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Mr. Darcy's Daughters (Darcy #1)

3.24  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,612 Ratings  ·  544 Reviews
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 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
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
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,
Diamond Cowboy
This book was just o'kay. I will give a full review at some later date.
Enjoy and Be Blessed.
Black Elephants
Feb 17, 2009 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
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
Mar 23, 2009 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 wan ...more
Aug 08, 2009 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
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 tha ...more
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.
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 i ...more
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
Aug 25, 2016 Karen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

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
I saw this on the shelf at the library when I was picking up my most recent Lynn Austin. I had to try it! How could I, a lover of Pride and Prejudice, leave this on the shelf? I found I could not.

It was so fun in some ways - you can't go wrong with this setting. I love the era, and I'm always up for a good, predictable love story set in Regency times. It was fun to have some familiar characters in it (Mr and Mrs Gardiner, Lydia, Col Fitzwilliam, Caroline Bingley, etc.), and the plot had enough i
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
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
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
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
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 surfa ...more
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
T.A. Henry
There is an entire series in the Darcy line, well six of them anyway, and then Aston went off and wrote something modern and has never been heard of again. laughing, I lie but she went off to write a new series I haven't read or even heard of until this morning when I went a googling to see if I was lying out my ...

Aston isn't Austen. And I wouldn't want her to be. She's Austen light. A solid meal of a good book with an Austen flavoring if you like. There comes a point in every Austen novel wher
Janyce Murray
Jan 20, 2016 Janyce Murray rated it liked it
I was very excited about reading a sequel to Pride and Prejudice, but I was disappointed by this attempt. In Aston's story, Mr. and Mrs. Darcy are off on a diplomatic mission to Constantinople. Their five daughters, ages 16-21, are in London, staying with Darcy's cousin Colonel Fitzwilliam and his wife. From the onset, there is one trauma after another, each of which has the potential to cause the girls to come to ruin. Unfortunately, the characters aren't all well-developed and threads of the s ...more
Sep 24, 2015 Alyssa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The first chapter of this was painful to read and the first time I picked it up I couldn't stomach the personalities of the girls. I tried again a few weeks later and was pleasantly surprised when it wasn't quite as painful as I initially found it -I think it was the combination of their personalities with the excessive description of everything the author used that turned me off at first. There were however some moments of excessive description in later chapters as well, but it was much improve ...more
May 04, 2015 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: austeniana
The best feature of this P&P-TNG story is the fact that it is lighthearted and funny, something that is often lacking in Austen fanfic. By sending Darcy and Lizzie off to Constantinople and letting five remixed Darcy daughters and one Gardiner cousin (with substantial dowries) loose in the London Marriage market, Aston is able to explore the same issues of character and society and marriage that Austen did, only in a setting where money is no object and the British Empire is reaching its pea ...more
Dec 04, 2014 Anna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A friend lent this to me, and while I don't usually like fan fiction, I trust her judgement generally. I felt sad and frustrated reading this book. Sad because Camilla felt so alone and beleaguered when dealing with her horrible sisters, rotten brat of a cousin Sophie, and unfeeling cousin Fitzwilliam. She makes no real friends her age, and has no friends among her sisters. For a daughter of Elizabeth and Darcy she seems very abandoned, which I find not only hard to believe but a betrayal of tho ...more
Jun 21, 2014 Jolene rated it it was ok
I rather liked the idea of this book. How will Mr. Darcy cope with his own five daughters? Mr. Darcy, however, is somewhat inexplicably sent on a diplomatic mission to Constantinople, accompanied by Elizabeth, and the book begins with the daughters having been left in the care of Mr. Fitzwilliam (aka Colonel Fitzwilliam) and his wife. I know it is Fitzwilliam only because the author applied this name to the gentleman in question. I have no idea to what purpose his character is made so ridiculous ...more
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. ...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
Feb 27, 2015 Allison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 12, 2014 Kristýna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Neskutečně skvělá knížka :) jakoby autorka byla příbuzná Jane Austen a zdědila její styl..

následuje SPOILER - úryvek z knihy, který mi vykouzlil úsměv na rtech :)
Hovořilo se o Belle a pod záštitou úvah, jak její útěk dopadne a kdo ji asi provází, uchopil Wytton Camillu za ruku a odtáhl ji trochu stranou.
"Nenašlo by se tu místo, kde bychom alespoň na pár minut byli sami?"
Vyslovil to tak procítěně a zahleděl se přitom na ni s takovou touhou, že sklopila oči. "V ranním salonku", odpověděla. Zvlášt
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  • 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)
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  • Darcy's Temptation: A Sequel to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice (Darcy #2)
  • Loving Mr. Darcy: Journeys Beyond Pemberley (Darcy Saga #2)
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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