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When Elizabeth Bennet's parents attempt to force her into a marriage of convenience for the sake of her family, she flees to make her own future. Will circumstances and their families conspire to keep Darcy and Elizabeth apart or will they unite to take them on together?This story contains scenes with adult content....

Title : rain and retribution
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Number of Pages : 410 Pages
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  • wosedwew
    2019-03-27 12:28

    “I could be wrong,” he said, trying not to smile. “But I would hope that I am a small improvement over Mr. Collins.”And thus begins the Darcy’s marriage!This is one of my all-time favorite JAFFs. I read it long, long before I ventured into writing reviews and this review is overdue.Elizabeth’s crisis begins when her Father does not support her refusal of the Collins proposal and insists she agree to marry. ODG packs and slips away from Longbourn without anyone’s notice. Her escape route coincides with Darcy’s and she is persuaded to accept a ride to London.The trip begins with communication and ends with an accepted proposal.A beautiful portrayal of the early days of their marriage – with one exception of a family visit – the acknowledged friendship matures to acknowledged love.The story darkens when the Darcys travel to Pemberley and encounter a bitter Georgiana who remains unable to see the truth about Wickham. The climax event is a tragedy but hope for the future beckons.More marriages might survive if the partners realized that sometimes the better comes after the worse. ~Doug Larson

  • Talia
    2019-03-27 11:44

    A new favorite! Loved it!Reread: I just love this book. Love it. I need a sequel. Too much is left in the air.

  • Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
    2019-04-02 08:17

    TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Alternate PathTIME FRAME: Morning after the Netherfield Ball to almost a year laterMAIN CHARACTERS: Elizabeth Bennet, Mr. Darcy, Georgiana Darcy, Mr. Bennet, George Wickham, Colonel FitzwilliamWHY I WANTED TO READ THIS NOVEL:The inventive premise. Mr. Bennet desiring/forcing a marriage between Elizabeth and Mr. Collins + Elizabeth running away from Longbourn = a very intriguing premise that I was very curious to see play out. WHAT I LOVED:- Plausible Premise: Lizzy is very fortunate that both of her parents don’t force her to marry Mr. Collins in Pride and Prejudice. Considering their situation, the time period, and her lack of dowry, she is extremely fortunate! It isn’t really a stretch to imagine a Mr. Bennet, who is irresponsible, lazy, and has many shortcomings, pursing such a course. Having his favorite daughter help take care of his estate when he is gone? Selfishly and indolently letting someone else save his family from his mistakes? It makes sense.- Alteration of Jane Bennet: What if Jane was already seriously disappointed in love when Mr. Bingley came to Netherfield? What if that gentleman that was “so much in love with her” when she was fifteen touched her heart and broke it? I enjoyed how L. L. Diamond explored this different path with Jane Bennet. Her heart is closed to Bingley when he comes, and Mr. Darcy is correct in his assumption about her feelings not being engaged. I like it when Jane isn’t portrayed as a perfect and serene angel, it can get too saccharine sometimes!- A Tender and Devoted Darcy: While attempting to abscond to London, Lizzy gets caught in a downpour and catches a cold. Oh, how I loved witnessing Darcy tend to her! How he would read to her at her request, check her fever while she slept, and spend the night in a chair by her side. The time Darcy and Elizabeth spent sequestered alone together was just beautiful! I loved seeing Darcy and Elizabeth’s relationship develop through frank conversations, selfless concern, and sweet smiles. :)- A New Take of Georgiana: Watch out, readers! Georgiana is a bit of a villain in this story! Because her older brother was always away at school and her father never established a relationship with her (except for giving her trinkets), Georgiana has grown up into a very insolent and resentful young woman. She doesn’t look upon Darcy with any regard or respect, and she thinks he is a hypocrite for marrying Elizabeth when he wouldn’t let her marry George. It was interesting to see Georgiana portrayed in this darker and more defiant manner – no timid reserve here! Since Darcy and Elizabeth resolve their issues earlier on in the story, Georgiana created some conflict and tension that carries us through the rest of the tale. I was dying to know what would become of her and what was the nature of her relationship with Wickham…WHAT I WASN’T TOO FOND OF:- Some More Reconciliation, Please?: Darcy and Elizabeth have conflicts with not only Georgiana and Wickham, but also Mr. Bennet and Jane Bennet in this novel (albeit more passive). While we see a resolution of sorts with Georgiana and Wickham (which I sort of have ambivalent feelings about), there isn’t really one with Jane and Mr. Bennet. It felt like Elizabeth should have had a showdown, reconciliation, or something with her family – especially Jane.WARNING:Some intimate and romantic scenes (which were very tasteful and not overly frequent!) Thank you, L. L. Diamond, for not making Darcy have a raging libido!CONCLUSION:A very refreshing and thought-provoking alternate path to Pride and Prejudice! By removing some lightness and brightness and adding some darker personalities, L. L. Diamond creates a story that displays the fervent and fulfilling love two people can have for each other when everyone else in their lives hurts and disappoints them. If you don’t mind seeing some creative adjustments with Jane Austen’s characters and some intimate scenes between Darcy and Elizabeth, than I recommend you add Rain and Retribution to your TBR list!

