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Duty and Desire

(Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman #2)

3.36  ·  Rating details ·  6,923 ratings  ·  902 reviews
"There was little danger of encountering the Bennet sisters ever again."

Jane Austen's classic novel Pride and Prejudice is beloved by millions, but little is revealed in the book about the mysterious and handsome hero, Mr. Darcy. And so the question has long remained: Who is Fitzwilliam Darcy?

Pamela Aidan's trilogy finally answers that long-standing question, creating a rich parallel

Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 3rd 2006 by Atria Books
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Jun 15, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Gothic romance fans
Wow. This book was so off the mark compared to the first in the series! Really, if you want to enjoy this the first and the third book, but conveniently forget there was ever a second book!

Aside from Darcy's inability to forget Elizabeth, and his treasuring of a bookmark Elizabeth had left in a novel she's been reading during her stay at Netherfield, there is not much to recommend this second installment of the trilogy. Darcy and his valet are more like Batman and Robin
Mar 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman series by Pamela Aidan. I have read other reviews on this website where people said to just skip this second book altogether and just read the third book. The complaint is that this book has really nothing to do with Pride & Prejudice. It takes place during the "silent time" in P&P while Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy are apart; after he goes off to London with Bingley and before they meet up again at Rosings in the Spring. I fo ...more
Oct 19, 2008 rated it it was ok
As much as I loved the first book in the series, this one was a big disappointment. The story picks up where Mr. Darcy leaves Netherfield and he and Elizabeth do not meet again for some time. This author's account of where he went and what he did strays very far from the tone and style of Austin's story. Mr. Darcy leaves to try and find a more suitable wife. He believes once he does, he will forget Elizabeth. Fair enough, I liked that idea; but where he goes and who he meets just gets strange. H ...more
Jul 16, 2011 rated it did not like it

I had read similar comments to the one I just stated in other peoples reviews of this book but told myself, “I don’t want to miss anything that might be important in the third book,” so without listening to others warnings I forged ahead and read “Duty & Desire” and NOW understand why so many were urging me to skip it.

Let me explain.

The novel starts
May 16, 2013 rated it did not like it
Well-written, but deeply, DEEPLY weird. So not at all what I would have expected from a Jane Austen pastiche. The dip into Gothic romance felt bizarre and mismatched, especially when compared to An Assembly Such As This, which was pitch-perfect Austen, and I simply didn't believe that the character we were following in the second half of the book was Fitzwilliam Darcy. He seemed so different from Pride and Prejudice and An Assembly Such As This and even the first half of Duty and Desire. It's li ...more
Mina Lobo
Jul 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Some reviewers expressed dissatisfaction with the second book in Aidan's trilogy and, if they wished to experience more interaction with Lizzy Bennett in it, that would have led to disappointment. As at least one other person noted, Lizzy does not appear in person in this installment. However, in my opinion, she was omnipresent in the narrative, as Darcy constantly brought her to his, and the reader's, mind. Much as he tried, he could not shake her memory, and if nothing else the book served to ...more
Elin Eriksen
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Book 2 of the "A novel of Fitzwilliam Darcy Gentleman, trilogy.

The second instalment on this trilogy enters before Christmas, after the Netherfield party has left.
Darcy's involvement in the attempt to persuade Bingley not to return to Hertfordshire, stood in great conflict with his later pronounced abhorrence of deceit.

Darcy's relationship with his sister gets the senter of attention in the beginning and I adored this portray of Georgiana. She was astute and caring.
Feb 17, 2010 rated it it was ok
And then there's the second book of the trilogy...mediocre at best. I understand the second of any trilogy is the toughest. This one in particular was likely difficult as it covers the time the two protagonists are apart and thus, the chemistry is lost.

