What Would Mr. Darcy Do? by Abigail Reynolds

In What Would Mr. Darcy Do? Elizabeth and Darcy’s encounter at the Lambton Inn has a very different outcome, and they embark in a low angst romance filled with thrilling moments. Instead of leaving Elizabeth at the inn, Darcy stays and comforts her, maybe a little more than he should as he ends up kissing her and getting caught by the Gardiner’s. This changes everything as Elizabeth and Darcy are made aware of each other’s feelings and will spend most of the book in a courtship-like relationship.

Abigail Reynolds has proven over time that she can do whatever she wants with these characters and make it work.  In this book, her approach was a sweet and uncomplicated romance between two characters who are young adults and are still discovering what it is like to be in love for the first time.

Instead of creating extravagant external conflicts or putting together a complex plot, Abigail Reynolds decided to allow Darcy and Elizabeth to discover their own emotions and take the reader along with them on this discovery. They are constantly aware of their sexual attraction, and that is a big part of the book, but the story remains clean and sweet without any sex scenes.

What Would Mr. Darcy Do? is a very low angst book, but it still captivated me as I read it non-stop. It is not the story that compels the reader to keep reading, but the writing and the relationship between Darcy and Elizabeth that makes its way into the readers’ hearts.

I believe most readers will enjoy this story and will read it in one sitting, and even thought this is better suited for those who do not like angst, I still believe the electrifying sexual attraction will appeal to all types of readers.


Jane Bennet’s Level

Pearl Hewitt is an experienced narrator capable of a great articulation and whose accent sounded perfect for this story. I enjoyed listening to her narration, even if at times I would prefer for the characters tone to be less exaggerated. Nevertheless it is one of the oldest JAFF audiobooks out there and a pleasant one which I recommend listening to. 

You can find What Would Mr. Darcy Do? at:



and on Audible


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10 responses to “What Would Mr. Darcy Do? by Abigail Reynolds

  1. Glynis

    I’ve read this one many times Rita! As you know I’m not an angst lover so I especially love this one. I do enjoy stories without all the misunderstandings between Darcy and Elizabeth! 🙂


  2. This is one of my favorites! I’ll have to check out the audiobook.


  3. Thanks for the short review, Rita. I have read this book when I first found Pride and Prejudice variation stories existed.


  4. sheilalmajczan

    I, also, have read this story more than once. 5 stars from me.


  5. Thank you, Rita, for this lovely review! It’s hard for me to believe I wrote this twenty years ago, and I can’t tell you how thrilled I am that people are still reading it. I had no idea what I was doing when I started writing this, and I’ve think I’ve changed and developed a lot as a writer since then, but this was where it all started.


  6. J. W. Garrett

    Great review, Rita. I have read this twice already and now want to read it again. Like Sheila said in her comment, it was 5-stars from me too. I loved it.


  7. suzanlauder

    I’ve reread this one because I liked it so much. It’s a keeper.


  8. maryvad

    What a lovely review! I must say reading your thoughts on Darcy and Elizabeth’s sweet romance was just what I needed and I look forward to reading this low angst romance fur myself.
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts.
    Stay safe.
    Mary. 🍀


  9. lucysmarin

    Rita, your review was wonderful. I remember reading ‘What Would Mr Darcy Do’ years ago; I’ll have to dig up my copy and give it a re-read! 🙂


  10. Charlotte

    Missed this one, but it sounds like a fun read 🙂


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