Reputation, An Easy Thing to Lose: A Pride & Prejudice Variation

· Storm Haus Publishing, LLC
1 review

About this ebook

What if Mr. Bennet died in a duel with Wickham after Lydia eloped, just as Mrs. Bennet feared? Would Elizabeth and Darcy still find their happily-ever-after if the Bennet women lost their reputation and their home? If you like Austenesque retellings, such as Death Comes to Pemberley and Unleashing Mr. Darcy, then Reputation, An Easy Thing to Lose will be your cup of tea.

Nearly four months ago, Elizabeth Bennet hotly rejected Fitzwilliam Darcy’s marriage proposal. Now she wonders if that was the biggest mistake of her life. Orphaned and living with her Aunt and Uncle Gardiner in London, Elizabeth is determined to take a position as a governess or companion; Darcy could never renew his attentions to her after her family’s disgrace. Which is a shame because she just may be in love with him. 

Fitzwilliam Darcy would do anything for Elizabeth. As soon as he learned of  Lydia Bennet’s elopement, he rushed to London to try to put everything to rights. But his journey was fruitless: Mr. Bennet died of his wounds before Darcy could bring a doctor. Now, he must convince Elizabeth to forgive and marry him before she is beyond his reach forever.

When an illegitimate child makes Lydia’s shame complete, Elizabeth and Darcy are left to try to salvage what is left of their reputations and relationship. Follow our favourite Austen lovers through sacrifice, misunderstandings, disrespect, a secret marriage, and a whole lot of shenanigans from the marriage minded ladies of London.

Ratings and reviews

1 review
K.T. Lee
February 1, 2022
A masterful variation on a favorite! Mrs. Bennet's panicked exclamation in the original Pride and Prejudice that Mr. Bennet could be shot in a duel by Wickham serves as the jumping off point for a delightful and satisfying alternative journey to Darcy and Elizabeth's happily ever after. Reputation strikes a great balance between a fresh take on a story we know so well with charming nods to the original. There are a lot of things to love about this book, including how Darcy and Elizabeth creatively rise to the occasion when life keeps throwing wrenches their way. More subtle, but equally lovely, is E.M.'s deft hand with minor characters. Reputation gives more grace to Lydia (she was 16!) and Mary than the original while helping us understand what motivates Caroline Bingley's villainous actions (her actions are still awful, but we understand why just a little bit better). A satisfying story and a wonderful way to spend an afternoon with old friends.

About the author

E.M. Storm-Smith is a mother, wife, attorney, former engineer, and started writing purely for herself. A lifelong love of books drove her passion to create something that was all her own. Several years into the journey of writing stories about characters she loved, E.M. decided to take her passions to the world and see what happened. When she's not writing, E.M. is spending her time reading others' books, traveling (2020 notwithstanding), wandering around Disney World with her son, and cooking things with chocolate as a primary ingredient.

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