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Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman: An Assembly Such as This, Book 1

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2006

    Not what you'd expect from Darcy

    I liked this second book, Duty and Desire, though I found it strange that Darcy would be in the predicament that he was in. The fact that he accepts an invitation from one of his old college chums he hadn't kept in touch with to visit his castle is strange and unlike Darcy. That he chooses this invitation as a way to forget Elizabeth Bennet and find a wife equal to his wealth and circumstance is understandable but still odd. Almost the entire book is set at Sayre (his college chum)'s castle and it takes on a very dark gothic theme. I find Darcy's attraction to Lady Sylvanie a bit hard to swallow. Darcy should've seen right away that A) this was a dangerous place to be and B) Lady Sylvanie is equally dangerous. The book, however, is very well written and gives it's readers glimpse of what Darcy did before he went to Kent. However, I guess he had to have another woman to enter his life to show him how powerful his feelings for Lizzy were.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2005

    An enjoyable book for those who can't get enough of Pride and Prejudice.

    This is the first book in a trilogy by Pamela Aidan, following Mr Darcy through the events of Pride and Prejudice, and telling us what he did with his time when he wasn't staying with Bingley or Lady Catherine. A good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2005

    Much better than I expected

    Judging by past posts, I wasn't sure I would like this book but I was very pleasantly surprised. Remembering that this is all fiction allowed me to suspend the Mr. Darcy image in my head and enjoy the story. Doubtless this is not what Ms. Austen would have imagined for our dashing hero, but I think it will set up the eagerly-anticipated 3rd book nicely. I can't wait to see what Ms. Aidan has in store for us in the next book. According to her website it should be out in October. I'm hoping for October 2005.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2005

    This was worth the reading time

    I was so disappointed with 'Mr. Darcy's Daughters' that I despaired of trying another P&P riff again, but I'm so glad I paid attention to the positive online postings. This was modern, to be sure, but it was very satisfying. Maybe readers in Austen's time or people smarter than me could absorb all of the greatness of the context of P&P, but I for one was glad to have a modern mind take a spin at figuring out such a gallant hero. Come on, we've all seen the movies and have our favorite Darcy in mind. It was great for me to picture my favorite movie Darcy in this novel to gain a little more of his side of the story. No doubt Austen left the minutiae of his character to our imaginations on purpose, but this was a satisfying imagination of another side to P&P. I hope I am not disappointed with the author's remaining two books on this subject, because this one was so satisfying to me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2005

    Gothic Parody

    This volume seems to continue the Austen tradition of parody - reminded me of Northanger Abby - Mr Darcy's ill- advised acceptance of the invitation to the castle and the parody of the gothic romances gave me a chuckle!

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