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Pride and Prescience: Or, A Truth Universally Acknowledged (Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mysteries) by [Bebris, Carrie]
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Pride and Prescience: Or, A Truth Universally Acknowledged (Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mysteries) Kindle Edition

3.5 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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"Thoroughly light and bright and sparkling, ' in the best Austen tradition with a dollop of murder and mayhem to leaven the whole. A delight."--Stephanie Barron, author of the Jane Austen Mystery series

"Well crafted ...Bebris works her own brand of Austen magic, whetting the reader's appetite for a sequel...Taking a lighter approach than Stephanie Barron's sleuthing Jane Austen series this one should appeal as much to Regency readers as to Austenites."--"Publishers Weekly"

"Mannered prose, Regency backdrops, moody country houses, and delightful characterization place this new series high on the to-buy list."--"Library Journal"

About the Author

Carrie A. Bebris is a former school teacher and editor for TSR. A member in good standing of the Jane Austen Society, she resides in Wisconsin.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 592 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books (1 Feb. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002ASFPWI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #503,464 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I really enjoyed this book. I have read Pride and Prejudice several times, so it was a joy to find a book that took us beyond the wedding. It is a little far-fetched, but no less enjoyable for that. And the author has managed to adhere faithfully to Austen's characters. I look forward to reading her next book and hope she has plenty more planned.
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I enjoyed this Austen 'sequel' and first 'Mr & Mrs Darcy Mystery'. It was generally quite a fun read, although with a number of incidents it's not quite so light-hearted. Many of our favourite characters from Austen's novel make an appearance, and of course Bebris introduces her own selection. Generally this is well written, although there is the usual irritation of Americanised spelling. I don't want to say too much and give things away, but I think I will pick up the sequel when it's available in paperback, although I did find the magic elements a bit strange. This was enjoyable though, and something I will probably pick up again.
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Format: Hardcover
This book will be enjoyed by anyone who appreciates the gentle feminine wit of Jane Austen. The story and its characters are set in the Regency world left behind by Jane. This is a refined, drawing room tale, with overtones of detection and Gothic mystery.
The writer has tried to write in the same vein as Jane Austen, but there are a few jarring lapses. It's hard to maintain the accuracy and tone when you're a couple of hundred years after and a couple of thousand miles away.
The writer manages to convey the social scene and offers acute observation of social interactions. Some of her characters are less than finely drawn, though, and this can be a distraction. But the plot holds up well and this makes an intriguing story, interestingly told.
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I bought this book mostly for fun, I'm a real Pride and Predjudice (the BBC series) fan and I was reluctant to see my favourite classic's main carracters being dragged through a sequal, ecspecially one not written by the original auther. It wasn't the great big masterpiece, but I didn't feel Darcy, Lizzy or the others where exploited in any way, and I enjoyed the little mystery very much, in fact I must admit that I had a hard time putting it down sometimes :)
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This novel, the first in a series, tells a mystery story taking up with all the main characters from Jane Austen's famous 'Pride and Prejudice', on the day of the double wedding of Elizabeth and Darcy, and Jane and Bingley. Elizabeth is irked by the typically selfish behaviour of Caroline Bingley by announcing her engagement and rushed marriage plans to all of the guests, thereby stealing a lot of attention from those whose special day it is. But irritation quickly turns to concern when Caroline, newly-wed to American plantation owner Frederick Parrish, begins exhibiting strange behaviour and all too soon, a couple of little 'accidents' that happen to her begin to encompass all of the Bingleys, including Elizabeth's beloved Jane. The new Mrs Darcy, already involved despite her former feelings toward Caroline, joins forces with her new husband to try to discover what is at the root of the incidents, before things take a sinister turn...

Okay, so let's start on a positive note - the author's writing style, setup and delivery of a mystery story is good and engaging, which keeps you turning pages most of the way through the book. However - and here comes the negative BUT - the story (as I was warned by other reviews) and the solving of the mystery is of a paranormal/supernatural type, and seriously strains the bounds of what you can suspend when reading a novel about such famous, well rooted characters of literature. I think that therein lies the real problem here; if the book had been about new fictional characters, and not Elizabeth and Darcy, the story probably would have been fine, even with the paranormal element (I enjoy Amanda Quick's novels along the same lines, with curses and magical elements/objects in them). But because it is supposed to be happening to such famous characters with very set and ingrained personalities etc, it is just too much to imagine them in this fantastical situation, even with Darcy's initial scepticism.
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By Detra Fitch TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Feb. 2004
Format: Hardcover
Fans of Jane Austen's book, PRIDE & PREJUDICE, will adore this novel! The author, Carrie Bebris, used the characters from Austen's famous novel.
Elizabeth Bennet had become Elizabeth Darcy. She had a double wedding with her sister, Jane. However, Jane's husband had a jealous sister, Caroline Bingley, who did all she could to steal the spot light from the brides. This included announcing her engagement to a rich American named Frederick Parrish.
Shortly after Caroline's wedding, odd things began to happen, such as her horse suddenly bolted almost injuring Caroline. Of course, everyone was concerned!
Professor Randolph, in archeology, specialized in the culture of North America. He traveled with the Darcys to Netherfield. He took along some American artifacts that he claimed had special powers. Things got sort of eerie when one house guest was murdered and a sudden blizzard trapped everyone in the house. It was up to the Darcys to figure out who-dunnit.
***** Characters we already know and love are in a deadly mystery, possibly involving sorcery! Carrie Bebris has done a masterful job continuing Austen's characters. Even the flavor of writing seemed the same which shows true talent! An extremely well done novel seems to be forming a possible series. Highly recommended reading! *****
Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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