But this was an incredible opportunity to create storylines around characters introduced in the original work such as Charles Bingley, Georgianna, Fitzwilliam, and remind us again why we love to hate Caroline Bingley! LOL

I thought that's where t
Feb 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
In Duty and Desire, Pamela Aidan explores the "silent" time that Darcy absent from the narrative of Pride and Prejudice. Darcy is in his element now, among his peers of the English upper class. In an attempt to kill what he views as a totally inappropriate fascination with Elizabeth Bennet on his part, Darcy throws himself into the task of finding a "suitable" wife. He soon finds himself embroiled in a mystery with a gothic flair that is more Jane Eyre or Wuthering Heights than traditional Auste ...more
Jul 08, 2008 rated it did not like it
A teaser quote selected from this book by the publishers is this: "There was little danger of encountering the Bennet sisters ever again." And, I must say, there is absolutely NO danger of encountering any of the Bennet sisters in the pages of this novel. Because they're not in this novel. Not at all.

Yes, I admit, I read this trashy trilogy of Austen spin-offs Pamela Aiden. But, after the first book I expected to encounter some of the characters or at least some of the situtations from Austen'
May 03, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-2008, austen
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Feb 09, 2009 rated it it was ok
So this one ventured from midly interesting, to just plain weird. All the sudden she venutures into Darcy visiting this castle, where there are pagan sacrafices, and love charms, and suicide. It was really weird, and so not Darcy-esque. I'm not exactly sure what the author was doing with this book, except choosing to fill a whole book with nonsense. We're into the second book and Darcy hasn't even proposed the first time yet! I am going to read the third just to see how she handles them finally ...more
Feb 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
The middle book and probally my favorite. This encompassed the time when Mr. Darcy left with Mr. Bingley for more social opportunities. This is a completly new story of his time trying to get over Elizabeth and I absolutly loved it.
Simone Ramone
Aug 26, 2015 rated it did not like it
Now I understand what makes people call for a fatwa.

Do not read this.

I need to rinse my Kindle with Dettol.
Jun 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2009
I think that this was my favorite book from the three and, ironically, it has rather little of Elizabeth Bennett in it. Let me explain: Darcy decides that he must forget all about Elizabeth and, to begin that process, he accepts an invitation from an old college "friend" to spend a week at his estate. What then follows is a fascinating tale of intrigue, loyalty, friendship, power, love, and Darcy falls right in the thick of it. The idea of Elizabeth and everything Darcy admires about her is felt ...more
Apr 16, 2008 rated it it was ok
Oh mercy. A rather dull second installment. In spite of a good start, the author must have realized that endless yammering about Georgiana’s “recovery” and restoration of faith would get on people’s nerves, so she tried to spice things up with a Gothic twist—mystery! ghosts! deceit! revenge! Doesn’t quite work. The final book in the trilogy is supposed to be as good as the first, though.
Valerie Kyriosity

If the first book in the series was the parallel of the '95 P&P, this was closer to the '99 MP end of the spectrum. Not quite so bad, because I don't think it was intentionally vicious toward the original material, but it was almost as far off the mark. I did not recognize this Darcy (or this Georgiana), and while the first volume of the trilogy was a plausible companion to Pride and Prejudice, this one was out of place in the Austenverse.

Other reviews note that the third b
Miss Clark
Mar 23, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
This covers the time in P & P when Darcy is absent from Elizabeth's sphere. Aidan uses it to good effect, allowing Darcy to be seen in his own right as brother to Georgiana, a caring relative to his Fitzwilliam/ Matlock relations, master of Pemberley and man trying to decide between his desires for his future and what he knows is his expected duty.

Religion plays a bigger role as the novel progresses. Darcy is distressed by Georgiana's "enthusiasm" and is afraid that she will be e
Sep 24, 2019 rated it liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed the first part of the book. It was well in line with the first part of the trilogy. The second half, while interesting, didn't feel quite like Regency England. It felt more like the wild Gaelic moors and Wuthering Heights or Jane Eyre, not Pride and Prejudice. A decent read but not quite with the correct setting, in my opinion. Thus the three stars. If I was rating for an interesting story or the style of writing (as a stand alone book), I would rate it four stars. But this ...more
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So much fun. She imagines what Darcy did between leaving Hertfordshire after the Netherfield ball and visiting Rosings and his Aunt Catherine. Great development of his relationship with his sister. His valet Fletcher is also a great character. Really enjoyed it.
What a difficult book to review, for a few reasons. I'm going to call this a 3.5 star read. It's almost two stories in one. This second book in the series of three continues a version of Pride and Prejudice retold from Darcy's point of view. But it's almost two books in one, or rather half a book that feels like Jane Austen Fan Fiction (JAFF) and half a book that doesn't.

