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Darcy & Elizabeth (Darcy & Elizabeth #2)

3.61  ·  Rating Details ·  3,397 Ratings  ·  230 Reviews
"It is a truth universally acknowledged," Jane Austen wrote, "that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife." But after marriagethen what? In Darcy & Elizabeth, Linda Berdoll imagines a future for the characters of Austen's beloved classic Pride and Prejudice that is full of drama, dangerand desire.

It is several years since the felicitous
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Hardcover, 448 pages
Published March 25th 2010 by Fall River Press (first published March 21st 2003)
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Susan
Oct 15, 2007 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who loved Mr Darcy Takes a Wife
Berdoll continues her VERY passionate take on the married life of Darcy and Elizabeth, which is entertaining itself. Better than that, she goes on to speculate on dear Georgiana's coming of age. Thankfully, Berdoll infuses her with some much-needed backbone, and her story becomes as interesting as the main one. All I can say is that she BETTER write another one :)
Joanni
Sep 14, 2008 Joanni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
good.
Made me blush
Joy
Dec 21, 2010 Joy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Another, let's call it Jane Austen fanfic. Picking up (or, rather, dragging) where _Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife_ let off, it follows the further fortunes and misfortunes of the Darcy, Bingley, Fitzwilliam, Wickham, and Christie/Arbuthnot (Berdoll's characters) families after Waterloo. This book is afflicted by Berdoll's coyness, as she jumps ahead in each character's story, falls back to fill in the past details, and drives the reader crazy with the flow and pacing (this flaw was present in the previ ...more
Heather Young
Apr 30, 2010 Heather Young rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fabulous find! I stumbled across Linda Berdoll on one of my random B&N runs. (ironically she lives right up the road from Austin) and found that I fell in love with her interpretation of the happenings AFTER Pride & Prejudice....so much so that I cannot bring myself to read anyone else's versions. That's how much I loved the characters she created that were so Austen that I truly believe that Jane herself would've been proud!
Holly
Jan 13, 2009 Holly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2009 #4: I totally love Jane Austin. So I was interested but skeptical when I heard about modern authors who had written sequels to Pride & Prejudice. This was the second sequel, and it definitely wasn't as good as the first one by Linda Berdoll (Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife). It has been a while since I read that one, so it is a little hard for me to compare. But as far as this book goes, it felt a bit pretentious. I also didn't like how it brought in all these additional characters... most of th ...more
Emilie
Jan 06, 2008 Emilie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Blah. I have to say that I really enjoyed Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife, even in spite of myself. But this one does nothing for me. The author spends so much time rehashing everything that happened in her first "sequel" to Pride and Prejudice that I got 100 pages into it and nothing much had happened. The author doesn't seem to understand her audience. No one who hasn't read Pride and Prejudice is going to bother with this book, and I think the same is true (to a lesser extent) of Mr Darcy Takes a Wife ...more
Ashley
Jul 20, 2010 Ashley rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is it- the last straw. Never again will I read a Pride and Prejudice sequel. Thirty pages into it and I couldn't bear to read any more of this awful book. Thank goodness I didn't waste money on this book and I could just take it right back to the library. Not even the slightest regret that I hardly gave it a chance.

Pride and Prejudice told from different perspective books are all right, mainly because they have to stay fairly close to the clean plotline Austen set out. Sequels, on the othe
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Althea
Jan 14, 2011 Althea rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Being a HUGE fan of Jane Austen and being absolutely in love with Pride & Prejudice, I had high hopes for this book. Just reading the first chapter though, was very unsettling for me. I felt like it was a travesty. I couldn't go through reading the whole thing, so it might actually be very good. Speaking for myself, part of the charm of Austen's works are the wit & restraint with which she writes. Her books always have an undercurrent of emotion & passion despite the rigid settings. ...more
Leslie Grady
WARNING!! This is not a very "clean" book...there are many love scenes throughout the book...this is the sequel to Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife. It is such a guilty pleasure! While this book is not as good as its predecessor, it is still a good read for the girl who can't get enough of Elizabeth and Darcy. If you don't mind a lot of love scenes between the happily married couple, read it. If you are an Austen purist - don't.
Gracielou
Jul 16, 2008 Gracielou rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A real disappointment. Mediocre writers should never try to write a sequel to one of the greats. Also, the insertion of copious sex does not mask the lack of an interesting or even plausible plot nor the author's silly pretensions to the spoken language of the early 19th century. Her dialogs come off as banal.

