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Review: Love at Pemberley by Reina M. Williams

Ever wonder what happened to Georgiana, Kitty, Mary, Anne DeBurg, and Mariah Lucas after the pages of Pride and Prejudice ended? Ever wonder what kind of parents Darcy, Lizzy, Jane, and Bingley made? Then Love at Pemberley is the anthology for you. Told in four delightful short stories that link together, this book has everything you would want to know about the Pride and Prejudice ladies after Jane put down her quill.

Along with cameos from our favorites, you will also get to see the man each of these beauties ends up with. What kind of man can bring Georgiana out of her gloom? What kind of suitor can match with Mary?

I really enjoyed catching up with all these girls in this anthology. If you are into exploring the same sort of serenity you get from visiting old friends, this is the book for you. I really enjoyed Georgiana’s story the best, but Kitty, Anne, Mary, and Maria were fun, too. We get to meet Charles Bingley’s brother, Nathanael, and witness a return visit from Colonel Fitzwilliam.

I think the coolest thing about this anthology is that even though it is a group of stories all about Pemberley, the author captured each of the girl’s personalities so well in the individual stories, that you would have thought they were written by different people. I also liked meeting the new gentlemen who were not in Pride and Prejudice originally. And what a shock when Denny showed up at the end. He’s not a character I would have thought anyone would have written about.

This was a delightful continuation of one of the best love stories of all time, showing us that even their friends could have happily ever afters.

Review: Love Letters from Mr. Darcy by Dawn J. King

Love Letters from Mr. Darcy by Dawn J. King is a Pride and Prejudice variation that begins directly after the proposal scene when Darcy hands Elizabeth the letter to read. In this version, she doesn’t read it right away, but instead, they walk the gardens talking.

The Elizabeth in this book is slightly different from other Elizabeth’s we’ve seen. She can’t let issues fester and instead likes to face confrontation head on. She’d rather take a walk and talk it out rather than let months or even a day pass with a misunderstanding between her and another person.

The story takes place primarily at Rosings and the main characters besides our lovely couple are Lady Catherine, Anne De Bourgh, the Collins, and my favorite, Colonel Fitzwilliam.

Some of the highlights (and possible spoilers) are:

Lady Catherine actually blackmailing Darcy.

Darcy and Fitzwilliam’s fun cousin relationship.

The interesting take on the Collins’ relationship.

The story behind Anne’s health problems.

One of my favorite segments is when Anne, being motion sick in a carriage, throws up all over Darcy and Fitzwilliam’s boots. Elizabeth really puts her in her place when Anne asks her to wash her shoes. I love this feisty Elizabeth and her wisdom in all situations. Although she’s not the Elizabeth we’ve come to admire, she is a different sort of woman who still shares the fire of the Elizabeth we enjoy in the original book.

The love story and second proposal is all that we Janites would hope it to be and I love that Darcy writes her so many letters. A truly enjoyable book with some different ideas I really enjoyed exploring.

 

Review: The Unforgettable Mr. Darcy by Victoria Kincaid

The Unforgettable Mr. Darcy by Victoria Kincaid

Just finished reading this awesome Pride and Prejudice variation. From the first sentence of this book I knew it would be enjoyable. It picks up with Darcy and Bingley traveling to Longbourn to propose to their two favorite Bennett girls. The horrid first proposal has taken place and the letter has been read, but the trip to Pemberley with the Gardeners and the Wickham fiasco are yet to take place. I won’t be giving anything away to reveal what this book blurb says: When Darcy and Bingley arrive at Longbourn they discover Elizabeth has died in a ship explosion.

And man, here is where I fell in love with this book. The heartache Darcy feels when he finds out Elizabeth is gone and that there will be no chance for reconciliation is palpable. I actually started crying. Not only his heartache, but Janes, too. That Darcy—one of my most beloved characters—would be deprived of the best love story known to us, killed me.

But this revelation didn’t make me want to put the book down. It pushed me to find out what happened next. Darcy then sets off for France to avenge her death. Now, I did not read the blurb before reading the book and I’m glad because it gives away too much of the book for my liking. I urge you to read the book and not the blurb because the adventure Darcy sets up on is dangerous, exciting, and very fulfilling. It’s also best left a mystery, because this author expertly unfolds a story I adore.

I knew he would somehow find what he was looking for, but the how and the journey is delightful. This is one of those books you hate to stop reading. Real life becomes a burden, set against you continuing the story. This is now one of my favorite variations. Can’t wait to read other varitations from this author.

