Mr Darcy and the Suffragette

by Maggie Mooha

It took only one leaflet to set Elizabeth Bennet on a life-changing course into the women's suffrage movement, and one man to set her teeth on edge as she strives for change.


1911 London: To those who don’t know better, the lower class shop girls have a rather checkered reputation. When Lizzy convinces her sister, Jane, to take employment with her at Selfridges, one of the finest stores in London, Lizzy meets societies' prejudice head-on. Especially when it's delivered freely from Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy.

Handed a leaflet calling for the end of male sovereignty in the voting system, Lizzie thrusts herself into the women’s suffragette movement.

As fate would have it, Jane has fallen in love with Darcy's friend, Mr Bingley, and when Darcy tries to come between them, Lizzy refuses to let him ruin her sister’s life.

As she has learned, deeds not words bring about change, and Lizzy doubts Darcy is the sort of old guard man to understand just how driven she is to get a woman’s voice heard.

Though, he does test every ounce of her wit, intelligence, and outspoken manner as she tries to convince him to see things her way.

5 Star Reviews

Elizabeth and Darcy in the 20th century.

With all the change in the world that took place in the early 20th century, it provided a perfect place in time for a “headstrong, determined, brilliant, passionate young woman” such as Elizabeth Bennet—the quotes are as she is described in a passage by the author. In particular, political change with respect to the suffrage movement, was a perfect scenario in which to place Elizabeth. Darcy, on the other hand, while still a proud and at times arrogant snob, still reveals his liberality in coming around to see his love’s point of view.

Add to all this, their emotional and riveting hours and days surrounding the memorable and historic sinking of the Titanic, and you have the makings of an excellent, and very well-written novel. All the usual characters appear in the book, with Bingley, Jane, Lydia and Wickham having the largest roles. Miss Mooha brilliantly reveals the heros, heroines, and cowards.

I loved it all and highly recommend this book. Be sure to have tissues handy for the Titanic chapters.