Darcy and Fitzwilliam: A Tale of a Gentleman and an Officer (Darcy and Fitzwilliam, #1)
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Darcy and Fitzwilliam: A Tale of a Gentleman and an Officer (Darcy and Fitzwilliam #1)

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Presents a reimagining of the friendship between the Jane Austen characters Fitzwilliam Darcy and his cousin and best friend Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam...Title: .Darcy and Fitzwilliam..Author: .Wasylowski, Karen V...Publisher: .Sourcebooks Inc..Publication Date: .2011/02/01..Number of Pages: .481..Binding Type: .PAPERBACK..Library of Congress: .2010047161
Paperback, 496 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Sourcebooks Landmark (first published January 1st 2011)
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Tarrin Lupo
Let me first say I am not a big fan of the original Pride and Prejudice and found it mind numbing in parts. So I normally would never read a book like this, but all my friends kept talking about how good Mrs. Waslowski's book was. I caved to the peer pressure and gave it a read. To my surprised I really enjoyed it, I found it had a great deal of humor and was very clever. I assumed Darcy was just mad because he had a girls name, but instead it seems he really has some unresolved issues with his...more
Kate Dana
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Poor, to say the least, don't get me wrong, the closeness between the two main protagonists was endearing but it was clearly poorly thought out & researched, the tone and humour was all wrong, witty but the tale belonged in present day America not in 19th regency Britain and as for the women in this tale the were perverted and deformed beyond belief or recognition, this author clearly has forgotten that they are writing the stories and adventures of charactes that have existed and survived f...more
I couldn't make myself finish this book. I read about 1/3 of it, and just couldn't take any more. I'm a sucker for novels inspired by Pride and Prejudice, and I'm willing to try almost any of them I come across, but I'm almost always disappointed. In this case, the author makes zero attempt to recreate the classic Regency style of the original. The tone does not match at all. She has Darcy and his cousin, Fitzwilliam, using foul language to each other (out of the hearing of the ladies, of course...more
Fitzwilliam Darcy and Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam are cousins and friends in Pride and Prejudice. While Mr. Darcy is rich, proud and reserved, Colonel Fitzwilliam is the second son of an Earl, poor and lively. In Darcy and Fitzwilliam, this friendship is explored.

Volume I, Fitzwilliam Darcy: A gentleman, the story of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth continues directly after their marriage. Colonel Fitzwilliam has come to visit his beloved cousin after returning home from the Napoleonic war. While Elizabe...more
Maria Grazia
What is absolutely new in Karen Wasylowski' s spin-off story based on Pride & Prejudice is its being a modern bromance set in the Regency period. This modern term refers to a close but non-sexual relationship between two (or more) men . It is a story of special , close friends which, in ancient times already, Aristotle described as “ those who desire the good of their friends for the friends' sake that are most truly friends, because each loves the other for what he is, and not for any incid...more

well. that was a waste of time, frankly. so many things did not make sense. lady catherine??? never... and the characters of lizzy and darcy were a disaster, not like anything they were like in "pride and prejudice". the little story enveloping them (with caroline bingley) was irrelevant at best. useless. and so not necessary as the romance with colonel fitzwilliam was nice enough, getting close to any historical romance with huge hulking men with battle scars and being generally fit...more
Jennifer Conrad
I didn't think that this author did a very good job sticking to the personalities of the original characters. Darcy and Fitzwilliam become very controlling, and Lizzy is very angry. Also, women who are pregnant in this book are stereotypical: hormone-crazed, irrational, and eager to pick a fight.

The story of Fitzwilliam, Amanda, and Harry is an interesting twist. The way that situation comes to a resolution was my favorite scene in the book (well, the event that leads to the resolution!).

The epi...more
Mr. Darcy sleeping with Caroline Bingley? Elizabeth Bennett turning into an irritable, emotional shrew who throws things at Darcy? Col. Fitzwilliam and Darcy swearing all the time? I think not. Don't be tempted by the stunning cover and clever title. Stay far, far away from this book.
Elizabeth West
The book wins points for originality in that someone finally cares about Colonel Fitzwilliam, but this book would have been better if Elizabeth and Darcy were kept out of it. I read a great deal of Pride and Prejudice fan fiction and I can go along with new imaginings. One of my favorite titles is a fantasy inspired Pride and Prejudice. But Darcy, Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam just deviate too far, with no explanation, from established characterizations in Jane Austen's world.

