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The Darcy Connection

(Darcy #5)

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3.70  ·  Rating details ·  1,447 ratings  ·  154 reviews
In The Darcy Connection, Mr. Collins of Pride and Prejudice is now the Bishop of Ripon, living with his wife, Charlotte, and their two daughters, who have reached marriageable age. The elder, another Charlotte, is extraordinarily beautiful, and her parents hope her looks and connections will ensure a brilliant marriage. Her sister, Eliza, while not as handsome, possesses a ...more
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Published March 4th 2008 by Touchstone
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Ali
May 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
I know these kinds of books are silly and are probably blasphemy to most Austen-ites, but I can't help it, I love them. This one was exciting and I couldn't put it down. The main characters are the daughters of Charlotte and Mr. Collins and the story line echoes a lot of Pride & Prejudice. It's not going to win any awards, but it's a really fun read.
Sheila Majczan
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
Mónica
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
I tried to read this book years ago, and I could have sworn I never managed to finish it. But, reading it this week, there was something oddly familiar about the story. It is possible that I actually had finished it before and, it being so terrible, forgot it entirely, or it recycles so many topes that it simply seems familiar.

Regardless, I was not a fan. The story was all over the place, the ending was terrible, and I found that I truly disliked Eliza for her own pigheadedness. It is ridiculou
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Kat
I usually like to read book series in chronological order, but for some reason I picked this particular Pride and Prejudice spinoff by Elizabeth Aston to read first. I figured that, since each book in the series focuses on different characters based on those of Jane Austen's classic novel, I could start reading any one of them.

Such was not the case with The Darcy Connection. Often times I was lost because I didn't know the characters who were apparently introduced in Aston's previous novels. Thi
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Christina
Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: austenesque
I just finished it and have such a grin on my face! I have enjoyed all of Ashton's books-- and this one is by far her best! Her writing is always top-notch, well-developed story lines, and well researched for the language and period. How can you not immediately love the heroine of the story who is named after her godmother, Elizabeth Darcy! and has similar character traits. Some of Ashton's characters from her previous books are sprinkled through out adding color and drama... even the dispicable ...more
Emily
Apr 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Overall, I found this book charming and intriguing. It was fun to get a glimpse of what might have become of the Darcy and Collins children. The plot line, though starting off a little slow and confusing (I haven't read the other books), grew to be engulfing as you were thrown into one conflict after another and left you half breathless to see what would happen next. That said, there were a few things that were not "shown" or explained that left me quite confused and hindered my enjoyment a litt ...more
Lindsey
Mar 12, 2009 rated it liked it
This book was drawn out and then suddenly concluded. The relationship between the main characters didn't really take off until the last bit of the book. It was an ok account on an imagined future of The Collin's girls. I didn't think the chances of one of the girls being an amazing beauty and the other being like Elizabeth Bennet was very likely, so it was not very believable in that sense. However, it provided some entertainment and a typical plot of that era. I love books written in this parti ...more
Laura
Sep 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
This was a fun book to read. It had many parallels (obviously) to Pride and Prejudice. I enjoyed this story more. It was an easier read and had some interesting characters. This is the story of the daughters of Mr. Collins and Charlotte. Both go to London; One determined to find a match, the other determined not to find a match. Eliza is the younger sister with a "true love" at home. She is also very feisty and has much the personality of Elizabeth Bennett. Charlotte is the older sister who seem ...more
Lisa
Oct 15, 2009 rated it it was ok
I'm sorry, I just cannot recommend this book. I kept trying to read faster to get to the end so I would know how it ended without spending too much more time in it. Not only was the plot copied almost exactly from the original Pride and Prejudice, but the author relied heavily on memory of and projection from the original in her character development. Then several of the parts that *were* unique contributions went beyond my ability to suspend my disbelief, making confusing or unfounded leaps in ...more
Sharon
Aug 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: austenalia
Another novel of peripheral characters to P&P. This one follows the London season of the two daughters of Charlotte and Mr. Collins. The beautiful eldest sister, Charlotte, is granted a season in London by her godmother, in the hopes that her looks will snare a husband rich enough to further Mr. Collins' professional advancement. The younger sister, Eliza (named after Elizabeth Bennett), is packed off to London in disgrace, having fallen for the son of the county squire. Aston's characters m ...more
Stephanie
May 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
I usually dislike Austen sequels, but I've really enjoyed Elizabeth Aston's series, and this one is especially fun. Eliza and Charlotte were very believable daughters to Mr Collins, and the romantic comedy was sparkling. Personally, I would have preferred to have fewer parallels to the first Eliza's romance, and a bit more clarity in the novel's resolution, but overall, this was a complete pleasure to read.
Bonnie
Jan 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
I liked all of Elizabeth Aston's Darcy novels, but the two I've liked best are this one and the first, "Mr. Darcy's Daughters". This one seemed very Austen and the characters were well done and interesting. Although, as with most novels of this sort, one can predict whom the heroine will end up with, there were complications and surprises that made it fun and interesting.
Nathan Albright
Mar 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: challenge-2019
Having previously read (and at least mildly enjoyed) a previous book by the author [1], I had some idea of what to expect going into this novel and my expectations were met in both positive and negative ways.  It must be said that Aston is an enjoyable writer, and she certainly loves putting her heroines in compromising positions.  In this particular book, the sympathies of the reader are clearly meant for the mildly attractive but "provincial" Eliza Collins and not her more attractive but also ...more
Janine Treannie
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
After reading Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen sometime last year I came across this interesting book at the library and had to check it out.

It's the 5th book in a series so unfortunately I have not had the opportunity to read the other 4, but if they make there way to the library I will definitely pick them up.

