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The Scarred Duchess: A Saga Based on the Characters of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice de Barry S Richman

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Her Majesty has made me the enemy of every young lady seeking a husband and the target of every rake seeking a conquest.

FOLLOWING DISTINGUISHED SERVICE IN THE REGULARS, young Thomas Bennet finds himself the unexpected master of Longbourn. He is determined not to repeat the mistakes of his grandfather Bennet who made enemies that cost his daughter her life. Thomas’s own responsibilities number five more than his ancestor had. How is a father to protect his beloved daughter Jane when the man she loves is the target of those who are willing to shed blood to achieve their nefarious goals? How can he save Jane from the jealousy and spite inspired by her own beauty, or the consequences of his own past dealings?

MISS JANE BENNET AND HER SISTER ELIZABETH are travelling to town to shop for Jane’s wedding to an eligible young earl when an altered seating arrangement leads to grievous injury for one sister and unceasing self-recrimination for the other. Once the envy of the neighbourhood, Jane is now a pitiable object of scorn, shunned and ridiculed by those she once thought her friends. Releasing her suitor from his attachment to her, Jane hides away for years, believing that all hope of happiness is lost.

WILL THE PROCESS OF HEALING, of both of her body and her spirt, ever be complete enough to allow her to love again? Will her attachment to Lord Lambrook survive the obstacles presented to them and allow them a second chance at life and love? And will Thomas Bennet ever be able to forgive himself for failing to keep her from harm?

The Scarred Duchess is a Pride and Prejudice reimagining, a multi-generational saga telling how love and devotion triumph over vengeance and villainy to shape the destinies of two families in Georgian England.


tags: Tame, Novel, Romance historical romance Family saga regency romance pride and prejudice variation Colonel Fitzwilliam Thomas Bennet Jane Bennet 19th century historical fiction British historical fiction


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“You see, our flaws and scars do not define us, but only underline our character and the beauty within us.” (quote from the book)

I have been patiently waiting for Barry Richman’s new book that is finally here! His first book, ‘Doubt Not, Cousin’ was an amazing outside-the-box portrayal of Fitzwilliam Darcy and Richard Fitzwilliam full of depth, complexity, and the shades of darkness in humanity.

“His brother did not miss an opportunity to remind him of the lack of value of a younger brother’s existence. Never mind that, he had grown accustomed to proving his worth and would not shy away from the need to do so again.” (quote from the book)

In the ‘Scarred Duchess’, we are given another outside-the-box reimagining that is multi-layered and full of intrigue as Thomas Bennet diligently works to protect his family. We are given a glimpse into the making of this Thomas Bennet and the connexions he forges with the Gardiners, Darcys, Matlocks and Lambrooks families. But all is not bright and shiny. Into each life some darkness falls.

She walks in beauty, the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes;
Thus mellowed to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.
(Excerpt from She Walks in Beauty by Lord Byron)

This is also Jane Bennet’s story. Her outward beauty and grace is mirrored within her. But what happens when all that is shattered. Her confidence in herself and in society as a whole takes its toll on her. Finding her inner strength to pick up the pieces of her life is daunting. She has the support of her family which is lovingly portrayed within these pages.

There was much that I loved in this story:
1. Mr. & Mrs. Bennet – the parents we always wished for the girls
2. Mrs Goulding – aka the General
3. Reeves & Roark – raised in the Seven Dials of London but would give their life to protect those under their care but don’t cross them! (“Meryton is not the Seven Dials. Try not to cause too much of a stir, hm?”)
4. Lady Catherine de Bourgh & Mr. Collins – of great use and surprising
5. Edward Gardiner – a very interesting role
6. The Bingley’s – La, what a joke!
7. Use of original characters from his first book – slight tie-in as well

I loved this reimagining, but it doesn’t have the same intensity and depth as Mr. Richman’s debut novel. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the build-up, the intrigue, the backstories. I just wanted MORE! More of Mr. Bennet’s military time and what his relationship with his brother was and what rendered it. A bit more on the men who worked for these families that were ruthless in the execution of their duties. I’m not bloodthirsty, but what exactly made these men other than growing up in the Seven Dials. I also wanted more depth to Elizabeth. She saw the scene of her sister’s accident. She was traumatized in a different way, but you don’t get to see her struggles to come to terms with it as we do Jane’s. Are these details superfluous? Maybe, but for me they round out the characters, main and secondary, when I have the background information; especially when intrigue plays a large role in the story and when it is ‘outside-the-box’. With that being said, there will be those who want more ‘meat’ to their stories and those who want less. Finding the balance is key. You can’t please everyone.

