. Fitzwilliam (Oh, and I was jarred every time I read of him as "David" - somehow an earlier author dubbing him as "Richard" imprinted on my brain.) was so uneven. We learn very late in the story *spoiler* that both of them had a serious attraction back at the time of Lady Cassandra's coming out ball. Now - knowing the Colonel and getting to know Lady Cassandra, I find it hard to believe that they kept this all to themselves for so many years. I agree with others that Cassandra is like a "nice' Lady Catherine but "wow & ouch" she really knew how to step on toes and didn't give a cat's meow as she did so. But then she also misinterprets Col. Fitzwilliam's not coming over and demanding an answer to his proposal after a period of time and a rain storm. Sometimes she contradicted what seemed to be her character's outspoken frankness. And to take him into her bed and then basically snub him the next day??? This lady, obviously needs major therapy. Yes, she went through a lot but couldn't seem to settle on what fate would allow her even though she had the answer for everyone else. I was happy in the end with that couple and the epilogue telling up of their child.Elizabeth and Darcy: he had a lot more depth in this story, especially as we learn of his going to Lady Cassandra's aid and his actions with the villain in this story. I liked reading how he decided to take the second chance but was disappointed that early-on he didn't realize that Cassandra's place in his life could be misinterpreted by Elizabeth. The interruption in his planned second proposal gave us a bit of angst as events from the canon came into play.The development of the sexual relationship between ODC in this story was much more realistic (for me) than in so many other books. Elizabeth learns to enjoy the various parts gradually as her innocence is gone and her body adjusts. I hate it when virgins enjoy sex and all its aspects their first time in bed. (I think I need to go back and re-read "Everything You Wanted to Know about Sex and Were Afraid to Ask" from my college days - am I that ignorant of how things work? DON'T ANSWER THAT!) But then, too, I was at a point of just wanting to skim over those sections as there were so many. Visits back and forth between bedrooms for snuggles or to check in on how our patient is doing or to satisfy a hunger (as for David and Cassandra) just happened more than anyone could believe anywhere near realistic in that day and age. Lock Georgiana up or she is going to stumble on someone or another going into or out of a bedroom not their own.Bingley and Jane were nicely handled with Bingley realizing that he has to take blame if he doesn't make a decision based on his own observations and feelings. And, even though I basically hate Caroline, my heart went out to her in the hand fate dealt her. Additionally, as others have stated, really enjoyed Mr. Bennet responding to Lady Catwitch as he did! Right-on!Loved the Epilogue. Would recommend this book to anyone and everyone and will re-read in the future.

  • Mary
    2019-01-10 19:41

    430 pages of utter romance,peppered with trials,tribulations,angst (that is thankfully soon resolved),fantastic,witty dialogue, not forgetting our happy ever after for Darcy and Lizzy....... Yes, such are the delights that await you,dear reader when you delve into this enchanting tale of second chances,shared walks,deep and meaningful stares........Needless to say I loved this book! How Ms Lilian thought of this plot is beyond me, the fact that she did and couched it in such beautiful language is a true measure of her gift as a storyteller!! Treat yourself to this book-you won't be disappointed. My sincere thanks to Ms Lilian for this gem!

  • Tamra
    2018-12-24 14:40

    Enjoyable but not one of my favorite JAFF stories. While I enjoyed the new character Lady Cassandra, the storyline was too long, the drama was too much at times. Could have been a great book if it was a little less wordy and dramatic.

