Review and Giveaway: Dreams and Expectations

Jan 14, 2013 by

Dreams and Expectations by Wendi Sotis is a Pride and Prejudice “what if” story.  The beginning is much like Pride and Prejudice except for some insight given to the reader about Mr. Darcy’s childhood and the emotional trauma of his mother’s death. This helps shape our understanding of Darcy and sets up one of the main challenges that Darcy and Elizabeth have to overcome – Mrs. Darcy’s death bed declaration to her son that he “marry well.”



Darcy meets the lovely Elizabeth Bennet in much the same way that Pride and Prejudice unfolds, but unlike in the original, Darcy almost immediately apologizes for his insulting remark at the Meryton Assembly.  This was a fun deviation from the original plot because it lets the reader see how Lizzy would have responded to Darcy if she’d understood his worth earlier.

Another major difference with the start of the novel is that Lizzy is not quite as unconnected to Society as she is in P&P.  Though Darcy knows nothing of these connections, they end up becoming incredibly important later in the story as he works through his own angst at going against the dying wish of his mother.

Though much is similar to the original at the start of the novel, by a quarter of so through the story it has diverged quite a bit from P&P.  This actually provides a lot of fun and excitement.  One of my favorite aspects is that many of the “baddies” of the original novel are actually, literally bad guys in this version.  I also enjoyed the injection of Colonel Fitzwilliam much earlier in the story.

Dreams and Expectations has a lot more intrigue and drama than one usually expects from an Austen retelling, but it is extremely entertaining.  Though some of the intrigue stretches credulity, Wendi Sotis manages to make it all work together so that the reader is willing to go along for the ride.

My biggest beef with this novel was the epilogue.  The first bit was great, I loved finding out what happened to the characters after the story ended. The last 3/4 of the epilogue had a modern twist to it.  I didn’t feel it added anything to the story, but was so interesting on it’s own that I was upset that it was attached to this novel and not part of it’s own longer story!

Wendi! Novelize the epilogue! Posthaste! I will snatch it up and read it ASAP.


Four out of Five Stars

Wendi Sotis, the author of two novels and several short stories taking Jane Austen’s beloved characters on journeys in new directions, graduated from Adelphi University with a degree in psychology. Sotis resides on Long Island, New York, with her husband and triplets. You can learn more about Wendi and her current projects on her site.


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  1. Thanks so much for the review and for hosting the giveaway!

  2. Donna Coe-Velleman

    Sounds intriguing. Thanks Jessica and Wendi.

  3. Sia Huff

    Sounds like a delightful read. Best of luck, Wendy.

  4. Robin Helm

    I already have a copy of this wonderful book, so I’m not going to enter the giveaway. I don’t want to deprive another reader of the chance to reading this lovely story. I highly recommend all of Ms. Sotis’s books. She is a very talented writer who weaves the most intriguing tales.

  5. Sophia Rose

    I love the idea of exploring these new what-if directions. I enjoyed Wendi’s first book Promises so I look forward to this one.

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

  6. I like what-ifs, especially those that explore motivations. I also like any story with real bad guys. Here’s hoping they get their comeuppance.

  7. Molly Shields

    I’ve been wanting to read this one. I love P&P!

  8. Thanks for the giveaway! The background on Darcy’s childhood and the inclusion of literary villains sound interesting!

  9. Ceri

    This book sounds really good. I enjoyed Promises by Wendi, I’ll definitely try and give this one a go.

  10. I have loved the previous stories by Wendi Sotis and I am looking forward to this one. Sounds great!

  11. Ooh! I would love to read this! I’m hoping that the earlier “injection of Colonel Fitzwilliam” means we’ll see MORE of Col. F through out the story!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  12. Wendi has the best premises – thanks for the chance to enter!

  13. Four out of five stars — congratulations!!

  14. Dawn Berkoski

    Sounds good!

  15. Hi Wendi,
    Pride and Prejudice was one of my favorite novels. I am anxious to read your take on it.

  16. This is on my TBR. Maybe now that I’m not on a deadline, I can take the time to get through some of these fabulous books we keep reviewing on Indie Jane!

  17. Liz Onstead

    . . . See, books like this make me hate the fact that I’m a broke college student. I WANNA READ IT BUT I CAN’T. *eyes Nancy’s Kindle/iPad*

  18. Thanks, everyone! Here is the pinterest board for this story. Wish I could figure out how to add more pictures, lol!

  19. Nicole L

    Variations are my favorite type of JAFF, I want to read them all! lol I’m intrigued by Mrs. Darcy having requested a promise from Darcy on her death-bed and how he overcomes that!

  20. Barbara Spencer

    Sounds like a great book. Look forward to
    reading it.

  21. JuneA**

    A new author for me, YAY! I think it is a lovely plot that Darcy apologizes to Lizzy…real men do say they’re sorry :) I’m looking forward to reading this.

  22. Patricia F.

    I love what ifs stories. One story i am in search of does not pertain to Eluzabeth and Darcy – it pertains to mary and mr collins!

  23. Michelle Fidler

    Sounds good, especially the insight into Mr. Darcy’s early life and the fact that he apologizes to Elizabeth, which will make her think much more of him. I think I’d really enjoy this book.

    I would prefer to win the print version because I don’t own a computer or e-reader (I use the internet computers at the library).

  24. ColleenL

    I read this a few years ago when it was an online story and loved it. I’d love to read it again and see what changed when it was published. Thanks for the chance with the giveaway!

  25. june7

    One of my favorite aspects is that many of the “baddies” of the original novel are actually, literally bad guys in this version.

    I like clearly-defined baddies too. They can be “gray” but eventually they cross a line and reveal their true nature.

  26. Wendi Sotis

    Congratulations Michelle F.and Veronica I.!

    Thanks to IndieJane for hosting the giveaway.

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