Regardless, I highly recommend this intriguing saga from Mr. Richman. I look forward to his next book with great anticipation, as always. Bravo, Sir!

I received a free copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving my review.

I bought the paperback as soon as it was released – May 28, 2024
austenesque favorites outside-the-box ...more10 s3 comments Ree1,179 66

Intriguing plot and lots of action
In Pride and Prejudice and thousands of variations, vagaries, etc., Jane Bennet is mostly renowned as a great beauty. In this primarily Bennet family saga, Jane is indeed quite beautiful, but when that beauty becomes marred due to a carriage accident—one that was meant to kill others—it begins a series of events for which revenge and retribution must be had.

This book is a very good read, with an intriguing plot and lots of action. The beginning of the story has Colonel Thomas Bennet just inheriting Longbourn and soon courting Franny Gardiner, who I was tickled to see was more a young Elizabeth with her love of books than a ditzy Lydia.  That was a very pleasant surprise.  Readers will love this more responsible Mr. Bennet, and the not-so-flighty Mrs. Bennet, who is a good mother and very proud of all her daughters and husband. When it comes to his family, however, this ‘Colonel’ Mr. Bennet can be a dangerous man and is not to be trifled with—and he has a small army to back him if needed.

The wealth of characters in this book is grand and includes the Gardiners, Darcys, Matlocks, and others from Pride and Prejudice. Also included is the family of Jane’s love interest—who is not Bingley. Mr. Darcy Senior lives throughout the story, something I always love. Mr. Gardiner and Lord Matlock also play very key roles in the book.

I enjoyed this second offering from Barry S. Richman, whom I a great deal. It is clear he has a superb talent for writing a JAFF variation that offers a very different premise from among the many being published most days in this crowded genre. However, having read Barry’s previous work—and also listened to the audiobook version—I noticed that the unique style that I loved and which impressed me so much in Doubt Not, Cousin, seems to have been toned down quite a lot in The Scarred Duchess. And while I am sure some editing was necessary, it feels the process might have been a bit too thorough, aiming for perfection but losing some of Barry’s original depth and style. I find there are not enough male authors (and male readers) in JAFF, and I feel the distinctively male ‘author’ voice that made his first book so special went missing in this one to some degree.

As in Barry’s first book, be aware that this novel has a darker element and once again contains violent acts, so if you have a very squeamish nature, this read may not be for you. The Bennet/Matlock/Gardiner connection could be ned to a Regency-era Mafia, wiping out anyone who threatened family. If you read his first book, however, you can manage this one easily in that regard.

I will look forward to his next book.

Kisses only.

I recommend this book for a mature audience due to the violent nature of some scenes.

I received a free copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review. I plan to purchase the published version for my Kindle library.2024 arc civil-proposal ...more9 s J. W. Garrett1,616 114

OMG! OMG! Okay, one more… OMG! 5+++ stars

SPOILER ALERT: This review may contain *** SPOILERS ***

>>Rating: Mature/Brutal: due to violence, descriptions of injuries might be too much for a young reader. This included death, destruction, mayhem, secrets, and more secrets. Many of the men had ‘special’ military skills. I’m talking serious skills… that should give you a clue.
>>Angst Level: OMG! I think my heart stopped several times. Thank goodness my pacemaker kicked in. Whew! I thought I saw the end of the universe there for a minute. I was headed for the light.
>>Source: Free copy via Booksprout: I volunteered to leave a review of my thoughts and opinions. Prologue + 52 Chapters + Epilogue.
>>Trope: [1] AU: Alternate Universe where everything is different. Note: If you have read Richman’s other book, ‘Doubt Not Cousin’, this story will not be quite so shocking. If you have not, you are in for a unique experience where men are men and don’t fool around. I’m not kidding. These people were as serious as a heart attack and I nearly had one. [2] Bennet was a second son and had been a Colonel in the Regulars. Fanny Bennet was smart as well as beautiful. Longbourn was not perfect but the daughters were raised differently. Everything was different. However, it worked. Oh, did it ever work! I loved it. A quote from the book says it all… “Prime that were.”
>>Themes: Murder, inheritance theft, debauchery, revenge, genocide… you know, the usual reasons to maim and destroy for greed.
>>Reader Advice: Start reading this early. I made the mistake of thinking I would take a peek and read just a few chapters… no, don’t even try it. I nearly met the dawn. Thank goodness I’m retired as ICNPID [I could not put it down]. This was a page-turner for sure. I have now read this twice. I will reread it.
>>Note: There were no puppies injured in this story. However, one puppy was kicked to the curb due to his infatuation with his latest ‘angel’—just saying.

