“You’re obviously handsome so you could be any of the heroes, really. But I can’t make out much of your private life so, for all I know, you could be a scoundrel like Willoughby or Wickham, hiding some dreadful secret.” – ‘Katherine Roberts’, A Weekend with Mr Darcy by Victoria Connelly
I really wasn’t sure I was going to like this book when I picked it up initially, but for a light read I have found myself very surprised.
For just (AU)$6.95 from Basement Books in Sydney, I snapped up this lovely paperback (ISBN-13: 978-1-84756-225-8) published in 2010 by Victoria Connelly, obviously after having my attention drawn to it by the name of Darcy. It’s a lovely jewel of a chick-flick quick read that I’m definitely going to share. I’ve spent the last evening, morning and afternoon reading it cover-to-cover so it’s a fairly easy book to consume, and perfect for some train/commuting reading. The story revolves around two girls, Katherine and Robyn, who both have slightly rocky relationships or previous partners, are both avid Janeites, and are about to have one weekend that changes everything…
The Darcys & the Bingleys: A Tale of Two Gentlemen’s Marriages to Two Most Devoted Sisters
Firstly, I must apologise for not having blogged in a while. However, this is due to a new addition to my life- my Kindle! I have been ferociously reading and the first book I have completed reading is The Darcys and the Bingleys by Marsha Altman. I downloaded this eBook for free from Amazon on Jane Austen’s birthday and have only put off reading it due to not having my eReader when planned. It’s available free on Google Books. It was truly a joy to read this 400 page odd sequel.
I’ve been a long-time fan of the online “Mrs Darcy vs The Aliens” series, having read it sporadically for many months. Only just lately I got the pleasure of asking Jonathan Pinnock, the man braving the Pride and Prejudice world, all about this pet project of his. And when we will see it in print.
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The Independence of Miss Mary Bennet- Collen McCullough (2008)
by Steve Hockensmith
I read this Quirk books latest from cover to cover within three train trips. It blows Pride and Prejudice and Zombies straight out the water with its originality, characters and sense of action. “Originality?… in a Jane Austen rehash!” you say. Well this isn’t any usual sort of rehashing. Instead of inserting Ninjas and dojos carelessly into the plot, Hockensmith weaves them through a completely fresh regency narrative. I am now a die-hard fan, and I honestly wasn’t expecting to like this in the slightest. Continue reading
Mr Darcy, Vampyre by Amanda Grange
This “What if?” sequel is a great addition to your bookshelf… just don’t take it too seriously. It is written neither with the flair, ability or wit of Austen, and the storyline itself is not only implausible, illogical for the era in which it was written and at odds with what is already known about the characters, but it pulls at straws often to keep the story going. However, with that being said, it’s a really new and interesting take on the P&P storyline and if you can read it without critiquing you may even enjoy it as a pithy beach read.