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It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen’s Mr. Darcy is one of the most fascinating heroes in literature. Other writers have tried, with varying degrees of success,  to capture some of that old Darcy magic. This time around, we are made privy to Darcy’s secret diary. Though the story presented in the diary entries adheres to the structure of Pride and Prejudice,  the Bennets, even including Elizabeth herself, are very much in the background, while other characters, such as the Bingleys and Darcy’s sister Georgiana, play a larger role. While trying to fend off his growing attachment to Lizzie, “an undersized young lady of doubtful family,” Darcy recounts his day-to-day activities—managing his estate, looking after his sister, engaging in pastimes with his disreputable friend Lord Byron that would make the ladies at Longbourn blush. Austen knockoffs should always be judged on their own merits, and if the Darcy presented here isn’t quite her Darcy, or yours, the book is still a smart and entertaining period piece. --Mary Ellen Quinn

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“Seamlessly weaving in bits of the original, this entertaining novel gets the curmudgeonly hero spot on.” (The Independent)

“Maya Slater creates a convincing world for Fitzwilliam Darcy . . . a real cappuccino of a book—deliciously frothy, but with a definite kick.” (Jane Austen's Regency World)

“A witty and entertaining exploration of Darcy's side of the Pride and Prejudice story, with some surprising revelations about his private life.” (Andrew Davies, screenwriter of the BBC television series Pride and Prejudice)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Original edition (June 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393336360
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393336368
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 0.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,979,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I stumbled across Pamela Aidan's final book in her Darcy series at a beach resort last year. It was handed to me by another resort guest, she'd just completed it and wanted to share. I loved her Darcy, what a compliment to Miss Austens. I have since become a huge fan of the many Austen adaptions.

I don't require much, just a well told story. I didn't find it here.

Ms. Slater's Darcy is unappealing and he is shallow and unpleasant. I wouldn't wish him on Miss Bingley, much less Elizabeth Bennet. The more tawdry aspects are just that tawdry. Not sexy, not fun. I wouldn't recommend anyone waste the money. If money isn't an issue, I wouldn't recommend anyone waste the time.
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Awful! I have read thousands of Pride and Prejudice based stories and this one is the worst! It is also the first book I ever threw in the trash because I cannot in good conscience give this crap to anyone. If the names of the characters weren't Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy, I swear I wouldn't recognize them. This guy sounds more like Wickham. And where is his strong love for Elizabeth?? His actions are not those of a man of integrity and principles who is deeply in love. What a weakling!

Jane Austen was certainly aware of the low moral standards of the regency upper class and she despised the dissolute ways of the ton, as is evident in her letters to her sister Cassandra. She described her Mr. Darcy as a man who does not have "irreligious or immoral habits". His major fault was his pride and hauteur, so why does this authoress give him faults that are never mentioned in the original book!? I must add that I do not see Darcy as a sainted virgin- he was a man of the world and a male virgin would have been very rare in the promiscuous regency era. BUT there is a huge difference between having some past experience and being as dissolute as this man is.

The "hero" in this book has various sexual encounters with different women even though he believes himself madly in love with Elizabeth- what a hypocrite! He frequents brothels on a very regular basis and even participates in orgies. Mr Darcy of all people who is always so concerned about propriety and abhors disguise of every sort! He was much too reserved and too concerned about his reputation to behave like the "hero" in this story. The latter likes the amusements of town and behaves like many wild young men did during that period of time.
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The Private Diary of Mr. Darcy: A Novel
I think that when you read this book the one thing you have to keep in mind is the fact that Jane Austen did not write it. So if you expect a Jane Austen story, you will be disappointed. However, if you keep in mind that this is a alternate telling of our beloved Pride & Prejudice I think you will enjoy it.
There are somethings that you have to smile about as you read this book, Darcy's relationship with Lord Byron is definitely one of them. Although not an impossibility, as some would like to believe, since Lord Byron, despite his reputation, was a darling of the London ton. I did wonder what exactly appealed to Darcy in his relationship with Byron and I had to shake my head at some of the things that happened when Darcy was with Lord Byron. And I definitely question Bingley's friendship with him. But it is believable, especially when you take into consideration how desolate Bingley must have felt during the months he was separated from Jane. I don't know about anyone else but I've seen several of my male friends go through hell when some of their relationships ended unhappily. And they've done some very DUMB things, especially when they were encouraged by some of their male friends. To that point I think Lord Byron served that purpose very well for both Bingley and Darcy and I can accept the relationship.
I do have to point out something else about Byron's so called influence on Darcy. Yes, to a certain extent he did influence Darcy, but I don't see anything out of the ordinary in Darcy's behavior. Let's be honest, shall we? Georgian/Regency "gentlemen" were not any different than "gentlemen" of other eras.
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Good storytelling and some interesting twists on the characters' backgrounds.
I liked Mr. Darcy's point of view.
I thought Bingley's suffering over Jane was well portrayed, I never had considered this depth of feeling with him. I liked when Bingley showed some strength of character, and Darcy had to admit that Bingley is not child-like, he is an adult and makes reasoned decisions.

I was really bothered by one scene-- that of Darcy witnessing a rape and not being overly upset by this. I found this much more troublesome than the Byron character and the unusual scenes with this character. At least there is a purpose for the character-- to let Darcy have a sexual history and womanizing side but to have this side of him seem constrained compared to Byron. I agree with the reviewer "This was not written by Jane Austen" that for Darcy to have had sexual experiences as a wealthy "man of the world" at age 28 is not unreasonable.

I did not like everything about this book, but I was hooked from beginning to end and had fun reading it!
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