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"For me, The Truth About Mr. Darcy allowed me a whole new perspective, and I found that I thoroughly enjoyed it!" - Royal Reviews

"What makes The Truth About Mr. Darcy so interesting is Adriani's handling of Austen's characters." - Diary of an Eccentric

"Truly remarkable, creative, and brilliantly written, The Trouble With Mr. Darcy is one "what if" variation you will surely not want to miss." - Austen Prose

"...I found The Truth About Mr. Darcy by Susan Adriani to be a splendidly romantic and enjoyable tale." - Austenesque Reviews

"This was one of the best adaptations I've read it quite a long time. I will most definitely pick up any and all adaptations by Susan Adriani." - Books Like Breathing

"I liked the prejudice Elizabeth faces in London and Darcy's ride to her defense ala "Pretty Woman" style." - Love Romance Passion

"Ms. Adriani has humanized the story by adding emotion to the book's almost too cerebral characters." - Historical Hilarity

"Adriani stayed true to Austen's vision, while allowing it to blossom and change for a new audience. " - Debbie's Book Bag

About the Author

In addition to writing, Susan Adriani is a freelance graphic designer and illustrator. In 2007, after contemplating the unexplored possibilities in Jane Austen's celebrated Pride and Prejudice, she successfully self-published her first story and is currently at work on a second. She lives with her husband and young daughter in southern New England.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (May 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402246137
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402246135
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 6.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,163,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Abigail Reynolds on May 5, 2011
Format: Paperback
As another writer of Pride & Prejudice variations, I have to say that my first reaction when I read the beginning of The Truth About Mr. Darcy in its online form was that I wished I'd come up with the idea, but Susan Adriani does a splendid job with the scenario. Remember the scene in P&P when Elizabeth Bennet is meeting Mr. Wickham for the first time, and Darcy rides by and the two men acknowledge each other coldly? That's the turning point of this book. Instead of pretending that Wickham doesn't exist, Darcy gets off his horse and tells Elizabeth why she should be careful around Wickham. It's still not smooth sailing for the two given that Elizabeth already has a bad impression of Darcy, and it makes for an intriguing and romantic tale.

How much did I like this book? A couple of years ago when I was meeting with Deb Werksman, my editor at Sourcebooks, she asked me if there were any other authors of Pride & Prejudice variations she should know about. I pitched this book to her and also Mr. Darcy and the Secret of Becoming a Gentleman by Maria Hamilton, which has also just been released. To my delight, Sourcebooks bought both books, and I hope they both find the wide audiences they deserve.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Meredith VINE VOICE on April 27, 2011
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The Truth About Mr. Darcy is a beautifully romantic variation of Pride and Prejudice that was originally self-published as Affinity and Affection (a more fitting and attractive title, in my humble opinion) in 2008. In this variation Ms. Adriani alters the scene where Darcy and Wickham first encounter each other in Meryton. Instead of letting Wickham insinuate himself in Elizabeth's good graces and tell vicious lies, Darcy shares his side of the story first. Instead of maintaining a healthy dislike for Darcy for many months, Elizabeth, after hearing Darcy's disclosure about George Wickham, experiences a change in her perception. Instead of being happily engaged to Charlotte Lucas, a recently rejected Mr. Collins notices Darcy and Elizabeth's attraction for each other and takes it upon himself to exact some revenge.

As an ardent admirer of Pride and Prejudice variations, I was most eager to read Susan Adriani's debut novel. I greatly enjoyed the unique premise of this variation; having Darcy share his past dealings with Wickham so early in the novel changed the course of several characters' lives. In addition, as a romantic, I was deeply gratified with the exquisite love and tender devotion Ms. Adriani illustrated between Darcy and Elizabeth. Although he was sometimes a little saccharine, I enjoyed seeing Darcy so violently in love.

While I enjoyed the intimate and romantic scenes between Darcy and Elizabeth, I did not like how Darcy lost all self-control. I understand him loosing some of his pride and prejudice, just like he did in Jane Austen's novel, but for him to exhibit such a want of propriety is a little perplexing. I don't mind Darcy acting like a rake behind closed doors, but in front of family and friends?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By KHRose on October 8, 2013
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I was not at all satisfied with this version of Mr Darcy. Prior to reading this book, I had read several reviews so I was prepared to read about Lizzy and Darcy anticipating their vows and the numerous intimate scenes that were in nearly every chapter (I usually avoid books with excessive sex and little plot). However, I was not prepared to read about a Darcy that didn't act much better than Wickham. Darcy was full of lust and had lost all self control and decorum that makes him the beloved Darcy from the original work. The author kept telling us how much he loved and respected Lizzy as his equal partner but his actions very rarely reflected those words. He constantly pawed at and fondled Lizzy before they were married. He had no self control and he didn't care where they were or who was watching them, his hands were always on Lizzy. One example of his behavior is when Darcy and Lizzy attended an opera and Darcy kept touching Lizzy and putting her hand on his "manhood". Lizzy kept trying to pull her hand away but Darcy wouldn't let go until his cousin reprimanded him. Then when Lizzy leaves the opera early to avoid his attentions, he follows her out and kisses her and touches her in the lobby. Lizzy is embarrassed and upset and I was disgusted and upset for her as well! Most of their friends and family find out that they anticipated their vows because of Darcy's lack of restraint. Being caught in a compromising position by Mr. Collins and warnings from Darcy's uncle, Col Fitzwilliam and Mr. Bennet do nothing to reign in Darcy's lust. Darcy only becomes a bit more controlled in public after they married.

Even with those previous complaints, I did enjoy most of the plot which is why the book gets more than one star.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By BooksHugBack on May 24, 2011
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In this P&P adaptation, Adriani introduces the question, what if Mr. Darcy told Elizabeth of George Wickham's character immediately when he first saw him with the Bennett girls in Meryton? From this point the story then plays out in an alternative reality. Elizabeth quickly compares the characters of Wickham and Darcy, and finds the former seriously wanting. Mr. Darcy and Bingley both begin courting the eldest Bennet girls. Wickham, knowing Darcy's weakness for Elizabeth seeks to destroy him with it. Wickham inappropriately advances on Elizabeth and then later in the story Lydia and basically sexually assaults Lizzy. Darcy comes to the rescue of Lydia and Lizzy and removes Wickham from society.

The majority of the story is based on Darcy and Elizabeth trying to control their desire for one another, and then the arrangement of a speedy marriage since they were unable to do so. Darcy is unable to control himself around Elizabeth, even when people are around... which is racy and quite uncharacteristic of Darcy. It begins with the courtship, portrays the engagement, wedding, and then birth of Elizabeth's first child. The ending flashes forward to the marriages of both Georgiana and Lydia and gives a glimpse at the life the Darcy's share with their children.

The book packs a ton into it and is most certainly not slow or boring. It is very entertaining and definitely engaging. Biggest warning... it is basically soft porn. If your not into reading smut and lusty passages then this is not for you. However, if you enjoy this drastic sex filled twist to the chaste Austen tale of Elizabeth and Darcy, by all means read on!
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