  • Rita Deodato
    2018-12-24 20:45

    http://frompemberleytomilton.wordpre...Have you ever read the first paragraph of a book and knew in that instant you would love it?Well, that is what I felt with Lory Lilian’s Remembrance of the Past.In this book, Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy encounter each other at a park in London a couple of months after the Hunsford Proposal and when their paths cross, you know what happens: they will live happily ever after. But what we are interested in is the journey that takes them there, right?This journey couldn’t have been more endearing. Remembrance of the Past is a slow paced book that will show us how these characters can be perfect for one another, and how much they love each other. Lory Lilian’s words will give us plenty of pleasurable moments from the very beginning.We will see Mr. Darcy courting Elizabeth, we will see her struggle with her emotions trying to understand what her heart is telling her, we will see her fall in love with Mr. Darcy and, we’ll see her suffer from jealousy! I’ve mentioned several times that I love the “let’s torture Elizabeth club”, and even if Lory Lilian doesn’t torture Elizabeth in this book, she illustrates, at least for a time in the book, Elizabeth uncertain of Darcy’s affection and even jealous! I don’t know about you, but for me, a jealous Elizabeth is one of the secret ingredients to make me love a book:)One of the curious things about this book is its structure, which is not very frequent. Many books concentrate on the angst at an earlier stage and happiness in the end, but not this one. Remembrance of the Past will give us plenty of romantic and endearing moments that will lead us to believe everything is ready for our couple to be happily ever after. Then, something happens, and the angst begins. For me this structure was very interesting because it allowed me to see Darcy and Elizabeth happy in the beginning of the book and once more in the end of it. It is as if Lory Lillian decided to present us with a double pleasure:)I loved both Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy in this book, but one of the things I liked the most was Darcy’s sense of honor. I won’t say much about it because I don’t want to spoil the entire plot of the book, but let’s just say Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy have a difference of opinion in this matter, and I am definitely team Darcy on this one! I’m glad the author portrayed Darcy this way. His sense of honor towards the end of the book was something I particularly found very romantic.The author also introduced us to a new character that will be essential to the plot, and who kept me very curious until the very end: Lady Cassandra. I had mixed feelings towards her, but just like Mr. Darcy, I believe she improves upon further acquaintance. At a time I even though more about her and her story than Elizabeth’s, which is something hard to happen. Her life story is incredible and she will be essential to the happiness of one of my favorite characters in the entire book:) But I will not say much more, because if I continue on this road, I might spoil some of my favorite parts in the book.But not everything is a sea of roses. We will see some old and some new villains, and Caroline Bingley will be just as annoying as ever. I felt her fate was well deserved and Lory Lilian was kinder to her in the end of the book than I would have been.Remembrance of the Past is a book that takes us into a long, fascinating and loving journey through the lives of our beloved characters, but also into the lives of additional ones. For me this was a plus because we are not only focused on Darcy and Elizabeth. At a certain point, we shift our interest to the fates of other characters which made the book very rich. It gave me a lot of pleasure to read this book, and I am now looking forward to read Rainy Days:)

  • Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
    2019-01-12 14:42

    What if Elizabeth encountered Darcy in London before she left on her tour with the Gardiners? What if Darcy invited Elizabeth and her family to Pemberley as his guests? What if there was another important woman in Darcy's life that many expected him to marry?When Elizabeth re-encounters Mr. Darcy in the company of Mrs. Gardiner, Georgiana, and Colonel Fitzwilliam, she is sent into a spiral of confusion and turmoil. Seeing Darcy again, observing his easy and amiable manner, witnessing his intense gazes – she doesn't know what to make of it all! Why is Mr. Darcy so altered? How badly has she misjudged him? Just as Elizabeth starts to acknowledge that she finds Darcy's company pleasant and desirable, she is introduced to the celebrated and stunning, Lady Cassandra, who just happens to be the Darcys' oldest childhood friend. Outspoken, daring, and independent, Lady Cassandra and her intimate relationship with the Darcys causes a lot of consternation for Elizabeth, yet in the end helps her discover the leadings of her own heart...To continue reading, go to: http://janeaustenreviews.blogspot.com...

  • Nicole
    2018-12-25 15:40

    Lory Lilian introduces what has to be my favourite female character that was not originally created by Jane Austen, Lady Cassandra, in Remembrance of the Past. (Favourite original male character is Sharon Lathan's Dr. Darcy). Lady Cassandra is the perfect match, in very different ways, to the three main characters: Mr. Darcy, Elizabeth, and Colonel Fitzwilliam. I cannot say more without spoiling some plot points, but that I absolutely loved this book!

