Pride & Prejudice Variations: Darcy’s Parent(s) Still Alive

Here is a list of Pride & Prejudice variations where either one or both of Mr. Darcy’s parents are still alive during the novel.

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While you’re waiting for my next book (I know, I know), here’s a list of Pride & Prejudice variations you can read about the scenario that either one or both of his parents are still alive.

An Accident at Pemberley: A Pride and Prejudice Variation by Linda C. Thompson

Set before Mr. Bingley takes up residence at Netherfield Park, Elizabeth travels into Derbyshire with her Aunt and Uncle Gardiner in An Accident at Pemberley: A Pride and Prejudice Variation by Linda C. Thompson. On a day when her relations are visiting with some of Mrs. Gardiner’s childhood friends, Elizabeth decides to explore the small village instead. Without realizing it, she strays further and further from the village, unconsciously walking in the direction of Pemberley, the estate they visited two days prior.

Lost in her thoughts and the beauty of the Derbyshire countryside, Elizabeth wanders further than she realizes and fails to notice the storm clouds building above her. With the first flash of lightning and peel of thunder, she seeks somewhere to shelter from the storm. Rushing for a dense tree line where she might stay dry from the impending rain, Elizabeth Bennet meets with a dreadful accident.

Returning from business in London, Fitzwilliam Darcy races across the grounds of Pemberley trying to outrun the storm. Coming across a beautiful young woman who is injured, he takes her home so his staff can care for her. Darcy hopes her presence will help lift his mother’s melancholy.

When Elizabeth regains consciousness, she has no memory of her name or her past. During the many weeks of her recovery, Elizabeth grows close to Mr. Darcy and his mother, Lady Anne. When Elizabeth recovers enough to leave the estate, the Darcys decided she needs an identity that will protect her from gossip. And so, Miss Elizabeth Chamberlayne, a long-lost Darcy cousin is born. After receiving two requests, Darcy accepts an invitation to stay with his friend, Mr. Bingley, at Netherfield Park and the ladies will join him.

What will happen when Elizabeth comes face to face with her family? Will she remember them, or will her memory still be a blank? All of the original characters of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice make an appearance. How will Elizabeth’s lack of memory affect her interactions with them?

The Bennet and Darcy Arrangement by Melanie Schertz

The Darcy family tree has many branches, one of which leads to Thomas Bennet’s family in The Bennet and Darcy Arrangement by Melanie Schertz.

The Darcy and Bennet families have long been friends, including young Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth. To protect his son from an arranged marriage to Fitzwilliam’s cousin, Anne De Bourgh, his father makes an arrangement for him to marry his dearest friend, Elizabeth Bennet.

Then tragedy struck, with the death of Lady Anne Darcy. The boy decides loving someone can only lead to heartache, and he does not wish to suffer loss again. What will become of Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth?

Darcy vs. Bennet: A Pride and Prejudice Variation by Victoria Kincaid

Elizabeth Bennet is drawn to a handsome, mysterious man she meets at a masquerade ball in Darcy vs. Bennet: A Pride and Prejudice Variation by Victoria Kincaid.

However, she gives up all hope for a future with him when she learns he is the son of George Darcy, the man who ruined her father’s life. Despite her father’s demand that she avoid the younger Darcy, when he appears in Hertfordshire Elizabeth cannot stop thinking about him, or seeking him out, or welcoming his kisses….

Fitzwilliam Darcy has struggled to carve out a life independent from his father’s vindictive temperament and domineering ways, although the elder Darcy still controls the purse strings. After meeting Elizabeth Bennet, Darcy cannot imagine marrying anyone else, even though his father despises her family. More than anything he wants to make her his wife, but doing so would mean sacrificing everything else.

Darcy’s Surprise Betrothal: A Pride & Prejudice Novel Variation by Zoe Burton

When Elizabeth Bennet’s beloved father dies in Darcy’s Surprise Betrothal: A Pride & Prejudice Novel Variation by Zoe Burton, her world is thrown into uncertainty. The only home she has ever known must now pass to a man she only knows by reputation, and his reputation holds little hope of a safe and secure future.

Upon hearing of Mr. Bennet’s death, Fitzwilliam Darcy and his father immediately travel to Longbourn to assist the Bennet ladies and to be present for the reading of the will – a document that contains a secret that could alter the course of both the Darcy and Bennet families. When this secret is revealed, will it bring joy and peace as intended, or will it throw Elizabeth’s life further into chaos?

