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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark; 1 edition (August 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140222429X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402224294
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #841,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In her second Pride and Prejudice sequel, Altman brings back the Darcys and the Bingleys, offering up a charming tale of family and intrigue, along with a deft bit of comedy. When proper Bennet sister Mary returns from the continent, she is a compromised woman. Darcy and Elizabeth go to the continent to find the father and convince him to do the right thing, but on the way, they discover secret scandals about the Darcy family, including one half-brother Darcy didn't know about and a bigger problem that could ruin the entire family's reputation. Altman follows a well-tread path with this sequel to Austen's classic, and Austen fans will be pleased with the treatment of her characters. Though the ending feels rushed, Altman takes the spirit of the original runs with it to mostly deliver on fans' great expectations.
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""Readers who can't get enough of Pride and Prejudice should give Marsha Altman's series a whirl." " - Book, Line and Sinker

""[A] delightful book. I totally enjoyed it. I can see myself reading these books again in the future." " - Jenny Loves to Read

"Altman manages to stay true to the original characters, tell a whopping good story, make us laugh and cry in all the right places, and make us want to read it again and again." - A Curious Statistical Anomaly

"Another rollicking fine adventure with the Darcys and Bingleys, well-written... ridiculously fun reading." - Bookfoolery & Babble

""[H]umorous, dramatic, romantic and touching-all things I love in a Jane Austen sequel... This goes on the shelf with my favorites." " - Grace's Book Blog

"This tale is so beautifully written with the same subtlety and intriguing plots, that fans of the incomparable Jane Austen might mistake it for a Jane Austen novel." - A Bibliophile's Bookshelf

"[A] fun book to read to while away a few quiet afternoons." - This Book For Free

"This one kept me reading... refreshing." - Becky's Book Reviews

"[U]tterly charming. The book is written with just the right amount of humor and the plot moves at a steady pace, and is just so much fun to read." - Stephanie's Written Word

"I've read various Austen sequels, but this is the best so far." - Historical Novel Review

"There is a surprise on almost every page of this book. It is well-written, exciting, and certainly intriguing. In my opinion, this sequel is the author's best yet." - Everything Victorian

"I have loved the characters from Pride and Prejudice for years and Ms. Altman's sequels capture their essence better than any of the many sequels, that I have read. Kudos Ms. Altman! " - Once Upon a Romance

" I'm anxious for another sequel. Marsha Altman has only made me more curious about these beloved families. " - Classic Jane Austen Blog

" I highly recommend this Pride and Prejudice sequel and encourage those who loved Jane Austen's book to read this one" - Wendi's Book Corner

"Altman did a wonderful job of creating a story that the reader could really get drawn down into... The love between Darcy and Elizabeth seems to be timeless." - A Journey of Books

Customer Reviews

The subplots keep the story moving and it's a quick and entertaining read.
nat @ book, line, and sinker
The unique imagination of Marsha Altman has wrought a wonderfully different saga for the beloved characters of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.
Debra E.
If you enjoyed Ms. Altman's first book, or you are in the market for an original P&P sequel definitely read this book!
Jessica

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Austen Fan! on July 18, 2009
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This book continues where Ms Altman left off in book 1 and we get to see our favorite characters get into more mischief. Elizabeth is not emotionally well after suffering a miscarriage, but when Mary comes to her with a problem, she and Darcy set off for Italy to help and hope they can make it back in time. They also reconnect on a more personal level and grow closer in their own marriage.

Along the way Darcy discovers more and more about his own family's past and discovers his father had a tendency to stray in his marriage when his wife was in confinement. Darcy's newfound brother is just a bit younger than Georgiana and he is living the life of a poor, French, Catholic monk although their father had set up an annual allowance of a proper gentleman. This of course irritates the proud Darcy when he sees he is not living the life Darcy feels is due him and talks his new brother into being their guide to Italy in hopes of getting to know him more, but ends up learning so much more than he bargained for!

We also get to see Bingley deal with mischievous children and their hilarious antics while Caroline and her husband make an unexpected but extremely advantageous connection that will change their family dynamics forever. Dr. Maddox is extremely well written and fits in flawlessly with Austen's original characters.

