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Fitzwilliam Darcy: A Man in Want of a Wife [Kindle Edition]

M. K. Baxley
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Released in celebration of the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Fitzwilliam Darcy: A Man in Want of a Wife begins in the summer of 1811, two months prior to Miss Austen’s original novel. For almost two hundred years, people have asked:

What did Mr. Darcy do all those many months in London after their party left Hertfordshire?

What was Mr. Darcy thinking while he stood solemnly by, watching others while speaking very little or not at all, and what did he do when he was not in Miss Elizabeth Bennet’s company?

What occupied Mr. Darcy when he returned to London after Hunsford, and what was involved in his quest for Lydia and Wickham?

All these questions and much more are answered in rich and colourful detail as the reader is once again drawn into the world of Jane Austen’s most treasured novel: Pride and Prejudice.

Written from Mr. Darcy’s point of view, M. K. Baxley’s narrative is a long read at 562 pages, detailing many of the scenes only spoken about in passing in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. A Man in Want of a Wife explores Mr. Darcy’s emotions, his passions, and, most importantly, the struggles and conflicts he must overcome to again ask for the hand of the woman he has come to love. New characters are presented as the reader is introduced to Mr. Darcy’s friends and family in London, Kent, and Derbyshire.

Fitzwilliam Darcy: A Man in Want of a Wife is rated PG.

Editorial Reviews

From the Author

To those who might misunderstand, this book is not a variation or a what if. It is a retelling from Fitzwilliam Darcy's point of view. As described, it fills in the missing scenes from the original novel and lets the reader know what Mr. Darcy was thinking and feeling both when he was away from Elizabeth Bennet and when he was in her presence. If you are looking for a variation or "what if", this is not the book for you.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1275 KB
  • Print Length: 568 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1468136135
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Raven Books (June 27, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DP7U8BQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,355 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars mixed feelings July 8, 2013
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I have such mixed feelings regarding this book. It is certainly one of the better variations I have read, within the top 10 I'd say. Yet there were many times I really disliked this Darcy. He was the best man imaginable when it came to anything except things regarding marriage and Elizabeth. There was a lot of repetition as to why he couldn't marry Elizabeth. I have mixed feelings about what went through the Darcy of Austen's mind during this time. On one hand I dislike the variations I've read where he does not take a real interest in her until Kent and is either trying to forget her/replace her or doesn't really notice the effect she has had on him after leaving Hertfordshire. I do not think it would be Darcy's way to throw himself into the Season, for presumably the first time, trying to find a wife. It would create too much talk. Consider the way he proposed to Elizabeth, even if he assumed she understood his unspoken courtship it was perhaps a week, and not daily meetings and interactions either. He does not make a move unless he has thought it through and is very careful to not allow people to misinterpret him from his actions alone. On the other hand I think that if he had really spent so much time wishing he could marry Elizabeth (months and months by the time he gets to Kent) he would have overcame the obstacles before then. I suppose in my mind he is distracted by Georgiana and business too much to let him dwell on his personal life and desires. Unfortunately, this book has both situations occur.

This brings me to my biggest critique. ****SPOILER ALERT****

While at Netherfield Darcy is enthralled with Elizabeth. Her beauty is a major part but early on he notices her personality as well.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good.... July 13, 2013
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This was a very good book. I like a book that doesn't abbreviate the original story. This book was fresh and (to me) not written in haste to make a quick buck. It kept your interest at all times. It also didn't show Lizzy in situations that would have been so out of character. Darcy was not portrayed as a whiney drunk when refused. I always thought that made him look weak and pitiful. Just my opinion!!!!! This book is certainly worth the read.....
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars unhappy July 8, 2013
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I was hoping for a twist here and perhaps a new take on the story and characters, which I really enjoy. I quickly paged through the beginning. It was Pride and Prejudice. M.K. Baxley should have added et al after author on this book. It was just a repeat of Pride and Prejudice as well as other sequels and variations I have read. The middle contained some original prose by the author and it was interesting to read about Darcy, post Hartfordshire, hanging out with his friends and cousins in London and looking for a substitute Elizebeth. The repetition of his thoughts about why he couldn't marry Lizzy took up many pages. Later I felt too much time was spent on Wickham and Lydia, arguing with Mr Gardiner over who would pay off wickham's debts and the food served for each course at Longborn. There was very little romance between Darcy and Elizabeth until the very end, which was some of the authors original work, I believe. I didn't find too much that could be called original and what there was, was tremendously verbose. The epilogue was not worth reading, just long and uninteresting. I really wish I could give a better opinion however, I cannot recommend this book. I just wanted to finish it!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Actually, quite interesting July 16, 2013
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I downloaded the sample simply because it's free. I had downloaded a previous book by this author (something about a mistress veil) and disliked it intensely so I really wasn't expecting much. I was pleasantly surprised and purchased the book despite its price, which is higher than usual for the genre.

