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The Future Mrs. Darcy

(Given Good Principles #2)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  243 ratings  ·  35 reviews
The regiment has come to camp in Meryton. Many young ladies are pleased, but not all share their enthusiasm. Among them, Mr. Carver, who decides to remove his family from Meryton's savage society. He puts the blame, not on the militia officers, but on the shoulders of the Bennet family. The flirtations and boisterous ways of the youngest sisters are too much to be borne. N ...more
Kindle Edition, 132 pages
Published July 2nd 2012 by Good Principles Publisihing
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J. W. Garrett
Vol. 2: The Future Mrs. Darcy: Purchased as Given Good Principles Box Set

“Problems do not go away. They must be worked through or else they remain, forever a barrier to the growth and development of the spirit.” – M. Scott Peck

I am not sure why they selected the title The Future Mrs. Darcy, because Elizabeth doesn’t meet Darcy until the very last paragraphs of this story. Now if what Elizabeth endures in this variation is what makes her worthy or gives her abilities necessary for being the futur
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)

Volume One in the Given Good Principles series by Maria Grace asked the question: What if Darcy lost some of his pride and selfish conceit and began to undergo a reformation before he ever met Elizabeth Bennet? While Darcy's Decision (Given Good Principles Volume One) centers upon Fitzwilliam Darcy in his pre-Pride and Prejudice days, The Future Mrs. Darcy (Given Good Principles Volume Two) follows Elizabeth Bennet and illustrates what events were occupying her life before a certain gentleman to
Mar 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!

Second read through: I think I liked this one even better than the first book. The standing dinner was so worth it. Terrific book.
May 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is book two in the Given Good Principles series, but it could be read without having read book one, since book one deals with Darcy in Derbyshire, and this deals with the Bennet sisters in Hertfordshire, prior to the Netherfield party arriving in the area. I found this book much easier to get into than book one. We begin our tale with a vile neighbour of the Bennets who is paying attentions to Jane. He leaves the area, citing the reasons as his sisters being led astray by the savage society ...more
Madenna U
Jul 14, 2016 rated it liked it
The second book in this series introduces us to the Bennett girls before Mr Darcy travels to Netherfield. It shows Elizabeth having a much greater appreciation for her sisters. Also the girls learn to run the estate. I enjoyed it as a way to understand the characters better.
Nov 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
The people of Meryton have differing opinions on the militia’s arrival. Naturally, the Bennet girls are enjoying the officers’ company, perhaps a little too much. Mr. Carver, who has recently let Netherfield, finds the officers’ manners crass and less than refined. Having two sisters in his care, Mr. Carver makes haste in removing his family from the untamed influence of, not only the regiment, but also the boisterous Bennet girls. Once tongues start wagging about the girls’ behavior in Meryton, ...more
The Future Mrs. Darcy is Volume 2 in the Given Good Principles series by Maria Grace, a variation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. In the first book, Darcy’s Decision, Grace introduces readers to a young Fitzwilliam Darcy struggling to come to terms with his responsibilities as the new master of Pemberley. This time around, Grace follows the Bennet sisters as they struggle to keep the youngest, Lydia, under control.

Mrs. Bennet hopes her eldest, Jane, will marry Mr. Carver of Netherfield, bu
Aug 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: austenesque
What if the younger Bennet girls’ wild ways were pointed out and corrected before they are introduced to Mr. Darcy?

When Mr. Carver leaves the neighborhood to keep his sisters from being harmed by the acquaintance of Lydia and Kitty Bennet, and some of the others in the neighborhood start cutting them, Elizabeth, Jane and Mary go to work to restore their good name. With a little positive attention, Kitty is quick to understand what’s going on and curb her behavior. However, Lydia is another story
Sheila Majczan
May 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Again - having read the third in this trilogy by mistake first, I went back and read the first two before posting a review on either one. I agree with some of the other reviewers in that: 1.) There were just too many footnotes, which, as a new Kindle user I could not figure out how to access and 2.) Yes, she did use many of JA's quotes but, then, so do many of the authors of the 88 other JAFF books I have read. I was not comfortable with the relationship between Elizabeth and her father in this ...more
Feb 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, austen
What if the Bennet sisters were already ostracized from society for their behaviour before Mr. Bingley even lets Netherfield?

