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Wife for Mr. Darcy

Wife for Mr. Darcy [Kindle Edition]

Mary Lydon Simonsen
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Praise for The Perfect Bride for Mr. Darcy: "Another superior Jane Austen homage...will entertain those who already know their Austen and Georgette Heyer by heart, as well as fans of old-fashioned romance." -Publishers Weekly

A GENTLEMAN should always render an APOLOGY When Mr. Darcy realizes he insulted Miss Elizabeth Bennet at the Meryton Assembly, he feels duty bound to seek her out and apologize...

When he has INSULTED a LADY

But instead of meekly accepting his apology, Elizabeth stands up to him, and Darcy realizes with a shock that she is a very different type of lady than he is used to...

Darcy is more intrigued than he's ever been by any young lady, but he's already entangled in a courtship. It's a brutal predicament for a man of honor who only longs to follow his heart...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1137 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (1 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00514OXRG
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 22 April 2014
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A great book - thoroughly enjoyed it and I would highly recommend for all Austen fans. However, like Amanda Grange I think Ms. Simonsen's books are all good apart from Mr. Darcy's bite which is only not in the genre that I like.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining variation on Pride and Prejudice 26 Dec 2013
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This is a Pride and Prejudice variation. What if Mr Darcy realised that Elizabeth may have overheard his slighting comment about her at the Meryton Assembly and went to apologise to her? They start off on much better terms, so much so that when Mr Wickham comes to Hertfordshire spreading his tale of woe Lizzy doesn't believe it.

In Pride and Prejudice, once Elizabeth overcomes her dislike of Mr Darcy she falls in love with him pretty quickly and this is what happens here, but there is a fly in the ointment in the fact that prior to coming to Netherfield Mr Darcy had begun a courtship in London of a Miss Letitia Montford and now feels himself bound in honour to her.

Recognising that Darcy's honour is going to lead him to a life of misery Miss Darcy, Colonel Fitzwilliam and his elder brother Lord Antony Fitzwilliam spring into action to try their hand at unravelling the problem through a series of entertaining plots.

Both Fitzwilliam brothers are wonderful characters, lots of fun. However, Lord Antony Fitzwilliam really steals the show. He refers to his estranged wife as the Evil Eleanor, dresses ten years out of fashion so he stands out, is a colossal flirt with married ladies and has some wonderful droll dialogue. There is also a fantastic scene where Georgiana visits Mrs Redford, who is Miss Montford's companion and we see that the scheming isn't all one-sided.

Since much of the book focuses on Darcy's family there is not so much of the Bennets, although we see Jane Bennet show unexpected steel in taming Bingley's niece and nephews (children of another sister who is not mentioned in P&P).

I would have liked to have seen a bit more Lizzy, and a bit more wooing on Mr Darcy's part.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mr Darcy's wife 21 July 2013
By katymay
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An excellent sequel from Pride and Prejudice that I thoroughly enjoyed and would recommend to all those like myself who enjoy reading about the early 19th century through characters from a novel written without a conclusion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice variation 29 Jun 2011
By B. W. Carlson - Published on
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As an avid Austenite, I try to read all Pride and Prejudice sequels, variations, and modernizations. My favorites are the variations, the what-if stories that take my favorite literary couple on an alternate road to their happy fate. Mary Lydon Simonsen writes some of the best variations, and this book is no exception.

In this delightful novel, Simonsen shows us what might have happened had Mr. Darcy, realizing Elizabeth Bennett has overheard his remark about her lack of allure as a dance partner, goes to her and apologizes. In this version, the usually combative Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett like one another from the beginning, but social status and another woman stand in their way.

I love the way Simonsen develops some of the lesser characters from the original. Her Georgiana Darcy is slightly older than Austen's, having just had her social debut, and is more confident and a bit devious. A very nice companion to the delightful Elizabeth Bennett. The devious hijinks of Georgiana, her fun-loving cousin, Col. Fitzwilliam (who, let's face it, is a favorite of almost every P&P fan), and a new character, the Colonel's wonderfully quirky and rakish older brother, bring in the humor you expect from Austen and provide an appropriate counter-balance to Darcy's serious, duty-and-honor approach to life.

