Mr. Bennet’s Dutiful Daughter by: Joana Starnes

Mr. Bennet’s Dutiful Daughter by: Joana Starnes

Mr. Bennet’s Dutiful Daughter by: Joana StarnesMr Bennet’s Dutiful Daughter by Joana Starnes
Genres: Austenesque
Format: eBook
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When Colonel Fitzwilliam’s disclosures are interrupted by the bearer of distressing news from Longbourn, Miss Elizabeth Bennet is compelled to consider an offer she would have otherwise dismissed out of hand. An offer of marriage from the all-too-proud Mr Darcy.

Yet how is she to live with a husband she hardly knows and does not love? Would she be trapped in a marriage of convenience while events conspire to divide them? Or would love grow as, day by day and hour after hour, she learns to understand the man she married, before she loses his trust and his heart?


This variation was absolutely breathtaking! Mr. Bennet’s Dutiful Daughter was so well written, that it tugged on every single one of the heartstrings in my chest.

The union of Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam was not as easy as we Darcy lovers would hope. 

Mr. Darcy has loved Elizabeth since the beginning and hearing him tell her how much and for how long he had admired her makes you love and adore him so much more. He is so kind, thoughtful and romantic.

We know the story of Elizabeth and her feelings for Darcy but this story takes them and gives them new life. Her reasons for marrying him, and her slow burn and path to being very much in love with him was such a sight to see.

Of course the path of love never runs smooth and it proves most true in this book.  Full of emotion, filled with angst, this book took me on quite a ride of feelings. Get your tissues out, you are going to need them.

I found this novel to be wonderful! This the first book I have read by Joana and I know I want to go back and read many more.







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Joana Starnes lives in the south of England with her family. A medical graduate, in more recent years she has developed an unrelated but enduring fascination with Georgian Britain in general and the works of Jane Austen in particular, as well as with the remarkable and flamboyant set of people who have given the Regency Period its charm and sparkle.


* ‘From This Day Forward ~ The Darcys of Pemberley’, a ‘Pride & Prejudice’ sequel
* ‘The Subsequent Proposal ~ A Tale of Pride, Prejudice & Persuasion’
* ‘The Second Chance’, a ‘Pride & Prejudice’ ~ ‘Sense & Sensibility’ variation
* ‘The Falmouth Connection’, a ‘Pride & Prejudice’ variation where Jane Austen’s beloved characters are compelled to leave their tame and reasonably peaceful lives in the south of England and travel to the far reaches of Cornwall, into a world of deceit and peril, where few – if any! – are what they seem to be…
* ‘The Unthinkable Triangle’, a ‘Pride & Prejudice’ variation that dwells on the most uncomfortable love-triangle of them all. What if Mr. Darcy’s rival for Miss Bennet’s hand and heart is none other than his dearest, closest friend? And how can they all find their ‘happily-ever-after’?
*’Miss Darcy’s Companion’ – a variation that explores what might have happened if the warm-hearted Miss Elizabeth Bennet were employed instead of the scheming Mrs Younge.


TagBlogTourJoana Starnes, author of six Jane Austen variations and one Jane Austen sequel, will tour the blogosphere from November 17 – December 2, 2016, to share her latest book, Mr Bennet’s Dutiful Daughter. Thirteen book bloggers, specializing in Austenesque fiction and romance stories, will share excerpts, guest posts, an interview with the author and book reviews from this highly anticipated Austen-inspired novel. Eight ebooks are also being included in our giveaways and entry is available to anyone who participates in this blog tour.

