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Darcy's Passions: Pride and Prejudice Retold Through His Eyes

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Dramatic Retelling of a Classic

Jeffers offers her readers a look at a classic from the eyes of Fitzwilliam Darcy. She remains true to the Jane Austen story line, but adds a depth not found in many retellings, which tend to make Darcy into some sort of a "rake." It is obvious that the author loves thi...
Jeffers offers her readers a look at a classic from the eyes of Fitzwilliam Darcy. She remains true to the Jane Austen story line, but adds a depth not found in many retellings, which tend to make Darcy into some sort of a "rake." It is obvious that the author loves this story as much as anyone who considers himself a Jane Austen reader. Jeffers captures the haughtiness, but also the tenderness we suspect exist in Darcy's character. She gives him a personality; something we do not see in the original, where Darcy is simply a foil to Elizabeth Bennet through much of the work. I thought it was important that Jeffers did not allow Darcy to be "passionate" in lurid ways. He is the typical "still waters run deep" character we always imagined him to be. Jeffers has a sequel to this one entitled Darcy's Dreams (but being released on Sept. 1 as Darcy's Temptations). She continues this story line, but allows the reader to go back and see the process Darcy goes through in order to love Elizabeth Bennet completely.

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3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

A pleasant surprise... At First

When I first picked up this book, I was skeptical as I always am of Pride and Prejudice sequels. But as I read the familiar scenes from Fitzwilliam Darcy's point of view, I was pleasantly surprised to find the dialogue, and characters very faithful to Jane Austen's orig...
When I first picked up this book, I was skeptical as I always am of Pride and Prejudice sequels. But as I read the familiar scenes from Fitzwilliam Darcy's point of view, I was pleasantly surprised to find the dialogue, and characters very faithful to Jane Austen's original book. However, after the point in the book where Elizabeth has accepted Darcy's proposal, I saw many divergences in the charaters' attitudes, especially Elizabeth's. Instead of the strong, independent character I was first introduced to, she became far too dependent on Fitzwilliam, and something about it just errked me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2009

    A pleasant surprise... At First

    When I first picked up this book, I was skeptical as I always am of Pride and Prejudice sequels. But as I read the familiar scenes from Fitzwilliam Darcy's point of view, I was pleasantly surprised to find the dialogue, and characters very faithful to Jane Austen's original book. However, after the point in the book where Elizabeth has accepted Darcy's proposal, I saw many divergences in the charaters' attitudes, especially Elizabeth's. Instead of the strong, independent character I was first introduced to, she became far too dependent on Fitzwilliam, and something about it just errked me.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2008

    A little 'borrowing', perhaps?

    Just finished this book, and was amazed at how many situations and 'conversations' were blatantly 'borrowed' from Darcy and Elizabeth by Linda Berdoll (the bathtub scene, 'I will always come for you', the first ascent of the Pemberley staircase, etc). Also disappointing was the inconsistent conversation style - some reminiscent of Jane Austen, but some very modern. Poor performance from an award-winning teacher.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2013

    Story is fair, but writing errors are distracting

    The srory is better than many of the Austen sequels, but serious readers who demand good writing technique will gnash their teeth. The author's poor syntax, grammar, and punctuation will try your patience and ultimately detract from what is a decent retelling of the tale. In particular, the author seems to harbor hostility toward the past perfect tense and the use of "that" when its use would clarify the prose. There was even a failure to use the word "piqued" ("peaked" was incorrectly substituted), but there was a later correct use of "pique." I'm at a loss to determine how any decent editor could miss these mistakes. Perhaps this author should hire a better editor.

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  • Posted August 25, 2009

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    Not reading it for the first time

    Several times in reading this book I felt I had read it before. I had to check and re-check my memory of the many Austen writers I had read this summer. The conclusion always remained that "no" I had not read this book until that moment. Honestly, I had to go and read another book before picking this one up again (days later). Once I got past the similarities to other writers it was an okay read. It was towards the end of the book when I began to enjoy the read. I will read the books pertaining to Pride and Prejudice before giving a more decided opinion on this writer.

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    Posted July 7, 2009

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