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Review | Fortune & Felicity: A Pride and Prejudice Variation by Monica Fairview

What if Darcy did not explain himself to Elizabeth after his disastrous proposal?

Fortune & Felicity is an imaginative variation of Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice.  Our thanks to the author and Austenprose for the advanced reader’s copy. 


Book Details

Print Length: 295 pages
Publisher: White Soup Press; 1 edition (April 28, 2020)
Publication Date: April 28, 2020
Language: English
ASIN: B086MJ4LRR


Book Description:
(By the Publisher)

In this Pride & Prejudice variation, Elizabeth and Darcy have a second chance to get things right. Will they be able to come together this time, or will pride intervene yet again?

Seven years after Darcy’s disastrous proposal, Darcy is in need, not of a wife, but of a governess for his young daughter. Imagine his surprise when he discovers Elizabeth Bennet on the list of possible candidates provided by the employment agency. The question is, should he take her on as a governess, or would he be playing with fire?

Elizabeth Bennet is forced by her reduced circumstances to take on a position. However, when Mr. Darcy invites her for an interview, she is embarrassed and humiliated. How could she possibly live under the same roof as the man she had rejected so strongly seven years ago? 

Whatever decision she makes, there will be a high price to pay… one way or the other.

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Review 

Fortune & Felicity is a retelling of Jane Austen’s famous novel Pride and Prejudice.

In this version of the story, instead of sorting their differences out and living happily ever after, Darcy and Elizabeth went their separate ways after his disastrous proposal at Rosings Park.

For those unfamiliar with the story, rich and powerful Darcy fell in love with gentile but impoverished Elizabeth and proposed marriage to her.

The problem was that, while at it, he thought it would be a good idea to disclose his many concerns regarding her lack of connections, and her family misconduct.

His proposal surprised Elizabeth and she rejected him remorselessly. 

She was completely unaware of his feelings and was already inclined to dislike him because of his dealings with her friend Wickham.

In Fortune and Felicity, Darcy writes Elizabeth the letter clarifying his relationship with Wickham but decides to burn it down before handing it to her.

Heartbroken, Darcy marries his cousin Anne De Bourgh instead. Elizabeth’s father died, and she married a naval officer.

It was a little hard for me to deal with Darcy’s marriage to Anne. It made me sad for both of them. Although it was common practice at the time, the fact that they were cousins, in a loveless marriage, was quite depressing.

The story begins with Elizabeth widowed and living with her sister Jane in London. Jane’s husband was facing some financial problems which forced Elizabeth to seek work as a governess.

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As fate would have it, Darcy, also a widower, was looking for someone to teach his little daughter. He believed Elizabeth’s lively personality could help his daughter recover from her grief.

After facing life’s many hardships, Elizabeth matured. It is interesting to see how she is more capable of understanding her mother, and even Charlotte Lucas. 

I like this new Elizabeth. She kept her spirit but shed some of her naivete. Darcy also kept his essence. I don’t think I would have enjoyed the book otherwise.

The story is engaging and well-written. I enjoyed the added issue of Elizabeth’s fall from gentility. I also liked how the author envisioned Jane, Bingley, and Georgiana.

An interesting retelling of a wonderful book.

Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.



About the Author:

Monica Fairview is an ex-literature professor who abandoned teaching criticism about long gone authors who can’t defend themselves to write novels of her own. Monica’s first novel, An Improper Suitor, was a humorous Regency and was short-listed for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Joan Hassayan prize. Since then, she has written eleven popular Regency romances, Jane Austen sequels, and Pride and Prejudice variations.

Monica lives in Surrey, England, close enough to Box Hill that she can go walking there once in a while, following in Miss Emma Woodhouse’s footsteps.

 Website | Austen Variations


33 thoughts on “Review | Fortune & Felicity: A Pride and Prejudice Variation by Monica Fairview”

  1. This is a very interesting variation of Pride and Prejudice. I’m a big fan of the classic, I actually didn’t expect it to love it as much as I did when I read it last year. I’m actually very interested in this book, to see how things would’ve been if Darcy burned that letter!

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  2. I love retellings of classic stories/fairytales/etc. This sounds really interesting! Would you reccommend reading Pride and Prejudice first, or would the story still make sense as a standalone? (I want to read P&P anyways, but I’m just curious)!

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  3. That sounds so cool! I’ve wanted to read Pride and Prejudice but the writing style bothers me so much. Do you think I’d still be able to pick up on the characters and understand it all without knowing that story?

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    1. If you did not like the original, I don’t think this is the right variation for you. Maybe you should try something more fun like Pride, Prejudice and Zombies? It still has the same amazing characters but with a totally different style. Personally, I love it! Just promise me you will give P&P another chance in a few years from now 😉

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  4. I am glad that you enjoyed Fortune & Felicity, Lu. You should try Monica’s previously published books. She is one of my favorite Austenesque authors. Also, I am so glad to see that you moved the blog to WordPress. They are fabulous. I have used them for 13 years and have been very happy. Cheers, LA

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  5. Great review, I love Pride & Prejudice! I’ve only read one retelling of it before and I’ve been wanting to read more. I’ll definitely keep this one in my mind for the future.

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  6. Great review, I never finished reading Pride & Prejudice but I know the basics of it. So, this retelling sounds really interesting. I might need to finish the original one then read this one.
    ♥ Mae

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    1. Please do (lol)! I’m a huge fan of Pride and Prejudice (and Jane Austen in general). It is such a clever book. All characters are so layered and wonderful. I recommend reading P&P prior to reading any variations. Thanks for your comment 😉

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  7. Great review! This sounds so interesting, I’m yet to read Pride and Prejudice, but when I do and if I like it, I’ll definitely keep this one in mind!

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    1. Pride and Prejudice is my favorite book. I wish I could go back and read it for the first time again. Jane Austen is amazing! I hope you read it and enjoy it as much as I do 😉 Thanks for stopping by 😉

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