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Les filles de Mr Darcy

(Darcy #1)

3.25  ·  Rating details ·  4,035 ratings  ·  592 reviews
Vingt années après Orgueil et Préjugés, nous faisons la connaissance des cinq filles d’Elizabeth et Darcy. Alors que leurs parents sont en voyage à Constantinople, les demoiselles viennent passer quelques mois à Londres chez leur oncle Fitzwilliam. La découverte de la vie citadine, des plaisirs et des disgrâces qu’elle offre, associée au caractère fort différent de ces ...more
Mass Market Paperback, Pemberley, 480 pages
Published May 18th 2012 by Milady (first published 2003)
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Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jaff
Update (6/11/18): I'm no longer planning to read the next book. According to a GR friend who knows I like squeaky clean reads, the following issues are introduced in the next book. (view spoiler) ...more
Rachel C.
May 06, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody - particularly NOT Jane Austen fans, who are likely to be scarred for life as I was
Darcy and Lizzy would NEVER have had daughters as stupid as these! Horrible, horrible. I'd give this book negative eight stars if I could.

In terms of tone, this book is like Jane Austen as written by US Weekly. The narrative has ADD and jumps all over the place. Characters behave as if they're Paris Hilton's contemporaries - and talk that way too, calling each other sluts and whores. How could anyone who has read P&P - not to mention a self-proclaimed "passionate Jane Austen fan who studied
Mar 13, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Heh, heh. Well...
Shelves: austen-spinoffs
Oh, brother. I saw that one other reviewer wrote that she was pretty sure that Mr. Darcy would have drowned several of these characters at birth, and, yeah. She's onto something.
Sep 27, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I purchased this book on a whim since two of my favorite things to read are Jane Austen novels and decently-written fanfiction. I think this qualifies in both categories.

This is not a great novel, and the author is most certainly not the next Jane Austen. Most elements from the book are lifted directly from Pride and Prejudice. Darcy and Elizabeth had five daughters:

1. Beautiful but stubborn Letitia, who becomes the outraged moral center for the girls and is highly obnoxious about it.
2. Camilla,
Steven Walle
This book was just o'kay. I will give a full review at some later date.
Enjoy and Be Blessed.
Aug 06, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have a weakness for P&P fanfic, but this was pretty ridiculous.

In the original Pride and Prejudice, the silliness and eccentricity of the younger Bennet girls is put down to the poor breeding and empty head of Mrs. Bennett and the general laziness in Mr. Bennett. Surely, if that is the case, daughters raised by Darcy and Elizabeth should be vastly better bred and behaved.

Instead we get five daughters once again: Letitia who, though the family beauty, is given to dour predictions,
Black Elephants
Feb 17, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I don't know which was worse: Pride and Promiscuity: the Lost Sex Scenes of Jane Austen, or Elizabeth Aston's Mr. Darcy's Daughters.

What? Wait! Yes, I must admit, that I'm enough of a Jane Austen fangirl to curiously pick up both. Yet after I read both, it felt as if someone had vomited on my religion. Aston's book seems more heretical however because the book touts her as the student of a great Jane Austen biographer, Lord David Cecil. I now wonder if that name is as fictional and asinine as
Meredith Galman
Turns out there's quite a cottage industry of prequels, sequels, alternative points of view, and variants on Jane Austen's novels. This one is OK, but really just a standard Regency rather than owing anything to Austen. Although some of the characters bear the same name as their P&P counterparts, they are sadly altered: Mrs. Gardiner is inexplicably changed from someone of Mrs. Bennet's generation to one of Lizzie's, and it's hard to believe that the Col. Fitzwilliam who so admired Lizzie ...more
Aug 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Acceptable paraliterature. Elizabeth Bennett’s five daughters are mild versions of herself and her sisters: Letty, the eldest, is beautiful but moralistic and anxiety-ridden, ending in being irritatingly fond of scenes. Camilla, our heroine, is loving but unaware of her own heart. Twins Belle and Georgina are a beautiful Kitty and Lydia, and Althea is the most original of the lot, a musical prodigy with Darcy’s looks but none of his attention to proprieties. They are all flung to London (with ...more
Mar 09, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, I read this book in about a week. I couldn't put it down. I loved it! I thought it was very well written. The romance was really good. The scandal was fun, but never bad because what was considered bad in those times was almost acceptable today, so it was nice to read a book without having to worry about anything being crude. It was such a good read! I was worried that the language would be too flowery, but it was totally fine. I've never read Pride and Prejudice, but this book made me ...more
Feb 16, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was AWFUL. Writing a Pride and Prejudice-inspired novel is a way to show your devoted love for Austen's greatest story, but if it reads like fan fiction, its place is on the internet. Aston inserts her unlikeable characters into Austen's London where they play out uncompelling little dramas once, of course, Lizzy and Darcy have been swept out of the country where they can't interfere with the goings-on. How convenient that Mum and Dad are gone at the VERY time every one of their daughters ...more
May 30, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who are NOT Austenites
Shelves: chicklit
This book was ultimately a huge disappointment, and I teetered between the one and two star ratings. Thanks to a heads up from Andrea, I went into this with a fairly good idea of what to expect. Ultimately I felt that the decision to remove Darcy and Elizabeth from the narrative was a wise one (one always has fierce notions of what this beloved literary couple should be), and I felt the exposition of the book was fairly strong. In particular, I appreciated the references to the literature of ...more
Really fun, well written, and romantic! It follows the story of Pride and Prejudice and their daughters, thier romances etc. It is a series, actually, that I plan to finish when I have the time! She does well with following up in the same style as Austen.
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found the book very enjoyable, very believable within the world of Pride and Prejudice. I could see some characteristics of Miss Austen’s original characters in Mr. Darcy’s Daughters.
"Picking up twenty years after Pride and Prejudice left off, Mr. Darcy's Daughters begins in the year 1818. Elizabeth and Darcy have gone to Constantinople, giving us an opportunity to get to know their five daughters, who have left the sheltered surroundings of Pemberly for a few months in London. While the eldest, Letitia, frets and the youngest, Alethea, practices her music, twins Georgina and Belle flirt and frolic their way through parties and balls and Camilla -- levelheaded and ...more
Jun 18, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I hardly ever rate books one star, simply because I don't read one star books. If I pick up a book it's because it has been properly vetted. However, this was a book club read, and since I made the chooser read an 1,100 page book I figured I'd return the favor.

