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The Perfect Bride for Mr. Darcy

3.65  ·  Rating Details ·  1,192 Ratings  ·  106 Reviews
If the two of them weren't so "stubborn..."

It's obvious to Georgiana Darcy that the lovely Elizabeth Bennet is her brother's perfect match, but Darcy's pigheadedness and Elizabeth's wounded pride are going to keep them both from the loves of their lives.

Georgiana can't let that happen, so she readily agrees to help her accommodating cousin, Anne de Bourgh, do everything wi
Paperback, 381 pages
Published January 28th 2011 by Sourcebooks Landmark
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Apr 04, 2011 Lucy rated it did not like it
Fan fiction can be fun. Often fan fiction is really good. The Pefect Wife for Mr. Darcy is neither fun nor good. Evidently some 30-40% of women who have read Jane Austen fancy they can do as well, and the fiction and romance fiction sections abound with sequels, prequels and spin-offs of Pride and Prejudice. When the writers have done their homework on English eighteenth- and nineteenth-century mores, behaviors, religious, gender, and class conventions, and language (written and spoken), they ...more
Oct 10, 2015 Talia rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Anne is terrific in it. :)
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This Pride and Prejudice variation starts at the beginning of P&P, with a few chapters summarising the events, but more from Darcy’s point of view than Elizabeth’s. Darcy still offends her and still interferes with Bingley and Jane. He goes to visit Lady Catherine at Rosings, not on a duty visit as in canon, but because Mrs Hurst mentioned that Elizabeth would be visiting her cousin in Kent. Darcy has no intention of
I'm on the fence about this book because there are things that I really liked and other things that I didn't with a lot that probably falls somewhere in between. Many Austenesque books can be read without having read the original Austen novels, but this one I would advise that the reader have already read the original story, Pride and Prejudice, or have seen the movie just so reader will have optimal enjoyment when reading and avoid a feeling that they're missing something. I say this because ...more
Linda Banche
Jan 26, 2011 Linda Banche rated it it was amazing
We read Price and Prejudice and sigh in happiness at this enduring tale of a romance that was always fated to be.

Or was it?

No seemingly random events drive the action in The Perfect Bride for Mr. Darcy, Mary Lydon Simonsen's retelling of Pride and Prejudice. Everything is arranged by none other than that unlikeliest of characters, the little-seen Anne De Bourgh.

Anne may be sickly, but her frail body houses a rapier-sharp mind. The story begins as Darcy confesses to Anne his monumentally bungled
Jan 16, 2011 Staci rated it liked it
Recommended to Staci by: Sourcebooks
Shelves: 2011-reads
Why I wanted to read this book: I'm addicted to all things Jane Austen and I'm often fantasize of being Mrs. Darcy!

What worked for me:

* I loved getting to know Anne de Bourgh and Georgiana better with this retelling of Pride and Prejudice. I often thought that if just given the chance Anne would stand up and speak her voice. They were both very clever in their manipulation of Darcy and making sure that he and Elizabeth would be in close proximity to one another.
* My dislike for Caroline Bingle
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
What if Anne de Bourgh perceived Darcy's admiration for Elizabeth Bennet? What if she was the one who convinced Elizabeth and the Gardiners to visit the Peak District instead of the Lake District? What if it was Anne who told Lady Catherine the rumor about Darcy being engaged to Elizabeth Bennet? In The Perfect Bride for Mr. Darcy, there are no coincidences, chance encounters, or fate, all that takes place is clearly the results of Anne de Bourgh's careful and clever machinations!

In this delight
I enjoyed the twist on this tremendously. The roles Georgiana and Anne play are so fascinating and funny. I enjoyed the assertions/possibilities filled in that the original Pride and Prejudice left for our imagination of timing, acquaintances, etc. It's not very descriptive of scenery etc but each story fills a different niche. I enjoyed the plotting, planning and tension in the relationships as well as seeing a totally different side of Anne. Georgiana is maturing as a young woman should. There ...more
Jan 02, 2011 Laurel rated it really liked it
A creative Pride and Prejudice variation

I don’t think I would be exaggerating if I labeled Pride and Prejudice as Jane Austen’s most popular work. In fact, I will take it one step further and proclaim it one of the most beloved novels of all time. It is no surprise to me, at all, that readers want to revisit this tale, and movie makers and writers keep pumping out P&P inspired fare. In the past fifteen years, we have seen a plethora of Mr. Darcy and Lizzy Bennet prequels, sequels, retellings
Sep 29, 2010 Debbie rated it liked it
Shelves: historical, romance
"The Perfect Bride for Mr. Darcy" is a historical romance set in 1808 in England, and it's a "Pride and Prejudice" re-write. The author referred to several historical events occurring outside of England and had them affect the characters in the story, but she generally didn't delve deeply into the day-to-day historical aspects.

The characters weren't faithful portrayals of those in "Pride and Prejudice." In this version, Mr. Darcy had a couple of mistresses before meeting Lizzy. The author made L
Sheila Majczan
Mar 21, 2015 Sheila Majczan rated it really liked it
4.5 stars Darcy opines: "Breeches or trousers?" Charlotte relates, "Saturday is Mr. and Mrs. Night." LOL

As a reader of many JAFF stories I am probably very accepting of how variations are created. Unless there is major tampering with the players' character I just sit back and enjoy the ride.

