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Les aventures de Miss Alethea Darcy

(Darcy #2)

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  1,523 ratings  ·  164 reviews
Alethea, fille de Mr Darcy et d’Elizabeth Bennet, a fait un mariage désastreux avec un homme dont les manières charmantes dissimulent une nature exécrable. Faisant fi de toute prudence, elle fuit le domicile conjugal, déguisée en homme. Accompagnée seulement de Figgins, son admirable femme de chambre, elle se met en route pour Venise dans l’espoir de trouver refuge chez sa ...more
Mass Market Paperback, Pemberley, 521 pages
Published August 2012 by Milady (first published 2004)
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Jul 21, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is so bad it's great. I mean, the cast of characters is enormous. The location is constantly changing. The author isn't held back by the whole "pride and prejudice" thing, misnaming Mr. Darcy's sister "georgina" when clearly, it's georgiana. Alethea is a ridiculous character and the time spent on the secondary "servant" characters is out-of-character for an Austen tribute (as Austen put servants in place to indicate a charcter's wealth but never gave them a meaningful role in the plot) ...more
May 22, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Pre-teens
This book will keep you laughing for sure! My favorite line is "His soul was in his eyes as he smiled down at her; it wasn't a triumphant nor a knowing smile, but a smile that sprang to his lips as he read what was in her heart" (351). The pre-teen age group will eat it up, but as for the rest of us... ...more
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.
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Alethea Darcy flees an abusive marriage by cross-dressing and heads towards Venice to get help from her favorite sister. Many things happen.

This is very melodramatic. I found myself missing the intense research of romance novelists like Julia Quinn. I wished for Alethea to act like an abuse survivor, I wished for fewer modern turns of phrase.
Apr 15, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans Of Jane Austen
Not sure if i enjoyed this book as much. It was good - but the writing was not so Jane Austen for me. A bit to much of how people act in modern day. Not terrible though..i will continue with the series.

In this delightful new chapter in the story of the Darcy clan, taken up by Ashton (Mr. Darcy's Daughters) where Austen left off, the youngest daughter of Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy is in a pickle. Having married in haste, Alethea is now repenting bitterly, languishing under the unspeakable tr
May 10, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-reads
A friend gave me this book, and I figured it would be an OK read. It was, but just *barely* OK, in my opinion. The main character is Alethea Darcy Napier, one of the daughters of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. She has made an unfortunate marriage, as a result of being on the rebound from a relationship where her intended married another woman. Her husband, who is much older, and named Norris Napier, won her with his admiration of her musical talents ...more
Sep 03, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again, I couldn't put this book down. I just love these novels despite the fact that they are extremely predictable and pretty similar to each other. What can I say, I love a happy ending. ...more
Oct 16, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this novel much more than Aston’s first novel: Mr. Darcy’s Daughters. Aston toned down the sexuality in her writing and focused more on the story at hand. She must have reviewed Pride and Prejudice before attempting this novel because she stayed truer to Austen’s style of writing. It reads like historical fiction, but the Austen characters still make their appearance.

Aston’s theme in this book is “it’s a small world.” Characters cannot help but run into each other again and again, prop
I was a lot more forgiving of this book than Mr. Darcy's Daughters- probably because my expectations weren't as high. I still didn't love the fact that Alethea was being written as a Darcy Daughter (again, Elizabeth and Darcy are untouchable up on their pedestal), but once I ignored that fact, I was able to rather enjoy this book. It is quite a silly adventure. But I found myself genuinely interested in Alethea's fate, and by the end the book compelled me forward and I couldn't put it down. It w ...more
Sep 01, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not sure this was my favorite of the Elizabeth Aston books. The premise is a little more fantastical. Alethea is a very talented musician stuck in a horrible marriage to a man who abuses her. She tries to get escape to 2 of her sisters, who brush her off and tell her to go back to her husband. She dresses up as a young man and tried to flee to another sister in Italy. All the while trying to stay a step ahead of her evil husband. Eventually it all turns out just fine, of course, but usually I en ...more
Sep 11, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical-rom
Now that I've read three of these books I am detecting a pattern. They are very much written to a template. The Darcys seem to be plagued with women who run amok of societal convention and ruin themselves only to finally meet a man who sees beyond their disgrace and his own prejudices to love them and marry them. Alethea Darcy is a strong character and intriguing, but the final chapters seem to be written in shorthand the transitions in the relationships are so abrupt and the ending rushed.