Fathers Know Best: A Pride and Prejudice Variation by Iris Lim

Life was full of hope and expectations, until it wasn’t, for George Darcy and Thomas Bennet in Fathers Know Best: A Pride and Prejudice Variation by Iris Lim.

Left to raise their children on their own after the death of their respective wives, the two men make a few unconventional choices. And when those choices start to have consequences, it’s up to their children to figure things out.

Delve into an alternate universe where Mrs. Bennet passes after the birth of three daughters and where the two heroes’ fathers possess an unlikely friendship. Some things can be silly, and some others can be unexpectedly sweet.

Fitzwilliam Darcy, Fugitive by Melanie Schertz

When Fitzwilliam Darcy learns he has been framed for a murder in Fitzwilliam Darcy, Fugitive by Melanie Schertz, his only chance to clear his name and save himself from hanging is to disappear to somewhere he is unknown.

Fortunately for him, Darcy learns of a position at the estate of Thomas Bennet. As the young gentleman attempts to find a way to be free of the charges, he must also hide his developing feelings he has for his employer’s second daughter.

Will he be able to prove his innocence and return to his life, and could he leave his heart behind if he was to regain his position in society?

Matchmakers by Ola Wegner

What if George Darcy had not died but lived long enough to guide his son through adulthood? What if he had decided that it would be for the best for his only son to marry one of the daughters of his old university friend, Thomas Bennet?

In Matchmakers by Ola Wegner, a variation of the beloved novel, George Darcy and Thomas Bennet are playing matchmakers for their own children. How will Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam react to matrimonial plans of their fathers? Can it be a match made in heaven?

A Matchmaking Mother by Jann Rowland

What is a mother to do in A Matchmaking Mother by Jann Rowland?

A marriage of convenience, even when it brings the benefit of great wealth, cannot be agreeable, especially when the principals of the union are ill-suited.

The mother who loves her son has no choice but to interfere, and the best way to do so is to present another option.

Meet Me at Oakham Mount by Melanie Schertz

Meet Me at Oakham Mount by Melanie Schertz is a Pride and Prejudice variation where Lady Anne survives her hsuband and remarries.

What if Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy came to an earlier understanding, including the infamous “not handsome enough” words being uttered in a different context.

But outside forces from different corners of England are attempting to keep the two apart.

Mr. Darcy, the Dance, and Desire: a Pride and Prejudice variation by Valerie Lennox

Mr. Darcy’s father lives in Mr. Darcy, the Dance, and Desire: a Pride and Prejudice variation by Valerie Lennox.

Twisted by the machinations of Mr. Wickham, the elder Mr. Darcy has all but disowned his son, who is forced to make his way on his own with no help from his family.

Currently, Mr. Darcy is a member of the militia, doing odd jobs like dancing instruction. He is an expert on a new and scandalous dance—the waltz.

When Miss Elizabeth Bennet meets him on the road to Meryton with her sisters, she has already heard the stories of his wretchedness from Mr. Wickham, the charming guest of Mr. Bingley, who has set his sights on her sister Jane.

When Mr. Wickham’s true nature is revealed, Elizabeth finds herself swept up in a plan to help those he has harmed. A plan that involves learning the wicked dance, the waltz. From none other than Mr. Darcy.

The Perfect Gentleman: A Pride & Prejudice Variation by Julie Cooper

GEORGIANA DARCY HAS GONE MISSING. Lizzy Bennet knows just what to do to find her in The Perfect Gentleman: A Pride & Prejudice Variation by Julie Cooper.

‘TIS NO SECRET that Lizzy Bennet has dreams. The uniquely talented daughter of a woman with a dubious reputation, Lizzy knows she must make her own way in a world that shuns her. Fitzwilliam Darcy carries the stains of his family’s dishonour upon his soul and only by holding himself to the strictest standards has he reclaimed his place in society. If his fifteen-year-old sister cannot be found quickly, her scandal could destroy years of perfect behaviour. Lizzy is willing to join the pursuit to get what she wants but will Darcy be willing to trust her with his secrets? And what will they do when the search for Georgiana reveals what neither expected to find?

THIS PRIDE AND PREJUDICE VARIATION is two stories in one book. Volume 1 starts in Ramsgate with the disappearance of Miss Darcy and follows the adventures of Elizabeth Bennet as she seeks to find her. In Volume 2, our favourite couple has recognised their feelings for one another but more surprises and challenges still await them at Pemberley.

Pledged: A Pride and Prejudice Variation by Rose Fairbanks

She was everything he ever wanted…if only she was not his best friend’s sister in Pledged: A Pride and Prejudice Variation by Rose Fairbanks.

