Fate & Consequences is a Pride and Prejudice variation beginning before the actual novel itself. Georgiana Darcy and George Wickham have been discovered by her brother and cousin at an inn in Meryton. Though the two tried to reach her before leaving Ramsgate in order to prevent any word of the elopement spreading they were unsuccessful. The Darcy family is thrown into a scandal and Georgiana is ruined. The next morning, as the Darcy’s and their cousin Colonel Fitzwilliam are preparing to depart, a woman, Elizabeth Bennet, offers a tearful Georgiana a dry handkerchief. That fateful moment forward, a deep relationship between the Darcy’s and Elizabeth develops.
Though I have seen other people say that this particular variation was not as good as others, I thoroughly enjoyed it. There were quite a few moments where I found myself going, “Hmm, I never thought of something like that happening,” and I think that’s what had me enjoying the book so much. I really liked how Linda Wells took the relationship of Darcy and Elizabeth, building it up and strengthening them from a moment of weakness to a strong family. However, it is not only them, but so many of Austen’s original characters including Georgiana, Colonel Fitzwilliam, Mary Bennet, and even Anne de Bourgh get a chance to find their places in the world.