The Darcy Cousins

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A young lady in disgrace should at least strive to behave with decorum...

Dispatched from America to England under a cloud of scandal, Mr. Darcy's incorrigible American cousin, Clarissa Darcy, manages to provoke Lady Catherine de Bourgh, Mr. Collins, and the parishioners of Hunsford all in one morning!

And there are more surprises in store for that bastion of tradition, Rosings Park, when the family gathers for their annual Easter visit. ...

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Overview

A young lady in disgrace should at least strive to behave with decorum...

Dispatched from America to England under a cloud of scandal, Mr. Darcy's incorrigible American cousin, Clarissa Darcy, manages to provoke Lady Catherine de Bourgh, Mr. Collins, and the parishioners of Hunsford all in one morning!

And there are more surprises in store for that bastion of tradition, Rosings Park, when the family gathers for their annual Easter visit. Georgiana Darcy, generally a shy model of propriety, decides to take a few lessons from her unconventional cousin, to the delight of a neighboring gentleman. Anne de Bourgh, encouraged to escape her "keeper" Mrs. Jenkinson, simply...vanishes. But the trouble really starts when Clarissa and Georgiana both set out to win the heart of the same young man...

Praise for the Darcy Cousins:

"A humorous, stately romp through 19th-century England... An apt sequel to make Ms. Austen proud!" Historical Novel Reviews

"The Darcy Cousins is absolutely a must read for any Pride and Prejudice fan." - The Burton Review

"Fairview is a definite treasure, and I look forward to more from her in the future." - All About Romance

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"An engaging historical romance... Infused with humor, wit and a bit of social commentary. " - AustenProse

"Ms. Fairview is very proficient in creating romantic, attractive, and Austen-worthy heroes!" - Austenesque Reviews

"Fairview is a definite treasure, and I look forward to more from her in the future. " - All About Romance

"A good historical romance story. " - Literary Escapism

"I loved this sequel and look forward to more to come. " - Read with Tea

"A very humorous and delightful story about the goings on in and around Rosings Park, London and Hunsford." - Celtic Lady's Reviews

"A feast of fun and entertainment to the reader. Don't deny yourself the exquisite experience." - Between the Pages

"Another excellent follow on to Pride and Prejudice that maintains the integrity of the original characters while moving the story of their lives forward.
" - A Curious Statistical Anomaly

"For those who can't get enough of Pride and Prejudice, The Darcy Cousins is sure to please." - Linda Banche Romance Author

"A fun loving story, with characters who pop and come alive on the pages. " - History Undressed

"An excellent story of a girl growing up and learning some essential life lessons, while having fun with her family and friends." - MyShelf.com

"You will fall in love with the characters and storyline of The Darcy Cousins. Jane Austen would proud to see the way Monica Fairview continued her novel. " - Renee's Reads

"Highly recommended reading for all Jane Austen fans who will come to admire and applaud Ms Fairview's well written prose! Bravo!" - CK2's Kwips and Kritiques

"Delightful and charming." - Confessions of a Muse in the Fog

"The Darcy Cousins is absolutely a must read for any Pride and Prejudice fan." - The Burton Review

"Simply charming continuation of the much loved Darcy's." - Book Junkie

"For those who can't get enough of Pride and Prejudice, The Darcy Cousins is sure to please." - Linda Banche Romance Author

"Historical fiction readers will LOVE this story with its witty repartee and descriptions of a time long past. " - Best Romance Stories

"Loved the attention to detail. I thought the characters were well done." - Becky's Book Reviews

"Fairview has extended the life of Pride and Prejudice VERY well." - The Broken Teepee

"Holds the flavor of the original Pride and Prejudice. " - The Calico Critic

"A humorous, stately romp through 19th-century England... An apt sequel to make Ms. Austen proud!" - Historical Novel Reviews

AustenProse
An engaging historical romance... Infused with humor, wit and a bit of social commentary.
— Laurel Ann
Austenesque Reviews
Ms. Fairview is very proficient in creating romantic, attractive, and Austen-worthy heroes!
— Meredith Esparza
All About Romance
Fairview is a definite treasure, and I look forward to more from her in the future.
— Jean Wan
Literary Escapism
A good historical romance story.
— Jackie Morgan
Read with Tea
I loved this sequel and look forward to more to come.
— Tea Kettle
Celtic Lady's Reviews
A very humorous and delightful story about the goings on in and around Rosings Park, London and Hunsford.
— Kathleen
Between the Pages
A feast of fun and entertainment to the reader. Don't deny yourself the exquisite experience.
— Lynda Coker
A Curious Statistical Anomaly
Another excellent follow on to Pride and Prejudice that maintains the integrity of the original characters while moving the story of their lives forward.

