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Darcys & the Bingleys: Pride and Prejudice continues

Darcys & the Bingleys: Pride and Prejudice continues [Kindle Edition]

Marsha Altman
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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"Altman's writing is very poetic and she captures the 'Jane Austen' time period quite well with the right tone and use of language." - Bookopolis

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A Tale of Two Gentlemen's Marriages to Two Most Devoted Sisters

Three days before their double wedding, Charles Bingley is desperate to have a word with his dear friend Fitzwilliam Darcy, seeking advice of a most delicate nature. Bingley is shocked when Darcy gives him a copy of an ancient, illustrated book of sensual secrets-but it does tell him everything he needs to know.

Eventually, of course, Jane finds this remarkable volume and in utmost secrecy shows it to her dear sister Elizabeth, who goes searching for a copy in the Pemberley library...

By turns hilarious and sweet, The Darcys & the Bingleys follows the two couples and the cast of characters surrounding them. Miss Caroline Bingley, it turns out, has such good reasons for being the way she is that the reader can't help but hold her in charity. Delightfully, she makes a most eligible match, and in spite of Darcy's abhorrence of being asked for advice, he and Bingley have a most enduring and adventure-prone friendship.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 523 KB
  • Print Length: 434 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1402213484
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (1 Sep 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001POX6XS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #127,072 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad 14 Dec 2008
By Sm Drew
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I read Linda Berdoll's two books before I read this one which may have negatively affected how I viewed this book. Whilst Berdoll tries to keep the language and structure of Austen (not completely successfully) I found that this sequel by Altman started well but slipped into almost modern vernacular by the second half of the book and the story seemed a little at odds with how I perceived Austen's original characters.
Having said that it was much lighter and faster paced than Berdoll's two doorstopper books and I really did enjoy it. It took me about 8 hours to read the whole thing and I put the book down feeling satisfied at the resolution of the story (whereas with Berdoll I felt like I was still waiting for something else to happen). Despite the references to the Kama Sutra in the blurb which almost put me off buying the book, there is much less explicit sex in Altman's book than Berdoll's; its implied and 'after the fact' rather than accompanying the characters through a sweaty coupling in every room of Pemberley. The whole Kama Sutra theme seems to be less of a plot point than some of the more exciting aspects of the story (which arent mentioned on the back cover).
Wickham is virtually ignored, the villain's role is taken by a different character and several other characters take a definite step back which I found quite refreshing, but as I said, no-one behaved quite as I envisioned them doing.
Overall this is a sweeter and lighter sequel to P&P, a romantic following of the lives of our favourite characters with a little bit of excitement and adventure thrown it. I
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars So many P&P sequels..... 20 Feb 2009
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... so little time!

This one was OK and I quite enjoyed reading it. Thinking about it afterwards though, some of the events seemed to me more and more unlikely - and I mean physically unlikely in the real world, not just the Austen universe! I'm not sure this is one I will be reading again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Regency frolic 23 Aug 2010
If you are an Austenite this book will be a sad disappintment because its tone and language is not appropriate for the time in which it is set i.e. Regency England.

For example: there was no 'Fall' in nineteenth century England; there was only Autumn. No-one 'cracked a smile', 'raised a ruckus' or 'went on the lam'. They did not say 'not that much of a journey' when they meant 'it's a short journey'; nor did they use the word 'wont', which means to be 'inclined towards' when they meant 'reluctant'; or 'result' when they meant 'resort'. These are only several examples but many other pervade the whole book. Therefore, one would have to say, Marsha Altman is no successor to Jane Austen.

However, this writer has no need to hang her talent on Jane Austen's coat peg. Without that, the story she has written is an otherwise enjoyable Regency Romp, funny and interesting, and it stands thus in its own right. Many readers would welcome more stories of this kind but, please, without the twentiety century idiomatic dialogue.

However, if the D&B storyline is to continue it would be an excellent idea to engage an English-born editor who understands the nineteenth century speech patterns and then-current slang, to remove the obvious anomalies and attitudes which presently spoil the story, setting the reader on the outside when, clearly, for perfect enjoyment one wants to be fully immersed on the inside.

