Mr. Darcy's Daughters
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Mr. Darcy's Daughters (Darcy #1)

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Picking up twenty years after Pride and Prejudice left off, Mr. Darcy's Daughters begins in the year 1818. Elizabeth and Darcy have gone to Constantinople, giving us an opportunity to get to know their five daughters, who have left the sheltered surroundings of Pemberley for a few months in London. While the eldest, Letitia, frets and the youngest, Alethea, practices her m...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published May 6th 2003 by Touchstone (first published 2003)
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Rachel C.
May 09, 2008 Rachel C. rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: nobody - particularly NOT Jane Austen fans, who are likely to be scarred for life as I was
Darcy and Lizzy would NEVER have had daughters as stupid as these! Horrible, horrible. I'd give this book negative eight stars if I could.

In terms of tone, this book is like Jane Austen as written by US Weekly. The narrative has ADD and jumps all over the place. Characters behave as if they're Paris Hilton's contemporaries - and talk that way too, calling each other sluts and whores. How could anyone who has read P&P - not to mention a self-proclaimed "passionate Jane Austen fan who studied...more
Vicki
Jun 10, 2009 Vicki rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Heh, heh. Well...
Shelves: austen-spinoffs
Oh, brother. Bad idea, Lady. I saw that one other reviewer wrote that she was pretty sure that Mr. Darcy would have drowned several of these characters at birth, and, yeah. She's onto something. I don't expect anybody to equal Austen. And by that, I don't mean that I think other writers could never be better than her. I just mean that I don't expect anybody to be able to pick up where she left off.

I feel like this author misses SO SO SO much of the point about Jane Austen. And that is disappoin...more
Blythe
I purchased this book on a whim since two of my favorite things to read are Jane Austen novels and decently-written fanfiction. I think this qualifies in both categories.

This is not a great novel, and the author is most certainly not the next Jane Austen. Most elements from the book are lifted directly from Pride and Prejudice. Darcy and Elizabeth had five daughters:

1. Beautiful but stubborn Letitia, who becomes the outraged moral center for the girls and is highly obnoxious about it.
2. Camilla,...more
Meredith Galman
Turns out there's quite a cottage industry of prequels, sequels, alternative points of view, and variants on Jane Austen's novels. This one is OK, but really just a standard Regency rather than owing anything to Austen. Although some of the characters bear the same name as their P&P counterparts, they are sadly altered: Mrs. Gardiner is inexplicably changed from someone of Mrs. Bennet's generation to one of Lizzie's, and it's hard to believe that the Col. Fitzwilliam who so admired Lizzie ba...more
Black Elephants
I don't know which was worse: Pride and Promiscuity: the Lost Sex Scenes of Jane Austen, or Elizabeth Aston's Mr. Darcy's Daughters.

What? Wait! Yes, I must admit, that I'm enough of a Jane Austen fangirl to curiously pick up both. Yet after I read both, it felt as if someone had vomited on my religion. Aston's book seems more heretical however because the book touts her as the student of a great Jane Austen biographer, Lord David Cecil. I now wonder if that name is as fictional and asinine as ha...more
Gini
I have a weakness for P&P fanfic, but this was pretty ridiculous.

In the original Pride and Prejudice, the silliness and eccentricity of the younger Bennet girls is put down to the poor breeding and empty head of Mrs. Bennett and the general laziness in Mr. Bennett. Surely, if that is the case, daughters raised by Darcy and Elizabeth should be vastly better bred and behaved.

Instead we get five daughters once again: Letitia who, though the family beauty, is given to dour predictions, hysterica...more
Jill
This was AWFUL. Writing a Pride and Prejudice-inspired novel is a way to show your devoted love for Austen's greatest story, but if it reads like fan fiction, its place is on the internet. Aston inserts her unlikeable characters into Austen's London where they play out uncompelling little dramas once, of course, Lizzy and Darcy have been swept out of the country where they can't interfere with the goings-on. How convenient that Mum and Dad are gone at the VERY time every one of their daughters i...more
Diana
May 30, 2009 Diana rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: those who are NOT Austenites
Shelves: chicklit
This book was ultimately a huge disappointment, and I teetered between the one and two star ratings. Thanks to a heads up from Andrea, I went into this with a fairly good idea of what to expect. Ultimately I felt that the decision to remove Darcy and Elizabeth from the narrative was a wise one (one always has fierce notions of what this beloved literary couple should be), and I felt the exposition of the book was fairly strong. In particular, I appreciated the references to the literature of tha...more
Brittany
Well, I read this book in about a week. I couldn't put it down. I loved it! I thought it was very well written. The romance was really good. The scandal was fun, but never bad because what was considered bad in those times was almost acceptable today, so it was nice to read a book without having to worry about anything being crude. It was such a good read! I was worried that the language would be too flowery, but it was totally fine. I've never read Pride and Prejudice, but this book made me wan...more
Ellana-san
J'aurais dû savoir d'après le titre que l'histoire ne se centrerait pas autour de Mr Darcy mais j'avais espoir qu'il occupe quand même un second rôle assez important. Espoir pieux. De Darcy et d'Elizabeth, nulle trace dans ce livre.

