- Paperback: 286 pages
- Publisher: Meryton Press (March 17, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781936009350
- ISBN-13: 978-1936009350
- ASIN: 1936009358
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 183 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,704,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This book haunted me from beginning till end, but in a most delightful and pleasing manner. I had barely touched the surface before I knew this was KaraLynne's best work yet...I felt that I had finally connected to one of Austen's characters in a way I had never before, which rendered in me a feeling of finally coming home...A truly, unexpected master piece of sheer delight, that I could not put down." - My Kids Led Me Back To Pride & Prejudice Blog
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KaraLynne is an amazing mother who never makes mistakes, never gets upset with her children and never ever has a dirty house. Ever. She always has her dishes done and the floors spotless and dinner is always prepared and ready on time. Her kids are always clean, polite, respectful and loving, especially to each other. She never gets irritated with her husband when he doesn't turn his socks right side out for the laundry and they always agree on everything. She delights in nothing else but to serve her family and never wants or needs time for herself. She takes great care to shower every day and put make up on so that she is always beautiful and presentable. She never wears her pajamas all day or for days in a row and she is the epitome of womanhood. Most of all, she has a great sense of humor and loves to write.
Falling for Mr. Darcy (2012) is KaraLynne's first venture in to the world of book authorship. Bluebells in the Mourning (2013) came next and Haunting Mr. Darcy: A Spirited Courtship in 2014. Although, admittedly a Darcy addict, she enjoys many things, such as: Mr. Knightly, Edmund Bertram, Captain Wentworth, Mr. Tilney and John Thornton. She is happily married to her own Mr. Darcy and together they share the insanity inducing responsibility of raising four children.
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Austenesque variations are fun reading to see how authors can be so very creative with Jane Austen's stories and characters. I found this one a lovely and gentle handling of the original story and characters while blazing an entirely new trail from the point that the Bingleys and Darcy leave Netherfield for London.
Darcy thinks he is dreaming as does Elizabeth when she appears in his library. They both take advantage of this to set aside the stiff politeness that society dictates and discover the truth behind his reserve and her impertinence. They are both astounded by what they learn and grow more uneasy as the true state of affairs dawns on them. Fate has gotten involved and they both cling to the hope that all of the fantastic happenings meant that they were to be together even when matters seem hopeless.
I enjoyed this variation that treaded lightly over what could have been angsty and difficult ground. In fact, much of the early story was vastly amusing. The reader knows what Darcy and Elizabeth do not and can only wait to see how they will respond when they know the truth, meanwhile, the pair are delightful and amusing.
I also appreciated how the author was able to build up suspense each time the reader starts to get complacent about how things are going to happen. The end was more triumphant and romantic as a result.
On a side note, the changes in the Bennets and other surrounding characters altered the story even further. Seeing devoted parents in the Bennets and even a Lydia who has an interesting twist on her story with Wickham was a great pleasure to read.
So, all in all, this was a fantastic read that I heartily recommend to Pride & Prejudice variations fans who would enjoy sweet paranormal historical romance.
Elizabeth’s spirit is tethered, so to speak, to Mr. Darcy. Since he cannot see her, only hears her, this makes for some very comical and entertaining moments, plus the ‘tethering’ creates lots of ‘togetherness’. It allowed for Elizabeth to be in places with Mr. Darcy that propriety would never have countenanced, under any condition. This permits her to see a side of him that she has never seen. Since he does not think she is real, he says things and does things in front of her that are hysterical…things that are so unlike the Mr. Darcy that she ‘thinks’ she knows. He is much looser and more open with all his thoughts, actions and words. I loved the interplay or repertoire between them. I frequently laughed out loud.
One of my favorite parts in the book involved Georgiana and Colonel Fitzwilliam. Georgiana was worried about her brother’s mental state and sought the help of her cousin and co-guardian. Her concerns, his observations and their conversations were such fun and exceptionally well done.
Although there is a touch of seriousness to parts of the story because of an injury, the darker side was not dwelt upon and the narrative was kept light without diminishing the seriousness of the subject. The author does give the injury its due but chose to dwell, instead, on the opportunity for Darcy and Elizabeth to get to know one another, especially for Elizabeth to get to know the real Fitzwilliam Darcy.
The concept of this narrative made for fun and exhilarating reading, plus set the stage for many amusing conversations and encounters. Toward the end it became more angst worthy and heart felt, more so for Mr. Darcy, but all is well that ends well and it certainly did end well.
I have read two other published works by KaraLynne Mackrory and they, too, are well researched with good storylines. High on my favorites’s list, this latest one, Haunting Mr. Darcy, is also a superbly written and entertaining novel…a hauntingly delightful tale. I think I had a smile on face throughout most of the book. The parts where I did not, were touchingly tender and tugged at my heart. Thank you, Mrs. Mackrory, and I look forward to much more from you.