 

Movie Review: Love and Friendship

loveandfBeing a Jane Austen fan, I was really excited to see Love and Friendship, a film adaptation of the novel Lady Susan.

Lady Susan is a woman who has no qualms about her affair with a married man. She is selfish, rude, and controlling of her marriage-age daughter, but somehow in a charming way. She at first hitches her daughter to a silly man who rivals Mr. Collins in unnecessary speech. The young buck in this tale is Reginald DeCourcy, a man with wealth and title who falls for Lady Susan’s guise as the misunderstood widow.

The first thing that struck me while I watched was how the director used the opening to showcase a very unlikely technique reminiscent of the early age of film. With plain black background and wavy yellow font, I wondered if the film would be shot in silent. The introduction of characters was also shot in this fashion. I wasn’t sure if I liked this or if it made the film disjointed for me. The technique did add to the comedic fashion the film followed, but I am still undecided if I like it in a film so different in period.

There is no doubt that the entire movie carried Jane’s wit and sense of humor. Several of the sarcastic lines of Lady Susan’s are my all-time favorites of any of Jane’s books.

About a suitor,

“He’s too old to be governable, too young to die.”

About Alicia Johnson’s husband recovering from a gout attack when she wished he had perished,
“May Mr. Johnson’s next gouty attack end more favorably.”

love and f2Tom Bennett as Sir James Martin is the extra comedy relief and plays a nincompoop rather well. Along with Lady Susan’s sarcastic attitude, these two bring about a real sense of farce to the whole movie, which I rather enjoyed.

Sets, houses, and costuming in the movie were exquisite, especially for Kate Beckinsale who played Lady Susan. The reds and purples of Kate’s clothes were so vibrant and always made her the center of attention. However, I found the men’s breeches lacked proper tailoring. At first I thought it was just on the older men, but even the young buck DeCourcy’s outfits were in serious need of a crotch tailor.

kbeckThe almost unrecognizable Beckinsale (I’ll admit to only knowing her tough Underworld character) gave an outstanding performance playing a woman who was believable and dangerous. As for the other characters, I am not sure I liked them or not. The story in a whole is charming and funny but does not have the same happy resolution of Jane’s other works. When I say happy, I do not mean joyous, for of course there was a marriage at the end. I mean the story did not seem to mesh as well as her other works. In fact, it does not even hold the complexity of her other works. It’s as if someone said, “Jane, could you write a comedy without a proper ending, leaving out scenes here and there with no real resolution?” Perhaps this is why she did not publish it while she was alive. Perhaps she knew it needed something to make it complete?

So, as a Jane fan, I did enjoy seeing this missing piece from her, and I will most likely buy it on DVD, but it will only stand as part of a collection I love. This has inspired me, however, to re-read Lady Susan and see where (if any) mistakes or improvements were made.

Did you see Love and Friendship? What did you think? Please comment below.

Review: Dancing with Mr. Darcy, Anthology

dancing-with-mr-darcyAs a Jane Austen fan, sometimes you want to read the classics, and sometimes you want to read a new variation. Other times, you just want to sit around and geek out with your friends on your favorite parts and what might happen if you stepped into the novels. Well, if you’re in your geek-out mode, I have the book for you. Dancing with Mr. Darcy is an anthology that includes twenty stories inspired by Jane and Chawton House. Now, these are not variations per se. They are more about Jane or the fans themselves and how her stories effected them.

One of my favorite shorts is the very first one called “Jane Austen Over the Styx” by Victoria Owens, where all of the older women in Jane’s books try to prosecute her for portraying them in a bad light. It’s pretty funny to see Mrs. Bennett, Lady Catherine, Mrs. Ferrars, Mrs. Churchhill, Lady Russell, and Mrs. Norris call Jane out on her unfair ageism.

“…charge: namely that you, Jane Austen between the years 1775 and 1817 did maliciously undercut the respect due for youth to age, in that when you created female characters of advanced years, you willfully portrayed every one of them as a snob, a scold, or a harpy who selfishly or manipulatively interferes with the happiness of an innocent third party.”

To see how she pleads and the hilarious evidence that is brought up against her, you must read the story. Trust me, it’s worth it.

