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Into Hertfordshire

(Darcy's Tale #1)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  265 ratings  ·  40 reviews
Enter the world of Fitzwilliam Darcy, landed gentleman, scholar, and very eligible bachelor, whose engaging and enthusiastic friend, Mr. Bingley, has acquired a new manor. Darcy accompanies his friend into the wilds of Hertfordshire, where each of them encounters the lady who will change his life. Follow the beginnings of a story that will take Darcy from the heights of we ...more
Paperback, First Edition, 230 pages
Published October 22nd 2013 by Stanley M. Hurd (first published August 31st 2013)
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Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Thanks to the efforts of Pamela Aidan, Amanda Grange, Regina Jeffers, Nancy Kelley, Maya Slater, Mary Street, and many others, readers have had the opportunity to enter the private thoughts of Mr. Darcy and explore his psyche! These authors have creatively and skillfully shared with us what Darcy is thinking, feeling, and where he goes when he is away from Elizabeth. In Darcy's Tale, we see Pride and Prejudice as well as Mr. Darcy from a man's perspective as debut author Stanley Hurd picks up hi ...more
I really, really enjoyed this retelling of Pride and Prejudice told through Darcy's point of view!! It was exactly like reviving P&P all over again, but through the hero's eyes. The writing is very Austenesque and the plot remains true to the original. This volume 1 of Darcy's Tale covers the scenes from Darcy's arrival in Hertfordshire with Bingley at Netherfield, to his departure for Town after the Netherfield Ball.

I loved being privy to Darcy's thoughts! I had always felt that I knew so l
Jacob Proffitt
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: unfinished
I admit I only read the Kindle sample but I'm choosing not to continue and I'll try to explain why. The main reason is that I'm the type of Austen fan who holds Austen-related works to a higher standard than if they had been their own original art. I love Austen's books, but in cherishing those stories I kind of resent those who would lean on the masterwork with inferior goods. This is one such, though at least it isn't horrid.

The good: Hurd avoids the most common mistake with Darcy by making hi
Jan 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Somewhat spoilerish but it's only Volume I and we all know the story.

Pride and Prejudice as told from Mr. Darcy's point-of-view. This story gets inside Darcy's head and could easily be called Darcy's Diary or Darcy's Thoughts for the most part. His thoughts are interrupted by his correspondence with Georgiana and her replies. The appendix in the back has the full set of correspondence, so there's two novels in one. This is exactly why I could not love this story. I didn't like the story being i
Abigail Bok
Jan 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the second three-volume Austenesque retelling of Pride and Prejudice from Darcy’s point of view that I have read; Pamela Aidan’s Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman series being the other. I loved her work (especially volumes 1 and 3 and especially in the second edition), and it is hard not to focus on comparing the two series. I should also say that I have some concern about reviewing this volume when I have not yet read all three; so let’s regard these remarks as provisional.

I read Darcy’s Ta
Louise Sparrow
Darcy’s Tale: Into Hertfordshire is the first part of a trilogy based on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, written from Darcy’s perspective and, unusually for this sort of novel, the author is a man. We are offered insights into Mr Darcy’s thought processes during his first trip to Netherfield, including letters between himself and his still broken hearted sister, and his contrasting opinions of Miss Eliza Bennett and Miss Caroline Bingley.

It is probably impossible to write a version of Mr Darc
Jane Austen has admitted that as a woman leading a rather sheltered life, she truly could not write about what men thought or how they conversed when not with women. So, she left it to our imagination.

However, Stan Hurd can write from the male perspective, and very effectively. This take from Darcy's perspective of the Pride and Prejudice story is very true to Austen; very canon in nature. And, yet, we get to see the male perspective, as well as what Darcy is thinking or saying when not in comp
Apr 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love this author's take on my favorite novel. I have read several variations and Mr. Hurd's definitely stands out as one of my favorites. From start to finish, this is a wonderful and engaging read. I would hope many more variations come from his pen!
May 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Wendy by: Goodreads Giveways
It is difficult to take a well-loved English classic like Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" and recreate the story from a different perspective, but that is exactly what Stanley Michael Hurd has cleverly accomplished. "Darcy's Tale " which I won from Goodreads Giveaways reunites Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwillam Darcy in a clash of temperaments at Rosings the estate of his aunt Catherine de Bourgh, a sharp-tongued, controlling matron.

