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The True Darcy Spirit Paperback – 1 Jul 2009
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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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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..
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.Read more ›
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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Very enjoyable series of books, flow well through the story of the Darcy clan. As I finish one I'm reaching for the next ideal for a wet summer afternoon. Read morePublished on 28 Jun. 2012 by Aj Hole