I found Mary's story to be very enjoyable. Yes, she does change some canon and, I will join others in saying you must read P&P before any variation. Georgiana and Anne are the matchmakers here and in usin
Feb 07, 2011 Miki rated it did not like it
An unappealing mishmash of the BBC TV series, Jane Austen's novel and a bad Harlequin romance. Mr Darcy seems nearly hysterical at times, coincidences abound, and the intrusion of Colonel Fitzgerald's older brother muddies everything. In addition, a penniless former lover of Mr Darcy shows up, and although a lady born, is curiously satisfied to be set up as a "couturier" for the ton. Quotes from Ms Austen's book are tossed in wherever they might fit - apparently in an attempt to legitimize this ...more
The Perfect Bride for Mr. Darcy is a novel that explores the idea of Anne de Bourgh (daughter of the insufferable Lady Catherine de Bourgh) being the reason why one of the greatest couples of all time come together. With the assistance of Darcy’s younger sister, Georgiana, and his dear friend, Colonel Fitzwilliam, Anne does everything she possibly can to assure that her cousin marries Miss Elizabeth Bennet.

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Jan 29, 2016 Muphyn rated it did not like it
112 pages in and I give up... it was mediocre fun at first but now it has just turned into mindless dribble and I just can't be bothered with that anymore. Darcy feels completely out of character as does Elizabeth. The much stronger character of Anne de Bourgh is great but not enough to hold up the story and keep me even vaguely interested.

J. W. Garrett
Oct 27, 2016 J. W. Garrett rated it really liked it
“I think perfect love is any time you love unconditionally, without selfish intent, without concern for personal gain.” Erin McCarthy, The Pregnancy Test

Rating: mild sensuality, mild profanity, mild sexual humor.

What I liked:
The dialogue between characters was delightful. The inclusion of a new character, George Bingley, the elder brother to the Bingley siblings, was really powerful. He was the ‘sense of reason and guidance’ that Charles needed in his life. He was most excellent, wealthy, wise
Christy Sheffield
Nov 03, 2016 Christy Sheffield rated it really liked it
This was a nice take on the Pride and Prejudice storyline. In this novel, Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy get a little help from Mr. Darcy's cousin, Anne. I would recommend you read this book ONLY if you have read the original storyline. I guess that is because I believe no take on Pride & Prejudice will ever replace the original. However, this is a nice fan fiction. The last minute introduction of a character seemed a little rushed...I think the author could have left that out and the storyline ...more
Apr 23, 2014 Tamara rated it really liked it
'He did not want to remember her dark eyes or hair, her beautiful smile, and infectious laugh. And her wit! What had she said at Netherfield about the efficacy of poetry in driving love away? He would never again read a romantic poem without thinking about her comment.' - Mary Lydon Simonsen

After returning from his yearly visit to Rosings , Miss Bingley informs Darcy that Jane Bennet is in town, whilst unintentionally revealing that Elizabeth has gone to Hunsford. Upon hearing this news, Darcy h
Mary Lydon Simonsen is back with her sophomore novel, The Perfect Bride for Mr. Darcy. (Can I also say that there is no sheer coincidence that the word “perfect” is in the title of this novel? More about this later!) Her first novel, Searching for Pemberley, was a partial venture into the world of Jane Austen fan fiction. The Perfect Bride for Mr. Darcy is a uniquely interesting Pride and Prejudice variation that lets Austen’s supporting characters take the reins of her original work.

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Mar 23, 2011 Irena rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-for-review

The Perfect Bride for Mr. Darcy offers a delightfully detailed background to the story and the characters of Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, as well as interesting and accurate insight into the society of the time. That makes it a highly enjoyable read and a must-read for lovers of Austen’s characters.

In this novel, Anne de Bourgh and Georgiana Darcy have more important roles. They come to the forefront as matchmakers, especially Anne, who first notices her cousin’s feelings for Miss El
The most succinct way to describe this novel is to say that it is very much like Mr. Darcy, the man himself - starts out horrid but improves on acquaintance!

This is yet another variation that will not appeal to purists. Not only are various facts and circumstances altered but the very natures of certain characters as well. Jane is still good but wiser and less angelic. Georgianna is not at all shy but extremely gregarious if not a little bit silly, although still very poised and intelligent. Ch
Mar 18, 2012 Anita rated it really liked it
Fan Fiction is a new concept to me, but with that explanation on board, I persisted and found this novel is a regurgitation of the original story with virtually the same cast of characters. It proved quite interesting, in that it shows the introspection and motivations of other characters - which Austen left for her readers to work out for themselves. I suppose if you have read Pride & Prejudice and didn’t understand why the characters behaved in the way they did this book fills in some of ...more
Jennifer Gentry
Mar 25, 2011 Jennifer Gentry rated it did not like it
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Jan 17, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it
Have you ever wondered about Mr. Darcy’s side of the story in Pride and Prejudice? I know I like to think about Mr. Darcy! The Perfect Bride for Mr. Darcy chronicles Mr. Darcy’s love for Elizabeth Bennet and how his sister Georgiana and cousin Anne had to work their magic at times to get Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth together.

