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The Bar Sinister: Pride and Prejudice Continues... (Darcy & Elizabeth #1)

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THE BAR SINISTER Pride and Prejudice Continues



Bar Sinister n l: a heraldic charge held to be a mark of bastardy 2: the fact or condition of being of illegitimate birth.



"I loved the 1996 BBC miniseries "Pride and Prejudice." This respectful, if occasionally ribald, continuation of the story of Mr. and Mrs. Darcy employees a creditably Austen-esque prose, laced with a wonder
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Paperback, 467 pages
Published December 1st 1999 by Well, There It is Publishers (first published October 15th 1999)
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Khanh (the meanie)
Let's face it, we are all idiots when it comes to our OTP (one true pairing). We want to see them in love. We want to see them live their happily-ever-after. I don't know about you, but I would happily read about Valek and Yelena setting up house and living in domestic bliss. It's not fucking boring, dammit. It's love!

The same goes for Darcy and Elizabeth. I don't give a fuck that they don't do anything. Hell, they're already in love! There's nothing else there but reading about them making goog
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Valerie
Aug 31, 2007 Valerie added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
I was so happy to see that GoodReads allows you to rate something with zero stars! If ever a book merited such treatment, it is this one. This book is so BAD it is unintentionally funny. Very funny. My favorite sentences so far:

"Propitious fortune allowed her to descry whom the crepuscular light yielded."

"The single unseemliness bechanced in her dressing room."

"Whilst still partaking of their meal, Darcy apologised unnecessarily upon the austere winter dressing of his county."

"In the pristine mo
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Cori
Feb 02, 2008 Cori rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one. Not even my worst enemy ... well, maybe my worst enemy.
SO BAD. This is just smutty fanfiction that someone was able to get published. Sex (which was done very stupidly) is on every other page and the characters have been given new, and less flattering backgrounds. Mr. Darcy is a "well endowed" sex god, who has been "spreading his love" around since he was 16. Elizabeth, while still a virgin, was ready to give it up to Darcy before marriage, and would have, if not for an interruption. I just felt like I was growing to dislike these characters who I h ...more
Alicia
When you want a taste of Tudor England, do you turn to Shakespeare, or do you watch The Tudors? You answer might determine whether or not you would enjoy Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife, a book that tries to hide the fact that it is a romance novel by pretending that it might have been imagined by Jane Austen.

I can’t decide if this is a bad book or not. To me, there is a time and a place for the trashiness of The Tudors, or The Other Bolyn Girl, or the part of the BBC Pride and Prejudice when Colin Firth
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Edallia
Mar 05, 2008 Edallia added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Total masochists, people who love laughing at bad books
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Nat Savage
May 17, 2007 Nat Savage rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lonely housewives
Someone PLEASE, for the love of god, take away Linda Berdoll's thesaurus. She uses it like holy water to ward off her sinfully atrocious plot and subplots. The tawdry crime of affixing "era appropriate" colloquialisms (i.e. "gel", "chit", "the ton," "the season") should only remain in lower-brow, period romance novels. Not to speak against insipid, salacious romance novels, I am a fan; however Berdoll managed to make a complete mockery of Jane Austen's timeless classic. She has sullied the name ...more
Susan
Jan 16, 2008 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm embarrassed to admit it--this was a totally enjoyable book. Unlike the yawn-inducing Mr. Knightly's Diary this took great liberties with the plot, taking off where the original leaves off.

First, this is not Jane Austen. This will never be Jane Austen, as Jane Austen is dead. Purists shouldn't be reading Austen fan fic to begin with.

That said, the author throws down a gauntlet in the forward with a quote from smack-talking Charlotte Bronte who writes that Austen can't write past the weddin
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Catarina
4 Delightful Stars.

So this book is pretty much a fan faction of what happens with Mr. and Mrs. Darcy after their happy ending in the original book. Since Jane Austen did quite long ago and is not alive to tell herself what happens next, some author decide to create their story themselves. And Kudos for making it sexy!! I’m not telling the story, because c’mon, what living person doesn’t know what this book is all about?
I’ve read Pride & Prejudice for the first time when I was 7 years old
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D
Aug 01, 2007 D rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!
Lara
Jan 26, 2008 Lara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trashy fun...totally satisfying! Yes, a trashy book can be satisfying indeed. Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife filled a massive void in my life: what the heck happens to Darcy and Elizabeth after Pride and Prejudice????

