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Mr. Darcy and the Secret of Becoming a Gentleman Paperback – May 1, 2011
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The "what if" story between Darcy and Elizabeth is a relaxing continuation of sorts, for anyone who enjoys Pride and Prejudice and likes to read other retellings
Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice is a novel rife with misunderstandings, and Maria Hamilton kicks it up a notch in her retelling of the beloved classic novel.
True to the Regency era with its attention to the period's constraints on society,
Mr. Darcy and the Secret of Becoming a Gentleman is also a timeless study of how easily two people can misunderstand each other, especially when those people are in love.
Much in the writing style of romance author Abigail Reynold's, Maria Hamilton clearly has a handle on the ruminations and passions of both Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet.
What a fantastic debut novel from Maria Hamilton! Her skillful writing and unique twists had me enthralled from page one.
This is a novel that even Miss Austen would heartily approve of!
I was highly entertained and loved every minute of it.
I loved this book from start to finish. It was the perfect marriage of romance and humor. I can't wait for Maria Hamilton's next adaptation.
Readers will enjoy the fact that Hamilton stayed true to Austen's original tale.
About the Author
Maria Hamilton is a graduate of Harvard Law School and is an attorney in Boston. Her interests include travel, politics, the Red Sox, bicycling, and a random succession of hobbies that allow her to express her creative passion. She is perpetually learning Italian and hopes to one day attempt a complete conversation. She lives with her husband and two children in southern New Hampshire.
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Top Customer Reviews
Firstly, where was Georgiana? At the start of the book she was in London with her companion, and Darcy commented that he missed her even though he had just come from London. Next it was implied that she was at Pemberley and that Darcy would join her there soon. Later she was in Bath, then in London again, before eventually arriving at Netherfield. That is one heck of a lot of carriage riding for a sixteen year old girl in Regency England!
Discombobulated was the only word I found that was derived later than Regency times.
The only other comment I have that could be construed as negative is that there was a lot of ruminating by Darcy and Elizabeth, the former on doubting his reception by Elizabeth and the progress of her friendship, the latter the wondering about her progressively improving feelings towards Darcy as well as a wonderment about how he had changed from her first prejudiced opinion. Personally I liked the narrative, it was engaging and very much in the Jane Austen style, but other readers may have found it to be tedious.
Now for the good stuff. Maria Hamilton does a very good job of switching POV's in her book, which is important since the the first six chapters are mostly narrative. This sets the stage for second half of the book, which has numerous scenes with tongue-in-cheek cheekiness and fabulous verbal interplay: the scene where he thinks she has disclosed the Hunsford proposal, the handholding at dinner, the second proposal scene, the request of Elizabeth's hand from Mr. Bennet, the verbal sparring with John Lucas, the scene where Darcy reveals the first proposal to Elizabeth's family, to name a few.Read more ›
In her debut novel, Mr. Darcy and the Secret of Becoming a Gentleman, author Maria Hamilton, shows her readers what would happen if Darcy were to return to Elizabeth's life a lot sooner. Would Elizabeth despise him more? Appreciate his efforts of her sister's behalf? Would she regret her decision? Her words? How long does it take for Darcy to earn Elizabeth's forgiveness? Her respect? Her love? In this splendid and wonderfully well-crafted variation we witness Darcy's tentative yet indefatigable courtship of Elizabeth Bennet. "Fasten your seatbelts!"
What a fantastic debut novel from Maria Hamilton! Her skillful writing and unique twists had me enthralled from page one. The premise was brilliant and I absolutely loved witnessing Darcy battle back and forth between just trying to make amends for his interference with Jane and Bingley and grasping at the opportunity to achieve his own happiness.Read more ›
The story begins soon after the failed marriage proposal at Hunsford. Feeling enormous heartache, he immediately sets out to fix his errors. He returns to Meryton to repair the wrong he has done to Jane and Bingley. Unfortunately, he is unable to convince Bingley to return with him. Still determined , he meets with Jane to see if she still has feelings for Bingley. This meeting is misinterpreted by Elizabeth , Mrs Bennet and the town-people. Rumors start flying that Darcy intends to propose to Jane. This amazingly upsets Elizabeth.
In order to have the happily ever after. Darcy must make it his mission to show Elizabeth that he is indeed a gentleman worth loving. Luckily for us readers, he succeeds.
This may be Maria's first novel...but I'm sure hoping it won't be her last!
the action picks up and its much more interesting. I was really into it until the last two chapters when it went down hill fast. The author
interjects the immorality of our times into another age and it just doesn't work. Elizabeth is no lady and Darcy has a weak character so it
leaves one feeling cheathed and dirty. This writer shows a lot of promise, if she cleans up her stories.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
When Meredith published her Top 10 P&P variations from 2007 to 2011 and this novel was the only one I had not read…well, I had to correct that omission. Read morePublished 2 months ago by S. L. Majczan
The story picks up as Darcy and Colonel Fitzwilliam are leaving Kent after his disastrous proposal. Knowing his cousin as he does, Colonel Fitzwilliam questions Darcy until he gets... Read morePublished 4 months ago by J. W. Garrett
This book was different. Cannot put into words. I really enjoyed it.Published 6 months ago by Debbie
This is one of the best P&P variations I've found here in Amazon. Hands down. Please try it- you won't regret it- and you may end up like me, finishing this rather long book all... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Lady Laurelin
I loved it because it is funny. Don't be mislead by the blurb though. It has NOTHING to do with the story of P and P. Read morePublished 9 months ago by K
***SPOILER*** This is my second reading and I enjoyed it as much as the first. I read it on the heels of a re-reading of the original and it was a lovely and fun experience. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amy B
I love reading variations on Pride and Prejudice and as soon as I find one, I will sink my claws into it and read it all night.
This one made me pause. Read more
I enjoy the "Pride and Prejudice" variations and sequels enough that I have read dozens of books in the genre. This may be the best, it is certainly in the top three. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Samdco
An enjoyable story that takes Darcy from his failed proposal at Hunsford to Longbourn where he attempts to resolve the Jane-Bingley situation—and then, moving cautiously, to repair... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Anne