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All the Appearance of Goodness

(Given Good Principles #3)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  206 ratings  ·  31 reviews
What is a young woman to do? One handsome young man has all the goodness, while the other the appearance of it. How is she to separate the gentleman from the cad?

When Darcy joins his friend, Bingley on a trip to Meryton, the last thing on his mind is finding a wife. Meeting Elizabeth Bennet changes all that, but a rival for his affections appears from a most unlikely quart
Kindle Edition, 327 pages
Published March 17th 2013 by White Soup Press
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Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
(Note: Potential readers should be made aware that this is the third volume in the Given Good Principles series, and that it is recommended that volume one and two are read prior to reading this one.)

In volume one of Maria Grace's Given Good Principles series, Darcy's Decision, readers are introduced to a grief-stricken Darcy as he copes with the lost of his father and takes on the responsibilities he left behind. In volume two, The Future Mrs. Darcy, readers encounter Elizabeth Bennet as she tr
Mar 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: austen, reviewed
I loved it! After reading the first two in the series I knew I would love this engaging conclusion! The story was set up beautifully for this third novel. I would recommend not a long wait time between reading all three, because I found I had to rake my brain to recap some of the events from previous books.

I had thought it would be smooth sailing for Darcy and Elizabeth, but I was very wrong! Who would have thought if Mr. Collins had a touch of Wickham in him how he could have been a rival for
J. W. Garrett
Purchased as: Given Good Principles Box Set: Vol. 3 All the Appearance of Goodness

“By their fruits you will know them.” Matthew 7:16

The tone of this book is very unusual. We start off by repeating the last of Vol. 2 in order to remind us of how Darcy and Elizabeth met. When we left Vol. 2, we were given the impression that there was definite interest between the two parties. I just knew things would be different in Vol. 3 because Wickham had been dispatched in Vol. 2, so there shouldn’t be any
All the Appearance of Goodness is Volume III in Maria Grace’s Given Good Principles series of Pride and Prejudice variations. The series began with Darcy’s Decision, in which a young Fitzwilliam Darcy comes to terms with his responsibilities as master of Pemberley, and The Future Mrs. Darcy, in which Elizabeth Bennet must take control of the household and rein in her foolish little sister Lydia before she ruins the Bennet family’s reputation. In this installment, Darcy and Elizabeth finally cros ...more
May 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
I liked the 1st and 2nd books in this series much more than the final book. Mr. Collins must stand in as the resident villain, Wickham having been disposed of in book 1. I must say he's more evil than Wickham and that's about the highlight of the book. Col. Fitzwilliam makes an appearance and unfortunately he woos and wins Jane Bennet, leaving Bingley to mill about like a fool and keep company with Kitty and Lydia. Luckily no romantic notions form there. Caroline Bingley is dealt with quite nice ...more
Mar 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another winner from Maria Grace. This series of three books can boast that each is as compelling as the other. Not one is my favorite. It is a compliment to the author that she was able to set a high standard of storytelling and was able to reach it again and again. Well done!
Madenna U
Jul 14, 2016 rated it liked it
The third in the series brings our characters together and in some interesting pairings. Mr Collins is even more of a "bad" guy than ever and Caroline Bingley was written perfectly awful. Our happy couple finds the love in their hearts after they are willing to take a chance.
Carol Perrin
Nov 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
All the Appearance of Goodness (Given Good Principles)

Book 3 begins with Darcy, Bradley, and the Bingleys' travel to Meryton. When Darcy leaves Bingley at the inn, he continues on to Mr. Pierce's cottage at the edge of Longbourn. Before getting there, he tells Bradley that he will check out Netherfield and head back to London. Bradley has more than a few words for him. When he drops Bradley off at Pierce's he'll return to the inn. He taps the roof of his carriage so he can get out to walk back t
May 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is the third volume and longest in the trilogy, Given Good Principles, by Maria Grace. Volume I & II are both prequels to Pride and Prejudice with Volume I focusing on Darcy and his life prior to his trip to Herefordshire with Charles Bingley. Some background of the Bennet family and the reputations of Kitty and Lydia comprise the story for Volume II. I highly recommend reading both before reading Volume III.

In the beginning of All the Appearance of Goodness, Darcy and Lizzy meet
Mar 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
And in the 3rd book Mr. Darcy and Lizzy Bennet finally meet. Mr. Darcy is marriage minded and in search of a young woman who will fulfill the duties of a proper mistress to Pemberley and enjoy country society. He first encounters Lizzy as she returns from a tenant visit and is walking in the woods. He on the other hand is lost and tangled in a raspberry bush.

This book introduces us to a kind, caring and thoughtful Louisa Bingley, away from Caroline and welcome to new friends. Bradley joins Darc
Mar 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: austenesque
All the Appearance of Goodness is the third book in the Given Good Principles Trilogy. In the first book, Darcy’s Decision, Darcy becomes a better man before meeting Elizabeth. In the second, The Future Mrs. Darcy, we watch the Bennet girls learn some valuable lessons, and learn to curb their behavior before meeting Mr. Darcy. At last, in All the Appearance of Goodness Darcy and Elizabeth meet! But all is not perfect...