  • Brittany
    2019-01-07 13:40

    Ms. Lilian is a very verbose writer, that's for sure. This variation takes a look at what would happen if Elizabeth and Darcy met again a few months after Darcy's disastrous first proposal, in London, prior to her trip to Derbyshire. What if Darcy appeared to have another young lady attached to him at this point....right at the point that Elizabeth feels her heart change for him?What I liked: I liked Lady Cassandra for the most part. She was an interesting and somewhat complex compared to most of the other characters in P&P. I liked her story arch overall and how everything plays out. I also liked the character Lord Markham (okay I didn't like him per se, I thought he was a good villain!) I also think they gave Caroline's character an interesting twist. As always, I think Darcy's devotion to Elizabeth is heartwarming. I like that she skips a few months - a year ahead towards the end before the epilogue even begins, just so we can get more information about their futures.What I did NOT like: Although there were some very exciting scenes, packed full of interesting events, much of the book was wordy, and not altogether useful to the plot or story whatsoever. This is a long book, and although I enjoy long books, I also feel there needs to be a reason for their length. So much of this could have been cut out easily. I've read other Lory Lilian books, and I have come to the same conclusion. It's just her style, but I find myself wanting to skip whole pages. There are a few parts where I am annoyed with Darcy, and that's not good! At one point I was annoyed with all the men in the book! I hate that they were like "it's men's business". Ugh! Yeah...that might be what they actually would have said, but it was rude, and I wouldn't have accepted it as easily as they did...although they were still angry. I feel like they weren't angry enough! lol. Also in the end when Darcy becomes whiney that Elizabeth doesn't give him enough attention...that is not Mr. Darcy...Overall I enjoyed the book, but I don't think I'll pick it up again. I liked Lady Cassandra and I liked Markham's story, but it's not enough to get me to read this tome a second time. lol.

  • Sophia
    2019-01-11 21:30

    This book is a P&P 'what if' and takes the premise of what-if Darcy and Lizzy meet up sooner than later after his disastrous proposal at Hunsford. And what-if new a new main character is tossed into the mix with a few mysteries attached to her.Though the book shifts points of views so you are not stuck with just one person's thoughts, it truly is Darcy's story. He makes a decision the day he sees Lizzy in the London park and what follows is based on that.It is almost as if someone has hit the reset button and given them a 'do over' chance. This story is what they do with it.This is not for you if you are a P&P purist and it is heavy on the Romance, but has some good, active conflict (Wickham's back and badder than ever).With that being understood, I can recommend it.

  • Katrin
    2019-01-10 14:29

    I have read and enjoyed all of Lori Lillians books so far and this is no exception. A very interesting alternative to P&P!One of my favourite characters is Lady Cassandra, what an interesting, beautiful original character. I'm looking forward to reading more austenesque from Lori Lillian.

  • Katherine
    2019-01-09 17:40

    I loved the storyline of how Lizzy bumps into Darcy in London before her trip to the Lakes with her aunt and uncle. There is obviously a lot of akwardness there but to see Lizzy's feelings transform as you read of her perceived jealousy (Lady Cassandra and Darcy) is highly entertaining. I have to agree with other reviews that I've read - a classic Jane Austen novel written for that era should not be explicit in sex scenes and certainly not before marriage (and I'm not talking Darcy and Lizzy here). I agree complety with Alexa Adams who said "steamy aspects aside, the book's scenario allows the romance to unfold with a satisfying rapidity, though an understanding between our heroes does not come easy..It was a fun read, much better written than some of the other novels of this kind, but I would have enjoyed it more if everyone had kept their stockings on." Well said Alexa!

  • Christiann
    2018-12-25 19:49

    I love these "what if" Jane Austen variations, but if this had been any other historical fiction, I wouldn't have bothered. The story was interesting, but it may not have been worth enduring the rambling dialog and lengthy scenes that did little to advance the plot. In this niche JAFF subgenre I'm ridiculously hooked on, this long winded novel is not a favorite.

  • Madenna U
    2019-01-06 17:27

    Elizabeth and Darcy, the same but different as with any variation, but this one adds a new character in the mix. She acted as the voice of reason/conscience type mirror for everyone except herself. I enjoyed this one.

  • Anna Fitzwilliam
    2019-01-15 19:43

    I'm giving 3 stars, because I really enjoyed the first part of the book. I like this author and I like how passionate are her characters.However, I don't enjoy much when the second characters have too much space and the book has so many sub-plots going on that I kinda lost my interest.

  • Alexa Adams
    2019-01-02 19:50

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  • Frances Evêque
    2018-12-31 20:30

    A P&P variation with a darker plot line than most - this was VERY well written and the characters extremely well developed. I would warn anyone purchasing this book that it is not for the faint-hearted, with themes of abuse, justice, morality, and death. However, that does not mean that I wouldn't highly recommend it. The thought processes of each character were fantastic - very relatable, conflicted, and yet at their conclusion entirely believable. I was thoroughly intrigued by the storyline, which twisted and turned in directions I hadn't anticipated. This as also a book that left me awake at night, contemplating some of its issues. The author had a fantastic talent of making you feel as though you were each character thrust into each (at times, horrifying) situation, and due to her raw, authentic and astounding expression, my own conscience began to feel it was under siege instead of just a character's. I found I would go through hours contemplating the characters' decisions, feeling the weight of them as though they were my own. I very much praise the author - she has written a powerful piece, of which I was unsuspecting when I first picked it up, but do not at all regret. I recommend this book, not just to those who are fans of P&P, but also to those who are interested in character analysis, philosophy, or moral debates.

