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Darcy's Passions: Pride and Prejudice Retold Through His Eyes (Darcy #1)

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Witty, romantic and insightful, Darcy’s Passions captures the original style and sardonic humor of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice while turning the entire story on its head. Written from the perspective of Fitzwilliam Darcy, this novel tells his version of an improbable, even obsessive relationship with a most impossible woman—Elizabeth Bennet.

This novel reveals Darcy’s
Paperback, 236 pages
Published February 1st 2009 by Ulysses Press (first published 2007)
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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
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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
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
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
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
Shala Howell
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
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
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Sheila Majczan
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
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.
Oct 24, 2014 Min rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: dnf
This book was enjoyable for the first 100 pages or so. But then what I thought were one-off mistakes revealed themselves as 'stylistic choices.' To begin with, the author switches points of view mid-paragraph, and sometimes even midsentence. One second I'm reading about Darcy's thoughts, and the next thing I know I'm in Elizabeth's head for no reason whatsoever. Now, if this were some postmodernist stream of consciousness narrative, that may be alright, but this book is not that.

Additionally, so
Feb 06, 2009 Babs rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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.
I kind of liked this book to an extent but it's flawed in so many ways.

The parts I disliked the most were really how much she 'borrowed' from Jane Austen's Persuasion seemed really excessive to me, and then the author's way of addressing each person by their name in almost every sentence of dialogue was tedious. I also felt the story was dragging on a bit - there was plenty that could have been edited out because there was a lot of repetition. The language and vocabulary weren't up to scra
The first half or more was really good. It was fun to experience the whole story from Mr. Darcy's perspective. The second half or a little less was A LOT of Elizabeth and Darcy saying the same things over and over-I can't believe I was that mistaken about you, can I ever get over that folly?, your love is my life, I love you more than life, etc. I liked the prolonged story-Ms. Jeffers extended it to time at Pemberley and what happened with other characters like Georgiana and Kitty. But the over ...more
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
The Girl With Fairy Blood (Hannah)
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
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.
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
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
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
Jeffers starts with a preface that presents an interesting idea. She makes the point that Darcy is both a hero and a villain in this story as he goes from disdainful pride to benevolent rescuer. I like this idea because most people only think of Wickham as the villain in the story. It makes you look at Darcy in a new light - and not a totally adoring one.

My only real complaint about the book was the vocabulary and the insane length of the paragraphs. It was if she was purposely using uncommon an
Jul 18, 2011 Becca-Rawr rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
Kiirsi Hellewell
I really liked the idea of this book...Pride and Prejudice from Mr. Darcy's point of view. Mostly it was done pretty well, and I didn't get too annoyed at the liberties taken with such beloved characters. Some points of the original story were explained in ways that I never understood fully before (for example--in the book foreword, we learn exactly how long Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy knew each other...not only the length of time in months, but how much of that time they actually spent near each ot ...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
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3.5 Austen.

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
Kathryn Steffen
I don't know how I can appropriately describe how much I loved this book. The Literature and Film class I am taking this semester has thrust me into the world of Jane Austen and I am finally being forced to sit and read her books. I found this book for a dollar at a book sale last weekend and could not put it down. We just finished Pride and Prejudice this week and I thought it'd be a cute little read to wrap up that time in class. This book, was AMAZING! I have discovered more and more recently ...more
I liked this book, especially the first half. Once they got engaged, it actually seemed to slow down, a LOT. I did enjoy how it showed his side of the story, and enjoyed reading the story because it follows along the general storyline of Pride and Prejudice. However, it took me several days to finish the last part of the book, because it was a lot of them going on a on and how much they adore each other and blah, blah. Was it worth reading? Yes. Did I like it? Yes...not love, but liked.
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May 15, 2014 Kübra Çamır marked it as to-read
I saw this book in a store once but was not sure about it so didn't buy it. The book was always on my mind so i decided to give it a try. Unfortunately the book was sold out and i am in great pain now. I don't want to buy it online for some reasons but i couldn't find it anywhere in last two years. So i have no idea what i am going to do now. And i have no idea what's the reason I'm writing this as a review.

Whatever. Thanks for reading.
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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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