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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402245270
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402245275
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

What comes after "happily ever after" for Pride and Prejudice protagonists Lizzy and Darcy? Odiwe (Willoughby's Return) picks up right after the wedding as Lizzy moves to Pemberley and learns how to be mistress of a grand estate. While trying to reconcile Darcy with Lady Catherine and coax Georgiana out of her shell, Lizzy is bombarded with innuendo about Darcy's past indiscretions. Reluctant to discuss rumors with her husband, she tries to maintain a calm demeanor as various people, including the odious gossip Mrs. Eaton and still bitter Miss Bingley, hint about illegitimate children and secret affairs. It would be a charming romp through "what-if" if Lizzy didn't come across as a brainless young debutante, neither charming nor intelligent, while Darcy is erratic, going from extreme haughtiness to acting like a buffoon. Austen fans will barely recognize their beloved characters in these clumsy caricatures. (Feb.)
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Odiwe picks things up where Austen left off in Pride and Prejudice, in an impeccably crafted tale of Elizabeth and Darcy after the wedding. Elizabeth arrives at Pemberley with her beloved husband Fitzwilliam, certain that her life could not get any better, and at first, everything seems fairy-tale perfect. Even if a few people, most especially Caroline Bingley and Lady Catherine de Bourge, still seem to have their noses out of joint about the marriage, almost everyone else wishes the new couple a long and happy life together. The honeymoon seems to be over, though, once Elizabeth discovers that not only can Darcy still be quite stubborn, especially when it comes to letting his younger sister Georgiana decide her own future, but also that her new husband has a secret past that threatens to wreck their marriage. --John Charles

Customer Reviews

In Mr. Darcy's Secret, Jane Odiwe excels at this.
Nancy Kelley
There are two major plots/sub-plots in this novel, neither of which is fully resolved IMO.
jerry
Suspense drawn out but book is interesting and very well-written.
Eve Welts

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By BooksHugBack on November 22, 2011
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In this Pride and Prejudice sequel Darcy and Elizabeth learn more about each other over the course of the book. This premise of the newlyweds continuing their realization of the other's faults is able to capture the feel of Austen's story. Elizabeth fights with her inner aggression towards the suppression of the female voice and place in society, while Darcy must conquer his pride and the societal customs and norms of the aristocracy in England.

Happening upon some old love letters in the library, Elizabeth comes to the understanding that she may not be the only woman Darcy has ever loved. Caroline is hinting at a love child, but Elizabeth is unable to accept the venom of this viper. In time Elizabeth and Darcy come to know the truth about his past and the true deceitfulness of Wickham and even his unknown family.

I found the true story at the heart of this book was that of Georgiana. The secret of Darcy was not as nearly prominent as the love story between Mr. Butler and Georgiana. Mr. Darcy has arranged her marriage with another, Mr. Calladine. He has money and the right relations and so Georgiana is played the pawn in an age old game of marrying off daughters and sisters for alliances rather than love. Mr. Darcy claims to be hastily marrying off his sister in order to protect her, and refuses to listen to Elizabeth's opinion. It takes too long before Darcy realizes the error of his ways and that Georgiana is truly in love with another, just as he had fallen hopelessly in love with someone below his station, so to does Georgiana.

The whirlwind of a ending, has Elizabeth understanding Darcy's secret and Georgiana making the ultimate choice in order to get want she wants out of love.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Kelley on June 1, 2011
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A friend of mine commented recently that sequels featuring Darcy and Elizabeth must be hard to write, since their relationship wraps up so neatly. After all, plot requires conflict, and the picture of perfect domestic felicity we find at the end Pride and Prejudice might seem, at first look, to negate the possibility of the lovers ever suffering discord.

To get past that, the sequel author needs to remember that Jane Austen painted a realistic picture of people and life. People are not perfect, even when their love story has the perfect ending. For instance, I imagine that Emma continued to meddle and Knightley did not stop chastising her for it. Both were improved by the events of the book, but neither were perfected. It is the task of the Austenesque author to find which foibles of personality would carry on into marriage, and how that might affect the couple's future happiness.

In Mr. Darcy's Secret, Jane Odiwe excels at this. Her Darcy and Elizabeth are every bit as much in love with each other as we imagine them to be from Pride and Prejudice's conclusion. However, like all newlyweds, there are things they don't know about each other. Elizabeth in particular is troubled by letters she's found that indicate Darcy might once have loved another lady.

At the same time, his decision that Georgiana must make a good match disturbs Elizabeth. She knows her sister-in-law has formed a tendre for a landscape artist, and the marriage Darcy has in mind for her will not make her happy. Darcy's insistence on an alliance of equal fortune and importance seems hypocritical to her, given that he gave up both to marry her.

Both of these plots are very true to the characters.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Linda Banche on February 26, 2011
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The bloom is off the rose in the Jane Austen sequel with mystery MR. DARCY'S SECRET by Jane Odiwe.

Mysterious passionate love letters from the past, supposedly written to Darcy, interrupt Elizabeth's newly wedded bliss. Even worse, there is a child who closely resembles Darcy. Is the boy Darcy's son?

Although Elizabeth can't change the past, the present is equally disturbing. Darcy reverts to type as he arranges Georgiana's loveless marriage to a "suitable" older gentleman. That Georgiana loves another, the landscape gardener, Tom, who also loves her, means nothing.

Full of the manners and mores so dear to Regency readers, MR. DARCY'S SECRET is another fine addition to the Jane Austen universe. The worthy, if penniless, Tom must fight for Georgiana against the prevailing sentiment of marriage as a merger of fortunes and influence. In her turn, Georgiana must overcome her dutiful submission to her brother's wrong-headed ideas about marriage, ones he himself ignored.

And then there is the mystery. Ms. Odiwe keeps you guessing right to the end as to what the sad and shocking MR. DARCY'S SECRET really is. The knowledge could either destroy Darcy's and Elizabeth's marriage or make it stronger.

Young love, old sins, characters we love, villains we love to hate, and a mystery threading through the whole--MR. DARCY'S SECRET has it all.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Vee on October 8, 2011
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I loved this amazing story. I was riveted from the word go. Georgiana has a brilliant story line throughout which had me on the edge of my seat the whole way through!
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Jane Odiwe is the author of seven Austen-inspired books, Mr Darcy's Christmas Calendar, Mrs Darcy's Diamonds, Project Darcy, Searching for Captain Wentworth, Mr Darcy's Secret, Willoughby's Return, and Lydia Bennet's Story.
Jane is a member of the Jane Austen Society; she holds an arts degree, and initially started her working life teaching History and Art. When she's not writing, she enjoys painting and trying to capture the spirit of Jane Austen's world. Her illustrations have been published in a picture book, Effusions of Fancy, and are featured in a biographical film of Jane Austen's life in Sony's DVD edition of The Jane Austen Book Club. Recent television appearances include a Masterchef special celebrating 200 years of Sense and Sensibility, and an interview in a special edition of the 200 year anniversary of Pride and Prejudice on BBC Breakfast.

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