Mr. Darcy's Daughters

Mr. Darcy's Daughters

A Novel

Book - 2003
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Simon and Schuster
Picking up twenty years after Pride and Prejudice left off, Mr. Darcy's Daughters begins in the year 1818. Elizabeth and Darcy have gone to Constantinople, giving us an opportunity to get to know their five daughters, who have left the sheltered surroundings of Pemberley for a few months in London. While the eldest, Letitia, frets and the youngest, Alethea, practices her music, twins Georgina and Belle flirt and frolic their way through parties and balls and Camilla -- levelheaded and independent -- discovers what joys and sorrows the city has to offer an intelligent young woman. Readers will delight in the return of such beloved Austen creations as Elizabeth's old nemesis Caroline Bingley (now Lady Warren), the ever-reliable Gardiners and wayward Aunt Lydia.
Charming, beautifully written and full of societal intrigue and romantic high jinks, Mr. Darcy's Daughters is a tale that would please Austen herself.

Publisher: New York : Touchstone, 2003
Edition: 1st Touchstone ed
ISBN: 9780743243971
0743243978
Branch Call Number: FICTION ASTON
Characteristics: 360 p . ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Austen, Jane 1775-1817 Pride and prejudice

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TokyoKitKat
Dec 12, 2018

As I write this, I see both the library catalog and Amazon give this title only 3 ½ stars. As far as I can tell, the main complaint is “not Austen enough”. But I think Aston strikes the right balance between authentic and relevant. It’s a trip down the same road of manners, ball rooms, gentlemen, sister drama. The writing style has the rose-soft flow of Regency, but no so authentic as to drag you through phrases too archaic or long lost vocabulary. The main character is intelligent and thoughtful and entirely sympathetic. Stays relevant to the modern reader without turning a Regency lady into an unrealistic 21st century feminist.

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WoodneathLaura
Aug 11, 2018

The first in a five book series.

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TeresaMallard
Jul 10, 2013

One would expect that the Darcy parents would have passed down better judgment and discretion to their daughters.

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SelenaMegan1
Feb 20, 2013

I really enjoyed reading Pride and Prejudice...so I'm sure that this book would be just as good as the one above :)

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Bells
Feb 04, 2010

I really enjoyed this novel. I thought Ms. Aston did a really good job of writing in a similar style and voice to Jane Austen. There was a little more scandal and innuendo than in Austen's novels, but Aston, thankfully, kept it to a minimum. I really enjoyed the characters of the daughters. I'm looking forward to reading the rest in the series.

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zeldash
Jan 29, 2010

I agree with Bells. Excellent story in the voice of Jane Austen. I look forward to the next in the series.

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