A Magical Pride and Prejudice Variation

Elizabeth Bennet is envious of her sister Jane. Not for her beauty or her disposition, but because her fairy godmother is everything that Elizabeth’s is not.

When Mr. Darcy insults Elizabeth’s looks, Mildread Driftwort is incensed to hear her handiwork defamed. Now, instead of nursing the grievance herself, Elizabeth is forced to defend this conceited man who has no idea what he’s done.

Fitzwilliam Darcy is scandalized to witness Miss Elizabeth Bennet speaking to herself at a country assembly. After refusing to dance with her, he begins to experience a variety of inexplicable illnesses. He can’t sleep, he can’t speak, he can’t even walk. Then something worse befalls him—he discovers he is falling in love with her.

Despite Elizabeth’s warning, Mr. Darcy commits blunder after blunder. Yet as she works to mitigate Mildread’s wrath, Elizabeth realizes that Mr. Darcy is not the unmannerly oaf her fairy godmother believes him to be—and though she is certain nothing can come of it, she is falling in love with him.

As magic swirls and the couple faces impending disaster, Elizabeth finds that Mr. Darcy may not be the only one who is transformed.

This is a fluffy, funny, fairy-tale Pride and Prejudice variation novella of approximately 30,000 words.


“Melanie Rachel had me early on in this story with an irate fairy spouting words like goosecap and saucebox. What a fun, funny, and wildly romantic tale, where Darcy and Elizabeth are only brought together by some questionable and hilarious tactics on the part of her fairy godmother. This bright, clever retelling of Pride and Prejudice is interwoven with magic and a succession of nostalgic fairy tale themes, rendering it a most delightful and satisfying read.”

— Grace Gibson, author of Silver Buckles, Reckless Headstrong Girl, and Old Boots