Here are some of my favorite Pride & Prejudice variations where a fire occurs as a major part of the storyline.
The last list I did of my P&P variation tropes was centered on Pride & Prejudice natural disasters. At the time, I purposely excluded fires because there are so many, and I wanted to include them in their own list.
I also have an idea for one that I want to write, provided I can ever finish A Most Beloved Sister. Some people have a TBR (to be read) list. I have a TBW (to be written) list!
So as you wait for me to write my own P&P variation that has a fire, here are some really good JAFFs that have fire as part of the storyline.
FITZWILLIAM DARCY HAD PLANNED TO LEAVE NETHERFIELD PARK and all thoughts of the enchanting Miss Elizabeth Bennet behind him in Fearful Symmetry: A Pride & Prejudice Variation by Gailie Ruth Caress—until one night when he saw smoke rising from Longbourn and realised she was in peril.
ELIZABETH BENNET FOUND MR DARCY ARROGANT AND INSUFERABLE right up until he became her hero, pulling her and her sister from the fire that devastated their home, and could have claimed both of their lives. Seeing how he put his own life at risk to pull her from the fire, how could she help but change her opinion of him?
THROWN TOGETHER AGAIN in the refuge offered at Netherfield, Darcy and Elizabeth’s unexpected bond gains strength. But disapproval, debts, and doubts all arise when the costs in time and expense involved in rebuilding Longbourn threaten to widen the gulf in standing between Elizabeth and Darcy in the eyes of society. Amidst these perplexities of destruction and decorum, can love’s courage overcome calamity?
With the rest of their family gone and their home destroyed, Elizabeth and Jane are taken in by their aunt and uncle in Meryton in From Ashes to Heiresses: A Pride and Prejudice Variation by Renata McMann and Summer Hanford.
Concerned about the two surviving Bennet sisters’ situation, Mr. Darcy and Mr. Bingley come to Hertfordshire, but not before Mr. Wickham attempts to use the situation to his advantage.
From Ashes to Heiresses is a Pride and Prejudice variation short story of approximately 13,750 words.
Elizabeth Bennet left all she loved behind when she accepted Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam’s hand in marriage in Tempted: A Pride and Prejudice Variation by Alix James.
Dragging her sister Jane, her cousin Billy Collins, and a horrible secret along with her, she leaves her home and family in the United States and sets sail for England… and safety. Expecting to meet her new husband when he returns from the Boer War, she is shocked to learn that not only does his family not believe her, but Richard has gone missing.
Fitzwilliam Darcy is only doing his duty. Trying to learn the truth of what happened to his cousin, while sheltering the woman who claims to be Richard Fitzwilliam’s wife, he encounters more than he bargained for. She is ill-prepared for life in his world, and her independent ways threaten to defeat her before she has even begun. Unfortunately, she is close to defeating him, as well. Pledged to marry another, but honor-bound to do all he can for Fitzwilliam’s wife, his equanimity and fortitude are tested whenever she is near.
When news of Fitzwilliam finally comes, it brings both grief and complications. Surprises, possibilities, and agonizing choices… Will Darcy and Elizabeth find a path to love? Or will new revelations and the shadows of the past tear them apart before they are even together?
Just to Hear ‘I Love You’: An Alternate Tale of Jane Austen’s ‘Pride & Prejudice’ by by Sarah Johnson
Mary Bennet’s life changes forever in Just to Hear ‘I Love You’: An Alternate Tale of Jane Austen’s ‘Pride & Prejudice’ by by Sarah Johnson when a childhood accident leaves her isolated in a silent world.
Her sister Elizabeth emerges as her fiercest champion and unstinting protector. When further tragedy befalls Longbourn, Aunt and Uncle Gardiner embrace their orphaned nieces into their London household.
Mary and Elizabeth must face the disapprobation of London society as they endure a Season of intense scrutiny. Will Mary’s own dearest wish— just to hear ‘I love you’ —ever come to be, or will her deafness forever consign her to life apart?
The sisters must face their past and Mary’s worst critic when another family’s tragedy lands directly on their doorstep. Will they both have the strength to return love from unexpected suitors?
Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy is desperate in The Letter of the Law: A Pride & Prejudice Variation by J Dawn King. If he doesn’t marry within 33 days, he loses guardianship of his sister to his cantankerous aunt Lady Catherine de Bourgh. His diligent search within the ton was in vain, so he heads to the country with his mind filled with determination and his heart hoping for love.
Miss Elizabeth Bennet is desperate. Her father’s disinterest in their estate has resulted in concern for the future of her family. When circumstances become precarious, Elizabeth accepts an offer from the last man on earth she suspected would be interested in marriage to her.
Will the hero and heroine of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice find their happily-ever-after when the odds and the wickedest of enemies are against them?
When two new eligible bachelors move into the neighborhood in A Test of Fire: A Pride and Prejudice Variation Novel by Elizabeth Ann West, the Meryton Assembly becomes a more exciting harvest celebration than ever before. Couples dance and make new acquaintances, reveling in so many possibilities the evening presents . . . until the shout of “FIRE!” echoes from overhead.
Scrambling for safety separates Elizabeth Bennet from her sister, Jane. Frightened that she might lose the person she loves best in all the world, Lizzy sets aside her fear and rushes back in to the burning building. Overwhelmed by the heat and falling debris, suddenly it’s Elizabeth in desperate need of saving!
When the burned out shell of the tavern and assembly rooms are left smoldering in the early morning hours, many families have lost too much. The Bennet family sits vigil over the injured Lizzy, praying that she wakes up. They are joined by another, the very man who carried her out in his arms: Mr. Darcy.
After Mr. Darcy’s failed proposal at Hunsford, he delivers a letter to Elizabeth Bennet to explain himself.
Except in A Most Alarming Report: A Pride and Prejudice Variation Novella by Atlee Rose, she gets a papercut on the letter and faints at the sight of blood.
Then, the brush catches fire, lightning strikes, and the local dam breaks.
Darcy and Elizabeth must stick together to save themselves while further odd incidences – wild animals, jewel thieves, and rioters among them – thrust the couple into a most improbable adventure.
As the pair navigate through the events of their unlucky day, it is up to them to settle their differences – and perhaps find themselves lucky in love in the end.
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?
From Longbourn to Pemberley, Year One of the Seasons of Serendipity: A Pride and Prejudice Variation by Elizabeth Ann West
The Seasons of Serendipity by Elizabeth Ann West are four years of imagined storyline for the Bennet daughters after supposing they lost their beloved father at the beginning of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.
From Longbourn to Pemberley traces the first year of their lives, as each daughter of Robert Bennet fights for her own happily ever after.
This is a boxed set of the previously published A Winter Wrong, A Spring Sentiment, A Summer Shame, and An Autumn Accord designed specifically for readers who want to sit down and enjoy the story as one novel as the novellas were planned to fulfill a story arc this way.
When his horse throws a shoe in The Moralities of Marriage Book Series by Elizabeth Ann West, Fitzwilliam Darcy misses rescuing his sister, Georgiana Darcy, from the clutches of George Wickham by only one day.
Now on the hunt to find them both, the gossip beginning to swirl in London forces him to abdicate the search to his cousin, Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam, while he plays the wayward gentleman in Hertfordshire with his friend Charles Bingley.
After a collision with his future, Darcy struggles to satisfy his attraction to a pair of fine eyes and keep his family’s scandal hidden.
The Moralities of Marriage is a five book series. The fire occurs in the fourth book.
Mr. Collins was a fool, yes, but not a fool who deserved to die. But that’s what happens in Mr. Collins’ Will: A Pride and Prejudice Variation by Renata McMann and Summer Hanford.
Torn between anger with her cousin and remorse on his behalf, Miss Elizabeth Bennet must navigate the changes Mr. Collins’ demise brings to her family and sort out her feelings for both the charming Mr. Wickham and not-so-charming Mr. Darcy. In addition, she must discover the reasons behind a rash of anger directed her way. But most of all, she needs to learn what, if any, impact will befall her because of Mr. Collins’ Will.
Fitzwilliam Darcy knows he, his family, and his friends are all too good for the likes of the Bennets. Or are they? Decades old secrets and impulsive, and not so impulsive, proposals start reordering Darcy’s view of the world. Will he come to terms with what truly defines a person’s worth in time to claim the woman he loves, or lose her to a charming man seeking a fortune?