  • James Strickland
    2019-01-02 16:31

    I love this bookI have no new insights for you, dear reader. So many of the older reviews have said most of all that can be said.I will say that is in my top 5 most loved P&P variations.I love that no one is perfect and no one is totally bad except a couple of characters and they may have mental health problems.I love that ODC first argument after marrying is so very important, is treated with importance and each of them are willing to compromise and see their partner’s viewpoint.I love how supportive the characters were of each other.I love thar Georgiana was able to chastise Cassandra and was totally right and was the only one who saw the wrongness of Cassandra’s attitude.My only wish is that my favorite ladies who are so dead set against dueling could see how unsafe they would have been if the duel had not happened.Enjoy reading this marvelous book.

  • Jessica
    2018-12-18 21:37

    This was such a loooong read. Which usually I don’t mind but it felt like it dragged in some places but also like there were way too many events/storylines crammed into one book. I could easily have seen this book being split into two.

  • Tracey Brown
    2019-01-09 16:32

    4starsI really enjoyed this take on Jane Austen's classic, I Actually felt a little sorry for Caroline Bingley even though she was not very likeable.I find this author has a way of writing these variations i find very easy to get caught up in.A very enjoyable read.

  • Jane Summer
    2018-12-16 20:24

    Not as good as Man with Faults from plot perspective. The new character, Cassandra, felt a little unrealistic at times. But very emotional intimate scenes, written pretty well.

  • Beth
    2019-01-08 19:29

    A "What If" P&P retelling, with a coda and some extras thrown in. Two months after his first disaster of a proposal, Darcy, Col. Fitzwilliam and Georgiana bump in to Lizzie and Mrs. Gardiner in Hyde Park. This would be about a month before Elizabeth and the Gardiners go on their tour of the Peak District. It's a clever scenairo, and is very well done. I was so in love with this story and the writing and was already wondering how I could have found two excellent fan-based P&P books back to back. I began to like it so much that I started thinking of it as "Alternate Universe Pride & Prejudice", which goes to show how much of a nerd I am, and that I probably watch too much Fringe, but whatever...Joshua Jackson is hot now so it's all good.In the first chapter, we can already see that Mr. D has forgiven Lizzie and is trying to soften her opinion of him. Her reaction goes along swimmingly with the original book, though there is a bit of a monkey wrench in the form of a new character, Lady Cassandra. She's a close personal friend of both Mr. and Miss D and Elizabeth finds herself confused and even mortified when she realizes that she's jealous of Cassandra. I have to say, I'm usually not overly thrilled with new characters, but I did rather like this one. She's sort of a younger, hotter, funnier Lady Catherine. There is also a new character by way of a villain, and it's not Wickham! (Though that guy is pretty much the same) We also get glimpses into the narratives of some of the characters that are always on the sidelines in P&P. There is a good deal of time spent of Colonel Fitzwilliam (who I am now officially labeling a Dreamboat), and some of the story we get through the eyes of Bingley, Caroline, Mr. Bennett and even Jane! I also have to note that this is the least annoying version of Georgiana I've read since the original. A lot of these books make her overly sweet or crying every 2 seconds (though she does cry more than once in this book I let it go because she's SIXTEEN).After a fortnight of bumping in to each other at the theater and making calls between Grosvenor and Gracechurch Streets, Darcy invites the Gardiners (but mostly Elizabeth) to visit Pemberly during their stay in Derbyshire. Some serious wooing takes place at Pemberly, and Elizabeth and Darcy find themselves in one awkward situation after another. And by Awkward, I mean "hot". A lot of small bits and pieces get moved around but the story flows so well I honestly never minded. We go through the whole Wickham/Lydia debacle, but this time Lady Cassandra and Col. Fitzwillaim lend a hand as well, the former scaring the crap out of Wickham and making me laugh with delight. After the return to Longbourn and a very awkward conversation with Mr. Bennett (who is far more observant that Darcy ever gave him credit for) everything seems peachy for (almost) everyone involved.And Then...When I read these books, and the second proposal and/or wedding happens only in the middle, I've learned to be seriously skeptical at what else the author has to offer. No one of course can match Austen's wit or style, and a lot of the books seem to suffer from the lack of source material. I won't say that's what happened in the second half of this book, it was still a compelling read and a good story, it just became a completely different story. It became a total Romance Novel.For one, it had "the Sex", and that wasn't too badly done. In fact the first instance of "the sex" in this book was actually pretty steamy , and it wasn't Lizzie & Darcy, though there was plenty enough of that later. My philosophy when it comes to Sex with these P&P books is "less is more", and this book just suddenly became a bodice-ripper, albeit a very entertaining one. I really think the author should have split this in to two volumes, or two completely separate books. There was more villain action, another love story besides the Darcys, and some frustrating moments where I was ready for the pace of the story to pick up a bit. The very last chapter was very sweet and rewarding and should have capped off the first half of the book and left out the rest (or consigned the rest to a separate book). If it had, it would have gotten 9 & 1/2 or even 10 out of 10 stars, but as it is it sits at a strong 8.One more thing, and this is just a peeve I have....whenever the subject of Sex would come up between ANY of the characters, they all referred to it as "...you know." At first it was cute. But after a while I was just wishing she had slipped in a mention of "dirty monkey sex", just to liven things up a bit.