In this sequel to "Mr. Darcy's Decision", we see the Bennet sisters, even Elizabeth, go through some self-reflection and changes without Mr. Bingley or Mr. Darcy even being in the picture yet. I thought it was really wonderful to read, I loved Elizabeth's determination and how the sisters work together to improve and reinstate their good name.

Like the previous work, there'
Miriam Reeves
I was hoping for some major Darcy Elizabethness in this book but you only get a very small snippet. I am now wishing I didn't start reading this series until until all the books were out. You get to see a what if some things were different before they even meet each other. I wanted to slap lydia all throughout the book and slap her parents and everyone else too. I seriously wish book three was out. I am a sucker for the Darcy Elizabeth relationship. Can't wait to see book three, it comes out soo ...more
lori huff
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was ok

I liked the first book in this series - Mr. Darcy 's Decision - well enough, even though it was somber and a little depressing. This second book in the series was almost impossible for me to get through. The situation of the Bennett family was unbelievably bad. Mother and father completely abandoning their family in a time of crisis. Lydia behaving so badly that it defied belief. Elizabeth constantly having stomach issues and headaches because of her severe anxiety over Lydia. I kept
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: retellings, kindle
I enjoyed the changes made to Lizzie, Kitty, and Mary in this book. It was a variation on P&P, for sure, but I liked the character growth in Lizzie & the rounding out of K & M. Intrigued to see how things unfold!
Amy R.
Feb 15, 2019 rated it liked it
I didn't enjoy this story as much as the first. It almost seemed like she had too much happen in this book that happens after Lizzy meets Darcy in the original story. And I just am not sure about the character she's given him. But I am eager to see how she handles things from here on out.
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Where Elizabeth understands

That people will judge by appearances, and that there are a lot of things involved in being mistress of a state.
Carol Perrin
Nov 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Future Mrs. Darcy (Given Good Principles)

Book 2 opens with a party at Lucas Lodge for the neighborhood to get to know some of the officers of the militia in Meryton. Mr. Carved, who lives with his two younger sisters at Netherfield, is appalled at the behavior of the ruffians in the militia and is equally angered by Lydia's behavior with them. Of course, he is blaming his sisters' behaviors on Lydia, too. He seems to be taken with Jane, but Lydia's unfortunate behavior taints all the Bennet
Aug 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
I had no idea what sort of story I’d be reading when I started Maria Grace’s The Future Mrs. Darcy. I suppose I expected to meet up with Elizabeth and Darcy, watching them muddle through their tangled impressions and misunderstandings. You know, typical P&P fare. What I got was a unique and new take on the classic story. In Maria’s story (the second installment, but it reads okay as a stand-alone, to me anyway), the chronology is quite “mixed up” – and we encounter the Bennets and their misa ...more
Apr 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Like Darcy’s Decision, Maria Grace has taken us into the world of Pride and Prejudice. This time she focuses on Elizabeth and her sisters right before they are to meet Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy. Once again, I really enjoyed Ms. Grace’s view of Jane Austen’s characters. I thought it was a refreshing take on Elizabeth and her feelings for her sisters.

Just like in P and P, Elizabeth is the same strong and intelligent young woman we all know and love. However, Ms. Grace has added some insecurity and
Feb 20, 2013 rated it liked it
In this second book of the now 4 part series we meet the Bennets. Netherfield is let at last not to Mr. Bingley but to another family with a stuffy sanctimonious older brother and two silly flirtatious sisters. This man is snobbish, judgmental and rude. His sisters are undefined. His ball at Netherfield reveals the societal deficiencies of the younger Bennet daughters and when he abandons Netherfield he makes his displeasure with those girls known to Meryton.

Thus begins the painful process of re
Sandi Layne
The sequel to the AU Pride and Prejudice story Given Good Principles was something I took my time getting to, I confess. As a fan of Pride and Prejudice fan fiction, I do love a good AU in most fiction-verses. I was just wondering how Lizzy and Jane would come across in this particular 'verse.