I have no idea how many times I've read Pride and Prejudice. It is at least an bi-annual tradition. I also tend to wallow in a self-imposed gloom if I don't get to watch the BBC's most excellent, divinely-inspired 1995 mini-series Pride and Prejudice at least once a year. Berdoll's book has
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Nicole
Aug 05, 2007 Nicole rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people I dislike
Shelves: 19thcentury
Please, don't read this book, or, if you feel compelled to, please don't tell me you did unless it is with the intent to vent your anger and frustration that such a travesty was ever published. If you do not feel highly protective of Darcy, Lizzie, Jane Austen, and all her writing stands for, you might get some enjoyment out of this book. If you love Jane for her satire and excellent but unforced language, as well as respectable characters, you might be brought to tears or to burning this book.
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Susan
Oct 15, 2007 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the Austen lover who wishes Darcy and Elizabeth did more than kiss at the end
Berdoll spins quite an entertaining tale. One of the Brontes once said that Austen wrote about a chaste kiss because she was smart enough to write only what she herself knew about...Berdoll really takes it from there. Darcy and Elizabeth have a very passionate relationship (as we'd all hoped) but even I, who have been around the block a time or two, found myself muttering, "Geez, you two, take a break and have a spot o'tea." Once you get past the fact that this is supposed to be an Austen-like s ...more
Duchess Nicole
So not in the same vein as Austen, but boy, oh boy, did it satisfy my smutty side! The carriage ride from the wedding to Pemberly about shocked my P&P virginal ears! The rest of the story was gritty and a little dirty and perfect.
Marcie
Sep 12, 2008 Marcie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a huge Jane Austen fan. Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorite books. Not because I’m a book snob and it’s a classic, but because it’s a good book. Many Austen fans hate Mr. Darcy takes a wife because they think it’s nothing like Pride and Prejudice. I disagree.

Jane Austen’s ability to poke fun at herself and her society is reflected in Berdoll. The forward quotes Charlotte Bronte saying Austen couldn’t write past the wedding because she herself knew nothing about the physical pleasure t
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Zeek
Apr 12, 2010 Zeek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved it. It picks up right after Elizabeth and Darcy's wedding and shows us a relationship that Jane Austen could never have written in the early part of the 19th century as the virginal, unmarried woman that she was. This version is too sexy a read!

Make no mistake, Jane Austen purists will hate it. I have to think too that Austen would not have approved of someone messing with her characters, but then, what author does?

The basic elements are the same, Darcy remains the quintessential hero an
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Sarah
Mar 28, 2008 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008-reads
Oh, gosh. I really have no excuse. As such, in my shame, I am going to patch together a review from other people's reviews, as I'm sure what needs to be said has been said. Note: these are all from the first page (of 47) of reviews, as I really can't take reading any more.

I'm embarrassed to admit it--this was a totally enjoyable book (Susan). You cannot take it seriously or try to critique it academically (Ange pronounced Ahhh-nj). This is just smutty fanfiction that someone was able to get publ
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Kristen
Apr 17, 2008 Kristen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I stole this review from someone else, because it perfectly states what I thought:

" SO BAD. This is just smutty fanfiction that someone was able to get published. Sex (which was done very stupidly) is on every other page and the characters have been given new, and less flattering backgrounds. Mr. Darcy is a "well endowed" sex god, who has been "spreading his love" around since he was 16. Elizabeth, while still a virgin, was ready to give it up to Darcy before marriage, and would have, if not for
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D.G.
Dec 17, 2010 D.G. marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
I have high tolerance for most P&P fan fiction but this one was TERRIBLE! The idea was to make it a spicy version (sort of what happens after they married) but the "author" used a very convoluted style of writing with weird words all over. For example:

Propitious fortune allowed her to descry whom the crepuscular light yielded.

WTH is that supposed to even mean?

Then she used some words that I even doubted were real, which I later confirmed when I looked for "discaution" in the dictionary and d
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Maribel
Jan 26, 2008 Maribel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Maribel by: Rebecca
Of course nothing equals Jane Austen's writing, but since I wanted a peek into what happens to Elizabeth and Darcy this is a guilty pleasure (that is best read with your husband)
Kathy
Feb 02, 2008 Kathy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, it didn't help that there were about 150 pages repeated in this book, plus about as many missing. I realize this was a printing error, but the book was SO BAD that I hated it even before I discovered the pagination problems. This was written by a woman who had never read Pride & Prejudice but saw the BBC version (which totally rocks) on TV. Feeling cheated because the book ends with Darcy & Elizabeth's marriage but no description of the consummation of their passion, she decided to ...more
Alexis
May 24, 2008 Alexis rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Don't do it to yourself. If you have any love for Jane Austen at all, you'll leave this one on the shelf. I couldn't even get through it. The author clearly misses what makes Elizabeth and Darcy who they are, and has twisted them into what she wants them to be. It reads like she sat there with a Regency era thesaurus to enhance the "historical" nature of the novel, in an attempt to legitimize a plot that's littered with pure smut. I used to use the term "fanfiction" for all of these Pride and Pr ...more
Rachel Ferguson
I got about 20 pages in before I threw the book in the trash. Although I appreciate an author's ability and desire to continue beloved stories where the original author left off, this particular example was disappointing and disgusting. The author's vain attempt at writing with the understanding and breadth of the early 19th century Jane Austen was irritating and disappointing. According to this author, all early 19th conversations started with the word "Pray", and her authorial narrations inclu ...more
Abbie
Jul 20, 2007 Abbie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit
Why, oh why, do I keep reading books that propose to be sequels to "Pride and Prejudice"? I love the original so much that reading all these imitations is the literary equivalent of watching a good friend being beaten up and not doing anything about it.