First of all, I am not a fan of retellings or fanfiction type books in general. I'm kind of a purist snob that way, so I am not the intended audience. That being said, the inaccuracies were distracting, the writing was poor, the
Sheila Majczan
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this long ago just after it was published, in paperback, and have been meaning to reread in order to post an honest review but this will have to do for now.
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a re-read for me but I love this book. It has a number of sequels, some of which are good and some of which are fair.
Nov 19, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I must preface this with the disclaimer that I am not in any real way the intended audience for this book.

I say this because I'm about to utterly disparage it, and I don't want you to think that it's a terrible book of its own accord. It's not; the editing is most definitely weak in some places, and there are a couple of plot fudges, but for the most part it's a fine book for what it is: a romance. I just absolutely hate romances, which is unfortunate for all of the work Ms. Aston must have put
I saw this on the shelf at the library when I was picking up my most recent Lynn Austin. I had to try it! How could I, a lover of Pride and Prejudice, leave this on the shelf? I found I could not.

It was so fun in some ways - you can't go wrong with this setting. I love the era, and I'm always up for a good, predictable love story set in Regency times. It was fun to have some familiar characters in it (Mr and Mrs Gardiner, Lydia, Col Fitzwilliam, Caroline Bingley, etc.), and the plot had enough
Aug 07, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I enjoyed this book well enough, but I would've rather it been called something more like, "Mr. Wickham's Daughters." Camilla, the main character, is very much in the mode of Lizzie in Miss Austen's "Pride and Prejudice," but I don't believe the other four daughters resemble their supposed parents in any way. In addition, neither Fitzwilliam nor the Gardiners were very much like the original characters, who were all quite level-headed and gracious individuals. Fitzwilliam, in fact, seemed rather ...more
Jun 05, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was only okay. I was a little bit bored at times. I probably expected too much. I jumped in thinking I would be in the world of Pride and Prejudice again, and although the author does a great job at enveloping you in the physical world, the spirit of the novel just didn't compare to Jane Austen's original. I felt like the faults and foibles of the Bennett daughters lead us to a greater good. But the Darcy daughters simply entertained (and sometimes not even that) on the ...more
I thought I might be up for a romantic romp through Regency England with a possible connection to Jane Austen, but obviously I wasn't. I find books about groups of women, all with their personality quirks and foibles particularly loathsome, so am not sure why I thought I'd get through this one. I'm sure there are some that found it delightful; for me, the most particularly delightful bit was reading the reviews of other readers who were distainful of the Darcy Daughters. Probably if the book had ...more
Mary Lou
I love Jane Austen one offs and have read a few great ones, some so so ones, and some meh ones. This one fits in a few
very same category of so bad I couldn't bear to read it (it's the 2nd to go in that category). 50 pages in I want Napoleon to invade and kill them all. The girls were poor carbon copies of their aunts. And premise of the book in which Darcy and Elizabeth shirk their parental duties at a time that is the most dangerous to a young girl as they both know from experience was simply
Aug 25, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Elizabeth Bennett and Fitzwilliam Darcy are two of the most intriguing and beloved characters in English literature. If you plan to write a story based on them, do not remove them entirely from the picture by sending them to Constantinople. The only two "daughters" who vaguely resemble their parents are Camilla and Alethea -- and that is only vaguely. The twins should have been Lydia's daughters, and I don't know where Letty belongs.

This book is like nails on a chalkboard for anyone who
Beth Nell
I honestly didn't really care much for this book. The author tried to write like Jane Austen, but it wasn't as good...and some of the things she put in there were things that I do not think Jane Austen would have ever written about... I know Elizabeth Aston is not Jane Austen, but, it had a few "d" I don't exactly think I'd recommend it...
There can never be enough Mr. Darcy, Aston constructs a delightful story of Darcy Daughters, who take after their mother and of course are in some sort of trouble. This is a delightful romance, with a touch of humor.
Aug 27, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
Gave up on this one. Couldn't connect with any of the girls and thought Fitzwilliam was terribly characterized.
Jul 09, 2008 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I love Pride and Prejudice, so this has to be good, right?
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having read Pride and Prejudice many times over the years (I should do so once more and include it in some upcoming challenge) I was perhaps anticipating more than I should.

The book moves two decades into the future after the events in Pride and Prejudice and Darcy is sent to Constantinople for the Crown. He, of course, takes his beloved wife leaving behind their 7! children. The eldest 5 are all daughters and placed in the care of their cousins, the Fitzwilliams, with the Gardiner's near at
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I’m the daughter of two Jane Austen addicts, who decided to call me after a character from one of Jane Austen’s novels. So it’s no wonder that I also became a passionate Jane Austen fan.

Elizabeth Aston is a pen name (it's actually my married name). I first wrote under the name Elizabeth Pewsey, and now Attica Books are reissuing those novels as ebooks under my Aston name.

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