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His Good Opinion: A Mr. Darcy Novel (Brides of Pemberley Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Nancy Kelley
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Book Description

Mr. Darcy Speaks from the Heart:
Pride and Prejudice from his Point of View

Though tired of Society's manipulations, Darcy never thought to be enchanted by a country maiden. Yet on a visit to rural Hertfordshire, Elizabeth Bennet captivates him. Lovely and vivacious, she is everything he is not, and everything he longs to have.

Unfortunately, her connections put her decidedly beneath him, and the improprieties he observes in her family do not win his favor. Putting her firmly out of his mind, Darcy returns to London, but Elizabeth is not so easily forgotten.

When chance throws them together, Darcy can no longer deny his love, but Elizabeth, put off by his manners, refuses him. To change her mind, he must set aside his proud ways and learn how to please a woman worthy of being pleased. It takes a serious incident for his true character to shine, and for Elizabeth to learn just how valuable is…

His Good Opinion

Includes an excerpt of Caroline Bingley by Jennifer Becton

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About the Author

Nancy Kelley is a Janeite, an Austenesque author, and a blogger. During the writing of His Good Opinion, a version of Mr. Darcy took up residence in her brain; she fondly refers to him as the Darcy in My Head, or DIMH. If Nancy could possess any fictional device, it would be a Time-Turner. Then perhaps she could juggle a full-time library job, writing, and blogging; and still find time for sleep and a life. Until then, she lives on high doses of tea, of which DIMH approves. You can find Nancy on Twitter @Nancy_Kelley, on her blog, and on

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  • File Size: 519 KB
  • Print Length: 374 pages
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  • Publisher: Smokey Rose Press (December 14, 2013)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006B17ZPU
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66 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So little much to read! November 23, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I have read a couple of Pride and Prejudice retellings from Darcy's point of view and I must say I loved this one!

His Good Opinion starts out just before Ramsgate where Darcy surprises Georgiana with a visit and ruins Wickman's plan to elope with her. Nancy Kelley is able to expand on some of the conversations that I always wished Jane Austen would have done.

Can I just say, I love this Darcy! I love being in his head, knowing his thoughts. We see him reflecting on what Elizabeth said when she refused him. He begins to notice how he treats people beneath him. I also like the relationship he has with Georgiana, he confides in her more.

Another favorite of mine is Colonel Fitzwilliam. I delight in the banter between him and Darcy. This is the Colonel Fitzwilliam that I like! He's funny, charming and loves to tease Darcy. There were times he had me laughing out loud.

This is Nancy Kelley's first novel and a beautiful story. A definite must read! She is currently working on another story about Colonel Fitzwilliam that I can't wait to read!
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Falling in Love with Mr. Darcy All Over Again November 21, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
In His Good Opinion, author Nancy Kelley sets out to tell the story of Pride and Prejudice from Mr. Darcy's point of view. Although Darcy is the hero in Pride and Prejudice, for the first part of the book he comes across to Elizabeth (as well as everyone else in Hertfordshire) and the reader as proud and aloof. In the second half of the novel, Austen shows us how Darcy changes and Darcy himself admits to flaws in his behavior. But why was Darcy seemingly so proud? Why did he refuse to be easily pleased, withholding his good opinion more often than he bestowed it. And why would someone like Darcy fall in love with a girl like Elizabeth - someone open and vivacious and not at all concerned with securing his good opinion?

Told from Darcy's point of view, this novel follows Darcy from London where he has become increasingly turned off by the artifices of society, to the country where he meets Elizabeth for the first time. As he become enchanted with her the reader is similarly enchanted by this version of Mr. Darcy. The blow of Lizzy's rejection of Darcy's proposal is felt more keenly than ever before because we as readers find ourselves rooting for Darcy. His heartbreak is real and touching, and frankly, makes him irresistible. As he comes to term with the rejection and takes Lizzy's criticisms to heart, he endeavors to become a man worthy of her love - even if he can never have her.

