Dare to Refuse Such a Man by Mary Smythe

When I read the summary on Amazon for Dare to Refuse Such a Man, I knew I had to read it. I mean, Mr. Bennet refuses Mr. Darcy’s suit. Why would he do that? So I simply had to read it. Fortunately, it’s on Kindle Unlimited.

A quote from Dare to Refuse Such a Man by Mary Smythe

In this variation, Mr. Darcy meets Miss Elizabeth the summer before Mr. Bingley lets Netherfield. So when the prologue opens with the Meryton assembly, you can imagine the surprise when Mr. Darcy hugs Elizabeth and kisses her.

A quote from Dare to Refuse Such a Man by Mary Smythe

The Gardiners travel to Derbyshire the summer before, rather than the summer after as it is in canon. There, Elizabeth encounters Mr. Darcy in Lambton. Over the course of several weeks, the pair fall in love. Yet, when Mr. Darcy applies for Elizabeth’s hand from Mr. Gardiner, he says he must write Mr. Bennet.

Dare to Refuse Such a Man by Mary Smythe

Brief Summary (while trying not to give everything away)

In Dare to Refuse Such a Man, that is precisely what happens. Mr. Bennet refuses Mr. Darcy, saying that Elizabeth is already betrothed. Yet, Elizabeth has no knowledge of this betrothal. Mr. Bennet forces Elizabeth to return home before she can accept Mr. Darcy’s proposal. Is Elizabeth truly betrothed? Read and find out!


Dare to Refuse Such a Man displays a more cunning Mrs. Bennet than canon. In fact, Mr. Bennet and Mrs. Bennet seem to switch roles in this variation. I highly recommend this one to anyone who loves Elizabeth and Darcy. This one is on Kindle Unlimited.

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