Another story I enjoyed was “Eight Years Later” by Elaine Grotefeld, a modern love story told from a gentleman’s perspective. Chris is a guy who started reading Austen (especially Persuasion) as a child and sees his soulmate at a coffee shop one day, reading his favorite book. They can’t connect then, but years later, he proposes a meet up at Jane’s Chawton House. Will she show? Will she stand him up?

This book is full of little snapshots of Austen fans and is a delightfully different take on all the Austen fandom that we see in books these days. In the tradition of Jane Austen Book Club and Austenland, this little collection was a great break from my usual variation obsession.

The Great Elizabeth Aston

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Elizabeth Aston 1948-2016

I was saddened to hear recently that one of my favorite writers, Elizabeth Aston (Edmondson), passed away. According to her website:

“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Elizabeth, who died on the evening of Monday, 11th January, following a short battle with cancer. She was 67. Elizabeth was the author of over thirty novels, in genres including historical, detective, romantic comedy, women’s fiction and children’s fantasy.” ~ elizabethedmondson.com

When I met with my good friend, Karysa Faire, at our weekly get together last week, she dropped the bombshell. It wasn’t her fault, she had no idea what a big impact Elizabeth had made on me. Karysa was actually talking about a friend of hers dealing with grief and how her friend who passed was a woman named Elizabeth Edmoundson, who wrote Jane Austen fiction. At first, my mind went searching for the name and I was relieved because I knew Elizabeth’s last name was Aston, the name Edmondson didn’t ring a bell. But as we talked, the realization that Elizabeth was MY Elizabeth creeped over my shoulders like a ghostly draft.

0229160833b-1I say MY Elizabeth, but we did not know each other. I’d never sent her an email or connected with her for an interview. In fact, I’d become a fan of her writing so long ago, before Facebook, before Kindle, before I started writing professionally. I’d never even seen her photo before researching for this post. So, to call her MY Elizabeth is pretty pretentious, but she was MY Elizabeth just as Lizzy and Darcy are OUR Lizzy and Darcy.

DarcysdaughtersAlthough Elizabeth never knew me, she touched me in that way a great author can. Her books reached inside my soul and wrapped me up in Austen situations. I read the print books and have the worn and bent covers to prove it! Elizabeth was the first person I read after my great love affair with Jane Austen’s writing found me at the end of her reading list. I was Austen crazed, had to have more, and finding I’d read everything she’d written, searched online for something more. At first I was cautious about reading someone else’s take on OUR most beloved Austen stories, but Elizabeth Aston calmed my fears by writing like Jane. She knew the characters as well as I did. She understood my need for continuation without spoiling the original plots. She got me.
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So, although Elizabeth never knew me, she answered a longing I had at a time when I needed it badly. She was my answer to the dream that Austen’s works continued and a gateway drug to all the other variations and continuations I’ve read since.

Thank you Elizabeth for writing such great books and for opening the world of Austen knock-offs to me, an obsession that has now spanned over 15 years. You will be missed.

If you haven’t read Elizabeth’s work, be sure and check them out. Go to her website at: elizabethedmondson.com/elizabeth-aston-titles/, or search Amazon.

 

 

Winner of Inspired by Grace by Jeanna Ellsworth

I’m happy to announce the winner of the
Inspired by Grace eBook is:

Carly Kane!

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If you did not win, I encourage you to pick up the Kindle or print version now at Amazon.com Inspired by Grace by Jeanna Ellsworth is a lovelytale of two old friends who’ve loved each other for so long, no one else can compare.

Stay tuned to this blog for more Regency giveaways, reviews, and news of my upcoming book, Lord Harrington’s Lost Doe.

 

Top 5 Period Romance Movie Moments You Might Have Missed

emmzAs a romance reader, it’s no doubt you’ve also enjoyed your share of romantic movies. What a wonderful feeling when you discover a rendition of one of your favorite novels that you didn’t know about. True, the actor can never match the Adonis in your head, but still, we watch with bated breath to see if our favorite part was included in the script or unceremoniously left on the cutting room floor.

If you are a Regency romance lover (you know the Lords and Ladies who wore top hats, carried reticules, and went fox hunting circa early 1800’s) then undoubtedly you’ve memorized the lines of the most popular books-turned-movies like Pride and Prejudice and Emma. You might even extend your love to Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, and Nicholas Nickelby from time to time.

I have to admit, I’m just as much of a period romance geek as the next. The memorable phrases still cause a pleasant ripple to run up my spine.

