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In her second Pride and Prejudice sequel, Altman brings back the Darcys and the Bingleys, offering up a charming tale of family and intrigue, along with a deft bit of comedy. When proper Bennet sister Mary returns from the continent, she is a compromised woman. Darcy and Elizabeth go to the continent to find the father and convince him to do the right thing, but on the way, they discover secret scandals about the Darcy family, including one half-brother Darcy didn't know about and a bigger problem that could ruin the entire family's reputation. Altman follows a well-tread path with this sequel to Austen's classic, and Austen fans will be pleased with the treatment of her characters. Though the ending feels rushed, Altman takes the spirit of the original runs with it to mostly deliver on fans' great expectations.
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""Readers who can't get enough of Pride and Prejudice should give Marsha Altman's series a whirl." " - Book, Line and Sinker

""[A] delightful book. I totally enjoyed it. I can see myself reading these books again in the future." " - Jenny Loves to Read

"Altman manages to stay true to the original characters, tell a whopping good story, make us laugh and cry in all the right places, and make us want to read it again and again." - A Curious Statistical Anomaly

"Another rollicking fine adventure with the Darcys and Bingleys, well-written... ridiculously fun reading." - Bookfoolery & Babble

""[H]umorous, dramatic, romantic and touching-all things I love in a Jane Austen sequel... This goes on the shelf with my favorites." " - Grace's Book Blog

"This tale is so beautifully written with the same subtlety and intriguing plots, that fans of the incomparable Jane Austen might mistake it for a Jane Austen novel." - A Bibliophile's Bookshelf

"[A] fun book to read to while away a few quiet afternoons." - This Book For Free

"This one kept me reading... refreshing." - Becky's Book Reviews

"[U]tterly charming. The book is written with just the right amount of humor and the plot moves at a steady pace, and is just so much fun to read." - Stephanie's Written Word

"I've read various Austen sequels, but this is the best so far." - Historical Novel Review
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark; 1 edition (August 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140222429X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402224294
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,348,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book continues where Ms Altman left off in book 1 and we get to see our favorite characters get into more mischief. Elizabeth is not emotionally well after suffering a miscarriage, but when Mary comes to her with a problem, she and Darcy set off for Italy to help and hope they can make it back in time. They also reconnect on a more personal level and grow closer in their own marriage.

Along the way Darcy discovers more and more about his own family's past and discovers his father had a tendency to stray in his marriage when his wife was in confinement. Darcy's newfound brother is just a bit younger than Georgiana and he is living the life of a poor, French, Catholic monk although their father had set up an annual allowance of a proper gentleman. This of course irritates the proud Darcy when he sees he is not living the life Darcy feels is due him and talks his new brother into being their guide to Italy in hopes of getting to know him more, but ends up learning so much more than he bargained for!

We also get to see Bingley deal with mischievous children and their hilarious antics while Caroline and her husband make an unexpected but extremely advantageous connection that will change their family dynamics forever. Dr. Maddox is extremely well written and fits in flawlessly with Austen's original characters.

This book is a wonderful addition to any P&P fan's library. It may not be written just as Austen herself would have written, but frankly there is only one Jane Austen and I wouldn't want to read someone "trying" to write like her, but I do love reading about the characters she created and seeing where others can take them! This book is full of humor, love for family, conflict and a duel where someone will not survive!
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Second in a series, The Plight of the Darcy Brothers finds Fitzwilliam Darcy making hasty travel plans to the Continent to save yet another Bennet daughter from scandal.

It seems that Jane Austen fans can be divided into roughly two camps: the purists and the rest of us. Austen purists may struggle with contemporary authors serializing Pride and Prejudice (or the other novels), but I think that if the author does his or her research and tells a solid story, these sequels can find success and have a place in the literary world.

Marsha Altman is one such author, creating a realistic continuation of Pride and Prejudice while seamlessly incorporating new characters without detracting from the original story. The Plight of the Darcy Brothers is the second installment in her continuing series and though I haven't read the first book, had no difficulty following this story.

The novel follows Darcy and Elizabeth as they travel to the Continent, Italy specifically, in an effort to save the reputation of yet another Bennet sister. Along the way, Darcy comes to learn several shocking things about his father and the Darcy family. As they travel on, Darcy wrestles with internal conflict, trying to come to terms with what he's discovered.

Altman's skillful use of narration helps the reader understand what motivates each character. Told in the third-person omniscient, we can see into the minds of the majority of characters and it gives the story greater depth and authenticity. Austen herself also wrote in this narrative style.

Altman doesn't skimp on details and fills readers in on all the characters from the original novel. The subplots keep the story moving and it's a quick and entertaining read. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and have plans to read the first book shortly. Readers who can't get enough of Pride and Prejudice should give Marsha Altman's series a whirl.

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Book two in the Darcys and Bingleys. Adventure, suspense, a trip to Italy to save Mary and Elizabeth needs to return home quickly..yes you can only guess why. No long travel across France will do. Aother Darcy brother is with them on the trip (I love the monk). Wow, who are they rescued by...none other than a Maddox brother...the plot thickens. They need a courier to take Mary's "friend's" offer to Mr. Bennet...who do they choose. What a trip, and I for one am not amazed at all that Darcy and Elizabeth would take of on this trek to save Mary. When you dig deep into Jane Austen's characters you find such men and women who are made of tough stuff. Wait, could there be two other brothers..or is it a sham. You will have to read to find out.

I'm sorry, but I have problem with the people who are so negative when the P&P characters vary from what they think Jane Austen created. Give me a break folks...these are JAFF books and when they just retell the same story over and over...what fun is that. I want someone to get outside of the box and Marsha Altman does indeed do that. If you are one of the narrow minded readers...go no further. This series is outside the box all the way into the next generation and I am loving it. I am currently on book 5 of 9.

Thanks Marsha for writing this series. Real families are never "Cleaver Family" cutouts. Thanks for the previews at the start of each book to keep us on track as to the order of the story. You are a delightful author and I am so glad I found you.
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Darcy and Elizabeth are disappointed when Elizabeth loses a baby, but unexpected news comes rather quickly, sending the couple on an unpleasant trip to the Continent.

While away from home they meet an unusual young man who has a major impact on their lives, and gives them some startling information that sends Darcy into a tailspin.

There is a surprise on almost every page of this book. It is well-written, exciting, and certainly intriguing. In my opinion, this sequel is the author's best yet.
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