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Rain & Retribution // by L.L. Diamond

Type: Variation

Setting:  Regency

Read Via: Kindle

Overall Rating:  3.0/5.0

Characters True-to-Original Rating:  2.75/5.0

Copyright:  2013

Pages: 410

Clean Rating:  Definitely mature.  Multiple sex scenes.

Synopsis (via Goodreads): 

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?


In this version, when Mr. Collins proposes to Elizabeth, Mr. Bennet doesn’t back Elizabeth up when she refuses.  Instead, he agrees that Elizabeth will marry Collins despite all of her protests.  Desperate, Elizabeth decides to run away from home, hoping that if she can make it to London, her aunt and uncle will help her.  The servants help her sneak out of the house and head towards the next town, where she intends to catch the post to London.  However, a sudden storm comes up and the carriage slides off the road and breaks something important, leaving Elizabeth a bit stranded as if she walks back to Meryton, her fate is sealed.

Just when all seems lost, Mr. Darcy appears on the horizon, on his way back to London as well in his own comfy carriage.  He ends up stopping and giving Elizabeth a lift.  She doesn’t really want to get stuck with Mr. Grumpy-pants, but feels she has no choice.  Unfortunately for Elizabeth, the rains continue and they are forced to take shelter in an inn.  Of course, the inn is stuffed full of people, so they have to share a room.  Stranded for three days together, they slowly are able to learn more about each other and correct misunderstandings.  When Elizabeth confesses her dilemma, Mr. Darcy offers to marry her, and does so as soon as they arrive in London.

There was actually a lot to like about this story.  It was an interesting twist, and I really liked both Darcy and Elizabeth.  However, the story did drag in places, and there were way too many scenes with Mature Content.  There were also a few characters who are nice people in the original (and most variations), who were not particularly nice in this story, and I didn’t really care for that.  I was especially sad that Elizabeth is never reconciled with her parents.  As I’m thinking about it, part of the reason this story was kind of boring was that there wasn’t any character development at all.  Things happen to people but no one really changes because of it.

Overall, decent for a one-time read, but not one that I want to return to again.

Spoiler Review:  (complete with capital letters, exclamation points, and question marks)…

Who decides that one of the bad characters is going to be Jane?!?!  JANE?!?!?  In this version, Jane is just as indifferent and mercenary towards Bingley as Darcy thinks she is.  Before Mr. Collins proposes, Jane confesses to Elizabeth that she doesn’t really care for Bingley, but intends to land him if possible so that she can get out of the house.  She was in love with someone else a while ago who left her and broke her heart, and now she is anti-love.  And…  that’s it.  No more character development, no happy ending, no reconciliation with Elizabeth, nothing.  What?!

And Georgianna??  I have read some versions where she is a bit spoiled or whatever, but always is brought around eventually.  In this version she is bitter, rebellious, and annoying – and stays that way until the very end when she literally throws herself in front of a bullet to save Darcy’s life!  What?!  She spends a lot of time trying to break up Darcy’s marriage, apparently just because she’s jealous??  I didn’t mind the idea that Georgianna was still secretly in love/in contact with Wickham, but she was such an unpleasant person that it felt like they just deserved each other.

Wickham, of course, went way off the rails, coming to Pemberley on a murderous rampage.  I mean seriously.

Mr. Bennet is an angry man who purposely wanted to marry Elizabeth off to Collins so that she would always be close to him (Bennet).  It really annoys me when variations turn Mr. Bennet into this manipulative father who creepily wants his daughter to never leave.  I actually love the relationship Elizabeth has with her father in the original story, so I’m always distressed when this is portrayed as him just being lazy and a user.  I thought it was really terrible that Elizabeth absolutely never saw her family again, or tried to make up with them, or anything.  Basically, Darcy’s original prejudices are all proved correct – the rest of the Bennets are all money-grabbing and ill-bred, which meant Darcy’s lessons about pride were kind of pointless.

There is also this super weird scene where after Darcy and Elizabeth are married, Bingley & co. come to visit, and Caroline sneaks into Darcy’s room and tries to seduce him??  This seemed utterly pointless, as Caroline has nothing to gain except ruining her own reputation.  Just too weird.

All in all, this version would have been a lot better if the Darcys hadn’t been so completely surrounded by jerks.  It made for depressing reading at times, and meant the whole story dragged.

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