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Darcy's Decision

(Given Good Principles #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  449 ratings  ·  62 reviews
Six months after his father's passing, Fitzwilliam Darcy still finds solace in his morning reflections at his parents' graves. Only in the quiet solitude of the churchyard does he indulge his grief. None but his unlikely mentor recognize the heartache and insecurity plaguing him as he shoulders the enormous burden of being Master of Pemberley.
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Kindle Edition, 128 pages
Published January 9th 2012 by Good Principles Publishing
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Apr 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A very interesting premise

We get to know Darcy before he goes to Meryton and with the influence and advice of a great counselor. I would love to see how this story will develop with the changes stayed so far.
As I said, interesting.
Blodeuedd Finland
Good and all, but I do prefer my PP stories to be about love. Cos else, nah, I want love!

Now we have how Wickham came around wanting what was his, and caused trouble.

Nice story, but I am def one that wants my PP with romance.
Dec 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
I chose the read this book because it is a prequel to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice story. There are many sequels and 'what if' Austenesque stories, but fewer that tell the story that came before.

The story follows the life of Darcy just after his father's death and leads up to the point of his arrival at Netherfield. It opens with Darcy's grief over his father's recent death and his mother's as well. He feels lost and inadequate to fill his father's shoes, but an old family friend comes alo
Darcy’s Decision is Volume 1 of Maria Grace’s Given Good Principles series of Pride and Prejudice variations. The first book in the series is a prequel to Pride and Prejudice that focuses on Fitzwilliam Darcy. Elizabeth Bennet is nowhere to be found in this book, but she will certainly make an appearance soon, as this novel follows Darcy until just before he and his friend, Charles Bingley, travel to Hertfordshire — where the Bennets live — to check out an estate Bingley wants to lease there.

Erlynn (BooksHugBack)
May 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Maria Grace's Darcy's Decision: Given Good Principles is the first in a Pride and Prejudice trilogy. The first volume begins with a look at Darcy coping with the death of his parents, most recently his father and the relationship between him and a Mr. Bradley the new vicar. He guides Darcy in his grief and the process of stepping into the position as Master of Pemberley.

We get to see Mr. Darcy in a different light as he must deal with both the terrible Wickham in rare form and his sister Georgia
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Novella? Prequel? Variation Series? What designation would I use to describe the first installment in debut author Maria Grace's Give Good Principles series you ask? I'd use all three! Volume One, Darcy's Decision, takes place pre-Pride and Prejudice, is just over a hundred pages, and the plot is already traveling on a different course than the original. The story opens with a grieving Darcy who is trying to cope with the loss of his wise and honorable father while taking his first steps towards ...more
Mar 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!

Second read through: Still loved it. I think I liked it even better this time. Love the Wickham angle and Darcy's neighbors.
J. W. Garrett
Purchased as a box set: Given Good Principles Vol. 1: Darcy’s Decisions: 5 stars
Will review individually.

Noblesse oblige

This was a most unusual story. I was completely captivated by the inner turmoil, the self-examination or introspection that Darcy went through as he came to grips with his father’s death. The tremendous weight of responsibility of Pemberley and its people set heavy on his young shoulders.

Our story opens with Darcy receiving counsel from John Bradley their curate. He had been fr
Mar 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
I love being proved wrong in my appraisal of a book. There are times when I am not sure if I will enjoy a particular book, yet I read it anyway, mainly out of curiosity. Sometimes the book disappoints and affirms my initial misgivings; however, there are also times when a book takes me by surprise and I find it rather enjoyable. Maria Grace has managed to demolish my skepticism with Darcy’s Decision.

Given Good Principles is not simply another Pride and Prejudice retelling from Darcy’s point-of-
Apr 16, 2013 rated it liked it
There are a lot of different styles of Austenesque novel out there and I wasn't sure at first what this short novel was, whether it was a prequel or a prequel what-if, and if so whether characters and occurrences would be the same as canon or differ. I would say that it's a look at how things could have been prior to Darcy first coming to Hertfordshire if he'd started his character development sooner. He says in Pride and Prejudice that he was given good principles but allowed to follow them in ...more
Sandi Layne
Apr 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Rating 3.75, rounding up to 4.

Ack. Lost the review I'd already typed. Sigh. Then let me just say that this is an intriguing What if? in the land of Pride and Prejudice. Darcy was given good principles, he says in canon, but not taught how to live them out properly. This story gives him guidance in the form of a family friend/clergyman whom his late father trusted implicitly.

This, along with a few other factors, changes things in the course of the story, even so early on.

