Ppiness at this enduring tale of a romance that was always fated to beOr was itNo seemingly random events drive the action in The Perfect Bride for Mr Darcy Mary Lydon Simonsen s retelling of Pride and Prejudice Everything is arranged by none other than that unlikeliest of characters the little seen Anne De BourghAnne may be sickly but her frail body houses a rapier sharp mind The story begins as Darcy confesses to Anne his monumentally bungled marriage proposal to Elizabeth With the skill of a master strategist Anne along with some help from Darcy s sister Georgiana orchestrates the events that at last being them togetherIn The Perfect Bride for Mr Darcy Ms Simonsen writes Pride and Prejudice as Jane Austen would have if she were alive today She fleshes out the supporting characters giving their motivations in their own words as well as providing rationales for some of the coincidences in the original Did the whim of the gods bring Darcy and Elizabeth together at Pemberley Nothing of the sort Anne directs the action never leaving us in doubt that our characters find their happy endings not because of the mercy of the universe but because of her deliberate watchful careWith a fast reading engaging style along with a touch of humor Darcy is so excited about Elizabeth that he must now wear trousers instead of tight breeches The Perfect Bride for Mr Darcy brings a new and enjoyable immediacy to Jane Austen s most popular novelARC provided by Sourcebooks I m on the fence about this book because there are things that I really liked and other things that I didn t with a lot that probably falls somewhere in between Many Austenesue books can be read without having read the original Austen novels but this one I would advise that the reader have already read the original story Pride and Prejudice or have seen the movie just so reader will have optimal enjoyment when reading and avoid a feeling that they re missing something I say this because this one follows the PP plot chronologically and events from the original are there but the emphasis and focus lean toward what happened away from the original plot or maybe behind the scenes filling in gaps so to speak There is a feel to it that it is understood that the reader is already familiar with the original story In the original story it is all from Elizabeth s point of view and there are huge gaps in time when Darcy or other characters are absent or not even introduced to the story line yet while in this story there are multiple points of view and plot lines that go on away from the original story plotIn my mind the main character of this story is Anne deBourgh who was a minor character in PP Anne is Darcy s cousin and they are also good friends She sees him sorrowing and angry after he bungles a proposal of love and marriage to Elizabeth Bennet Anne decides to take an interest and orchestrate a plan that will give Darcy a second chance with Elizabeth that when calmer Darcy wants than anything While this is going on Georgianna Darcy s sister blossoms into a creative happy go lucky young lady excited about her societal debut
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Bingley determines that he will go against the advice of family and friend to renew his determines that he will go against the advice of family and friend to renew his to Jane Bennet Jane Elizabeth s sister is resolved to forget about Bingley who bruised her heart when he left with no word and moves on to do her part to easy the burden on the family and help safeguard their future by accepting the courtship another young man Darcy and Elizabeth both learn and grow after their heated confrontation at Huntsford There was the welcome introductions of a few new creations by the author in the form of an older Bingley sibling named George who is competent powerful and wealthy a wily and amusing Profligate Older Brother For Colonel Fitzwilliam Named older brother for Colonel Fitzwilliam named and a loyal valet for Darcy named Mercer And toward the end it is all at the mercy of fate if everyone will get their happy endingsSo why the fence riding First of all I will deal with my draw backs I found the passivity of the storytelling in the beginning chapters hard to eep my interest It felt like I was getting a forced recap to get me up to speed before the real story could begin My second issue may not be a big deal for others There are some character tweakings that I can deal with and not make an issue of but I struggled with the idea that Darcy The Pavement Arena kept a mistress up until the point where he fell in love with Elizabeth I wouldn t have cared if it had been something like a youthful fling or the occasional once in a while Its all on me that I can t adjust to this difference in his character The final issue is that there is a point in the end when instead of Darcy doing the rescuing and playing hero it is George Bingley and his men Now there is something else that I both liked and didn t like at the same time While I really enjoyed meeting all the new characters and seeing the original characters with enhanced story lines there is also the fact that I felt like there was too much going on that took away from Darcy and Elizabeth s story Now as to what I really liked I liked getting all the additional story added to and filling in the original plot Overall each character was given page time and a chance tonow their thoughts right down to Wickham and Lydia even Knowing Darcy s thoughts and what he was doing when he was away from Elizabeth getting time with Bingley and Jane seeing a different Anne and Georgiana it was all good Scenes with Anthony and Caroline Bingley cracked me up And the best were the extra scenes with Darcy and Elizabeth at Pemberley even if they were interrupted onesAll in all it was an entertaining story that I was glad for having read I would recommend it to Austenesue and Historical Romance lovers who like sweet romance I loved this book Anne is terrific in Accommodating cousin Anne de Bourgh do everything within their power to assure her beloved brother's happinessBut the path of matchmaking never runs smooth.
