My sisters and I have always loved watching the Jane Austen movies; I think we've seen every version made. I've also read several variations on the theme, but...I've found my favorite variation to date.
I ran across Darcy's Voyage as a "you might also like this" on Amazon, and I started reading its reviews. I finally got my hands on a copy this week, and, with some trepidation, started reading. By chapter two, I was hooked.
The author, Kara Louise, takes a totally different approach in the story. She places the characters in new settings and situations, and Darcy has so much more depth in this version as we see life from his viewpoint. He is even more likeable here then in the original story because we know more about him, and we hear from him as much as we hear from Elizabeth.
In the original Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice, I always wanted more Darcy and less silly sisters, less irritating mother, and less annoying Mr. Collins. In Darcy's Voyage, I got just that; much more of the likeable characters and way less of the annoying ones. Elizabeth Bennett and Fitzwilliam Darcy are the main characters, the main focus of the story.
If you like anything Pride and Prejudice, you'll like Darcy's Voyage. If you like a good, clean, romantic read, you'll like Darcy's Voyage. You don't have to have read P&P or have seen a P&P movie. This story will stand on its own. I'll be clearing a spot on my shelves for this one because I'll want to read it again.
Kara Louise has several other titles available, and Only Mr. Darcy Will Do is the next one on my reading list. Check out her books, I think you'll like what you find.