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The Bar Sinister, Pride and Prejudice Continues Paperback – October 15, 1999

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"This respectful continuation of the story of Mr. and Mrs. Darcy employs creditably Austen-esque prose, laced with a wonderfully dry wit, to follow all the original characters, as well as some new ones, to the marriage bed, through childbirth, scandal, tradedy and war. Indeed, herewith you will find Mr. and Mrs. Darcy as you no doubt have already imagined them." -- Kathryn Baker, writer, "Melrose Place", "Murphy Brown"

DREAMING OF DARCY If the admirers of Regency tales and their screen adaptations (including the world-famous 1995 television version of Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth as the magnificent Mr. Darcy) have ever wondered what sort of book Jane Austen might have written using the modern insight of a 20th century popular novelist, one possible and engaging answer can be found in this surprisingly sizeable volume full of vivid descriptions and Austen-like sardonic comment presented in an elegant mock-archaic language. The story - in which a web of fascinating intrigue and adventure is gradually unveiled against the backdrop of Napoleonic wars, just as Mr. and Mrs. Darcy's passionate honeymoon draws to a close - has already been acclaimed as one of the best P&P sequels published to date. -- Maria Mirevich

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 467 pages
  • Publisher: Well, There It is Publishers (October 15, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967481708
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967481708
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,674,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With the success of her latest Pride & Prejudice continuation, The Ruling Passion, Linda is hard at work on her 4th in the series (working title: Mr. Darcy Takes His Wife Some More). Regrettably, no firm release date yet. A brief synopsis can be found on her website blog, Updates will be announced there and on Linda Berdoll's Facebook page.

The Ruling Passion is a follow up to her smash-hit, Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife and its continuation, Darcy & Elizabeth (over 300,000 copies in print and still counting). The Ruling Passion has been given the Independent Publisher's Gold Award 2012 for Historical fiction. It is now available in soft cover on Linda's website, in digital and paperback on Amazon and Her books are on the shelves of Barnes & Noble and available to order through bookstores large and small.

Review for The Ruling Passion From
Best-selling author Linda Berdoll's Mr. Darcy Takes A Wife and Darcy & Elizabeth have been hailed as "sexy, hilarious, poignant" and "wild, bawdy and utterly enjoyable (Booklist.)" The Ruling Passion, her highly anticipated sequel to the sequels, has finally come to fruition... If your sensibilities are offended by explicit, passionate love scenes with Jane Austen's original namesakes, this is presumably NOT the book for you. However, those who delight in reading about the Darcys beyond Pride and Prejudice, including all their complexities, and intimacies, (in and around the bedroom), and most particularly if you are a fan of Berdoll's previous works, The Ruling Passion is not to be missed! Yes, hold on to your bonnets as Linda Berdoll has quite done it again. Christina Boyd 4.5 of 5 stars

In a change of pace from her Jane Austen sequels, Linda released Fandango in 2010. This tale takes place in 19th C. San Francisco. In this entirely original work, our heroine, young Annabella Chase comes to learn that it's one thing to go asking for trouble, quite another to offer it a chair.

While researching her Pride & Prejudice sequels, she collected a vast store of euphemistic grandiloquence and wove it into a small gift book titled Very Nice Ways to Say Very Bad Things.

Customer Reviews

It's a fine and fun read and offers a very credible story as well.
Jay C.
While at times the whole thing became, perhaps, a little too unbelievable, it was still a very enjoyable read.
Rebecca Schwartz
If you loved Pride & Prejudice and thought Mr Darcy and Elizabeth great, then you'll love this book.
Christine Young

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

311 of 344 people found the following review helpful By Valerie Archambeau on April 27, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book should be taken out an SHOT.

It is so BAD it is unintentionally funny. Very funny. My favorite sentences so far:

"Propitious fortune allowed her to descry whom the crepuscular light yielded."

"Lack of conversation of which he did nothing to mitigate."

"Whilst still partaking their meal, Darcy apologised upon its austere winter dressing of his county unnecessarily."

Believe me, folks, the whole thing reads like this. I am NOT making this up.

I intend to write an update when I finish the book (I am researching sequels to Austen), but at page 40 I'm drowning in in a sea of "betwixt" and "howbeit."

Many of the sentences are downright be-cramped with broken sentence structure and overwrought language. All things are besoiled, bedewed, begrimed, bechanced. Nothing is ever dewed or grimed or soiled. No one ever sits between two people, it is "indubitably" betwixt. The characters do not exit, only egress.