  • Debbie Brown
    2019-03-30 15:17

    There is a great deal to enjoy in this book and I would dearly love to give it 5 stars, but I was disappointed in the author's choices in tying up many of her plot lines.Starting with the positives, this is beautifully written with great character development. I was delighted with the "what if" deviations from the original, particularly in 3 areas: Mr. Bennet's determination that Lizzy must marry Mr Collins (not at all unbelievable, given the Regency times the story is set in), Jane's attitude toward Mr. Bingley being exactly as Mr. Darcy believes rather than heartbroken when he leaves Netherfield, and especially Georgiana's adolescent petulance and LACK of hero-worship of her big brother. Specifically addressing the last one, it made perfect sense that an over-sheltered orphan going through puberty with only a brother who has no parenting experience would have some issues being under his authority. Well done, Ms. Diamond!However, this book is not for those looking for happily-ever-after endings. While not exactly a Hamlet, this is NOT a lighthearted Much Ado About Nothing. Not wishing to spoil the surprises in store for those who will read Rain and Retribution (which, honestly, is well worth reading), I will say that I was reveling in the author's skill at giving compelling motivations to all the characters for their actions, I was vicariously cheering for Darcy's and Elizabeth's strong marriage despite the challenges Georgiana presents throughout, I was immersed, I was enchanted, and I was anticipating that, just as in every P&P variation I've ever read (which number in the hundreds), all would be well in the end, when, all at once, I was startled to realize that all would NOT be well.From roughly the time in the book where the news hits that Lydia has run off with Wickham, things get ugly. The plot goes from refreshingly believable to over-the-top melodramatic complete with a raging storm keeping our hero and heroine apart, and most particularly in the pivotal scene, where one character is exposed as dangerously insane and 2 major characters are killed. At the conclusion, families are still irrevocably broken apart and the Bennet family is more or less ruined. Not how one expects a feel-good romance story to end, is it?I would still highly recommend it, as long as you are forewarned that there is as much tragedy as there is romance in the concluding chapters.Oh, and yes, there's lots of sex throughout, but those scenes are as well written as the rest of the book and are only after they are married. There's perhaps more of it than is necessary, but that's a matter of personal taste. I know there are some who think ANY explicit sexual content is abhorrent, so, if you're one of them, this book isn't for you.

