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Darcy's Tale, Volume I: Into Hertfordshire [Kindle Edition]

Stanley Hurd
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Publication update: Volume III: The Way Home, available August 17, 2014!

Enter the world of Fitzwilliam Darcy, landed gentleman, scholar, and very eligible bachelor, whose engaging and enthusiastic friend, Mr. Bingley, has acquired a new manor. Darcy accompanies his friend into the wilds of Hertfordshire, where each of them encounters the lady who will change his life. Follow the beginnings of a story that will take Darcy from the heights of wealth and status, to the depths of pain and self-condemnation, and, ultimately, to the safe haven of the love and respect of his heart's mistress.

This lovingly crafted companion to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice will give her fans a feeling of homecoming, and a chance to see this beloved story from a new perspective, all the while immersed in the endearing world of Regency England Austen so masterfully created. Darcy's Tale was written first for the readers who were enchanted by the original and wanted the chance to return, to learn more about one of the most popular characters in English literature. But it is also for those new to the Pride & Prejudice saga: Darcy was a wealthy, well-intentioned, intelligent, and educated man; how on Earth did he become so thoroughly tangled by his acquaintance with Miss Elizabeth Bennet? She, too, is among that rarefied firmament of favourite English characters: her pert manners, quick wit, and quiet beauty made her a strong, independent figure of a woman who was over a hundred years ahead of her time. The clash of their personalities and the nearly constant misunderstanding between them, founded on an unfortunate first impression, has delighted readers for two hundred years.

This, then, is a new view of their first year as seen through Darcy's eyes, and written by a man who insisted both that Darcy should be true to Austen's vision of him, and that he should be a man throughout: wrong, perhaps at times, but always prepared to stand up and do what he saw as necessary and right, especially when he found himself to be in the wrong.

Darcy's Tale is written in the richly textured style of Regency English, and even the most demanding Austen fan will find little here to cavil with--but they will certainly find many new thoughts, perceptions, and interpretations to revel in.

Volume 1 takes Darcy to Hertfordshire and the beginnings of his relationship with Elizabeth. In Volume 2: Into Kent, the two meet again at Rosings, the estate of Darcy's Aunt Catherine. In Volume 3: The Way Home, Darcy's many trials and labours are concluded, and he finds his true place in life, at last.

About the Author

Stan Hurd is a Ph.D. neurochemist who currently occupies himself writing, teaching fencing and Karate, and polishing samurai sword blades. He was introduced to Jane Austen's works late in life, but became immediately captivated by the unlabored beauty of her prose. Having read one of the many adaptations written to extend the story of "Pride and Prejudice", while he was delighted to be back in that world, he found the exclusively female perspective of the author was at times intrusive; since he could not let himself complain if he did not attempt it himself, he set out to write Darcy's Tale. Many of his friends are amazed that he should be writing Regency romance novels; he takes a particular delight in that fact.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 958 KB
  • Print Length: 230 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Stanley M. Hurd; First Kindle Edition edition (12 Nov 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EWQ57HY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #84,996 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Stan Hurd is a Ph.D. neurochemist who currently occupies himself writing, teaching fencing and Karate, and polishing samurai sword blades. He was introduced to Jane Austen's works late in life, but became immediately captivated by the unlaboured beauty of her prose. Having read one of the many adaptations written to extend the story of "Pride and Prejudice", while he was delighted to be back in that world, he found the exclusively female perspective of the author was at times intrusive; since he could not let himself complain if he did not attempt it himself, he set out to write "Darcy's Tale".

Many of his friends are amazed that he should be writing a Regency romance; he takes a particular delight in that fact.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Austen lives 30 Oct 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
It was excellent. I was transported back to the world of Elizabeth and Darcy. To hear the story from the other side was entrancing. I don't know personally what it is about Austen that is so all absorbing but she is and Hurd has managed to bring the world back to life with the same level of lightness and attention to the mores of the time. He has filled in many holes about Darcy and he has found an explanation to a great deal of the background of the story from Darcy's side. The language was excellent, the tone was excellent and nothing jarred with me. I mean lots jarred with me but that has more to do with the time and the manners than Hurd's writing. I have read quite a few "follow on" stories now. Mostly they have felt like Barbara Cartland or Georgette Heyer had written them, with no more attention to the customs of the times than a mere cursory look. This book, however is a delight. I am quite sad that it was only published in August so there will be a time to go until the next installment. I could read it right away now if it were finished.
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Much of the fiction based upon existing literature is pretty dire, this however is completely different. Darcy is given a distinct tone and voice that feels very much as Austen wrote him and along with the fact that the book is well researched using appropriate language conventions, it feels tastefully in keeping without feeling contrived or attempting to imitate Austen. The letters between Darcy and Georgianna are nicely done. Also this has been decently proof read, which makes a pleasant change as normally a lot of kindle books are littered with mistakes.
I am looking forward to having all three books so I can read them in parallel to P&P. Is there any indication of release dates for the other two?
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5.0 out of 5 stars great interpretation 19 Feb 2014
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I've read a few 'Darcy's stories' but always found them disappointing regurgitations of every scene thst includes Darcy. This book is much more than that. It really fleshes out Darcy and supporting characters. It creates a truly believable and sympathetic back story to justify Darcy's actions. Perhaps this is because it is written by a man, so we get a genuine male perspective. I was a bit doubtful of wading through 3 volumes, but the pace is vey good and I'm looking forward to volumes 2 and 3.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars darcys tale volume one 18 Sep 2013
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without a doubt the best written and most insightful and most enjoyable sequel yet. more please!
darcy revealed as the good and honouabe man he is.
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3.0 out of 5 stars good quality 14 April 2014
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I suppose I wanted more from the storyline, so a little disappointed, very close to the original version in its story line, but not of Austin's quality.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Darcy 24 Feb 2014
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It is faithful to the original plot and is a diverting read! Wonderful and really enjoyed it, did not put it down
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