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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

"Mean girl" Caroline Bingley gets a makeover and a romance

The Other Mr. Darcy is a new Pride and Prejudice sequel with a unique premise. Spotlight Caroline Bingley, a minor character who we all loved to hate in the original novel, and somehow make her into a likeable heroine. Impossible you say! And so it would seem. Add into ...
The Other Mr. Darcy is a new Pride and Prejudice sequel with a unique premise. Spotlight Caroline Bingley, a minor character who we all loved to hate in the original novel, and somehow make her into a likeable heroine. Impossible you say! And so it would seem. Add into the mix Robert Darcy, the unconventional American cousin of Mr. Darcy, and you have an intriguing concept that could challenge the most accomplished writer. Let's hope author Monica Fairview's fairy godmother mojo is stronger than Caroline's predilection to snark.

After attending the marriage of Fitzwilliam Darcy to Elizabeth Bennet, the distraught Caroline Bingley uncharacteristic breaks down. Unbeknownst to her, she has a witness to her emotional outburst, Robert Darcy, Mr. Darcy's American cousin. Shocked and embarrassed to be seen in such a state, their first meeting gets off to a very bad start. When they meet again a year later, Caroline is horrified to see him. Will he keep her secret, or use it against her? As they travel together from Hertfordshire to Derbyshire, complications delay their journey in Nottingham and their party takes refuge at a local estate. While there, Caroline will receive two surprising marriage proposals. One from Colonel Fitzwilliam who she suspects is motivated by her dowry, and the second by the last man in world she would be prevailed upon to marry, Robert Darcy. To save her honor, he has gallantly stepped forward offering a fake proposal to quell rumors of her engagement to the wealthy and distinguished Sir Cecil Rynes, the one man she truly aspires to marry. Dumbfounded and numb with shock, the proper Caroline has no choice but to temporarily play along with the scheme to save her own reputation. Also included in the ensemble are many familiar characters from the original novel: The Bennet's, the Bingley's, Louisa Hurst, Lydia Wickham, and of course Mr. and Mrs. Darcy, all ready to offer help or hindrance to the couple.

Cleverly crafted and humorously engaging, The Other Mr. Darcy will delight Austen fans as they travel with Caroline Bingley on a journey of self discovery to Pemberley and her heart. Monica Fairview is a skilled storyteller, creatively continuing Jane Austen's characters, presenting a captivating but un-haughty version of the iconic Mr. Darcy in his American cousin Robert Darcy, and a Caroline Bingley who clings to her structured propriety sparking brisk repartees between them. Surprisingly, this Caroline has evolved beyond that snobby and gossipy "mean girl" that we remember in the original. I did not object to her change in attitude, but I think it would have been a tad more interesting if Caroline was that "mean girl" at the beginning, and grew away from it with new experiences. Despite this small quibble, I commend Monica Fairview for waving her magic wand and cleverly transforming Caroline Bingley into a human being worth knowing!

Laurel Ann, Austenprose

posted by Laurel_Ann on September 27, 2009

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I should have known better. Honestly, I don't know what came over me when I requested this book. If you are anything like me though, Mr. Darcy and anything connected with him holds this fascination grip over you and it's impossible to resist.

So I didn't resist. Now,...
I should have known better. Honestly, I don't know what came over me when I requested this book. If you are anything like me though, Mr. Darcy and anything connected with him holds this fascination grip over you and it's impossible to resist.

So I didn't resist. Now, don't get me wrong - Monica Fairview did a decent job of writing and preserved most of the spirit of the characters in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Eliza was a sassy as always, Lydia as silly as always and Mary as pious. Mr. Darcy came off as harsh, unforgiving to others and completely indulgent toward his wife. The character I had the most issue with was one of the main ones, Caroline Bingley.

I thoroughly detested Caroline in P&P so I was curious as to how I would react to seeing a more softer side of her. What I got was a character full of contradictions. At one moment she seemed to be Austen's Caroline and at the next Monica's. And the two didn't mesh well and it made for much confusion and an unclear picture of who this character really is supposed to be.

As for the rest of the story, it was predictable. A typical romance, mysteries that were easily seen through and nothing that really reached through and touched me - but again, this isn't Austen here.. it's a knock-off using the same characters and I couldn't expect more from it.

Honestly, I was a bit bored and really struggled with lack of desire to pick up the book and continue reading, even though it was easy to read. But for a book like it's supposed to be, it's good. Just not my cup of tea

posted by Benz1966 on March 13, 2010

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  • Posted September 27, 2009

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    "Mean girl" Caroline Bingley gets a makeover and a romance

    The Other Mr. Darcy is a new Pride and Prejudice sequel with a unique premise. Spotlight Caroline Bingley, a minor character who we all loved to hate in the original novel, and somehow make her into a likeable heroine. Impossible you say! And so it would seem. Add into the mix Robert Darcy, the unconventional American cousin of Mr. Darcy, and you have an intriguing concept that could challenge the most accomplished writer. Let's hope author Monica Fairview's fairy godmother mojo is stronger than Caroline's predilection to snark.