  • Sheila Majczan
    2019-04-20 11:27

    I thought of Hamlet as I came to the end of this story - one of Shakespeare's tragedies! There were many things I liked in this book but I was not happy with the one major character's fate. It really came as a shock and I was not happy with it. I am not naming names so as not to spoil the story.There are some significant differences in characters and behaviors in this variation of P&P. Mr. Bennet "stabs" his favorite daughter in the back by demanding she marry Mr. Collins. Oh, his "reasons" do come out later in the story (to the detriment of Jane's self esteem) but Elizabeth is no shrinking violet, as we know. So she is running away to London in the hopes that her aunt and uncle will support her decision and help her find employment in some way or other to support herself.Fate, in the guise of a torrential rain storm, intervenes and, as they say, "the rest is history". Yes, the marriage between ODC occurs early in this tale but there are so many sigh-worthy thoughts and actions on Darcy's part that telling you of the marriage isn't half the story of how it did come about. Darcy is such a romantic in this book! His love for Elizabeth is realized early BUT he does have some lessons about trust and communication to learn. There are some scenes of passion and fulfillment so be warned (MA only) but they are after marriage. The author did have ODC exploring their sexuality.I thought that Darcy and Elizabeth had few close friends or family members in this story. Jane became more and more resentful of Elizabeth and that was sad to read. I kept hoping that there was going to be a moment when Jane came to her senses and was happy for Elizabeth - didn't happen. Jane's unhappiness began before this story's onset and she somehow found more and more to blame Elizabeth for as the story progressed. Mr. Bennet became bitter and other than his usual sulking in his study with a book and now a bottle is a non entity after the first chapter. Darcy's only family friend is Col. Fitzwilliams. His aunt and uncle on his mother's side are the bitterest of foes to Darcy in learning of his marriage. Bingley remains a friend after a confrontation about the whole "you married a Bennet" fiasco but the others in his family are even worse than in canon. Fortunately, Elizabeth does find a friend in the neighborhood. The Grey family provides some new actors in our tale: one good friend for both Elizabeth and Darcy but also some of the family reminding Elizabeth (and us) of Caroline Bingley. Caroline is not-to-be-believed in one scene at Pemberley.Georgiana was so different in this tale. Her background, the history of her relationship with her own father, and then with Darcy after the father's death, and the whole Wickham saga keep us wondering if she is ever going to have a major revelation about those around her and just who can and who can't be trusted. The conflict, the sneakiness, the utter disregard for others by Georgiana are behaviors which have not been painted in most other JAFF. And then there is her relationship with Wickham! It goes from bad to worse.The best part of this book was reading of how Elizabeth's and Darcy's marriage came to be and how their love and relationship grew. Many happy moments were spent reading their thoughts and actions towards and for each other. BUT again, I was not happy with everything at the end...thus 4 stars.

  • Leslie
    2019-04-24 09:31

    I really enjoyed this Pride and Prejudice variation. Starting the day after the Netherfield Ball we meet a besotted Darcy, a mercenary Jane and spoiled Georgiana. Mr. Bennet is forcing Lizzie to marry Mr. Collins, with Bingley gone from Herefordshire; never to return, she is the only hope to keep them from the hedgerows.Lizzie flees to London, only to be undone by a rain storm and a broken wagon wheel. Mr. Darcy comes by and rescues her and offers to deliver her to London. Their trip is further waylayed by the storm. This tale of less pride, Darcy is just so nice and considerate, and less prejudice, Lizzie knows Jane doesn't love Bingley and Wickham is a baddie, is a fun read. The twist on Georgiana was compelling; she is usually a thinly developed character just used to propel others but in this version she makes Lydia Bennet look naive.What prevents me from giving it 5 stars are the detailed sex scenes.

  • Erika
    2019-04-17 09:30

    I loved this book, I think I may have read an earlier version on one of the JAFF websites, just can't think which one. Anyways it was a great read, very interesting way for Elizabeth and Darcy to come together, can't stand Lizzy's family in this one, but these versions make the story work better. It had enough angst to not be too strenuous for my heart. ;)' I thought it was well written and drew me so into the book that I had such a hard time putting it down, read so late into the night/morning that the birds and sun were rising!!! I would definitely recommend this book and keep it so I can re-read again.

  • Shelley
    2019-03-26 15:42

    I really liked this book. The different character development of Mr. Bennet, Fitzwilliam, and Georgianna. I read this book in two days. When I finished the book I was so surprised at the end. I had to read it al over again. The sex scenes where nicely done. Her first book written. I would read from this author again.

  • EM Clark
    2019-03-27 08:26

    If I had a top 20, this would be on itOne of my favorite reviewers spoke very highly of this novel, so I made sure to buy it. I have seen many things become of the major supporting characters, but this novel in particular was a very dark but refreshing twist. That, paired with the wonderful relationship between Darcy and Elizabeth presented here, made for such an enthralling read that I had dreams about what would happen next when I finally made myself go to bed last night! I am very impressed with the writer and plan to read the rest of her stories as well.