“You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.” ~ Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice

“I rode through the rain! I’d ride through worse than that if I could just hear your voice telling me that I might, at least, have some chance to win you.” ~Mr. Knightley in Emma

We all know these, but what about those you haven’t encountered yet? I wanted to share five movie moments you might not be aware of. If you have a romance you think I might enjoy that is not listed here, please comment and let me know. I am in just as much need of sustenance as the next romance enthusiast. Beware, these little blurbs will contain spoilers, so if you’re the kind of person who likes to be surprised, I beg you, watch the movies first.

5. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell (1999 BBC)

wivesanddElizabeth’s books tend to be about more than the essential love affair. There is often hardship, death, and a clashing of classes. She seemed to want to stand on a soapbox with her novels and yell, “This is how the world is and here is how you should act!” I find her voice so upstanding, righteous, and modern. I mean this all in a good way. She had compassion for those who had hard lives and was (like Jane Austen) the daughter of a minister.

Much of Wives and Daughters is spent with Molly caring for anyone and everyone who needs caring for. She is sent all over the country to those who need her most and she encounters much complaining and fussing over things but doesn’t complain or fuss herself. She falls in love with a man, but is overstepped by her step-sister who is involved in a secret scandal with another man. Not only is this book about intolerance and bigotry, it is also a lesson about gossip and what damage it can cause.

True, the trek to get to this beautiful scene is long and the payoff might not be worth it for some, but when Molly’s man finally falls for her, the connection scene is so great, it outweighs the time she’s spent waiting for him. Much like Persuasion, she has waited while he’s gone overseas and grown into a man who can appreciate her.

The special scene starts when Molly sees Rodger Hamley out of the window. He is going back to Africa and she will not see him for two years. He is standing outside of her home in the rain, waving. He’s not allowed to come up because Molly’s father (the doctor) has barred him visiting her because of a fever in his household that she could possibly catch. He waves one last time and walks away. Molly, caught up in the fear of losing him, runs through the rain to catch him at the carriage house. The carriage pulls away and she knows that she will be waiting yet another two years for him. But from the other side of the courtyard, he calls to her.

“I couldn’t go.”

She runs toward him, but they stand a few yards apart, fearful of the fever and dad’s wrath if she should catch it. They are both being drenched by rain as he asks,

“Molly, dear Molly. Will you be my wife?”

“Yes, yes I will.”

 

4. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen (2007 BBC)

naThis story is my favorite of Jane Austen’s, though it doesn’t get as much credit as the others. I love it because although it is a romance, it tells the story of a horror addict, which is dear to my heart. I am also in the midst of a Northanger Abbey modern rewrite, so I watch this movie at least twice a week. I’ve recently found it on YouTube and that version has more scenes than mine on DVD. I do recommend it.

Catherine is a simple country girl who hasn’t seen much in the way of danger or intrigue, but she’s read many novels on the subject. She is a gothic novel enthusiast and has many daydreams of romantic horror happening in her life.

She meets Mr. Tilney, who also enjoys novels and has a great sense of humor. His family welcomes her into their fold, but there is a terrible secret having to do with the death of their mother. Was his father (General Tilney) involved in the final demise of Mrs. Tilney? As Catherine begins to uncover the truth, she is unceremoniously thrown out of their home by General Tilney in the middle of the night. She finds her way home, ashamed of what she’s thought and how she’s acted.

Runner up moment is when they come back from riding horses in the rain. He tries to brush away some dirt on her face, but almost kisses her, until his sister opens the door.

“Look at the state of you!”

This is when I think, “You might have seen us in a better state if you’d just waited a few more minutes!”

Top moment is when Henry comes to tell her he’s left his father’s money behind him so he can marry her. Not only is it a great love proclamation, but also adds a hint of comedy in.

“I told him I felt myself bound to you, by honor, by affection, and by a love so strong that nothing he could do could deter me from…”

“What?”

“Before I go on, I should tell you, there’s a pretty good chance he’ll disinherit me.”

When he finally asks her to marry him, they kiss so passionately, they fall into the bushes.

3. The Glass Virgin by Catherine Cookson (BBC 1995)

glassvirginThis is one that flew under my radar at time of production because I wasn’t watching these sorts of movies in the 90’s. I recently watched this in its entirety on YouTube and it was such a happy little surprise for me. At two and a half hours, it doesn’t scream high-action, but the payoff is well worth it.