Alors, ai-je détesté?

De manière surprenante pour une suite de P&P sans Darcy, non. J'ai même beaucoup aimé. Les cinq filles étaient des personnages forts en couleur, assez intéressants et, ma foi, leurs histoires respectives m'ont très facilement captivées. Seul...more
Audel
Tout d'abord, il est préférable de ne pas comparer ce livre avec le roman Orgueil et Préjuger de Jane Austen. En effet, l'auteure c'est ici très, très largement inspirer du roman d'origine, elle en a surtout garder les noms de lieux et de personnages. En outre, les éléments faisant référence à Orgueil et Préjugés sont tous expliqué dans le roman donc il n'est vraiment pas utile de le lire pour comprendre et apprécié ce roman-ci. Au contraire même, cela éviterai une déception possible.

Il y a deux...more
Elodie  Diebolt
En grande fan de Jane Austen, j’avais vraiment hâte de découvrir ce roman et de voir comment l’auteure allait construire son histoire. La couverture est juste magnifique et nous met bien dans l’ambiance de l’époque. La quatrième de couverture laisse présager une histoire mouvementée avec au programme amour, famille et trahison ce qui m’a donné encore plus envie de lire ce roman.

L’intrigue du roman est basé sur le séjour des cinq filles Darcy à Londres pendant que leurs parents sont en voyages à...more
"Aubri"/Lisa
I enjoyed this book well enough, but I would've rather it been called something more like, "Mr. Wickham's Daughters." Camilla, the main character, is very much in the mode of Lizzie in Miss Austen's "Pride and Prejudice," but I don't believe the other four daughters resemble their supposed parents in any way. In addition, neither Fitzwilliam nor the Gardiners were very much like the original characters, who were all quite level-headed and gracious individuals. Fitzwilliam, in fact, seemed rather...more
Susannah
I thought this book was only okay. I was a little bit bored at times. I probably expected too much. I jumped in thinking I would be in the world of Pride and Prejudice again, and although the author does a great job at enveloping you in the physical world, the spirit of the novel just didn't compare to Jane Austen's original. I felt like the faults and foibles of the Bennett daughters lead us to a greater good. But the Darcy daughters simply entertained (and sometimes not even that) on the surfa...more
bookczuk
I thought I might be up for a romantic romp through Regency England with a possible connection to Jane Austen, but obviously I wasn't. I find books about groups of women, all with their personality quirks and foibles particularly loathsome, so am not sure why I thought I'd get through this one. I'm sure there are some that found it delightful; for me, the most particularly delightful bit was reading the reviews of other readers who were distainful of the Darcy Daughters. Probably if the book had...more
Skylar Burris
If you are looking for a sequel that once again brings to life Austen's characters, this book is not for you. Mr. and Mrs. Darcy are (somewhat inexplicably) off in another country on a diplomatic mission, and the novel follows the lives of their daughters, inventions, of course, of the author. However, if you just want a decently written Regency Romance with links to the original Pride and Prejudice, Mr. Darcy's Daughters might satisfy. I found it slightly dull myself, and I'm not sure why. ...more
Jess Swann
Alors par où commencer ?
Peut-être en disant ceci : qu'est-il arrivé au colonel Fitzwilliam ?? Le personnage sympathique et ouvert de Pride & Prejudice a disparu dans cette suite ( les 20 années écoulées ont été désastreuses...). Dès les premières lignes, on comprend que le gentil colonel n'est plus. Vingt ans après le mariage de Darcy nous retrouvons un homme imbu de lui même, strict, sans humour, obsédé par la politique et dépourvu de cœur ou de compassion ( preuve en est de sa réaction e...more
Beth Nell
I honestly didn't really care much for this book. The author tried to write like Jane Austen, but it wasn't as good...and some of the things she put in there were things that I do not think Jane Austen would have ever written about... I know Elizabeth Aston is not Jane Austen, but still....plus, it had a few "d" words...so I don't exactly think I'd recommend it...
Emily Jamestine
Je dois avouer que je me suis lancée dans cette lecture plus par curiosité qu’autre chose. Beaucoup de blogueuses que je suis ont émis des avis mitigés voir négatifs sur cette "soit-disant" suite du superbe roman Orgueil et Préjugés de Jane Austen. Sans grande surprise, ce fut aussi une déception de mon côté.

