Mr. Darcy's Secret

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One dark secret can completely ruin a bright future...

After capturing the heart of the most eligible bachelor in England, Elizabeth Bennet believes her happiness is complete-until the day she unearths a stash of anonymous, passionate love letters that may be Darcy's, and she realizes just how little she knows about the guarded, mysterious man she married...

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Overview

One dark secret can completely ruin a bright future...

After capturing the heart of the most eligible bachelor in England, Elizabeth Bennet believes her happiness is complete-until the day she unearths a stash of anonymous, passionate love letters that may be Darcy's, and she realizes just how little she knows about the guarded, mysterious man she married...

Praise for Jane Odiwe:

"Odiwe's elegantly stylish writing is seasoned with just the right dash of tart humor." -Booklist

"Jane Odiwe writes with such eloquence and style that you can't be helped for thinking that you are reading Jane Austen!" -A Bibliophile's Bookshelf

"Odiwe's research and passion for the Regency era shine." -Austenprose

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
What comes after "happily ever after" for Pride and Prejudice protagonists Lizzy and Darcy? Odiwe (Willoughby's Return) picks up right after the wedding as Lizzy moves to Pemberley and learns how to be mistress of a grand estate. While trying to reconcile Darcy with Lady Catherine and coax Georgiana out of her shell, Lizzy is bombarded with innuendo about Darcy's past indiscretions. Reluctant to discuss rumors with her husband, she tries to maintain a calm demeanor as various people, including the odious gossip Mrs. Eaton and still bitter Miss Bingley, hint about illegitimate children and secret affairs. It would be a charming romp through "what-if" if Lizzy didn't come across as a brainless young debutante, neither charming nor intelligent, while Darcy is erratic, going from extreme haughtiness to acting like a buffoon. Austen fans will barely recognize their beloved characters in these clumsy caricatures. (Feb.)
Historical Novels Review
Continuing a novel like Pride and Prejudice is a daring enterprise, and Jane Odiwe comes to it steeped in Austen, in all her renditions; Odiwe's sentences often glint with reflections of the great Jane, and she has a full command of all the connections of the new Mr. and Mrs. Darcy as they begin married life at Pemberley...an enjoyable read.
Booklist
Odiwe picks things up where Austen left off in Pride and Prejudice, in an impeccably crafted tale of Elizabeth and Darcy after the wedding. John Charles
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" This is a great book, with a strong plot and characters we have learned to love." - Debbie's Book Bag

"This sequel to Pride and Prejudice is a smashing hit of wit and poise and a loyal tribute to the voice of Jane Austen." - Suite101.com Romance

"Filled the decorum associated with the era, and filled with remarkable plot twists, and sub-stories, I could not help but to fall in love with this book. Graceful writing fills each page, and I loved the way she has captured the characters of Mr. and Mrs. Bennet. If you are looking for a Pride & Prejudice continuation that stays true to the original, then Mr. Darcy's Secret is the perfect book for you." - Royal Reviews

"Overall, Mr. Darcy's Secret was a witty novel with an intriguing premise and great love story that kept me reading too long into the night. I recommend it for all lovers of Pride and Prejudice." - Laura's Reviews

"A fun little tour through Jane Austen's world of romance" - Love Romance Passion

"Unlike most of the Austen sequels that have come out in the past few years, Mr. Darcy's Secret is true to the time — in language and custom — and to its characters. Though some of the plot twists are a little unbelievable at times, Odiwe brings everything full circle in a way that would make Miss Austen very proud." - Luxury Reading

"Odiwe's style is something any purist could enjoy and very humorous in some areas." - Jane Austen Examiner

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402245275
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 625,616
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 5.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Odiwe is an artist and author. She is an avid fan of all things Austen and is the author and illustrator of Effusions of Fancy, annotated sketches from the life of Jane Austen, as well as Lydia Bennet's Story and Willoughby's Return. She lives with her husband and three children in North London.

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With little exception, the anticipation of a long-awaited and desirous event will always give as much, if not more pleasure, than the diversion itself. Moreover, it is a certain truth that however gratifying such an occasion may prove to be, it will not necessarily unite prospect and satisfaction in equal accord. Mrs Bennet's musings on the affairs of the day at Longbourn church were similarly divided. The ostrich feathers on her satin wedding hat quivered tremulously as she surveyed her surroundings with a self-satisfied air. Evening sunlight streamed through the long windows of the sitting room gilding her hair and silk pelisse, simultaneously burnishing the top of Mr Bennet's polished pate with a halo of amber softness.

"Hardly has a day passed during the last twenty-three years when I have not thought about my daughters' nuptials with the certain foreknowledge that my beautiful Jane and clever Lizzy would do their duty to their parents, their sisters, and themselves," said Mrs Bennet to her husband on the day that her eldest daughters were married.

"Yes, my dear," Mr Bennet replied with a wry smile, "even when you professed your resolution that they should both die old maids not two months ago, I am sure you knew better in your heart."

