Mr. Darcy and the Secret of Becoming a Gentleman
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Mr. Darcy and the Secret of Becoming a Gentleman

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  662 ratings  ·  76 reviews
When Elizabeth Bennet refuses his hand, Darcy is devastated and makes it his mission to change. By every civility in his power, Darcy slowly tries to win her affections, but Elizabeth is not easily swayed. Darcy vows to unlock the secrets that will make her his. He curses himself for his social awkwardness and appearance of pride, and sets out to right the wrongs he's done...more
Paperback, 446 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Sourcebooks Landmark (first published April 27th 2011)
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Misty
Hmmm... Wrote this review last year but somehow missed posting it here. So:

This one is kind of an odd one for me because I'm really torn. On the one hand, there were times when I was completely in the flow of things and enjoying it. It was pleasant and I liked the story and where Hamilton was going with it - even though it is not at all what I thought it was going to be. I settled in prepared (purely based on the title and my own preconceptions) for the story of Darcy's time away from Lizzie aft...more
Becky R.
Overall, Mr. Darcy and the Secret of Becoming a Gentleman was a fun departure from the original story, asking the reader to consider "what if" Darcy decided to change from that first tongue lashing by Elizabeth? Could he have changed and won her over by showing her who he really was? These questions fuel this new story line as Darcy works to show Elizabeth that he isn't the pompous rich guy she has come to believe him. He ends up showing back up at her home to interact with her family and to try...more
Soph
I was really intrigued by this story and it was one of the ones I was most interested in reading as I always wondered how the story could have panned out had Darcy taken more steps towards showing Elizabeth his true nature, instead of acting upon it when the chance encounter at Pemberley brings them together, or at least act upon some of the criticisms Elizabeth lists off to him in the ill-fated proposal, such as the relations between Bingley and Jane, and I was not disappointed by this story!

Th...more
Chelsea
I keep waiting for my Pride and Prejudice spell to break, and instead it keeps coming back stronger. Usually a P&P sequel or retelling will be enough to tamp it down for a while, and not in the "satisfied my Darcy craving" way, either. Let's be honest: most P&P retellings/sequels/updates are awful.

This one was quite good.

It's a different take on Mr. Darcy's reformation - what if he decided he needed, first and foremost, to make amends to Jane and Bingley? He determines that the best way...more
Katherine
I loved 90% of the book. I was disappointed when it came to the final few chapters but to me mr.darcy stops being a gentlemen when he succumbs for his desire for Elizabeth before they are married. If you are looking for a clean romance, this isn't it in the last few chapters. If you took out the one scene of desire... it would have been perfect! but that ruined it for me.
Margaret Minton
No, no, no! This is not for Pride and Prejudice fans, but rather for bodice-ripper fans. I enjoyed the scenes she imagined to show how Elizabeth got to know Darcy - but felt up-chukky when Elizabeth reveled in "the taut planes of his back" and he spent his time "cupping" various parts of her body. Not even well-written sex. Yuk!
Bath Book Shop
The Adventures of Chelsea and Her Pride and Prejudice Sequels/Retellings (working title) is long and a bit of a downer. (Want the full story? All my reviews, lots of them scathing, are at my "Jane Austen" shelf.) But this one! This one is good!