Even if you can ignore the horrible writing, you will be affronted by the sub-par romantic/erotic plotting and descriptions (womanly portal and nether garments, indeed!). If it's a good sequel you're looking for, I'd advise "Letters from Pemberly" by Jane Dawkins. If you're looking for a good romance novel, check out "Ransom" by Julie Garwood.

Perhaps this author never actually read Austen. Perchance she only beviewed it upon the electronic movie-viewing apparatus. Howbeit, perchance some be-revising will aid this ailing monstrosity. After all, Austen fully revised her first draft, one can only hope Linda Berdoll will do the same.

I will continue to read in hopes that the story will overcome the overwritten and overwrought language of the author, though it is doubtful I can take much more of this.
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60 of 67 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 26, 2002
Format: Paperback
First for the negative. I could not, for the life of me, understand, what possessed the author to misspell Elizabeth's name, as well as the word "Pemberley." I still don't get it--it must have been fairly easy to verify and edit. In general, the spelling was erratic, and the vocabulary sometimes bizarre (all of a sudden, I felt that I knew very little English, as every third word seemed arcane). Also, if you are a purist, DO NOT READ THIS BOOK--the sex parts are numerous and sometimes graphic. Jane Austen would not have written it like this...
That said, the author nowhere claims to be JA. And for a 20th C. sequel, the book is GOOD. The plot is interesting, with twists and turns, and the language, though somewhat dumbfounding, is rich and very much in the spirit of JA (though JA's langauge IS easier to understand :)). And then there's the absolutely breathtaking love story--Darcy and Lizzy's relationship is just great as the author describes it. It's very sexual, true, but also, loving and respectful. They are quite a little partnership in this book, and wheather all kinds of awful troubles with considerable grace. Their characters, I thought, were very true to the way JA described them--Lizzy is spunky and brave, and Darcy--a "man of considerable personal courage," as the author describes him at some point.
Other characters are very much in character as well: Fitzwilliam is loyal and noble, Wickham is low and predatory, Lydia is bordering on idiocy (as is the mother, of course), Aunt Catherine is ... well, Aunt Catherine. Georgiana was a bit of a surprise, for she gives Darcy quite a bit of trouble.
In general, I would not recommend this book to an Austen purist, but I did recommend it to a bunch of my Darcy-obsessed girlfriends... and chances are, if the author writes something else, I'll read that as well.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Riding the Ragged Edge on May 10, 2000
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed the story Ms. Berdoll tells. I love all of the scenes between Elizabeth and Darcy, and how she fleshed out some of the minor characters in P&P (makes me wonder if a TV script was in the back of her mind...). But you have to be VERY forgiving as you read. I have never read a book with so many typos! I am not a literary critic, but I did feel some of the story itself could have used an editor's guiding hand and the five-dollar words used throughout were a bit much. If you are a Jane Austen purist, you may have a stroke reading this book, but if the A&E mini-series left you "Darcy-manic" this is a fun, racy sequel.
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109 of 132 people found the following review helpful By Leilani on August 30, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is the kind of book that, while not for everyone , is an exceptional read if you're into it.
While many Austen fans have been disgusted with the somewhat raunchy bits of the book, it's to be expected that Colin-Firth-at-Pemberley-in-a-wet shirt would spark such a novel! If you want a restrained, more truly authentic sequel, this probably isn't the best choice. If you (like me) aren't a true Austen purist and are looking for something more life-like and fun, then this is it. We follow the newly-wed Darcys into married life, and it's a happy marriage - finally, as most other sequels have an irrational need to make Darcy and Elizabeth unhappy. We hear about their private (sometimes very private) and public life, and the other P+P characters' stories are continued, too. (I particularly liked Colonel Fitzwilliam.)
The style seemed to me to be a parody of regency expression, which was actually laugh-out-loud funny at times.
The epic scope was enjoyable, and the plot engrossing, so it seemed half as long as it actually is -I finished it within days, and will be re-reading it very shortly! The only annoyance was the lack of editing - mispelling and the occassional missed word, but it does become easy to overlook.
If you want a love story, an adventure, a mystrey and a tale of passion, then get into this! I laughed and cried and completely enjoyed Linda Berdoll's work. (Now where can I find a 21st century Darcy ?....)
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