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- Publisher: White Soup Press; 1 edition (June 25, 2016)
- Publication Date: June 25, 2016
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01H2VM5HA
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Mr. Darcy's Pride and Joy: A Pride and Prejudice Variation (The Darcy Novels Book 3) Kindle Edition
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The problem is that an issue (a fairly insignificant one at that) was blown out of proportion for chapters on end and everything else that happened was pure fluf and filler. There wasn't anything there to really make you feel involvement or even serious concern. You knew, from the beginning that, whether the issue was resolved or not both parties were determined to marry anyway. So the whole book manufactured irrational and unlikely scenariou to fill pages until Mr. Bennet (the cause of the stupid "issue") finally got around to making a mature and unselfish decision.
Not the best way to spend your time.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with what takes place in this series, in Mr. Darcy’s Pledge a rejected and depressed Mr. Darcy returns to Pemberley and attempts to move on with his life. In his heart he knows he will always love Elizabeth Bennet, but because he knows she doesn’t want him he begins to look elsewhere… That is until the lady practically winds up on his doorstep! In Mr. Darcy’s Challenge, Elizabeth and the Gardiners depart from Pemberley after receiving some upsetting news from Longbourn, and Mr. Darcy goes after them to offer his help and deliver his carefully planned proposal… And after many debacles and several surprising twists Darcy finally reaches an understanding with his fair lady love and all that is needed is the blessing of her father for Mr. Darcy’s joy to be complete…. Well, easier said then done! In Mr. Darcy’s Pride and Joy Darcy and Elizabeth face opposition, misunderstandings, and more than one mishap! Monica Fairview truly has taken Pride and Prejudice and turned it on its ear!
Wow! What an eventful and enthralling series! There is so much that takes place in all three books and so many new and intriguing characters are introduced. One of the aspects I enjoyed most about this series was Ms. Fairview’s original characters and how they brought new twists and temperaments into the fray. I also loved the clever tweaks and developments Ms. Fairview gave to many of Jane Austen’s characters. I thoroughly enjoyed the unique twist with the Lydia story-line, and in this volume I loved learning more about Mr. Bennet and his past. It perfectly explained many of Mr. Bennet’s behaviors and choices. Ms. Fairview has a wonderful talent for creating stimulating and well-drawn characters and fleshing out Jane Austen’s secondary characters convincingly and sympathetically.
Just like with the other volumes in this series, this installment was eventful. There is a foot-pad attack, an unanticipated refusal, an unexpected engagement announcement, and a house party that brings some of Darcy’s and Elizabeth’s most difficult family members together under one roof! And through it all, Mr. Darcy is unsuccessfully trying to achieve his goal of being able to marry Elizabeth Bennet! I greatly enjoyed the varied mix of events and twists to this story-line, yet, at the same time, some events did feel like they came about or concluded a little too abruptly for my taste. Also, I think that because so many characters were involved, some story-lines became a little spotty or remained unresolved.
But don’t worry readers, that wasn’t the case with Darcy’s and Elizabeth’s story-line! I loved seeing Darcy persevere through his struggles to see and be with Elizabeth, and how Elizabeth determinedly and relentlessly fought for what she wanted. It was heart-warming to see how in love they both were with each other. And I adored all the little sigh-worthy moments where they would touch hands and steal kisses! *swoon*
Full of humor, misadventure, and romance The Darcy Novels series is a wonderful choice for readers who enjoy seeing an emotive, reflective, and desperately in love Mr. Darcy put to the test! Well done, Monica Fairview! I can’t wait to see what you write next!
There's Mr. Bennet with a long buried secret affecting his judgement when it comes to giving his blessing to Darcy marrying Elizabeth. An attack by three thugs leaves a major character incapacitated at a most inconvenient time. A London newspaper contains a surprise wedding announcement involving Darcy, but who was responsible for placing it? Darcy wants to get his family warmed up to the possibility of him marrying outside of his sphere by hosting a house party and a ball for everyone involved, but it quickly deteriorates with the addition of several unexpected guests, two of whom (Miss Marshall and Miss Bingley) would love to become Mrs. Darcy. In addition to these challenges, Darcy also has to contend with Lord and Lady Matlock's insistence that Georgiana marry the very elderly and very icky Duke of Bolton.
Elizabeth's trust in Darcy is sorely tested early in the story. Later, the desire between the two of them gets nicely amped up as they attempt to hide their feelings from others until they can announce their engagement. There are stolen moments, lingering touches, and tantalizing but all-too-brief kisses (you know... all that stuff that makes for great romance), but the content is kept completely clean. The writing in general flows nicely, and most of the time I love the fast pace of the book. Characters are well-defined and interesting, and generally their behavior is consistent and believable.
I love the convergence of all the various characters and plot lines at the Pemberley house party. And thank the Lord for Mrs. Fortin! What a delightful lady!
It's possible to read this as a stand-alone without reading the previous two (although you SHOULD read them; they're both quite good) as long as you accept that what has come before is different from the traditional Pride and Prejudice story. The changes are easy to pick up, and the current storyline is relatively independent of the other books. Despite the criticisms below, this is thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable.
I do have some reservations about some plot choices that all involve spoilers:
First: I know Elizabeth is disappointed that she cannot be a fly on the wall when her father finally meets one-on-one with Euphemia Fitzwilliam but, heck! The narrator is third person! Surely the reading audience should be allowed into the room to hear their conversation, especially since Mr. Bennet won't tell his daughter anything about it. Considering the subsequent softening in his attitude, it's a significant plot point that should be further described.
Second: Nothing in the Wickham storyline makes sense. I know the speculation about his motivation is that he just enjoys making mischief for Darcy but, even if that were the case, I don't think that's the route he would have chosen. It's never even confirmed that he IS the actual culprit behind the bogus announcement, only assumed. Considering Mr. Bennet's passionate (for him) objections to Elizabeth marrying Darcy and his knowledge from Mr. Collins that Darcy is supposed to marry Anne de Bourgh, he would be a more believable source of the misinformation. Regardless, the plan to find and deal once and for all with Wickham is made and executed too quickly. Reading it felt like trying to spot a passenger on a train speeding by. (See ya, Wickham!) Either it should have been developed more or left out altogether.
Third: I do NOT see Caroline Bingley becoming interested in Mr. Travis. Considering how long her sights had been set on Darcy, Mr. Travis seems like too far a step down. Although he's set to inherit an estate, it's never described and unlikely to be as grand as Pemberley, and he doesn't have a title. Based on his personality as presented, I have trouble believing he would actually be interested in her, either.
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