The Ballad of Gregoire Darcy: Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice Continues [NOOK Book]

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Revisits the Beloved Characters of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice in Marsha Altman's fourth novel

WHIRLWIND OF PEMBERLEY
The comings and goings on their grand estate present endless challenges for Elizabeth and Darcy. Can they avoid scandal given the recent arrival of Mr. Darcy’s illegitimate brother ...
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The Ballad of Gregoire Darcy: Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice Continues

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Overview

Revisits the Beloved Characters of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice in Marsha Altman's fourth novel

WHIRLWIND OF PEMBERLEY
The comings and goings on their grand estate present endless challenges for Elizabeth and Darcy. Can they avoid scandal given the recent arrival of Mr. Darcy’s illegitimate brother Grégoire, Mr. Bennet’s advancing years, the younger George Wickham’s coming of age, and Dr. Maddox’s departure from his position with the Prince Regent even as his many secrets threaten to be discovered?

COURTSHIP OF MARY BENNET
After her disastrous trip to the continent resulted in a passionate romance and an unintended child, Mary Bennet finds herself back in England, living with the shameful title of unwed mother. Having given up on ever finding love, Mary is shocked to find herself pursued by a proper gentleman. But are his intentions true, or is Mary being led astray by her heart once again?

TORMENT OF GRÉGOIRE DARCY
Leaving his sheltered, peaceful life at a Benedictine cloister, Grégoire enters a world he never imagined. Thrust into Regency England’s secular society, Grégoire is overwhelmed. How can an inexperienced, single man stay true to himself while finding his place in a culture obsessed with matrimony?
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569759622
  • Publisher: Ulysses Press
  • Publication date: 5/10/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 301,554
  • File size: 796 KB

Meet the Author

Marsha Altman is an author and historian who is an expert on Jane Austen sequels, having read nearly all of them. She lives in New York.
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  • Posted December 5, 2012

    This is book four of a really involved, bumpy series. There are

    This is book four of a really involved, bumpy series. There are hysterically funny moments, hardly believable moments, and waaayyy out there moments. This is not a series for Pride & Prejudice purists. By book three, the characters do not resemble the originals at all; however it's a really involving read. You really get enthralled with the crazy lives of the characters and want to know what is happening next, just don't hang onto P&P when you're reading this series. It's a good series over all.

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  • Posted July 21, 2011

    Highly recommend!

    I love Marsha Altman's take on the Darcy clan. Not only has she successfully "what if'ed" the original charaters she has added new and exciting charaters.
    I loved book 4 of this series, it was well written and imaginative. If you love P&P fanfiction you will love Marsha's entire series. I dont want to give away any plot lines in my review, suffice it to say I read book 4 in 2 sit downs and am looking forward to book 5 hopefully soon.
    Great job!

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  • Posted June 16, 2011

    Highly Recommend this book- a great read

    Ms. Altman does it again: Good story, good writing, good characters and just a good read. I think Miss Austen would like this book and the series. I do have two comments: There could have been a bit better proof reading and a bit more attention to plot details, i.e. reference to the wrong character. There's very little about several of the original characters, specifically Lizzie and Jane. I'm hoping Ms. Altman plans additional books and will focus on these characters.

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  • Posted May 25, 2011

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    An excerpt from my blog review

    In my complete blog post, I reviewed Ms. Altman's entire series to date (the full review can be found on the ebookocracy website if you are interested). Here is an excerpt relevent to this volume: Grègoire begins this story happily as a Benedictine monk in Spain and he ends it by getting married to an Irish widow. How he gets there is title storyline of the book, but we are also given a glimpse at the courtship of Mary Bennet, an explanation of the Darcy's extreme dislike of society and Caroline's husband gives her the best gift ever--the title of Lady. I don't want to give away too much, but I can say it will be more than worth your time to read this book and find out answers to questions such as: Why on earth would Bingley put his head in the mouth of a tiger? And how long would he last in a fight with a martial arts expert. Who was the original heir to Pemberly if it wasn't Darcy's father? Will Mrs. Bennet ever marry off the last of her daughters? As you might notice, Ms. Altman has added quite a few original characters to this series of books. From the spouses and children of Austen's characters to friends and family that have been created specifically for these stories, Ms. Altman characters are, in my opinion the primary reason for reading this series. I'll admit, I first read this as a series of fanfictions so I have some idea of where this storyline is going and although this may surprise some of you, in the end I found myself more attached to some of the new characters introduced here than I am to Austen's original cast. Future storylines continue to touch on the lives of our favorite couples, Darcy and Elizabeth and Jane and Bingley, but through the lives of their children. Expect even more adventure, romance, misunderstandings (they are Darcy and Elizabeth's kids after all) and swords to come in the rest of the series. I don't know about you, but I can't wait :)

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  • Posted May 15, 2011

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    The saga continues

    This is not your usual kind of variation. No this is the family saga kind of variation. This book is the fourth in the Darcy and Bingley Pride and prejudice sequel. Kids have been born, people have gotten married, there has been trouble and fun times, and lots of secrets.

    I have not read the previous books but then I am a fast learner. In the beginning of the book was a family chart so I just checked who had married who and read the introduction by Altman. And then I was up to speed and could get started.

    In this one there is general focus on the Bingleys, Darcys, The Maddox family (that is Caroline Bingley's husband who is only a doctor ;). But there is also other things going on. Mr Darcy found out that he has an illegitimate brother called Gregoire who now is a monk in Spain. But things get out of control and he comes to England. As a devote monk he has difficulties living a normal life. I do fear he was a bit too saintly for me, but it was an interesting.

    The other history sure took me by surprise. It seems that in a previous book Mary had an affair with a seminary student and got pregnant! Yes pregnant, I sure missed a juicy story there. And now she is in an unwed mother and she will get courted, but can she trust love? Oh I am still shocked by the whole unwed mother part..Mary! Yes, that is the juicy stuff going on in this series.

    It was an interesting variation to read. Altman sure knows these character and creates wonderful and sad scenarios. here are ups and downs just as in every normal life.

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  • Posted May 5, 2011

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    A must-read for Jane Austen lovers!

    This book was wonderful. Some parts of Grégoire's story were almost painful to read, they were so tragic. He was such an innocent at the beginning, and somehow, through all of his trials and tribulations, he retained that innocence. Despite being wounded and betrayed by those he loved most, his faith stayed strong. (Though he did engage in a couple of spectacular instances of sin.)


    I loved the secondary characters in this book, particularly the children. Geoffrey Darcy, George Wickham, and Georgiana Bingley are now young teenagers, about to make their mark on the world. Georgiana has wonderful potential. I loved reading about mild-mannered Jane and Charles being bossed around by their stubborn daughter. I hope that she gets a novel of her own one day.


    I enjoyed the Irish accents in the latter half of the book. I had fun trying to decipher the precise meanings, and I still have not figured them all out. What exactly does "fierce quare" mean? Eventually, I googled it to make sure my guess was right. (I was pretty close, it means "extremely strange.")


    Elizabeth was witty, Darcy was perfect, Jane was sweet, Bingley was naive, Monkey was....wait, did I just say "Monkey"? Yes, a monkey has descended upon the hallowed halls of Pemberley, and Charles Bingley may never be forgiven. And, to top off a lovely novel, what would a Marsha Altman book be without Darcy rushing to the rescue of at least one of his many relatives?


    This is a magnificent addition to my favorite Pride and Prejudice sequel series, and I would recommend it to all lovers of Jane Austen and regency romance.

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