Darcy's Story

Paperback | August 15, 2006

byJanet Aylmer

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When Elizabeth Bennet first met Mr. Darcy, she found him proud, distant, and rude—despite the other ladies' admiration of his estate in Derbyshire and ten thousand pounds a year. But what was Mr. Darcy thinking?

Jane Austen's classic Pride and Prejudice has long stood among the most beloved novels of all time. The story of Elizabeth Bennet's blossoming romance with "haughty, reserved, and fastidious" Fitzwilliam Darcy has enchanted readers for nearly two centuries. Yet, Mr. Darcy has always remained an intriguing enigma—his thoughts, feelings, and motivations hidden behind a cold, impenetrable exterior . . . until now.

With the utmost respect for Austen's original masterwork, author Janet Aylmer loving retells Pride and Prejudice from a bold new perspective: seeing events as they transpire through the eyes of Darcy himself. One of world's great love stories takes on breathtaking new life, and one of fiction's greatest romantic heroes becomes even more sympathetic, compelling, attractive, and accessible, all through the imagination and artistry of a truly gifted storyteller.

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When Elizabeth Bennet first met Mr. Darcy, she found him proud, distant, and rude—despite the other ladies' admiration of his estate in Derbyshire and ten thousand pounds a year. But what was Mr. Darcy thinking?Jane Austen's classic Pride and Prejudice has long stood among the most beloved novels of all time. The story of Elizabeth Ben...

Janet Aylmer is an English author who enjoys writing historical romances set in the early 1800s.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.65 inPublished:August 15, 2006Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061148709

ISBN - 13:9780061148705

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very disappointing book This is a shoo-in for the worst book I have ever read. As one of the many fans of Jane Austen and her creations Elizabeth and Darcy, I looked forward to reading this book. What a disappointment. There is no style, no wit, nothing at all to compare positively with the book which supposedly inspired it. There are no insights into Darcy's personality or actions which were not alluded to in the original novel. Worst of all, in the final chapters, the feisty Elizabeth is reduced to a wet noodle, grateful for any favours Darcy bestows upon her. I am amazed that this weak little book was accepted for print... what were they thinking? It is a waste of trees! (I do not recommend it, and only gave it one maple leaf because it is required to submit the review. In the words of Lady Catherine, it deserves no such attention.)
Date published: 2008-11-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Darcy's Story I am having a mostly enjoyable time reading Jane Austen fan fiction (I decided to start a collection to accompany my complete works of Jane Austen) but having read Pamela Aiden's series of Pride & Prejudice from Darcy's perspective first, I can state positively that this version by Janet Aylmer is almost lifeless. The story is more explanatory and observational of his experiences than how Darcy may having been thinking and/or feeling emotionally at the time. It is a good attempt but sounds like an essay, so I would invest in the Aiden series first instead of spending your time and money on this version. Ok, so maybe I am being too harsh (feel free to debate with me!), as I was also harsh with Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict, but where at least CJAA was entertaining this effort did not seem inspired in any way.
Date published: 2008-10-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great Read I enjoyed it, it added more to the character of Mr. Darcy. It may not have filled in all the gaps from pride and prejudice, but it did fill in some.
Date published: 2007-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A good companion to P&P Now that high school is years in the past, I think I would've had a better understanding of Jane Austen's original P&P if I also had the privilege to read Janet Aylmer's version together. It's like Coles Notes but in a much more delightful packaging. If Darcy's story is to be adapted and made into a motion picture (and played by a believable actor, like Colin Firth did in 1994), I'm sure it's going to be a big hit.
Date published: 2007-05-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book! This story was short. I wasn't all too sure it was going to cover some of the events that happened between Darcy and Elizabeth, but it did i suppose. It was good book and I must say to anybody who wants to know what Darcy was thinking, pick up this book and you'll get an understading of what he might have been thinking.
Date published: 2007-05-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Worth the Read I picked up this book expecting to get some insightful knowledge of Darcy's motives. In this respect, I was a little disappointed in the novel. However, in general, the story has the same wit and perfect amount of longing romance as Pride & Predjudice. Definitely worth the read.
Date published: 2006-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Most touching attempt to tell Darcy's Story It's like reading Jane Austen all over again, but this time, it's Darcy's version of the story. Pride & Prejudice fans must be very fulfilled with this version of the story, because we get to see a more passionate Darcy than meets the eye in the original version. I bought one for a dear friend after I finished reading mine!
Date published: 2006-11-24

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