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Mr. Darcy's Secret

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Shortly after their marriage, Elizabeth begins to find evidence that Darcy may have something to hide-old love letters hidden in a book and a young man of questionable parentage, to start. Caroline Bingley and George Wickham begin to besmirch Darcy's good name and sow seeds of discontent, but while Darcy and Elizabeth are already at odds, revelations of past conduct emerge ...more
ebook, 368 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Sourcebooks Landmark
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Elaine
Aug 05, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebooks
Before I review this, I have to confess. I wrote my Master's Thesis on all of Jane Austen's novels. Every year since then, I have reread at least one in a cycle. So I'm not a an average reader.

Although I wrote the thesis before I defected to Linguistics, my emphasis was on Austen's language, its precision, irony, and wicked commentaries on the English social classes of the time.

Well, when I found myself laid low with a wretched virus, looking for something to read that wouldn't be too taxing to
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J. W. Garrett
I wanted more and was left frustrated, it was good but not satisfying, should have been 2 books

I was not sure about reading this book. The reviews were mixed and I decided to give it a try. I enjoyed the writing style, the language and descriptions of the era. However, I had problems with the emotional ride with the two story lines. There were a lot of threads left hanging and I did not care for that. I think it should have been two books so the author could more completely flesh out the two sto
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Maria
Apr 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: austen-related
Elizabeth and Darcy are newlyweds. Everything seems perfect and Elizabeth is quite determined to be a worthy Mrs. Darcy, the new mistress of Pemberley. Things start to change when she finds some love letters hidden in the library and she believes they belong to her husband. Besides, Darcy behaves in a weird way, he does not like to talk about his past, lies to his wife and he seems to give special attention to a young man who lives in the village. Will Elizabeth be able to understand the truth a ...more
Laurel
An intriguing and unique continuation of Pride and Prejudice

Everyone has a secret or two in their past that they would rather forget. In Regency times, where a breach in propriety could ruin a reputation with a withering look, people had many secrets to hide. Are we surprised to learn that the residents of Pemberley, the palatial estate of the Darcy family in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, have a few of their own tucked away in the library or residing at a local cottage? Author Jane Odiwe wa
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Anna
Oct 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: austenesque
Review originally posted on Diary of an Eccentric

When I turned the last page of Mr. Darcy’s Secret, my first thought was that Jane Odiwe has done her homework. She knows Jane Austen and the much beloved characters from Pride and Prejudice inside and out. I knew Odiwe was a master of the Austen sequel when I read Lydia Bennet’s Story, and Mr. Darcy’s Secret is even better.

In Mr. Darcy’s Secret, Elizabeth and Darcy are newly married, and Elizabeth must learn to navigate the massive estate that is
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Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Trust – it is commonly referred to as the key to all marriages, and without it most marriage don't have a chance of succeeding. Newlyweds Darcy and Elizabeth, while enjoying their first months of wedded matrimony, are experiencing some issues in the trust department. Elizabeth is starting to realize that there may be somethings about her husband's character, past life, and demeanor she doesn't know. After discovering hidden love letters, hearing some town gossip, and seeing a young man with fami ...more
Rebecca Huston
I was really unhappy with this followup to Pride and Prejudice. While the dialog felt right, it was the silly plot twists that ruined the novel for me. Only for the die-hard Austen fans, and even then, I'd still have some cautions. I tried to give it a fair chance, I really did, but this was a failure for me.

For the longer review, please go here:
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Maria Grazia
Pride and Prejudice continues in the elegant style that is the distinguishing brand of Jane Odiwe's sequels. After Willoughby's Return , her skill at creating thrilling emotions, her thorough research and her passion for the Regency Era , are successfully dedicated to make the inhabitants of Pemberley re-live on the beautifully written pages of Mr Darcy's Secret. You'll meet the newly and happily married couple, Darcy and Lizzy, as well as their relatives , friends and antagonists.

A successful
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Linda Banche
Feb 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The bloom is off the rose in the Jane Austen sequel with mystery MR. DARCY'S SECRET by Jane Odiwe.

Mysterious passionate love letters from the past, supposedly written to Darcy, interrupt Elizabeth's newly wedded bliss. Even worse, there is a child who closely resembles Darcy. Is the boy Darcy's son?

