The Darcys: The Ruling Passion

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I have been asked many times what possessed me to take on a sequel to one of the most beloved novels in the English language. The true reason was that I was so swept away by the BBC/A&E mini-series of Pride & Prejudice that I simply could not bear to have the story end. In my quest for more, I read and reread all of Austen's other novels and several biographies. But it was a book of her letters to her sister Cassandra that really intrigued me. As I began to read other nonfiction about the Regency era, I ...
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Overview

I have been asked many times what possessed me to take on a sequel to one of the most beloved novels in the English language. The true reason was that I was so swept away by the BBC/A&E mini-series of Pride & Prejudice that I simply could not bear to have the story end. In my quest for more, I read and reread all of Austen's other novels and several biographies. But it was a book of her letters to her sister Cassandra that really intrigued me. As I began to read other nonfiction about the Regency era, I was struck, not so much by what Jane Austen told us, but what she did not. As remarkable a writer as she was, Miss Austen wrote only of what a respectable unmarried woman in Regency society would be privy to. Her books end with the wedding ceremony.
For many of us, that is not the end, but the beginning of life's story. Regrettably, in ending P&P on the cusp of what undoubtedly would be a marriage of unrivaled passion, she has left many of her readers with a case of literary coitus interruptus.

This is the long-awaited follow-up to Linda Berdoll's best-selling Pride & Prejudice sequels, Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife and Darcy & Elizabeth: Nights and Days at Pemberley.

Linda Berdoll does not pretend to be a Jane Austen expert. She began to write her first sequel only to satisfy her own longing to know what happened to Darcy & Elizabeth. In doing so, Ms. Berdoll has birthed a new literature genre - Jane Austen sequelists. Readers of these sequels seem to fall into two categories--those who yearn to know what Darcy might have whispered into Lizzy's ear in their nuptial chamber (and just where his long, pliant fingers caressed her as he did) and those who fall into a swoon at the notion of such heresy.
The author suggests that if you, gentle Reader, happen to fall into the latter category, please heed her caution before reading any of my sequels: Hold on to your bonnet, you are in for a bumpy ride.
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Christina Boyd
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Guest review by Christina Boyd
Best-selling author Linda Berdoll’s Mr. Darcy Takes A Wife and Darcy & Elizabeth have been hailed as “sexy, hilarious, poignant” and “wild, bawdy and utterly enjoyable (Booklist.)” But also, “blasphemy, smut and trash,” are not uncommon adjectives used by her severest critics. Rarely has there been such a clear division of thought between two camps: those that fervently love her work an
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780967481739
  • Publisher: Well There It Is Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/1/2011
  • Pages: 357
  • Sales rank: 160,796
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda Berdoll is married to her highschool sweetheart and lives outside Austin, TX. Her first two Pride & Prejudice sequels have sold well over 300,000 copies and garnered several literary awards. She has also written a humorous look at euphemisms, Very Nice Ways to Say Very Bad Things and another historical novel set in Gold Rush San Francisco, Fandango.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2012

    Hard to read

    I canmot stand to read this due to the layout. I have tried all the ones available, but the margins are too wide.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 28, 2012

    Just fanfiction tastic!

    I love the way Linda Berdoll fleshes out her characters, I feel as if I know them. She's funny too! I have been stalking her site on Amazon and impatiently waiting for several years for her latest "Darcy" book to come out, to me it was worth the wait. I tried to only read a few chapters at a time to make the book last longer.

    The old villains are back as are many favorites. The Darcy's enjoy happiness and endure life's greatest heartache. I guess the thing I love the most about Linda's take on the Darcy's is their wonderful, trusting relationship.
    Linda seems to have left the door open for another {dare I hope} book in the series. The wait starts again.

    The only negative I can give is that the e-book format had some problems with how it was laid out, the chapter headers appear after the chapter has already begun and made it a tad confusing at times. This minor problem did not cut into my reading enjoyment however.

    Thank you Linda for another adventure with the Darcy's!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 27, 2012

    I have loved all of Linda Berdoll's sequels. The way she portra

    I have loved all of Linda Berdoll's sequels. The way she portrays Darcy and Elizabeth is the way I would imagine them to be. Please give us more!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2012

    Great-375 pages

    I've read her two previous sequals and loved them

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2012

    Strongly recommend if you're a Pride and Prejudice fan

    I really enjoyed this entire series. The first one more than the last two. It was fun keeping up with the characters.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 31, 2012

    Text

    I agree with the first reader. THe text and margins are messed up. Changing the size or margins doesn't help. The spacing is screwed up as well. Some of the pages only contain a paragraph.
    However, I have enjoyed Linda's books a lot and therfore my rating is based on her book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2012

    disappointed

    loved the first two book in this series but this was not worth my money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2012

    Thank goodness I just got a sample

    I think I could get through it on the nook if they fixed the margins. I guess I will have to search for the paperback version.

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