I loved them.

The family as portrayed by the author, Maria Grace, felt very real to me. It was as if someone woke up the canon characters I have loved for more than thirty years and showed them how to better
Michele Kallio
Oct 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Maria Grace's novella The Future Mrs. Darcy is a variation of Austen's Pride and Prejudice. It introduces the Bennet family in a way that clarifies the character and foibles of each member of the family. It is a delightful read. Grace has a knack for recreating Austen's world and breathing life into her characters. The Future Mrs. Darcy is the second in a series entitled Good Principles and lives up to it's name. I found myself reading long into the night to see how the Bennet family would deal ...more
Sep 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
I loved reading these books. The first, visited Darcy's life and events that changed him and changed the outcome of occurrences that happened in P&P. Eventually, Wickham, having almost compromised Georgiana, was sent off to the Navy and a ship not to return to habor for three years. This book visits Lizzy at Longbourne supposedly during the events unfolding in the first book. Lizzy learns the shame of being shunned as a family by Lydia's behavior and gains wisdom in her own judgements of oth ...more
Vol 2 of Maria Grace's Given Good Principles series.

A single evening spent reading these fascinating 132 Kindle pages
provided great background on the maturing of Elizabeth Bennet through familial and societal tests and struggles. Perfect development for the woman she will need to be in order to fill the role we're anticipating will be developed in the newly released Vol 3,
'All The Appearance of Good'!

I enjoyed the addition of intrigue, country society, and unique insights into the characters o
Ashlea (
The author has written a charming Regency about five sisters who are only superficially like Austen's characters, and as it's the latest Austen-themed work I read, I thought about it frequently when reading the critical work. Of course, it pales next to Jane's genius, and it's not fair to evaluate it on those terms, but I happened to read them in the same week, so there it is. If I mentally rename the sisters Jessica, Emily, Margaret, Kate, and Laura, it's a lovely story about five sisters on t ...more
Oct 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Gives u great insight into the woman that becomes Mrs Darcy. Different than the original as Wickham is not involved and that you get to know the family that loved in Netherfield before Bingley leases it and why they leave the neighbourhood. With Elizabeth's sister Lydia having bad reputation as a flirt and Mrs Bennet being confined to her wrongs with illness due to this gossip Elizabeth and her sister must step into the role of mistress of an estate. Unlike the first in the series, this novel en ...more
Mar 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
In this second volume of the series, the focus shift to Longbourn where the Bennet sisters have to deal with a lot of issues. I really liked this sneak into the Longbourn household but for the main part of the novel I kept wondering "where is Mr Darcy?".
The "Given Good Principles" series is very different from other variations I had the chance to read. The story distance itself from the original quite a lot but in a gentle and respectful manner, so that the reading is a pleasure even for a ferve
Nicol Legakis
Nov 18, 2012 rated it liked it
This is more of a novella, than a full-blown novel. I enjoyed the concept but thought the finished product needed editing. I felt the author used the same words repeatedly about Elizabeth's nervousness and it became annoying. I also found all the work that Mrs. Bennett did to maintain the household was unrealistic and it was particularly unrealistic that her daughters were unaware of it until she became bedridden. I enjoyed the first "Given Good Principles" more than this, but am willing to read ...more
Jul 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: austen-inspired
I absolutely adored this. It's not your typical novel about Elizabeth and Darcy coming together - in fact, there's hardly any Darcy in this story!

I loved watching the relationships between the Bennet sisters change and grow, and seeing the fallout (as it were) of Lizzy being Mr Bennet's favourite.

The story was quite short, though. I really wish this had been condensed into one larger novel, rather than 3 separate stories.

Looking forward to starting the next!
My review for the entire Give Good Principles can be found here:

Kimberly (Reflections of a Book Addict)
Aug 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: relating-to-jane
read this when it was still fan fiction. I'm enjoying the added scenes and dialog
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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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Given Good Principles (5 books)
  • Darcy's Decision (Given Good Principles #1)
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