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Mr. Darcy's Dream: A Novel Paperback – February 3, 2009
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Elizabeth Aston is a passionate Jane Austen fan who studied with Austen biographer Lord David Cecil at Oxford. The author of several novels, including Mr. Darcy's Daughters, she lives in England and Italy.
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That being said, the novel suffers rather obviously from finale syndrome, as Aston contrives to simultaneously illustrate two compelling romances, wrap up the overarching plot of the series, and gather all her couples together for an ensemble ending to rival that of a Mozart opera. Ends are tied up, but at the slight expense of pacing and some deviation of personality in a few well-beloved characters original to Aston's books.
It is, however, an entertaining enough read, and I would certainly recommend it to anyone attached to the universe of Mr Darcy's Daughters, with the addendum that it ought to be read without the expectation of literary excellence, for best enjoyment.
Well done and quite engaging story of the extended generations of the Darcy and Bingley families. It is hard to keep up with where characters fit in the family at times, but the personalities are carried over from one generation to the next in this pleasant read. It seems I have started in book 7 of the series and now I must back track and read books 1-6 in order to make heads or tails of this delightful saga.
I'm also troubled by the shallowness of the plot. Many of Aston's novels explore topics such as politics, prostitution, foreign travel, or women in the arts. Mr. Darcy's Dream has a mild Whig/Tory theme, but it's poorly explained and largely peripheral to the plot. The young heroine, Phoebe, experiences some psychological growth in a manner vaguely reminiscent of Jane Austen's heroines Elizabeth Bennet, Emma Woodhouse, and Marianne Dashwood, but Phoebe's character is so weakly and inconsistently developed that it's hard to care about her in the same way. If you're not already an Aston fan, I would strongly recommend beginning with one of Aston's more substantial novels, such as The Exploits and Adventures of Miss Alethea Darcy or The True Darcy Spirit.