Regency England speaks of love and romance when Darcy's Passions brings to life once again Jane Austen's classic love story. An interpretation of Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Darcy's Passions tells the story from Mr. Darcy's point of view.
When Fitzwilliam Darcy comes to Hertfordshire as a service to his best friend Charles Bingley, who has recently let the Netherfield Park estate, Darcy assumes the locals will possess "vulgar" country manners. So, when the opportunity arises, he refuses to dance with Elizabeth Bennet at the Meryton Assembly; however, from that moment, the woman's charms possess his every waking and sleeping minute. Obsessed with Elizabeth Bennet, Darcy places himself in a position to learn more about her while realizing his social status will not allow him to marry her. He manipulates Bingley and others in order to spend time with her. He tells himself Elizabeth Bennet is simply a "diversion" from the lack of society he finds in Hertfordshire.
However, if she is only a diversion, then why does he dream of her as mistress of his estate? Why does he seek her out as a friend for his shy, withdrawn sister? Why does he allow her to speak to him with a saucy attitude? Why can he not even breathe when she is in the room? Why does a raise of her eyebrow or an enigmatic smile or the smell of the lavender she wears create havoc with his emotions? His duty to his family and his estate demand he choose a woman of refined tastes. Yet, what his mind tells him he wants and what Darcy's heart knows he needs are two different things.
Darcy is a man in turmoil. He loves a woman he first denies as being worthy, but it is he who is found wanting when Elizabeth Bennet refuses his proposal of marriage because he does not conform to her standards of a "gentleman." Devastated, he must transform himself into the man she learns to love and respect.
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Top 5, but only because I love Mr. Darcy, and this story is all about him. I alternate between this one and P&P constantly.
When he first realizes that he can't live without Elizabeth.
Nope. Andy Cresswell was very non-exciting. Penny Scott-Andrews sounded like a robotic child. I'd LOVE to hear Colin Firth, as he is the ONLY Darcy.
This book is for the die-hard Darcy fans. It has its faults, as other reviewers have pointed out. Jane Austen didn't write it, so that explains a lot. But if you love the character of Fitzwilliam Darcy, and you need more of him, this book is for you. It is definately a look into his mind. There are some liberties taken with the story, but they don't bother me at all.
Parents: it isn't R-rated by any means, but it has a few mentions of their love life. I think it's tastefully done.
The narrator's voice drove me crazy. I'm sure if Colin Firth read this book, it would be wonderful!!! But he didn't and the terrible voice made me quit the book once for several weeks before going back to it...
I'm glad I did, as the story became more interesting and the last several chapters were sweet peeks into the Darcys' lives after the wedding...
I have bought the audiobook version of this sequel because it's a nicely paced book for listening to while I drive, cook and clean... I am looking forward to it!!
I am a Jane Austen devotee. As the original P and P was written in a different culture and time, it is often difficult to understand Darcy's sudden transformation. Many of Darcy's words and mannerisms sound almost hostile under the lens of our current mode of communication. This story gives us the explanation for Darcy's words and actions based on his understanding and frequent misunderstanding of Elizabeth's words and looks. Regardless of significant changes to societal norms, Austen continues to resonate in our world. The tumult of first love is captured in the P and P original story and as filtered through Darcy's POV here. I enjoyed it very much.
I was surprised to learn this was written by an English teacher. Abysmal grammar, continual misuse of words (malapropisms), and juvenile dialogue (such as characters explaining social customs and norms to each other) were distracting enough. The superlatively annoying female narrator sealed the deal; I asked for a refund. I'm glad audible does have a refund policy.
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