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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.
Dec 22, 2013 Rachel C. rated it did not like it  ·  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
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Vicki
Jun 20, 2015 Vicki rated it did not like it  ·  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 P & P. And that is disappointi
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Blythe
Sep 27, 2007 Blythe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
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Diamond Cowboy
This book was just o'kay. I will give a full review at some later date.
Enjoy and Be Blessed.
Diamond
Black Elephants
Dec 15, 2011 Black Elephants rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
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
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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 ...more
Brittany
May 05, 2011 Brittany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Gini
Apr 21, 2011 Gini rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Diana
May 30, 2009 Diana rated it did not like it  ·  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 ...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.
Jill
Feb 19, 2013 Jill rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Elodie  Diebolt
Jun 11, 2012 Elodie Diebolt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Mary Lou
I love Jane Austen one offs and have read a few great ones, some so so ones, and some meh ones. This one fits in a few
very same category of so bad I couldn't bear to read it (it's the 2nd to go in that category). 50 pages in I want Napoleon to invade and kill them all. The girls were poor carbon copies of their aunts. And premise of the book in which Darcy and Elizabeth shirk their parental duties at a time that is the most dangerous to a young girl as they both know from experience was simply i
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Jen
Nov 19, 2014 Jen rated it it was ok
I must preface this with the disclaimer that I am not in any real way the intended audience for this book.

I say this because I'm about to utterly disparage it, and I don't want you to think that it's a terrible book of its own accord. It's not; the editing is most definitely weak in some places, and there are a couple of plot fudges, but for the most part it's a fine book for what it is: a romance. I just absolutely hate romances, which is unfortunate for all of the work Ms. Aston must have put
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Audel
Jul 23, 2012 Audel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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"Aubri"/Lisa
Aug 11, 2009 "Aubri"/Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
Ellana-san
Jul 04, 2012 Ellana-san rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Amy
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
Susannah
Jun 07, 2008 Susannah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Karen
Aug 25, 2016 Karen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
No.

Elizabeth Bennett and Fitzwilliam Darcy are two of the most intriguing and beloved characters in English literature. If you plan to write a story based on them, do not remove them entirely from the picture by sending them to Constantinople. The only two "daughters" who vaguely resemble their parents are Camilla and Alethea -- and that is only vaguely. The twins should have been Lydia's daughters, and I don't know where Letty belongs.

This book is like nails on a chalkboard for anyone who lov
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Skylar Burris
Feb 20, 2009 Skylar Burris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
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.
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...
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
Feb 26, 2012 Gricel rated it did not like it
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
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?
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
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Lisa Westerfield
Oct 08, 2013 Lisa Westerfield rated it did not like it
Pride and Prejudice was originally published in 1813, which most of us assume is the era the story takes place (others have told me that the time period of the story was the late eighteenth century, which then makes this whole article moot ). Mr. Darcy’s Daughters, one of the many sequels that have flooded the market in the last decade, takes place in 1818. You do the math. Apparently, the seven children of Mr. and Mrs. Darcy age in dog years along with being born by litter. Why Ms. Aston ...more
Nathan Albright
Jul 18, 2016 Nathan Albright rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: challenge
If you read this novel, you likely know what you are going to get, and will likely not be too disappointed by it. It is a mostly competently written Regency fanfiction sequel to Jane Austen’s classic Pride & Prejudice, and even if it is an unnecessary work with some seriously weak characterization, it happens to be an enjoyable sort of work if one does not think too hard about it. There are many worse books that I have read than this one, and at no point in the frothy novel about five girls ...more
Alissa
I just can't finish it. I really wanted to like it, but Letitia was way too annoying for me and watching the twins go the way of Lydia was not fun. I kept thinking that Darcy and Elizabeth would have been mortified about what was going on... and that was only a hundred or so pages into the book. Maybe I'm being generous with 2 stars.
Julie A
Nov 26, 2016 Julie A rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, humor, love-story
Say what you will about Jane Austen, but she does inspire others. Society is definitely an interesting 'animal.' The West may find the world of that inspired 'Pride and Prejudice' stodgy and old-fashioned, but when one travels to other parts of the world, many of the social niceties are still expected.
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First on-line bookclub 2 10 Jul 22, 2011 07:21AM  
  • The Plight of the Darcy Brothers: A Tale of Siblings and Surprises (Pride and Prejudice Continues, # 2)
  • The Darcys Give a Ball: A Gentle Joke, Jane Austen Style
  • The Darcy Cousins
  • The Women of Pemberley (The Pemberley Chronicles, #2)
  • Mr. Darcy's Decision: A Sequel to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice
  • Lydia Bennet's Story: A Sequel to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice
  • Darcy & Elizabeth: Nights and Days at Pemberley (Darcy & Elizabeth, #2)
  • The Matters at Mansfield: Or, The Crawford Affair (Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mysteries, #4)
  • Darcy and Fitzwilliam: A Tale of a Gentleman and an Officer (Darcy and Fitzwilliam, #1)
  • Presumption: An Entertainment: A Sequel to Pride and Prejudice
  • Mr. Darcy's Little Sister
  • Conviction: A Sequel to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice
  • Edmund Bertram's Diary (Jane Austen Heroes, #4)
  • Darcy and Anne
  • Darcy's Temptation: A Sequel to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice
  • Loving Mr. Darcy: Journeys Beyond Pemberley (Darcy Saga #2)
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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
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