Author: Pat M.
Story URL: Story Link
Word count: 79,900
Summary: Elizabeth Bennet is taken as a newborn to Staffordshire, and is raised as the true daughter of a very wealthy family. She knew the Darcy family all her life, and had a crush on Darcy as a child. Darcy was always fascinated with Elizabeth, even when she was is a baby (no folks, he is not a pedophile!). This is their love story and there is no angst between them (other characters, yes, but not them). There is lots of HMS. These two just wanted to do the deed all the time, and who am I to stop them?
I’ve read this at least three or four times and enjoyed it greatly on each occassion. There is a lot of action and it is so completely AU that it is fun to see how Elizabeth’s canon-characterization was worked into such a radically different setting. The nature vs. nurture debate is illustrated well here.
I like the way that Darcy’s faults, which were addressed at Hunsford in canon, are not ignored. Instead, we see how Elizabeth is able to help Mr. Darcy want to be a better man in regards to those faults which she does not hesitate to alert him to, albeit in a more gentle manner.
And because this is a somewhat rare story element in the Jane Austen fandom, I must also bring attention to the fact that Darcy is a virgin until marriage in this fic. I adore fics which do this. As this Darcy has been in love with Elizabeth for years, it’s not surprising that he chose not to visit brothels when he was a young man,. I understand such loose behavior was common and expected of gentlemen in this era, but I despise stories in which that behavior is not merely acknowledged, but actually endorsed and justified. I am able to enjoy their relationship far better when I am not wondering at the risk of STDs at Pemberley, to say nothing of how disgusting I think such behavior is and how I feel it represents a serious shade in his character.
At the same time, I should probably warn readers that this story most decidedly earned the Adult rating, as Mr. & Mrs. Darcy have a very active love life.
My only critique: The story is, at its heart, pure fluff, in spite of the significant number and length of the drama, action and suspense elements. I love that about this story. However, be aware that the story is subsequently rather fanficish in its plot and writing style. While I love P&P fics in which a driving goal is to work out or eliminate all the canon issues with the least amount of angst possible, I know that is not something everyone else enjoys. Personally, I like to see the story’s conflicts come from outside of the couple’s relationship rather than from within. (This is probably a hang-up left over from my days in the Roswell fandom, where that show’s creator famously quipped, “A happy couple is a boring couple.”) Also, Mrs. Bennet is very OOC, but that’s deliberate, and in this fandom, the characterization of Mrs. Bennet as “truly ghastly” is considered a sub-genre.
Please note: The tag for “Violence or Abuse-Sexual” is in reference to an “off-camera” situation which is referenced briefly in the first chapter.