Annabella LaGrange is a little girl whose been brought up in a rich household but is suddenly plunged into poverty by unfortunate circumstances. The love interest in this isn’t the typical gentlemen in fancy dress, he is quite the opposite. As a man of limited means, he makes the most of his life and shows Annabella there are ways to survive, even if you aren’t given the best hand to play. Catherine Cookson tends to weave in darkness and distrust in everything she writes, so you may liken her more to a Bronte than and Austen. There are mean servants, evil deeds, a wicked father, prostitution, and death in The Glass Virgin, but I found it refreshing amongst all the oceans of cookie cutter period pieces we know today. These two go through so much in the course of the movie, by the end, you are cheering when they finally find their own kind of happiness.

There are so many moments in this feature to love like their first kiss and their long awaited wedding night, but my favorite lines are when Annabella says,

“But I thought you said you never wanted to leave here.”

“Ah, but now… if the Devil himself said he was takin’ you down to hell tonight, I’d say to him, ‘Not unless you take me too.’”

 

2. Daniel Deronda by George Eliot (2002 BBC)

dd2Daniel Deronda is a personal favorite of mine about a man who knows nothing of his heritage, yet finds his path by accident, or some would say fate. This story has personal meaning to me as my father’s side has never been revealed to me. I understand what Daniel is going through and the piece of himself that is lost because of no family connections on his mother’s side.

There are a couple of great scenes in this sweeping tale that is moving in more ways than one. It is a story about the love between father and son, son and mother, brother and sister, and between people of the same faith. It is also the story of a woman who seeks to gain riches by marriage and finds only heartache.

When Daniel finds Mirah in the lake, trying to commit suicide, your heart breaks for the sorrow which she has endured. Daniel, never having experienced such hardship finds himself compelled to help her, but it is more than pity that binds him to her. The way the story unravels to reveal his true path, it is hard not to feel it.

The moment when he comes to her and her brother is dying is my favorite bit.

“Mirah, let me share all your sorrows and all your joys.”

“You mean it truly? It’s me that you want?”

“I have spent my life in doubt and confusion but now I realize it was always your voice that I heard. Could you love me Mirah?”

 

1. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell (2004 BBC)

ns3My current favorite pick for #1 love reveal scene is in this flick that’s been out for ten years now. I have just seen it over the last month and cannot stop watching! Like Titanic, this movie shows many different classes of people working to survive.

Another of Elizabeth Gaskell’s gems, this one explores early industrialism and how the wealth of factory masters came and went with this unreliable business. The beginning of unions and strikes is also spoke of. This book speaks more to friendship and kinship than to romance. There is the kinship between Higgins (you might recognize him from The Glass Virgin) and Mr. Thornton (which is a part I adore) in mutual trust master to worker. There is the friendship of Margaret and Betsy, two girls from very different worlds who find solace in each other. And there is the respect of mother to son, each doing their part to make the family survive.

There are several romantic moments and because they come so sparsely in this 4-part mini series, when they happen, you must pay attention to catch them. My favorite is not when he proposes his love to her, or when he accidentally touches her hand at tea. Nor is it when she saves his life in the cotton factory strike riots.

The runner up would be when she has to leave town after her father dies. He watches her carriage pull away and speaks aloud to the parting coach…

“Look back, look back at me.”

As he hopes… prays she cares for him.

But the number one must-see scene is at the very end when they meet by chance on the train platform. She tries to explain that she wishes to make a business agreement which will save his factory from ruin. He takes her hand and she takes his and kisses it. And then he takes charge and kisses her good. When her train is called, she leaves him, but returns with her bag from the other train car.

“You’re coming home with me?”

My answer? “Oh yes.”

Honorable mentions:

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

The Inheritance By Louisa May Alcott

Middlemarch by George Eliot

The Buccaneers by Edith Wharton

Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens

10 Reasons You Shouldn’t Compare the Modern Man to Mr. Darcy

amanda_darcy1. Mr. Darcy was written by a woman.

Yes, Jane Austen fulfilled our fantasies by writing a delicious character, but he is written from a woman’s point of view. He says the right thing (or wrong thing) at precisely the right time and approaches Lizzy with expressive and romantic language real men don’t use. “Hey, wanna take a trip with me this weekend?” can be just as tantalizing from a real guy as, “I must tell you how ardently I admire and love you.” Read his signs like you’ve read Pride and Prejudice, with care and attention to detail. Asking you to hang out with him, means you are special enough to spend time with. Give him a break on the flowery declarations of love.

