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Mr. Darcy's Daughters [Paperback]

Elizabeth Aston
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22 April 2003
Picking up twenty years after Pride and Prejudice left off, "Mr. Darcy's Daughters" begins in the year 1818. Elizabeth and Darcy have gone to Constantinople, giving us an opportunity to get to know their five daughters, who have left the sheltered surroundings of Pemberley for a few months in London. While the eldest, Letitia, frets and the youngest, Alethea, practices her music, twins Georgina and Belle flirt and frolic their way through parties and balls and Camilla -- levelheaded and independent -- discovers what joys and sorrows the city has to offer an intelligent young woman. Readers will delight in the return of such beloved Austen creations as Elizabeth's old nemesis Caroline Bingley (now Lady Warren), the ever-reliable Gardiners and wayward Aunt Lydia. Charming, beautifully written and full of societal intrigue and romantic high jinks, Mr. Darcy's Daughters is a tale that would please Austen herself.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1st Touchstone Ed edition (22 April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743243978
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743243971
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 13.4 x 20.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,363,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Elizabeth Aston was born in Chile to an impeccably English father and a distinctly un-English Argentine mother. Educated by Benedictine nuns in Calcutta, Fabians in London, and Inklings at Oxford, she's lived in India, England, Malta and Italy.

Her Mountjoy books (originally published by Hodder, and now reissued as ebooks) were inspired by years of living in York, where her son was a chorister at the Minster. They depict the unholy, unquiet, and frequently unseemly goings-on of an imaginary northern cathedral city and its peculiar inhabitants, enhanced with a touch of magic and enchantment - Elizabeth Aston has always been fascinated by what lies just beyond our sight.

Her other books include the bestselling Darcy series - six historical romantic comedies set in the world of Jane Austen, and a contemporary novel, Writing Jane Austen. These were inspired by her love of Jane Austen - her heroes, her heroines and her wicked sense of humour.

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Joan Aiken author of "Jane Fairfax" I read ["Mr. Darcy's Daughters"] in two gulps and greatly enjoyed it...The invented daughters are fun -- prissy Letty, witty Camilla, musical Alethea, the unbridled twins -- and their ups and downs in London society make a lively story.

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Jane Austen meets Georgette Heyer - a tremendously lively novel set in 1818 following the adventures of five sisters as they discover the vibrant world of Regency London. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Regency Romps 26 Nov 2004
Jane Austen 'sequels'. There's the good, the bad and the indifferent, with the majority unfortunately falling into the latter two categories! This book is more Heyer than Austen, but by leaving the main players from Pride & Prejudice pretty well alone we at least avoid the complete personality changes seen in some 'sequels'! As another reviewer has already mentioned I too thought that Mrs Gardiner and Ex-Col Fitzwilliam were a bit off and although I thought parts of the plot a little unlikely I still found this to be a light an enjoyable read and was able to lose myself in Regency London!
Overall I'd say that this is one of the better 'sequels' out there, but it is by no means Austen. If you're looking for Lizzy and Darcy you won't find them here, but at least you know they have a happy marriage, despite what some continuatiors propose!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
If you’re looking for something true to the style of Jane Austen—do a 180 degree turn and never look back!
This attempt at a sequel to Pride and Prejudice, as written by Elizabeth Aston, is found greatly wanting. This is no better than your standard paperback Regency Romance. The plot is predictable and in no way original. The pacing was also hard to endure--I felt like I was on a plane that suddenly crashed!
The characters are unlikable, and even Camilla Darcy is an unsympathetic character. The “romance” that occurs is both contrived and unbelievable. In addition, the author introduces characters with great potential, but does not use them to her advantage. In particular, George Warren is introduced with the potential for being a major antagonist, but he disappears as quickly as he appears. The author also seems to have misjudged the personalities of Mrs. Gardiner and Mr. Fitzwilliam—both were sympathetic and likable characters in Pride and Prejudice. You will recall that Fitzwilliam, in P & P, seemed to enjoy Elizabeth Darcy’s quick wit. Mrs. Gardiner, in P & P, is also presented in a similar manner—tolerant and affectionate. In this novel, Aston presents them as high-minded people who do not appear to regard their relations with any particular, sincere affection.
The author had a slew of opportunities to turn this novel around, but she didn’t appear to know what she wanted to do with them. Instead, we have a half-baked book here. She had moments of great potential, but ignored them.
Stick to Jane Austen.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy sequel to Pride and Prejudice 8 Dec 2008
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book and have read it twice now. I think the author has been sensible in leaving the major P&P characters in the background and imagining how the children of Darcy and Elizabeth might have turned out. Camilla - the second child - is very like her mother and Letitia - the oldest - reminded me of Mary - Elizabeth's blue stocking sister. The plot and its ramifications grows out of the characters of the main protagonists and the scrapes they get themselves into. What the book does highlight well are the changes in morals and the treatment and behaviour of women by 1818 - 3 years after Waterloo. The eighteenth century ways are disappearing and people are becoming more prudish and less tolerant. These shifts in themselves account for the changes in behaviour of Mr & Mrs Gardiner and the former Colonel Fitzwilliam. I think other reviewers have forgotten that the events of this book take place at least 21 years later than the events described in P&P. The book is well written and the characters believable. Jane Austen it isn't and nor is it meant to be but I think it comes close to being similar to the book Jane Austen might have written if she had been writing today.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Darcy's daughters at large 8 April 2003
Five daughters of Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth Darcy on the look out for husbands in London. Much more Georgette Heyer than Jane Austen but none the less an amusing and enjoyable read.
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