When the story begins Darcy has discouraged his friend from m
Jan 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
*Disclaimer (?--I suppose? ): I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway.*

First, I think it has to be said given the great (and seemingly ever-growing) number of P&P adaptations and continuations that it's very, very easy to tell an author who knows and loves the source material from one who doesn't. Thankfully, Mr. Hurd is of the former. His grasp of the language and pacing of Austen's works is quite good, and his characterizations are accurate to the original work.

Would I have picked this boo
Jan 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
The eloquent, deftly woven narrative takes an innovative slant on Austen-esque themes.

Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice is a story that has lived on in the hearts and minds of aspiring authors and enthusiastic readers for many years, and so it is a delight to encounter an entirely new rendition of a much loved classic. Stanley Michael Hurd’s novel is lovingly crafted with special consideration as to not tarnish the true essence of Austen’s creation, or alter it excessively as to reshape it ou
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017, austen

Title and Author: Darcy's Tale: Into Hertfordshire, Stanley Michael Hurd
Type: P&P Parallel (true to the original plot, told from a different perspective)
Perspective: Darcy
Romance Level: Austen-esque
Recommend: Yes, 4 stars

Darcy's Tale is broken into three parts (much like the original Pride and Prejudice). The First book, Into Hertfordshire, covers the time from just before Darcy and Bingley travel to Netherfield to when Darcy follows Bingley back to Lo
Sheila Majczan
Mar 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I bought this for my new kindle just within the last several months so I was able to buy both Vol. I & II. I read this Vol. I twice. I do have at least two other authors' books written from the male POV, but it has been years since I read them. I did pull out Regina Jeffers' book so that I can compare that with this one, but have not yet re-read hers. I must say that I am very impressed with the excellent detail and development of characters done here. There are, of course, no real surprises ...more
Stanley Hurd
Sep 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
In writing Darcy’s Tale, I began what I thought would be a pastime, and found it evolved into a passion. Jane Austen famously never wrote of a gentleman’s inner thoughts, but when I began the endeavor, I found that she had nonetheless a very clear vision of who he must be. In combining Darcy’s thoughts and actions, then asking myself just what he had to be feeling, and what sort of man would act as he did or say what he did, I realized that Austen must have done so in great detail, even to have ...more
Allison Hurd
Feb 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Bias alert: This is my dad's book, and I have been editing/beta reading his books since I was eight or so. This means I am a lifetime fan and also a fairly unrelenting critic of his.

While writing this story line, my dad realized that Jane had thought out Darcy's actions. She knew how the misunderstanding took place, but she didn't have a great way of framing his thinking, or perhaps was uncomfortable assuming how the masculine mind worked, and so she left it out, leaving us a very clear picture
I must start off by saying I do not like "fan fiction" of any kind. I usually find that the authors do not do a good job and they spoil my enjoyment of the original author's work. That being said, this tale is a different story all together. As other reviewers have commented, I've really enjoyed the male perspective in this piece. And hearing Darcy's voice does explain all of Darcy's mannerisms in the original P&P. I agree with another reviewer that Darcy's openness to his sister in his lett ...more
Dec 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is probably the best version of Pride & Prejudice told from Darcy's perspective I've read to date. Many of the Darcy retellings strike the wrong note or don't fit the characterization of Darcy from the original. This is not the case here. Hurd presents a version of Darcy and lays out his internal thoughts and motivations that ring very true to the original. I especially liked how Hurd showed the relationship between Darcy and Georgiana that we didn't really get to see in P&P.

