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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 (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies)
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
Oct 17, 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 08, 2008 Cori rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  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
Edallia
Mar 06, 2008 Edallia added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Total masochists, people who love laughing at bad books
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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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Nat Dear
May 17, 2007 Nat Dear rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  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
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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Lara
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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Susan
Oct 15, 2007 Susan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
Nicole
Aug 05, 2007 Nicole rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  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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Marcie
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
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
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
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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Maribel
Jan 26, 2008 Maribel rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
D.G.
Feb 18, 2013 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 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 didn't
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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
Alexis
May 24, 2008 Alexis rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  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
Abbie
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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Marjorie Hakala
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
Miss Me.
Jul 30, 2011 Miss Me. rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
Sarah
Sep 07, 2008 Sarah rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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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Debbie
Jul 18, 2011 Debbie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
Jeanie
I thought maybe the author would take que from Jane Austen and follow a similar path of writing. Not so. I actually couldn't finish as it was in my opinion too offensive...
Melodyrider
Not long after one of my bibliophile friends helped me discover the joys of reading Jane Austen, I was warned of the dangers of supposed 'sequels' to the story. I chose to ignore those warnings and went on to read quite a few takes on what followed Pride and Prejudice, many of which were unobjectionable and a few bordered on decent. And then I read this, back when it was still callec "The Bar Sinister."

This story takes Lizzy, who so passionately and cleverly resisted her society's (and her famil
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Alyssa Archambo
When I first started reading this book, I wasn't expecting Austen. Let's face it, nobody can do subtext, complexity, and wit as well as Austen can. So I wasn't completely disappointed by what I found in Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife, but I was disappointed.

What I noticed straight off was that the characters were different. I can't put my finger on it, but they were a bit flatter, and didn't have as much complexity as I generally like my characters to have. There was no subtext going on in the backgroun
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Georgiana 1792
Ma il minestrone non mi piace!!!

Già la Preface ci doveva fare sospettare a cosa andavamo incontro:

Jane Austen wrote of what she knew. Miss Austen never married, it appears her own life passed with only the barest hint of romance. Hence, one must presume she went to her great reward virgo intactus.
As befitting a maiden's sensibilities, her novels all end with the wedding ceremony. What throbs fast and full, what the blood rushes through, is denied her unforgettable characters and, therefore, us.
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Hannah
Sep 05, 2014 Hannah rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Someone you hate enough to torture with this drivel.
I have read numerous negative reviews on Amazon for this book, but Amazon reviews are often heavily biased and unreliable, so I was determined to try and enjoy it and prepared to give this book the benefit of the doubt. Unfortunately, it seems those negative comments were completely justified. By no means am I an Austen purist; as long as the author either justifies changes to the characters or original plot, or writes well enough to pull off a completely different take on Pride and Prejudice, I ...more
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Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife was originally self-published in 1999 as The Bar Sinister and sold a phenomenal 10,000 copies. In 2004 Sourcebooks purchased the rights and republished it under its original title. Readership soared and, thanks to their request for more, in 2006 Linda penned Darcy & Elizabeth: Nights and Days at Pemberley. At last count, over 250,000 of Linda's Pride & Prejudice sequ ...more
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