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Darcy and Fitzwilliam: A Tale of a Gentleman and an Officer (Darcy and Fitzwilliam #1)

3.58  ·  Rating Details ·  899 Ratings  ·  115 Reviews
A gentleman in love cannot survive without his best friend...
ebook, 496 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Sourcebooks Landmark (first published January 1st 2011)
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Khanh (the Grinch)
The Elizabeth he had seen last evening was a stranger to him, a spoiled child with her screeching and outrage. He stared at the closed door and sighed. What could he do? God alone knew how much he missed his beloved angel and closest friend, and that after only one night apart. Why, he missed her so much that he wanted to strangle her.

Well, it’s obvious that she has lost her mind. Darcy prided himself as always on his calm, his reasoning capabilities. I am married to a madwoman.
This book is me
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Annalynn
Jul 12, 2012 Annalynn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Mr. Darcy sleeping with Caroline Bingley? Elizabeth Bennett turning into an irritable, emotional shrew who throws things at Darcy? Col. Fitzwilliam and Darcy swearing all the time? I think not. Don't be tempted by the stunning cover and clever title. Stay far, far away from this book.
Will
Oct 06, 2011 Will rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-read
I couldn't make myself finish this book. I read about 1/3 of it, and just couldn't take any more. I'm a sucker for novels inspired by Pride and Prejudice, and I'm willing to try almost any of them I come across, but I'm almost always disappointed. In this case, the author makes zero attempt to recreate the classic Regency style of the original. The tone does not match at all. She has Darcy and his cousin, Fitzwilliam, using foul language to each other (out of the hearing of the ladies, of course ...more
Elesha
May 26, 2012 Elesha rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Poor, to say the least, don't get me wrong, the closeness between the two main protagonists was endearing but it was clearly poorly thought out & researched, the tone and humour was all wrong, witty but the tale belonged in present day America not in 19th regency Britain and as for the women in this tale the were perverted and deformed beyond belief or recognition, this author clearly has forgotten that they are writing the stories and adventures of charactes that have existed and survived f ...more
Antonia
Aug 14, 2011 Antonia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
...tripe...

well. that was a waste of time, frankly. so many things did not make sense. lady catherine??? never... and the characters of lizzy and darcy were a disaster, not like anything they were like in "pride and prejudice". the little story enveloping them (with caroline bingley) was irrelevant at best. useless. and so not necessary as the romance with colonel fitzwilliam was nice enough, getting close to any historical romance with huge hulking men with battle scars and being generally fit
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Tarrin Lupo
Jul 26, 2011 Tarrin Lupo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Let me first say I am not a big fan of the original Pride and Prejudice and found it mind numbing in parts. So I normally would never read a book like this, but all my friends kept talking about how good Mrs. Waslowski's book was. I caved to the peer pressure and gave it a read. To my surprised I really enjoyed it, I found it had a great deal of humor and was very clever. I assumed Darcy was just mad because he had a girls name, but instead it seems he really has some unresolved issues with his ...more
Kate Dana
Feb 12, 2011 Kate Dana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Anna
Oct 15, 2010 Anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: austenesque
Karen V. Wasylowski’s Darcy and Fitzwilliam: A Tale of a Gentleman and an Officer is a sequel of sorts to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice that focuses on the strong friendship between cousins Fitzwilliam Darcy, gentleman, and Richard Fitzwilliam, colonel and war hero. Darcy is settling into marriage with Elizabeth Bennet, and Fitzwilliam is content as a bachelor, despite his high and mighty aunt, Lady Catherine, insisting that he marry.

The first part of the book follows Darcy as he navigates i
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Fiction State Of Mind
Jan 06, 2013 Fiction State Of Mind rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book
I barely finished this book. Horrible rendentions of Darcy & Elizabeth. Darcy comes across so badly and his actions don't match any of the growth he experienced in Austen's novel
Elizabeth West
The book wins points for originality in that someone finally cares about Colonel Fitzwilliam, but this book would have been better if Elizabeth and Darcy were kept out of it. I read a great deal of Pride and Prejudice fan fiction and I can go along with new imaginings. One of my favorite titles is a fantasy inspired Pride and Prejudice. But Darcy, Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam just deviate too far, with no explanation, from established characterizations in Jane Austen's world.

