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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; 1 edition (August 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061148709
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061148705
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #681,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What is it about Fitzwilliam Darcy? Two hundred years after he captivated Elizabeth Bennett, readers still can't seem to get their fill of him. This title is just the latest in Darcy-inspired Jane Austen "fanfiction." Aylmer adheres more closely to the original in Darcy's Story, which retells Pride and Prejudice from Darcy's point of view. Big chunks of dialogue are lifted straight from Austen, accompanied by Darcy's own thoughts and perceptions. It's an interesting idea, but Aylmer's reverence for the text stands in the way of creating a lively story. There is no attempt to match Austen's sparkle or to flesh out the period setting, and opportunities to create more drama are missed; for example, Wickham's attempted abduction of Georgiana, which in another writer's hands might be a novel in itself, is dealt with in a few matter-of-fact sentences. As a result, this Darcy seems a dull dog. Nevertheless, the book should appeal to ardent Austen fans, especially if they object to too much tinkering. Mary Ellen Quinn
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“Austen fans will want to order this delectable crumpet ASAP so they can again witness Elizabeth Bennet’s charms.” (USA Today)

“Janet Aylmer gives all Austen enthusiasts more fodder for their passion for the classic...enjoyable and imaginative.” (www.bookloons.com)

“Janet Aylmer has wonderful, smooth writing style and ... she has a very creative imagination. (www.bestsellersworld.com)

“It is a story worth reading over and over, in any age, where true love exists for all to behold.” (www.coffeetimeromance.com)

“...quite a feat.” (onceuponaromance.net)

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Biography

Janet Aylmer is married to John and has lived in the beautiful city of Bath in the west of England for nearly 30 years. Janet and John have four children and three grandchildren.

Janet was born in Peterborough, England. She was brought up in the county of Surrey before moving to London to go to college.

Interests and Hobbies

Janet enjoys Regency romance and other novels, particularly those by Georgette Heyer and Jane Austen, and likes most books about history and the way the world works. She enjoys visiting the theatre and cinema, and listening to music.

She enjoys travel and meeting new people, and she has visited (in no particular order) ten states in the USA, as well as France, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Raratonga, Japan, Hongkong, Sweden, Singapore, Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Monaco, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Madeira, the Canary Islands, Martinique and St Lucia.

Memberships

Janet is a member of the Jane Austen Society, the Society of Authors and the Historical Novels Society

Customer Reviews

This book was extremly boring!
K. Le
It is very inferior in style to Pride and Prejudice, and portrays Darcy in a much worse light than Jane Austen chose to do.
What's in a name?
And the book is pretty short for having quoted Austen so much - that might give you a hint that there isn't much going on.
Austen Lover