This book is a wonderful addition to any P&P fan's library. It may not be written just as Austen herself would have written, but frankly there is only one Jane Austen and I wouldn't want to read someone "trying" to write like her, but I do love reading about the characters she created and seeing where others can take them! This book is full of humor, love for family, conflict and a duel where someone will not survive!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By nat @ book, line, and sinker on August 4, 2009
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Second in a series, The Plight of the Darcy Brothers finds Fitzwilliam Darcy making hasty travel plans to the Continent to save yet another Bennet daughter from scandal.

It seems that Jane Austen fans can be divided into roughly two camps: the purists and the rest of us. Austen purists may struggle with contemporary authors serializing Pride and Prejudice (or the other novels), but I think that if the author does his or her research and tells a solid story, these sequels can find success and have a place in the literary world.

Marsha Altman is one such author, creating a realistic continuation of Pride and Prejudice while seamlessly incorporating new characters without detracting from the original story. The Plight of the Darcy Brothers is the second installment in her continuing series and though I haven't read the first book, had no difficulty following this story.

The novel follows Darcy and Elizabeth as they travel to the Continent, Italy specifically, in an effort to save the reputation of yet another Bennet sister. Along the way, Darcy comes to learn several shocking things about his father and the Darcy family. As they travel on, Darcy wrestles with internal conflict, trying to come to terms with what he's discovered.

Altman's skillful use of narration helps the reader understand what motivates each character. Told in the third-person omniscient, we can see into the minds of the majority of characters and it gives the story greater depth and authenticity. Austen herself also wrote in this narrative style.

Altman doesn't skimp on details and fills readers in on all the characters from the original novel. The subplots keep the story moving and it's a quick and entertaining read. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and have plans to read the first book shortly. Readers who can't get enough of Pride and Prejudice should give Marsha Altman's series a whirl.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By B. Davis on August 7, 2009
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Darcy and Elizabeth are disappointed when Elizabeth loses a baby, but unexpected news comes rather quickly, sending the couple on an unpleasant trip to the Continent.

While away from home they meet an unusual young man who has a major impact on their lives, and gives them some startling information that sends Darcy into a tailspin.

There is a surprise on almost every page of this book. It is well-written, exciting, and certainly intriguing. In my opinion, this sequel is the author's best yet.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Debbie's World of Books on July 30, 2009
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Marsha Altman did another wonderful job in her second sequel to Pride and Prejudice. The story was once again filled with humor and I loved the direction she took the characters in. Watching the mischief that Lizzie and Darcy's son, Geoffrey, got into was hilarious and it seems so just to see the serious Mr. Darcy have to deal with his sons antics.

The title of this book had me intrigued because at the close of The Darcys and the Bingleys Darcy and Lizzie only had one son so I was not sure if this book would have a second son and they would be grown up. Not to ruin the surprise but the story does take place not long after The Darcys and the Bingleys so Altman soon reveals some darker secrets into Darcy's father's background. The story she spun was believable and fit so nicely with the characteristics of the original Pride and Prejudice cast that you wonder if Austen wrote a sequel would she have revealed the same secrets?

The reader sees a softer side of Caroline Maddox (once Caroline Bingley) that makes her much more likeable and despite all of her preaching we also see that Mary Bennett is human and makes mistakes despite her piousness.

If you enjoyed The Darcys and the Bingleys you will also enjoy this sequel.
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More About the Author

Marsha Altman/Morman is an author and historian specializing in Rabbinic literature in late antiquity. She is also an expert on Jane Austen sequels, having read nearly all of them. Her most current works involve both the Pride and Prejudice series and a thriller set in the Amazon Kindle Worlds setting of Wayward Pines. You can learn more about her and her work at www.marshaaltman.com

The series order is:

The Darcys and the Bingleys (Book 1)
The Plight of the Darcy Brothers (Book 2)
Mr. Darcy's Great Escape (Book 3)
The Ballad of Gregoire Darcy (Book 4)
The Knights of Derbyshire (Book 5)
Georgiana and the Wolf (Book 6)
Young Mr. Darcy in Love (Book 7)
The Chrysanthemum and the Rose (Book 8)
The Trials of George Wickham the Younger (Book 9)
(Untitled) (Book 10) - Coming Winter 2015

Other books:

Other Tales: Stories from the Ballad of Gregoire Darcy (free on my website and .99c on Amazon)
The Road to Pemberley (anthology)
The Redundant Man (Kindle Worlds)

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