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- Print Length: 104 pages
- Publisher: White Soup Press (November 21, 2013)
- Publication Date: November 21, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00GM8D538
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,251 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Darcys of Derbyshire:: A Pride & Prejudice Variation Kindle Edition
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This book does an excellent job at preserving the language and tone of the source material (reusing some language where appropriate, but not to excess). It also satisfies a curiosity I hadn't realized I possessed: how did Darcy's parents, whose loving relationship is implied in canon, meet and marry, and what were they like at that time? I loved the story of their relationship, and will carry these enriched characterizations with me as I read and read both the original novel and various retellings and variations.
I'm not sure I was entirely convinced by the author's attempt to fit Mr. Darcy (Fitzwilliam Darcy) into the mold of his ancestors, but that's a minor quibble.
Part one had us with Elizabeth traveling in Derbyshire with her Aunt and Uncle Gardiner. They were in the Black Rocks area and in the 95 movie version we saw Elizabeth climbing those rocks and looking over the valley. In this version, the Gardiners don’t let Elizabeth climb by herself. So she was stuck at the bottom.
During their picnic she longingly looked up and saw a well-dressed man extending his hand as though he was throwing something off the top of the rocks [it is so moving when you learn what it was]. When he descended the trail, she was stunned and surprised to see that it was Mr. Darcy. He in turn was stunned and surprised to see Miss Elizabeth Bennet in Derbyshire. This mirrored their meeting at Pemberley and introductions were made and Mr. Darcy was impressed with the Gardiners. Elizabeth was just glad she had relations that did not embarrass her and Mr. Darcy offered the fishing excursion to Mr. Gardiner. Convinced that Elizabeth wanted to see the view from the top, Mr. Darcy offered to escort her. As they journeyed to the top, he told her of it being his mothers’ favorite place. When he reached the top he told her their love story.
Part two is most excellent as Darcy tells Elizabeth the lovely story of how his parents met, fell in love and how the senior Mr. Darcy attempted to court Darcy’s mother. We learn of the financial burdens of the Fitzwilliam family, the need of a bail out by the banker Mr. Berg [not a typo…it will be explained] and Catherine’s place in the story. OMG!!! How creative and different this variation was for us to enjoy. I’d never seen this take on our story. I loved it. My poor little romantic heart was so touched by the history of the outstanding couple that we have loved throughout hundreds of P&P variations. There are a few stories that paint a bad senior Darcy, but not many.
Part three brings us back to Elizabeth and Darcy still at the top of the hill. Both have been touched and moved by Darcy’s rendition of his parents’ love story. I can’t reveal any further so I won’t spoil anything. It was a delight. It can be read in a couple of hours and it was simply a feel good novella. Reynolds did an outstanding job.
I recently re-read this after several years and decided that it's one of Ms. Reynolds' better P&P stories, so I'm upping the rating to five stars. It includes an interesting imagining of the love story of Darcy's parents, who are spoken of in canon and in many variants, but seldom included in a JAFF.
Both Elizabeth and the Gardiners get to speak some witty dialogue in true Austen fashion. Although short, the story doesn't feel rushed, as so many JAFF novellas do.
The meeting of Darcy with Elizabeth and her Aunt and Uncle Gardiner at a black rock tor occurs after the Hunsford proposal and Elizabeth's reading of the letter. She is desirous of climbing to the top of the rock formation but her relatives refuse to go on and won't allow her to do so alone. When a tall gentleman whom they espied standing at the top climbs down and ventures onto their picnic spot Elizabeth is abashed to see it is Mr. Darcy. He, in turn, is taken aback and in learning that they have not climbed to the top and that Elizabeth longs to do so offers to be her guide and guardian for the climb. She accepts and is allowed to go.
The climb becomes an opportunity for Darcy to relate to Elizabeth why the spot is so significant to his family, why he comes there regularly and on a certain anniversary and why he tosses rose petals into the wind at the top. It is simultaneously an opportunity to explain about a certain Darcy trait and his parents' courtship.