I really needed a litt...more
Deborah Swift

I am not a particularly fanatical Austen fan, certainly not a purist, but I do like the wit of Jane Austen, and so was ready to embrace the tale of Darcy and his cousin with open arms. I was not disappointed. What impressed me most about this book was that it has the feel of Austen, but updated. It is very difficult to be funny in an Austen-esque way and still be fresh. Too often the humour doesn't properly succeed. But the impact that Austen must have had in her day is all here, in this laugh-o...more
Grace Elliot
An engrossing read; Ms Wayslowski endows Austen’s characters with a new vitality.
It’s often struck me that in the 19th century, people must have had the same human urges as we do today and indeed, Ms Wayslowski goes behind closed doors to show the playful relationship between Darcy and Elizabeth. In this clever book, two tender love stories run in parallel: Darcy for his beloved Lizzie, who he fears to lose in childbirth, and Fitzwilliam, the jaded war hero who makes sense of life through drink...more
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Colonel Fitzwilliam – what do we know of him? In a direct manner, Jane Austen tells us that Colonel Fitzwilliam is “not handsome, but in person and address most truly the gentleman.” In addition, we see his charismatic and genial nature in his conversations with Elizabeth; and can assume that he is responsible and conscientious since he was selected to be Georgiana's guardian. But that is hardly enough, is it? Colonel Fitzwilliam is right up there with Captain Wentworth and Colonel Brandon as on...more
DARCY AND FITZWILLIAM: A Tale of a Gentleman and an Officer by Karen V. Wasylowski is a intriguing historical romance set in 1813 London. It is well written with details and depth. It has romance, love, family, friends,blood relatives,misunderstandings, witty banter, heartbreak and responsibilities. This is another Jane Austen story continued.This is the relationship between Darcy and Fitzwilliam(cousins who are like brothers) who are not only united by family,friendship and allies,but are also...more
This was a surprising little book. It's cleverly written, at times frustrating, with unexpected bits of humor throughout. There is a decidedly masculine feel to the narrative, a dramatic, soap-opera-esque plot, and a few characters are sort of turned on their heads. Caroline Bingley is a villanous tramp, Lady Catherine is more of an eccentric, amusing matriarch rather than the pompus, overbearing relation who so abused our Lizzie. I loved Darcy's loving/antagonistic relationship with his cousin...more

I was really eager for this one: I love the dynamic between Darcy and Col. Fitz, and I wanted to see that explored, as well as get some of the Col's story. Unfortunately, the characters I found in this were practically unrecognizable. Lizzie sometimes devolved into a shrieking harpy, Darcy was sort of neurotic, Lady Catherine was actually kind of awesome (which I liked, but you know...Lady C is notawesome, so again it just furthered the idea that they characters just weren't themselves.But...more
I had such hopes. Now I have such disappointments. I couldn't make it past 70 pages. Skimmed here or there. Read the epilogue. And I just didn't want any more. I read a review that pretty much said exactly how I felt--in just those few pages! (http://austenprose.com/2011/02/06/dar...)

Others liked it for its originality and the author's own take of "realism" with the characters. But I am very particular about Austen spin-offs. And there is a reason I typically don't do P&P spin-offs! This fit...more
Melbourne on my mind
This was...not good. It never quite reached "I want to throw it at the wall" status, so it's probably more like a 1.25 star book, but STILL. The characters are universally awful. Darcy and Colonel Fitzwilliam are both enormously controlling "you-belong-to-me" types. At one point, Darcy spends like three pages screaming at a heavily pregnant Lizzy through her locked bedroom door, then kicks the door in, and has the nerve to be offended when she cowers, because he would NEVER hurt a woman. The wom...more
Positive points - I enjoyed Lady Catherine's character. Her scenes made me laugh. Especially the scene with Caroline Bingley. Other positive points, it took place in England and there were some characters named Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy.

Negative points, the characters were nothing like I envisioned them. Elizabeth, so full of jealousy and anger, reminded me more of Lydia then any other Bennett family member. Colonel Fitzwilliam acting very similar to Wickman. It was all very strange. I also did n...more
Fun and funny - I laughed out loud several times! Colonel Fitzwilliam has always been a favorite, and this did not disappoint! Amanda was fun, and Lady Catherine was AWESOME! I did think the characters were a little too volatile, a little too moody, but overall, I really liked it!