"Such weddings as Longbourn and, indeed, the whole county have never seen before," exclaimed Mrs Bennet, fingering the new lace about her shoulders with an air of appreciation whilst ignoring her husband's bemused comments. "Not that there were some matters that would have pleased me better had I been allowed to have a hand in the arrangements myself. I should have liked to host a party if I had been permitted, but Elizabeth did not think it fitting. I am sure our neighbours would greatly have appreciated the celebration, but who am I to be considered? I am only the mother of the brides married to two of the richest men in the kingdom! It is not as if it was a question of money. I am sure dear Darcy would have liked it if not for Elizabeth's opposition. Still, it was something to see the condescension of our neighbours; I daresay Lady Lucas will not feel herself so superior now. But truly, nothing will vex me today; all has surpassed my greatest expectations."

"I am glad to hear it, my dear, because without a doubt, if such long anticipation had been disappointed in some way, I am not entirely sure I could have borne the next twenty-three years with the same equanimity."

"Who would have thought it, Mr Bennet," said his lady, talking over the top of him, "that I should live to see two of my daughters so exceptionally advantaged in married life?"

"Quite so, my dear," replied he, "though I must add that however well placed I believed my daughters might find themselves, I had always planned on exceeding my own five and forty years to witness their felicity. Indeed, possessing the knowledge that your own long surviving line of aged relatives are still thriving as I speak, I must confess that I am a little astonished to think you had supposed to be dead before our daughters attained the matrimonial state."

"Oh, Mr Bennet, you speak such nonsense. But you will not tease me out of my present happy disposition. And, I must say, I received some comfort from the fact that Miss Bingley and her sister Mrs Hurst were forced by a rightful sense of obligation and due civility to treat our family in the correct manner today. Oh, yes, Mr Bennet, I cannot tell you how much it gratified me to see the smug, self-satisfied expressions they generally display upon their ill-favoured countenances quite wiped away. I thought Miss Bingley looked likely to choke when I turned to see Elizabeth and Jane walking down the aisle by your side."

"I did not observe any greater condescension towards our family than that which they usually bestow, Mrs Bennet," replied her spouse, "though I must admit I did not really pay them any great attention. My own thoughts and looks were only concerned with our dear girls."

"What a double blow it must have been for Miss Bingley. I expect all the while she was hoping that Mr Darcy might break his promise to Elizabeth and leave her at the altar. And I am sure, whatever she might have said on welcoming Jane to the Bingley family, that the sincerity of her wishes was entirely false. Well, I cannot help feeling our advantage over those Bingley women. And Mr Darcy was as charming and obliging as ever. I think him quite superior to dear Mr Bingley in many ways, even if I hadn't always liked him."

"I'm sure Mr Darcy would be delighted to hear it."

"I daresay he would, for he certainly needed to earn my good opinion after the way he strutted about Hertfordshire with his proud ways. However, I'm not entirely convinced by Lizzy's partiality, whatever she might protest on his having been misunderstood and winning her round. A man ought to have a tongue in his head, indeed, especially a man of such consequence."

"I should hate to hear you on the subject of despising a man if this is your approbation, Mrs Bennet. And I loathe to be contradicting you once more, but I cannot agree with you. I believe Lizzy to be very much in love with Mr Darcy, as much in love as dear Jane is with her Mr Bingley."

"Well, I certainly think I might fancy myself in love if I knew I was married to the owner of Pemberley, with a house in town and ten thousand a year, at least!"

"I am sure such good fortune helps love along. No doubt, my own prospects animated the feelings you had whilst we were courting."

Mrs Bennet looked at her husband in exasperation. "Oh, Mr Bennet, it was nothing like the matter. There is no comparison. The wealth of Mr Darcy and Mr Bingley is a hundred times your consequence, as well you know. La! With Jane and Lizzy so well married; 'tis enough to make me distracted!"

"I am pleased to discover our poverty is in no way dispiriting to your outlook, my dear. But I cannot join you in your exertions. I find myself feeling most melancholy. I am delighted that I need not worry that our daughters will suffer any lack of wealth or hardship; but despite the satisfaction these assurances bring, I cannot help but add that I shall miss them very much."

At this point Mrs Bennet burst into tears. "With my dearest Lydia so lately married and now Jane and Lizzy having left home, I shall have little to do, especially now Mary and Kitty will be gone to their sisters by the bye. I do not know what shall become of me; indeed, I do not. I shall be quite alone in this house with only my memories coupled with the dreadful understanding that William and Charlotte Collins are counting the days to your demise. What misfortune to have our estate entailed away for that odious pair to inherit. It is all Lady Lucas ever talks to me about these days: of her daughter's delight at the prospect of being able to return one day into Hertfordshire."

"Come, come now," insisted Mr Bennet, passing over a pocket handkerchief and rising from his seat with the intention of leaving the room. "I see no reason for tears. I am sure one or all of your daughters will accommodate you when that unhappy day befalls you and, until then, I flatter myself that you will have the comfort of knowing that you are not entirely alone. I am here, or at least I will be when I am not away."