    After attending the marriage of Fitzwilliam Darcy to Elizabeth Bennet, the distraught Caroline Bingley uncharacteristic breaks down. Unbeknownst to her, she has a witness to her emotional outburst, Robert Darcy, Mr. Darcy's American cousin. Shocked and embarrassed to be seen in such a state, their first meeting gets off to a very bad start. When they meet again a year later, Caroline is horrified to see him. Will he keep her secret, or use it against her? As they travel together from Hertfordshire to Derbyshire, complications delay their journey in Nottingham and their party takes refuge at a local estate. While there, Caroline will receive two surprising marriage proposals. One from Colonel Fitzwilliam who she suspects is motivated by her dowry, and the second by the last man in world she would be prevailed upon to marry, Robert Darcy. To save her honor, he has gallantly stepped forward offering a fake proposal to quell rumors of her engagement to the wealthy and distinguished Sir Cecil Rynes, the one man she truly aspires to marry. Dumbfounded and numb with shock, the proper Caroline has no choice but to temporarily play along with the scheme to save her own reputation. Also included in the ensemble are many familiar characters from the original novel: The Bennet's, the Bingley's, Louisa Hurst, Lydia Wickham, and of course Mr. and Mrs. Darcy, all ready to offer help or hindrance to the couple.

    Cleverly crafted and humorously engaging, The Other Mr. Darcy will delight Austen fans as they travel with Caroline Bingley on a journey of self discovery to Pemberley and her heart. Monica Fairview is a skilled storyteller, creatively continuing Jane Austen's characters, presenting a captivating but un-haughty version of the iconic Mr. Darcy in his American cousin Robert Darcy, and a Caroline Bingley who clings to her structured propriety sparking brisk repartees between them. Surprisingly, this Caroline has evolved beyond that snobby and gossipy "mean girl" that we remember in the original. I did not object to her change in attitude, but I think it would have been a tad more interesting if Caroline was that "mean girl" at the beginning, and grew away from it with new experiences. Despite this small quibble, I commend Monica Fairview for waving her magic wand and cleverly transforming Caroline Bingley into a human being worth knowing!

    Laurel Ann, Austenprose

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 5, 2012

    I may be in the minority, but I like it when Caroline gets her h

    I may be in the minority, but I like it when Caroline gets her happy ending. She is such a miserable person in P&P. I really enjoyed this!

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    Posted November 9, 2012

    Other than my slight issues with how Mr. Darcy (the original) an

    Other than my slight issues with how Mr. Darcy (the original) and Lizzie were portrayed, I still found this to be an entertaining novel. It was a nice spin to see a different side of Caroline Bingley and her life after Darcy and Lizzie's marriage. Robert Darcy was a fresh of breath air compared to the normal rigid way of English life, and it made for an interesting story to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2012

    Okay if you're a die hard Jane Austen fan and particularly a fan

    Okay if you're a die hard Jane Austen fan and particularly a fan of Pride and Prejudice you may not like this book. I too have read P&P MANY times and was not expecting to like this book very much, however, going in with the expectation that it would likely not be much like the original seemed to help quite a bit.

    The author takes a lot of liberties with the original characters and it seems like the only ones who haven't changed much are Mary Bennet, Lydia Wickham, Mrs. Bennet, and Mr. Bennet. I was quite skeptical about having Caroline being the leading lady of this book and given how much I hated her in P&P I was expecting to not be rooting for her like I was for Lizzie. Somehow I got over that really fast and it likely had to do with the fact that her character was so altered it was nearly unrecognizable. After a while I started seeing the book as something new entirely only with names I recognized and could remember which made me more inclined to like it.

    I think the one major thing that got on my nerves at the beginning of the book was the fact that there were 3 Mr. Darcy's that you had to keep track of and most of the time they were all referred to Mr. Darcy interchangeably. So pay attention! Aside from that it was a good read. It thoroughly kept my interest throughout and I finished it over one weekend which is very fast for how busy I tend to get. I think that if you take it for what it is rather than what it's based off of you will enjoy it much better.

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  • Posted January 21, 2010

    Sweet Caroline

    Lovely story about a reformed Caroline Bingley who falls for Mr. Darcy's American cousin. If the author had shared Caroline's transition from witch to wonderful, this would have been five stars.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 5, 2009

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    A Nice Caroline Bingley

    What happens to Caroline Bingley after Darcy marries Elizabeth? She meets up with his cousin, and the dance begins. This is a book you can get comfortable with right away. My one quibble with it is that we only see the new Caroline Bingley. The lady who enjoyed making Lizzy's life miserable is gone by the time the story starts. Even so, it's an enjoyable story.

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