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The Future Mrs. Darcy: Given Good Principles Volume 2 Paperback – July 25, 2012
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She has one husband, two graduate degrees and two black belts, three sons, four undergraduate majors, five nieces, sown six Regency era costumes, written seven Regency-era fiction projects, and designed eight websites. To round out the list, she cooks for nine in order to accommodate the growing boys and usually makes ten meals at a time so she only cooks twice a month.
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Top Customer Reviews
When Mr. Carver leaves the neighborhood to keep his sisters from being harmed by the acquaintance of Lydia and Kitty Bennet, and some of the others in the neighborhood start cutting them, Elizabeth, Jane and Mary go to work to restore their good name. With a little positive attention, Kitty is quick to understand what's going on and curb her behavior. However, Lydia is another story.
With Mr. Bennet off to Kent on some mysterious business with his cousin, Mr. Collins, the heir to Longbourn, and Mrs. Bennet confined to her rooms, this leaves the Bennet girls to manage the household accounts and to take care of the tenants. Their hardest job by far, is to keep Lydia from tarnishing their reputations even more.
When Mr. Pierce overhears a conversation between two young officers discussing their plans to elope with two of the local girls, he informs Elizabeth. Worried that Lydia might be one of the girls involved, Elizabeth does everything possible to keep Lydia safe.
I enjoyed this story very much! It is wonderful when Elizabeth realizes how she has never really taken an interest in her younger sisters. When she takes the time to talk to Kitty, she finds out how truly talented Kitty is with a thread and needle, and how Lydia makes life difficult for Kitty.
As in Darcy's Decision, where Mr. Darcy is shaped and molded into a better person before he meets Elizabeth, the same is true in this book. Elizabeth and her family learn valuable lessons and begin to make changes before meeting Mr. Darcy. I really like this idea, and I can't wait for Elizabeth and Darcy to finally get together!Read more ›
The Future Mrs. Darcy takes familiar elements of Austen's story, and gives them a new spin. Lydia is still an out-of-control wildchild, but Kitty and Mary are developed and have much more depth and merit than their original counterparts. Elizabeth isn't quite as sagely all-knowing, and realizes she has much to learn about her family - and her own behavior - as events play out. Jane has had a semi-suitor who leaves Netherfield Park in disgust at the behavior and influence of Lydia on his own younger sisters, and when the militia arrives in town, things only get worse. Wickham doesn't appear, but Lydia still manages to make a royal fool of herself. And Mrs. Bennet, her nerves are still quite on edge, but there's a hidden depth to her as well - which Elizabeth discovers when Mrs. Bennet takes to her bed. Not only does this unprecedented turn of events cause Elizabeth to see the truth about her mother, it also prompts her to grow in her abilities to manage an estate.Read more ›
Just like in P and P, Elizabeth is the same strong and intelligent young woman we all know and love. However, Ms. Grace has added some insecurity and guilt to Elizabeth's personality. She feels guilty that she hasn't given her sisters enough attention and has failed her family. Her guilt gives her the strength to embrace her sisters for who they are and respect them. For Elizabeth, she always relied on Jane and her father; but now, she must turn to Mary and Kitty for support. Both girls thrive under Elizabeth's attention. Sisterly guilty can be a strong motive to embrace one's family.
I loved the sister bonding between Jane, Elizabeth, Mary and Kitty. With the four Bennet sisters united, they can conquer anything. I think Ms. Grace had a wonderful idea of having the story revolve around the sisters. Each young lady has her own strength and talent and when all the sisters join together...LOOK OUT! It's a sight to behold. I really like that they were able to gather strength from each other.
Lydia is an absolute twit! If it has only touched upon in P and P, Ms. Grace fully describes Lydia's outrageous and selfish behavior. It's a perfect set-up for when Mr. Wickham enters the picture. She has complete disregard for her family's reputation and focuses solely only on her own entertainment. Ms. Grace's characterization of Lydia leaves nothing to be desired.
The Future Mrs. Darcy is a delightful Austenesque novel. The sisterly bond is wonderful to watch unfold.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found this book, along with Darcy's Decision, to be too far from my own thoughts on what Darcy and Elizabeth would have been like before P&P, to be able to enjoy it. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Wrappedinharry, Vic, Australia
The story was well written and the story line easy to follow. Although the reader drew the reader in, I didn't experience her characters many emotions. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Janie_tx
Book 2 opens with a party at Lucas Lodge for the neighborhood to get to know some of the officers of the militia in Meryton. Mr. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kindle Customer
Ms. Grace did a wonderful job describing the Bennet sisters and their differences in this novel. She also got the reader to know each one of the sisters for their characteristics... Read morePublished 15 months ago by maryann
Lydia damages the family in spite of her sisters. As always the father ignored the danger. I found it interesting that the mother got through to her.Published 17 months ago by P&P lover
Gut wrenching. Elizabeth was well on her way to an ulcer; her sister, Lydia was out of control.
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I have read a lot of P&P fanfic, I have my favorite authors that can really develop their character's and stories. I was hoping for a new favorite author and did not find one here. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Cherri