As any honourable gentleman knows, a friend’s sister is untouchable. It is a code that Fitzwilliam Darcy has never had an issue with until now. However, Elizabeth Bennet might be enticing enough to risk not only disinheritance from his father and the displeasure of his entire family but also the loss of his best friend’s trust.

To Elizabeth, her brother’s friend, Will, is as pompous as the day is long. However, he is also enigmatic, and soon, she finds herself drawn to his complexities. Unexpectedly, she falls hard and fast for this young heir of a vast estate, but at sixteen, she has never been in London society before and is new to all its deceptions and games. Will she be able to decipher who to trust or will her heart pay the ultimate price?

A Pair of Dancing Brown Eyes by Melanie Schertz

What if Elizabeth and Jane were the daughters of Mr Bennet’s first wife, Eleanor, who died in childbirth bringing Elizabeth and her twin brother (who also died) into the world? That’s what happens in A Pair of Dancing Brown Eyes by Melanie Schertz.

Distraught, a few years later, he marries Fanny Philips who turns out to be a vicious and vindictive woman who holds Elizabeth to blame for all the wrongs in her life. The girls are forced to leave their family home to live in Lambton with an aunt and uncle, and they meet the Darcy family.

What means will Fanny enact to revenge herself for all the wrongs she feels Elizabeth has done her?

Promises: An Austen-Inspired Romance by Wendi Sotis

Adapting characters from Jane Austen’s much loved tale, Promises: An Austen-Inspired Romance by Wendi Sotis takes Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy on a much different journey than Austen did in Pride and Prejudice.

Through their fathers’ friendship, Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy meet as children. Over the years, their feelings for each other grow and they promise themselves to each other, but unfortunate circumstances and interfering family members seek to keep them apart.

Will misunderstandings and mistaken impressions divide Elizabeth and William forever?

Governing His Heart by Melanie Schertz

When her father dies in Governing His Heart by Melanie Schertz, Mr Gerald Darcy hires Elizabeth Bennet to be the governess for his young daughter, Georgiana.

Will love blossom between the young governess and Gerald’s son, Fitzwilliam?

A Proper Form of Pride: A Pride and Prejudice Variation by Jaeza Rayleigh

In A Proper Form of Pride: A Pride and Prejudice Variation by Jaeza Rayleigh, we have a timeline where Wickham’s misdeeds start earlier and Fitzwilliam Darcy’s father holds his godson over his heir in all things, young Darcy must learn from different role models to find his own path.

With the support of his Fitzwilliam relatives and his friend, Charles Bingley, he resists the temptation to give in to emotional blackmail or behave less honorably to gain his father’s praise. Instead, he plans and prepares for a future without Pemberley.

When the crisis comes, he takes an unusual path that eventually leads him to Meryton and Elizabeth Bennet. Despite his changed circumstances, his honorable behavior shows young Darcy to have a proper form of pride.

The Recovery of Fitzwilliam Darcy: A Pride & Prejudice Variation by Lucy Marin

IN 1789 A TERRIBLE CRIME IS COMMITTED in The Recovery of Fitzwilliam Darcy: A Pride & Prejudice Variation by Lucy Marin, plunging one family into grief as another rejoices in the gift of an unexpected son. Two decades later, a chance meeting leads to the discovery of the lost heir of Pemberley and the man who knew himself as Mr William Lucas is restored to his birthright as Fitzwilliam Darcy of Pemberley.

DISCOVERING THE TRUTH ABOUT HIS PAST means leaving behind everyone and everything he has ever known and loved—including his childhood best friend and soon-to-be betrothed, Elizabeth Bennet. Tormented by questions about himself, and his place, Darcy struggles to understand and adapt to his changed identity and his new life. He must contend with a father buried in the shadows of the past and family relationships he does not understand.

A Required Engagement: Book One of a Pride and Prejudice Variation by Nora Kipling

Mr. Darcy has been accused of the most unnatural of desires in A Required Engagement: Book One of a Pride and Prejudice Variation by Nora Kipling, and must find a wife to allay the rumors as soon as possible.

Mr. Darcy has just returned from an unsuccessful Season in London, only to be confronted by his father regarding some rumors as to his behavior while amongst the Ton. Faced with banishment from the family estate, Mr. Darcy travels to Netherfield where he will meet with and choose a wife amongst the daughters of his father’s old friend, Mr. Bennet.

But Mr. Darcy has old friends of his own, one of which does not have his best of intentions at heart. On top of that, he must choose between betraying Mr. Bingley or pleasing his father in his choice of bride!

