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Darcy's Passions: Fitzwilliam Darcy's Story

3.57  ·  Rating Details ·  1,293 Ratings  ·  182 Reviews
Repulsively arrogant, Fitzwilliam Darcy never met a woman like Elizabeth Bennet, but only she can change his duty to passion, creating the most perfect of imperfect men. Obsessed, Darcy fights to learn about Elizabeth, while acknowledging socially he may never marry her. His duty to his family and his estate demand he choose a woman of refined tastes; yet, what his mind te ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published 2008 by Xlibris Corporation (first published 2007)
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Dec 02, 2012 Teresa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
There is so much wrong with this book I hardly know where to begin.

First, there has never been are greater work of tautology.

Darcy's emotional struggles are described on every page, emotions which haven't altered since the previous page, repeated with very little variation in wording. After a third of the book the pattern changes slightly ('he was determined not to love her because of her social status' becomes 'he was determined to marry her despite her social status') but does not fail to rep
J. W. Garrett
After the wedding

During a visit to my favorite book story, I stumbled upon Darcy’s Passions and fell headlong into the world of JAFF. I had no idea such a genre existed. Since I already read Pride and Prejudice every year, I felt like a kid in a candy shop with a book that continued Austen’s beloved story. I read Darcy’s Passions five times in a row… I’m not kidding. Since that time, I’ve read it in tandem with P&P, after P&P, or simply by itself. I have enjoyed it that much.

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Oct 07, 2009 Pdoe rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 16, 2009 Vicki rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: austen-spinoffs
I found this completely ridiculous. I really did. I feel like it was too modern in how much it showed us of certain situations, it was linguistically ridiculous, and generally just too much. There's a page on which the author has Darcy saying (through narration) that there is a saying that a single man in possession of a fortune must be in want of a wife. Actually, that's not a saying. Maybe it is now, among Austen fans, but it wasn't back then, to Darcy. It wasn't exactly a phrase heard round t ...more
Ever wonder what Darcy was feeling during Pride and Prejudice? Thanks to Austen’s superb storytelling, we are not left wanting regarding how Elizabeth feels towards Mr. Darcy. However, we never quite know the exact series of events that make Darcy view Lizzy as the sole object of his affections instead of an insignificant person unworthy of his time. In Darcy’s Passions: Pride and Prejudice Through His Eyes by Regina Jeffers, we get a glimpse at what Darcy must have truly felt and get to view th ...more
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Why do we read novels about Fitzwilliam Darcy? Are we trying, like Elizabeth Bennet, to make out the illustration of his character? Or are we suffering from “Darcy Fever,” and the only prescription is more... Darcy?

Perhaps a bit of both. Since the events of Pride and Prejudice are not told through his eyes, Darcy is an enigma, and even though he's arrogant and haughty, Darcy has some very desirable qualities. Let's face it... we want him! In Darcy's Passions, author Regina Jeffers tells the sto
May 06, 2012 Beth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If I could give this book less than one star I would. I can't even continue reading it it's so badly written. Read to page 36 just to see how bad it could get. The use of language is ridiculous- it reads like a high school essay. The author alternates between pumping up her sentences by using words that overstep their meaning and then having characters hit us over the head with obvious statements. I can't believe this author had been allowed to write more books after this amateur attempt.
P&P Redux from Mr. Darcy's perspective...and then some!

