Darcy & Elizabeth: Nights and Days at Pemberley
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Darcy & Elizabeth: Nights and Days at Pemberley

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by Linda Berdoll
     
 

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Mr. and Mrs. Darcy have an exceedingly passionate marriage in this continuing saga of one of the most exciting, intriguing couples in the Jane Austen Literature.

As the Darcy's raise their babies, enjoy their conjugal felicity and manage the great estate of Pemberley, the beloved characters from Jane Austen's original are joined by Linda Berdoll's imaginative new

Overview

Mr. and Mrs. Darcy have an exceedingly passionate marriage in this continuing saga of one of the most exciting, intriguing couples in the Jane Austen Literature.

As the Darcy's raise their babies, enjoy their conjugal felicity and manage the great estate of Pemberley, the beloved characters from Jane Austen's original are joined by Linda Berdoll's imaginative new creations for a compelling, sexy and epic story guaranteed to keep you turning the pages and gasping with delight.

What people are saying about Mr. Darcy Takes A Wife, the bestselling Pride and Prejudice sequel.

"A breezy, satisfying romance." -Chicago Tribune

"While there have been other Pride and Prejudice sequels, this one, with its rich character development, has been the most enjoyable." -Library Journal

"Wild, bawdy and utterly enjoyable sequel." -Booklist

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"I am amazed by Berdoll's ability to flesh out complex and interesting characters and plot lines. There isn't a single boring passage in the book, even when the characters are only talking about mundane matters. Berdoll has an amazing grasp on understanding human nature and how to make the characters seem larger than life with their thoughts and motivations." - Blogcritics.org
Publishers Weekly
Berdoll's second lighthearted romp through Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice set (following Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife) turns nasty. Things start off sweetly as the terminally dignified Darcy returns from the continent to greet wife Elizabeth and the twins she has borne in his absence. Despite initial annoyance engendered by Elizabeth's recuperation, during which sex is rather out of the question, hearth and home soon return to normal. However, dealing with Darcy's conniving aunt, Lady De Bourgh, as well as the machinations of his troublesome sister-in-law, Lydia, and his arch-rival and nemesis Wickham (here truly evil), threaten their domestic happiness. Elizabeth takes all this circumspectly but with keen concern; between bouts of marital jollity, she provides Darcy with wise and commendable counsel. The story is thick in period trappings and language; the secondary characters and tangential story lines are Dickensian to a fault and the ending is very deus ex machina. But Berdoll's take on Darcy & Co. contains enough pleasures to overcome overwriting and underplotting. (May) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Berdoll's sequel to Jane Austen's seminal Pride and Prejudice, Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife, took up where Austen's book left off, addressing world events-e.g., Waterloo, political unrest, the Corn Laws-and the physical passion and daily intimacies between husband and wife. Darcy and Elizabeth continues the saga, following the Bennet sisters through the trials and tribulations of parenthood and the deaths of certain family members. Purists will take exception to Berdoll's language, which, while it captures Austen's ironic flavor, is sprinkled with anachronisms; her characters, however, are dead on. Austen fans will delight in learning more about Darcy and Elizabeth's relationship and will find themselves intrigued by all of Austen's original characters and enchanted by the new ones. [For those who can't get enough Jane Austen knockoffs, see also Elizabeth Aston's The True Darcy Spirit, Paula Marantz Cohen's Jane Austen in Scarsdale, and Laura Horowitz's The Family Fortune.-Ed.]-Cynthia Johnson, Cary Memorial Lib., Lexington, MA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
There are Jane Austen fans, and there are Jane Austen spin-off fans. Sometimes they merge, but probably not while reading Berdoll's bawdy second novel about the Darcys (Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife, 2004). In 1815, Elizabeth Darcy, nee Bennet, gives birth to twins just as Mr. Darcy returns to Pemberley Hall from the battlefield of Waterloo, where he'd gone to rescue his sister Georgiana, who was nursing her beloved cousin Fitzwilliam. Now, deeply wounding Darcy's sense of propriety, Georgiana confesses that a hasty marriage must be arranged; a weak and befuddled Fitzwilliam obliges only to discover that she has fibbed about her deflowerment, let alone her pregnancy. Elizabeth's sisters Jane and Lydia have their share of problems as well. Jane's husband Bingley has strayed, briefly but long enough to father a child. Meanwhile, England's post-war political and economic woes have endangered his finances. As for Lydia, her wicked husband Wickham is assumed dead on the battlefield. So when she finds herself inconveniently with child, Lydia finds a new husband, the relatively decent Major Kneebone, only to have Wickham reappear. Then there is Darcy's impossible Aunt Catherine, whose desire to unite the family fortune causes mischief minor and major, bordering on tragic. As for Elizabeth and Darcy, their big drama concerns the frequency and picturesque locales of their connubial relations. Derdoll spares no effort in describing period details, but the tone has little to do with Austen's restrained understated social commentary. The continual couplings echo 18th-century sexual ribaldry (and 21st-century romance novels) while the plot reads like a Dickens or Thackeray knock off, particularly in thedownward spiral of wicked Wickham, whose capacity to bear and desert bastards must set some kind of literary record. Not without charm, but too bloated and overheated to be enjoyed as light-hearted fun.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402205637
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
05/01/2006
Series:
Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife Series, #2
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
193,274
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.29(d)

Read an Excerpt

Come live with me, and be my love,
And we will some new pleasures prove,
Of golden sands, and crystal brooks,
With silken lines, and silver hooks.
-John Donne

The inestimable Jane Austen had penned only six books when she died in 1817 at age forty-one. Pride and Prejudice, her third work, was published in 1813 and has been judged by many to be the finest novel in the English language. The story of the courtship of the beautiful and spirited Elizabeth Bennet and the handsome but haughty Mr. Darcy is as brilliant as it is brief.

