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Excessively Diverted: The Sequel to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice [Paperback]

Juliette Shapiro
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1 Sep 2002
Newlyweds Mr and Mrs Fitzwilliam Darcy begin their married life at Pemberley quite blissfully but it is not long before the tranquillity they relish is cut short by a series of traumas. The formidable Lady Catherine de Bourgh makes little attempt to hide her distain for her nephew's wife. She is joined by Caroline Bingley, as sharp tongued and resentful as ever, in the shared amusement of criticising Elizabeth. But the new mistress of Pemberley soon has more pressing matters on her mind, the fact that she is carrying the Darcy heir being the most pleasant of them. The sudden return of her sister Lydia brings cause for concern. Alarming reports of a seduction, blackmail and the need to keep news of another's confinement secret dampen even Elizabeth's notoriously high spirits and Darcy shows his true character when faced with the most difficult decision of his life. Has he been softened by his love for Elizabeth or is his former remoteness about to be resurrected?

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  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Publishing (1 Sep 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589392647
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589392649
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 13.2 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,108 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Excessively Diverted is a quick and pleasant read. I enjoyed it very much. -- From a Review by Linda Waldemar,The Republic of Pemberley 31st August,2002

I loved the new characters and almost forgot that they weren’t original to Pride and Prejudice. -- A pre-publication opinion of Excessively Diverted by J.D.Matthews July 2002

I was relieved that Juliette Shapiro wasn’t tempted to inflict unhappiness on the newly married Darcys. -- An independent reader’s viewpoint. Jennifer Carrington – 5th July 2002

I was shocked about Darcy and Wickham but was so enchanted by this lovely follow on that I now believe the events to be entirely possible. -- A shocked independant reader. Lynne Mc Bain 2002