The Perfect Bride for Mr. Darcy mostly takes place between Mr. Darcy’s ill-fated proposal at Rosings to just after the marriage of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth. This story is unique i
Jun 21, 2011 Jennifer rated it really liked it
am very leery when it comes to reading Austen inspired fiction, re-writes, or sequels. However when it comes to Simonsen's work all bets are off. Simonsen's past Austen inspired books were quite good and The Perfect Bride is no exception. I really liked and enjoyed this one immensely. Simonsen uses the basic premise of Pride & Prejudice condensing the original source work into a few chapters at the beginning. Kind of like a summary, but a quick telling of events to get the reader up to ...more
In yet another retelling of the classic story of Fitzwilliam Darcy of Pemberley and Elizabeth Bennet of Longbourn, The Perfect Bride for Mr. Darcy imagines what it might be like if some of Pride and Prejudice's secondary characters played a more vital role in bringing the two lovers together. Mary Lydon Simonsen presents a version of the story in which Darcy's younger sister Georgiana Darcy and their cousin Anne de Bourgh plot to unite Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy in spite of all the odds against the ...more
Hannah M.
Apr 30, 2011 Hannah M. rated it liked it
The Perfect Bride for Mr. Darcy was good, but not the best I have read as far as Pride and Prejudice variations go. The majority this book was exactly what happened in the original, with a few differences.

Anne de Bourgh and Georgiana play a much bigger part in this book, which was actually really neat. In fact, Anne and Elizabeth develop a close friendship and constantly write, and Anne and Colonel Fitzwilliam read right through Darcy, picking up on his love for Elizabeth. When Georgiana sees ho
Sep 29, 2011 Aimee rated it liked it
The Perfect Bride for Mr. Darcy takes the original story of Pride and Prejudice and adds more depth to two characters from the book that were not given much attention by Jane Austen, Darcy's sister Georgiana and his cousin Anne de Bourgh. In this retelling these two women work together to help Mr. Darcy win the heart of Elizabeth. Problems arise when Elizabeth's sister Lydia runs away with George Wickham and causes a scandal that could ruin the entire family. Georgiana and Anne have a lot of ...more
Sylvia McIvers
Nov 01, 2013 Sylvia McIvers rated it did not like it
Jane Austen – all the love. Elizabeth Bennet – guaranteed witty conversation. Mr. Darcy – swoon. A Jane Austen knock off – excuse me, homage – moved to the top of my To Read pile as soon as I brought it home.

"Perfect Bride" follows the plotline of Pride and Prejudice. The first chapter introduces us to Darcy and the Bingley family, in a scene that didn’t make it into the original book. Surprisingly, Mr. Darcy had a reason for acting like an unmannered cad. It wasn’t a very nice reason, but a rea
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My thoughts:

I do love my Jane Austen variations, and this one introduces Anne in such a new light. She is quiet, but that is mostly because of her mother. When she is with her cousins she is another woman, but still she is ill and will therefore never marry. I did like this new portrait of Anne. Georgiana was different too, not at all shy but lively and could easily speak with others.

But the rest was just as usual, Lizzy and Darcy were true to the original story, Wickham a scoundrel as usual. On
Apr 10, 2011 Natalie rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, own
This book made me smile. On the surface, the story is (mostly) the same as the original Pride and Prejudice, but in the background, everything has changed. Characters that were previously next to invisible come to the front and points of view are all switched around.
Miss Anne de Bourgh can see that her cousin, Fitzwilliam Darcy, is hopelessly in love with the lovely Elizabeth Bennet. Rather than allow his clumsy attempted proposal to ruin his hopes for future happiness, Anne decides to take matt
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Mar 18, 2015 08:21AM  
  • Mr. Darcy's Secret
  • From Lambton to Longbourn
  • Only Mr. Darcy Will Do
  • Mr. Darcy and the Secret of Becoming a Gentleman
  • Darcy and Fitzwilliam: A Tale of a Gentleman and an Officer (Darcy and Fitzwilliam, #1)
  • The Darcy Cousins
  • Mr. Darcy's Little Sister
  • Christmas at Pemberley: A Pride and Prejudice Holiday Sequel
  • The Darcys Give a Ball: A Gentle Joke, Jane Austen Style
  • Affinity and Affection
  • Darcy and Anne
  • Mr. Darcy's Proposal
  • First Impressions: A Tale of Less Pride & Prejudice
  • Miss Darcy Falls in Love
  • Pemberley Ranch
  • Longbourn's Unexpected Matchmaker
  • Pemberley Shades: A Lightly Gothic Tale of Mr. and Mrs. Darcy
  • Darcy's Decision (Given Good Principles #1)
I am the authors of several Pride & Prejudice and Persuasion re-imaginings. I have also written a modern love story, The Second Date, Love Italian-American Style, and three British mysteries, Three's A Crowd, A Killing in Kensington, A Death in Hampden, Dying to Write, and Murder by Moonlighting.

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