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A Private Performance: A Sequel to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice

3.55 of 5 stars 3.55  ·  rating details  ·  1,327 ratings  ·  137 reviews
When Elizabeth Bennett marries the brooding, passionate Mr. Darcy, she is thrown into the exciting world of London society. She makes a powerful friend in the Marchioness of Englebury but the jealousy among her ladyship's circle threatens to destroy her happiness. Elizabeth is drawn into a powerful clique for whom intrigue is the stuff of life and rivalry the motive. Her s ...more
Paperback, 309 pages
Published 2005 by Random House - Vintage imprint
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Valerie
Oct 22, 2007 Valerie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Austen fans who want more of the story.
Perhaps the best P&P sequel written to date, particularly for Jane Austen fans (as opposed to the no-less-worthy fans of the P&P mini-series or movies). This author captures the tone and style of Austen, and more importantly, the personalities of her characters. For those readers like me, who believe it unlikely that Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy would fall into perfect accord once that little misunderstanding was worked out, the marital disputes in this novel are refreshing and convincing. He ...more
Vicki
Wow -- an Austen spin-off that didn't make me want to die!? Well done, Mrs. Halstead! Actually, all foolishness aside, it's really a great story that honors the original style and content and characters of the original work. It's so rare to find of one of these types of books that actually does so. I think another reviewer put it really well -- most spinoffs approach it all with an overly modern sensibility.

Darcy and Elizabeth have become engaged and now they're about to be married. That's wher
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Christa
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Jewels ♥ My Devastating Reads
Nov 11, 2012 Jewels ♥ My Devastating Reads rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Austen fans, historical fiction fans
Oh my goodness. Has Halstead ever done her Austen homework! The langugage, the characters, the events of the novel all unfolded so uncannily like Austen that I was mesmerized. This novel ruined all other P&P spoofs I've read since--none can compare. I loved this book. As a huge fan and student of Austen myself, I must recommend this book to all Austen fans.

What I particularly liked was how we see the marriage unfold--slowly, just as their courtship did. Elizabeth is a huge success with the t
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Katherine
True to Jane Austen's writing style and dignity in subject matter this book takes us down a continuation of Pride and Prejudice. I thought it was a very realistic continuation as Elizabeth and Darcy are not going to agree on everything as they both have strong personalities. I liked reading about their disagreements - it was realistic but you could just see the love between them as you read their conversation. Misunderstands will continue between the two but its how they resolve it that is half ...more
Emily
This book, as a sequel to P&P, was decent. I have extensively read many P&P sequels, spin-offs, and fan fictions, and this one was, honestly, different from most. It followed Mrs. Darcy's emergence into London society, her reception by those warm and cold. This is an aspect that I appreciated. It approached a sense of realism that is generally not present in P&P fan fiction (the norm being the Darcy's honeymoon for years secluded in Pemberley).

However, I didn't appreciate the sources
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Lisa Houlihan
May 07, 2013 Lisa Houlihan added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: rabid Jane Austen fans with a wide shallow streak.
Shelves: faux-austen, novel, female
I'm a sucker for the faux Austen, and I love to hate the bad ones more than I enjoy reading the okay ones. This one was okay. (Like aircraft landing on carriers, no faux Austen is ever rated higher than "okay.") The author got details of Regency life correct (no one said "okay," as happened in another faux Austen) as far as non-expert I noticed.

