- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (August 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1402236972
- ISBN-13: 978-1402236976
- Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.3 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,153,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly
Grange (Mr. Darcy's Diary) continues Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, beginning on Darcy and Elizabeth's wedding day and follows the two on their honeymoon trip to Paris, the Alps and Venice during a lull in the Napoleonic Wars. Told from Elizabeth's point of view, the story is about her expanding horizons as she leaves the sheltered life she led at Netherfield for her new world as a wife and a traveler outside England. Darcy's continued lack of physical attention to Elizabeth makes her realize that something isn't quite right, but the clues provided in the text are too subtle for her to figure out his secret. By the time Darcy reveals his true nature, more than two thirds of the way through the book, Elizabeth is able to accept his announcement (which she sees as less disturbing than her more mundane fears), but its impact on the reader is greatly diluted by the revealing title. Grange manages to capture the period in a manner that will appeal to Austen fans, but vampire fans are likely to be disappointed.
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"Mr. Darcy's reservations, temperament and apparent aloofness are explained in a most unusual way by Jane Austen guru Amanda Grange (see the diaries saga) as he hides what torments him from his beloved. " - #1 Amazon.com Reviewer
"Our author has given us a treasure of culture to please even the most delicate palate, a delicious romance of times gone by and a fantasy world that will surely make you quake in your boots." - Yankee Romance Reviewers
"Vampires are all the rage now, so expect interest." - Booklist
"Ms. Grange skillfully builds the tension and expands the darker thread into danger... I loved it." - Sia McKye's Thoughts Over Coffee
""Mr. Darcy, Vampyre" is truly and step back in time and you would almost think this is a natural progression from "Pride and Prejudice". Fascinating tale!" - Grumpy Dan's Journal
"A dark, captivating read. " - Anna's Book Blog
"I opened it and became so absorbed in it that I lost hours of time without realizing it... and without regretting it." - Becky's Book Review
"Grange creates her own vampire mythology and weaves it seamlessly into the story of Darcy and Elizabeth's early marriage... a really great sequel to Pride and Prejudice. " - Grace's Book Blog
"Since I love vampires and Pride & Prejudice I was really curious how this book would turn out. I'm glad to say I am pleasantly surprised by how well it was written." - Debbie's World of Books
"Along with the adventure, it is the enduring love of Darcy and Lizzy that kept me glued to every page, eager to find out what would happen to my favorite couple." - A Bibliophile's Bookshelf
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Top Customer Reviews
As they travel in the style and comfort afforded the master and mistress of Pemberley, Elizabeth sees a dark change come over her husband. He is preoccupied and incommunicative; not at all the man that she grew to love during their courtship in England. In fact, the farther they travel, the more distant he becomes. She pours out her troubles and concerns by writing letters to her dear sister Jane. Foremost in any young brides mind is the consummation of their marriage which Darcy is avoiding. Moreover, Darcy's formidable relations are more than just a bit odd and events along the way are unsettling. While in Paris Darcy's cousin Colonel Fitzwilliam privately admonishes him for marrying her. On the road to Switzerland his aunt Lady Catherine de Bourgh surprisingly appears expressing her displeasure at his disgraceful alliance and begging him to end it. As their carriage climbs the mountain road, the local people jump away and cross themselves as they pass. When they arrive in the Alps at his uncle Count Polidori's castle, an axe displayed above a doorway mysteriously falls missing Darcy by inches. The servants say it is a sign that Elizabeth will cause his death. Later, a fortune teller warns her to beware. "There are dangers all around you ...not all who walk on two legs are men...not all who fly are beasts." When the castle is stormed by angry villagers, Darcy and Elizabeth flee into the mountains where they are attacked by the mob. In the confusion of the fight they are separated. Against all odds the crowd is subdued. Darcy is disheveled and unharmed except for the blood on his mouth. Elizabeth is horrified, thinking he is hurt. We, suspect otherwise.