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

114 of 128 people found the following review helpful By Austen Lover on November 9, 2005
Format: Paperback
Why didn't someone stop this woman? The book is just not written in the style of Austen at all. The language isn't right, in a painful way. There are long passages quoted from Austen, only to be quoted over and over (and over). And the book is pretty short for having quoted Austen so much - that might give you a hint that there isn't much going on. Part of what I love about Austen's work is the twists and turns and how everything is woven together so nicely. Don't expect anything like that here. The scenarios are contrived and presented in a ridiculous way. Darcy explaining in a conversation with Fitzwilliam the relationship between Darcy's father and Wickham - hello! Fitzwilliam is Darcy's cousin - close enough to be Georgianna's co-guardian! I think he knows the story! This is just one example. And the letters that are received - two sentences of fluff. And don't get me started about how repetitive this book is. OK, I've got it: Darcy isn't good with words, he doesn't have Bingley's easy way with people. Stop telling me that, I got it the first time. (Forget the part where later she writes, for once in his life, he was at a loss for words.) Why? Why? Why? Oh it's painful to recall. Don't read this book, it can come to no good!
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Eliza Bennet VINE VOICE on August 27, 2006
Format: Paperback
Janet Aylmer doesn't elaborate on Jane Austen's storyline in Darcy's Story; she simply retells the original story from Darcy's view. Considering that Pride and Prejudice is told from Lizzy's perspective, and much is about her family, this book is simple, condensed, and can be read in one sitting. This is not a criticism, as I found the book charming. Yes, I noticed a few of the editing errors, but they didn't stop me from enjoying the book for what the author intended. I loved being taken back into Darcy and Elizabeth's world for a short time. Aylmer could have taken me deeper, yes, but I loved where she did take me. She illustrated Darcy's doubts about his character after being dressed down so horribly by Elizabeth. She captured his growing love for Eliza, and his goal of showing her his improvements. Nevertheless, there is not sufficient character development involved in this book for it to be read without first reading the original. This book is not meant to replace Pride and Prejudice, but rather to augment the perspective. If you are familiar with the whole story, and just want to quickly revisit the romantic passions of Austen's original, this book will satisfy.
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72 of 87 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 3, 2003
Format: Paperback
I had been waiting for "The Confession of Fitzwilliam Darcy" by Mary Street for so long to get a novel with Darcy's point of view that I settled for this one.
There's too much lifting of Jane Austen's text (which a reader would know already) from Pride and Prejudice and not enough suppositions on the what, why and feelings of Mr. Darcy...
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Tadasana on March 4, 2008
Format: Paperback
I purchased this on impulse the other day after re-reading P&P and wanting (as we Austen fans so often do) to spend a little more time with the story. On a very basic level it accomplished that for me--but it offers very little to a reader already familiar with the story.

An earlier review calls the writing "awful." I wouldn't say awful so much as empty. The early chapters are excessively concerned with exposition (presumably to help those unfamiliar with P&P to catch-up with the story), but honestly I can't imagine anyone wanting to read this book in lieu of P&P or before reading P&P.

Unfortunately, Aylmer misses most (nearly all, really) opportunities to truly give us "Darcy's point of view" in any substantial way. It's as though her editors coached her to merely offer us a different camera angle instead of generating new material that would have genuinely fleshed out Darcy's perspective.

By new material I mean, of course, introspection and dialogue. For example: Wouldn't it have been interesting to know what Darcy said to Wickham when he persuaded him to marry Lydia Bennett after their "elopement" to London? Yes of course it would. Oddly, though, Aylmer doesn't offer any of this. She tells us almost nothing we hadn't already read in the original P&P. So why bother assembling this book at all?

Perhaps Aylmer (a pen-name) is a novice writer who simply hasn't yet learned to craft dialogue (I say this not unkindly, just from an observation of the notably absent material from the text itself.) That's a real possibility. But it speaks poorly of the publisher that such a book would be released without proper editorial coaching. Honestly, the book is poorly crafted and regardless of sales reflects badly on Harper.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Austenphile on August 4, 2007
Format: Paperback
I impulsively bought this book at an airport bookstore because I had forgotten my current book (Jane Austen's letters) at home. Having just finished this "retelling" of Pride and Prejudice, I now wish I'd just slept through my flights instead.

As other reviewers have mentioned, there is NOTHING new in this book. Not a single thing was revealed about Darcy's character that couldn't be observed with a careful reading of P&P. I've read fanfiction online that was infinitely superior to this book. The author's own (not borrowed) writing (which rarely appeared) was completely lacking in spirit, wit, and imagination.

Again, as other reviewers have pointed out, the editing errors in the book were particularly troublesome, as they made for many jarring problems for the reader. What annoyed me most, though, was the constant stating, restating, and restating AGAIN of Austen's own dialogue, as if the reader couldn't remember what was said just 2 pages before. And ditto to the reviewer who commented on the particularly awful scene with Lady Catherine confronting Darcy using the exact same language she had just used with Elizabeth. This showed a truly appalling lack of imagination on the part of the author.

If you have a choice between this book and just about anything else--choose just about anything else.
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