Mr. Darcy. That iconic romantic hero who launched a thousand sequels! A quick and very unscientific audit of listings revealed over thirty-five books published in the last fifteen years inspired by him! That’s a lot of Mr. Darcy out there being a haughty heartthrob. Now in his latest outing, Darcy’s Passions: Pride and Prejudice Retold Through His Eyes, we are offered yet another chance to relive the famous love story, but fro
Jul 21, 2013 Cheryl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: austeniana
I usually have a lot of patience with Jane Austen sequels, prequels and retellings, but I couldn't get into this one. The idea of retelling P&P through Darcy's eyes is a clever approach, but the author doesn't pull it off well. I kept wishing, as I did in reading Darcy and Fitzwilliam, that proper attention had been paid to language and cultural nuance, and that a fierce copy editor had gone through the book with a fine tooth comb. The overall tone of the book is somewhat monotonous because ...more
Dec 15, 2011 Hannah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I am dissappointed, but was entertained in some parts of this story. I tried so hard to like this book. Do yourself a favor if you do read this, and DO NOT read the preface. All I could think of while I read this is that it was just a fanfiction, something that should have been posted on the internet and not published. (I also tried to imagine that the author wasn't speaking for our dear Mr. Darcy - but I could not get her out of my head when he spoke!) It's not that I didn't like Darcy, but I d ...more
Mr. Darcy's POV as written in Darcy's Passions offers little new insight and no passion at all! It was just flat. I might attempt to finish this when I have nothing else to read, but that may never happen.
Sheila Majczan
Mar 24, 2015 Sheila Majczan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The paperback book I own is copyright dated 2007 and the title is Darcy's Passions: Fitzwiliam Darcy's Story. I have read this book at least 3 times. The most recent was in order to have this book fresh in my mind when I post this review. The cover art on the book I own is poor. In my opinion the artwork on the present cover is a big improvement. I also read all the other reviews and comments, noting that most, but not all, are dated years ago.

The biggest attraction for me in deciding to buy thi
Shala Howell
Aug 02, 2008 Shala Howell rated it did not like it
Shelves: couldnt_finish
Encountering this book made me seriously reconsider my fledgling plan to collect Jane Austen spin-offs as a hobby. First, the good.

If you or someone you know doesn't quite understand why the actions of the Bennets and Lady Catherine are so very bad, then this book is for you. In this, Ms. Jeffers' background as an English teacher of some 37 years shows. Clearly, she has had to explain these points to class after class of high school students, so felt she couldn't assume knowledge on the part of
Feb 13, 2011 Victoria rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: austen
I found this book to be a mediocre offering of Darcy's point of view. Although not the worst I've read, Pamela Aiden's trilogy takes that award, I find that Darcy's mindset is far too passionate at the beginning of their story. He was already passionately enthralled by her while she was staying at Netherfield!

I wish Jeffers would have calmed down with the use of pet names. Darcy was all "Darling One" this and "My Love" that. Also, the part after the wedding was too perfect on Elizabeth's part.
Mar 02, 2012 Jane rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 05, 2010 Charlene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I might be in the minority but I loved this book. It feels wonderful to read what Darcy might be thinking and see him go though all the angst and heartache. Ms Jeffers gives Darcy life and we see the real person and also get the feel for his passionate side.

This is a reread for me for the challenge at Austenprose. This book and the 2nd book in the seris were the very first JAFF books I ever read and are very near and dear to my heart.

I ardently love and admire these books!!!
Aug 16, 2015 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: austenesque
At 560 pages I felt this was a big long, the first 60% of the book took the tale to the engagement of Darcy and Elizabeth which was the more interesting part.
Not too sure that the awful character of Darcy at the beginning of the tale was able to change enough to be acceptable to Elizabeth, but he seemed to change overnight.
I found the post engagement part a bit too 'sweet' for me.
Jan 29, 2009 Babs rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes Pride and Prejudice
This is a lovely read. It starts off by retelling most of P & P and then goes 2 months into Darcy and Lizzy’s marriage. You can see how much they really love each other and some very funny parts. This is a small series by Regina Jeffers and I am looking forward to the next book.
May 09, 2017 Sdhughes904 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly enjoyable

The immense changes in Darcy are phenomenal!! The love affair of this Lizzy and Darcy are interesting, intriguing and fun! I love how Georgiana grew up and became a beautiful young woman with Lizzy's help. Also, Darcy and Lizzy were truly partners in everything!
Hannah Renee
There is almost everything wrong with this book.
I much prefer the more simplistic Mr. Darcy’s Diary by Amanda Grange.
For the first half of it (i.e. the parts from the real P&P told through his eyes) the writing is deplorable. When she repeats the dialogue she skips over some of it by talking about what they were saying and then going back to dialogue (in and out). It just comes off as badly written and gappy. Now when Amanda Grange does this in Mr. Darcy’s Diary it makes sense because it’s
Nice, but not that different from other variations I've read. A little too much internal dialogue for my taste.
There should be a disclaimer on these kinds of books that reads: This book says it's this or that, but let's be honest, it's not. So stop expecting it, stop your whinging and get on with the reading or save yourself the bother and just don't buy it.