This author has neither the wit nor the literary skill of Ms. Austen and should have used her writing abilities for dime romance novels, not a sequel to an Austen masterpiece.
Lara
Mar 24, 2010 Lara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fun-fluffy
Well...third time's a charm :-) I finally started and finished the sequel to Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife...one of my favorite guilty pleasure books. I am glad that I read it. It wasn't bad really, just a bit tedious and I hate to say that I grew tired of reading about sex with the Darcy's over and over again. There were definitely aspects of the story that were really clever, but some of the loose ends tied up way too neatly. Glad I finished, but glad to be finished!
Samantha
Jun 29, 2010 Samantha rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Why do I do these things to myself? A mediocre writer continuing where a classic story left off. And adding a whole bunch of sex (seriously, how do they even sit down). It's a good thing it was cheap because I didn't finish it. I should read the description of books more carefully in the future. Jane Austen is rolling over in her grave.
Quianna
Jul 13, 2007 Quianna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Plot, what plot? While Berdoll's first book was an entertaining look into what Darcy and Elizabeth's marriage would be like, Nights and Days at Pemberly is nothing more than a third-rate romance novel that perverts two of our most beloved literary characters. Each chapter is just an excuse for them to jump each other which Berdoll tries to justify by throwing in convoluted pieces of intrigue.
Sharon
Less oddly written than its predecessor, but the action is far less interesting.
Megan
Jun 29, 2009 Megan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Note to self: Never read revisionist writing of the classics. They're usually awful. And are all about sex.
Talia
Jan 14, 2017 Talia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Terrific even though the first 100 ish pages is basically a recap of the first book.
Ladyhawke
Hmmm....
It really didn't deserve 3 stars more like 2 and a half. Not really much plot and slow as cold molasses going uphill. But I wanted to see what happened. Most of the continuations are kinda crappy. I found myself skipping a bunch . The book is like oatmeal with fruit packet. Mostly dull same ol same ol. But every once and a while u come across something interesting and tasty
Debbie
Jul 18, 2011 Debbie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sadly I’ve had to put “Darcy & Elizabeth” down. Although I did enjoy her first book, “Darcy takes a wife” immensely, unfortunately the second book fell very short of my expectations. I did read and then try to ignore all the negative reviews I read for this book. I tried to give it the benefit of a doubt but sadly they were right. The book did go through the first 110 pages almost completely recounting the previous events that took place between “Pride and Prejudice” the original Jane Austen ...more
Duckpondwithoutducks
This book is a sequel to the author's Mr. Darcy Takes A Wife, which itself is a sequel to Pride and Prejudice.
Why did I only give it two stars?
- the pace was slow. It never gripped me. I wasn't wondering what was going to happen next and compelled to keep reading. I had to renew it several times from the library because it was taking me so long to read it.
- it dwelled too much on Darcy and Elizabeth's sex life. While some fans of Jane Austen might like this wish fulfillment, most fans of Jane Au
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Tina
Jul 27, 2011 Tina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Darcy and Elizabeth, Nights and Days at Pemberley by Linda Berdoll

This sequel to Linda Berdoll's Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife continues where the previous story wrapped up - with the birth of twins upon Mr. Darcy's return to his wife from the war. The focus is again on the Darcy family as they continue to experience love and happiness in their marriage along with parental pride in their beautiful children. Conflict comes in the way of other characters and political events in the England of 1815, after
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Carol Perrin
Nov 24, 2014 Carol Perrin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Darcy and Elizabeth: Nights and Days at Pemberley

Continuation of Linda Berdoll's first book, "Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife". Darcy and Elizabeth have a very warm, loving, and amorous marriage. Many days and nights are spent providing each other's firm commitment. Colonel Fitzwilliam heads back to France to fight against Napoleon. Following him, Georgiana follows him across the channel to France to serve as a nurse. She leaves Pemberley with the young groom. Darcy thinking she is eloping with him, foll
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Christina
Darcy & Elizabeth: Nights and Days at Pemberley is the sequel to Linda Berdoll’s Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife and since I so thoroughly enjoyed the first sequel, I thought I’d try my hand at Darcy & Elizabeth.