— Gayle Surrette

Linda Banche Romance Author
For those who can't get enough of Pride and Prejudice, The Darcy Cousins is sure to please.
— Linda Banche
History Undressed
A fun loving story, with characters who pop and come alive on the pages.
— Eliza Knight
MyShelf.com
An excellent story of a girl growing up and learning some essential life lessons, while having fun with her family and friends.
Renee's Reads
You will fall in love with the characters and storyline of The Darcy Cousins. Jane Austen would proud to see the way Monica Fairview continued her novel.
— Renee
CK2's Kwips and Kritiques
Highly recommended reading for all Jane Austen fans who will come to admire and applaud Ms Fairview's well written prose! Bravo!
— Marilyn Rondeau
Confessions of a Muse in the Fog
Delightful and charming.
— Svea Love
The Burton Review
The Darcy Cousins is absolutely a must read for any Pride and Prejudice fan.
— Marie Burton
Book Junkie
Simply charming continuation of the much loved Darcy's.
— Brande
Best Romance Stories
Historical fiction readers will LOVE this story with its witty repartee and descriptions of a time long past.
Becky's Book Reviews
Loved the attention to detail. I thought the characters were well done.
— Becky Laney
The Broken Teepee
Fairview has extended the life of Pride and Prejudice VERY well.
— Patty
The Calico Critic
Holds the flavor of the original Pride and Prejudice.
— Laura Hartness
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402237003
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 573,335
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Literature professor Monica Fairview loves teaching students the joys of reading. But after years of postponing the urge, she finally realized that what she really wanted to do was write. The author of The Other Mr. Darcy and An Improper Courtship, the American-born Ms. Fairview currently resides in London.

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The church door flew open and footsteps resounded through the church, forcing its lethargic inmates into sudden animation. Mr Collins, whose sermon on fire and brimstone had taken on a decidedly monotonous rhythm, was awakened into new fervour. His eyes rounded and his voice rose, ringing with conviction now that he had found a target for his wrath. Even his conviction, however, did not regain him his audience, for the congregation turned en masse to survey the newcomers. Heads turned, necks stretched, and hats fluttered. Twittering echoed around the stone pillars.

Mr Collins tried his best to ignore these disturbing signs of inattention. He proved himself worthy of his position indeed, for he did not falter for an instant and, when the restlessness of his flock became too apparent, he turned his eyes on the one person who was worthy of the benefit of his words-indeed, had had a hand in suggesting those very words-his noble patroness Lady Catherine de Bourgh. She sat rigidly upright in her pew and kept her gaze calmly fixed upon him. Her daughter Anne, though generally too sickly to be curious, shifted in her seat so that she could sneak a glance at the new arrivals, until a sharp pinch forced her to recall the gravity of their elevated stature.

But, at last, even Lady Catherine de Bourgh herself could not ignore the disturbance, for the newcomers, instead of squeezing silently into whatever empty bench they could find, came straight in her direction and signalled for her to shift down towards the other side of the family pew. Lady Catherine, torn between the diminished dignity of moving from her accustomed seat or the prospect of causing a scene in the Lord's presence, moved closer to her daughter. At this insult to his dear patroness, Mr Collins stuttered, not once, but twice, an event of such unprecedented magnitude that he succeeded in drawing all attention back to himself again.

"I am sorry we were tardy, Lady Catherine. I know we wrote that we would arrive before church today," said a cheerful young voice in a loud whisper. Those closest to Lady Catherine's pew strained to listen above Mr Collins's voice, and a few turned to convey her words to the ears of their less fortunate neighbours. An elderly lady's voice could be heard complaining forcefully that no one ever told her anything. "What is the young lady saying?" She received several disgruntled looks.

"One of our horses was lamed," continued the young lady, "and we had to wait until a fresh one could be brought. It took forever." Mr Collins fixed a quelling look at the young lady in question. She was apparently chastised, for she said nothing more. But no sooner had Mr Collins resumed the familiar flow of his sermon than the young gentleman leaned across his sister and added in a whisper, "I hope we have not missed too much of the service," he remarked. "My watch must have been stolen by pickpockets when we stopped in Bromley, for I could not find it, and I have no idea of the time." Lady Catherine did not deign to reply. Mr Collins paused in the middle of a sentence and cleared his throat.

Georgiana Darcy, who was sitting to the right of Anne, wished Mr Collins would simply ignore the newcomers, instead of drawing even more attention to them. Her party seemed to have become the focus of all eyes. If only their pew faced forward, instead of standing sideways where everyone in the congregation could see them! She squirmed in her seat, trying her best to look unruffled. If only she were sitting with her brother, Darcy, whose tall form was partly hidden by a pillar.

Such thoughts did not avail her, however, for there she was, with all eyes turned towards her group. She needed to project an air of calm dignity. She grasped her hands together in her lap and concentrated on practising serenity.

