Wife to sometimes neglected husband (due to listening to audiobooks) and mother to adult children. I am a relatively recent avid reader/listener, only really starting to read for pleasure a few years ago but now am thoroughly addicted.
I love Pride and Prejudice and felt this was an excellent continuation of the stories. I especailly loved Elizabeth and Darcy's passionate relationship throughout the book.
Sometimes when I buy really long books to get the most "bang" for my credit buck I am bored with the book by the end. This one is well paced and had enough side plots to keep me interested. Also the main characters are fun and likeable. I am not an Austin devotee but I thought the author did a believeable continuation
A totally different book by another author and a refund of my credit!
Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight
I'm not really sure.
Every one of them!
50 Shades of Darcy, English Erotica, X Rated Regency. However you label it, it is nothing more than one woman's fantasy of a Georgian fetish.
It was obvious within the first chapter that I was not going to enjoy this book. The writing is, indubitably, the poorest I have encountered in a long while. Every chapter includes a sexual interlude or talk of such an interlude. The characters are nothing but sexual objects with no real mannerisms to speak of. I only made it to chapter 12 of 93 (audible version). Pray that I am betwixt myself as to why you would need so many chapters as there is no real story here other than simple minded women constantly wondering about the size of their partner's male member and, oh my, however will their virgin bodies accept them!
This book is nothing more than pages upon pages of irrelevant drivel extremely lacking of any meaningful plot!
My advise: Don't waste your time with this book, there are a million more ways to better spend it!
I didn't expect to like this Pride and Prejudice sequel by Linda Berdoll but I did. When I saw that it was more than 28 hours I thought that I'd probably listen for a while and then go on to something else. I was wrong. I carried my speaker and iPad around the house. I listened while I made cookies, took a bath and did my cross stitching. I couldn't stop. This was a great listen and I really think any Jane Austen lover would enjoy this book. Linda Berdoll has written more sequels. I'll look into them.
While the Ever-after of Mr & Mrs Darcy is definitely intriguing, the prose of this book is rather annoying! I understand that Ms Berdoll wanted to stay true to P&P's time, but her words are way too flowery even for the period. What is with all the 'betwixt's? Austen herself had no problem using 'between'
Go back to Pride and Prejudice
YES! Because it takes you on a journey that all of us have pondered, what happens after Elizabeth and Darcy Marry~!
I think it was ideal how Berdoll kept the same characters and personalities from pride and prejudice. When she did introduce the few new characters she brought them to life seamlessly within the story and made me comfortable with them.
I Loved how she changed her voice from Female to Male, an EXCELLENT performance. mostly I enjoyed her as Darcy.
I'm not good at that tag line stuff. maybe LOVE, SEX, and ADVENTURE!??
I appreciate how Berdoll at the end finished the story- explaining what happened with each character not leaving anyone out. the characters she purposely wrote about had an ending and made you feel like you were informed about everyone.
Engaging. Humorous. Satisfying.
I felt like I had picked up with old friends, and enjoyed what this author was able to contribute that Jane Austen could not - the relationship between a man and woman - based on true lack of experience.
Shouldn't. Read. Men.
The female voices in the book were great - Elizabeth, especially. The men's voices were awful. They only had one expression, and it was impossible to discern one from the other.
It took me to the moon and back again and I enjoyed every minute. It made me laugh out loud and made me cry on occasions. I felt hurt, angry and a few more emotions. In my mind's eye, form this minute on, this is what happened to Mr and Mrs Darcy, not any of the other continuations of which I have read several. Very well written book, that is for our day and age, nothing that Jane Austen would approve of mind you. In fact, it is my belief that if Ms. Austen were to read it, she would be severely displeased!
Attorney - love to listen to audio books
i LOVE Pride and Prejudice. I never tried a "sequel" because I did not think one would do Jane Austen justice - not until, based on its reviews, I tried Linda Berdoll's Mr. Darcy Takes a Bride. I was enthralled. Berdoll remains true to Austen's characters but does go into the bedroom areas where Austen would never go. Berdoll's lovemaking scenes are quite sexual, but never trashy or raunchy. The writing about the bedroom activity can be very humorous also. Berdoll has a wonderful sense of humor and fantastic insight into human nature. Her pace is excellent in that suspenseful situations are resolved fairly quickly and do not go on for hundreds of pages. The "Mr. Darcy goes in search of Georgiana" is a little long, but necessary. It was so satisfying to be able to continue reading more about the Pride and Prejudice characters and finding out what happens to them, in Berdoll's view. There are also many new and fascinating characters. Landor does a masterful job in her reading of this book. I hated for the book to end and could think of nothing else for the next 24 hours. Even though the loose ends are neatly tied, the last page led me to believe there may be a sequel. Sure enough, there is, but it is not on Audible yet. I found that there are two more books by Berdoll following this one. I found them on Amazon and purchased the Kindle versions. They are Darcy and Elizabeth; Night and Days at Pemberly, and The Darcys; the Ruling Passion. I am half way through Darcy and Elizabeth and am as enthralled with it as I was with Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife. The more I read Berdoll, I see that not only has she been influenced by Austen's style, but also by Charles Dickens. The story lines, pace and characters remind me greatly of Dickens work. Berdoll also reminds me of Georgette Heyer's Regency romance novels. If you have not read Heyer, try starting with The Grand Sophy, or Bath Tangle, or Lady of Quality. You will be hooked! Back to Berdoll's writing, even with the Austen and Dickens influence, Berdoll has her own unique style. Berdoll makes brilliant and well phrased observations about people and events. Some of them so impressive that I had to stop, back up and listen or read again. Absolutely amazing!. Please don't pass this book by. It vastly exceeded my expectations. I RARELY give a book 5 stars (and I have well over a thousand books in my library). This book deserves the 5 stars. I rarely write reviews, but I wanted to influence people to try this book, especially Jane Austen fans, because I think they will love it as much as I do. If Berdoll's sequels to Mr. Darcy Takes a Bride come out in Audible I will get them too, especially if Landor is the reader. Berdoll's books based on Pride and Prejudice are ones that I will read again and again, just as I have reread Jane Austen's books.