Finally, isn't it simply good manners to familiarise oneself with the time and place about which you intend to write?

Patricia R Olds. Author.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book worth every penny 22 Mar 2009
Having read Linda Berdoll's sequels, i was interested in just what other ones were out there. This book contains the passion berdoll created but i felt the ending was more satisfying. The author also adds a touch of humor to the story which in my opinion makes thestory even more enjoyable. Bacically I loved it!!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sad treatment of familiar characters 5 Aug 2011
It is a truth, universally acknowledged, that a much-loved book must be in need of a satisfying sequel. Unfortunately, this is not it. It is true that the names of the characters are familiar ones, but they have undergone such a change of behaviour that they seem like totally different people. For example, Wickham pays a visit to Darcy and Bingley on the day of their joint wedding with the Bennet sisters. An interesting thought, but it culminates in Wickham being thrown out of a "second" storey window (which would, of course, have been first storey to Darcey and Bingley) into a pile of manure. This breaks his fall, but the reader is left wondering what such a sufficiently large pile of manure was doing up against the wall of a fine house in the first place. One also wonders at the change in Darcy's character that allows him to treat even Wickham in this way. Elsewhere we learn that the news of the pregnancy of Mrs Collins is being kept from the "Rosings crowd" . A book that purports to be a sequel to a much loved early 19th century novel needs to use the language of that period, but fails to do so far too often.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Bit Silly 19 Jan 2011
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Although I enjoyed this book, the only similarity it has with any characters created by Jane Austen are their names. Other than that they are entirely unrecognisable - this book could have been about any group of wealthy people at this time. The plot was silly and unbelievable and the writing pretty poor. The author thanked her editors for spotting mistakes - they cannot looked very far. One sentence had 4 negatives in it - I can cope with double negatives, but quadruple!!! Also you could tell this was written by an American with no real idea of Georgian society or UK geography. I mean Lizzy riding, on her own, from Pemberley to Scotland!! Purlease! And Charles Bingley being called 'Junior' by his father. Beyond silly!
However it was an adequate Sunday morning lay-in book, which was mildly enjoyable - hence the stars. However I would not buy any more of this author's work.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not For Me
This book was not my cup of tea - found it to be very boring unfortunately and was surprised at how many stars other readers had given it - but each to their own.
Published 4 months ago by Michelle Hall
1.0 out of 5 stars awful!
Utterly ridiculous hogwash. Having just nearly read another of Marsha Altman's other Pride and Prejudice books I didn't even start this one. Read more
Published 8 months ago by pennyH
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book!
After being introduced by a friend to Pride and Prejudice fan fiction I saw this book on Amazon and decided based on the reviews to give it a try. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Friends in marriage
I gave this novel 5 stars as it was truly Austin in style but much more than novels I have read prior. It is a very engaging story told particularly well.
Published 11 months ago by katymay
3.0 out of 5 stars It was ok
This was okay but a little disappointing. There should have been more drama for the sisters. Well i will leave it up to the other readers to decide.
Published 12 months ago by Julie meadows
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Funny, smart and witty. Certainly worth reading and I am sure that I will be reading it again and again
Published 14 months ago by Samantha Brunker
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I found this by chance a few months ago and have now read all the books in the series. It's fantastically written, the characters feel and sound just like they did in the original... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Jobo
5.0 out of 5 stars Darcys and Bingleys
I dowmloaded this onto my wife's kindle. She has enjoyed reading it very much. Downloading is so easy even a 70 yr old can do it.
Published 18 months ago by CJR
3.0 out of 5 stars unsure
This is a difficult one to review. It's not that it was bad, but it wasn't good.

I'm going to have to quote a friend: "Fun is the operative word here, and if one reads... Read more
Published on 30 Jan 2012 by Illyria
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous and Hilarious
A thoroughly modern turn on Pride and Predujice I thoroughly enjoyed and also howled laughing at. once started you want to just carry on reading with no imterruptions. Read more
Published on 16 Jan 2011 by C. Rowland
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