One pair of eyes-dark and insistent-stood out from the sea of eyes turned towards her. Her tremulous serenity collapsed. A glance across the empty space to the pew opposite theirs-one of the pillars of the community, clearly-revealed the source. A dark-haired, impeccably dressed young gentleman was watching her-not the others, but her in particular. His knowing gaze rested on her deliberately, and she had the uncomfortable sensation of being evaluated. She looked away quickly at the sea of eyes to her left. She preferred them to that one single evaluation. But looking away did not help, for she could still feel the touch of that steady gaze upon her. Unable to resist, she turned to him again. He nodded at her politely, with a hint of a smile that suggested sympathy with her predicament. She flushed this time, flustered more by his pity than by anything else that had transpired.

Fortunately, by now the new arrivals appeared sufficiently cowed by Mr Collins or Lady Catherine or both, for neither of them uttered a sound until it was time to sing the next hymn, upon which they sang with voices like angels.

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  • Posted May 13, 2010

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    An Austen Inspired Treat!

    This is author Monica Fairview's second Pride and Prejudice sequel and the first I've read. I expected that I would enjoy it, based on the synopsis, but I didn't expect to love it as much as I did. In short, Monica Fairview has a new fan in this reader.

    Ms. Fairview's writing is warm, engaging and utterly captivates the reader. I was transfixed by the story from the opening paragraph until the last line. Ms. Fairview takes Jane Austen's existing and much beloved characters - - Darcy, Elizabeth, Georgiana - - and even those a little less beloved - - Caroline Bingley, Lady Catherine, Anne deBourgh and Mr. Collins - - and entertwines them with new characters Robert Darcy, Clarissa Darcy, Frederick Darcy, Percy Channing and Henry Gatley, among others.

    What I loved most about these new characters is not only how vividly Ms. Fairview sketches them out but how I could easily imagine them being Jane Austen's own creation. In this way, Ms. Fairview stayed true to the essence of Pride and Prejudice and Jane Austen's vision.

    In Pride and Prejudice, Georgiana is very much a secondary character who is primarily given life through her brother's story and personality. In The Darcy Cousins, Georgiana very much comes into her own and I thoroughly liked her. She is an enjoyable person, both a socially proper young lady of wealth and status and a determined and spunky fighter.

    Her American cousin Clarissa Darcy is a pleasing addition to the roster of Austen inspired characters. The fact alone that she raises Lady Catherine's ire makes her a real jewel and I got a chuckle out of how many of her missteps and faux paus were attributed to her American upbringing. Clarissa's backstory made for an interesting read and I hope that Ms. Fairview will continue her writing with a book on Clarissa's continued story.

    Henry Gatley was a wonderful hero and I was happy with the parallels between Mr. Gatley in this book and Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice. Throughout the book I was rooting for Mr. Gatley and hoping that all the fictional characters would like him (even love him) as much as I did.

    If there was any part of The Darcy Cousins that I would change it would be Elizabeth's personality, which I felt was a bit underdeveloped and missing that wit and verve that was so spectacular in Pride and Prejudice. However, Georgiana and Clarissa being major characters and so well developed eradicated any true disappointment I may have had.

    All in all, I devoured this story and hated for it to end. It was a joy to read and I often found myself lost in this incredibly good book for a splendid week. Has any producer thought to snap up film rights because in my opinion, The Darcy Cousins would make a fun and entertaining miniseries.

    I would highly recommend The Darcy Cousins for anyone who appreciates not only Jane Austen sequels but also historical fiction.

    Lori Hedgpeth
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  • Posted April 18, 2010

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    PRIDE AND PREJUDICE FANS WILL LOVE THE DARCY COUSINS

    Monica Fairview's THE DARCY COUSINS is a book full of surprises, and the surprises start with the title. This follow-on to THE OTHER MR. DARCY continues the saga of the American Darcys, but this book is the coming-of-age tale of the very English Georgiana, Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy's sister.

    Three years have passed since Pride and Prejudice. Shy, retiring Georgiana is still unsure of herself after the debacle with Wickham. She awaits the start of her first Season, when into her life swoops her American cousin, Clarissa. The younger Clarissa is everything Georgiana wants to be--confident, outgoing and attractive to men, especially the handsome, charming Mr. Channing, to whom both girls take a fancy.

    Mr. Channing's friend, Mr. Gatley, also handsome but not so charming, disapproves of Georgiana's infatuation and her attempts to ape Clarissa, and he makes no bones about telling her so. Each takes the other in dislike, and they spar constantly, refusing to admit their growing attraction. As Georgiana learns to be herself, with her own strengths and weaknesses, she at last sets to rest the ghost of Wickham. Mr. Gatley, so confident he is always right, realizes he can make mistakes, too.

    Ms. Fairview has written a tale true to the Regency era, yet at the same time brimming with strong women. Clarissa is strong in an outgoing way. Georgiana is quieter but equally determined. The delightful surprise is the fate of Anne de Bourgh, the down-trodden daughter of the domineering Lady Catherine.

    For those who can't get enough of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, THE DARCY COUSINS is sure to please.

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