ANyway. Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy get married. And they have sex. Oh, boy, do they have sex. If I were 12 years old and still curious about how that sort of thing worked I'd be delighted, but as it was, I kept wanting to scream "Will you two just st
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Miss Me.
Jul 30, 2011 Miss Me. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one that is a Jane Austen purist that's for sure!
Recommended to Miss Me. by: I found it myself
Shelves: high-rated
Okay... first and foremost... To the haters: Um, did the cover give you ANY inclination that this was going to satisfy your purist mind? The fact that you nearly see nipple on the cover didn't warn you at all?! Please, your ignorance borderlines on stupidity and you've practically insult your own intelligence by hoping that this was going to be "Jane Austen's stamp of approval". So therefore, I am going to open my mind and treat this book as an stand alone and not compare to Jane Austen's novel. ...more
Marjorie Hakala
Aug 06, 2007 Marjorie Hakala rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Some of the many, many sex scenes in this book offer some insights into the characters that we love. Most of them do not. This novel is populated with caricatures--Charlotte Collins ghosting around with dead eyes, Mrs. Bennet screaming everything all the time, Darcy the world's greatest lover and Bingley the most clueless. All of it punctuated with fantasy after lurid fantasy in stilted pseudo-nineteenth-century prose. There must be a better way of understanding Austen's characters as sexual adu ...more
Debbie
Jul 05, 2011 Debbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jane Austen sequel readers, lovers of period dramas, romance readers
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It exceeded my expectations in the way of a Pride and Prejudice Sequel. It actually took on its own identity. Using the main character’s from Jane Austen’s novel as a guideline but then developing the characters in a way that gave them a life all their own. It actually reminded me of some of the period drama miniseries that I’m so fond of that are shown on PBS or cable TV. It was an epic sprawling novel that kept me engrossed. Upon picking it up each time I was ex ...more
Sarah
May 16, 2008 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like really bad books

1 1/2 stars. VERY disappointing.
I suppose it was my own fault for not reading the reviews first.
Written in a Jane Austen-esque style, this book was completely UN Austen as they get.
Elizabeth Bennet turned into a complete Nymphomaniac!
Although she never ran out of euphamisms for sex. I was amazed at how many descriptions she came up with for the act.
It was VERY hard to read about Mr darcy's "Well endowed member" . This is MR DARCY! You can't write stuff liket hat about him!! AHHHH.

It was nice to
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Jocelyn
Nov 10, 2015 Jocelyn marked it as adding-to-my-shelf-just-cause  ·  review of another edition
Maybe it's just me, but I cannot for the life of GOD understand this apparently universal urge among Austen readers to sex up Mr. Darcy (and Lizzy Bennett, to a lesser extent). I don't think I'm being a total prude either. I've gotten fairly, errrr, imaginative when it comes to romance couples I cheer for but the one in P&P is not one of them. To me it was always the intellectual chemistry that appealed, although the sexual subtext is there. But Colin Firth's lake scene in the BBC adaptation ...more
Cherie
I came back to up my rating to four stars from three, because I kept thinking about it all day.

Honestly, I did enjoy the characters. I did enjoy the story. I enjoyed the narration by Rosalyn Landor, especially.
l a i n e y
What is up with all the vocabs??
I get it, it was meant to 'seem' like regency era language but seriously this is not ANY era language.
Too distracting.
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  • Mr. & Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy: Two Shall Become One (Darcy Saga #1)
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  • The Pemberley Chronicles (The Pemberley Chronicles, #1)
  • The Other Mr. Darcy
  • Darcy's Passions: Pride and Prejudice Retold Through His Eyes
  • Mr. Darcy's Daughters
  • Mr. Darcy's Decision: A Sequel to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice
  • Letters from Pemberley: The First Year
  • Darcy's Voyage
  • Affinity and Affection
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NUMBER 4 - The Darcys: New Pleasures

With the success of her latest Pride & Prejudice sequel, The Ruling Passion, Linda has just completed a continuation of their story in The Darcys: New Pleasures:

Even twenty years into their future, Mr. Darcy remains every woman’s ideal. Still darkly handsome, he is a gentleman of vast wealth and exceptional leg. His virility, whilst of considerable note, is
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Darcy & Elizabeth (4 books)
  • Darcy & Elizabeth: Nights and Days at Pemberley (Darcy & Elizabeth, #2)
  • The Darcys: The Ruling Passion (Darcy & Elizabeth, #3)
  • The Darcys: New Pleasures (Darcy & Elizabeth, #4)

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