Their journey continues to Venice, and on to Rome. More seeing the sights, more friends and more subtle comments and minor events as the plot moseys along. The descriptions of the countryside and cities are similar to a vintage travelogue. Not only are the Darcy's taking the Grand Tour, so are we. The scenes of the castle in the Alps, the fortune teller and the angry mob play gentle homage to the Gothic novels so popular in Jane Austen's time and parodied in her own novel Northanger Abbey. The difference here is this novel is not a burlesque or a spoof. It is dead serious, and that is one of its foibles. Lack of humor. No Catherine Morland in her nightgown peering into a ponderous chest. Only poor Lizzy unhappily dragged about Europe, neglected by her husband, and totally unaware that his indifference is a front to his dark secret. When did our spirited and clever Lizzy become willing to put up with such treatment? She used to taunt and tease him into submission. Now she can't seem to find him to put him in his place. Yes, he is a vampyre and he is tormented over not being able to tell his wife about his terrible curse, but there still needs to be some conversation to develop their relationship. Over three quarters of the way into the book and I was still impatiently waiting for the big reveal. Is this really a vampyre novel? Where's Darcy's coffin with a bit of Pemberley terra firma thrown in?
I will attempt to forestall any reproof and readily admit that I admire Amanda Grange's courage and creativity. The novel was a bold move that unfortunately did not quite fulfill my expectations.
Laurel Ann, Austenprose
The story line was forced and the plot was flimsy. For the first 200 pages there really is no plot. They just travel around Europe meeting Darcy's vampy friends, none of whom really have a huge impact on the story. They spend so much time conversing with these other people in the book and when they do speak directly to each other, it is always mundane small talk. J.A. would not approve! Darcy and Elizabeth's conversations in P&P were always inflected with wit, humor and sarcasm; and in the end, passion and love.
Ultimately, I think a major problem with the book is that the reader is taking it all in from Elizabeth's point of view, who is completely unaware that Darcy is a vampire. The reader knows from the beginning of the book that Darcy is a vampire from the title itself. Therefore, it is a very slow read since we are constantly waiting for Lizzie to figure it all out. Although, Stephenie Meyer did a great job with this in Twilight; we know Edward is a vampire but the book is still from Bella's viewpoint and we do have to wait for her to figure it out. But Meyer left me racing through the pages to find out what happens next. That just didn't happen for me with the book.
I was looking for more suspense, drama and darkness, and it lacked all of the above. The only suspenseful thing in the whole story is waiting for Darcy to consummate his marriage. Even that got old after a while. There was so much build up about them having sex and when they finally do, Ms. Grange only devotes about one sentence to it. I'm not a huge fan of long, drawn out love scenes, but since she made it such a major part of the story line, she should have devoted a little more of the plot to the resolution of that one major issue.
In conclusion, I sadly would not recommend this read. I think that Ms. Grange recognized that vampires are a huge part of pop culture right now, and wouldn't it be a great idea to write a book about them and the lead characters of P&P, the greatest love story of all time? Good concept, but just missed the mark entirely.
Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy are finally wed and are about to embark on their wedding tour (honeymoon) to the Lake District when Mr. Darcy declares a change of plans. Eager to introduce Elizabeth to his distant friends and acquaintances on the European continent, Mr. Darcy convinces his new wife to follow a new destination. Soon, they are on a ship, heading towards the now-at-peace France. Throughout their travels, they learn more about one another, and Elizabeth discovers a dark and dangerous secret about her husband and his many friends.
This book started off well. I liked reading about the places they visited and the people they met. I liked the adventures they encountered and the parties they attended. However, there was just soo much missing from the story that it was an almost pointless book.
All the characters seem to be disconnected and undeveloped. Witty dialogue is gone in exchange for thoughts of self-doubt and inward sadness. Mr. and Mrs. Darcy barely speak, and when they do, it reads like a pathetic romance novel instead of a Jane Austen masterpiece. Even the occasional allusions to the original manuscript are misplaced and forced, convincing me that this book may have been improved without them. This story is not much "vampire" and barely "Austen", making it a very dull read with a most uninteresting end.
I have a pet peeve about the way the author constantly refers to Mr. Darcy as just "Darcy". She even has Elizabeth calling him Darcy. Wouldn't it flow more if they were both called by their first names or both referred to as Mr. or Mrs. Darcy? The inconsistency is annoying when reading a book 300 pages in length!
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