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Juliette Shapiro is an accomplished fiction writer who has been published in Verbatim, QWF, and The Jane Austen Magazine. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr Darcy! 16 Sep 2002
Juliette Shapiro's Fitzwilliam Darcy is peculiar creature. He frightens nurses, has 'male only' conversations and yet manages to remain quite recogniseable as Jane Austen's favourite leading man. I fell in love with Elizabeth Darcy (nee Bennet) all over again when I read Excessively Diverted. She remained playful and not entirely against the idea of a jolly good romp through the woods. The Bar Sinister this isn't but there are enough sensitive references to the unbridled love that the Darcys experience to make the reader feel that Lizzy and Darcy have finally 'unbuttoned'. I hated Lady Catherine in this book but had to hand it to the writer for inspiring such a passionate dislike in me. It was a quick compelling read with an ending that left a bit of a lump my throat. Juliette Shapiro is as delighful a sequelist as ever appeared in print!
I actually purchased Excessively Diverted as an e-book but will definately order it in hard copy to keep on my bookshelf ready for a re-read.
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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a really good read! 29 Dec 2005
I really enjoyed this book. The darcys are very much in love, and you do get glimpses of their private doings, but none are explicit or untasteful. They are very sweet with each other! Elizabeth retains her playful nature and her spark and zest for life, and continues to tease darcy but it is obvious she loves him a great deal. she also retains her passion for walking! Darcy is hilarious, and the author has developed his character into something surprisingly relaxed. he is a triumph and retains his temper!!!The affairs of wickham and lydia are the only bits i disliked-i thought the descision of the darcys was a bit far fetched. I did also think that it ended slightly abruptly. I thought you saw too little of jane and bingley and slightly too much of her other sisters, but this is all minor. Mr and mrs bennet are perfect-mr bennet is just as barbed and mrs bennet just as silly and affected. She is ridiculously hilarious! Mr collins makes a return and is just as patronizing as ever. caroline bingley is also featured with great sucess. This book will not appeal to those who are not a bit of a romantic, but i am so i seriously enjoyed this and would reccomend it to anyone who want to hear more of pemberely. A worthy purchase!!!
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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Excessively Bad! 4 Nov 2003
By A Customer
This book takes first prize as the worst book that I have EVER read. I've been driven to write this review just to warn you to not waste your money. I only read it until the end to see if it would it would improve... it didn't! It is predictable, poorly written and badly edited. You won't believe the drivel that comes from Elizabeth's and Darcy's mouths, nothing like their original characters in Pride and Prejudice. My advice is to skip this and read The Bar Sinister, it may be a bit too explicit, but at least the characters and the plot are believable.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful 19 Sep 2003
By Gemma
I bought Excessively Diverted thinking that it would be a good sequel to Pride and Prejudice.
I was very disappointed. The plot is implausible, the characters' behaviour illogical, the ending abrupt. Too many subplots that could have been exploited are only hinted at, then abandoned, and eventually given a hasty conclusion just before the whole story ends.
The whole story is clumsy and badly structured.
Better buy something else.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it... couldn't put it down! 17 July 2007
I am a huge fan of P&P and was aprehensive of buying a sequal as it would obviously not be by Jane Austen and feared it would be of a lower standard and would not do either P&P/Jane Austen credit. However, I did read this book and I really really enjoyed it! The author managed to keep the characters true to form unlike some other authors whom on some occassions i actually wonder if they ever actually saw or read the original P&P. I just can't stop buying and reading about the Darcy's!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars BEWARE!!! Already published.... 24 Oct 2008
Beware, this book has already been published in the UK as "Excessively Diverted". This is not mentioned on Amazon anywhere! Although this book is no longer available it is the same book but with a different title.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Authenticity 1 Oct 2002
I was initially very impressed with the flavour of the work.The author has obviously a feel for Austen and the language, so evocative of the period. P & P is a book I have recently re-read and to come across a sequel of this calibre was a real joy. It is pacey and I found myself sad at its ending, but what a lovely ending it is. I have read a few sequels and I have to say this one does it for me. The Wickham scenario being particularly interestingly handled.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment 17 Aug 2003
By A Customer
I was disappointed by this sequel to P&P. The plot is plausible enough, and Juliette Shapiro has tried hard to retain characterisation and language. But the latter is very contrived, and it frequently feels as though it has only a veneer of the 19th century. However, this would not have condemned the book in my eyes - what killed it for me was the total (apparent) lack of copy-editorial and/or proof-reading input. The typographical errors are legion, and include incorrect spellings, poor syntax and incorrectly placed punctuation marks. The author deserves better from her publisher.
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3.0 out of 5 stars unnecessarily wordy
There were some interesting ideas, but I didn't like this authors presentation, to me she was trying so hard to stick to the JA style it was overdone.
Published 7 months ago by fxyd
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than some Austen sequels
This continuation at least has a credible plot, does not show Darcy and Elizabeth at daggers drawn after six months, has no sex scenes, and is fairly true to the original, apart... Read more
Published on 25 Sep 2011 by Stephen Bishop
1.0 out of 5 stars not worth it......there are better fanfiction
There are a lot of P&P fanfiction out there that are worth to read, and the current book is not one of them. Read more
Published on 6 Feb 2011 by Nikki
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but with a few flaws...
I'm not entirely sure if I like or loathe this book. Elizabeth and Darcy seem to behave as they should, but occasionally defect so far from their original characters that I began... Read more
Published on 5 Aug 2009 by Austen fan
3.0 out of 5 stars Decision time
OK as these things go. As it was not at all unusual at the time for offspring to be "adopted" by other family members - I think, however, this might have been a "proposed... Read more
Published on 20 Jun 2009 by Phredd
4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive
After reading the reviews i was in 2 minds as to whether to actually buy this book. In the end i bought it and i wasn't disapointed!! Read more
Published on 20 July 2005 by "hannainai"
4.0 out of 5 stars Excessively diverted
A very enjoyable read. I was excessively diverted. More please.
Published on 17 Aug 2004 by Gina
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