  • Beth
    2019-01-03 19:28

    GoodIn this adaptation amazingly Wickham isn't the worst scoundrel in the Hertfordshire area. In the story Lizzie and Darcy go through the same events as in the original but other characters are introduced with the effect of changing things around. This story goes further into the times after the weddings and we get an idea of what life is like for the couple and their families.

  • Warmisunqu Austen
    2019-01-14 20:47

    -------------------| Blog | Facebook | Twitter |-------------------4.5 Austen.Personajes nuevos con mucho protagonismo Una variación que lo tiene todo: mucho romanticismo sobre todo, picardía, humor, sarcarmo y una buena dosis de aventura. Es una de estas historias que puedes leerla de tiempo en tiempo y siempre te vuelve a atrapar. No puedo determinar qué variación es más romántica, si la de KaraLynne Mackrory o la de esta autora, ambas son muy acertadas en la fluidez de la narrativa.Desde el principio, Lilian arranca con un encuentro entre Darcy y Elizabeth mostrando un abanico de interacciones que son un deleite a la lectura.Muy acertado en definir un personaje como Lady Cassandra, creando muchos momentos muy variopintos de tristeza, pena, alegría, ternura, amor, sacrificio, valentía, testarudez, etc.El libro nos seduce desde el principio y va siguiendo la líneas generales del original pero con sus propios ajustes de la variación y los nuevos personajes, sobre todo uno de ellos: una heroína con todas sus ventajas pero también carencias que va superando con la ayuda de sus amigos.El ritmo es delirante porque te lleva del romanticismo más puro a la acción, con muchas dosis de angustia pero todo muy bien atado y encajado sin forzar ninguna actuación.Con una trama interesante y los nuevos personajes muy bien definidos permite disfrutar de esta variación que va cambiando a una ruta alternativa.Hay cierta fantasía en los sueños y deseos de algunos personajes y mucha química sobre todo en las escenas de sexo que empezó muy poco a poco y luego fueron más explícitas y con la profundidad de sentimientos bastante real. Tratando el tema de las primeras relaciones sexuales con mucho realismo. La mitad del libro va siguiendo la historia original hasta que entra en juego otro personaje que es un villano con dinero que lo hace ser más ruin en cometer y salir airoso de sus fechorías y justo su aparición genera gran angustia, es interesante cómo la autora introduce este giro incrementando fuerza a la historia.Pensando en el título del libro, la aparición de los dos principales personajes y su protagonismo tiene mucho sentido, el pasado que une a ambos repercute en sus personalidades, y su influencia en los personajes ya conocidos por la obra "Orgullo y Prejuicio" de Jane Austen. Lilian mantiene la esencia de sus carácteres y va ajustando esta variación con sentido.Realmente es un placer ver a una Lizzy aún más decidida, segura e impertinente en Lady Cassandra, el dinero y sobre todo las vivencias da forma a este personaje. Y ver a un Wickham más despiadado con dinero en Lord Markham. Y es como una lucha de poderes o de titanes que hace más intensa la historia.Un historia muy divertida de principio a fin, lo tiene todo romance, intriga, acción, misterio, ironía, con textos originales muy cautivantes para el lector.Es una de estas historias que perduran en nuestra memoria y con un mensaje: a pesar de la época, no importa el pasado, cuando la intensidad de los sentimientos verdaderos permiten una segunda oportunidad para alcanzar la felicidad.

