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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (May 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402244185
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402244186
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #410,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Maria Hamilton created a novel with scenes every Pride and Prejudice fan longed to read in Jane Austen's version. In MR. DARCY AND THE SECRET OF BECOMING A GENTLEMAN, the readers are privy to Mr. Darcy's tormented thoughts as he struggles with his all consuming love for Lizzie, while at the same time coming to terms with his personal flaws that led to her rejection. This is a novel that even Miss Austen would heartily approve of!



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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The love scenes were sensuous and deliciously stimulating.
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This is another fun and interesting take on one of Jane Austen's leading characters, the famous Mr. Darcy.
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I could not put it down once I started and finished it over a weekend.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Meredith VINE VOICE on May 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
What if Mr. Darcy, feeling intense despair and heartache over Elizabeth's unceremonious refusal, focused all his energy on repairing the damage he caused to Bingley's relationship with Jane Bennet? Darcy, realizing he was wrong, knows he must now do what is right, otherwise Elizabeth's poor opinion of him will be validated. However, reuniting Bingley with Jane Bennet, means Darcy must return to Meryton and once again encounter Elizabeth Bennet! Unfortunately, Darcy is unsuccessful in persuading Bingley to join him and must travel to Meryton alone. While trying to determine Jane's feelings towards Bingley, Darcy pays her some attention and the whole town mistakenly assumes that he intends to marry her! The rumors reach the ears of Lady Catherine, who takes it upon herself to travel to Longbourn and demand an interview with, no, not Elizabeth Bennet, but Jane Bennet!

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.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By C.S.R. Amazon Reviewer on May 11, 2011
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I don't do book report reviews, I do an honest critique. So because I think this book is 4-1/2 stars, I will start with the negatives.

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.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By lindablanche on May 6, 2011
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In Maria Hamilton's book, Darcy values Elizabeth's opinion enough to realize that she is right. He needs to change. Unfortunately, the road to self-discovery is not easy especially with meddling friends, family, and aunt Catherine. But for Elizabeth's love, it is well worth.
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!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on December 8, 2011
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This was a book hard to get into at first with far too much delving into the thought proccess of the main characters and not enough action. In the middle of the book
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.
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