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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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Review of The Other Mr. Darcy

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 November 21, 2009

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    Another Great Darcy

    How very pleasant to have another great Darcy. I could not believe I could really like another "Darcy" but I found I liked this one too and wanted Caroline Bingley to be happy. Wonderful book from beginning to end.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 15, 2013

    Brilliant story 

    Brilliant story 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2010

    AMAZING

    This book is amazing. Definitely would recommend this to anyone who loves Pride and Prejudice. I hope Monica Fairview writes more about the Darcy's. A modern day writing, which inspired my 15 year old daughter. Moncia, if you ever receive these reviews, please write more.

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  • Posted May 4, 2010

    Will Caroline Bingley Find Romance?

    Calling fans of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Have you wondered what happened to some of the other characters in that book besides Eliza and Jane? Well, then, you may like this book by Monica Fairview. The book begins with Caroline Bingley, weeping heartbrokenly on the day of the wedding of "her" Mr. Darcy to Elizabeth Bennet. To her chagrin, her outburst has been witnessed by a strange male. He turns out to be Robert Darcy,the cousin of Fitzwilliam, who has come from America for his cousin's wedding. Will Caroline find romance with him? Read and find out!

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  • Posted April 10, 2010

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    Truly Enjoyed "The Other Mr. Darcy"

    This book is a keeper in my library! I love anything dealing with Jane Austen novels and this one was truly a fun and enjoyable read! I totally recommend this to all fans of Jane Austen. I love the way Caroline Bingley finally gets a true love that will understand her stand-offish character.... & accept her for how she is and used to be... :)

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  • Posted February 23, 2010

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    The Other Mr. Darcy is another wonderful story

    The Other Mr. Darcy by Monica Fairview is a wonderful story about Mr. Darcy's American Cousin Robert Darcy. The book opens with Miss Bingley crying in the library at Darcy and Elizabeth's wedding. She is heartbroken as she truely loved Mr. Darcy. The entire scene is seen by Mr. Robert Darcy. He promises to keep her secret. As the story unfolds through a series of events Mr. Robert Darcy and Miss Bingley are thrown together and have to pretend to be engaged to save her reputation. I loved this book because you get to see different sides of Miss Bingley and I actually started to like her and understand why she was the way she was. Other favorites from P&P are in this book in smaller rolls, Fitzwilliam, the Bennets, even Lydia.

    Ms. Fairview did an excellent job giving us insite into Miss Bingley's character. Loved this book and can not wait to read more from this author. For those who love Darcy and Elizabeth, they only play very minor rolls, but I would highly recommend this book to anyone that loves Jane Austen.

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  • Posted January 9, 2010

    A terrific read! The writer spent some time thinking about her characters and the plot. Nothing sappy about this book: Miss Asuten would be proud!

    I've read many of the P & P sequels and while I've enjoyed some I have not enjoyed many: I enjoyed this one and hope the writer isn't finished with her sequels. Her introduction of an American cousin of Mr. Darcy is very clever; her character development of Caroline Bingley is very good and very realistic; and her development of Mr. Darcy is really done well. I don't want to give too much away but if you really love Miss Austen and P &P you'll like this.

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  • Posted December 28, 2009

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    another Jane Austen

    I so enjoy anything involved with Jane Austen - can't wait to finish reading this author's take on a continuation of "The Other Mr. Darcy."
    Had to purchase it from BN for my home library.

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