Commençons par les choses qui fâchent; la plupart des personnages m’ont laissé perplexe, énervé ou même exaspéré ! Je me demande bien comment les formidables Mr et Mrs Darcy ont pu engendrer...more
Susanna
Really fun, well written, and romantic! It follows the story of Pride and Prejudice and their daughters, thier romances etc. It is a series, actually, that I plan to finish when I have the time! She does well with following up in the same style as Austen.
Chalise
There can never be enough Mr. Darcy, Aston constructs a delightful story of Darcy Daughters, who take after their mother and of course are in some sort of trouble. This is a delightful romance, with a touch of humor.
Gricel
Gave up on this one. Couldn't connect with any of the girls and thought Fitzwilliam was terribly characterized.
Harvest
Jul 09, 2008 Harvest is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I love Pride and Prejudice, so this has to be good, right?
Irma Fritz
Apr 11, 2009 Irma Fritz rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Irma by: my book club
ASTON vs. AUSTEN

There is something of the grave robber in a writer who pens a sequel to a dead author's story. I am talking about Elizabeth Aston who wrote “Mr. Darcy’s Daughters: A Novel,” intended as a sequel to Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice.” I noted with interest that Elizabeth calls herself "Aston" while Jane, of course, was an "Austen." Penname, I assume?

Still, remembering Colton’s maxim that “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,” and keeping on hand a good dose of Coleridge’s...more
Julie
Bon ok, c'est entendu, ce sequel de Pride & Prejudice ne restera pas dans les anales pour ses grandes qualités littéraires.

C'est entendu, on a parfois l'impression que l'auteur a simplement repris quelques grandes lignes de P&P à sa sauce (cf. la jeune soeur qui s'enfuit rappelle bizarrement l'enlèvement de Lydia Bennett, pour ne citer qu'un exemple).

C'est entendu, on a du mal à imaginer que des parents aussi intelligents qu'Elizabeth et Darcy puissent avoir des filles manquant à ce poin...more
Maia B.
Apr 21, 2011 Maia B. rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Yeah, right.
Recommended to Maia by: My 6th grade teacher - she was WRONG
This is NOT Jane Austen. It's barely even worth reading, if you're looking for Austen.

Since only one character in the entire book is anything like Darcy or Elizabeth, I pretended this was just some random family in England at around the same time with a coincidental name. Only by this method was I able to get through this thing.

Aston is a bad writer. While the series was a pretty good idea, she doesn't pull it off. She just doesn't. She can't write, she can't sketch a decent character and she ca...more
Christina
Apr 27, 2009 Christina marked it as abandoned  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-reads, mr-darcy
When I began making my list of Pride and Prejudice sequels, I couldn’t remember why I hadn’t finished reading Mr. Darcy’s Daughters. I remember now.

The back cover blurb of Mr. Darcy’s Daughters makes the claim that it “is a tale that would please Austen herself,” but it’s more likely that poor Jane is rolling over in her grave.

First of all, Aston has the date wrong for the setting of her sequel. Pride and Prejudice took place around the time it was published — 1812 to 1813 — and in 1818, the eld...more
Jencey/
I have always loved Jane Austen. I was browsing the bookstore shelves one day and came across this book by Elizabeth Aston Mr. Darcy’s Daughters which is book one of a series. This novel starts where Pride and Prejudice ended but now Mr. Darcy is the one with the daughters.





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Elizabeth and Darcy leave for a trip to Constantinople Turkey. Their daughters are left in the care of two families the Fitzwilliams and the Gardiners. The daughters stay with the Fitzwilliams at their house but regul...more
Tessa
Je suis très mitigée sur ce roman. Un coup j’étais complètement dans l’histoire, un coup je me demandais ce que je lisais et je n’en ressors pas vraiment convaincue.

Tout d’abord l’univers. J’ai beaucoup aimé replonger dans l’époque de Darcy et Elisabeth. La romance historique et les quartiers de Londres m’ont charmé. On peut accorder cela à l’auteure, on abandonne la campagne pour la grande ville et ce petit changement de décor est bien accueillit.

Côté personnages, les filles de Darcy et Elisabe...more
Natalie
"Mr. Darcy's Daughters" is a shot at playing off of the greatness of "Pride and Prejudice". While I do believe the author writes a good story and is a fine writer, I think it was discrediting to use the well known characters.

The book starts off with Mr and Mrs. Darcy having left for a diplomatic mission to Constantinople, leaving 5 grown daughters in care of relatives in London and 2 teen sons at Pemberly. First of all, from knowing the characters of Mr Darcy and Elizabeth, it seems highly doub...more
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  • The Darcy Cousins
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  • And This Our Life: Chronicles of the Darcy Family: Book 1
  • Mr. Darcy's Daughter (The Pemberley Chronicles, #5)
  • Mrs Darcy's Dilemma
  • First Impressions: A Tale of Less Pride & Prejudice
  • Edmund Bertram's Diary (Jane Austen Heroes, #4)
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  • Conviction: A Sequel to Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice
  • Mr. Darcy Presents His Bride: A Sequel to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice
  • Pemberley Shades: A Lightly Gothic Tale of Mr. and Mrs. Darcy
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  • Darcy's Voyage: A Tale of Uncharted Love on the Open Seas
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I’m the daughter of two Jane Austen addicts, who decided to call me after a character from one of Jane Austen’s novels. So it’s no wonder that I also became a passionate Jane Austen fan.

Elizabeth Aston is a pen name (it's actually my married name). I first wrote under the name Elizabeth Pewsey, and now Attica Books are reissuing those novels as ebooks under my Aston name.

I've also published seve...more
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