Mary Lydon Simonsen ò 0 DOWNLOADWhat if Anne de Bourgh perceived Darcy s admiration for Elizabeth Bennet What if she was the one who convinced Elizabeth and the Gardiners to visit the Peak District instead of the Lake District What if it was Anne who told Lady Catherine the rumor about Darcy being engaged to Elizabeth Bennet In The Perfect Bride for Mr Darcy there are no coincidences chance encounters or fate all that takes place is clearly the results of Anne de Bourgh s careful and clever machinationsIn this delightful and entertaining Pride and Prejudice re imagining readers will see Anne with the assistance of Georgiana Colonel Fitzwilliam and to some extent Darcy s manservant Mercer do everything in their power to bring Elizabeth and Mr Darcy together Since this novel travels the same course as Pride and Prejudice it isn t like your typical variation It s of a retelling with some augmentation Readers should expect several behind the action scenes added insight and a few interesting plot twists To continue reading go to 45 stars Darcy opines Breeches or trousers Charlotte relates Saturday is Mr and Mrs Night LOLAs a reader of many JAFF stories I am probably very accepting of how variations are created Unless there is major tampering with the players character I just sit back and enjoy the rideI found Mary s story to be very enjoyable Yes she does change some canon and I will join others in saying you must read PP before any variation Georgiana and Anne are the matchmakers here and in using them for this role the author has given each a personality somewhat different from that in Jane Austen s book Anne is very perceptive and manipulative At times she is also confrontational shades of Lady C I liked this Anne She didn t leave events to fate as in PP but plotted and planned the HEA for our dear couple Georgiana is as stated by other reviews older by two years and much insightful as to Darcy s moods at times joining her cousin in urging actions on his partTwo newer characters were an older brother to Charles Bingley a George who plays a major role in than one life in this story Not exactly new but with a new role is Lord Fitzwilliam who is a degenerate in his own way but who also has some words of wisdom to impart and some actions in the tale He shows up at Pemberley while Elizabeth and the Gardiners are making their well nown trip to Lambton I did not appreciate the introduction of t This review was first posted here This Pride and Prejudice variation starts at the beginning of PP with a few chapters summarising the events but from Darcy s point of view than Elizabeth s Darcy still offends her and still interferes with Bingley and Jane He goes to visit Lady Catherine at Rosings not on a duty visit as in canon but because Mrs Hurst mentioned Fan fiction can be fun Often fan fiction is really good The Pefect Wife for Mr Darcy is neither fun nor good Evidently some 30 40% of women who have read Jane Austen fancy they can do as well and the fiction and romance fiction sections abound with seuels preuels and spin offs of Pride and Prejudice When the writers have done their homework on English offs of Pride and Prejudice When the writers have done their homework on English and nineteenth century s behaviors religious gender and class conventions and language written and spoken they often do uite well But a lot of these books are written by mere fansand I m afraid this book falls into the latter category Perfect for readers who found Austen s Pride and Prejudice hard to follow and would prefer a dumbed down cutesy retelling It s like Pride and Prejudiced based on the movie Pride and Predujice based on the cliff notes of Pride and Prejudice It s not even a hilariously bad guilty pleasure like the Jane Austen as sleuth series in which she loses her virginity to a rakish lord on the darkened grounds of Stirling Castle Why I wanted to read this book I m addicted to all things Jane Austen and I m often fantasize of being Mrs Darcy What worked for me I loved getting to now Anne de Bourgh and Georgiana better with this retelling of Pride and Prejudice I often thought that if just given the chance Anne would stand up and speak her voice They were both very clever in their manipulation of Darcy and making sure that he and Elizabeth would be in close proximity to one another My dislike for Caroline Bingley grew with each pageit s almost fun to hate her And I thought the author did a great job of making Wickham a very bad boy There were a few moments where I did find the retelling a bit slow I think this may be because I m so familiar with the story and at times the author didn t stray far from the original But I feel that she did change it up a bit and really made the story fun and
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storyI really thought this was very very clever and it totally worked for me I m beingreally thought this was very very clever and it totally worked for me I m being because I don t want to ruin your readRecommend For those that love all things Austen then this is a book that I wouldn t hesitate to tell you to read It s charming and cutenothing earth shattering but a good read that explores two characters that some of us would like to get to Rabiosa know in depth I think Mary Lydon Simonsen is a writer that will continue to deliver with her retellings of Austen s characters A creative Pride and Prejudice variationI don t think I would be exaggerating if I labeled Pride and Prejudice as Jane Austen s most popular work In fact I will take it one step further and proclaim it one of the most beloved novels of all time It is no surprise to me at all that readers want to revisit this tale and movie makers and writerseep pumping out PP inspired fare In the past fifteen years we have seen a plethora of Mr Darcy and Lizzy Bennet preuels seuels retellings variations and inspired books Mary Lydon Simonsen s new offering The Perfect Bride for Mr Darcy falls into the variation category She has reworked the classic love. If the two of them weren't so stubbornIt's obvious to Georgiana Darcy that the lovely Elizabeth