The Book Blurb was most excellent in preparing me for the gist of the story. I do not want to give spoilers so will refrain from attempting an extended review. Just read it. I loved it. There were many similarities to ‘Doubt Not Cousin’ and I loved every single one. Maybe my blood-lust was up. I wanted to smash something and this story satisfied my shock and awe lust. In person, I’m gentle and peace-loving… that is until my dander gets up or I encounter atrocities. This book had all that and more. What a story!
2024 era-6-regency-1811-1820 jaff-pride-and-prejudice ...more4 s1 comment Liz H307 3 Want to read

to be released on KU 6/24a-ku ja-pride-and-prejudice3 s Michelle David2,243 12

Action packed

An absolutely action packed and most entertaining variation inspired by Jane Austen’s classic novel Pride and Prejudice by Barry S. Richman. A definite flavor of the Scarlet Pimpernel and swoonworthy heroes in this second novel by Mr. Richman. I eagerly await his next creation. 2 s Alena Scott425 3

Excellent

Interesting storyline with our favorite characters taking on different personalities quite nicely. Well written and developed revealing men willing to do what was necessary for their families and friends in the good verses evil underbelly of life. Well done.2 s CEK390 2

Excellent

Villains abound in an alternate universe where we find many of our favorite characters, plus a few non-canon additions. Romance, intrigue, convoluted plots from villains, frightening protectors, and plenty of love bring exciting moments as we arrive at a happy ending.2 s tracy witz70 1 follower

Enjoyable

It’s a saga, with lots of non-canon characters, murder, and characters acting in distinctly different ways, but it’s a satisfying read. 1 PH58 1 follower

To uncover the mystery.

Oh my! The story just started when it started!! There was no cooking and no building up, but everything was so dense and the plot so intense!! However, the mystery remained to be uncovered.

I guess the title is true to the book that the saga is based on the characters of P&P, and ONLY the characters, or I should say only the name of the characters, instead of any other scenes or storylines. It is definitely NOT a variation sort. So, be prepared!

What is the relationship between Matlock, Darcy, Lambrook, Bennet and Gardiner? What secrets are they hiding? What are they protecting? And who are they defending against? This is a story full of information and clues and puzzles that required a clear brain to read along. It is not something simple and relaxing and sweet. It grabbed me from the beginning to end and took away my breathe some of the time and knocked me out the other half. I was so eager to find out what had been behind all these events yet could not speed up due to the complications and density of the plot.

Story contains more than three generations. The history of these families were bound together and thus the complex confusion and alliance. The past has given the present its meaning but also frustrations. HEA guaranteed.1 Patricia Edmisson135 3

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OMG! OMG! Okay, one more… OMG! 5+++ stars

SPOILER ALERT: This review may contain *** SPOILERS ***

>>Rating: Mature/Brutal: due to violence, descriptions of injuries might be too much for a young reader. This included death, destruction, mayhem, secrets, and more secrets. Many of the men had ‘special’ military skills. I’m talking serious skills… that should give you a clue.
>>Angst Level: OMG! I think my heart stopped several times. Thank goodness my pacemaker kicked in. Whew! I thought I saw the end of the universe there for a minute. I was headed for the light.
>>Source: Free copy via Booksprout: I volunteered to leave a review of my thoughts and opinions. Prologue + 52 Chapters + Epilogue.
>>Trope: [1] AU: Alternate Universe where everything is different. Note: If you have read Richman’s other book, ‘Doubt Not Cousin’, this story will not be quite so shocking. If you have not, you are in for a unique experience where men are men and don’t fool around. I’m not kidding. These people were as serious as a heart attack and I nearly had one. [2] Bennet was a second son and had been a Colonel in the Regulars. Fanny Bennet was smart as well as beautiful. Longbourn was not perfect but the daughters were raised differently. Everything was different. However, it worked. Oh, did it ever work! I loved it. A quote from the book says it all… “Prime that were.”
>>Themes: Murder, inheritance theft, debauchery, revenge, genocide… you know, the usual reasons to maim and destroy for greed.
>>Reader Advice: Start reading this early. I made the mistake of thinking I would take a peek and read just a few chapters… no, don’t even try it. I nearly met the dawn. Thank goodness I’m retired as ICNPID [I could not put it down]. This was a page-turner for sure. I have now read this twice. I will reread it.
>>Note: There were no puppies injured in this story. However, one puppy was kicked to the curb due to his infatuation with his latest ‘angel’—just saying.

