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The Ballad of Gregoire Darcy [Paperback]

Marsha Altman
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19 May 2011
Revisits the Beloved Characters of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice in Marsha Altman's fourth novel WHIRLWIND OF PEMBERLEY The comings and goings on their grand estate present endless challenges for Elizabeth and Darcy. Can they avoid scandal given the recent arrival of Mr. Darcy's illegitimate brother Gregoire, Mr. Bennet's advancing years, the younger George Wickham's coming of age, and Dr. Maddox's departure from his position with the Prince Regent even as his many secrets threaten to be discovered? COURTSHIP OF MARY BENNET After her disastrous trip to the continent resulted in a passionate romance and an unintended child, Mary Bennet finds herself back in England, living with the shameful title of unwed mother. Having given up on ever finding love, Mary is shocked to find herself pursued by a proper gentleman. But are his intentions true, or is Mary being led astray by her heart once again? TORMENT OF GREGOIRE DARCY Leaving his sheltered, peaceful life at a Benedictine cloister, Gregoire enters a world he never imagined. Thrust into Regency England's secular society, Gregoire is overwhelmed. How can an inexperienced, single man stay true to himself while finding his place in a culture obsessed with matrimony?

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Ulysses Press (19 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569759375
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569759370
  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 12.8 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 399,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marsha Altman is an author and historian who is an expert on Jane Austen sequels, having read nearly all of them. She lives in New York.

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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic 14 Jan 2014
By Sherrie
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Great continuation of this series. I am addicted to Marsha Altman's books. Such lovely stories capturing love and life in the 1800s.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting continuation of a well loved tale 23 Jun 2013
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After reading the first 3 books in this fan fiction series I was well and truly hooked on how the author has developed the original characters and introduced some new ones! I was not at all disappointed with this 4th book and couldn't put it down. The character list has increased greatly from Jane Austen's original book but if you can keep up with all the kids names I'm sure you'll enjoy it as much as I did. Bit far fetched in places but captivating!
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  21 reviews
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful sequel to Pride and Prejudice 6 May 2011
By Annette R - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was wonderful. Some parts of Grégoire's story were almost painful to read, they were so tragic. He was such an innocent at the beginning, and somehow, through all of his trials and tribulations, he retained that innocence. Despite being wounded and betrayed by those he loved most, his faith stayed strong. (Though he did engage in a couple of spectacular instances of sin.)

I loved the secondary characters in this book, particularly the children. Geoffrey Darcy, George Wickham, and Georgiana Bingley are now young teenagers, about to make their mark on the world. Georgiana has wonderful potential. I loved reading about mild-mannered Jane and Charles being bossed around by their stubborn daughter. I hope that she gets a novel of her own one day.

I enjoyed the Irish accents in the latter half of the book. I had fun trying to decipher the precise meanings, and I still have not figured them all out. What exactly does "fierce quare" mean? Eventually, I googled it to make sure my guess was right. (I was pretty close, it means "extremely strange.")

Elizabeth was witty, Darcy was perfect, Jane was sweet, Bingley was naive, Monkey was....wait, did I just say "Monkey"? Yes, a monkey has descended upon the hallowed halls of Pemberley, and Charles Bingley may never be forgiven. And, to top off a lovely novel, what would a Marsha Altman book be without Darcy rushing to the rescue of at least one of his many relatives?

This is a magnificent addition to my favorite Pride and Prejudice sequel series, and I would recommend it to all lovers of Jane Austen and regency romance.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excerpt from my blog review... 26 May 2011
By Jessica - Published on Amazon.com
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In my complete blog post, I reviewed Ms. Altman's entire series to date (the full review can be found at [...] if you are interested). Here is an excerpt relevent to this volume:

Grègoire begins this story happily as a Benedictine monk in Spain and he ends it by getting married to an Irish widow. How he gets there is title storyline of the book, but we are also given a glimpse at the courtship of Mary Bennet, an explanation of the Darcy's extreme dislike of society and Caroline's husband gives her the best gift ever--the title of Lady. I don't want to give away too much, but I can say it will be more than worth your time to read this book and find out answers to questions such as: Why on earth would Bingley put his head in the mouth of a tiger? And how long would he last in a fight with a martial arts expert. Who was the original heir to Pemberly if it wasn't Darcy's father? Will Mrs. Bennet ever marry off the last of her daughters?

As you might notice, Ms. Altman has added quite a few original characters to this series of books. From the spouses and children of Austen's characters to friends and family that have been created specifically for these stories, Ms. Altman characters are, in my opinion the primary reason for reading this series. I'll admit, I first read this as a series of fanfictions so I have some idea of where this storyline is going and although this may surprise some of you, in the end I found myself more attached to some of the new characters introduced here than I am to Austen's original cast. Future storylines continue to touch on the lives of our favorite couples, Darcy and Elizabeth and Jane and Bingley, but through the lives of their children. Expect even more adventure, romance, misunderstandings (they are Darcy and Elizabeth's kids after all) and swords to come in the rest of the series. I don't know about you, but I can't wait :)
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Hit! 26 May 2011
By Cherri - Published on Amazon.com
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I love Marsha Altman's take on the Darcy clan. Not only has she successfully "what if'ed" the original characters she has added new and exciting charaters.
I loved book 4 of this series, it was well written and imaginative. If you love P&P fanfiction you will love Marsha's entire series. I dont want to give away any plot lines in my review, suffice it to say I read book 4 in 2 sit downs and am looking forward to book 5 hopefully soon.
Great job!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The saga continues 15 May 2011
By Blodeuedd - Published on Amazon.com
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This is not your usual kind of variation. No this is the family saga kind of variation. This book is the fourth in the Darcy and Bingley Pride and prejudice sequel. Kids have been born, people have gotten married, there has been trouble and fun times, and lots of secrets.

I have not read the previous books but then I am a fast learner. In the beginning of the book was a family chart so I just checked who had married who and read the introduction by Altman. And then I was up to speed and could get started.

In this one there is general focus on the Bingleys, Darcys, The Maddox family (that is Caroline Bingley's husband who is only a doctor ;). But there is also other things going on. Mr Darcy found out that he has an illegitimate brother called Gregoire who now is a monk in Spain. But things get out of control and he comes to England. As a devote monk he has difficulties living a normal life. I do fear he was a bit too saintly for me, but it was an interesting.

The other history sure took me by surprise. It seems that in a previous book Mary had an affair with a seminary student and got pregnant! Yes pregnant, I sure missed a juicy story there. And now she is in an unwed mother and she will get courted, but can she trust love? Oh I am still shocked by the whole unwed mother part..Mary! Yes, that is the juicy stuff going on in this series.

It was an interesting variation to read. Altman sure knows these character and creates wonderful and sad scenarios. here are ups and downs just as in every normal life.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jane Austen's Family Continues 29 Dec 2011
By Ginny Mapes - Published on Amazon.com
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Fans of Jane Austen will love this series. The Ballad of Gregoire Darcy: Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice Continues. The author suggests the reader might want to re-read the classic. For those who wish to dive it, there is a family tree so the reader can tell who is related to who. The adventure continues with children, cousins, and a few new surprising characters being introduced in true Austin fashion.
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