Darcy & Elizabeth doesn’t have the same flow as the first but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It was just kind of shocking how different the two styles of writing between her first “sequel” and the second was. I found this story easier to follow than Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife; and th
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K
Mar 25, 2008 K rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is Linda Berdoll's sequel to her Pride and Prejudice sequel "Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife". In this story, readers once again visit the Darcys as they raise their babies, enjoy their marriage, and manage Pemberley. However, with Berdoll's inclusion of old and new characters, the Darcys face many new adventures and perils.
Since I did not like "Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife", I was hesitant to read this sequel. However, once I stopped comparing this story to Austen and the original, I found myself enjoy
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Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
INTRODUCTION:
In this sequel to a sequel (Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife), readers witness the Darcys' first weeks, months, and year as parents to their adorable twin babies. Similar to Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife, this novel introduces many minor characters, intertwines several subplots, and flashbacks to scenes from the past. In addition, as with her previous novel, Ms. Berdoll delivers a passionate, scandalous, and tension-infused saga!

WHY I WANTED TO READ THIS NOVEL:
In Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife, I loved witn
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Kristen
Mar 11, 2009 Kristen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is not as good as Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife, also written by Berdoll, but is still an excellent story. I found it to go in circles at times and felt like I was rereading the same thing in a few chapters. There is a lot of reflection in the beginning and it seems to repeat. I liked the addition of some new characters and loved that some other storylines were explored deeper than they were in Berdoll's first book. There is still quite a bit of Darcy and Elizabeth and that really is the stor ...more
Elizabeth Bennet
I loved her first book I can remember at one point it was three o'clock in the morning and I had to force myself to put it down because I had to g work the next day. It was that good for me this book just kept flashing back to certain scenes. The book did hold its little treasures though with the twins birthday and seeing Darcy as a proud father. He still had a bit too much strch in his breeches but seemed o loosen up in certain locations with Lizzy. The mother in law interrupting a particular s ...more
Christine
This is the second in a series by Berdoll. While it is amusing if you like Jane Austen, the book can get long and overwhelming. Some details that are not in congruence with Austen's original are not explained the first time they are mentioned; rather instead they are explained away hundreds of pages in. The subplot comes together very well by the end, but the reader can be confused by the introduction of new characters that seem to have nothing to do with the action of the surrounding chapters. ...more
Bethany Huang
Sep 05, 2010 Bethany Huang rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Jane Austen Fans or people who have read Pride and Prejudice
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is my favorite book after the Harry Potter series, and I was very excited the day that I found this book in the bookstore and decided to buy it instead of a american girl guidebook. I have to say, I like this book, and am also very disappointed with it. It may be written in a Jane Austen writing style, and I compliment the author on being able to, but it just doesn't carry the essence that Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice does. I am glad that the story of the ...more
Lady of the Lake
Aug 07, 2008 Lady of the Lake rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Romance readers, NOT true Jane Austen fans
This was not as good IMHO as the first Mr Darcy Takes a Wife because it went too far I think in many areas. I am writing this review several years after reading it but I remember thinking I wasn't crazy about the crazy path that this one took. It was a romantic fantasy I would think certainly NOT a true sequel to Jane Austen and like the first has probably infuriated many true JA fans. But it was still a fun read and I still LOVE the romance and great love I imagine Darcy and Elizabeth to have. ...more
Devon
Aug 05, 2008 Devon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review is going to be really unhelpful, but I read this a while ago. I'd actually like to go back and read the series again, but have too many other books to read.

I really liked the 1st book and thought that it was perfectly saucy and randy, but had a tough time getting into this one. There are a few sexy romps, but it seemed like there was character overload and I had a tough time keeping everyone straight.

In the end, it was a fun read and the payback scene for one of our favorite bad boy
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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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