The Book Blurb was most excellent in preparing me for the gist of the story. I do not want to give spoilers so will refrain from attempting an extended review. Just read it. I loved it. There were many similarities to ‘Doubt Not Cousin’ and I loved every single one. Maybe my blood-lust was up. I wanted to smash something and this story satisfied my shock and awe lust. In person, I’m gentle and peace-loving… that is until my dander gets up or I encounter atrocities. This book had all that and more. What a story!
2024 era-6-regency-1811-1820 jaff-pride-and-prejudice ...more13 s2 comments Carole (in Canada)807 64


“You see, our flaws and scars do not define us, but only underline our character and the beauty within us.” (quote from the book)

I have been patiently waiting for Barry Richman’s new book that is finally here! His first book, ‘Doubt Not, Cousin’ was an amazing outside-the-box portrayal of Fitzwilliam Darcy and Richard Fitzwilliam full of depth, complexity, and the shades of darkness in humanity.

“His brother did not miss an opportunity to remind him of the lack of value of a younger brother’s existence. Never mind that, he had grown accustomed to proving his worth and would not shy away from the need to do so again.” (quote from the book)

In the ‘Scarred Duchess’, we are given another outside-the-box reimagining that is multi-layered and full of intrigue as Thomas Bennet diligently works to protect his family. We are given a glimpse into the making of this Thomas Bennet and the connexions he forges with the Gardiners, Darcys, Matlocks and Lambrooks families. But all is not bright and shiny. Into each life some darkness falls.

She walks in beauty, the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes;
Thus mellowed to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.
(Excerpt from She Walks in Beauty by Lord Byron)

This is also Jane Bennet’s story. Her outward beauty and grace is mirrored within her. But what happens when all that is shattered. Her confidence in herself and in society as a whole takes its toll on her. Finding her inner strength to pick up the pieces of her life is daunting. She has the support of her family which is lovingly portrayed within these pages.

There was much that I loved in this story:
1. Mr. & Mrs. Bennet – the parents we always wished for the girls
2. Mrs Goulding – aka the General
3. Reeves & Roark – raised in the Seven Dials of London but would give their life to protect those under their care but don’t cross them! (“Meryton is not the Seven Dials. Try not to cause too much of a stir, hm?”)
4. Lady Catherine de Bourgh & Mr. Collins – of great use and surprising
5. Edward Gardiner – a very interesting role
6. The Bingley’s – La, what a joke!
7. Use of original characters from his first book – slight tie-in as well

I loved this reimagining, but it doesn’t have the same intensity and depth as Mr. Richman’s debut novel. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the build-up, the intrigue, the backstories. I just wanted MORE! More of Mr. Bennet’s military time and what his relationship with his brother was and what rendered it. A bit more on the men who worked for these families that were ruthless in the execution of their duties. I’m not bloodthirsty, but what exactly made these men other than growing up in the Seven Dials. I also wanted more depth to Elizabeth. She saw the scene of her sister’s accident. She was traumatized in a different way, but you don’t get to see her struggles to come to terms with it as we do Jane’s. Are these details superfluous? Maybe, but for me they round out the characters, main and secondary, when I have the background information; especially when intrigue plays a large role in the story and when it is ‘outside-the-box’. With that being said, there will be those who want more ‘meat’ to their stories and those who want less. Finding the balance is key. You can’t please everyone.

Regardless, I highly recommend this intriguing saga from Mr. Richman. I look forward to his next book with great anticipation, as always. Bravo, Sir!

I received a free copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving my review.