Eliza and Charlotte Collins are sisters, cousins to Mr. & Mrs. Darcy and the two main characters of the story. They are both daughters to a well known bishop of Ripon in a small far
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Angela Boland
Nov 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Synopsis: After forming an unacceptable attachment to the son of a local squire, Eliza is sent to London in disgrace. Of course that doesn’t work, because Eliza makes a sensational splash wherever she goes. She also has a sister who is somewhat important.

I love the Darcys and anything Darcy related, so my opinion of this book may be skewed. In fact, I think it has to be, because I don’t like love stories and every single one of these books has the same plot. So much of these stories carries take
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Monica
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Like all of Aston's other Darcy spin-off novels, this one is entertaining, easy and fun to read. While I think that Jane Austen's novels embody all of those aspects too, I still feel that Aston falls short of the spark of brilliance contained in the original Pride and Prejudice. I did love that the main character is related to the ridiculous Mr. Collins in this story, and once again, Aston has drawn a female character that pushes the boundaries but can still be placed in Austen's England.
Tracy
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: period and Austin fans
Love that Aston takes characters out of the original books and makes the stories about their children and cousins. These are the perfect fix for Austin fans and I read six of her books in a total of 12 days because they were so good. I was only sorry when they were all done, and cannot wait for the next one.
Lisa
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked it better than Mr. Darcy's Daughters. Glad I stumbled on this at the library! A fun, escapist read.
Rachel
Dec 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Decent book. Some of the character actions are a little hard to believe, but it’s funny and fun to read.
NML_dc
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I forgot how entertaining this series is.
Chelsea
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
How exciting it was. I still hope though that Warren will lose his heart too. That would be rather amusing I reckon.
Jamie
May 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Remember the dimwitted, long-winded Mr. Collins (how could you forget?), cousin to the Bennet's and title holder of Worst Marriage Proposal in all of Literature? Well he's Bishop of Ripon, and has two daughter's: Charlotte, the eldest and most beautiful girl in all of England, and "Plain Jane" Eliza. They also have a son, Charles, who's supposedly just like his father, but while the name is tossed about, the Collins boy isn't actually in the story.

The Darcy Connection is the fifth installment in
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Blodeuedd Finland
This was, well it was a nice read now and again. But mostly I just now and then saw characters I knew, there was the "Mr Wickham" "Mr Darcy" "Lizzy" "Jane" and "Mr Collins. She could have tried more to give them voices of their own and not mould them after Austen figures. Just because it's an Austen sequel does not mean every character have to be the same.

This story is about Mr Collins and Charlotte's daughters, Charlotte and Eliza (that is Jane and Lizzy). Eliza is in love with a neighbour and
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Urszula
Mar 21, 2012 rated it really liked it

I have enjoyed this book a lot. There was enough "connections" to the Pride and Prejudice to make it likeable. I am a big Jane Austen fan and like so many know that there must be unlimited number of sequels to this classic romance. Some great, and some not-so-great.

This story is full of colourful characters. Some very likeable, and some very disagreeable indeed. The heroine of this story is Eliza Collins - very clever young lady, with no great beauty and no real prospects, but who has an older s
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Nichola
May 21, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: austenesque
Ho hum. I must stop reading these. This Jane Austen sequelish type book supposedly takes place years after Pride & Prejudice. The main character is not related to Elizabeth or Darcy, but is the daughter of her friend Charlotte and Mr Collins. She is now about 20, and looking to get married.
The characters' connections from a large supporting cast were weak and unconvincing. The older sister was cold and unaccessible to this reader. The scenes were such that JA would never have written them (e
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K
Jun 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
I must admit, that when I first read the summary of this story, I was unsure if I would like it. Not because of the author or the story itself, but because I disliked the character of Mr. Collins in Pride and Prejudice. And as this story is of Mr. Collins's daughters, one could see my hesitation. However, as I was reading the story I found myself pleasantly suprised. I found the story to be well written, and enjoyed Aston's portrayal of Regency London. I also liked being able to catch up with ch ...more
Karen Berry
Nov 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book took me back in time to continue the story of the characters from Pride and Prejudice. It takes place long after Elizabeth has married Mr. Darcy, when they have a family of their own, and their friends have families. When I started this book I had no idea that this was the 3rd in the series. I'm reading #1 now and I like this story better. This story is about Mr. Collins and his family. If you can remember, Mr. Collins had a fancy for Elizabeth Bennett, but Lizzy found him to be a very ...more
Jamilla Rice
May 12, 2012 rated it liked it
I do enjoy Ms. Aston's Austen fan fiction more than the others. I think that she, more so than most, has been able to truly capture the lighthearted spirit of Austen's writing, making her works enjoyable to read. Nonetheless, I did find this volume more formulaic and predicable than the others that she's written. The only surprise really was the early proposal by Bruton.

There are also far too many loose ends in this book. The were too many things that were not properly attended to and too many
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Stacey
First read years ago.

This time around, I liked it, but it annoyed me how closely the romantic plot resembled Pride and Prejudice. Provincial Eliza Collins comes to London, is snubbed by handsome, wealthy young banker Mr. Bruton. They next meet, she refuses to dance with him, holds her grudge for ages. She thinks his friend Freddie would be a good match for her sister, who doesn't reveal what she is feeling, ever. Mr. Bruton objects. Eliza's family and her sister's future brother-in-law pressure
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Krista
Mar 06, 2012 rated it liked it
I would give this book a 3.5 but not a 4 because for the most part the story read well with a few places that didn't hold my attention. But alas it shall only be a 3 today because of the lack of a half-star rating system.

I enjoyed reading this story of the two daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Collins (always said in my head with Mrs. Bennett's voice in the Keira/Matthew Pride & Prejudice movie), Charlotte and Eliza Collins, and even getting to know one of the Darcy daughters from another of Aston'
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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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