Anyway, I found the story compelling, if a little long--about 200+ pages longer than the original. This required a lot more detail about Darcy's daily life, his pleasures, his obligations, many other friends other than Bingley, and a few other romances besides that of Darcy and Elizabeth. It was all very well done and very much in keeping with the spirit of the original but, in many ways, it was a different book with a much larger cast and, although the progress from point A to point Z was pretty much to canon, it felt a bit slow.

It was a curious experience to read a P&P variation that had so little about Elizabeth. She was there in spirit all the time but, for the most part, she (and all here relatives) were only present when they happened to meet. Once Darcy left the scene, we would only know how he felt but had the same inkling of her feelings that he did--which wasn't much. You do feel you get to know Darcy much better although the pre-first-proposal mental turmoil was a bit overdone. I realize that, strange and ridiculous as his objections seem to us now, they were inbred and valid for his class in his time and overcoming and rejecting them was more admirable than he's usually given credit for by modern readers. Lady Catherine, too, is a captive of her time and place in society, although when combined with a selfish and bitter temperament, her objections take on additional force.

On the whole, it is worth both the cost of purchase and the time spent reading it. I've put it in the folder in which I keep the books I someday want to read again.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Darcy expansion
This is not so much a PnP variation as an expansion with the additional bits written from Darcy's point of view as well as descriptions of scenes from the 1995 miniseries. Read more
Published 2 months ago by M
3.0 out of 5 stars Not very original
Well written but very little original content aside from the numerous cast of new characters. These were interesting and added some entertainment value to this very long... Read more
Published 2 months ago by KindleLover
5.0 out of 5 stars Just how I thought he would be!
This is how I knew Mr. Darcy was...strong, honorable, courageous, tender, protective...Loved by those who got to know him, and respected by servant and acquaintance alike. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Elaine Jackson
4.0 out of 5 stars a neverending love story
This is a book I will read again and again. Can't get enough of Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy. Love them
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Darcy's Elizabeth
This writer has a good sense of how to write a comprehensive story. I really love her books.
Even at 550 pages I just kept reading. It's difficult to stop once you start. Read more
Published 6 months ago by SusieQ
5.0 out of 5 stars F.B.
A real page turner for the P&P fans. I loved the hole thing. Cool read for everyone who loves romance .
Published 6 months ago by cyn318
5.0 out of 5 stars what a twist.
the theme was not changed where you could not know that this was a different look but was still jane austen's original novel.
Published 6 months ago by virginia mobley
2.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat Boring
This P&P variation is lengthy and follows the original quite closely, given the fact that it is told by a Point of View of Darcy. Read more
Published 6 months ago by jerry
4.0 out of 5 stars A man who discovers that opening his heart and mind saves him, instead...
Probably should be rated between 3 and 4 stars. Absolutely readable, but draws VERY heavily on the Ehle-Firth script, often verbatim. Read more
Published 7 months ago by sandy
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
From the day I saw Colin Firth play Mr. Darcy I have loved this character. I couldn't pass up a chance to read more about him. Well worth the money. Well written. Read more
Published 7 months ago by judith doyle
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M. K. Baxley resides with her husband and three of their five children in Huntsville, Alabama. She enjoys gardening, reading, cooking, needlework and sewing. She has completed many personal designs in children's clothing, and though she lives in the city, she has often said she was more at home in the woods with a good book and a hound as her companion.

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