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Grange (Mr. Darcy's Diary) continues Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, beginning on Darcy and Elizabeth's wedding day and follows the two on their honeymoon trip to Paris, the Alps and Venice during a lull in the Napoleonic Wars. Told from Elizabeth's point of view, the story is about her expanding horizons as she leaves the sheltered life she led at Netherfield for her new world as a wife and a traveler outside England. Darcy's continued lack of physical attention to Elizabeth makes her realize that something isn't quite right, but the clues provided in the text are too subtle for her to figure out his secret. By the time Darcy reveals his true nature, more than two thirds of the way through the book, Elizabeth is able to accept his announcement (which she sees as less disturbing than her more mundane fears), but its impact on the reader is greatly diluted by the revealing title. Grange manages to capture the period in a manner that will appeal to Austen fans, but vampire fans are likely to be disappointed.
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"Mr. Darcy's reservations, temperament and apparent aloofness are explained in a most unusual way by Jane Austen guru Amanda Grange (see the diaries saga) as he hides what torments him from his beloved. " - #1 Reviewer

"Our author has given us a treasure of culture to please even the most delicate palate, a delicious romance of times gone by and a fantasy world that will surely make you quake in your boots." - Yankee Romance Reviewers

"Vampires are all the rage now, so expect interest." - Booklist

"Ms. Grange skillfully builds the tension and expands the darker thread into danger... I loved it." - Sia McKye's Thoughts Over Coffee

""Mr. Darcy, Vampyre" is truly and step back in time and you would almost think this is a natural progression from "Pride and Prejudice". Fascinating tale!" - Grumpy Dan's Journal

"A dark, captivating read. " - Anna's Book Blog

"I opened it and became so absorbed in it that I lost hours of time without realizing it... and without regretting it." - Becky's Book Review

"Grange creates her own vampire mythology and weaves it seamlessly into the story of Darcy and Elizabeth's early marriage... a really great sequel to Pride and Prejudice. " - Grace's Book Blog

"Since I love vampires and Pride & Prejudice I was really curious how this book would turn out. I'm glad to say I am pleasantly surprised by how well it was written." - Debbie's World of Books

"Along with the adventure, it is the enduring love of Darcy and Lizzy that kept me glued to every page, eager to find out what would happen to my favorite couple." - A Bibliophile's Bookshelf

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (August 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402236972
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402236976
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,197,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Laurel Ann VINE VOICE on August 9, 2009
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Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy of Pride and Prejudice may be one of the most famous love stories in literature. Their uneasy courtship was wrought with misconceptions skillfully played out by Austen's acerbic wit and romantic tension. When they finally realize they are in love and destined to be together, their wedding seems to insure a happily-ever-after that Austen is famous for. What Elizabeth had envisioned as their carefree wedding tour in the Lake District is altered by her new husbands dour mood and abrupt change of destination. They will now travel to the Continent and visit Darcy relations in Paris, Switzerland and Italy, making the Grand Tour.

As they travel in the style and comfort afforded the master and mistress of Pemberley, Elizabeth sees a dark change come over her husband. He is preoccupied and incommunicative; not at all the man that she grew to love during their courtship in England. In fact, the farther they travel, the more distant he becomes. She pours out her troubles and concerns by writing letters to her dear sister Jane. Foremost in any young brides mind is the consummation of their marriage which Darcy is avoiding. Moreover, Darcy's formidable relations are more than just a bit odd and events along the way are unsettling. While in Paris Darcy's cousin Colonel Fitzwilliam privately admonishes him for marrying her. On the road to Switzerland his aunt Lady Catherine de Bourgh surprisingly appears expressing her displeasure at his disgraceful alliance and begging him to end it. As their carriage climbs the mountain road, the local people jump away and cross themselves as they pass. When they arrive in the Alps at his uncle Count Polidori's castle, an axe displayed above a doorway mysteriously falls missing Darcy by inches.
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39 of 45 people found the following review helpful By thisnonbritluvslit on August 19, 2009
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Pride and Prejudice is my favorite story of all time. I am a huge fan of Jane Austen, and of many of the variations of Darcy & Elizabeth that have followed the masterpiece of P&P. I am also a big fan of the Twilight series and of the HBO show Trueblood, so I was intrigued to read this. I also very much enjoyed Ms. Grange's previous book, Mr. Darcy's Diary. Unfortunately, I cannot say the same for Mr. Darcy, Vampyre. I know this book is purely for fantastical entertainment, and to call it ridiculous and unbelievable would be unreasonable since the book is about vampires. I am not taking that angle, even though I don't think Ms. Grange made Darcy or any member of his family convincing vampires, and they did end up coming across as slightly ridiculous.

The story line was forced and the plot was flimsy. For the first 200 pages there really is no plot. They just travel around Europe meeting Darcy's vampy friends, none of whom really have a huge impact on the story. They spend so much time conversing with these other people in the book and when they do speak directly to each other, it is always mundane small talk. J.A. would not approve! Darcy and Elizabeth's conversations in P&P were always inflected with wit, humor and sarcasm; and in the end, passion and love.

Ultimately, I think a major problem with the book is that the reader is taking it all in from Elizabeth's point of view, who is completely unaware that Darcy is a vampire. The reader knows from the beginning of the book that Darcy is a vampire from the title itself. Therefore, it is a very slow read since we are constantly waiting for Lizzie to figure it all out.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By *Bones* on September 3, 2009
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Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy are finally wed and are about to embark on their wedding tour (honeymoon) to the Lake District when Mr. Darcy declares a change of plans. Eager to introduce Elizabeth to his distant friends and acquaintances on the European continent, Mr. Darcy convinces his new wife to follow a new destination. Soon, they are on a ship, heading towards the now-at-peace France. Throughout their travels, they learn more about one another, and Elizabeth discovers a dark and dangerous secret about her husband and his many friends.

My review:

This book started off well. I liked reading about the places they visited and the people they met. I liked the adventures they encountered and the parties they attended. However, there was just soo much missing from the story that it was an almost pointless book.

All the characters seem to be disconnected and undeveloped. Witty dialogue is gone in exchange for thoughts of self-doubt and inward sadness. Mr. and Mrs. Darcy barely speak, and when they do, it reads like a pathetic romance novel instead of a Jane Austen masterpiece. Even the occasional allusions to the original manuscript are misplaced and forced, convincing me that this book may have been improved without them. This story is not much "vampire" and barely "Austen", making it a very dull read with a most uninteresting end.

Side note:

I have a pet peeve about the way the author constantly refers to Mr. Darcy as just "Darcy". She even has Elizabeth calling him Darcy. Wouldn't it flow more if they were both called by their first names or both referred to as Mr. or Mrs. Darcy? The inconsistency is annoying when reading a book 300 pages in length!
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