Joining a growing field of Austeniana—and, particularly, Darcyiana—Grange retells Austen's Pride & Prejudice from Fitzwilliam Darcy's point of view. Her device for doing so is an imagined diary of a clever sort: Grange reproduces, word for word and comma for comma, conversations from the original novel, but shifts the perspective to reported speech in Darcy's first-person, with his commentary on the encounters. Between the reconstituted passages, the reader is treated to Darcy's ongoing reflections on Hertfordshire society, his family obligations, his sister and, most crucially, Elizabeth Bennet and her family. There are also wholly invented conversations, most engagingly between Bingley and Darcy as they try to resist the pull of Netherfield Hall. On the whole, however, the diary is awkward in tone and lacks the polish and poise of Austen's creation (which some of the sequels have managed to approximate). There's a decidedly introspective quality to the observations not befitting the very unmodern, unintrospective nobleman. It simply doesn't sound like Darcy. (May)
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"Absolutely fascinating. Amanda Grange seems to have really got under Darcy's skin and retells the story, in diary form, with great feeling and sensitivity." - Historical Novel Society
"Mr. Darcy's Diary is an enjoyable journey into the mind of one of the most popular characters in literary history . . . a gift to a new generation of Darcy fans and a treat for existing fans as well.
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"As is proper, Grange doesn't attempt the impossible task of competing with the Divine Jane, but tells Darcy's story in her own style, with charm and a gentle wit. While her characters are true to Austen's creations, a couple of surprises lurk, only adding to the reader's pleasure. . . Fortunately, there are plenty of entirely fresh scenes...in which Grange's own humor and warmth shine, making this an amusing and diverting read for Austen fans.
--Susan Higginbotham, author of The Traitor's Wife: A Novel of the Reign of Edward II " - susandhigginbotham.blogspot.com
"I really didn't want this book to end, as Grange's description of events following P&P were excellent." - Revisiting the Moon's Library (revisitingthemoonlibrary.blogspot.com)
""Literature's most eligible bachelor is back! A treat for Pride and Prejudice fans, this tells the story from Mr. Darcy's point of view. Sensitive to the original but lots of fun, this is the tale behind the alpha male."" - Woman magazine
" I love this book. It really served to endear Mr. Darcy to me even further." - hopeistheword.wordpress.com
"Any fans of Pride and Prejudice know half of the path that our hero and heroine follow to reach each other, but Grange provides a really intriguing possibility as to what may have been going on in Darcy's head throughout it all. He's not the only one that we get a different perspective of-the personalities of Caroline Bingley, Charles Bingley and Georgiana Darcy are also interesting to see from another's eyes. Mr. Darcy kept much different company from the Bennets, for the most part, so it's almost as though an entirely different story is presented. Much is parallel, but so much is new as well.
" - Epinions.com
"Mr. Darcy's Diary is a nice addition for all who enjoy Jane Austen's love stories. " - Arizona Daily Sun
This is an amazing book. I would recommend this to anyone who liked Pride and Prejudice.Published 8 days ago by Savannah
Loved it. One of my favorites. If you're a big P&P fan, which you would have to be in order to want to order this book, you will LOVE this version. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Atuspid
The book covers the events of Pride and Prejudice from Darcy’s point of view—and continues for about five months after the weddings. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Anne
As someone who's read Pride and Prejudice countless times, I truly enjoyed every bit of Mr. Darcy's Diary. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Keli
I say that the plot is "predictable" because it is, after all, another side to the Pride and Prejudice novel. It was fun to read it from Darcy's point of view. Read morePublished 2 months ago by deb
I have read this story in paperback and I liked it than as well. The story was well written and the story line easy to follow. The author drew in the reader in. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Janie_tx
This is such an enjoyable book. For those who love Pride and Prejudice, this is the story from Darcy's point of view. It is well written and a joy to read.Published 2 months ago by Anita
Loved it, it was vmso satisfying to finally know what darcys feeling were the whole time and was definitely not disappointed by what they were. Read morePublished 2 months ago by anabel