Although Elizabeth can't change the past, the present is equally disturbing. Darcy reverts to type as he arranges Georgiana's loveless marriage to a "suitable" older gentleman. That Georgiana loves an
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Blodeuedd Finland
I think one thing I liked about this one was that it showed that it takes time to change. Darcy may have changed for her but he still had his ideas and wanted to set a great match for Georgiana. A good match is better than love. Oh you silly man. But yes it shows that you do not change like that, little by little, until we got a nice MR Darcy, who still standoffish at times.

The big thing here was the secret, does he have a bastard? A hidden mistress? What is going on? I wanted to know. Sure I wi
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Irene
Oct 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading so many prequels, sequels and retellings based on Pride and Prejudice, I didn't expect much originality from "Mr. Darcy's Secret". After all the feasible roads a writer can travel are limited! Nevertheless this novel suprised me in more than a way. The plot is not so unexpected and at some points predictable, but there are some unforeseen twists about characters development that I really appreciate.

This time, unlike what happens in other sequels, Elizabeth is not so self-confident;
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Mary Lou
It was clean, no bedroom scenes, which I liked but other then that is was rather dull. THe whole book is based on the premise that Mr. Darcy has a past that everyone who dislikes Darcy wants to share with Elizabeth. And she refuse to bring up any of her concerns/questions etc to Darcy because they are to newly married, already stressed with other problems etc. So it drags on and on until the very end of the book at which we learn very anti-climatically that the secret wasn't very secret, ELizabe ...more
Leslie
Jan 21, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: austenesque
I was pained by this book. P & P is a book of miscommunication and misunderstanding but not stupidity.

The author should be congratulated on shoehorning more characters into one setting than would seem possible.

Thus far my least favorite of the P & P library
Janis
May 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I started this book I loved it and thought it would end up on my ten best JAFFs ever written. Really, I couldn't put it down in the beginning. And then ... a second story line intruded. Like other reviewers, I was quite disappointed that the intriguing story of Darcy's past was interrupted by a story about Georgiana which should have been written and published separately. The intrusion delayed the resolution to the Darcy story by at least one hundred pages, tossing in all kinds of unrelated ...more
Joy
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! Was written from the movie, not just the book.
Kim
Fresh off the success of Willoughby’s Return and Lydia Bennet’s Story, Jane Odiwe is back with her third Austen-inspired novel, Mr. Darcy’s Secret. Picking up where the pages of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice left off, Odiwe brings us back to Pemberley with the newly married Mr. and Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy. Along with the Darcy’s we are treated to a deeper look at Georgiana as well as introduced to a whole cast of new characters.

Set immediately after the newlyweds return to Pemberley, life see
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Meredith
Originally published on The Librarian Next Door:

Elizabeth Bennett and Fitzwilliam Darcy are now happily married and settled into life at Pemberley. As Lizzie sets out to learn about being the mistress of such a grand home, she tries to help Georgiana overcome her shyness and attempts to reconcile her husband with his disagreeable aunt, Lady Catherine. But it’s the gossip and innuendo from local families that threatens to destroy Lizzie’s hard-won happiness. Hints of hidden secrets swirl, leaving
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Carole Rae
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Erlynn (BooksHugBack)
In this Pride and Prejudice sequel Darcy and Elizabeth learn more about each other over the course of the book. This premise of the newlyweds continuing their realization of the other's faults is able to capture the feel of Austen's story. Elizabeth fights with her inner aggression towards the suppression of the female voice and place in society, while Darcy must conquer his pride and the societal customs and norms of the aristocracy in England.

Happening upon some old love letters in the library
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Sue
I enjoyed this book tremendously. I loved the intrigue, romance, novelty of new marriage and especially Georgiana's trials and tribulations. It didn't take long for me to realize that this was a book that was hard to put down. There were quite a few subplots but each was developed appropriately in my mind. We were missing Col. Fitzwilliam and a couple other original from the cast of characters but they weren't overly missed. The characters that were there were filled in quite nicely. I felt Jane ...more
GotMyReservations
Jun 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jane Odiwe's Jane Austen sequels have been sitting on my Goodreads list for a while. I haven't had much success with Austen sequels; most writers have tried to match Austen's witty prose and failed and then replaced the wittiness with sex. They were boring and an insult to my beloved Jane's memory. Some even added zombies and sea monsters to the mix. This one was different and deserves the 4 out of 5 star ratings it receives on both amazon.com and Goodreads.

