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Desperate circumstances equal desperate decisions...

Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy has reason to believe he does not have long to live. Knowing he needs an heir, he offers marriage to the only lady who has caught his eye and held his interest: Miss Elizabeth Bennet. 

Once exposed to the gentleman’s vulnerability, Elizabeth realizes she may have misjudged him. When he extends to her the opportunity of eventually becoming an independent woman, she accepts his unexpected offer to wed. Both vow to feel only gratitude toward the other. The last thing either wants is to suffer the heartbreak of falling in love when their future is uncertain. 

As the couple explore treatment options and listen to sound advice, they are drawn into a love that will last through the ages. Will Darcy and Elizabeth overcome all odds to have their "happily ever after"? (Of course! I always write happy endings.) 

This angst-filled regency variation (appropriate for all ages) by best-selling author Christie Capps can be listened to in an hour or two.

©2019 Joy D. King (P)2020 Quiet Mountain Press, LLC

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  • Sherrie Jones
  • 2020-10-23

Wonderful Novella

I usually don’t buy Novellas as I like to listen while I go about my day and a short story doesn’t fit the bill.

Once I saw that this was Christie Capps ( aka J. Dawn King) and Stevie Zimmerman, I couldn’t resist. I was not disappointed.

Those familiar with this duo will know why. Ms. King weaves a masterful tale, even though we know about mid way through the story where Darcy’s prognosis will lead, she still has a surprise in store.

Stevie Zimmerman, if you are not familiar with her, you are missing out. She brings each character to life with just enough voice changes to make each unique without making them sound silly. I find that I am now, unfortunately, comparing other narrators to her with each audiobook and finding them wanting. Ah, well.

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  • bebe
  • 2021-02-24

Great story - perfect length

I am geting fonder and fonder of short books or novellas. I have a hard time hitting pause when I am interested in a book, so with a longer book I usually end up not getting any sleep! This book, A Reason to Hope, is just the right length. It is long enough to sketch out the characters but not so long that it drags. However, $5.00 is a little steep for a two hour book. It should be maybe $3.00. The characters stay true to the Jane Austen characters, which I like. The relationship between Darcy and Elizabeth does not drag on and on. I love the epilog. The narrator is very good.

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  • KateB
  • 2021-01-27

Great story

I loved Elizabeth in this version, she’s compassionate and able to look past her prejudice. Darcy is humbled by circumstances he has no control of and it does him good. Elizabeth’s fierce protectiveness of Darcy just warms my heart.

Stevie Zimmerman’s narration is marvelous as usual, emotional connection between ODC is clear and touching.
Highly recommended.

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  • J. Wallace
  • 2021-01-16

Excellent

I have recently begun reading and listing to Pride and Prejudice variations and this is definitely one of my favorites. I love that there is little to no angst and it is not sappy. I get tired of the extended "oh she is so..." and "oh he is so..." internal thoughts and external declarations that fill many other variations. That's not to say there isn't heart-melting moments, they just don't make up half the book.

The shortness of the book means that it would be to the detriment of the book if the author tried to create something overly involved or chose to include anywhere near the number of characters the original book had. Instead this is a quiet yet surprisingly full story. There are no villains and instead it is the risk to Darcy's heath that drives the story. Also the premise, to me, was very believable.

I very much enjoyed this story and see myself listening to it many more times.

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