The Truth About Mr. Darcy
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The Truth About Mr. Darcy

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  526 ratings  ·  67 reviews
(This book was previously self-published as Affinity and Affection)

In this hot tale, Mr. Darcy confesses the truth about George Wickham right from the start, warning Elizabeth and the rest of Meryton about Wickham's despicable character. Will his honesty change the way Elizabeth feels about him and his previous poor behavior? Will he still have to transform himself to win...more
Paperback, Reissue, 448 pages
Published June 6th 2011 by Sourcebooks (first published November 20th 2008)
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Blodeuedd Finland
My thoughts:

It's time for another Jane Austen variation. This one was different because there was more passion and there was a whole new side to Mr Darcy.

In this one Mr Darcy is falling for Elizabeth, and when Wickham shows up he decides to tell her the truth about things. This leads to Elizabeth seeing him in a whole new light. There is courting and there is passion, yes that is the thing that makes this book stand out. Mr Darcy is really in lust with Lizzy, and she is starting to feel passiona...more
The best way to describe how I felt about this book: it was a guilty pleasure. Another great way to describe it, if you'll forgive me, is that it is a Jane Austen porno. Basically, it starts where Elizabeth meets Wickham in the original Austen novel. It quickly changes course when Mr. Darcy gets over himself in a hurry and lets Elizabeth know what kind of guy Wickham is. An interesting premise, yes. But not really consistent with Mr. Darcy as Austen created him. Which becomes rather immaterial,...more
Nia Forrester
'The Truth About Mr. Darcy' was a revelation for me. Apparently I was late to the game, because I had never heard of Jane Austen fan fiction before; so when I stumbled across this re-imagining of what happens leading up to (and following) the marriage between Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy from Austen's 'Pride and Prejudice', I was intrigued. Having read all of Austen's work while a teenager, I was always struck by how much was unsaid between the characters, and how modulated and muted t...more
My husband looks at the book I'm reading and says "Haven't you read that before?"

I flip the cover back. "Probably."

And honestly, even if I haven't picked up this version, it's more than possible I read the first few chapters of Affinity and Affection on the DWG or over a decade ago and then moved on to more compelling reads.

Pride and Prejudice is all about misunderstandings and personality shifts. Self discovery and discovery of others. This cleared up all the misunderstandings in...more
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Leggendo Orgoglio e Pregiudizio mi sono spesso domandata cosa sarebbe successo se Darcy fosse stato un po' meno orgoglioso e se avesse messo subito in guardia Elizabeth dalla vera indole di Wickham.
Beh, la versione si Susan Adriani ha soddisfatto la mia curiosità e mi ha regalato ore di piacevole lettura.
La storia parte subito da quel particolare momento, quando Darcy e Bingley incontrano le sorelle Bennet insieme a Wickham.. e da qui la storia prende nuove ed avvincenti direzioni!

Ho notato fin...more
I don’t like to think of Darcy as enduring life rather than living it prior to Elizabeth. I don’t think Elizabeth consumed his life but enhanced it. I think Darcy and Caroline Bingley were friends. He might even have thought her pretty. They talked, spent quite a lot of time together and even schemed against Bingley together. I don’t think Darcy was shy, but rather above the small talk of the local gentry. When Colonel Fitzwilliam said Darcy didn’t take the time to learn to be easy in company, I...more
I’ve come to the realization that Pride and Prejudice “what if’s” are my favorite sub-genre to read in the world of Jane Austen fan fiction (JAFF). They give us the opportunity to cut and mold the storyline of Austen’s work in a fresh new way, and to explore all the different avenues in the plot that are previously undiscovered. It’s fascinating that by changing one line of dialogue or one person’s action, you get an entirely different story that gives the reader an opportunity to discover somet...more
This novel starts off with a very funny prologue that immediately captured my interest much like Elizabeth captured Darcy's. Watching Darcy convince Elizabeth of the depth of his emotions was sweet and enjoyable. However, the novel takes a dark turn with Wickham and never quite recaptures the blissful and erotic nature found at the beginning of the story, leaving me more sad than satisfied at the outcome of the supporting characters. The author is quite adept in her description of Elizabeth and...more
I have a weakness for Pride and prejudice re-imaginings/fanfic. I can't help myself. I see one, I buy one. This book was not so much a re-imagining of Pride and Prejudice as it was a series of sexcapades starring a guy named Fitz and a girl named Lizzie. Nothing in these characters felt true to the books. Darcy was bad, but Lizzie? Everything that made Elizabeth Bennet great was undone and she turned into a girl who cried over every little insult and tried to break an engagement because someone...more
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My guilty pleasure is reading anything related to Pride & Prejudice, particularly "what if" scenarios. Susan Adriani's debut novel is refreshing and thought provoking. What if Mr Darcy had come down off his horse that day in Meryton when he saw Wickham speaking with Elizabeth and her sisters-- and later tells her & her father of Wickham's character? That is this story. I love how Adriani fleshes out all of Jane Austen original characters in this rendering & how diversions from canon...more
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Kathleen Crowell
The truth is, it had nothing to do with the jacket cover--50 pages in, Darcy and Elizabeth were together and basically it was 50 Shades of Grey, Jane Austen-style.
Linda Banche