  • Laura
    2019-01-01 15:38

    This book was excellent! I have always been crazy about the story of Darcy and Elizabeth but only recently started reading Pride and Prejudice fan fiction. So while I am by no means a Pride and Prejudice fan fiction expert, of the 5 or so that I have read, this is so far my favorite! I literally could not put it down! The author magnificently captured the love between Elizabeth and Darcy while also digging deeper into the relationships of many of the other beloved Pride and Prejudice characters. I especially loved the colonel. He was enjoyable and brought out another side to Darcy that made him even more lovable (post horrible proposal number 1, if that is possible). I also really liked the introduction of a new character, Lady Cassandra. Her whit and lack of concern for the approval of the ton made her a refreshing addition to the book. Some of the lower ratings cited the use of stolen inappropriate moments between Darcy and Elizabeth and also the addition of quite a few steamy sex scenes as a disappointing turn from the original style of Jane Austen. I completely disagree here. I felt it was like finally getting to the climax of their relationship... pun intended. While I have enjoyed reading Pride and Prejudice books that stay in the spirit of the amazing Jane Austen, every now and then I wish they would just jump each other. These scenes are reserved for the end, but they are wickedly steamy and a testament to the love between Darcy and his Elizabeth. A must read! Update... now that I am more of a seasoned P&P fanfiction reader this book is still in my top ten! I have reread it several times and love it every time. I will say one thing I did notice that drove me nuts was the amount of times Elizabeth blushed in this book but it didn't affect the quality of the story so it does not change my rating.

  • Sverre
    2018-12-25 20:30

    Here is a hefty read--450 large pages in small print--which story could have been covered in half the space. Lory Lilian starts her book two months after Elizabeth Bennet's marriage refusal to Mr. Darcy's proposal at Hunsford. Without deviating too much from the outcome of Austen's original plot, Lilian zigs and zags and embroiders the interval up to and beyond the second proposal with some verbal adroitness fairly true to the time period (except for the thrice used antigramamatical "off of"). She injects three major new characters, playing major roles, into the story, which adds significant substance to her work.The superficial banter, the mock teasing, the repetitive guilt ridden apologies, the crimson-cheeked embarrassments, the farcical formalities, the obsessive infatuations (akin to hero worship) are all here, sometimes to the level of tedious ennui. Despite their excessive talk, I was struck by the characters never expressing any opinions or concerns about political, religious or socially conscientious subjects. It is as if the story takes place in the vacuum of the socially pampered and privileged and the world around them is insignificant. So, this is as far removed from Charles Dickens or Elizabeth Gatskell's writings as possible. But that is probably how Austen fans like it: vacuous prattle? It can be entertaining but Lory Lilian makes it excessive. Another aspect of this book which I found excessive, and far removed from the Austen ethos, was the erotica.This is a modern takeoff from the staid and classical Jane Austen we love and adore. It does have its valid moments of conflict, anguish, drama and elevated joy which rescue Lilian's work from being just a sham imitation of Austen's great literary heritage. It does have some redeeming qualities.

  • Susanne
    2019-01-03 18:33

    This was one of the best Austen variations I've read; I could barely put it down, and it's a loooooong book (Happy sigh--I love long books!). There is an OC (original character) in this novel, Lady Cassandra, a childhood friend of Darcy and his cousin Colonel Fitzwilliam, who has led a difficult life and now returns to society. This novel picks up several months after Darcy's failed proposal at Hunsford when Darcy, Georgiana, Colonel Fitzwilliam, and Lady Cassandra spot Elizabeth with her Aunt Gardiner in Hyde Park. Georgiana and Elizabeth quickly become fast friends, but Lady Cassandra is a little harder to warm up to...at first. London gossip has invented a romance between Lady Cassandra and Mr. Darcy, so Elizabeth treads carefully as her relationship with Mr. Darcy is renewed. But soon the outspoken Lady Cassandra and Elizabeth also become friends, united against the cruelty of Caroline Bingley who is unhappy to see "Miss Eliza" again and does everything in her power to dissuade Darcy from considering the "upstart country miss." The novel takes many twists and turns as Elizabeth and the Gardiners travel to Pemberley where Elizabeth and Darcy come to know each other better. Lord Markham shows considerable interest in Elizabeth, against her will, and his profligate ways and mysterious past with Lady Cassandra bring much turmoil to Elizabeth and the ones she loves. This is one novel that I plan to go back and re-read; it's so rich and complex, exciting and wonderful. If I could give a 4 1/2, I would! Now to go read more books by this amazing author....

