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Truth about Mr. Darcy [Kindle Edition]

Susan Adriani
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A sexy, compelling Pride & Prejudice " what if"...

The truth always has consequences......

Mr. Darcy has a dilemma. Should he tell the truth about his old nemesis George Wickham in order to protect the good citizens of Meryton from Wickham's lies and deceits? Doing so will force Darcy to reveal family secrets that he'd prefer never come to light. The alternative is keeping the man's criminal nature to himself and hoping he leaves the area before doing significant harm.

But as Wickham's attentions to Elizabeth increase, Darcy knows if he's to win the one woman he's set his heart on, he's going to have to make one of the most difficult decisions of his life. And what he ultimately does sets in motion a shocking train of events neither he nor Elizabeth could possibly have predicted.

Editorial Reviews


"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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 730 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (May 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004Y5AUYI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,662 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lots of romantic, steamy sex, thin on plot May 13, 2012
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I read "The Truth About Mr. Darcy" in one day, so it was interesting enough to keep me reading, but that wasn't because of the plot where little to nothing substantial happens. In my opinion, the story line itself was a little too sugarcoated. And I get very tired of Mr. Darcy magically being this married man with mostly modern values. I'm sorry, Mr. Darcy is NOT going to usurp Jane in a water closet to hold Elizabeth's hair during morning sickness. No way, no how.

And the final repercussions for Lydia in this tale are very difficult to swallow. The sex scenes are many, and Darcy and Elizabeth do anticipate their wedding vows, which can be a big turn off for some readers in this genre, so I'm giving that as fair warning. Overall, the writing was only memorable for the multitude of places the Darcys enjoy physical congress, and they are not written in a hard core mom porn kind of way, but as sweet and romantic ones.

The length (we Jane Austen continuation readers love to read the long ones) and the heat levels are about all I can really say was positive about this book. I never once felt like there was a "real" crisis at all, probably because no sooner was a problem presented that it was fixed by the characters with very little lasting damage.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Plot drowned and exhibitionism August 3, 2012
By Nat
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I have put two stars and not one because it is rather well written.

The plot was an interesting deviation from P&P but it was drowned under the sex scenes, a lot of them in public places. Each time the plot seems to develop a little bit, Darcy and Elizabeth begin to paw each other in public places and have only one goal, having sex.

If you prefer the characters to remain in character, you won't find it in this book. Austen's Darcy has too much respect for his sister and Elizabeth to behave like he does in this book, unable to spend two hours in a public setting without pawing Elizabeth.

I am far from being a prude, therefore the sex before marriage didn't bother me.

But I have a strong abhorrence for exhibitionism and people who spend their time pawing each other in public places without any respect for anybody. The theatre scene reminded me of something I witnessed a few months ago in a public transportation: a couple who began to lick each other faces, put their hands in the other one trousers without any regard for the people in the bus and there were children!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Worthy the read
Well conceived,well edited. The bad characters are very, very bad. The good are outstanding and the marginal turn out to be redeemable. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Mary R
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written story, quick read
I've had this book for some time and just got around to reading it. I thought it was very well written. The story was engaging and, for the most part, interesting. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Love2Read
1.0 out of 5 stars Trashy, and not in a good way
I decided to ignore negative reviews and explore this variation. What the author is being criticized for is an epidemic of the genre and many romance novels generally. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Periwinkle Lane
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much sex
The story line keep me going in spite of the sex overload scene that make Mr Darcy's characteristic so unbelievable . Read more
Published 5 months ago by bibi
2.0 out of 5 stars Well written, but lack of plot made it unbearable
It's truly a shame that the plot of this novel wasn't better developed, as Susan Adriani writes exceptionally well. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sar_C
5.0 out of 5 stars The Truth About A Great Romance
This book pulled me straight into the story and kept me there until the end. I love an author who shows Darcy's passion he feels for Elizabeth. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Elizabeth Bennet
2.0 out of 5 stars I Should Have Known Better
I got this as an impulse buy because Jane at said it was a sexy version of Pride and Prejudice, and because it was (still is) on sale for $1.99 at most e-retailers. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Clio Reads
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the more well written P&P what ifs that I have read!!! I...
This author kept the beloved Jane Austen characters true to themselves & that is one thing that I disliked about quite a lot of these variations. Ms. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Lainie B.
1.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Like the Original
This novel bears little or no resemblance to the original. It's not merely the very common explicit sex but the fact that imagining Darcy as a sex fiend and Elizabeth his anxious... Read more
Published 8 months ago by jerry
5.0 out of 5 stars For fans of a good romp!
I couldn't put this book down, the writing was thoroughly engaging, good plot and a fair amount of "canoodling" would definitely recommend:)
Published 9 months ago by Austen Fan
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