 November 17/ My Jane Austen Book Club/Launch Post & Giveaway

November 18/Pemberley to Milton/Book Review & Giveaway

November 19/Obsessed with Mr. Darcy/ Book Review & Giveaway

November 20/ A Covent Garden Madame Gilflurt’s Guide to Life/Guest Post & Giveaway

November 21/ Margie’s Must Reads/ Book Review & Giveaway

November 22/ Babblings of a Bookworm/ Book Review & Giveaway

November 23/Diary of an Eccentric/Book Review & Giveaway

November 24/ Happy Thanksgiving

November 25/ So Little Time… So Much to Read/ Excerpt & Giveaway

November 26/ Just Jane 1813/Interview with Joana Starnes & Giveaway

November 27 / My Kids Led Me Back to Pride and Prejudice/ Guest Post & Giveaway

November 28/ More Agreeably Engaged/ Vignette & Giveaway

December 1/ My Vices and Weaknesses/ Book Review & Giveaway

December 2/ Austenesque Reviews/ Excerpt & Giveaway








  1. Sheila L. Majczan says

    I had to drop in to endorse this book. I loved it. The angst, which I love, has your turning pages or biting your nails. Joana’s books have all been 5 star reviews from me.

  2. Laurie Aquino says

    I heard the angst level in this one is just heartwrenching… Oh I do love all of Miss Starnes books (those that I’ve read so far I mean)

    • Thanks, Laurie, I’m SO glad you read and loved some of the other ones! Not sure if you’re an angst-lover, but I think I can safely say that at least Mr Darcy’s happy for most of the novel (they do say that ignorance is bliss…) Although admittedly when angst hits him at last it hits pretty hard. But he’s a grown man of over eight and twenty and surely he can take it 😉

      Thanks for stopping by to read Margie’s review and best of luck in the giveaway!

  3. Thanks ever so much, Margie, for your fabulous review!

    I’m SO happy that you liked ‘Mr Bennet’s Dutiful Daughter’!!

    Best wishes,

  4. Vesper Meikle says

    You will be in for a treat when you read her other books, one of my favourite writers

    • Thanks SO much for the kind words, I’m so happy to hear that! Hope you’ll like this one as well. Good luck in the giveaway and thanks for stopping by to take part and to offer this wonderful endorsement!

  5. Loved this book! Now you must read the rest of her books. Must.

  6. I too love this book. It required many tissues but I couldn’t stop reading until I had finished it. You really really must read the rest of Joana’s books as they are all wonderful. Happy reading 😊📕😊

    • Thanks for stopping by, Glynis, to read Margie’s great review and leave this wonderful comment! It means so much to me that you like my books!

      LOL did you see the new rating Mira has devised, based on the number of choc bars, ice-creams and boxes of tissues needed to see the reader through? 😀 I couldn’t believe she had such a shock at ‘Miss D’s Companion’! At least she was a bit more prepared for MBDD 🙂

      Over the moon to hear that my latest book might tempt you to try the others, Margie!! I hope you’ll like them. ‘The Unthinkable Triangle’ is the closest in angst level I guess, although it’s a different kind of angst. My first is much tamer (more history, less drama). I think the angst indicator kept getting further and further into the red with every book 🙂

      Many thanks to you both and all the best!

  7. A supply of tissues + some soothing tea + chocolate + Mr. Bennet’s Dutiful Daughter = a unique, unforgettable reading experience.
    Thanks for the giveaway, Joana. 🙂

  8. After reading this review, even if I hadn’t been hooked before (altho’ I was!) I would surely be hooked now. Lovely review! And many thanks for the giveaway offer.

  9. This book sounds great, I can’t wait to read it!! Would love to win as my book budget is suspended for the Holidays 🙁

    • Wonderful to hear you’d like to read it, Laura and best of luck! There’s a giveaway at every stop along the blog tour so hopefully the odds are good 🙂 Thanks for taking part and hope to chat with you again before 2 Dec, and afterwards too!

  10. Have 60% of this wonderful story read and I simply can’t wait to discover what’s around the corner for ODC. I’m almost afraid to continue,in one way,as I know there’s trouble on the horizon,as there are black thunderous clouds fast approaching!

    • Great to discover on Ceri’s blog that you got past the point when the storm breaks, Mary, nothing worse than feeling it sizzling in the atmosphere 🙂 . Thanks ever so much for following the blog tour and sharing your thoughts as you go along, much appreciated! All the best and I hope you haven’t got long to go till the HEA.

  11. DarcyBennett says

    I love variations where love comes after marriage so this looks like one I will definitely enjoy. Thanks for sharing.