I bought the paperback as soon as it was released – May 28, 2024
austenesque favorites outside-the-box ...more11 s3 comments Ree1,183 66

Intriguing plot and lots of action
In Pride and Prejudice and thousands of variations, vagaries, etc., Jane Bennet is mostly renowned as a great beauty. In this primarily Bennet family saga, Jane is indeed quite beautiful, but when that beauty becomes marred due to a carriage accident—one that was meant to kill others—it begins a series of events for which revenge and retribution must be had.

This book is a very good read, with an intriguing plot and lots of action. The beginning of the story has Colonel Thomas Bennet just inheriting Longbourn and soon courting Franny Gardiner, who I was tickled to see was more a young Elizabeth with her love of books than a ditzy Lydia.  That was a very pleasant surprise.  Readers will love this more responsible Mr. Bennet, and the not-so-flighty Mrs. Bennet, who is a good mother and very proud of all her daughters and husband. When it comes to his family, however, this ‘Colonel’ Mr. Bennet can be a dangerous man and is not to be trifled with—and he has a small army to back him if needed.

The wealth of characters in this book is grand and includes the Gardiners, Darcys, Matlocks, and others from Pride and Prejudice. Also included is the family of Jane’s love interest—who is not Bingley. Mr. Darcy Senior lives throughout the story, something I always love. Mr. Gardiner and Lord Matlock also play very key roles in the book.

I enjoyed this second offering from Barry S. Richman, whom I a great deal. It is clear he has a superb talent for writing a JAFF variation that offers a very different premise from among the many being published most days in this crowded genre. However, having read Barry’s previous work—and also listened to the audiobook version—I noticed that the unique style that I loved and which impressed me so much in Doubt Not, Cousin, seems to have been toned down quite a lot in The Scarred Duchess. And while I am sure some editing was necessary, it feels the process might have been a bit too thorough, aiming for perfection but losing some of Barry’s original depth and style. I find there are not enough male authors (and male readers) in JAFF, and I feel the distinctively male ‘author’ voice that made his first book so special went missing in this one to some degree.

As in Barry’s first book, be aware that this novel has a darker element and once again contains violent acts, so if you have a very squeamish nature, this read may not be for you. The Bennet/Matlock/Gardiner connection could be ned to a Regency-era Mafia, wiping out anyone who threatened family. If you read his first book, however, you can manage this one easily in that regard.

I will look forward to his next book.

Kisses only.

I recommend this book for a mature audience due to the violent nature of some scenes.

I received a free copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review. I plan to purchase the published version for my Kindle library.2024 arc civil-proposal ...more11 s Alena Scott432 3

Excellent

Interesting storyline with our favorite characters taking on different personalities quite nicely. Well written and developed revealing men willing to do what was necessary for their families and friends in the good verses evil underbelly of life. Well done.4 s RTD493

Richman has done it again. 4.5 Stars

I never knew what I was missing in my Pride and Prejudice repertoire until Barry S. Richman came along with his freshman book, Doubt Not, Cousin. Although that book is one of my all-time favorites (along with the cover), the Scarred Duchess proves that the author has a way of drawing me into his character's world.

What I loved/d:

- Mr. Bennet, Gardiner, Roark, Reeves, and Bill. I'm discovering that I love seeing these protectors step up and act. There will be no pay-offs or negotiations from that quarter.

- I would not categorize this story as a romance, though the storyline written for the two couples was nicely done.

- I didn't want it to end.

- There are a few returning characters from Doubt Not, Cousin. Although the scene was short, I soaked in every moment of Darcy and Richard's brief interaction together. I only wish there were more.
* In my mind's eye, Kitty and Richman's Richard are a couple. The seed has already been planted.

I love a Darcy and Elizabeth-centric story, but this is not one of them. However, if you're looking for something with some meat on the bones, this is for you.


4 s Michelle David2,253 12

Action packed

An absolutely action packed and most entertaining variation inspired by Jane Austen’s classic novel Pride and Prejudice by Barry S. Richman. A definite flavor of the Scarlet Pimpernel and swoonworthy heroes in this second novel by Mr. Richman. I eagerly await his next creation. 2 s CEK397 2

Excellent

Villains abound in an alternate universe where we find many of our favorite characters, plus a few non-canon additions. Romance, intrigue, convoluted plots from villains, frightening protectors, and plenty of love bring exciting moments as we arrive at a happy ending.3 s Debbie1,584 57

4.5 rounded up to 5 starscurrently-in-my-ku jaff kindle-unlimited3 s Gill M289 17

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The Scarred Duchess is Barry S Richman's second Pride and Prejudice variation.
It is just as compelling as his first, Doubt Not, Cousin.

