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Darcy's Story [Paperback]

Janet Aylmer
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Aug. 3 2006

When Elizabeth Bennet first met Mr. Darcy, she found him proud, distant, and rude—despite the other ladies' admiration of his estate in Derbyshire and ten thousand pounds a year. But what was Mr. Darcy thinking?

Jane Austen's classic Pride and Prejudice has long stood among the most beloved novels of all time. The story of Elizabeth Bennet's blossoming romance with "haughty, reserved, and fastidious" Fitzwilliam Darcy has enchanted readers for nearly two centuries. Yet, Mr. Darcy has always remained an intriguing enigma—his thoughts, feelings, and motivations hidden behind a cold, impenetrable exterior . . . until now.

With the utmost respect for Austen's original masterwork, author Janet Aylmer loving retells Pride and Prejudice from a bold new perspective: seeing events as they transpire through the eyes of Darcy himself. One of world's great love stories takes on breathtaking new life, and one of fiction's greatest romantic heroes becomes even more sympathetic, compelling, attractive, and accessible, all through the imagination and artistry of a truly gifted storyteller.

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What is it about Fitzwilliam Darcy? Two hundred years after he captivated Elizabeth Bennett, readers still can't seem to get their fill of him. This title is just the latest in Darcy-inspired Jane Austen "fanfiction." Aylmer adheres more closely to the original in Darcy's Story, which retells Pride and Prejudice from Darcy's point of view. Big chunks of dialogue are lifted straight from Austen, accompanied by Darcy's own thoughts and perceptions. It's an interesting idea, but Aylmer's reverence for the text stands in the way of creating a lively story. There is no attempt to match Austen's sparkle or to flesh out the period setting, and opportunities to create more drama are missed; for example, Wickham's attempted abduction of Georgiana, which in another writer's hands might be a novel in itself, is dealt with in a few matter-of-fact sentences. As a result, this Darcy seems a dull dog. Nevertheless, the book should appeal to ardent Austen fans, especially if they object to too much tinkering. Mary Ellen Quinn
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“Austen fans will want to order this delectable crumpet ASAP so they can again witness Elizabeth Bennet’s charms.” (USA Today)

“Janet Aylmer gives all Austen enthusiasts more fodder for their passion for the classic...enjoyable and imaginative.” (www.bookloons.com)

“Janet Aylmer has wonderful, smooth writing style and ... she has a very creative imagination. (www.bestsellersworld.com)

“It is a story worth reading over and over, in any age, where true love exists for all to behold.” (www.coffeetimeromance.com)

“...quite a feat.” (onceuponaromance.net)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
...you won't be disappointed

A true perspective from Darcy's point of view of Pride and Prejudice. The author has been true to the original story written by Jane Austen which is a pure delight for a Austen fan.

It was a pleasure to read what Darcy was doing and thinking during those times he was absent from the book. It really does fill in those blanks that so many of us so wanted filled in.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, Jane Austen would love it Aug. 31 2006
I just finished Darcy's Story and loved it. Janet Aylmer shows a whole next side of Darcy, sensitive, insecure, but absolutely misunderstood at first by Elizabeth Bennet. As I read the book, I came to understand Darcy in a whole new light. Absolutely delightful. I would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of Pride and Prejudice. Jane Austen would have loved it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars its just a guess May 12 2008
By Taren
I don't know. It's a good story, I agree it is fun for an austen fan to think about what exactly was going through Darcy's mind throughout the story and at times I became rather fond of what this author thought Darcy was thinking. BUt at other times I thought that the author conviently skims moments of importance, moments where her creation of darcy contradicts with Miss Austen's. And this frustrated me a bit. But overall, a fun read.
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