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Review – A Duel in Meryton

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A Duel in Meryton

by Renata McMann and Summer Hanford

A Duel In Meryton

Genres: Regency Romance, Historical Romance, Romance, Classical Re-write, Adult
Release Date: August 18, 2019
Pages: 233
Purchase from: Amazon
My Rating: ★★★★★

With his young sister Georgiana’s reticence a constant reminder that his onetime friend, George Wickham, should not be trusted, Darcy decides a trip to rural Hertfordshire is in order, for both him and Georgiana. Darcy believes the people there are of so little consequence, Georgiana will know no fear in interacting with them. He soon learns he’s wrong about both his sister and Hertfordshire, but not about Wickham.

Even bearing the brunt of Mr. Darcy’s insult doesn’t soften Elizabeth to her husband-hunting cousin, Mr. Collins, and her first reaction is to disdain both men. As the two join forces against Meryton’s newest militia member, the charming Mr. Wickham, Elizabeth comes to see a different side to Mr. Darcy and Mr. Collins. Their presence in Hertfordshire, along with Mr. Darcy’s other companions, will forever alter the lives of Elizabeth and those she cares for most.


I’ve read so many Pride and Prejudice variations that finding one with a wholly new premise is a delightful surprise. A Duel in Meryton (ADIM) was just that. It’s a fun, well-paced read with an enjoyable and satisfying ending.

I don’t wish to give anything away, but ADIM offers a unique event happening years before Pride and Prejudice that changes the course of the entire story. Unlike many other Pride and Prejudice variations, ADIM doesn’t include any passages from the original text, a welcome change.

I highly recommend reading ADIM.

About the Authors

Summer Hanford

Having known from a young age that she wanted to be a writer, Summer currently writes Regency Romance, Adventure Romance, Pride and Prejudice spin offs and High Fantasy novels… with a touch of romance.

Starting in 2014, Summer was offered the privilege of partnering with fan fiction author Renata McMann on her well-loved Pride and Prejudice variations. Since their partnership began, Hanford and McMann have earned Amazon’s #1 Best Seller badge and #1 New Release badge over a dozen times, combined, both in the United States and abroad. More information on their joint work is available at 

In addition to her Pride and Prejudice spin offs, Summer writes Regency Romance for Scarsdale Publishing, including her Under the Shadow of the Marquess Trilogy, several Scarsdale Half Hour Reads and multiple installments in the ongoing Marriage Maker Series. As with all of Summer’s work, her Regency Romance is clean, sweet romance.

Summer is currently writing solo works in Regency Romance and Adventure Romance, partnering with McMann, providing content for, creating and managing websites, and is a fantasy and science fiction faculty member at AllWriters’ Workplace and Workshop, LLC., an international creative writing studio. She lives in New York with her husband and compulsory, deliberately spoiled, cats. The newest addition to their household, an energetic setter-shepherd mix, is not yet appreciated by any of the three cats, but is well loved by the humans.

Author links: Website | Facebook | Goodreads | Twitter | Amazon Author Page

Renata McMann

Renata McMann is the pen name of someone who likes to rewrite public domain works. She is fond of thinking “What if?”

Author links: Website | Facebook | Amazon Author Page

Disclaimer: This review is based on an eBook I borrowed from Amazon on January 28, 2020 as part of the Kindle Unlimited program.

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