I really needed a litt
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Rebecca Huston
Not one of my favourite Jane Austen spin-offs. The first half of the book is interesting, but the second half bombs with a contrived Mary-Sue plot. Blech! Only for the die-hard Austen fans. Otherwise, not one I'd recommend.

For the longer review, please go here:
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Nicole
I have some major issues with the author's interpretation of several of the characters, but it was certainly entertaining. I especially enjoyed Colonel Fitzwilliam. The light-hearted humor between the cousins made for an enjoyable read.
Maria Grazia
What is absolutely new in Karen Wasylowski' s spin-off story based on Pride & Prejudice is its being a modern bromance set in the Regency period. This modern term refers to a close but non-sexual relationship between two (or more) men . It is a story of special , close friends which, in ancient times already, Aristotle described as “ those who desire the good of their friends for the friends' sake that are most truly friends, because each loves the other for what he is, and not for any incid ...more
Beth
Feb 14, 2011 Beth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a surprising little book. It's cleverly written, at times frustrating, with unexpected bits of humor throughout. There is a decidedly masculine feel to the narrative, a dramatic, soap-opera-esque plot, and a few characters are sort of turned on their heads. Caroline Bingley is a villanous tramp, Lady Catherine is more of an eccentric, amusing matriarch rather than the pompus, overbearing relation who so abused our Lizzie. I loved Darcy's loving/antagonistic relationship with his cousin ...more
Kirsti (Melbourne on my mind)
This was...not good. It never quite reached "I want to throw it at the wall" status, so it's probably more like a 1.25 star book, but STILL. The characters are universally awful. Darcy and Colonel Fitzwilliam are both enormously controlling "you-belong-to-me" types. At one point, Darcy spends like three pages screaming at a heavily pregnant Lizzy through her locked bedroom door, then kicks the door in, and has the nerve to be offended when she cowers, because he would NEVER hurt a woman. The wom ...more
Laura
Jan 19, 2011 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fitzwilliam Darcy and Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam are cousins and friends in Pride and Prejudice. While Mr. Darcy is rich, proud and reserved, Colonel Fitzwilliam is the second son of an Earl, poor and lively. In Darcy and Fitzwilliam, this friendship is explored.

Volume I, Fitzwilliam Darcy: A gentleman, the story of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth continues directly after their marriage. Colonel Fitzwilliam has come to visit his beloved cousin after returning home from the Napoleonic war. While Elizabe
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Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Colonel Fitzwilliam – what do we know of him? In a direct manner, Jane Austen tells us that Colonel Fitzwilliam is “not handsome, but in person and address most truly the gentleman.” In addition, we see his charismatic and genial nature in his conversations with Elizabeth; and can assume that he is responsible and conscientious since he was selected to be Georgiana's guardian. But that is hardly enough, is it? Colonel Fitzwilliam is right up there with Captain Wentworth and Colonel Brandon as on ...more
Sophia
I rec'd this book as a prize in a give away at English Historical Fiction Authors blogsite. And I was so thrilled because I have had my eye on it for a while as a TBR.

Darcy and Fitzwilliam is a P&P sequel, but this sequel though it contains the ladies like Lizzy and Lady Catherine, it focuses on Darcy and his cousin. Darcy's story is about the first few years of his marriage. Fitzwilliam's story is about surviving the war though fragile mentally after the experience and finding his own roman
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Jennifer Conrad
I didn't think that this author did a very good job sticking to the personalities of the original characters. Darcy and Fitzwilliam become very controlling, and Lizzy is very angry. Also, women who are pregnant in this book are stereotypical: hormone-crazed, irrational, and eager to pick a fight.

The story of Fitzwilliam, Amanda, and Harry is an interesting twist. The way that situation comes to a resolution was my favorite scene in the book (well, the event that leads to the resolution!).

The epi
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Heidi-Marie
I had such hopes. Now I have such disappointments. I couldn't make it past 70 pages. Skimmed here or there. Read the epilogue. And I just didn't want any more. I read a review that pretty much said exactly how I felt--in just those few pages! (http://austenprose.com/2011/02/06/dar...)

Others liked it for its originality and the author's own take of "realism" with the characters. But I am very particular about Austen spin-offs. And there is a reason I typically don't do P&P spin-offs! This fit
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Ceri
This book is called Darcy and Fitzwilliam, but although there is a character called Darcy, it's not Austen's Darcy. Neither is his wife Austen's Elizabeth, she's a bit of an evil tempered, stroppy, petulant room wrecker. I couldn't help but feel that there is just Darcy in the title so it comes up on searches on Amazon!