I knew there were a couple good P&P retellings, simply because of the volume of titles out there. But they are few and far between, and most fall into the "painfully awkward exposition" or "just because you use the same names doesn't mean they're the s...more
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
What if Mr. Darcy, feeling intense despair and heartache over Elizabeth's unceremonious refusal, focused all his energy on repairing the damage he caused to Bingley's relationship with Jane Bennet? Darcy, realizing he was wrong, knows he must now do what is right, otherwise Elizabeth's poor opinion of him will be validated. However, reuniting Bingley with Jane Bennet, means Darcy must return to Meryton and once again encounter Elizabeth Bennet! Unfortunately, Darcy is unsuccessful in persuading...more
Staci
May 28, 2011 Staci rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Staci by: Sourcebooks
Shelves: 2011-reads
My Thoughts: This is what I look for when I want a stellar P&P variation. The story was tender, sweet, funny, original and also had that vibe of Jane Austen running within the pages. To me it is vital that the characters ring true as Austen wrote them...and this author did a fabulous job. I loved all of the roadblocks that Darcy encountered as he tried to make Elizabeth view him in a better light. I thought the author did a great job of bringing in minor characters from the original story an...more
Melbourne on my mind
I had zero expectations going into this book. I have a weird obsession with these P&P sequels/alterna-endings even though the vast majority of them are disappointing or rage-causing. They're often poorly written or turn the characters into controlling douchebags or are riddled with historical inaccuracies. So this was a pleasant surprise in that none of those things were particularly prevalent. There WERE a few Americanisms throughout, particularly the use of the word "fall" instead of autum...more
Amber
So disappointed with this book. It was ok at the beginning, got pretty good in the middle, then totally disgusted me at the end. Mr. Darcy turned out to not be a gentleman and poor Jane Austin has got to be turning in her grave. I'll have to read "Pride and Predjudice" soon to get the bad taste out of my mouth.
Manar
I loved this book! I don't care if it's cheesy but I adore Pride and Prejudice related literature. I found the detailed development of Darcy's character made me love him even more :3 The characterisation didn't stray a lot from the canon but Hamilton managed to make them her own in a lot of ways. I remain to hate Caroline Bingley and Mrs Bennet and I love Darcy and Lizzie even more! There were bits here and there that annoyed me a bit, like whenever the word 'fall' would be used instead of autum...more
Marilyn
It was hard to get into but picked up with action about half way through.
I don't think Jane "Austin" would like the 20th century morallyity of
this tail. It left me feeling that was Elizabeth was no lady.
Brittany
I really enjoyed this one. I love P & P variations. I have read some truly horrible ones, and really amazing ones. This one really falls more towards the latter.
What keeps it from being five stars - A few other reviews stated this, so I was ready for it - Darcy uncharacteristically talks a lot. I found myself drifting off into other thoughts when he became so verbose. Not something I'm used to when reading Darcy dialogue.

Others have also commented about the more romantic scenes. I guess I...more
Kimberly
Another enjoyable read. The author captures the spirit of the characters quite well, and I can't wait to see this one adorning my bookshelf. Highly recommended.
Elizabeth
I am not yet sure If I liked it. I suppose the descriptions are interesting and the converdations are lively. I did not get tired, but I think some parts are well-written than some others.
For example, I really liked the beginning and Darcy's feelings as they are described, the middle was interesting too, but as the chapters were coming to an end I felt that the couple was too forward and not so proper as they should be. I really did not like the end. The consummation of their wedding is tolerab...more
Blodeuedd Finland
My thoughts:

Yes I still adore anything Pride and Prejudice related. These may not be for everyone and to that I will just say that variations are fun and always make me smile.

This book again was different because much was from Darcy's POV. The book begins after his failed proposal and he realizes that he needs to change. He needs to be more out there and he needs to make the wrongs to right. First he needs to get Bingley and Jane together and then he needs to work on making Elizabeth fall for hi...more
Arleigh
Imagine Pride & Prejudice from the point in the book where Elizabeth Bennet declines Mr. Darcy’s marriage proposal at Hunsford, as he takes his leave and begins to wonder where he went wrong. This is the basis for this Austen variation, in which the characters come to the same end result, only not exactly as Austen wrote it and with more details.

Darcy begins reexamining himself through with the words Elizabeth had flung at him regarding his behavior and demeanor. With his thoughts on rightin...more
Linda Banche

How could she turn down his marriage proposal? He's Fitzwilliam Darcy, the Master of Pemberley!

And a puffed-up, abrupt, overbearing, proud, haughty, sanctimonious, stiff-rumped know-it-all. How could she ACCEPT his proposal?

Thus begins Maria Hamilton's MR DARCY AND THE SECRET OF BECOMING A GENTLEMAN. We're off and running as Elizabeth's refusal at Hunsford sparks a wake-up call, and Darcy, desperate for her affections, heeds the summons.

He starts by making amends to Bingley and Jane, by admittin...more
Sandra
I should have known, that reading a Jane Austen continuation/spin-off/rewrite might not always work out. This book however had such positive reviews, that I was willing to give it a shot.

