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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 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
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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.
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.
Table of ContentsChapter 1. New Pleasures Proved
Chapter 2. Mr. Darcy's Dilemma
Chapter 3. Intrusion into the Master's Bed-Chamber
Chapter 4. The Master of Pemberley Is Displeased
Chapter 5. Seduction of the Willing
Chapter 6. What Lengths Love Knows
Chapter 7. Connubial Contemplation
Chapter 8. Denial and Dedication
Chapter 9. Mr. Darcy Loves Miss Bennet
Chapter 10. Lady Catherine's Story
Chapter 11. A Horse of a Different Colour
Chapter 12. The Private Struggle of Mr. Darcy
Chapter 13. Demise and Consent
Chapter 14. Mrs. Darcy Is Recovering
Chapter 15. Lady Catherine's Pique
Chapter 16. The History of a Row
Chapter 17. Nuptials to Plan
Chapter 18. Geogiana
Chapter 19. Mercy Twice Blessed
Chapter 20. Enough is Enough
Chapter 21. The Inquiring Mind of Mrs. Darcy
Chapter 22. Wickham, Alive and on Queer Street Once Again
Chapter 23. What Ails Miss de Bourgh
Chapter 24. Bingley's Betrayal
Chapter 25. The Hapless History of Lady Anne
Chapter 26. The Pangs of Love Run Deep
Chapter 27. The Road to Restoration
Chapter 28. Bliss Restored
Chapter 29. Lydia Scandalises Once Again
Chapter 30. Wickham's Waterloo
Chapter 31. Love Has Its Fashion
Chapter 32. Waif
Chapter 33. The Weir
Chapter 34. Wedding at Pemberley
Chapter 35. Hoodwinked But Not Hornswoggled
Chapter 36. The Road to Perdition Is Paved with Feathers
Chapter 37. Love Stings for Jane
Chapter 38. Small Worries Loom Large
Chapter 39. Basking in Love's Tepid Arms
Chapter 40. HarshStreets
Chapter 41. Affaire d'Amour
Chapter 42. The Col. Fitzwilliams Meet Lord Beecher
Chapter 43. Bath
Chapter 44. Life As It Is
Chapter 45. Daisy Mulroney
Chapter 46. To Bathe or Not to Bathe
Chapter 47. A Blow to the Unused Heart
Chapter 48. Mrs. Darcy's Horse
Chapter 49. The Pleasure of His Company
Chapter 50. How Low is Bottom?
Chapter 51. For the Love of London
Chapter 52. The Spoils of War
Chapter 53. The All-Knowing Mother
Chapter 54. Death Is a Fair-Weathered Friend
Chapter 55. The Indecisive Confinement of Mrs. Col. Fitzwilliam
Chapter 56. Re-acquantance
Chapter 57. Lydia Takes on As Maid a Character Familiar to Our Story
Chapter 58. Brighton Charms
Chapter 59. Quittance
Chapter 60. Lady Millhouse Interjects
Chapter 61. A Season Ignored
Chapter 62. Mrs. Darcy's Duty
Chapter 63. Momentous Event at Rosings
Chapter 64. One Husband--Must Wear Regimentals and Have and Open Mind
Chapter 65. The Painting
Chapter 66. Sally Frances, One Step Closer to Truth
Chapter 67. Old Dogs, Old Tricks
Chapter 68. Happiness Is Two Warm Puppies
Chapter 69. Mrs. Bennet Rides Again
Chapter 70. Goddess of Discord, Goddess of the Hunt
Chapter 71. Footsteps Retracted
Chapter 72. What the Gods Have in Store
Chapter 73. Headlong Passions
Chapter 74. Love's Labours
Chapter 75. The Gathering
Chapter 76. The Proposition
Chapter 77. Sweet Sorrow
Chapter 78. Clandestine Tete-a-tete
Chapter 79. The Vicar's Widow
Chapter 80. Motherless Child
Chapter 81. The Talent of the Dead
Chapter 82. The Cunning and the Taken
Chapter 83. While the Cat's Away
Chapter 84. How Far the Fall
Chapter 85. Fortune Favours the Fools
Chapter 86. Irony's Sting
Chapter 87. Angels Avenge
Chapter 88. The Divine Duel
Chapter 89. A Turn or Two
Chapter 90. The Piper's Wages
Chapter 91. Bonjour, Juliette
Chapter 92. Wherefore, Mr. Darcy
Chapter 93. Second Verse, Not as the First
Chapter 94. Near Miss
Chapter 95. Two Times Crossed, Once Found
Chapter 96. What the Cobbles Know
Chapter 97. Designs Most Fowl
Chapter 98. The Convalescence
Chapter 99. The Wicked and the Just
Chapter 100. What Went Before
Chapter 101. A Rescue of Sorts
Chapter 102. The Sweetest Thing
Chapter 103. Homeward
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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!
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!
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.
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.
I just finished reading Pride and Prejudice continues and this second sequel by Linda Berdoll was a wonderful continuation from beginning to end!!!
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Walks up the steath and heals him
Locks speedster up in a cell.
So glad Linda Berdoll wrote another sequel - loved this one almost as much as the first.
What's to say - it's Darcy!
It was not as nice as the 1st, but I still like it.