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Monday, July 20, 2009

The Plight of the Darcy Brothers by Marsha Altman

The Plight of the Darcy Brothers: A tale of the Darcys & the Bingleys (Pride & Prejudice Continues)
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
ISBN: 140222429X
Pages: 368 pgs
Genre: Jane Austen Sequel/ Pride and Prejudice
Challenges-Read’n’Review Challenge, 100+ Reading Challenge
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Publisher’s Description:

In this lively second installment, the Darcys and Bingleys are plunged into married life and its many accompanying challenges presented by family and friends.

With Jane and Elizabeth away, Darcy and Bingley take on the daunting task of managing their two-year- old children. Mary Bennet returns from the Continent pregnant by an Italian student promised to the church; Darcy and Elizabeth travel to find the father, and discover previously unknown—and shocking—Darcy relations. By the time Darcy discovers that there's more than one sibling of questionable birth in the family, the ever-dastardly Wickham arrives on the scene to try to seize the Darcy fortune once and for all.

My Review:

The Plight of the Darcy Brothers was a great sequel to The Darcys and the Bingleys. It was humorous, dramatic, romantic and touching—all things I love in a Jane Austen sequel. I also love when sequels attempt to delve into the past of the very mysterious Darcy family and/or take the reader away from Pemberley. I was very happy to find that this novel does both.

I began reading with extremely high expectations. I loved The Darcys and the Bingleys and could not wait for more. I loved the humor and wit of the first book and was expecting the same of the second. The humor definitely lived up to expectations in the form of little Gregory, Darcy and Elizabeth’s son. He is such a little scamp and he runs Darcy ragged. My favorite escapade is when he dyes Georgie, Jane and Bingley’s daughter, and himself blue. I couldn’t stop chuckling. He is adorable. This sequel also adds more drama in the form of a foolish decision made by Mary Bennet. I know! Mary Bennet! Shocked me too. I love Mary and, trust me, I never anticipated her making a Lydia-style folly but Altman was convincing in Lydiafying my innocent Mary Bennet. I love how she didn’t make Mary look foolish even through her mistakes but simply unfortunate. I would have loved to see a more typical happy ending for Mary in this one. I have always wanted her to find someone to love her and I suppose she did, in a way. She, for some reason, is my favorite character apart from Lizzy and Darcy. I suppose I identify with her.

The canon and new non-canon characters were treated well by Altman. Gregoire was an amazing addition to the Jane Austen group of characters. I was quite unsure as to how a monk would work in relation to Darcy but he did have a great chemistry with Darcy and Elizabeth and I loved watching them travel together. I loved watching Darcy take care of and worry over Gregoire when he learned that he was fasting and flagellating himself. He also added a new dimension to Darcy that I didn’t expect. Maddox, one of my favorite character from The Darcys and the Bingleys, acts like the reader’s eye into the outside world of Regency England, that Austen would never have shown us. He takes us from whorehouses to the Prince Regent himself. He also shows us the realities of childbirth before advanced medicine made it safer. Even Wickham is treated well. He gains a bit of humanity. Not a lot but enough so I don’t want to strangle him till his eyes pop out.

This is an excellent sequel. I would read The Darcy’s and the Bingley’s first before picking this one up. I will read any Jane Austen sequels that Marsha Altman writes. This goes on the shelf with my favorites.

*A copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher for review. My opinion is my own and has not been influenced in any way and any monies made from associate or affiliate accounts are recycled back into the blog.
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18 comments:

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  2. I too really enjoyed this book (as well as Altman's first) and will be reviewing it at the beginning of August.

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  3. I will be waiting for your review. Thanks for visiting!

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  4. Another great review. I really want to read these as well!

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  5. Thanks, Heather. I hope you'll visit when Marsha Altman does a guest blog on July 31st. :)

    Grace

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  7. ooo I want to read this now! lol "lydiafying" lol I like that word :P

    I haven't read The Darcys and The Bingleys but that's on my Everything Austen Challenge list. I can't wait to read these two. They look like great books.

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  8. Sounds like a excellent read! Thanks for the review.

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  9. Yup. Definitely need to read P&P and these 2 sequels...especially since I think I've heard there's a 3rd coming out soon?

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  10. Karoline: I made it up myself. I'm glad you like it!

    Jenny N.: Thanks!

    Pam R.: The third book is due out in February 2010. I can't wait.

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  11. [...] -Comment on the reviews of her two books-The Darcys and the Bingleys and The Plight of the Darcy Brothers. [...]

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  12. I am looking forward to continuing my reading with the lives of the Darcy brothers.

    Dina

    dlsmilad@yahoo.com

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  13. AAAHH This challenge is going to cost me a fortune! I've been trying to get Darcy's and the Bingleys and Plight of the Darcy brothers from the library but seems everyone wants it. Think I'm going to have to buy them. They sound like fun and I'd probably want to own them anyway. Thanks for the review!

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  14. Michelle: It has already cost me a fortune. I overdosed on Austen sequels, like usual. I used the challenge as an excuse. Thanks for commenting!

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  16. [...] P&P sequels and what makes it better is that it is a trilogy (The Darcys and the Bingleys, The Plight of the Darcy Brothers and Mr. Darcy’s Great Escape). Each book is better and funnier than the one before it. One luck [...]

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  17. I'm definitely going to have to read these now.

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