Having said that, Fitzwilliam I liked very much, I didn't feel he was misinterpreted and since the majority of the story revolves around him it's actually quite an entertaining re
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Misty
2-2.5

I was really eager for this one: I love the dynamic between Darcy and Col. Fitz, and I wanted to see that explored, as well as get some of the Col's story. Unfortunately, the characters I found in this were practically unrecognizable. Lizzie sometimes devolved into a shrieking harpy, Darcy was sort of neurotic, Lady Catherine was actually kind of awesome (which I liked, but you know...Lady C is not awesome, so again it just furthered the idea that they characters just weren't themselves. Bu
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Deborah Swift
Aug 04, 2011 Deborah Swift rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I am not a particularly fanatical Austen fan, certainly not a purist, but I do like the wit of Jane Austen, and so was ready to embrace the tale of Darcy and his cousin with open arms. I was not disappointed. What impressed me most about this book was that it has the feel of Austen, but updated. It is very difficult to be funny in an Austen-esque way and still be fresh. Too often the humour doesn't properly succeed. But the impact that Austen must have had in her day is all here, in this laugh-o
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Grace Elliot
Aug 17, 2011 Grace Elliot rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An engrossing read; Ms Wayslowski endows Austen’s characters with a new vitality.
It’s often struck me that in the 19th century, people must have had the same human urges as we do today and indeed, Ms Wayslowski goes behind closed doors to show the playful relationship between Darcy and Elizabeth. In this clever book, two tender love stories run in parallel: Darcy for his beloved Lizzie, who he fears to lose in childbirth, and Fitzwilliam, the jaded war hero who makes sense of life through drink
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April
Jan 27, 2011 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
DARCY AND FITZWILLIAM: A Tale of a Gentleman and an Officer by Karen V. Wasylowski is a intriguing historical romance set in 1813 London. It is well written with details and depth. It has romance, love, family, friends,blood relatives,misunderstandings, witty banter, heartbreak and responsibilities. This is another Jane Austen story continued.This is the relationship between Darcy and Fitzwilliam(cousins who are like brothers) who are not only united by family,friendship and allies,but are also ...more
Sharon
Jun 10, 2011 Sharon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: austenesque
2.5 stars
I feel a bit mean rating this so low as about half way through I did start to enjoy it more.The first half of the book was 2 stars and then by the end it had moved more to 3 stars hence the compromise of 2.5. I also liked the banter between the two protagonists and felt there was some good humour that did actually make me laugh. On the other hand there were things that really annoyed me about this book - including as has been mentioned by others the character changes that Lizzie etc und
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Susan
I definitely do not recommend this Pride and Prejudice sequel to anyone who really enjoys Jane Austen. The author inexcusably deviates so far from the Jane Austen characters, as to make them unrecognizable. Darcy and the Colonel use obsenity and have a history of visiting brothels intheir younger days; Caroline Bingley is slut-like and actually once had an affair with Darcy; Darcy and Elizabeth have knock-down, throwing-things arguments and are both highly temperamental while Lady Catherine is t ...more
Megan
Mar 23, 2011 Megan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
There is a booming business in Jane Austen sequels - esp. Pride & Prejudice ones. Some are decent; this is not one of them. I didn't even finish it. Normally, I wouldn't post a review of a book I didn't bother completing, but I feel a duty to warn any of my Austen-loving friends about this one. The characters are not very consistant with their originals. This can be overlooked if you think of them as new characters instead of pre-existing ones. The book starts out not great, but fairly enter ...more
Rachel
Oct 11, 2012 Rachel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is a "#1"? Heaven forbid there be a "#2".

This is such a boring read it's not even worth one star, which is reserved for books I have strong feelings against.

I'm not sure why I thought this would be better than any other P&P-based fiction, other than that it was shelved with the novels, not the trash romance. Its trim size warned me, but I didn't listen.

The rest of my comments are not worth typing, even as this book was not worth printing (or reading - I bailed when (view spoiler)
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Vicky
Oct 12, 2013 Vicky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jane-austen
Fun and funny - I laughed out loud several times! Colonel Fitzwilliam has always been a favorite, and this did not disappoint! Amanda was fun, and Lady Catherine was AWESOME! I did think the characters were a little too volatile, a little too moody, but overall, I really liked it!
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