The saga spans several generations, but focuses on the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

Here, Thomas Bennet is a second son and a soldier. He is smart, well connected and worldly wise. Valuable strengths when he inherits Longbourn from his elder brother.

The five Bennet daughters are raised well and protected carefully. However, Jane's betrothal to Lord Lambrook, exposes her to the violent machinations of a greedy, desperate aristocrat.

A carriage accident, engineered to kill Lord Lambrook and his father, the Earl, finds Jane instead. She survives, but is badly scarred.

The book follows both Jane's and Society's response.

A great story, full of love, angst and adventure.

I received a free copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.1 tracy witz73 2

Enjoyable

It’s a saga, with lots of non-canon characters, murder, and characters acting in distinctly different ways, but it’s a satisfying read. 1 Teresita975 9

A page turner full of intrigue!

What an amazing story! Completely out of canon, the characters mostly only keep the names, but I found it very interesting and totally engaging. 1 Talia935 4

I really think the author has something with this Joe Pike type characterization of Col F. I wish he was more prevalent in the book. Bingley. Yes. Loved that. 1 Dawn633 27

I want to start off by saying that this author writes very well. He is very talented can put together quite a saga as the cover indicates. This story has so many different elements and characters that there is always a lot going on.

If you are looking for a book with a complex group of characters, military action and strategy and many nefarious schemes, this is a great choice. There were so many characters and plots, that I honestly had trouble at times keeping everything straight. There was a lot of action if not a lot of romance. This book is very detailed, which is important with such complex plots, but at times it can make the book drag and feel very long.

If you are looking for a great love story about our favorite P&P characters, this may not be a great choice. Darcy and Elizabeth were minor characters and did not get a lot of page time. Jane got more page time here, which I appreciated, but because there was so much going on, I wouldn’t say she was center stage. I more romance and more Darcy when I read a book based on P&P, so in this, I was disappointed. This was definitely more of a history/military book than a romance.

The circumstances and characters are so very different that, for a P&P based book, it’s hard to recognize or make the connection. This is one of those books that I think would be better as an independent book and not based on P&P characters as the names are the only thing they have in common. I think people who enjoy this type of book would enjoy it on its own merits. Using the characters of a beloved book creates certain expectations and, while this book is well thought out and well written, doesn’t necessarily fall into what I think most people expect when reading a P&P based book.

I received a free copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.2024-jaff2 s Megan Wilkins111

This book deserves more than just 5 stars! Oh My Goodness the action, intrigue, and drama keep the reader captivated as they read. As soon as I finished reading this story I immediately flipped back to the beginning and reread it. Mr. Richman has quickly become one of my favorite authors with his ability to capture and captivate a reader with his storytelling. I honestly would not have minded one bit if this story would have been longer. That is not to say there was any questions left at the end of the story- there was not, the story ends and you are able to learn about each member in this cast of characters. There are a few original characters that add to the story and we met them before in Barry's first book. None of the Bennet's are their regular selves. Lady Catherine is not her usual self either. These variations to the characters along with Mr. Darcy Sr. being alive make this story based on rather than a variation of Pride and Prejudice. Have no fear though Elizabeth and Darcy still get their HEA. The story starts following Mr. Bennet when he was a younger man. The story progresses adding new and original characters along with characters names we know. The story moves and follows Jane as she has a traumatic accident and then we follow along her road to her own HEA. Along the way we see the cast that includes the Gardiners, Darcys, Matlock/Fitzwilliams, Bennets, and more. I know I will be rereading this wonderful story again in the future. PH60 1 follower

To uncover the mystery.

Oh my! The story just started when it started!! There was no cooking and no building up, but everything was so dense and the plot so intense!! However, the mystery remained to be uncovered.

I guess the title is true to the book that the saga is based on the characters of P&P, and ONLY the characters, or I should say only the name of the characters, instead of any other scenes or storylines. It is definitely NOT a variation sort. So, be prepared!

What is the relationship between Matlock, Darcy, Lambrook, Bennet and Gardiner? What secrets are they hiding? What are they protecting? And who are they defending against? This is a story full of information and clues and puzzles that required a clear brain to read along. It is not something simple and relaxing and sweet. It grabbed me from the beginning to end and took away my breathe some of the time and knocked me out the other half. I was so eager to find out what had been behind all these events yet could not speed up due to the complications and density of the plot.