  • Brittany
    2019-03-24 12:41

    In this variation Mr. Bennet does in fact try and force Elizabeth to marry Mr. Collins. As Elizabeth cannot stomach the idea she runs away, but unfortunately on her way out of town the rain begins to heavily fall, and a wheel breaks on the carriage. Mr. Hill tries to go back to Meryton to quickly resolve the situation, but that would leave Elizabeth stranded. Darcy upon resolving to leave Netherfield happens to see Elizabeth stranded on the side of the road on his way out of town, and offers his assistance. Elizabeth is reluctant at first, but sees this as her only opportunity to really escape. What I love: As always I love watching Elizabeth and Darcy fall in love. LL Diamond does a great job detailing the way that they fall for each other. This is my second novel I've read by Ms. Diamond, and I love the fact that I didn't predict what would happen in either. Although it breaks my heart that a main character dies, I believe it was very well written and made some sense. For some reason I like variations where Mr. Bennet is not all that kind, and where Jane is not all that angelic. She hit the mark on this one. I think that she does a great job creating villains! And I love a good villain :)What I am not so fond of: It's only a small complaint - but I feel like things could have wrapped up better. I know she probably didn't want to get off base, so she just tried to keep it very Elizabeth and Darcy centric. However, I would have liked to see Elizabeth face her father, mother, or Jane again. What happens to Mr. Bennet? What happens with Jane? They tell you a little of what happens to Jane, but there's no reflection on it. I would have liked to see Jane and Elizabeth have a final showdown you know? Also, Anne DeBourgh is in one scene, and she's pretty crazy - I would have liked to explore that more. Lady Catherine seems to write Darcy a lot complaining, but there are no further developments in that area.This story was great though, and I will most likely read it again!

  • Elizabeth Bennet
    2019-04-23 12:18

    I did enjoy reading this new version of our favorite couple. I like the fact that the couple was together early on but I do wish it would have had more excitement. The book didn't have the on your edge plots like others in this class have had. The main focus being shone on the couple, which I did enjoy but I love more outside friction of sorts. I read another review which almost gave me pause to purchase this book simply stating that it was porn and a waste of time. I am glad I followed my own gut because I did not see it as such. What the author chose to show us behind closed doors was natural and, in my opinion, necessary to make the characters more human. I love P&P but I have read others who knock on writing about any kind of intimacy between Darcy and Elizabeth. I don't get it we fall in love with Austen's characters but fault those who continue the story and don't portray the couple as frigid. Yes, JA didn't write them as so but in any relationship there should be a healthy sexual side. They weren't having orgies for the love of god just doing what a couple would naturally do in the next stage of their relationship. My main difficulty in the book was accepting the lack of brother and sister bond with Darcy and Georgianna on the other hand I loved Col. Fitzwilliam and how he,Lizzy and Darcy got along. The ending left alot of unanswered questions surrounding Bingley, the col. and even E&D. The excitement that did appear at the end did not at all end the way I would have liked and that is why it got 4 stars.

  • Carol Perrin
    2019-04-12 13:36

    Rain and RetributionThe relationship between Darcy and Elizabeth is wonderful. So many good qualities in Fitzwilliam come to light immediately in this story, he just needed a little push in the right direction. When Fitzwilliam leaves Netherfield, just outside of Meryton, he finds Lizzy standing in the rain and cannot leave her there. Mr. Hill was talking her to the next stage station when the cart broke a wheel. Stalled because of the weather at the inn, Lizzy gets sick and Darcy takes care of her. During the days at the inn, Darcy discovers why she was on the road, and his plan is an answer to the problem she ran away from. The way Darcy sets Lady Catherine, Anne de Bourgh, and Lord Matlock down was spectacular. They all had it coming. When Lady Catherine and Lord Matlock find out that George Darcy had in his will a contingency that Fitzwilliam would lose his inheritance if he married Anne de Bourgh. Boy did the feathers fly upon finding the out. What I didn't like was the characterization of Mr. Bennet, Jane, and Georgiana. My word, they were as bad as Wickham and Caroline combined. Was a great story, and Lizzy is saved from Mr. Collins.

