Wife for Mr. Darcy

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Praise for The Perfect Bride for Mr. Darcy: "Another superior Jane Austen homage...will entertain those who already know their Austen and Georgette Heyer by heart, as well as fans of old-fashioned romance." -Publishers Weekly

A GENTLEMAN should always render an APOLOGY When Mr. Darcy realizes he insulted Miss Elizabeth Bennet at the Meryton Assembly, he feels duty bound to seek her out and apologize...

When he...

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Overview

Praise for The Perfect Bride for Mr. Darcy: "Another superior Jane Austen homage...will entertain those who already know their Austen and Georgette Heyer by heart, as well as fans of old-fashioned romance." -Publishers Weekly

A GENTLEMAN should always render an APOLOGY When Mr. Darcy realizes he insulted Miss Elizabeth Bennet at the Meryton Assembly, he feels duty bound to seek her out and apologize...

When he has INSULTED a LADY

But instead of meekly accepting his apology, Elizabeth stands up to him, and Darcy realizes with a shock that she is a very different type of lady than he is used to...

Darcy is more intrigued than he's ever been by any young lady, but he's already entangled in a courtship. It's a brutal predicament for a man of honor who only longs to follow his heart...

Mary Lydon Simonsen is the author of two Regency Austen re-imaginings, The Perfect Bride for Mr. Darcy and A Wife for Mr. Darcy, and a Jane Austen historical romance, Searching for Pemberley, which was acclaimed by Booklist, Publishers Weekly, and RT Book Reviews. She is well loved and widely followed on all the Jane Austen fanfic sites, with tens of thousands of hits and hundreds of reviews whenever she posts. The author lives in Arizona.

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Editorial Reviews

Songs and Stories
I would highly recommend this book to lovers of romance, Jane Austen and good characters.
Love Romance Passion
If you love Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice Variations, or Regency romance you're gonna devour A Wife for Mr. Darcy! I did. It's one of the best books out in 2011.
To Read or Not to Read
Overall I thought this book was good. I liked the direction the storyline took us. I thought it was a good alternative to the original story. I love the conspirators used to bring Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy together.
Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell
This is the Pride and Prejudice variation to read. It was sweet and wonderful, just like a nice desert that you just savour. And it will bring a smile to your face.
Eva's Sanctuary
This is a wonderful remake of the famous Jane Austen story that has touched the hearts of millions through the years. I think all of her fans will be thrilled with the results. Mr. Darcy and Miss Elizabeth will enthrall you with their dry wit and sarcastic humor. Elizabeth will win you over with her point blank, no nonsense attitude. You will follow Darcy as he loses his heart to one he should not have. You know how society dictates that he marry into his own class. This is a must read for all the Jane Austen fans out there or if you just enjoy great historical fiction. I don't think you will be disappointed.
Life in the Thumb
Absolutely! This is one of my favorite P&P variations to date and for anyone that remotely loves Austen and her regency stories would have a great time immersing themselves into Darcy and Lizzy's life for an afternoon!!
Read All Over Reviews
Yet another brilliant Austen sequel by Mary Lydon Simonsen! By the way, can I just fawn over the cover? Gah, so beautiful!
Books Like Breathing
Mary Lydon Simonsen is one of my favorite Jane Austen writers ever. Aside from Jane herself, of course. She always captures the "What If?" perfectly and adds just a bit of angst and humor as well. All of that awesomeness comes together perfectly in A Wife For Mr. Darcy.
Diary of an Eccentric
A Wife for Mr. Darcy was so engrossing that I truly feared for the happiness of Darcy and Elizabeth, and I was so wrapped up in the whole mess with Miss Montford that I didn't even miss all the chaos associated with Lady Catherine, who did not make an appearance. Simonsen does a wonderful job making Austen's characters her own, and the addition of her original characters make for a richer read. I can't wait to see where she takes the Darcys, the Bingleys, and the Bennets next.
Austenesque Reviews
If you are the mood to read about Darcy being embroiled in a love triangle, Bingley and Jane combating some unmanageable little hellions, and the profligate Lord Fitzwilliam constantly causing mayhem and aggravation, A Wife for Mr. Darcyis the novel for you! Hilarious, absorbing, and unique - A Wife for Mr. Darcy, is my new favorite Mary Lydon Simonsen novel! I highly recommend!
Savvy Verse and Wit
A Wife for Mr. Darcy is a quick read that allows readers to revisit their favorite characters, see more of Austen's characters who were more on the sidelines in the original, and be introduced to new and interesting characters.
The Calico Critic
If you share my love for Austenesque novels, particularly ones have tones that are true-to-period, both in style and in plot choices, A Wife for Mr. Darcy will be a fine choice for you. Mary Lydon Simonsen brings new ideas and plot twists to this classic tale, but the characters stay true to their original incarnations. Once again Mary has produced excellent work. I count this title among my recent favorites and look forward to more work from this talented author.
Austenprose
You're definitely going to want to add this emotional rollercoaster of a book to your "to read" pile. I guarantee you won't be disappointed.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402246166
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/1/2011
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 321,002
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 7.76 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Simonsen is especially interested in American and European history and 19th century novels. Her first book, Searching for Pemberley, combined her love of history with Jane Austen's characters, and being a romantic, includes three love stories from three different time periods. She lives in Peoria, Arizona.