Story contains more than three generations. The history of these families were bound together and thus the complex confusion and alliance. The past has given the present its meaning but also frustrations. HEA guaranteed.1 Gratia Ip129 3

4.5* rounded up.
The skeleton of the story features characters from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, but it is not a variation. The well-known characters take on a new life, and the events of Austen's original do not take place. Instead, backstories from previous generations flesh out the plot.
The central figure in this story is Jane Bennet. Her family's protection extends as satellites to her core. Jane Bennet is usually not a favourite character for me, but since this Jane has different life experiences, I empathized with her trials. Elizabeth and Darcy's characters and uncomplicated romance take a back seat.

Wholly engrossing, the dialogue is well-written and captures the events vividly. HEAs abound, and the villains get their just deserts. There are many excellent writers in this genre of books, but this author's work has a unique voice and confidence in his story. I had purchased Mr Richman's debut novel, but it got lost somewhere in my TBR pile of titles. After reading this book, I'm going to start reading Doubt Not, Cousin now!
 1 Craftyhj841

A solid 4.5* read

This is a rather different book from the majority of books in this genre and for this it should definitely be commended highly. There is real depth to the characters and the plot and no excess syrup as is all too common. The characters in this book face real issues and deal with them in the ways in which they deem best.

The author of this book is male and the story is told to a greater extent from the perspective of the male characters. This made a very enjoyable change and I enjoyed this Mr Bennet immensely.

I couldn't quite give this the full 5* as I felt the beginning was a little too scattered with the introduction of a lot of new characters without a clear link or direction between them. This is gradually unravelled as the story continue but this would have benefited from being a little smoother.

This is definitely a recommended read.2024jaff arc other-centric ...more Jean Clements45 1 follower

Entirely different

This is a very interesting book which uses all the P&P names but so different in character. I did enjoy this story though as it was easier to keep track of individuals and appreciate their actions. Mr Bennett is a very upstanding Colonel and Mrs Bennet sensible which I personally love. The change in Lady C and Mr Collins and their roles in the story, Mr Darcy Sr. (not deceived by Wickham) are all welcome. There is a great deal of (only referred to largely) violence which illustrates the influence and respect of our favourite families. Bingley plays only a small part with his sister Caroline which I found funny.
Whatever you think of my review I do urge you to read it. Patricia Edmisson135 3

Brilliant writing! If you wanted to turn canon Pride and Prejudice on its head, this is the novel for you. All of the characters are different. This provides a colorful story.

I did appreciate the intermingling of the relationships between the Gardiner's, Bennet's, Darcy's, and Matlock's. Lady Catherine is a hoot. There are new characters that provide depth to this saga. The villains are old and new. I do enjoy what happened to the Bingley's.

If you are looking for an exciting read, this is the book for you. It took many enjoyable hours to read with a few cups of tea.

I received a free copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.arcs couple-together-v-others love-at-first-sight1 Jen B145 3

It took me a few chapters to wrap my head around and re-orient to this alternate universe (I've been reading bad Mr Bennet, exceptionally silly or just awful Mrs Bennet JAFF of late) with such an altered back story and OOC main characters. But my goodness was this novel good (but not angst free fluff - you have been warned). I was sucked right in.
I have now realized that his first book is still on my TBR pile and must move it up in the queue.

I received a free copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.beta-arc jaff J.C. PlummerAuthor 3 books21

An exciting, fast-paced, and complex story that is well written.

I could not put it down.

There were a few aspects that weren’t fully explained and left me a bit confused, so 4.5 stars rounded up. I will read this again. I’m also hoping for an audiobook version. It will be an automatic buy!
jaff-read-reviewed1 Kimberly54

Another great story

As a military man, Mr Richman, gives a very different twist to Pride and Prejudice. I enjoyed his use of original quotes, but with different interpretations and speakers.
Yas114

2,5 Stars
If you are looking for a romance, this is not the book for you.
There is little of that, and when there is, it is a bit clumsy. It is more of a "roman de cape et d'épée". But, even as such, it is bit slow and too long... Monica21

Another amazing book by this author, in my opinion. I have read toooo many p&p variations, and I can say that only a handful are remembered, and his first book was amongst them. Now his second will join it. Thank you and please do continue to write. Debby Sangiovanni119 3

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