The Perfect Bride for Mr. Darcy

The Perfect Bride for Mr. Darcy

by Mary Simonsen
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Perfect Bride for Mr. Darcy 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Kimberly_Book_Addict More than 1 year ago
Mary Lydon Simonsen is back with her sophomore novel, The Perfect Bride for Mr. Darcy.(Can I also say that there is no sheer coincidence that the word "perfect" is in the title of this novel? More about this later!) The Perfect Bride for Mr. Darcy is a uniquely interesting Pride and Prejudice variation that lets Austen's supporting characters take the reins of her original work. Anne de Bourgh sees that something is happening to her cousin, Fitzwilliam Darcy, during his yearly trip to Rosings Park. She comes to find out that Fitzwilliam has fallen in love with Ms. Elizabeth Bennett, has proposed to her, and has been rejected. Anne having seen the two together at Rosings know that they are absolutely perfect for each other. Once Fitzwilliam leaves Rosings, Anne realizes that she must play matchmaker to bring Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam back together. Anne begins to set her plan in motion by visiting Elizabeth at the Collins' rectory and securing her friendship. During her visit Anne finds out that Darcy's letter had a positive effect on Elizabeth's feelings and that she feels regret for some of the things she said to Darcy. This revelation from Elizabeth is the sign Anne needs to know that she is doing the right thing in bringing Elizabeth and Darcy together. As I said earlier, the word perfect being in the title is no sheer coincidence. Simonsen wrote a truly incredible novel with fantastic characters. Granted, the characters are changed and molded from Austen's original writing, but my are they molded in an entertaining way. I doubt you'd be able to find one fan of Pride and Prejudice who would say they didn't want to see an assertive Anne de Bourgh. Her character change alone makes the book worth reading. Anne isn't the only character that undergoes a change in The Perfect Bride for Mr. Darcy. Another supporting character undergoing a total transformation is Georgiana who now becomes a rambunctious teenager who enjoys society and is unafraid of meeting new people. The characterizations of the new Anne and Georgiana are a joy to read. Anne and Georgiana's match-making schemes give them a strong resemblance to another Austen character, Emma Woodhouse. I'm always a huge fan of Austen fan fiction novels that take the supporting characters of Austen's original work and give them a chance to be in the spotlight.Simonsen does just that here, giving the storyline a new twist, with these "new" characters. You get to read the story in a new light and begin to hear it through a new character's thoughts. I wouldn't recommend this book for those of you who are unwilling to part ways with Austen's original storyline. With the changes to Anne and Georgiana's characters the storyline deviates from the original work, but ultimately has the same outcome. For those unfamiliar with the original work, this variation might be a bit confusing for you. The first half of Austen's original novel does not exist in Simonsen's work, as it picks up after the horrendous first proposal. I have to say I was so happy to read a variation as creative as this. After reading so many Pride and Prejudice sequels and variations, I get tired of the original storyline being told over and over with a small difference here and a small difference there. It was absolutely refreshing to read a complete overhaul of the original story and I truly can't recommend it enough. Kimberly (Reflections of a Book Addict)
LiederMadchen More than 1 year ago
This book made me smile. On the surface, the story is (mostly) the same as the original Pride and Prejudice, but in the background, everything has changed. Characters that were previously next to invisible come to the front and points of view are all switched around. Miss Anne de Bourgh can see that her cousin, Fitzwilliam Darcy, is hopelessly in love with the lovely Elizabeth Bennet. Rather than allow his clumsy attempted proposal to ruin his hopes for future happiness, Anne decides to take matters into her own hands. What if the coincidences that brought Lizzy and Darcy together in Pride and Prejudice were not actually coincidences? This story has Anne, with a little help from Georgiana Darcy, scheming and plotting away to bring together two people who were obviously perfect for each other. I loved the portrayals of Anne (who I have long believed to have more in her than previously seen), Georgiana (I would love to read her Gothic novel), Jane (who grows a bit of a backbone), and Mary Bennet (who may get a romance of her own!). This story made me laugh several times, especially near the end when all of the plans and manipulations begin to fall into place.
LB1985 More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put down the book for about 2 days! Those days were amazing :) It is based on the story of "Pride and Prejudice" but what I liked is that Anne actually speaks her mind and we know (or we want to think that we know) what happeneds when Mr.Darcy is away from Elizabeth for those long months in November. I truly recommend this book to any Jane Austen fan, is a must read!! ) Oh and I couldn't believe Jane actually put her foot down!!! :D
Lizzlett More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed short stories about P&P by this author for quite some time. I enjoyed this retelling which follows the original story with some extra help by a resourceful Anne DeBourgh and a precocious Georgiana Darcy (enjoyable departures from the usually sick and unnoticed Anne and shy and retiring Georgiana). Austen purists would be proud! My only regret is that is ended before the weddings. More please!
Crystal_Kido More than 1 year ago
This variation does a wonderful job of breathing new life into characters and adding new twists and plot developments to the story of Pride and Prejudice.
LisaMR More than 1 year ago
This really was a great story. It really was Anne who worked to get them together and she was such a well developed character. Georgiana was a more of a free spirit than I have seen her in other stories but she was still a sweet character. I would absolutely recommend this book for your summer reading.
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Basically the same story with a few new characters. Anne is a more active character, but is irrelevant because nothing she plots doesn't just happen in the original anyway. I was bored.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did not enjoy this book at all. It does not have any sense of the original writing or characters. Even if it is read as just a completely seperate book without even thinking of the original, I did not like it. The story was long and painful and the none of the characters were enjoyable. I found it a great disappointment!
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RunningShoeGirl More than 1 year ago
I love this book. I like that Anne has moxie. She sees what is going on with Darcy and Elizabeth and refuses to allow them to throw their love for each other away on circumstantial evidence. Very well done!!
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BigRube More than 1 year ago
This book is basically a retelling of "Pride and Prejudice" with more emphasis on the view of Darcy and his friends and family. Some of the additions to the storyline give a more sympathetic slant on why Darcy behaves as he does. We also get to know Mr. Bingley's family better and to understand their motivations. The atmosphere generally felt authentic and I think most fans of the original will enjoy this take.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy read but I did not like the twist with the cousin Ann.
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LilacLion More than 1 year ago
Hard to read unless you toss your love of the original manuscript out the window. Ms. Simonsen places some events so out of sequence that I wouldn't recommend to a P&P fan.
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