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Though Maria Grace has been writing fiction since she was ten years old, those early efforts happily reside in a file drawer and are unlikely to see the light of day again, for which many are grateful.   She has one husband, two graduate degrees and two black belts, three sons, four undergraduate majors, five nieces, six cats, seven Regency-era fiction projects and notes for eight more writing projects in progress. 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.   She can be contacted at: author.MariaGrace@gmail.com. You can find her profile on Facebook: facebook.com/AuthorMariaGrace or visit her website at: AuthorMariaGrace.com
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  • Paperback: 194 pages
  • Publisher: Good Principles Publishing (July 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615675050
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615675053
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
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Though Maria Grace has been writing fiction since she was ten years old, those early efforts happily reside in a file drawer and are unlikely to see the light of day again, for which many are grateful. After penning five file-drawer novels in high school, she took a break from writing to pursue college and earn her doctorate in Educational Psychology. After 16 years of university teaching, she returned to her first love, fiction writing.

 
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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What if the younger Bennet girls' wild ways were pointed out and corrected before they are introduced to Mr. Darcy?

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!
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I had no idea what sort of story I'd be reading when I started Maria Grace's The Future Mrs. Darcy. I suppose I expected to meet up with Elizabeth and Darcy, watching them muddle through their tangled impressions and misunderstandings. You know, typical P&P fare. What I got was a unique and new take on the classic story. In Maria's story (the second installment, but it reads okay as a stand-alone, to me anyway), the chronology is quite "mixed up" - and we encounter the Bennets and their misadventures before Darcy and Bingley ever arrive at Netherfield Park. Amazing, right? When I realized that this whole story was spinning out without the appearance of Darcy, I was very curious to see how this was going to work. But it definitely did work.

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.
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Like Darcy's Decision, Maria Grace has taken us into the world of Pride and Prejudice. This time she focuses on Elizabeth and her sisters right before they are to meet Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy. Once again, I really enjoyed Ms. Grace's view of Jane Austen's characters. I thought it was a refreshing take on Elizabeth and her feelings for her sisters.

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.
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