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Chapter 1

With all paths to Meryton muddied from recent rains, it was impossible for anyone at Longbourn to venture into the village without risking ruining shoes or soiling frocks, so all of the Bennets were at home. While Mrs. Bennet was in her bedchamber resting, Mr. Bennet kept to his library, successfully ignoring Mary's attempt to master a new piece on the pianoforte. In the parlor, Lydia and Kitty perused a magazine obtained from the circulating library showing the latest London fashions, and Lizzy was upstairs pinning up the hem on Jane's new dress. It was then that Mrs. Hill came to announce that Mr. Darcy was in the parlor and wished to speak to Miss Elizabeth.
"Mr. Darcy! Here to see me?" Lizzy looked at Jane with a puzzled expression. After their awful meeting at the assembly, she was hoping the gentleman would return to London and that she would never have to be in his company again.
"Yes, miss. The gentleman asked your father if he could have a word with you, and Mr. Bennet said he had no objection."
"What can he possibly want?" Jane asked.
"Perhaps he thinks I did not hear his insults regarding my beauty, or lack of it, and has come to tell me in person." Both sisters giggled, and when Jane offered to go downstairs with her sister, Lizzy said that she was not afraid of him and would go into the lion's den alone.
When Lizzy entered the parlor, she found Mr. Darcy lost in thought and staring out the window, so much so that he had not heard her come in.
"Mr. Darcy, I understand you wish to speak to me," she said, interrupting his reverie.
"Yes, I do, and I thank you for receiving me." He declined an offer of tea, explaining that his visit would be brief, but then said nothing. If it was to be a short visit, then why did he not begin? He obviously had a purpose in mind but was having difficulty finding the right words with which to express it.
"Miss Elizabeth, at the assembly, you overhead a remark I made in which I stated that I chose not to dance with you because you were tolerable but not handsome enough to tempt me. Even if the statement had been true, it was incredibly rude to have uttered it, and I have come to apologize."
Mr. Darcy's confession came as a complete surprise to Lizzy, but she now understood the reason for his struggle. He was not in the habit of admitting he had erred.
"Your apology is accepted, Mr. Darcy. I appreciate that you took the trouble to come to tell me in person that I am more than tolerable," Lizzy said, half laughing at his clumsy effort to repair any damage resulting from his comment.
Darcy winced at her response. "I can assure you that I find you to be much more than tolerable, Miss Elizabeth. You are a very handsome woman, and I might have had an opportunity to express such a sentiment if I had sought an introduction. However, I do not have the talent of conversing easily with those whom I have never seen before. I cannot appear to be interested in their concerns as others do, and I find I have little patience for the type of discourse one hears at these dances."
"What type of discourse is that, Mr. Darcy?"
"The usual banter about weather and roads and other such things that are of little interest to me," and leaning forward in his chair, he continued, "Whether it be Meryton or London, I hear the same conversations. A lady will comment on the number of couples in attendance at a dance, and the gentleman will respond by mentioning the size of the ballroom. And what, pray tell, do we learn from that exchange? One party is good with measurements, and the other can count."
Now Lizzy laughed openly. "Sir, you mistake the purpose of such an exchange. It is certainly not about the dimensions of the room or the number of couples. The parties are merely trying to sketch each other's character so that they might discover if this is a person they would like to get to know better. If that is the case, one can hope that another conversation about some weightier matter might follow in a quieter venue."
"But you are an intelligent woman. Do you not find the whole exercise to be tedious?"
"No, I do not, and may I add that you puzzle me. You tell me you are uncomfortable conversing with those with whom you are not acquainted, but then you complain about a lack of conversa­tion. This puts me in mind of a gentleman I met at a card party. He said that he did not like the food and then grumbled that there was not enough of it."
"I realize that is a contradiction," he said, crossing and uncrossing his legs, indicating his discomfort.
"It is indeed. I take it that what you really want to do is to begin in the middle. Somehow, without benefit of introductions or the casual conversation that follows, you may come to know your party well enough to discuss what? The war with France? No matter how well acquainted you are with your party, you will have little success with such a topic in a ballroom or assembly hall. Those are subjects best reserved for dinner parties where you are not trying to speak above the dancers and musicians."
"I see," Darcy said, nodding his head in understanding. "You are recommending that if I wish to have a substantive conversa­tion at some future date, then I must become better acquainted with my neighbors so that I might be invited to these more inti­mate venues. I must lay the foundation for weightier discussions by talking to Mr. Long about his purchase of a breeding pair of Border Leicester sheep, or I must give ear to Mrs. Long, who is unhappy with the quality of fabric being sold in the village. I am quite capable of conversing about sheep, as it is a frequent topic of discussion with my steward and tenants, but I am less sure about my ability to wax eloquent on the quality of calico and muslin."
Lizzy smiled. It was a pleasant surprise to know that the dour Mr. Darcy had a sense of humor.
"Mrs. Long has a daughter who lives in Kensington," Lizzy responded, "and has been complaining about the inferiority of goods in the village shops for as long as I can remember, so no one would think you rude if you did not engage her. Instead, may I suggest Sir William Lucas, a kind gentleman, who has recently been knighted at St. James's Palace? He would be happy to share his experience with you."

