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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (1 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007336497
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007336494
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 1.8 x 12.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 484,325 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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‘Those who enjoy Austen will certainly enjoy Aston’s work, as will historical readers who want an engaging plot and characters.’ Library Journal

‘The invented daughters are fun…and their ups and downs in London society make a lively story.’ Joan Aiken

‘Delightful.’ Publishers Weekly

‘In the mode of Heyer and Austen, Elizabeth Aston…comments on the period with affection, respect and a ready wit.’ Good Book Guide

‘This novel is written with grace, charm and wit…It is an entertaining, engaging and engrossing romp through Regency London that sparkles like the champagne which is opened at the end of the novel’ Historical Novels Review

About the Author

Elizabeth Aston is a passionate Jane Austen devotee who studied English at Oxford. She lives in Oxford and Italy with her family. For more information, go to elizabeth-aston.com.


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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By tregatt on 14 May 2006
Format: Paperback
Truth to tell I never finished reading Elizabeth Aston's "Mr. Darcy's Daughters." And this was not because it was a terribly written book (to the contrary in fact!), but because I couldn't get past my irritation that the author had portrayed Darcy's and Elizabeth's daughters as being five rather foolish and headstrong young ladies. Perhaps, however, I should have let go of my expectations and surrendered instead to the pull of a story well written and well told. For, because I had no unrealistic expectations of "The True Darcy Spirit" (it was after all about the daughter of Anne de Bourgh), I found myself happily absorbed and very impressed with this latest Jane Austen pastiche, and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a good literary read.

Cassandra Darcy's life at home (Rosings) is not a happy one: her mother (formerly the sickly Anne de Bourgh of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice") is more preoccupied with keeping her second husband, Mr. Partington and her children from that marriage happy than to see to the wants and needs of her eldest daughter; and Mr. Partington cannot abide Cassandra, finding her too proud and clever for his liking. So that when it is perceived that Cassandra has committed an indiscretion, Mr. Partington summarily packs Cassandra off to his sister's in Bath, with instructions that the lady get Cassandra married off quickly and credibly. Once in Bath, however, the deeply unhappy and lonely Cassandra quickly succumbs to the blandishments of rogue and soon finds herself in London, alone and penniless and cut off from her family. Fortunately, Cassandra has the Darcy spirit, courage and is a very talented artist, and she is resolved to try and make her living as an artist.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. K. A. P. Wright TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Jun. 2011
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This is the second book in this series that I have read. I did not like the first but having given it a poor review I wanted to check whether it was an aberration.This book is as poor as the other.

I know the author under two different names, Elizabeth Pewsey and Elizabeth Edmondson and greatly enjoy her work which is character driven and quirky. I suspected, because it is a Jane Austen derivative, that this would be a lighter read than her usual work, but I expected it to be well constructed and it wasn't. The plot was full of coincidences and holes and the characters were two dimensional efforts lent from the romcom cupboard.

Joan Aiken and Jane Aiken Hodge, not to forget Georgette Heyer, have shown that it is possible to write light, frothy yet well constructed historical romances. This is not in their league.

But do not be deterred from trying her books written as Pewsey and Edmondson. They are good.
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By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Jan. 2009
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Cassandra made a mistake when she fell in love and eloped only to find that her lover has feet of clay and only wanted her for her money. She leaves him and vows to make her own way in the world and support herself by painting. But Cassandra isn't well acquainted with the ways of the world and she soon finds herself the focus of Lord Usborne's attention as he wants to make her his latest mistress.

I read this book several years ago and have recently listened to the audio book and found it just as good as the first time I read it. I liked Camilla, one of the characters in the first book in this series - Mr Darcy's Daughters - and she reappears in this book. I liked the characters of Horatio Darcy, the banker, with whom Cassandra crosses swords when she tries to access her own fortune.

If you like well written historical novels with glimpses of Jane Austen's original characters then this might be of interest to you. I think it is well written and entertaining and it takes the Pride and Prejudice characters a generation further on in time. This is the third book in the series but the books in the series can be read in any order..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. E. Maxwell on 10 Sept. 2009
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An excellent read in the style of Georgette Heyer without the 18th century language and with a more modern take on relationships. Using Austen's Mr Darcy and Elizabeth as the uninvolved parental connection adds structure to the story which revolves around the next generation of the Darcy family.
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