    • So do I, DarcyBennet! It’s so moving to imagine them learning to live together, put all their differences to rest and fall head over heels in love 🙂

      Thanks for following the blog tour and best of luck in the giveaway!

  12. A necessaries kit for reading this must include: tissues, chocolate, possibly a glass or two, or three of wine, with a soothing cup of chamomile tea for afterwards. It’s a wonderful tale, told by a wonderful writer.

    Margie, you simply have to read the rest of Joana’s books! I have them all, including this one. You won’t be disappointed.

    • Thanks ever so much for the kind words, the endorsement and all your support, Anji! Love the kit 😀 Yes, that’s my ‘go-to’ kit too when I’m reading JAFF. So kind of you to keep following the blog tour! Hugs and all the best 🙂

  13. Thank you, Margie, for taking the time to read your first Joana Starnes book. You have so many great reads ahead of you when you decide to read some of her other stories.

    I love your enthusiasm for this story. I hope your readers enjoy the story too!

    • I can’t wait!

      • Huge thanks for the wonderful words, Margie and Claudine, and for a magical blog tour!

        I’d love to send you my other books, Margie. Just let me know which one might take your fancy first. If you’re in angst mode I’d say ‘The Unthinkable Triangle.’ If you’re thinking Poldark and smugglers then ‘The Falmouth Connection.’ Or any of the others. Have a lovely weekend and thanks again!

  14. Beautiful review! I can’t wait to read this one myself! Isn’t it wonderful when you realize two people are perfect for each other way before they realize it themselves? 😀

    • It really was, Maria! And oh, yes, what a lovely way to put it. That’s why I love early marriage scenarios and I devoured all I could lay hands on 🙂

      Hope you’ll like this one too. Best of luck in the giveaway and thanks for taking part.

  15. Sheila L. Majczan says

    Oh, I so agree, Anji. Thinking about it I do believe that there may be only one author other than Joana who has rated all 5 stars on books that I have reviewed.

  16. Sheila L. Majczan says

    My daughter always ask me how many tissues I rate a movie or book as they know I am a crier. A box of tissues sits next to my computer (on which I have a kindle app.) and next to the armchair from which I watch TV or DVDs. Dove Dark Chocolates are not far away either.

    • Your daughter’s got a great rating system, Sheila!
      I think you’ll love Mira’s one ( on choc bars / tissue boxes and ice-creams 😀 )

      Oh, I’m a crier too. My kids can’t believe that I still cry at ‘Tangled’ (and they mock me mercilessly for it). Really, with JAFF I’m a sitting duck 😀

      • Your daughter’s got a great rating system, Sheila!
        I think you’ll love Mira’s one ( on choc bars / tissue boxes and ice-creams 😀 )

        Oh, I’m a crier too. My kids can’t believe that I still cry at ‘Tangled’ (and they mock me mercilessly for it). Really, with JAFF I’m a sitting duck 😀

  17. Looks wonderful, Marjie!!

  18. Daniela Quadros says

    Lovely review. Looking forward to reading your new book, Joana. Love all your other books. Thanks for the giveaway. 🙂

    • A pleasure, Daniela! So glad you liked Margie’s wonderful review. Thanks, wonderful to hear you loved my other books. Hope you’ll like this too. Best of luck in the giveaway!

  19. Sheila L. Majczan says

    I love the song, I See The Light, from that movie, which was just shown again on TV. I even had tears at a commercial on TV yesterday…couldn’t hear the words due to football talk around me but a Frankenstein-type monster was helped in singing a song and lighting Christmas bulbs attached to the spikes in his neck when the crowd drew back in horror. It was a touching scene.

    • I’ve never seen that, Sheila, can you believe it? I hope they show it here again soon. It does sound like such a moving scene! Just the right thing to get us reaching for the tissue box 🙂

  20. Thanks for a review that tells me what I’d hoped to hear about this book–that it matches a lot of how I interpret P&P and that it contains the right amount of dramatic tension to keep the angst lover in me happy!

  21. Betty Campbell Madden says

    It’s a terrific story, as are all of hers.

  22. Every review of this book I read, makes me want to read it more!


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