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Pride Before a Fall

By: Mary Smythe
Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
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Summary

To think that Mr. Darcy considers himself in love with me!

Elizabeth Bennet is horrified when, during a walk in Netherfield’s gardens with her sister Jane, she witnesses Mr. Darcy take a fall from his horse. Rushing to his aid, she is bewildered when he–seeming quite out of his wits–declares himself to her. Deciding the proposal was the product of a confused mind, she decides to disregard it.

Fitzwilliam Darcy had already dismissed any thoughts of an alliance with the enchanting Miss Elizabeth Bennet. When he learns of his addled declaration, however, he decides that his accident was a most fortunate one, revealing the true desires of his heart over more prudent objections. Alas, the object of his affections is less ready to accede, however, and so he finds he must win her as a proper suitor should.

Moved by Darcy’s sincerity and persistence, Elizabeth agrees to allow him the chance to court her properly before giving her final answer to his proposal. Darcy sets out to prove his lasting devotion and persuade Elizabeth they will be happy together. With various antagonists standing in the way of their happily ever after, it will prove to be no easy task!

Pride Before a Fall is a lighthearted, humor-filled Pride and Prejudice variation.

©2022 Mary Smythe (P)2022 Quills & Quartos Publishing

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Lovely sweet courting variation

I really enjoyed this sweet courting story of Elizabeth and Darcy. He amended his behaviour and was passionate and she was patient and kind. I loved that Mrs Bennet played a part in supporting this courtship. I liked there was a little period of angst but nothing too bad just a bit of miscommunication. Fabulous narration as always from Stevie!

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  • KatieJ
  • 04-01-23

Delightful

A lovely romance that made me smile, narrated with perfection by the incomparable Stevie Zimmerman.

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  • Marie
  • 08-12-22

Loved the Premise

Stevie Zimmerman comes through once again with a superb narration and performance. I have listened to so many of her audiobooks now, that I’m running out of great things to say without sounding repetitive. She is a guaranteed satisfaction for me.

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This wonderfully-lighthearted story begins at Netherfield while Jane is recovering from her cold. She and Elizabeth are walking in the gardens and observing Darcy’s riding skills. When noticing the applause he is receiving from them, Darcy’s self-pride has him lose focus when his eyes meet Elizabeth’s. Simultaneously, a pheasant frightens his horse and he is thrown. Elizabeth runs to give aid and a semi-conscious Darcy proposes and passes out again.

“Dearest…loveliest Elizabeth…be my wife.”—quote from book.

I love the quite literal circumstances that provide the perfect title of this book.

Darcy has no memory of the proposal. When Bingley, who, along with Jane witnessed the proposal, makes him aware of what happened and what he said, he decides to stand by his proposal.

As always, Darcy has been struggling with his feelings for Elizabeth. On the way to Longbourn, Bingley asks what he will say and is shocked to hear how he will speak about overcoming his scruples, and unaware as he is, demeaning her and her family in the process.

“Are you daft, man? You are not actually going to say that to Miss Elizabeth, are you?”—quote from book, Bingley to Darcy

What follows is some very good advice from Bingley which Darcy accepts. I love it when Bingley plays a key role. However, Elizabeth doesn’t exactly provide the response Darcy wants. Time to woo her properly is eventually granted and a quiet courtship begins. Working their way through past misunderstandings and the interference of those who do not wish for their attachment at all provides the reader with hours of page-turning entertainment.

I really loved this well-written novel. I found myself smiling—a lot. The plot is engaging, the romance sweet, and this Darcy is charming. The happy ending will come, but not before the author provides just the right amount of mild to moderately angst-filled moments—at least for me.

One tiny quibble—I would have enjoyed a bit more dialogue, as the writing leans more towards the narrative style. There’s a lot of telling. What dialogue does exist is well done, so I would encourage more of it, as I find good dialogue among the characters brings them even more to life.

Another great read from Ms. Smythe. Highly recommend.

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  • KateB
  • 24-11-22

Great story and narration

I enjoyed this low angst story wonderfully narrated by Stevie Zimmerman. Highly recommended to all JAFF lovers