If you
Jan 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Gosh, what to say. I read the three book series today so I am reviewing them as a whole. As usual, I don't want to give anything away so don't look for an in-depth review here. This is a Darcy POV book series with, in my opinion, little heart and zero passion. The most passionate scene with Darcy in it is with Wickham. In fact, the Wickham scenes were the highlight. The book faithfully adheres to the original and the scenes imagined are better than some but all the charm and love felt from the o ...more
Jane Owings Schaefermeyer
A rehash of Pride and Predudice, from Darcy's point of view. The author tries to get inside Darcy's rational head and it goes on and on and on. It stays with the original story so I found myself skipping a lot of it. I wouldn't recommend it.
Mary Lachman
Jul 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Excellent read. In my mind Stanley Hurd has created a perfect Mr. Darcy! Can't wait to read the next in the series.
Mary Lou
I love a good Darcy version of the story. This is one of the best so far. Darcy from a man's point of view instead - quite intriguing.
Emma Malm
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Darcy’s character and thoughts

I have by now read a lot of P&P fanfiction works and so far I like this the best. Darcy’s objective view of Lizzy in the beginning is the closest I’ve read that matches my own. He does not look at her with the typical “love at first sight” something I very much appreciated as that is not how I’ve thought of him when reading the original book.

Another great thing in this book is that Darcy reflects a great deal on his sister’s wellbeing after her traumatic heartb
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Story/Plot: 3.5 - My thoughts on this story fall between both "liked it" and "really liked it." Primarily, this is Pride and Prejudice through Mr. Darcy's POV. Similar to An Assembly Such as This by Pamela Aidan, Stanley Michael Hurd breaks up the story into three volumes - as P&P truly is - & this, Darcy's Tale: Into Hertfordshire is the first volume. I enjoyed it, much as I do when reading & re-reading An Assembly Such as This, because a
Jan 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book so I'd like to start off by thanking Stanley Michael Hurd for providing it.

So how do I begin this review? Well, if you have seen my shelves, you will see that I have one specifically dedicated to Darcy and Elizabeth - I really like P&P rewrites. I was really happy when I got this book.

That being said, I am torn. I have mixed feelings about this book. Firstly, Stanley Michael Hurd's writing style is great. I loved reading it - I always get a different persp
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Dec 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-again
Alright, I admit, I didn't read through all the letters at the end, but I'm anxious to begin reading the next novel in the series, so...

I've read a lot of Pride & Prejudice spin-offs, including at least one series dedicated to telling the story from Mr. Darcy's point of view. This has bested the others by a long shot. It could be because it's been a while since I've read the other books from Darcy's viewpoint, but I think it's because it really is superior. This book was written by a man, wh
Oct 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
For someone like me, who isn't a native speaker (French is my first language), the way Stanley Michael Hurd has seized the "lingos" from the Regency era is quite impressive. This could totally be Darcy's speaking or Jane Austen herself.

Now I have to admit to skipping through the more boring parts (aka the ones where Elizabeth's absent from the narration...what?) but I am still very much enjoying this foray into the hero's head. It is believable and quite eye-opening I must say. Mr Hurd has a pe
Jan 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Part 1 of Pride and Prejudice from Darcy's perspective - the scenes in Hertfordshire. We are reading the mind of Darcy, giving us insight into why he acted as he did and why he spoke with Elizabeth as he did. What I most particularly enjoyed was the correspondence between Darcy and his sister Georgiana. We get s glimpse at Georgiana's struggle with her feelings over her near elopement and her curiosity about Elizabeth. We also gain understanding in Darcy's involvement with Charlie's relationship ...more
Darn good Darcy's-POV version of P & P. It's also nice to see a male writer can pen a great companion to P & P. The drawback to this companion novel is that it is broken into three bindings, rather than kept as one. (Yes, there is the "deluxe edition" which combines his three books into one binding, but why should an author consider separate bindings in the first place if not to squeeze wallets?!?!)

The one-binding version is very pricey. While I recommend this series based only on this f
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Stan Hurd is a Ph.D. neurochemist who currently occupies himself writing, teaching fencing and Karate, and polishing samurai sword blades. He was introduced to Jane Austen's works late in life, but became immediately captivated by the unlabored beauty of her prose. Having read one of the many adaptations written to extend the story of "Pride and Prejudice", while he was delighted to be back in tha ...more

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