As remarkable a writer as she was, Miss Austen wrote only of what a respectable unmarried woman in Regency society would be privy to. Therefore, Pride and Prejudice concludes with the nuptials. Regrettably, in ending her story upon the very cusp of what undoubtedly would be a marriage of unrivalled passion, she has gifted many of her readers with an unfortunate case of literary coitus interruptus.

This hunger has spawned a prolificacy of sequels-most attempting to replicate the original in restraint, if not wit. Readers of sequels seem to fall into two categories-those who are longing to learn what Darcy might have whispered into Lizzy's ear in their nuptial chamber, and those who fall into a swoon at the notion of such heresy.

If you, dear reader, happen to fall into the latter category, we offer this caution before you read further: Hang onto your bonnet, you're in for a bumpy ride.

As our story recommences, all should be bliss within the Darcy household. At long last, Lizzy has birthed an heir and Darcy is again by her side. Motherhood, however, has not only rendered her busy and distracted, childbirth itself has left her temporarily "indisposed."Although Darcy's heart aches for what his Lizzy has endured, it is not the throbbing of his heart that is most troubling to his serenity-it is the palpable pain in his loins...

Chapter 1: New Pleasures Proved

To all the world the month of June in the year of our Lord, 1815 would come to be known as the season of Waterloo. To the members of the Darcy household, it would be called that, but not remembered as such. Far too many other events of greater personal importance to them had transpired to remember it so simply.

Although France was the conquered, England paid a harsh price for its victory. The county of Derbyshire was not immune to that heavy toll. So vast were the repercussions, they were felt even within the usually impenetrable walls of Pemberley. Lives were lost, marriages brought about, and babies born all in the space of a few months.

Having weathered these many woes within the bosom of her very own family, Elizabeth Darcy felt exquisitely compensated by the two babes nestled in her arms. Indeed, that her husband had survived war, quarantine, brigands, and pestilence and returned to her whole was all she desired.What wiles he employed and whose auspices he availed himself of as he trekked through the battlefields and drawing rooms of France to accomplish his mission of rescuing his sister was of no importance to her.

Of even less concern was that the emissary he chose to send word to her of his progress was a woman with whom he had once shared uncommon intimacy. Indeed, when at last he had returned to his wife's waiting arms, all question of his connexion with that beautiful woman was forgot. At least at first, but not for long.

Of even less importance was whether George Wickham was actually dead and buried or was gallivanting about the Continent.

Whilst Wickham's fate remained unknown, there were other vexations. What with Mrs. Darcy labouring to withstand a growing curiosity (approaching to eclipse the Alps in dimension) as to just what went on between her husband and his fetching French emissary, and Mr.Darcy labouring with equal vigour to withstand a desire for his nursing wife aroused to a similar degree, a dance of uncommon peculiarity commenced.

It extended well into the next year.

Meet the Author

Linda Berdoll is the author of the number one bestselling Jane Austen Sequel—her first novel, Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife. Linda Berdoll is a self-described "Texas farm wife" whose interest in all things Austen was piqued by the BBC/A&E mini-series of Pride and Prejudice. Four years and much research later, Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife (originally title The Bar Sinister) appeared, to the acclaim of readers and the horror of Jane Austen purists. She and her husband live on a pecan farm in Del Valle, Texas. Although she admits that she eloped in a manner similar to Lydia Bennet's, to her great fortune it was with Darcy, not Wickham.

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Darcy & Elizabeth 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 91 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is bordering on awful. The author has decent storylines, but she it too caught up in writing by thesaurus. Might have been entertaining if she didn't try to make it more than it is. My husband, who is a wordsmith and known for his verbose stories did not even know what some of the words the author used meant and some where used improperly in his opinion. Spend your money elsewhere unless you are really in need of any Jane fix.. well, then I would suggest reading Pride and Prejudice for the 100th time and forego this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife, but this was not remotely as good. The editor of this book should be ashamed. Why did it take over one hundred pages to get to any storyline other than Elizabeth recovering from childbirth and not performing her duties as a wife? Really!?! When we finally got around to more than just the Darcy's sex life the other charactors didn't have any continued development, and the new charactors who were introduced lacked any depth. What a waste of time and money!
Guest More than 1 year ago
No, seriously, What Would Jane Do? Does the poor, shameless person who wrote this really believe that Jane Austen would have approved? Is it not possible that she ceased telling Elizabeth and Darcy's story where she did? In my opinion, this is nothing more than a collection of silly and thoroughly unnecessary love trysts that shouldn't be in any way, shape, or form connected with Pride and Prejudice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Recently delivered of twins, Elizabeth struggles to regain her figure and the couple is tormented by not having as much sex as they hoped for. That's pretty much the plot. Other characters are thrown in to the mix, but such license has been taken with their personalities that they're unrecognizable. Anything that could have been sensual or exciting is strangled by Romantic Porn Language ('...fluttered her fan at the memory of his turgid manhood...', '...her nether-regions tingled in anticipation...' and so on. If you wanted a continuation of the Pride & Prejudice characters you have grown to love, seek elsewhere. If you want to know exactly how many times a day and in what positions D and E get down.... this is the book for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading Pride and Prejudice continues and this second sequel by Linda Berdoll was a wonderful continuation from beginning to end!!!
LNT More than 1 year ago
So glad Linda Berdoll wrote another sequel - loved this one almost as much as the first. 
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What's to say - it's Darcy!
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lovelifeva More than 1 year ago
Loved!
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It was not as nice as the 1st, but I still like it.
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