  • Eliza Baum
    2018-12-24 13:37

    This was a nice, well-written story, and I enjoyed it a great deal. It was longer than I expected, to the point that it almost felt like multiple stories that were welded together--though not in a discordant way. It almost felt like a book and its immediate sequel that simply hadn't been separated. Just as I thought the story was wrapping up, I'd look down and see that I was only at 40%...or 50%...or 60%. There were so many major conflicts that I kept expecting to be annoyed. I kept expecting the silly misunderstandings to start and drag on just to add to the word count. But they didn't. I think I was most impressed that the conflicts felt like those happening between reasonable, intelligent, clever adults.Lady Cassandra was nice. I wasn't entirely expecting to like her as much as I did. Colonel Fitzwilliam is always a favorite, and I enjoyed him here, too. Georgiana was handled equally well, and so was Mr. Bennet. In short, all of my favorite secondary characters got the treatment they deserved. Also, I appreciate that someone managed to write a solid variation where Wickham and Lydia actually factored in very little. It was refreshing in a way I hadn't expected.Overall, highly recommended. I only deducted a star because I'd prefer a slightly edited down version. It could have had a few less conflicts and been a tighter book--and also easier to add to the reread list without serious time commitment!

  • Jeanah
    2018-12-29 20:40

    FANTASTIC!!! Definitely a great read. I have read over 25 different P&P "what if" and "continued" stories and this one I enjoyed far more than ANY of the others. I love Lilian's storytelling. I truly enjoyed "Rainy Days", but "Remembrance of the Past" is far better. It had all that I wanted and was missing in one way or another in the other stories I have previously read. I hate how most "what if" stories end at the wedding. Instead, in this novel, Lilian gives us both a "what if" and continues into the marriage. There is a strong plot underneath attached to each new character, intriging dialogue, which made me laugh, cry, blush and angry, and a passion, which left my romantic starved heart truly satisfied. Lilian does not dwell too long on the occurances which, no matter what, cannot be avoided (ie. Wickman/Lydia- YUCK), which I appreciate, but instead we are given far more detail of Darcy and Elizabeth's courtship, peaks at Jane and Bingley's romance and others. There are BRAND NEW obstacles for our hero and heroine to deal with.I KNOW I will be reading it again in the future. I cannot wait for the NEXT one Ms. Lilian. Wow!

  • Deb
    2018-12-18 19:36

    After the author's Rainy Days Pride and Prejudice variation, I saw she had another so I downloaded it on Kindle and finished it this weekend. In this book, Elizabeth, runs into Darcy in Hyde Park, delayed on her Lakes tour with her aunt and uncle by a couple of weeks. Darcy makes a much better impression this time around and Elizabeth finds herself growing closer to him and Georgina. There are various side plots involving Colonel Fitzwilliam, and a couple of new characters. At first I didn't like the additions, but they grew on me. Still, I think Rainy Days won out over this book, but it kept me reading. Not for P & P traditionalists, but if you like different adaptations and don't mind a some passion, bedroom scenes and what would be drastic improprieties for the time, it's a fun read.

  • Prerna
    2018-12-31 13:45

    Having read over a dozen JAFF's in the recent past, I can safely say this is one of the best I've read. Lord Lilian introduces us to Lady Cassandra who turns out to be a powerful and pivotal character. She is the catalyst and often carries out the will of the reader. There were times in the book when I became more invested in her story that ODC's but the author does justice to all the characters she decides to dedicate her time to in the book. I would've given the book 4 stars had it not been for the extensive sexual content which i feel sometime detracts from the story. I would've also liked to hear more of Kitty and Mary. Having said that, the book is a great read from JAFF lovers


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