The hard truth is that there's never going to be a book that is going to evoke the exact same emotion of the original. You can like the new work, but it will not be for the same reasons. We really have to separate ourselves from that first euphoric
Jul 16, 2011 Becca-Rawr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jane Austen Fans
A must for Jane Austen fan’s, this novel captures much of the magic presented by Pride and Prejudice, giving it that familiar appeal that the world’s most beloved love story always had.

It is a perfect premise; the story of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy told through the eyes of the man. We’ve read Lizzy’s version in Austen’s work, but Jeffers introduces the story anew through the eyes of the enigmatic Mr. Darcy. What follows is the story all Austen fans love, but which we’re still not well acqua
Jan 24, 2012 Jen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Much like reading the regular Pride & Prejudice this book has turned on my obsession. My husband can attest to the fact that once I get on a P&P jag, nothing will assuage it. I just have to let it run its course. This means I have already watched the entire 5 hour BBC mini-series & have plans to read Pride & Prejudice again... and maybe even re-read Pride & Prejudice & Zombies just to really work it all out... and then maybe watch the BBC miniseries again because really w ...more
Laurel Bradshaw
This book vacillated between two and maybe three and a half stars for me. The author did a good job of fleshing out the story while sticking to Jane Austen's framework. She paraphrases from the original, which I don't mind, but sometimes ends up changing the intent. (The original is better.) It begins just after Bingley has taken Netherfield Park, and ends with a New Year's party at Pemberley two months after the weddings. The last third of the book covers those two months. Here is where it got ...more
Feb 27, 2016 Domini rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The writing in this novel made me cringe. I am frankly astonished that it got published. Nearly every sentence is awkward. Tenses are used incorrectly, and words are used with apparent misunderstanding of their meaning. The characters are clumsily portrayed. It reads as if it was written by someone for whom English is not their first language.
This book was recommended to me and I had thought I would enjoy it, but it is truly so painful to read that I have given up after 15 pages. I found myself
Jan 23, 2011 Naz rated it it was ok
Shelves: own
I had read this book a while back, but decided to give it one more shot. Here's the deal: Regina Jeffers is obviously a much better writer than most others in this particular genre. At the very least, she has a firm grasp on sentence structure. The reason I'm not changing my rating from a two star is because ultimately, the book lacks in originality.

In her preface, she talks about how she didn't want to quote Jane Austen and has instead, chosen to paraphrase. This in itself is annoying because
Mar 29, 2016 Jen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pride and Prejudice is a staple of the literary canon. Many of you peers will have read it at some point in their school careers and most likely sat through a watching of one of the film versions, held hostage at the hands of a "friend." The story that Elizabeth tells is the one we all know, but Regina Jeffers' Darcy's Passions illustrates the story from Darcy's perspective.

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Es una reinterpretación del original, va siguiendo los hechos tal cual, un volver a contar la historia desde el punto de vista de Fitzwilliam Darcy, es la interpretación de Regina Jeffers de la obra Orgullo y Prejuicio. Hay coherencia en los diálogos, por ejemplo permite que Georgiana y el coronel Fitzwilliam tengan un conocimiento previo de Elizabeth, antes de conocerla.

Este "volver a contar" a través de los ojos de D
Dec 06, 2013 Melanie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was okay, but only wanted to give it one star.

The beginning was jolly good, and all the narrative that followed Pride and Prejudice was fun, and I had no real problem with it; BUT once the original story was coming to a close, the author continues on in more detail and I feel she loses the thread along the way, and started to make her own story; Thats not a bad thing per se, but it's not what I wanted in a Pride and prejudice retelling.

Towards the end I felt as though Eliza
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Writing about “passion” comes easily to Regina Jeffers. A master teacher for thirty-seven years, she has passionately taught thousands of students English in the public schools of West Virginia, Ohio, and now in North Carolina. Yet, “teacher” does not define her as a person. Ask any of her students or her family, and they will tell you Regina is passionate about so many things: her son, children i ...more
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