The end of the first book covered Darcy's time in London immediately after he left Netherfield, when he discouraged Bingley
Nicole D.
Jul 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My Review

WARNING:If you are reading this review and have not read book 1 or the orginal book Pride and Prejudice don't read this review as it will have spoilers.

This book takes place after Darcy has gotten Bingley to leave Netherfield and go to London. Darcy goes to Pemberley to visit Georgiana and spend a family Christmas for the first time since his father's death. The Darcy's Christmas celebration with their family brought a tear to my eye as I remembered my big family
Rhiannon Ryder
Feb 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
In 2nd year university all the interesting course's started to open up to me, and with great excitement I took a Gothic Literature course. I took a Philosophy course, as well, which unfortunately did not go as well as the Gothic class (yes, my coffee table exists, I don't question it because I was the one who went to IKEA and bought it! So lets stop wasting our time on debating it's existence...sigh, what a waste of a term!!)

Considered sensational reading, and generally frowned upon
Dec 30, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
So I did like this book quite a bit more than the first. Initally I hadn't even meant to read the sequel but am actually glad I picked this up. If the book had been simply an original novel I would have liked it even more. The story was engaging, and the additional characters that Aidan created to populate Darcy's life are interesting. But Aidan has set herself up to be compared to Austen and (of course) suffers terribly by that comparison. This novel is not at all in the Austen commedy-of-manne ...more
Apr 18, 2012 rated it did not like it

Ok, here goes. I tend to have a (perhaps somewhat skewed) prejudice (PUN!) against most P&P spin offs. But this one caught my eye and the first book in this trilogy was surprisingly entertaining. Not Austen, by any means, but I appreciated the fact that she stuck with the original plot and managed to add her own twists without corrupting my burning love of P&P.

However, this book, the second in the series was a total disappointment. Not only do we no
Even though it is the second book in the "Fitzwillaim Darcy, Gentleman" trilogy, nothing important happens in "Duty and Desire." This book takes place during the time where Darcy and Elizabeth do not have contact and, as a consequence, Aidan has had to invent characters and a plot that bear no relation to the action of "Pride & Prejudice." It is a boring book because of this. Aidan could easily have only written TWO novels and condensed the "action" of this time period to keep the story goin ...more
Oct 29, 2007 rated it did not like it
Shelves: i-own
As a gothic romance, this book was okay. As a story of the months during Pride and Prejudice when Darcy & Elizabeth don't interact, it was awful. Ms. Aiden was obviously attempting to give a motivation for why Darcy changed his mind about marrying Elizabeth, but what she came up with (while admittedly being something that would drive any man into sane Elizabeth Bennett's arms) is just not a situation that I see Darcy getting himself into. And if he did happen to find himself in that situatio ...more
Sep 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
I was so excited to read this book after reading the first, but I found myself disappointed :(

This book covers a period in Pride & Prejudice when Darcy's character is absent. In this book the author gives us her interpretation of what Darcy is doing during this time. Darcy tries to resolve his conflicting emotions about Elizabeth, and attempts to seek out a more suitable wife for his station in life, but discovers, in the process, that there is no match for Elizabeth.

I understoo
Oct 06, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: austen, regency, romance
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Sep 30, 2009 rated it it was ok
Book 2 of 3. Not sure why the author deemed this one necessary. It is, in my opinion, not at all in keeping with the tone of Jane Austen's books, coming closest to Northanger Abbey if to any of them. However, the shocking events in Northanger Abbey were in existence only in the over-active imagination of the heroine, Catherine Morland. Not so with this one. The author decided to take a page out of Ann Radcliffe's (the gothic novelist who lead Catherine Morland astray and was often scoffed at by ...more
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Pamela Aidan grew up in small towns outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
She graduated from high school with the desire to be a history teacher, but changed her major to Library Science after her first year at college.Later, she earned a Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Ms. Aidan has worked as a librarian in a wide va

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