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Mr. Darcy Presents His Bride: A Sequel to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice Paperback – 23 Mar 2007

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  • Paperback: 310 pages
  • Publisher: Amorata Press (23 Mar. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569755884
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569755884
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.9 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 519,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Helen Halstead was born in Adeliade, South Australia in 1950, and works as a teacher. She has been a fan of Jane Austen's ironic humor and exquisite prose from the age of thirteen.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 22 Jun. 2007
Format: Paperback
I bought this book based of the online reviews and thought that it was satisfactory in respect to length, language and style. My main criticism is that Elizabeth seems to be more interested in the opinions of the London Ton and gaining a remarkable reputation. I thought this slightly unlike Lizzy in character, who never really cared for the opinions of others. I know she has to converse in society to uphold her husbands name and the honour of such a name. From this i felt that although, there are foundations for these actions, the behaviour of Lizzy throughout the novel is not the same character that Austen introduced with so much popularity.

The plot line is well established and shows a lot of the fears of Elizabeth as she faces matrimony and of the concerns when people try to interfere with the bliss of her marriage.

The prologue was literally the best part of the novel, showing the characters as they has developed over time and the happiness that was gained through trust in a marriage union. It can be seen as quite sad in a way especially when focusing on Kitty and Georgiana, who (i think) never acually got the man that she truely loved. It is funny too, certainly when looking at the demise of Wickham at the end and his effect on Lydia!!

A good read but be prepared to see a different side to Lizzy that Austen never introduced!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By vib on 19 May 2007
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One of the best P&P sequels I've read - please overlook the godawful cover. Halstead makes the interesting point that having witnessed her parents' marriage up close and personal, Lizzie Bennet might well have trust issues. As a result, even after the wedding, she is keeping Darcy at a distance; otherwise, she fears, she will lose him and be as despised a wife as her mother is. And it would be the worse for her since she'd be aware of the situation.

It's a thoughtful book, less anachronistic and less sentimental than some of the more harlequin-type sequels. A lot of the plot is about social status and social strategies and, best of all, Lizzie remains intelligent in this. Far too many P&P sequels say Lizzie is witty while reporting simpering platitudes but this book does not have that flaw.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By jellybaby on 19 May 2007
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed this sequel because it clearly showed that the author had actually read the book (which is questionable sometimes!!!). The Darcy's marriage is not as soppy as it is in other sequels which means the charaters retain their attributes. Elizabeth's success and admiration in London society means the reader can still enjoy some of Darcy's brooding and jealous moods which we have all fallen in love with.

This book follows the Austen Canon of things getting worse before they get better and this means that the book has an engaging plot rather than just pages and pages of how in love Darcy and Elzabeth are (like other sequels). This book is actually a real success and the author does (like Austen) manage some laugh out loud moments as well as some tragic ones.

I would say this is a very good read i have only given it four stars because let's face it still isn't Austen!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Classic girl on 24 Sept. 2011
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There are many P&P sequels out there. Many of them will have Jane Austen turning in her grave. I didn't expect much of this book either, but since a friend gave it to me, I thought I should at least give it a try. And...I was not disappointed at all. In fact, I found Helen Halsteads book really entertaining!

Needless to say Halstead is no Jane Austen either, but who is? She is a talented author in her own right. You can tell she is a big fan of Austen and that ceratinly helps. In my opinion, she stays true to Austen's style, language and characters. I do not agree with other reviewers who say she portrays Elizabeth as someone who is mainly intrerested in the opinions of the London Ton. In this book Elizabeth becomes very successful in London society, but she certainly doesn't seek it and she doesn't always enjoy it either. I also do not agree that Halstead's Darcy "does not seem to have an understanding bone in his body", as someone else pointed out. He is clearly full of love and care for Elizabeth. He tells her he will never regret marrying her, even if they will never be able to have children. What more could she ask for?!

The book is romantic, but there are no unnecessary explicit sex scenes. Elizabeth is still intelligent and witty, while Darcy is full of love for her, but well...not always the best communicator out there. He is, after all, a heterosexual male. ;)

No book can ever live up to the real Jane Austen, but if you're looking for a P&P sequal that stays fairly true to Austen's style and to life in the Regency Era, this book will just do.
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I had really looked forward to this coming out and ordered it when she first had it published.

I am afraid I did not like this book very much I felt she made Mr Darcy out to be sulky spoilt and not at all understanding to his wife.

When they go to London Lady Catherine has tried to give Lizzy a bad name amongst the ton but she is introduced to the most influencing woman of the ton and taken under her wing.

At first Darcy seems all for this then he notices that many men start to take note of Elizabeth and he becomes sulky, jealous I would have put it but she used the word sulky.

Once the season finishes they go to Netherfield for a short time and Lizzy who by this time is expecting looses her babe. What upset me was that her Darcy does not seem to have an understanding bone in his body. Not at all like the Jane Austen Darcy. As the time goes on they go back to Pemberley where Kitty stays with them.

I am afraid that I disliked some of the new characters she introduces but some were lovely. To me her Elizabeth and Darcy did not match JA characters as I just could not see them doing some of the things she has them do in this story.

It is an interesting read but not one I would have gone out of my way to buy if I wasn't such a big fan of sequels. I have read better fanfiction than this book.
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