I devoured this book in 24 hours and can only hope there will be a sequel. I really want to know what happens next to this wonderful cast of characters.
32 of 37 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good start, but needs more... 10 July 2011
By LitGirl - Published on
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I am a big fan of Jane Austen and of many of the variation stories that have been published. While there are many high quality variations out there, this one fell short. I think the premise was very interesting and quite original, but this book has two major problems- first, the story was never fully developed, and second, the characters fall flat.
I had hopes for this story when I read the description- Mr. Darcy acknowledges his error in insulting Elizabeth at the Meryton assembly and apologizes, allowing an attraction to develop much earlier than in the original. The only problem is that Mr. Darcy has already shown interest to a lady of the ton and while he does not care for her, feels that his honor is engaged and that his duty to his family must take priority over his attraction to Elizabeth. The plot, unfortunately, never goes any deeper than the superficial. The story is more a telling of events than an exploration of the thoughts and emotions involved. Everything becomes very predictable and all the conflicts are easily resolved. I have read two other books by this author, Darcy and Elizabeth: The Language of the Fan, and For all the Wrong Reasons, and this is a common problem in her work. I actually went back to the author's Amazon page to make sure that the books were not intended for teens instead of adults.
As far as the characters go, they were not developed any more than the plot. They also did not stay true to the original characters, which is a huge pet peeve for me when reading variation stories. The best variations or sequels keep the same characters and tone that the original stories set, they simply explore what might happen afterward, or what might have happened if certain events had changed. If authors are not going to do this, I question why they write variations in the first place instead of original work.
I think this author shows a lot of promise in terms of ideas, but in the end, the book was basically a literary cream puff- light and fluffy, but not terribly filling. If you are looking for P&P variations with more meat, I suggest almost anything by Abigail Reynolds, Linda Berdoll, or Linda Wells' Memory series.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good read. Well worth the wait. 26 Jun 2011
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I had this book on preorder for several months and it was worth the wait. I enjoy all of Ms. Simonsen's book and this is another very good read. The story line follows Darcy as he strugles between his heart and family pride and duty. He starts a relationship before he meets Elizabeth. Then he meets her and his world is turned upside down. The book goes through the twist and turns of our heroes hopefully finding their happily ever after.A Wife for Mr. Darcy
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4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars! Mr. Darcy Gets By With A Little Help From His Friends 10 July 2011
By Meredith - Published on
There seems to be no limit to the creative imaginings of Mary Lydon Simonsen! This is the fourth novel I have read and enjoyed by Ms. Simonsen and I'm just amazed at how wholly unique and original each of her novels are! In this Pride and Prejudice retelling, Ms. Simonsen steers the Pride and Prejudice gang off course very early in the novel, creating a new and considerably divergent path for these beloved characters to traverse. How does she do this? By making a very remorseful and uncomfortable Mr. Darcy come and apologize to Elizabeth Bennet the day after the Meryton Assembly.

Even though Darcy finds himself delighting in Elizabeth's company and reveling in her fresh and frank conversation, Darcy knows he can not pursue her. One reason is because he feels it is his duty to Pemberley and to his sister, Georgiana to marry a woman from an old aristocratic family that is his social equal. The other reason is because he's already started courting another woman in town! What a predicament! What can Darcy do when the woman he doesn't love is expecting his proposal, and the woman he does love has resigned herself to the fact that he is unavailable?

Enter: Georgiana, Colonel Fitzwilliam, Lord Fitzwilliam, and Anne de Bourgh!