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  • Posted December 5, 2012

    I really enjoyed this book. I love Lizzie's wittiness, I love t

    I really enjoyed this book. I love Lizzie's wittiness, I love the fact that Darcy has to get himself out of a pickle. I love the fact that the pickle wants to be let out. I love Lord Fitzwilliam too, he should get his own book. LOL Great story!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 5, 2011

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    A sweet and lovely romance

    I will never get tired of Mr. Darcy what-ifs. No matter how many I read, I am always delighted to get my hands on another one. A Wife for Mr. Darcy is an an original and lovely retelling where Darcy and Elizabeth fall in love very quickly, but Darcy's sense of honor keeps them apart.


    Because Darcy and Elizabeth do not have all of the misunderstandings of the original Pride and Prejudice, they are more united than ever before. It was very interesting to read a story where they were not fighting against each other, but rather against circumstances. I loved this portrayal of Darcy. He loves Elizabeth but is practically engaged to Miss Montford, a pleasant but bland young woman. He will not hurt her by abandoning her, so how is he to get out of this predicament?


    This a lovely romance. Sweet and simple, it focuses on Darcy's determination to be with the woman he loves, no matter how impossible it seems. I read it through in one sitting and I am pretty sure I was grinning the whole time. The waltz...sigh, I loved that scene. Any scene that has Darcy dancing is sure to make me smile, but that one in particular was beautiful. And the love letters, a little steamy at times, were so sweet.


    The minor characters were fun and varying. I especially liked the Gardiners. They were just so cute and obviously in love even after many years of marriage. That is what a real marriage should look like and precisely how I imagine Darcy and Elizabeth behaving in their middle years. The Crenshaw children and the Fitzwilliam brothers were also highly entertaining, and I found myself liking Miss Letitia Montford more than I expected to.


    I would highly recommend this book to lovers of romance, Jane Austen and good characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2011

    A bit boring

    I love Pride and Prejudice 'what if' stories, but found this one rather dull and the writing is atrocious.

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  • Posted July 26, 2011

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    fun read

    A Wife for Mr. Darcy by Mary Lydon Simonsen picks up the day after Mr. Darcy insults Elizabeth Bennett at the Meryton Ball. Mr. Darcy goes to the Bennett house to apologize to Elizabeth for his rude behavior. Elizabeth catches him off guard by being very charming and playful. However Mr. Darcy has started to court another young lady. He is bound by duty and honor to do the right thing but he can't seem to get Elizabeth out of his head.
    This is an interesting take on Pride and Prejudice. Mr. Darcy is not the same proud man he is in the original book. Elizabeth is quick to set him at ease with her sparkling personality. Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth are very attracted to one another but they must follow the rules of society and decorum, even if it means unhappiness for both parties. Georgiana is a huge part of this story also. She plays a bit of a matchmaker for her brother. I really like her part of the story. I'm so glad that Mary Lydon Simonsen chose to give her a bigger part in this book. Georgiana has a good partner in crime with Col. Fitzwilliam.
    Overall I thought this book was good. I liked the direction the storyline took us. I thought it was a good alternative to the original story. I love the conspirators used to bring Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy together. This wasn't the best sequel I read but it was enjoyable non the less.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2013

    Beautiful story

    Very original and such a beautiful story. I have never read a book where Mr. Darcy "talks" so much. Enjoyed every single page and will recommend it to any " pride and prejudice " fan!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2012

    A disappointing re-telling

    I have just started into the P&P variations and have read 2 I enjoyed very much. This one was not to my liking. The original premise of an apology to Elizabeth was wonderful and believable. However, the train went off the tracks for me after that. Every moment that should have been dwelled on - interactions between Elizabeth and Darcy - were summed up in a sentence. I found myself wanting to re-write and expand their contact. The book meandered hereand there with politics which I found distracting, not complimentary.

    I enjoyed the idea of Darcy courting Miss Montford and thought his struggle about propriety was done well. I also loved Antony's character but felt he too overshadowed Col. Fitzwilliam. Overall I was disappointed with the style of writing and certain plot points. 3 stars for effort and kudos for getting a book published (as a Nook book, at least).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2011

    Amazing

    This had me hooked from the beginning.

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