What is the truth in Susan Adriani's THE TRUTH ABOUT MR. DARCY? The truth is Darcy is madly, passionately, obsessively and desperately in love with Elizabeth and doesn't know what to do about it. The Master of Pemberley has met his match and his well-ordered world crumbles. How to put the pieces back together? By swallowing his pride and telling Elizabeth the truth about Wickham before her prejudice can hurt them both.

Darcy's early confession changes Elizabeth's opinion of him, leading Darcy to...more
Jul 13, 2010 Sue rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who don't mind many intimate scenes
I enjoyed this books plot. I enjoyed Darcy and Elizabeth's unswerving devotion to each other and family ties. Even the changes in Lydia's personality for the better and Wickham's demise. There were several laugh out loud funny parts for me. Mr. Bennet's wit and personality were more clearing drawn out. Mr. Bingley was also painted much more intelligently than most times. And tho' they were newlyweds I still have a hard time that the intimacy would have been shared in so many places and with such...more
Georgiana 1792
La vera natura di Mr Darcy?

Il romanzo della Adriani parte dal presupposto che Mr Darcy sia consapevole dei suoi sentimenti per Elizabeth molto prima che in Pride and Prejudice e che il suo orgoglio non sia tale da impedirgli di rivelare la vera natura di Mr Wickham, quando lo vede a Meryton per la prima volta in compagnia delle sorelle Bennet.

Forse per un istinto di protezione verso Lizzy, forse per una forma di insicurezza nei confronti dell'amico d'infanzia - di cui conosce la natura diffamato...more
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
The Truth About Mr. Darcy is a beautifully romantic variation of Pride and Prejudice that was originally self-published as Affinity and Affection (a more fitting and attractive title, in my humble opinion) in 2008. In this variation Ms. Adriani alters the scene where Darcy and Wickham first encounter each other in Meryton. Instead of letting Wickham insinuate himself in Elizabeth's good graces and tell vicious lies, Darcy shares his side of the story first. Instead of maintaining a healthy disli...more
S. J.
Jul 24, 2012 S. J. rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans already reading Jane Austen pastiches and who love mysteries
Recommended to S. by: Bookshelf
*2.75-3 Stars*

*The Gush*
I've read several Jane Austen Printed Fan Fictions (as I call them) and love the different looks the various authors take of one of their favorite books. That's whats so great about fan fiction, it's the highest form of flattery that someone puts the time and effort into envisioning your characters after 'The End' or in 'What Ifs?'.
Pride and Prejudice one are some of my favorites and there are so many to choose from. This one falls just about in the middle of what I've re...more
I certainly wouldn't say that this was the best book I have ever read - but I also wouldn't say that it lacked depth or interesting moments!

There was a nice twist from Lydia's story, as well as Wickham's - but this novel was all about Darcy and Elizabeth and finding themselves after a "what if" scenario: what if Darcy told Elizabeth, upon that fateful ride into Meryton, just who George Wickham really was?

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I rather enjoyed the writing of Ms. Adriani. It was exciting, engaging and complete page turner. Very much close to Elizabeth and Darcy true voice. So..... I cannot say that I regret reading it. In fact, it was a nice change from the many other P&P sequels etc. that I have read. What I did not enjoy is (Warning a little Plot Revealed) that in this "what if" story Adriani would suggest both Elizabeth and Darcy are so consumed by their passion for each other that they forego all manner of prop...more
Valeria Tapia
Ok. Si en un comienzo el libro me mantuvo super entretenida y lo publiqué en todas partes, a pesar de que la trama se separa considerablemente de la línea original de la novela de Jane Austen. Luego de la mitad del libro, sentí que la historia se volvía simplona y aburrida, y terminé leyéndolo porque ya había empezado.
Eso! léalo si le llama la atención, pero no se haga muchas expectativas.
Warmisunqu Austen
3.5 Austen.