Bennet is her brother's perfect match but Darcy's pigheadedn. Story of misconceptions and misunderstandings offering her own uniue take Purist fair warning if you are easily put out by tampering with your cherished classic Be advised to make haste and head back to the unadulterated original now You will not find faithful adherence to Austen s characterizations here But if you are liberal in approach and tempered for a good lark there are abundant amusements to be had in this new novelThe plot line runs parallel to Jane Austen s original Mr Darcy an arrogant wealthy young man snubs Elizabeth Bennet a spirited overly confident gentleman s daughter at a local assembly Ball Her sister Jane and his best friend Charles Bingley fall in love but are separated by him She is convinced that Darcy has spitefully withheld a promised living to her new flirtation Mr Wickham Mesmerized by her impertinence and fine eyes he is compelled to propose despite his own objections to her family She flatly rejects him He writes the Be not alarmed madam letter of explanation then promptly departs How will they reunite and find love Austen s narrative and denouement is famous for its plot twists and gradual reversal of his pride and her prejudice Simonsen walks the same path but her characters react differently changing the outcome reuiring other minor characters to be developed to facilitate their eventual love match Enter Mr Darcy s sickly cousin Anne de Bourgh and his shy younger sister Georgiana Darcy Both ladies have had major character make overs Anne is now a dear friend and adviser to her cousin Georgiana a spunky and adventurous id sister Both heavily advocate and plan their reunion After Darcy returned to his room for the night Anne thought about all that had happened between Will and Elizabeth and recognized that her cousin had got himself into a real mess But Fitzwilliam Darcy was in love with Elizabeth Bennet and Anne had seen real interest on Elizabeth s part during their evenings together at Rosings Park so something had to be done Before retiring she had settled on a course of action It was as complicated as any battle plan and it would take luck and timing to make it work But her cousin s happiness was at stake and so she began to work out the details of her scheme Page 37Through expansion of other minor characters and introduction of new one s we begin to see the back story to Austen s masterpiece as Simonsen envisions it Even the servants who receive only a passing mention in the original get some great lines Hill the housekeeper at Longbourn spreads all sorts of town tittle tattle and pertinent tidbits to the Bennet family More holes filled And Simonsen even ventures to mention the two affairs that Darcy had before he met Lizzy Well he is a Regency gentleman after all One of the biggest changes in temperament is in Lizzy s sister the gentle and biddable Jane Bennet She sees no fault with anyone in the original which is in itself a fault but not in this version Jane sees through the Bingley sisters fake friendship calls her father to account for his lack of guidance to his wife and three younger daughters and believes the only reason why her sister rejected Mr Darcy s marriage proposal was in her defense Yes It s not about Darcy being the last man in the world that Lizzy could be prevailed upon to marry because he is a snob and a jerk at that point but because Lizzy was so angry at him for separating her beloved sister from her beau Mr Bingley It was true that Lizzy s dislike for Mr Darcy was based on his unkind words and haughty behavior at the assembly but that would not have been enough
For Her To Rejecther to reject of hand a proposal from a man of such conseuence And as sympathetic as Lizzy was to Mr Wickham being denied a promised living Lizzy had not nown Mr Wickham well enough to become so angry as to be dismissive of Mr Darcy s offer The intensity of Lizzy s rejection could come only as the result of someone she loved being hurt and that someone was Jane Page 117If you are chuffed by my mention of some of the changes take heed This is true fanfiction where you Suppose as much as you chuse give a loose to your fancy indulge your imagination in every possible flight which the subject will afford Simonsen has played the game well though I struggled with the opening set up and some who have not read the original novel nor seen one of the many movies may be lost as she leaps through the first third of the original book s plot to the first proposal scene of Lizzy and Darcy at Hunsford After that point she settles in and develops her slant evenlyCreative well paced and definitely diverting The Perfect Bride for Mr Darcy will surprise you repeatedly as you compare the original to this variation I will concede that it is always difficult for me to warm to big changes in beloved characters especially Lizzy and Darcy who we all now so well I can t say that I enjoyed all the vicissitudes but I admire the author s creativity Where this novel excelled at expanding upon minor characters and introducing new ones it foundered in reverence to Austen s hero and heroine which is pretty much why many are drawn to read a Pride and Prejudice seuel with Mr Darcy in the title in the first place After her success with the historically driven Searching for Pemberley this is Simonsen s first attempt at pure FANFICTION IT WAS A GREAT START It was a great start promises an even greater futureLaurel Ann Austenprose In this enjoyable variation of Pride and Prejudice plans are made by Anne de Bourgh and Georgiana Darcy to ensure that Darcy and Elizabeth become to an understanding Of course nothing goes smoothly and not just with their romance Does Jane Bennet really have another suitor A interesting Jane in this version I also like the character of Lord Fitzwilliam which in contract does show how boring Darcy is More of a 35 star rating for me We read Price and Prejudice and sigh in ha. Ess and Elizabeth's wounded pride are going to eep them both from the loves of their livesGeorgiana can't let that happen so she readily agrees to help her. .