Highly entertaining. I loved the development of Lady Catherine and seeing a different side of Darcy and seeing more of Fitzwilliam. My only criticism is that it could have left out some of the details in the love scenes.
Debra Brown
This author has a great sense of humor! I follow everything she writes. Check out her blogs: http://karenvwasylowski.blogspot.com and http://britsunited.blogspot.com.
Aik Chien 인첸
It has been a long time since I last read Jane Austen's classic, Pride and Prejudice. I think I read it when I was 12 years old. I have almost forgotten all the characters in the story, with the exception of the protagonists, Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett. Darcy and Fitzwilliam by Karen V. Wasylowski is a continuation of the original story, but I'd rather not compare it with the original and rate it as a stand-alone novel.

Albeit apprehensive of how things might turn out, given my lack...more
Linda Banche

Laugh until your sides ache and then laugh some more with Karen V. Wasylowski's delicious DARCY AND FITZWILLIAM: A TALE OF A GENTLEMAN AND AN OFFICER. This absorbing, fast-moving romp of a book catalogs the often hilarious ups and downs in the enduring affectionate friendship of those brothers-in-spirit, cousins Fitzwilliam Darcy and Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam.

Darcy and Elizabeth have married, but nothing comes between the lifelong regard of Darcy and Fitzwilliam. Each always there to help the...more
I liked the story a lot. Unlike many other pieces of Austen fanfic, the plot and characters are complex and interesting, and the author has created some very believable adult relationships among all the original P&P characters, as well as bringing in historical persons and inventing new characters, such as a friend for Georgiana (to mention one that wouldn't be a spoiler). I liked the developing marital relationship between Darcy and Lizzie, and the way Wasylowski explored how Darcy and Col....more
Aug 05, 2011 Bron rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: people without Austen-like expectations
My expectations made this book extremely difficult to read. When I saw this on display in the library my thoughts went immediately back to Pride and Prejudice, and so I was expecting certain characteristics in the characters in this story. However, Darcy, Colonel Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth do not remind me of their Jane Austen counterparts. In fact, Lizzie really reminded me more of her sister Lydia than of the Jane Austen Elizabeth Bennett. The more I read of this book the more I was able to get...more
Angela Simmons
Darcy and Fitzwilliam is highly original for a Pride & Prejudice spin off. While maintaining the core of Jane Austen’s characters, the author has in a sense liberated them from the restrictions of the era in which they were penned. Jane Austen was said that she did not write any scenes in which men were alone because she did not know what they spoke about or how they acted, in some ways that put a limit on her novel, being that we only see things from a woman’s point-of-view. Now with Darcy...more
Georgiana 1792
Darcy e Fitzwilliam: ma non chiamateli Gentlemen!

Chi legge le mie recensioni sa che non ho mai pregiudizi quando comincio a leggere un libro. Forse avrei dovuto averne, perché mi era stato detto che questo libro conteneva alcune scene erotiche, degne di qualunque romance. Forse avrei dovuto averne, perché è palese che la sua autrice abbia un debole per i bei giovanottoni inglesi, tanto che il suo blog, The League of the British Artists è un piacere per gli occhi di chi cerca tutto, ma proprio tu...more
I have to point out that the summary for this book is not at all what the actual book is about. Because you’re lead to believe that it occurs during Pride & Prejudice, when in fact it starts not long after the end of P&P, with a brief prelude that helps establish Darcy and Fitzwilliam’s brotherly/best friend relationship.

Told in three sections, the first one focuses on Darcy in his newly married state with Elizabeth. There’s a strange backstory attached to Darcy that I felt just didn’t f...more
Karla V
Absolutely lovely! Very funny!
I won this title from a giveaway and I'm so glad for the opportunity to read it, because otherwise I may have never heard about it.

I've never been much of a Jane Austen fan, but I loved this 'sequel' to Pride and Prejudice. LOL

The cover is absolutely gorgeous, the writing is fluid and fun, the intimate / romantic scenes between Darcy and Elizabeth are so cute, and there are SO many great quotes!!!

The book is divided in 'two volumes', being the first about Dracy an...more
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