Similar to The Perfect Bride for Mr. Darcy, Darcy and Elizabeth receive some much needed assistance from the schemes and manipulations of Darcy's meddling and well-meaning relatives. Through these characters and their clever machinations, Ms. Simonsen's penchant for humor and satire really shine! Especially when it comes to characters such as Lord Fitzwilliam and the Crenshaw children, pure comedic genius! These character additions aren't the only changes readers will find. In this retelling Georgiana is eighteen and not sixteen years old and not very shy at all. In addition, Ms. Simonsen's Darcy is a lot less haughty and a little bit dense when it comes to dealing with women. (He needs all the help he can get!) My one quibble for this novel is that with Darcy being so clueless it sometimes made him seem more like Mr. Bingley and less like the illustrious and self-possessed Fitzwilliam Darcy we all know and love.

If you are the mood to read about Darcy being embroiled in a love triangle, Bingley and Jane combating some unmanageable little hellions, and the profligate Lord Fitzwilliam constantly causing mayhem and aggravation, A Wife for Mr. Darcy is the novel for you! Hilarious, absorbing, and unique - A Wife for Mr. Darcy, is my new favorite Mary Lydon Simonsen novel! I highly recommend!

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely! A fun spin on a classic tale. 1 Aug 2011
By L. Hartness - Published on
Fans of "Pride and Prejudice" are well aware that on more than one occasion, Fitzwilliam Darcy states things he later comes to regret. We first witness this at the Meryton Assembly where he declares that his future love, Elizabeth Bennet is not "handsome enough" to be tempting. Like in Jane Austen's original novel, Mary Lydon Simonsen's personification of Darcy also comes to regret the statement, but he quickly travels to her home to apologize. Austen's original plot is adapted frequently from there, but the themes remain the same. Darcy lives within a genteel world with social, financial and familial responsibilities, and these issues complicate his journey to happiness with the woman he comes to love.

Earlier this year I read Simonsen's "The Perfect Bride for Mr. Darcy" and enjoyed it very much. The writing is well done, appropriate for the period, but isn't stilted or difficult to read. The same can be said for "A Wife for Mr. Darcy", but I must admit that I have enjoyed my second experience with this author even more with this latest title. Darcy and Elizabeth again must dance around the inconveniences of their stations, there is humor and wit in the writing, and I appreciated the lack of extraneous plot points.

I was also pleased at Simonsen's ability to create romance and sexual tension within the story without revealing ridiculous amounts of detail. She put a few points out there, and mature readers can easily fill in the blanks. {SPOILER WARNING} - It was also so refreshing to have a modern author choose to have Darcy and Lizzie's first time together - gasp! - On their wedding night, not before!! There were a few steamy details, but given some other things I've read in recent years, this novel was tame. And after all that these characters had been through to be together, it was a welcome moment. I was genuinely happy for them, for their restraint and for their marital joy. {End Spoiler Moment}

The cast of characters within the story also contributed to its quality. There are the usual names seen in Austen's original novel, with some given more or less attention than they have in the past. Georgiana loves to play the little matchmaker and plays a significant role. However, Lady Catherine De Bourgh is hardly seen at all. One of Darcy's relatives, Lord Antony Fitzwilliam, is a colorful individual, the life of the party who brings a certain energy with him wherever he goes. Simonsen augments and diminishes original characters, and brings in new ones, all to great effect, as the plot consistently moves along in a pleasant way.

If you share my love for Austenesque novels, particularly ones have tones that are true-to-period, both in style and in plot choices, "A Wife for Mr. Darcy" will be a fine choice for you. Mary Lydon Simonsen brings new ideas and plot twists to this classic tale, but the characters stay true to their original incarnations. Darcy is an honorable, proud man. Lizzie is romantic yet a strong, modern woman. Wickham is a cad, and Lydia is a fool. Mr. Collins is painfully loquacious and Jane is Lizzie's confidant. And while all of these characteristics may be expected, A Wife for Mr. Darcy brings new paths, suspense, laughter and romance to this beloved world. Once again Mary has produced excellent work. I count this title among my recent favorites and look forward to more work from this talented author.
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