Pemberley Quaking by Melanie Schertz 

In November of 1795 in Pemberley Quaking by Melanie Schertz , an earthquake struck Derby shire.

Trapped in the basement of the mercantile in Lambton are Gerald Darcy, his son Fitzwilliam, and Miss Elizabeth Bennet.

What will happen in the wake of the earthquake?

A Sister’s Curse: A Pride and Prejudice Variation by Jayne Bamber

Two families from very different situations in life are linked forever after a fatal accident on the Great North Road in A Sister’s Curse: A Pride and Prejudice Variation by Jayne Bamber.

This tragedy breeds years of sorrow and misunderstanding as well as prosperity and even romance in an emotional coming of age tale not only for Elizabeth Bennet, but for her sisters, and even the adults who let them down.

Sons of Pemberley: A Pride & Prejudice Reimagining by Elizabeth Adams 

Fitzwilliam Darcy has an extensive family in Sons of Pemberley: A Pride & Prejudice Reimagining by Elizabeth Adams  . Unfortunately.

“Sons of Pemberley” is a family saga — the story of generations of the Darcy and Wickham families.

The tale begins during the childhood of George Darcy and Samuel Wickham. A chance meeting results in Samuel saving George from drowning. The boys form a solid friendship that will last their lifetimes, surpassing all distinctions of class and wealth.

I Promise To… by Zoe Burton

While Fitzwilliam Darcy has known Elizabeth Bennet all his life in I Promise To… by Zoe Burton, he had never considered her as a possible wife. That is, he hadn’t considered her as such until his father betrothed her to him without his knowledge. However, when he discovers the chilling reason, he understands the necessity of his father’s actions.

Before Elizabeth Bennet was attacked by an unwanted suitor, she was happy, outgoing, and confident. Now, she’s fearful. Before, she had dreamed of marrying for love. Now, she must marry for safety.

Though Darcy and Elizabeth quickly realize that their life-long friendship is rooted in the deepest of loves, her life and reputation are still in danger. Will Darcy be able to keep his promise to protect his beloved bride, or will an apparently untouchable peer make it impossible?

Teachings of His Father: A Pride and Prejudice Variation by Kate Speck

What if Mr. Darcy’s father took the time to teach his son what was right and to correct his temper?

Teachings of His Father: A Pride and Prejudice Variation by Kate Speck begins earlier when Fitzwilliam Darcy is 23 years old and he meets Elizabeth Bennet as a young woman, who is visiting the Gardiners in London. The elder Mr. Darcy is alive and several anti-heroes are thwarted early due to his interventions.

An Unwavering Trust by L.L. Diamond

Fitzwilliam Darcy is in a difficult situation in An Unwavering Trust by L.L. Diamond. His father is pressing him to propose marriage to the last woman in the world he would wish to take as his wife.

With a fortnight to announce his betrothal, he makes the acquaintance of Elizabeth Bennet, who is in a predicament of her own.

Could Darcy be willing to consider Elizabeth as a solution to his problem and to hers?

And can Elizabeth ascertain enough of Darcy’s character to trust him upon nothing but a first impression?

Darcy’s Unwanted Bride: A Pride & Prejudice Novel Variation by Zoe Burton

Two strangers forced to wed. Is happiness in marriage possible?

Twenty-year-old Fitzwilliam Darcy is betrothed to a stranger in Darcy’s Unwanted Bride: A Pride & Prejudice Novel Variation by Zoe Burton by his mentally and physically abusive father. He’s spent his life staying out of the way. Now, he would like to flee, but the consequences of refusing his father would crush his soul.

Elizabeth Bennet discovers on her seventeenth birthday that within twenty-four hours, she will be marrying a man she has never met. Within minutes of the ceremony, she discovers just how loathsome the man who is now in charge of her is.

Can these two unwilling partners find love, or are they doomed to a miserable existence?

If Only In His Dreams by Melanie Schertz

Mr. Darcy has had a dream for several years in If Only In His Dreams by Melanie Schertz about the woman he would one day marry. When he finds Elizabeth Bennet at the Meryton Assembly, he instantly makes plans to secure his future. Will Elizabeth accept her future willingly or will she refuse to become the future Mrs Darcy.

In this tale, we have the pleasure of meeting Lady Anne Darcy who is still alive and a Lady Catherine de Bourgh who is a survivor of an abusive husband who is deceased. Also present in the tale is the heir of Longbourn who is Jane and Elizabeth’s elder brother.