When Elizabeth Bennet heard the cry of ‘Fire!’ during the Netherfield ball in The Netherfield Fire: An Elizabeth and Darcy Story by Timothy Underwood, she ran up to the higher floors to rescue a servant with a broken leg.
But as they hurtled downstairs she became lost in the thick, roiling smoke. And just when Elizabeth began to despair, she heard Mr. Darcy’s hoarse voice cry her name.
The next time they meet will be at Rosings Park under Lady Catherine’s watchful gaze…
Mr. Darcy saved Elizabeth from the fire, but could he save her from her scars?
In The Fire at Longbourn: A Pride and Prejudice Variation by by Laraba Kendig, Elizabeth discovers that Mr. Darcy is not the cold-hearted, arrogant man that she thought. In fact, Darcy is a man of action worthy of her love.
When the fire alarms are raised, Darcy demonstrates that he is a man of action, who deserves much credit for his selfless efforts on the Bennets’ behalf. Elizabeth’s poor opinion of him is quickly changed to one of gratitude, and she slowly comes to realize he is a truly admirable man.
Mary Bennet is a heroine! Mrs. Bennet decides that Mary is now her favorite daughter, and Lydia struggles with her new position in the family. Lydia seeks to regain her mother’s favor by foiling Wickham’s evil plans, but it could lead to a tragic end.
As Darcy falls further and further in love with Elizabeth, he is desperate to ignore his feelings for her. In the end, he realizes that he cannot, but will she return his affections?
The Fire at Netherfield Park: A Pride and Prejudice Variation by Renata McMann and Summer Hanford opens with Charles Bingley’s famous ball. Smoke soon seeps into the room, rapidly turning the event from frivolous to dire.
Determined to save everyone, Darcy enlists Elizabeth’s aid in urging the disbelieving assemblage to depart. Darcy and Elizabeth prove as noble as one might expect, but who else will rise to the ranks of hero, who will escape the fire, and who will perish?
When the smoke clears, what will become of those who escaped the fire at Netherfield Park?
After the untimely death of their parents in Five Daughters Out at Once: A Pride & Prejudice Variation by Jayne Bamber, Elizabeth Bennet and her sisters are left to make their own way in the world, and the dubious decision to stay at Longbourn until they are forced out leads to chaos and confrontation two years later, when their cousin Mr. Collins comes to claim his inheritance.
Hot on his heels is his noble patroness, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, a woman consumed by grief of her own after the loss of her husband and daughter in a terrible fire at her estate, Rosings Park. While her nephew Mr. Darcy is shocked by his aunt’s interest in the five orphaned girls, her niece Georgiana thinks it just the thing to soothe the dowager’s low spirits. Moved by the bonds of sorrow and a shared contempt of Mr. Collins, Lady Catherine offers the Bennet sisters her protection and assistance in society – and what better way to help them than to find them all rich husbands?
Much to her chagrin, Lady Catherine is not the only one to meddle in Meryton’s marriage mart – Richard Fitzwilliam joins her, at leisure to make mischief, Charlotte Lucas, now an heiress in her own right, has a secret of her own, and Georgiana Darcy finds herself inspired to write a novel that will document – and change – the lives of her new friends.
Tensions rise between Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy as they both bristle at Lady Catherine’s plans – for very different reasons. Misapprehension and misunderstandings abound and plans go awry as the great lady rents Netherfield Park and hosts a horde of single gentlemen in possession of good fortunes, who must be in want of wives.
Will the Bennet sisters find love and happiness? What other Austen heroes and rakes might appear in the once dull village of Meryton? Will Darcy and Lizzy overcome the obstacles of their own making?
One sunny spring day in We are no longer the same – A Pride and Prejudice Variation by Lorena DiChiara, a passenger ship from America was rapidly approaching the port of London. Standing in the bow was a very pretty woman in her late twenties, with a small three-year-old girl.The woman was looking pensively at the horizon.
It had been about six years since she had left her homeland, and if it weren’t for the deteriorating diplomatic relations and possible war between England and America, she probably would never have returned.
The truth was that when she went to America so many years ago, her situation was so different… She was certainly no longer the same…