As the tale ends at the top ODC have feelings emerge or evidence that show Hunsford didn't kill any regard nor did it slam shut the door on possibilities.
This is a lovely sweet tale, told with all the best nuances as Abigail is so good with. The touches, the looks, the warm breath upon an ear...sigh. Sweet dreams, readers.
Darcy takes his chance encounter with Elizabeth as a second chance and he uses the backdrop of the beautiful rock formation and overview to tell the story of his parent's love affair. Elizabeth is not indifferent and sees in this new demeanor of a man she read all wrong, her own second chance.
It is a quick story that doesn't really dive in deep with the development and it assumes the reader is familiar with the Pride & Prejudice story. That being said the story felt complete and paced well to the end. The story was just something fun and light. I would recommend it to Austenesque lovers who want something quick and easy for an hour or two of reading.
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Indeed by the time I reached the middle of the story and had determined to read no further. I was about to give up when I found myself curious as to how it panned out. I skimmed through it with open mind and found myself quite taken with the imaginative dance of the authors agile mind. but it is not of the genre. Pure fantasy!!!
I thought it was very clever how as Darcy begins to tell the tale to Elizabeth, instead of just hearing his account, it jumps back to the time and we see the story unfold as it is happening. It was a very endearing story between his parents and I felt myself being drawn into just as much as Elizabeth was! When we return to the present and see the effect and true implication of this romance between his parents in relation to the current Mr Darcy and Elizabeth and the scenes which follow are very romantic... But I do not wish to give anything away.
This was a really sweet little story and very unique and unlike any other variation I have read before. The use of his parent's courtship in aiding the relationship between Darcy and Elizabeth was a novel idea, and I enjoyed the detailed insight this story gave into Darcy's continued and ardent love and admiration of Elizabeth. It was an enjoyable escape into the world of Darcy and Elizabeth for an hour or two.
The story of the Darcys and how they came to fall in love and marry made up a large section of the novella and it was really charming. I bought this book to cheer myself up and it certainly worked, I found myself smiling nearly all the way through it.
The only word of warning that I'd give is also in the product description, and that is the novella isn't particularly long, plus there's an excerpt of another book at the end. It only took me about 50 mins to read, but I am a fast reader. Since I was aware it was short I wasn't disappointed. Although I'd always like a bit more, because I'm greedy, the story doesn't feel over short. I really enjoyed this novella and I'd certainly recommend it.
I really enjoyed this book, I have read a number of books by this author and found all of them delightful!
I absolutely loved it!
Good value for money and a different aspect overall
Ich fand es interessant mehr über die Eltern von Mr. Darcy zu erfahren und dadurch hat sich auch meine Sicht auf ihn verändert. Die Liebesgeschichte der beiden war einfach Herzzerreißend. Die Handlung des Buches hätte sehr toll zu Stolz und Vorurteil gepasst und ich bin ein wenig traurig das die Original Geschichte diese Szenen nicht hatte.
Abigail Reynolds und Jane Austen wären sicher ein tolles Autorenpaar gewesen. Reynolds weiß wie man die Figuren zum Leben erweckt und sie real erscheinen lässt. Lizzy und Mr. Dracy waren sehr authentisch, wenig auch ein wenig leidenschaftlicher als man es von Stolz und Vorurteil gewohnt ist, was mir aber sehr gefallen hat.
Das Buch war sehr unterhaltsam, voller Charm und mit der richtigen Portion an Romantik. Es war klein, aber fein. Der Schreibstil der Autorin hat mir wieder sehr gut gefallen, er war sehr anschaulich. Das ist mein zweites Buch von ihr und ich kann "The Darcys of Derbyshire" sowie "To Conquer Mr. Darcy" nur jedem ans Herz legen, es sind zwei großartige Bücher von ihr!!