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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Review: A Wife For Mr. Darcy by Mary Lydon Simonsen

Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
ISBN: 1402246161
Pages:384 pages
Genre: Jane Austen Adaptation/Pride and Prejudice  
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Summary from publisher:

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...

My Review:    

  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.

Lizzy and Darcy are just as we would expect them to be. Awesome…the best characters ever written. You know, the usual. However, in this version, Darcy apologizes to Lizzy after his terrible first impression at the Meryton Assembly. They form a friendship and, of course, an attraction. Darcy also happens to be in the midst of courting a young lady more fitting to his station. Lizzy is none too pleased. There are big differences in Simonsen’s version of Pride and Prejudice but it’s still the same story and same couple that we love so much.

I loved this book. I did have some doubts initially because I did not want to read about Darcy courting/kissing/doing anything with any woman other than Lizzy. I reasoned that it was okay as long as he did not have any romantic feelings for her. Darcy loving another woman might just be a hard limit for me. But I was pleased to find that Darcy had no romantic feelings for this woman at all but he continued with his courtship of her to preserve her reputation and his honor. I love how this addition of “the other woman” added a nice element of conflict and competition to the plot. There were also great bit of humor and wit that I have come to expect and look for in Mary Lydon Simonsen’s books and in all Jane Austen adaptations. 


*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.

1 comment:

  1. I have actually never read a Jane Austen adaptation. This sounds like a really clever and unique take on the classic story. Great review!



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