Author: Mary Anne Mushatt (MAB)
Story URL: Story Link
Word count: 51,600
In this tale, Elizabeth is a duchess when she first meets Darcy. It’s difficult to elaborate upon that very much without spoiling the story for potential readers (so you probably shouldn’t look at the category list for this fic if you don’t want to be spoiled). Suffice it to say that I love the back-story and enjoyed the way a different set of circumstances changes some elements of Darcy and Elizabeth’s interactions, while leaving a surprising number of other canon details the same. Because in the end, they are the same two people, with the same issues of pride and prejudice which defined the canon characters.
My only critique: There are children in this fic who are depicted in ways which I, as a mother, consider far too advanced developmentally to be realistic for their ages. However, that could be a result of a handful of continuity errors (in regards to how much time has elapsed) which are also present as opposed to a mistake in characterizing age-appropriate behavior in the children. In addition, this fic could probably be called crack!fic by some, but I don’t consider that to be a real criticism, as I love crack!fic. I like stories that go wildly AU and just have fun in the process, which is what this story does. However, some fans of the book may not like a story that has a back-story and setting so different from that in canon.