Lined with sturdy seconda
Madenna U
Jul 14, 2016 rated it liked it
A very different variation as the whole series seems to have to be put together for the complete story. This piece is an alteration of Ramsgate and Wickham and how it influences Darcy before he ever travels to Netherfield. This book has a strong religious aspect to it that is not my favorite. However, it did not overpower the story.
Jan 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
For 200 years, I suspect many enthralled readers of Pride and Prejudice have silently pondered the question “What would Darcy do?” Author Maria Grace endeavors to put her own spin on this with her debut prequel novella Darcy’s Decision in her Given Good Principles trilogy. Spanning a brief but significant moment in time, the main gist of the story deals with Darcy’s rival Mr. Wickham, his demands for a living and his alleged compromising of Georgiana and how young Mr. Darcy finally deals with it ...more
May 28, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This was a fun little spin on a prequel to Pride and Prejudice. It was an easy, quick read and a unique twist on Mr. Darcy and his friends and family.
I don't really like when authors change good established stories, so I already knew that I wouldn't likely be reading further in this series. This book was clearly setting up changes that will be made further on. However, it was a pretty good story if you can disconnect it somewhat from the real P&P.
One of the most blatant changes is the fact that
Jul 15, 2017 rated it liked it
This book had trouble keeping my attention; the religious perspective becomes heavy-handed at times, and the author falls into the cliche of painting Wickham as much darker than Jane Austen ever did. I was set to award only two stars, but then the author's end notes on employments for gentlemen were so illuminating (I have been seeking a clear explanation of the state of the Anglican priesthood in the Regency era for some time) that it earned the volume another star. This is probably a good rete ...more
Maria Grace's debut novella , Darcy's Decision,
{referring to Mr Darcy of Jane Austen fame},
is 1st in the Given Good Principles Series.

Along with offering a deeper and more intimate character investigation, Maria provides
some fascinating insights gained into our Mr Darcy's responsibilities
and occupations, as Master of Pemberley, that would have been understood by society of Ms Austen's day.

I appreciated the wisdom of counsel Darcy pursued from his cleric and the implications on his own decisio
Sheila Majczan
May 07, 2014 rated it liked it
I own many paperback and kindle stories, most having to do with P&P in either "What-if" form or as sequels. There are maybe half a dozen having to do with other of JA's stories and several modern versions of her stories. Having read the third of this series by mistake first I then read the other two before posting this review. I found too many footnotes, as did other reviewers, and in being new to Kindle couldn't not find where the meanings are listed. I did like the addition of the spiritual ad ...more
Feb 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
WOW!!! Really loved this book. This book is a tease because the writer clearly has more in the wings. The book starts out way before P&P and it does take a different path. Georgiana doesn't get seduced at Ramsgate, though something does happen with Wickham that changes things. We see Darcy in his true nature and I love Him even more. All JAFF fans this is a must read story. Well done Maria, leaving us wanting soooo much more.. Thanks :)) ...more
Jan 27, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, austen
It was very interesting to read what it would be like if Darcy had to face his pride before meeting Elizabeth. It took a few pages for me to get into the swing of the story, with it's moral aspect superseding any romantic or dramatic plot devices, but it was ultimately captivating. I'm looking forward to continuing the story with the sequel!
Oct 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jane-austen
I loved this book, while reading it, I remembered that I had read a part of it while on one of the JAFF websites, but never finished it. I have read this and the following 2 books all in one day since I couldn't put them down!!! A must read for any JAFF fanatic!!!
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
Well-written but generally very boring. The jumble the author creates between a benevolent paternalism (which would hav been common to members of Darcy's social circle) and the viability/availability of a kind of Regency proto-Marxism is... weird, both historically and also narratively.
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
This book removes George Wickham from polite society before he can attempt to elope with Georgiana Darcy and before he can meet the Bennet sisters in Meryton. It will be interesting to see how the future storyline unfolds without GW as a major irritant.
Jul 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, retellings
This was an intriguing read. The backstory & character development shown about Darcy &c before the P&P storyline occurs. It was enough to whet my interest in where the author would go with the series. ...more
Jun 07, 2017 rated it liked it
ok but nothing special
PJ Jones
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read

It took me a bit to get into this book but once I got it I loved it. Have read others by Maria Grace and she is very enjoyable. Stays very true to time period and Jane.

An interesting prequel inspired by author Jane Austen’s classic Pride and Prejudice. This story has no Bennett’s and tells of just before they arrive in Meryton.
Mimia The Reader
Jan 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Interesting. Didn't enjoy much how Mr Darcy senior was portraied… Didn't realize it was a prequel so was disappointed we didn't get to see any Bennets. On to the next on the series!
Carol Perrin
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Darcy's Decision (Given Good Principles)

This is Book 1 in a four book series by Maria Grace. Read all four yesterday into today. I didn't want to lose the flow of the story. All four books where a continuation of the author's story. Book 1 begins with Darcy's sadness standing before his parents' graves. He is with Mr. Bradley, Pemberley's curate. His father confided with Bradley, not Fitzwilliam is also using him, too. Fitzwilliam Darcy is afraid he's not good or prepared enough to see to the ru
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Pat Winter
Mar 08, 2016 rated it really liked it

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Although the book was more like a novella it contained an abundance of information about Darcy's life before his father's death.
George and Ann Darcy's story was crucial in writing the telling of the tale.
People not in Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice are created to develop a story of Darcy's growth and conflicts after his father's death.
The character of his mentor was incredibly well developed .
Sweet Georgiana has been represented as a typical
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Though Maria Grace has been writing fiction since she was ten years old, those early efforts happily reside in a file drawer and are unlikely to see the light of day again, for which many are grateful. After penning five file-drawer novels in high school, she took a break from writing to pursue college and earn her doctorate in Educational Psychology. After 16 years of university teaching, she ret ...more

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