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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.

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