La historia es cautivadora, exquisita; Adriani desteje los sentimientos y sensaciones de Darcy por su cautivadora Lizzy. Hay una profundización de esos espacios que Austen deja en su novela que Adriani los llena con los más deliciosos y variados sentimientos de los protagonistas, a nivel emocional y físico.
Va paso a paso al detalle desde la mínima actitud sutil hasta el más audaz comportamiento de Darcy y Elizabeth. Su romance es tórrido y así lo describe Adriani.
La narrativa de la a...more
I'm going back-and-forth between 3 and 4 stars, but I'll round up.

I've read a few P&P sequels or re-tellings, and this was one that didn't cause me to become unduly upset. Lydia has always been my least my favorite character, so I was glad to see she had her day of reckoning in this one, but ended up becoming (view spoiler)

It was rather annoying to see Darcy and Elizabeth sneaking (view spoiler)...more
I think I've finally learned my lesson about P&P spinoffs/sequels/etc. I think this one broke me. It wasn't necessarily bad, but by the end it was kind of pointless. The "what-if" scenario was interesting at first, but the whole latter half of the book was devoid of any real conflict or interesting plot. It was simply day-to-day life of the Darcy's, and far too much "romance" for my tastes. That may be interesting to some, but I found it tedious, hence the reason it took me so long to finish...more
I enjoyed reading this book although I knew I already read as "Affinity and Affection" The story was wonderful and Darcy was truely a knight in shining armor! The only thing that made me uncomfortable was the amorous sex scenes. I'm not really a Jane Austen purist, but I like have those scenes left to the amagination. This book reels me in right from the begining with Darcy in the Library dreaming of Elizabeth. I loved it the 1st time I read it and deffinitly loved reading it again. This story h...more
Elizabeth West
I read it in a day and the only thing that kept me reading was the steamy sex scenes, certainly not the plot where little to nothing happens. Any little problem that comes up is basically solved by Mr. Darcy's money. No need to have propriety, and the hypocrisy of Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam is appalling. How can you anticipate your wedding vows, get married early because you want to screw like rabbits, and THEN admonish your younger sisters for trying to follow in your illustrious footsteps?

I do...more
Fantastic! For awhile at the beginning, I was wondering if Abigail Reynolds was writing under a new name, but I concluded that Susan Adriani is in fact another highly skilled P&P fanfiction writer. Lots of romance, lots of passion (no, they aren't the same thing), actual plot, and a satisfying conclusion to Wickham's evil misdeeds. The only thing I didn't really find believable is Lydia's transformation. She's too much of a twit to ever really settle down. I would love to see a sequel to thi...more
I've read many sequels to P&P, and for me, this was one of the most enjoyable. It's a reimagining of the original novel based on the premise that Darcy makes one choice differently - he tells everyone about Wickham right from the start. I liked the concept and the direction that the author took with the characters from that one moment. I do agree the Darcys come across as hypocritical at times, but I nonetheless enjoyed the story. There are some rather romance-novel-esque sex scenes, which w...more
May 24, 2011 Staci rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommended to Staci by: Sourcebooks
Shelves: 2011-reads
No real story...I kept waiting for something, anything really, but the story fell flat for me and just didn't hold my interest.
I honestly felt that there was too much sex...and it was bow-chicka-wow-wow sex! Now, let me say that I'm not a prude in the least, but when the sex seems to be the main thread that runs throughout the story with the story being a filler I tune out. I didn't buy into the story at all.

Do I recommend?
Sorry, but I can't....unless of course you are a die-hard variation fan...more
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Susan Adriani has been a fan of Jane Austen and her beloved characters for as long as she can remember. Originally from New England, she attended a small art college close to her home, where she majored in illustration. In 2007, after contemplating the unexplored possibilities in one of Miss Austen’s most celebrated novels, Pride and Prejudice, she began to write her first novel-length story, The...more
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