I was intrigued and delighted by the many twists Maria Grace puts in this sto
May 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars... It was a good conclusion to the series. I loved how Elizabeth's relationship with each Bennet sister prospered. I love Arts role and character in this novel. I hated Caroline even more but loved Louisa for being a kind spirit who loved her fiancé and wanted to be friends with the Bennets. What was assuming was that Mr Collins is actually a good looking, charming man who catches Lizzys fancy (like Wickham in the original) and I loved that Darcy had competition for Lizzys attention, s ...more
Sheila Majczan
May 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
I bought this book when it was listed for $.99 on an Austen authors site, not realizing it was the third in a series. Maybe that is the reason I found the beginning to be disjointed and confusing. Characters, Bradley and Pierce, had no introduction and so it took some reading to figure out who they were and their setting among the other characters. I was surprised when Collins was introduced as a handsome and charming man (the description reminded me of St. John's in Jane Eyre) and Lydia's opini ...more
Erlynn (BooksHugBack)
Apr 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
This third volume in the series follows Darcy and Elizabeth from first meeting to marriage. After patiently awaiting this third book I was pleased, but still yet wanting more to the story. Will there be a fourth?

I enjoyed how Maria Grace creates a quirky banter between the characters and changes the plot quite significantly. I was actually surprised when certain characters ended up with new matches, and was content to say it worked. I really liked this Darcy and his attention towards Elizabeth.
Jul 18, 2013 rated it did not like it
As much as I liked the first two books, this third book in the series jumps the shark to the point that it no longer held my interest. The characters are either all good or all bad. And by the time we get to the end of the book, the story hardly resembles the Pride and Prejudice universe. The elements that made the original so enjoyable to read were removed and replaced with a motley crew of of Mary Sues, Marty Stus, and dastardly evil villains. This was a series that started out with a lot of p ...more
Mar 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is my favourite of the series, because finally we see Darcy and Elizabeth togheter. Someone might argue that some characters are really different from the original and somehow it's true: some bad characters are fare worse than the original and some good characters are even better. But what is important to me when I read a P&P variation is that Elizabeth and Darcy are the same, and they are.
This novel was an enjoyable reading and I can't wait to begin the fourth and last volume.
Jul 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: austen-inspired
I preferred the second book to the third, I think because there was a lot more character development happening. Still, this is a good end to the series.

All throughout reading this trilogy I've maintained that it should be one book rather than 3 novellas. I still stand by this, as it would have been nice to see the story intertwined and in one larger volume.

Still, a surprisingly good read!
Jan 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
Not one of the good P&P variations. Although I did like that Mr Collins was made to be a sly villain. However there were large sections that were stagnant. Though the plot sounded interesting I didn't feel the author carried out its promise. Feel free to skip this one.
lori huff
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
A lovely story

After reading the second installment of this series and needing relief from such a downer of a story, thank God this third book contained some joy and humor. I did find it hard to believe that Elizabeth rebounded so dramatically from the conclusion of the second book, and was instantly cheerful and witty with her Darcy encounter at the start of the third book. She goes from hopeless and anxious to the point of illness, to bright and breezy and carefree in the blink of an eye. Oh we
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've waiting years for Caroline Bingley to get her comeuppance and Maria finally gives me what I want...excellent. A good 3rd book in the series, I loved that Darcy was more approachable in this book and that Mary finally gets a good story. Mr Collins was definitely a surprise as he's written in this version and it made a lovely change that he wasn't portrayed as the oily sycophant rather a charming one. Threw me a bit the relationships changing but as long as Darcy gets Elizabeth I'm happy.
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This series was incredible. I finished all four books in about 24 hours. (I was on holiday!).

Why was it so good?
- whole series is out (four books)
- it’s free with kindle unlimited
- and featured in depth stories in continuation with all of our favourite characters

I won’t say more but even if at times it’s not of the perspective of odc it’s still good. I’m now going to read all of the authors other books.
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of her new acquaintances seems to be all that is good and proper, another one does not give a good impression, how to get things right?
It will take some mistakes and learning some hard lessons for Elizabeth to find the truth.
A very recommended story.
Amy R.
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Once I got past the fact that after the first book, the author is no longer following Jane Austen's plotline, and is matching people up completely differently, I could sit back and enjoy the story.
PJ Jones
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great Retellling

This is a great retelling of a part of the Pride and Prejudice story. I really enjoyed this retelling. Maria has become one of my favorite authors.
Nell Walker
Feb 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Love it!

I have read this book three times already. It's so good I just keep coming back to it.
This book starts out with Mr. Collins staying at Longbourn, although instead of being slow and gross he is pleasing and handsome. Elizabeth is immediately drawn to him. Mr. Darcy, who is staying with his friend Bingley, now finds a rival for his affections. Elizabeth's thoughts turn to marriage after her sister Mary's wedding, and she now finds herself being courted by two eligible gentlemen. But one h
InD'tale Magazine
It is an absolutely delightful and intuitive look into “what might have been”, had things happened just a little bit differently than the events in Pride and Prejudice.

Read full review in the 2013 May issue of InD’tale Magazine.
My review for the entire Give Good Principles can be found here:

Kimberly (Reflections of a Book Addict)
Nicol Legakis
Jan 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Better than #2
Anticipating more great reading as the series further unfolds with Vol 3!
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
So good, did not want to put it down!!!
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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)
  • The Future Mrs. Darcy (Given Good Principles, #2)
  • Twelfth Night at Longbourn (Given Good Principles #4)
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