The book follows the timeline of Pride and Prejudice, but because it is told from Darcy's point of view, readers are treated to scenes that we have previously been imagined, such as Darcy's hunt of Wickham and his eventual confrontation with him in London.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A New Favorite November 26, 2011
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This is my new favorite telling of Darcy's side of Pride and Prejudice, and I can say without a doubt, if it's sold on Amazon I've read it. Ms. Kelley did an outstanding job matching Jane's P&P to her interpretation of Fitzwilliam Darcy and the events of the original story without changing its feel or tone. Not once while reading this story did I think "that doesn't make sense" or "he/she wouldn't do that, or say that." Thank You Ms. Kelley. Please keep writing.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Charming Story, Dreadful Editing December 16, 2011
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Were I to rate this book based on its story alone, I would give it 4 or 5 stars. It is well thought out and charming, and overall one of the more believable P&P fan fiction novels that I've read. (I've read many, and am a huge fan of P&P rewrites in general.) However, it is clear that a professional editor has not seen the book, as it contains dozens of errors. Some are forgivable because they do not interfere with the story, such as misaligned chapter headings, but there are many sentences with missing words or typos, enough that I got tripped up several times and was unhappily distracted from the otherwise compelling storyline. In the second chapter, the word "settee" has been auto-corrected to be become "settle," -- twice!-- so the lines read, "Mrs. Younge rose from her position on the far settle..." and "He took her hands and led her to the the light blue brocade settle."
Really? Why did no one proof read this otherwise lovely story? I hope they will revise it, as I would like an error-free copy to keep on my shelf alongside other good P&P stories to reread later. It would also be nice if the cover image was printed in a properly high resolution. It is an attractive cover, but the pixelated image does not give the book a professional appearance.
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37 of 46 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars P&P with a few comments on the side February 3, 2012
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I really can't understand the 5 star reviews of this book, so I think people are just rating Pride and Prejudice instead. This book is just a copy-paste of Pride and Prejudice with a few comments on the side that are supposed to be from Mr. Darcy. Those comments are actually the same ones we all had when we read P&P the first time. There are a few new stories and conversations that are nice to see (between Colonel Fitzwilliam and Darcy or between Bingley and Darcy) but that's it.
I really couldn't find the love and bewitchment Darcy felt when he was around Elizabeth, the story doesn't go beyond the original ending of P&P and there are even some things that do not match with the original P&P.
I liked better 'Mr. Darcy's Diary' by Amanda Grange because you get a better insight of Mr Darcy's point of view and you get a bonus since the book continues a bit after they marry.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars His good opinion
This was a good story. It follows the historic when women had no rights except what the men thought of them.
Published 17 days ago by Rosemary Rathbun
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
I loved being able to read Darcy's view of all the happenings in P/P. This stayed very true to the original, yet it still had plenty of novel script to keep me entertained. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Avid Reader
I enjoyed reading this variation. Although we know that the main characters end up together, it's always interesting to read the different dilemmas the characters face. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars from Darcy's viewpoint
i have read many P&P variations and sequels, and very few ever inspire me to leave a rating or a comment (probably because I finish reading them in the wee hours of the morning and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by zengarden
5.0 out of 5 stars If you liked the original story, you'll love this one
It is exactly Pride and Prejudice but from Mr Darcy's perspective. I bought it expecting it to have Darcy and Elizabeth's romance exagerated, or have the character's personalities... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Maggie Ortiz
2.0 out of 5 stars Pride and Prejudice, from an alternate POV
His Good Opinion is, in brief, Pride and Prejudice from Darcy's point of view. What exactly did he say to Bingley to keep him away from Netherfield? Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tracey
3.0 out of 5 stars I felt that this was just a retelling from Darcy's ...
I felt that this was just a retelling from Darcy's point of view of Pride and Prejudice. I didn't finish it yet but all the dialogue seems to be extremely familiar.
Published 3 months ago by Muriel Schamber
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully done.
It was like reading Pride and Prejudice for the first time all over again. The characters are just as perfectly drawn as Jane Austen's
Published 3 months ago by T'Pel
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Pride and Prejudice...
Then you will like this book! I liked having some insight into what Mr. Darcy was experiencing. Very good novel! I highly recommend it!!!
Published 5 months ago by Bonnie DeBusk
2.0 out of 5 stars Read Pride and Prejudice Instead
This novel is written from the Point of View of Darcy unlike P&P which is written from Elizabeth's POV and the famous Jane Austen indirect discourse. Read more
Published 7 months ago by jerry
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More About the Author

Nancy Kelley--Janeite, blogger, and chocoholic--is the author of three Jane Austen sequels, His Good Opinion: A Mr. Darcy Novel, Loving Miss Darcy, and Against His Will. She currently resides in the Pacific Northwest but dreams of moving to England someday. Until then, frequent trips across the pond satisfy her inner Anglophile.

If Nancy could possess any fictional device, it would be a TARDIS. Not only would it make international travel easier, but she would be able to go back to her favorite historical periods and meet the authors who inspired her to write.

You can find Nancy on Twitter @Nancy_Kelley, at, and at


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