"Away! Do you intend to leave me, sir? Where are you going, Mr Bennet?"

"To Pemberley, of course," came his emphatic reply.

"To Pemberley and you never said a word of it. But do you intend to go alone and without an invitation?"

Mr Bennet stroked his chin thoughtfully. "I suppose if you should wish to accompany me, then you may enjoy your share of the invitation."

"An invitation! Has Lizzy invited us to Pemberley so soon?" asked Mrs Bennet, scarcely able to keep the astonishment out of her voice.

"No, Mr Darcy himself, no less," came the triumphant answer, "has not only issued the invitation, but also expects us for Christmas!"

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  • Posted February 27, 2011

    Another Fine Addition to the Jane Austen Universe

    The bloom is off the rose in the Jane Austen sequel with mystery MR. DARCY'S SECRET by Jane Odiwe. Mysterious passionate love letters from the past, supposedly written to Darcy, interrupt Elizabeth's newly wedded bliss. Even worse, there is a child who closely resembles Darcy. Is the boy Darcy's son? Although Elizabeth can't change the past, the present is equally disturbing. Darcy reverts to type as he arranges Georgiana's loveless marriage to a "suitable" older gentleman. That Georgiana loves another, the landscape gardener, Tom, who also loves her, means nothing. Full of the manners and mores so dear to Regency readers, MR. DARCY'S SECRET is another fine addition to the Jane Austen universe. The worthy, if penniless, Tom must fight for Georgiana against the prevailing sentiment of marriage as a merger of fortunes and influence. In her turn, Georgiana must overcome her dutiful submission to her brother's wrong-headed ideas about marriage, ones he himself ignored. And then there is the mystery. Ms. Odiwe keeps you guessing right to the end as to what the sad and shocking MR. DARCY'S SECRET really is. The knowledge could either destroy Darcy's and Elizabeth's marriage or make it stronger. Young love, old sins, characters we love, villains we love to hate, and a mystery threading through the whole--MR. DARCY'S SECRET has it all. ARC provided by Sourcebooks

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  • Posted January 13, 2011

    A DIFFICULT TAKE ON JANE AUSTEN AND PRIDE AND PREJUDICE

    MR. DARCY'S SECRET by Jane Odiwe is a historical romance set during Regency England. It is written with depth and details, in the Jane Austen dialog. When Miss Elizabeth finally marries her beloved Mr. Darcy she soon learns he may have a secret. After finding a stash of anonymous passionate love letters,along with town gossip questions of the letters owner and if they belong to her beloved Mr. Darcy arise.She is determined to find out the truth. Secrets will be revealed and long thought betrayal will come to light. If you enjoy Jane Austen and Pride and Prejudice you will enjoy this book.This book was received for the purpose of review from the publisher and details can be found at Sourcebooks Landmark, an imprint of Sourcebooks and My Book Addiction and More.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2013

    Disappointed

    I wish I'd saved my money. The book skirted too many details, and was very boring and cliche' in some places. There was never any deep emotions between Lizzy and Darcy. It got silly with the poetry plot, etc.....

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  • Posted March 5, 2013

    This book was so eloquently written, that at times, I felt as th

    This book was so eloquently written, that at times, I felt as though I was reading Jane Austen, herself. Jane Odiwe’s knowledge of the beautiful countryside and vernacular of England came shining through. It made me feel a part of everything as I read.

    The story starts with Mr. and Mrs. Bennet discussing the happy event of their daughters’ wedding. The dialog is their typical banter and made me smile. The story then moves to Darcy and Lizzy as they are entering Lambton. The scenes that follow their ride into Lambton were both pleasing and delightful. The arrival at Pemberley is all that it should be and the love story continues. Then Elizabeth comes across some unexpected letters. She does remarkably well discounting them until the town gossip plants the seeds that make the letters resurface in Elizabeth’s mind. Of course, Caroline Bingley has her share in the conversation, which helps little at all.

    The side story of Georgiana Darcy was excellent and one of which I would be very much interested in reading more about. It was touching and very well done. Caroline Bingley’s unexpected male interest was a nice twist, too.

    A young boy that looks a lot like Darcy, Caroline’s innuendos, the letters, Mrs. Eaton and Wickham all contribute to doubts and fears of something kept hidden. Elizabeth puts on her brave front and does eventually talk to Darcy. Everything is resolved exceedingly well and ‘the getting there’ is entertaining and made for an excellent read.  This book has the love and romance that most of us crave for our favorite hero and heroine without the explicit sex. Mr. Darcy’s Secret is a lovely book and one that I enjoyed reading immensely.  Thank you, Jane Odiwe.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2011

    Would not recommend!

    DON'T READ THIS BOOK! READ "THE OTHER DARCEY"!!!!!!

    Writers like Jane Odiwe makes me want to throw up! Trashing the best book ever, "Pride and Prejudice" COME ON! If you want to read a good book that follows Pride and Prejudice (and not this crap) Please read 'The Other Darcey' now that's and excellent book to follow up after reading Pride and Prejudice.

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