Elizabeth and Darcy arrive at Pemberle
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Janet
Mar 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was so eloquently written, that at times, I felt as though I was reading Jane Austen, herself. Jane Odiwe’s knowledge of the beautiful countryside and vernacular of England came shining through. It made me feel a part of everything as I read.

The story starts with Mr. and Mrs. Bennet discussing the happy event of their daughters’ wedding. The dialog is their typical banter and made me smile. The story then moves to Darcy and Lizzy as they are entering Lambton. The scenes that follow the
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Teresa
3.5 stars

I have to start off with two facts:
1) This is the first thing I have read by Ms. Odiwe.
2) I am an absolute Jane junkie.

While this is not a bad story it still a far cry from the excellence that is Jane Austen. I knew what was suppose to be there and once in a while I would catch a glimpse of the Darcy and Lizzy we know and love. Like being in the dark and catching glimpses of something familiar when lighting flashes.

This book is well written and entertaining, and is diffidently a f
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Susanne
A bit of a rockier road for Elizabeth and Darcy--probably more realistic, too--but a good story that was difficult to put down. :)

This story begins after their marriage, and everyone seems to be trying to separate the newlyweds. Caroline Bingley is of course cattier than usual, and Elizabeth discovers clues that seem to indicate that Darcy loved before...and may still be in contact with his beloved. Georgiana meanwhile falls in love with someone who is not of her station, yet when confronted wit
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Melanie
Jul 11, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
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Chris
Jun 26, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-read-in
I hesitate to write down the thoughts I had as I read this book because for an author to sit down and pour their heart into a story, any story, is a great feat, a labour of love. Particularly when inspired by Jane Austen because clearly the love for the subject matter is there.

That having been said, it's a fun read if you're looking for something light. I lost track of the number of times I wanted to throw my Kindle across the room. It's not easy to write in the style of the day but it's incons
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Katherine
May 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LOVED IT! Although I think it should be renamed... I didn't find the focus was on Mr Darcy's Secret... it was at first but then the main thurst of the story was Georgiana and who her heart belongs to but then again the last 50 pages were all about the Darcy secret. I loved the book and gave it 5 stars but if I consider the secret alone, it could have been more drawn out, I felt like that wrapped up too quickly (especially when you come to understand what the secret is.. there should have been mo ...more
Laura
Feb 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mr. Darcy had a life before he met, feel in love with, and married Elizabeth Bennet. What if during this life, Mr. Darcy had a past that he was ashamed of and did not want to share with his new bride? What could be this shameful secret?

This is the plot of Jane Odiwe’s new novel, Mr. Darcy’s Secret. While the secret is a large part of the plot, the secondary story line is also intriguing. Georgiana Darcy is growing and loves having a new sister in Elizabeth. She meets an intriguing landscape desi
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Gloria Cangahuala
Well, "Mr. Darcy's Secret" was good but not great. In reality, there was less about Mr. Darcy's secret than there was about Georgiana's budding love life. There's nothing wrong with that; I actually enjoyed reading about Georgiana, but the title of the book led me to believe that the focus would be on Mr. Darcy and his big secret. The mystery of his secret is introduced fairly early on, but then the book doesn't touch on it again until the final 30 or so pages.

A number of key new characters were
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Staci
Feb 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Staci by: Sourcebooks
Shelves: 2011-reads
Mr. Darcy has a secret and Elizabeth is torn about wanting to know the truth and pretending that nothing is amiss. This story line captured me from the very first page and kept me turning the pages excited to find out what Darcy was hiding from Lizzy. I felt as if the author had the spirit of Jane Austen residing within her because the language, tempo, flavor, and the actions of the characters so closely resembled Austen's. I also really enjoyed the inclusion of Georgiana's own love story and ho ...more
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Jane Odiwe is a British author with a special interest in writing novels inspired by Jane Austen's works. Her books continue the stories of beloved characters like Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy in Mr Darcy's Secret, or tell Jane Austen's own story, as in the novels, Searching for Mr Tilney, Jane Austen Lives Again, Searching for Captain Wentworth, and Project Darcy. Other works include the novels ...more
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