VANITY AND VENGEANCE is Linda Mako Kendrick's sequel to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. It was published in digital format in 2017. I seem to be on a dry run in books. I'm quitting VANITY AND VENGEANCE at twelve percent. While many Austen fan fiction variants and sequels change so little that I wonder the purpose of retelling the same story, VANITY AND VENGEANCE changes too much. I don't like what Kendrick does to Austen's characters. Fitzwilliam and Elzabeth Bennet Darcy have been married ten years and have one son nearly eight years old. Darcy, already wealthy and owner of the magnificent Pemberley estate, now envies the elegance of Rosings and longs for a title and admission to Court. He disapproves of Elizabeth's reserved behavior toward Lady Catherine de Bough, who is still unreconciled to his marriage. He's frustrated by Georgiana's disinclination for social life and failure to choose a husband. Elizabeth practically swoons at meeting and dancing with the new Baron of Coxcroft, resolving never to be alone with him, yet slightly jealous of his attention to Georgiana. She resents Bingley's dependence on Darcy, remembering that the last favor he solicited from her husband nearly ruined their marriage. Colonel Fitzwilliam plans to marry Anne de Bourgh only if his financial terms are met; Elizabeth wonders if he still regrets that her lack of dowry made her ineligible. The colonel still regrets not killing George Wickham and openly hopes that Wickham rot in hell. These are not Austen's people. Plot changes are significant. Darcy discovers in Lambton Etienne Foucauld, aka the Fox, a Frenchman looking for revenge. His sister Magdeleigne Foucauld left France some twenty years before in the company of an English smuggler who promised marriage but seduced and abandoneand her in London with only one means of survival. Later an unidentified male acquaintance sought Darcy's help to rid himself of her. Then known as Madelyn Fox, given a maid's job at Pemberley, she tries to seduce Darcy, who ejects her. Set up by a pimp in Lambton to prostitute, eventually pregnant and mentally ill, she names Darcy as the child's father. Darcy's charity seems to confirm her assertion, as does theson's placement at her death in the household of Charles and Jane Bennet Bingley. Darcy refuses to duel Foucauld, instead offering a contest. Foucauld agrees to choose any horse in the Darcy stables to race Darcy; if he wins, he retains the horse with honor satisfied; if Darcy wins, Foucauld leaves. Darcy wins, but Foucauld means to take Pierre, now known as Peter, to France. Something involving Lydia and George Wickham is afoot. For years before inheriting the title from an ancient great-uncle, the new Baron of Coxcroft had served in the merchant navy. Is he the English smuggler? Kendrick clearly has major changes to the original story line in store. My willingness to suspend disbelief is overwhelmed. No grade because not finished.