Its faults lie in its very form. A faux Austen cannot have the dramatic tension necessary to a successful novel because the characters we love best reso
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Kami
I was surprised by this book. I've been reading more Jane Austen lately and wanted more, so I decided to try some sequels. Halstead follows Jane Austen's style fairly well. She added in comments from servants, which Austen never did. I liked that. I liked hearing their perspective at the beginning, but they suddenly turned mute after the first third of the book which was disappointing. Another thing Austen never included, but Halstead does, are conversations by married couples in their bedrooms/ ...more
Liralen
One of the wonderful things about Jane Austen is how much her writing shows. She doesn't need to tell the reader exactly what is going on in each character's head - she demonstrates it by their actions, their facial expressions, what they don't say. To this end, "Mr. Darcy Presents His Bride" was disappointing. Although the writing isn't bad, per se (damning with faint praise!), the author relies far too much on the inner thoughts of each character. Perhaps, had she stuck to one or two points of ...more
Rachael
I've read several "sequels" to Pride and Prejudice and this is probably my favorite. The actions and attitudes of the characters were most in keeping with the way that I viewed them in Jane Austen's original work. The story was interesting and fun. The only complaint I have is that the author introduced so many new characters into Elizabeth Darcy's new married life that I occasionally had difficulty remembering who was who. If you enjoyed the original, I'd recommend this book.
Leeann
a sequel to pride and prejudice finally! elizabeth and fitzwilliam are married and introduced into society. I was skeptical at first...."no one could do pride and prejudcie like jane austen!" but alas, it's almost as if Helen Halstead channeled her from beyond the grave. The writing style and the wit are so similar. If you love Pride and Prejudice i can almost guarantee that you will enjoy this book.
Anne Marie Macek
In this P&P sequel, Darcy introduces Elizabeth into London Society. The book is overstuffed with so many new characters that it was hard to keep them all straight! I thought that Darcy was developed well and true to character, but Elizabeth was not very appealing in this novel. She was overly distracted by her new acquaintances, instead of being focused on her relationship with Darcy as she should have been so soon after their wedding. However, Elizabeth's brains and wit do shine in this boo ...more
Natalie
I really loved this one. I've always been curious to what happened to Darcy and Elizabeth after the wedding. Quick and easy to read, fun characters and interesting storyline.
Gina
I absolutely loved this book, and I think that the style of writing stays close to Jane Austen's, and she keeps that characters personalities the same.
Blodeuedd Finland
I truly can't get enough of these it seems. This book takes place after the wedding, Lizzy is to be introduced to society, Lady Catherine is furious, Kitty wants a man, Georgiana is to be presented, and all the rest are there too.

First I must mention that this book had some sadness, and that was sure unexpected, but it was a part of the story. Still made me sad.

Lizzy and Darcy is as loving as always, but I must confess that this book showed a side of him that I didn't like. He was jealous, got a
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Fluffychick
A sequel to Pride and Prejudice which begins with Elizabeth and Darcy's wedding preparations. The title really says it all, as it charts the introduction of the new Mrs Darcy into London society and the continuation of events for the other main characters.
It begins with Lady Catherine de Bourgh writing to Lizzy to let her know how she refuses to acknowledge the marriage and will do all she can to make her presentation to the Ton as difficult as possible. Darcy also receives a similar missive fro
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Christina
Mr. Darcy Presents His Bride awful. I chose this particular sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice because of the 3.5 stars rating on Amazon.com. While it did receive a review for one star and four votes for two stars, I figure that the eleven reviews for five stars would be a better inclination of the type of book it would be.

Boy, was I wrong.

Halstead felt the need to remind the reader of what happened in the “prequel” to her sequel, something I found annoying and unnecessary. I would as
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Katharine
I put Mr. Darcy Presents His Bride on my Christmas list because it was one of the few published fanfics Austen paraliterature books to get a decent review on AustenBlog. And my obliging in-laws bought it for me. I have to admit that while I don't feel moved to squeeful adoration, I don't regret having read it either. It certainly deserves a better reputation than the ridiculous Aidan trilogy.

The storyline is a fairly straightforward sequel to P&P, following Elizabeth and Darcy through thei
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Breanne
As far as Jane Austen spin-offs go, this one is the best I've come across in awhile. I think the biggest problem was that Elizabeth lacked a personality for most of the book. The point of view shifted from Darcy, to her sisters, to her parents, and it was actually very entertaining to see their perspectives and see the story develop. I think she has a good tap on each of the characters and represented them well, as well as doing a little character development, too.
She tried to pump some life th
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Bitsy
Picking up where Pride and Prejudice left off this humorous novel starts off with the double wedding and it’s immediate aftermath. Lizzie gets whisked off to London society and faces the Ton who find her wit and sparkle just as endearing as Mr. Darcy did, in fact some find it a little too endearing, culminating in making a very powerful ally in the person of the Marchioness of Englebury. The story of London society and the workings and machinations of the upper classes of the time was engaging a ...more
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Having read many Pride and Prejudice sequels, fan-fiction, etc; it is nice to come across one that takes a fresh new look at our beloved couple and tells the tale of their lives after marriage a little differently then the rest. I enjoyed this book a lot, the author kept consistency with the characters of Jane Austen, added new ones that intrigued us and captured our interest, and wrote in a couple marriages on the way.