2. Even Jane Austen didn’t write the Darcy in your head.

You’ve read her words, but you’ve blown Mr. Darcy into this full-blown fantasy that can’t compare to ANY real man. In your mind he is perfect, much more perfect than Jane’s text could speak of. Remember his faults, like being too uppity and assuming Lizzy is nothing because she is poor and lives with a family of nutjobs. You’ve mentally fast-forwarded through all his distain like you do on the DVD to get to the really juicy bits. Our minds have powerful forgiveness for faults when we’re fantasizing.

3. Perfect men are obnoxious.

mr-darcyDo you really want to be tied to a man so perfect, only his man servant sees him naked? Who knows how many girdles are beneath those perfect suits and that pants bulge might not equal happiness in the bedroom. Will he be as uptight while undressing you, or will his servants do that for him? If you think about it, Darcy is kinda creepy. He follows Lizzy around, being all uppity and superior and then involves himself in a family scandal. No one is that psychic to cater to your every need before you even ask. It’s rare to find that much gallantry in a man, especially one too perfect to be in the same room with your loud-mouthed mother.

4. Showing emotion is not a fault.

Being with someone so stoic could drive a person mad. This brings up images of dancing in front of him to make him smile like the royal guard dudes with the big fuzzy black caps. Will he show emotion while bedding you, or will you just receive a nice tap on the head and off you go? You want a man who shows chinks in his armor every once in awhile. You want one you can smile and laugh with, one who shows his passion for you and sometimes makes a fool of himself in the process.

mrd5. No real man is free of fault.

And his faults are never as tame as being so proud he’s prejudiced! Let real men have faults and don’t compare them to Darcy unless you want them to fail every time. Find a man you can love despite his faults. Perhaps you’ll be lucky enough to find his faults cute or romantic. If you can adore Darcy’s snobby attitude, making fun of Lizzy, calling her names, and putting down her family, maybe you can let Joe Schmoe’s fetish for baseball cards slide, eh? And just remember, women have faults too. Find someone who thinks yours are adorable and not to be corrected.

 

6. Times have changed.

mrd210,000 pounds a year ain’t what it used to be. Falling for a man because of his wealth is like signing up for disaster. In the olden days, rich men tended to stay that way and if they didn’t, they still had their title to make doors open for them. In this day and age wealth is something that can change quickly. What if he loses an account, his mansion, or his job? Will you still love him when he’s jobless or his life situation changes? Are you wishing for riches to make your life easier or to truly be happy? Money doesn’t breed happiness and if the relationship isn’t built on something stronger, it’s doomed to fail.

7. Looks are fleeting.

What happens when Mr. Darcy turns 50, has the comfortable couch gut and starts losing his hair? You want someone you love for qualities other than looks. Ten to twenty years from now, do you want to be looking at him thinking, “Geez he WAS gorgeous, but now he’s a bit chubby and has rather odd ears.” Or do you want someone who you can love despite his graying temples and age spots?

8. What will you have to measure up to?colinmrdarcy

Do you want to be with someone that you constantly don’t feel good enough for? What will be expected of a girlfriend or wife of Darcy? Are you ready to manage Pemberley? Will you be expected to have perfect children before you’re ready? Will you have to raise your children as heirs to vast wealth, thinking only of riches and status? Would you be able to still live your own life, go out with the girls, or finish school? You want someone who appreciates your talents and has just as much fun discussing your interests as recounting his smelly old fox hunt!

9. What’s so great about Darcy anyway?

Does he have any hobbies? Does he do or accomplish anything besides keeping up his family estate? What are any of his accomplishments beyond being born into a rich, titled family? What is Darcy when these days you can have a musician, artist, techy genius, or an architect? An evening at Pemberley seems rather drab, sitting around reading, pretending to enjoy whist… in a corset no less! Wouldn’t you rather be in your comfy leggings, dancing at a concert or strolling the boardwalk?

10. You might be missing out on your Mr. Right.

Just because the guys you date don’t fit your cookie-cutter hero costume, doesn’t mean they’re unworthy. What if Mr. Wrong is Mr. Right for you? What if the jeans and t-shirt guy from the laundromat turns out to be the love of your life? Sure, you don’t want to struggle through life, you’d like to find rich Mr. Darcy, but how do you know that you plus T-shirt guy doesn’t equal success unless you give him a shot?