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Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife: Pride and Prejudice Continues Paperback – May 1, 2004
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" If you want to see what a romance writer can do with Austen's characters, then Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife is an overheated potboiler of a bodice ripper that can't fail to elicit a strong opinion one way or the other." - This Gaudy Gilded Stage
"I loved Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife, and I want more! And being the lucky girl I am, there's more, because Berdoll has written a sequel to this sequel. I will be continuing the exciting story of Darcy and Elizabeth in Darcy & Elizabeth: Nights and Days at Pemberley. I can't wait!" - blogcritics.org
"This is such a treat for Pride and Prejudice fans. There is the perfect balance between the continuation of a wonderful story with visits from lovable characters (or characters that you love to hate). The story ends on a cliffhanger, but as I have mentioned, there is a sequel to this sequel.
I highly recommend Mr. Darcy Take a Wife. It's not too often that we get to find out what happens next, and Berdoll does an admirable job of continuing a wonderful story." - Epinions.com
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Jane Austen's writing style was often criticized as being "soulless" because of the lack of emotional and sexual tension between her main characters. (Well, there have been people who've said that, but in my opinion Darcy and Lizzy and the characters in her other novels had plenty of romantic tension.) I believe it was Charlotte Bronte who was the most critical of the back-then anonymous writer we all now know as Jane Austen. It appears that Ms. Berdoll tried to remedy that by adding eroticism.Read more ›
For that reason, I did not finish MDTAW. So, although, to be fair, I rated the book 2 stars instead of 1 (in case the end was more entertaining than the beginning), I would advise that you avoid it if any of these things apply to you: 1) you're a JA purist; 2) stupid metaphors drive you crazy; OR 3) you have a basic affinity for English grammar.
I intend no insult to those reviewers who thought this book was well-written (for everyone has different tolerance and tastes, and it is unnecessary in such a forum to resort to pettiness), but there can be little doubt that the writing in Mr Darcy Takes a Wife *is* almost embarrassingly bad. I say this not only as an avid reader, but as one who reads critically.
First, let me say that I love Jane Austen. Like many here, I, too, have re-read Pride and Prejudice every year since I was 12 years old. I also have a degree in English literature, and have read many, many British novels over the course of my life. Thus, I can safely say that the overblown language of this book bears little resemblance to that of any classic from the 19th century (or any other era, for that matter).
That said, I am not some humorless snob who whines about a few split infinitives and cannot appreciate a fun, fluffy romance novel.Read more ›
Another example: When Elizabeth was trying to decide how to tell Darcy about her monthly, she thought of saying, "Sorry my dear, we cannot make the beast with two backs for I am riding the red stallion." I mean...come on.
Once I stopped laughing, I started becoming offended. Not at the sex, although it was raunchy, ridiculous, and ubiquitous, but more at the way she portrayed the characters. I suppose that if you were not a fan of the original, it would not be as insulting, but having fallen in love with Austen's complex, realistic, and honorable characters, it was humiliating to watch Berdoll turn them into typical romance-nonsense characters obsessed with sex. Elizabeth was changed from a strong, confident, intelligent woman into a weak and pathetic doll who follows her husband's every command. Plus she says and does things that she certainly never would in the original story. And Bingley, Bingley of all men has an illicit-love child. Furthermore, the writing itself was MONSTROUS. I think she tried to mimic the writing style of Austen's period, but the result was a miserable failure.Read more ›
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The writing in the book is overly pretentious, the write tries to use Regency style vocabulary but over shoots. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Mary N
Must confess I really enjoyed this book. Seems author rightfully investigated the historic circumstance. Even though not Austen, I declare I'm hooked on the series.Published 2 months ago by Marce
I give it a 4. It seems someone had too much fun with a thesaurus. I've studied Victorian literature, and have never noticed the prefix be- to be used often, but this writer uses... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
I love the original 'Pride and Prejudice' and have always wanted to know what happened afterwards. 'Mr Darcy takes a Wife' follows through but the pace was quite slow, picking up... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Reader1
I bought this as a guilty pleasure, and that's pretty much what it is. Definitely guilty, because this book is horrible. It's basically a grocery store romance. Pleasure....eh? Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dslack1070