What I liked most about this book is the character of Lizzy, she was strong,
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Elesha
I am not at all sure if there was a plot or point to this book but I consumed it all the same. The reason I gave it 2 stars instead of 1 is because of my own personal obsession to take in everything to do with the Ton especially in Georgian England they had way too much fun for me not to love them.

As for these most cherished creations of Austen I was so disappointed for the most part; if Lizzy Bennett was the heroine of P&P then is most definitely the anti-heroine in this piece, so ungratef
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Hannah M.
Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy have married and now it’s time for Elizabeth to be introduced to London. Amidst dinner, dancing, and tea Elizabeth must find a way to fit into the social circles that Mr. Darcy has always been a part of. While there are some who shun Elizabeth and some who are simply jealous, she manages to find a friend in the Marchioness of Englebury – a very powerful woman within society. Mr. Darcy Presents His Bride is a great telling of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth settling into marriage. ...more
Milka
There is many sequels written to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, and Mr. Darcy Presents his Bride is one of them. Most of the sequels are not part of the collection in the library of my city, but I found this book by "accident" when I was searhing books with a word 'Mr. Darcy'.

The story in the book takes place mainly to the time after Darcy and Elizabeth has married. It starts from the point when they are still at Longbourn. Elizabeth and Darcy, Jane and Bingley are married at the same seremo
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Jessica
This was a wonderful book and the best sequel to Pride and Prejudice that I have read. If you love Jane Austen and Pride and Prejudice, you must read this book. It is such a pleasurable read that you will not want to put it down. If it hadn't been for work and familial duties, I would have read the book in one day. The love that Mr. Darcy feels for his wife warms my heart and nurtures my soul (this language is what comes from reading a Jane Austenesque novel). The author provides such detailed a ...more
Naz
Awful, awful, awful. I'm hesitant to give it even one star.

Yes, the writing is okay and Halstead clearly had an editor, but the story itself was just beyond incomprehensible. There is no plot, the characters are completely "off" (for lack of a better word) and the transitions betweens scenes is non-existent. The story jumps around without purpose for quite some time. After it (somewhat) settles, the plot (what little there is of it) takes on a ludicrous turn. I honestly had to force myself to k
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K
Mr. Darcy Presents His Bride is one of the many imagined sequels to Austen's Pride and Prejudice. The story starts after the wedding of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy and follows their lives and marriage in Regency era London. Ofcourse, there are numerous 'misunderstandings' that threaten the couple's happiness, and Elizabeth and Darcy have to put aside their 'pride and prejudices' to find their happy ending.
I can honestly say this is one of the sequels to Pride and Prejudice that I truly enjoy
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Sylvia Park
Love this book. I've read a few Pride and Prejudice sequels, but this really caught my attention. The author keeps the characters true. She also provides us a story regarding each sister and Darcy's family. It's an easy read and I think I finished it in a day. I already read it three times. One of my favorites.
HRM Maire
This is where my inner debate cannot decide to rate for quality of enjoyment or an actual objective rating...Thoroughly enjoyed this sequel to "Pride and Prejudice" and the continuation of the character's lives--people that I've come to love and wish for more news of, so, how can I not love this? I had only one serious complaint: some of the phrases used were almost exactly taken from Austen's own prose, and it irked me to read them. Maybe not plagiarism, but close enough to be irritated by them ...more
Dyanne
Sep 22, 2008 Dyanne rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Austen fans who don't mind adaptations
I have read a few P&P sequels and this book by far held closer to the writing style of Jane Austen. I liked that it followed not only the beginning of married life of Elizabeth and Darcy but also focus on her sister Kitty and Georgiana Darcy's entrance into society. The book keeps true to the basic personalities of all the original characters in P&P but also lets them grow(or stay the same, as with Mr and Mrs Bennet). The only thing that I found a bit confusing was the numerous new chara ...more
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“I would rather they did not speak of it at all, until I am out of the district."

Mrs. Bennet was all amazement.

"Until you are out of the district, child! What else are people to speak of when they hear you are to marry a man so rich, so highly placed in society, so... rich?”
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