I enj
May 27, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read all of the books in Aston's series, and this was my favorite. All of them were fun reads, but they followed much the same formula as Pride and Prejudice: girl meets boy from different life station, alot of prejudice between them, they get over it and fall in love. This particular novel, though, has a little different formula and feel. It's interesting to see Aston working with the language of Jane Austen. She does ok, but then again, there is no other Jane Austen! ...more
Sep 24, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think I'd give this another 2 1/2 stars. There are about 1,000 characters in this book, but it kept me reading. I like this daughter but again feel like The Darcy's would never have married her off to that guy - Darcy simply would have done more research when it comes to husbands for his daughters! ...more
Jill Hill
Like it's predecessor, "Mr. Darcy's Daughters", this is a somewhat entertaining read but it's no Austen, so don't go in comparing them. I don't seem to remember Jane Austen venturing into topics like flagellation, balls (and I don't mean the dancing kind), and cross-dressing heroines having to fend off the unwanted advances of lecherous, makeup-wearing homosexuals. ...more
May 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This sequel was much better, I liked the style and the way this author wrote much more than the last one. It was fun and entertaining. In my mind though it isn't much of a sequel either except for the fact that they through in some familiar names every now and then. ...more
Apr 04, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As with the other Pride and Prejudice sequel by Ms. Aston, I was very disappointed with this one. I think this sequence of events is also very unlikely for this era.
This is a romance novel with a less bosomy cover and only veiled illusions to sex. Fast and fun read, but I won't remember it next week. Definitely not like reading Jane Austen. ...more
Miriam Reeves
It was an ok read. She was very adventurous. No Elizabeth or Darcy in this one, only mentioned a few times.
Nathan Albright
This was a hard novel to really appreciate.  Throughout her body of work, Elizabeth Aston has written a lot about the Darcy family as she imagines them in the next generation, making these novels anachronistic in their dealing with concerns and behavior that is more au currant than it was of the times that she is supposed to be writing in, roughly the period just before the Victorian age, when English royalty was at a particularly decadent level.  Both the hero and heroine of this particular nov ...more
#2 in the recurring adventures of Mr. Darcy's Daughters. As in the previous book, Mr. and Mrs. Darcy are away - this time in Vienna and Turkey.

This episode focuses on Alethea, the youngest and musical of the 5 girls. The story starts as she flees her marriage house with her maid, Figgins, with flashbacks revealing how Alethea got in this situation, the sudden shift in her former beau's affections which threatens a scandal for Alethea, her 'attraction' to the charming Napier and the disastrous ma
Liza M. Bouvet
Feb 08, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was NOT what I expected (and wanted) from a Pride and Prejudice inspired novel. The author clearly chose to use the name Darcy for clout while not at all honouring the novel it's supposed to be inspired by. Firstly, the locations. I'm sorry but in Austen's original works the characters travel from one place in Great Britain to another place in Great Britain, and Elizabeth going to live in Derbyshire is seen as very far away (while Jane settling near Longbourn is an absolute dream). Why in t ...more
Sep 29, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
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Not Austen-ish at all. It's more of just your standard ridiculous Regency romance. (You know the kind: ladies disguising themselves as men and running off to Europe and falling in love.) I'm more annoyed than anything that they try to tie this into the Austen world. It's fine for the type of book it is, but not fine for an Austen wannabe. ...more
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: period and Austin fans
I truly enjoyed all of Astons books which are thoroughly satisfying sequels to the original. She didn't try to recreate Elizabeth and Darcy, but took the story on ahead with the next generation of Darcy's and Darcy cousins. I say well done, and look forward to reading more. ...more
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely delightful.
I feel I've learned some history about places and about life and marriage.
The book made me smile a lot :)
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Solidly fluff. Not great writing and a preposterous plot, but amusing.
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this book. Just wish it didn’t wrap up so quickly.
May 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review was originally published here on http://theonewithrachelsbook.blogspot...

I love books that should be terrible. Like this one. They are my guilty pleasure. Mediocre sappy romance austen-eque fan fiction makes me feel all gooey and simultaneously gives me the LOLs. This book, is in my top 5 secret guilty pleasures, even though I know it is totally ridiculous.... Ok, AGES ago I reviewed Mr. Darcy's Daughters, by Elizabeth Aston, which is the first in Elizabeth Aston's follow up on Pride
Carole Rae
Sep 20, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Once again...I find myself picking up the second book in a series. I feel like it is a curse of mine. Sighs. Good news, though, this does well as a stand alone. Each book is about a Darcy daughter and there is one about the son later on. Of course Lizzie would produce many daughters and only one son. Darcy lucked out on that one XD

ANYWAYS...I digress....

Alethea...Titus....Figgins...Camille....Norris Napier? Ridiculous names for the time period. Please point me to someone in the 1800s with the na
May 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: austen, reviewed
I enjoyed this sequel from Elizabeth Aston so much more than "Mr. Darcy's Daughters". In Daughters, I found that the story bounced around too much, with too many characters, where as in this sequel-of-a-sequel, I found that the storyline had more focus and, though fewer in number, more engaging characters.

Alethea, fleeing from her terrible marriage, and her maid, Figgins, are are great team, and I found myself quite taken in with their adventure to Venice, and on. Titus was likeable as well, and
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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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