The book itself was quite fun. This is basically a rewrite of Pride & Prejudice, starting at the point where Elizabeth refuses Mr. Darcy for the first time. It was well told and it made me laugh out loud quite a few times. The characters seemed to be very close to their originals, and the expansions on their...more
Georgiana 1792
Una Variation poco 'varia'

Questo romanzo altro non è se non una Pride and Prejudice Variation – del genere di quelle di Abigail Reynolds, per intenderci (fra parentesi la Reynolds è citata nei ringraziamenti al termine del libro) – con una forte componente psicologica che ci fa vedere il nostro amato Orgoglio e pregiudizio in profondità sia dal punto di vista di Elizabeth che da quello di Darcy; se non fosse che ben presto la trama si discosta dall’originale di Jane Austen. La Hamilton ha infatt...more
Miriam Reeves
This book felt rather modern to be. Their behavior was more 21st century than Pride and Prejudice. I was enjoying the book even with the modern feel but I had a hard time feeling like it was Elizabeth and Darcy. Strangely the way I can tell if I feel they are true to the original characters is if I can hear a british accent in my head when reading. I kept hearing an american accent when I hit half way through the book.

Some of the dialogue between also got very long and unnecessary and I wanted...more
Liz
A nifty little 'What If' P&P story, I enjoyed this mostly albeit skimmed a bit of the middle parts.

Mr. Darcy, after the disastrous marriage proposal at Hunsford, embarks on a mission of self evaluation as he endeavors to become the man Elizabeth would find worthy of marrying. First, he makes it his mission to repair the damaged relationship between Mr. Bingley and Jane Bennett. Then, while in support of his friend, forces himself to come out of his shell of self consciousness and prove hims...more
Leslie
This P & P variation begins with Darcy and Col. Fitzwilliam leaving Rosings following the disastrous proposal to Lizzy. Instead of Darcy going off to sulk and lick his wounds he set out upon a course of actions to prove that he has taken Lizzy's words to heart.

So rather than several months passing before he and she meet again they are almost immediately in each others company. There is a bit of confusion about Mr. Darcy's motives in visiting Longbourn when he speaks with Jane but the return...more
Alanna Mooney
Mr Darcy And The Secret Of Becoming A Gentleman picks up with Darcy leaving Kent after his botched proposal to Elizabeth; he leaves her in receipt of his explanation letter while he contemplates all that she’s said and just how much of it might have a basis in truth. He soon realises that, though she is misunderstood in some of her facts, her criticisms of his character are well-founded and he makes it his mission to make himself worthy of her love and attention. True to its inspiration, Darcy s...more
Gloria Cangahuala
I love Jane Austen fan fiction, so it was with great exuberance that I dove into Maria Hamilton's take on Fitzwilliam Darcy. "Mr. Darcy and the Secret of Becoming a Gentleman" is a delightful novel that gets into Darcy's head and lets the reader see all the turmoil he endures as he attempts to figure out what went wrong in his proposal to Elizabeth Bennett - and what he needs to change to make things right. Hamilton's well-developed characters remain - for the most part - true to Austen, and thi...more
Djg
Mr. Darcy and the Secret of Becoming a Gentleman by Maria Hamilton

The good: Well written and edited. The author did a good job of maintaining the spirit of all the original Austen characters. I also liked her reimagining of P & P.

I know some people are not fond of P&P versions where Darcy & Elizabeth anticipate their vows but when the author has laid the foundation for the relationship and the passion they have for one another, it's perfectly natural. After all, Jane Austen may not...more
Kim
Mr. Darcy and the Secret of Becoming a Gentleman is the debut novel of author Maria Hamilton. The novel is a what-if variation of Pride and Prejudice (my favorite!) that asks the question, What if Mr. Darcy is so incredibly heartbroken and remorseful about his failed proposal to Elizabeth Bennet that he goes back to Meryton to pick up the pieces of his meddling and prove to Elizabeth that he’s a changed man? Will Elizabeth accept this new Darcy and realize that these changes were made for her?

Th...more
Elizabeth West
I liked the plot line of this story very much, more interaction between Darcy and Elizabeth after the failed proposal at Hunsford and Mr. Darcy attempting to redeem himself. I especially enjoyed the mix up of exactly WHO was interested in Jane since Mr. Darcy came directly to try to fix the problems he created between Bingley and Jane.

What prevents this from being a 5 star book for me was it ran out of gas at the end. The last quarter of the book saw Darcy and Elizabeth morph from a Regency coup...more
Tyler Griffith
By far my favorite of the retellings that I have read thus far. I appreciated that Darcy had to win Elizabeth's trust, and Jane's! Jane is much stronger character in this version and I ended up liking her more than in the original-blaspheme, I know. It always irked me that all it took was a letter for Elizabeth to completely change his mind, because even if he was shy and misunderstood he had been exceedingly rude. I LOVED Darcy in this version too. :Slight spoiler: I could respect him more in t...more
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