  • Susanne
    2019-04-08 15:24

    Elizabeth flees a forced marriage to Mr. Collins with the assistance of the Hills, trying to get to London to the Gardiners'. But in the pouring rain, her conveyance breaks down, and Mr. Darcy comes to the rescue. When they stop at an inn, Elizabeth becomes ill and thus is compromised, and Mr. Darcy offers marriage...which Elizabeth accepts. Once the several days of rain abate and Elizabeth is able to travel, they marry quickly at Darcy House...and then the romancing begins. :)

  • Miyanomori
    2019-04-12 09:21

    Actual Rating: 2.5A pleasant read if rather rushed towards the end. I'd also have liked a timeskip epilogue but alas.

  • Laura
    2019-04-22 13:46

    While Elizabeth and Darcy were relatively well characterised the entirety of the supporting characters were absolutely butchered. Mr Bennet, Jane, and Georgiana especially were basically pulled from an alternate universe where every character we're meant to like is warped into being the worst possible version of themselves. There's an argument for writing a "P&P gone bad" universe, but it really doesn't work here as Elizabeth and Darcy are, if anything, devoid of flaws, with Darcy in particular being just too nice. It makes for uneven and ultimately unsatisfying storytelling.The storyline itself ran out of steam around 40% in. Storylines were wrapped up, (spoiler alert) Darcy and Elizabeth were in love and on the same page, and most of the issues were resolved.However, having said all that, it is well written and there are some nice fluffy Darcy/Elizabeth scenes. Ultimately, for me, it was simultaneously too bland (Darcy/Elizabeth) and too unforgiving (the rest of the characters) for me to enjoy it.

  • Kimberly
    2019-04-17 15:46

    So many characters were altered that it took me a long time to adjust. Jane, mercenary? That was the hardest to swallow. But I don't know if it was necessary as the author simply created an original character with her countenance to take her place. I felt throughout this book that Darcy and Elizabeth could do no wrong - except to each other. They were perfect to others, they were right about everything. Even the reprehensible act of almost slapping a woman was ok, because she deserved it and Darcy was a saint for not doing it before he did.A few moments that didn't fit in with social allowances of the times, but it was still a nice story.

  • Hui Ting
    2019-04-07 12:28

    A very interesting plot and I love how Darcy was so tender and passionate. I was also curious as to how Elizabeth's relationship with Jane and Mr Bennet might be resolved but I guess they just get more further apart in the end. I do like that Lizzy has a new best friend in Miss Grey and it was just comforting that she has someone close to her since she lost Jane and Charlotte is in Kent. There were some really dramatic moments when Lady Catherine and Lord Matlock came to confront Lizzy, as well as the debacle with Wickham at the end. A nice read all in all!

  • Susan
    2019-03-28 09:32

    A Pride and Prejudice variation where Mr and Mrs Bennet attempt to force Elizabeth to marry Mr. Collins.She flies the house intend on placing herself in the protection of her Aunt and Uncle Gardiner. Not far from Meryton a storm ensures she meets Darcy.

  • Madeline
    2019-04-15 11:30

    To good for words to describeI loved everything about the book. It had everything you would want to read including romance, suspense, conflict, and very happy and some very lovely intimate resolutions . Bravo ! I only wish there was more to read ...

  • Barbara
    2019-04-10 12:31

    These are not Austen' characters, and not her style of writing. Although the premise of Elizabeth marrying Darcy in order to avoid being forced to marry Collins is interesting, the writing seemed juvenile and the personalities of Jane and Mr. Bennett are so changed as to be unrecognizable.

  • Amy Tolbert
    2019-04-20 12:37

    Elizabeth runs away and encounters Darcy. They decide to elope. The rest of the novel deals with the fall out of their marriage. Many characters were substantially changed-- Mr. Bennet demands that Elizabeth marry Collins, Jane is mercenary and resentful, and Georgiana is moody and unrepentant.

  • Maria
    2019-03-27 14:25

    Better then some, but still not very interesting plot wise.

  • Shannon
    2019-03-27 11:47

    Very different variation in this book.

  • I20neorg
    2019-04-17 14:42

    E runs away after Collins proposal. Meets up with D and they marry soon after. G still in love with W.

  • Dawn
    2019-03-29 08:35

    Interesting retelling of Pride and Prejudice. I loved the fact that Jane was not quite so perfect. Mr. Bennet was harsh and unforgiving. Wanting Lizzie to marry Mr. Collins.

  • Jessica (BookRockGoddess) Bolton
    2019-04-16 11:30

    Really different take on P&P. full review coming soon.