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The Darcy Brothers

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  321 Ratings  ·  41 Reviews
Easy-going Theophilus Darcy is the opposite of his controlled older brother. Where Fitzwilliam Darcy is proud and awkward among strangers, Theo is a charmer. Fitzwilliam took his studies seriously, while Theo was sent down from Oxford for his pranks. Still, the brothers were the best of friends until tragedy and George Wickham tore them apart.

What if Theo were to meet Miss
Paperback, 395 pages
Published February 2nd 2015 by White Soup Press (first published January 1st 2014)
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This review was first published at Leatherbound Reviews: http://leatherboundreviews.blogspot.c...

Last year, on the Austen Variations website, a serial story was posted, with the authors taking turns in posting chapters. At the end of the chapter there was a poll which gave the readers a choice in the direction of the story. This must have been such a challenge for the authors involved, picking up the threads of the story where somebody else has left it, and having to follow the readers’ choice o
J. W. Garrett
An heir and a spare, Darcy has a brother: 4.5 stars

Authors: Monica Fairview, Maria Grace, Cassandra Grafton, Susan Mason-Milks, Abigail Reynolds

We are introduced to another Darcy sibling, Theophilus [Theo] Darcy, younger brother to Fitzwilliam and older brother to Georgiana. Only someone who has siblings can relate to the Darcy family dynamics of older to younger siblings. For Georgiana, she now has to deal with two older brothers in addition to her cousin, our dear Colonel, who shares joint gua
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it

Like many people in the JAFF community, I first met and fell in love with Theophilus Darcy around two years ago. What is now this novel was being published in weekly instalments on the Austen Variations website. The different authors took a different chapter each week and sometimes even collaborated on the same chapter. If that wasn't enough of a challenge, there was a reader's poll at the end of each instalment to decide where the s
Quick summary: The Darcy Brothers is a collaborative retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice by Monica Fairview, Maria Grace, Cassandra Grafton, Susan Mason-Milks, and Abigail Reynolds. Fitzwilliam and Theophilus Darcy barely tolerate one another but embark on a trip together to visit their Aunt Catherine at Rosings, at the same time that Elizabeth Bennet is visiting her friend, Mrs. Collins, at the parsonage. It’s not long before Theo meets Elizabeth and is entranced, and Elizabeth is su ...more
I was very excited to get the opportunity to read this one in its entirety after reading it as a serial. It's rather a fun and unique undertaking in that the author's wrote it as part of a Reader's Choice weekly installment. Each segment would finish with a vote for readers to choose one of a few options and that would be the direction of the following week's story installment. Now doesn't that rouse your curiosity? It roused mine.

The story opens with Fitzwilliam Darcy regretting his impulse to
Darcy arrives at Rosings not knowing if Elizabeth Bennet is the new Mrs. Collins. But it is his brother that Elizabeth first meets. Can their be two brothers so different. Who will have the happy ending if any with Elizabeth, and what about Theo Darcy's friend Wickham. Can he cause any problems. With Theo and the Colonel in the picture how anyone cannot pick either of then is beyond me, though I expect Elizabeth is too like them for it to work.
An enjoyable well-written variation
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Variation

TIME FRAME: Just before Easter, Darcy’s arrival at Rosings.

MAIN CHARACTERS: Fitzwilliam Darcy, Theo Darcy, Elizabeth Bennet, Anne de Bourgh, Georgiana Darcy, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, Colonel Fitzwilliam, George Wickham


- It’s a multiple-author-collaboration! Last book I read like this was Pride and Prejudice: The Scenes Jane Austen Never Wrote, and I loved it!

- I was super interested in this premise: What if
Jun 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
If you need another fix of Mr.Darcy after reading pride and prejudice, this is your book. He's perfect, that is all.
What a pleasure! This collaboration of the Austen Authors from has had me in stitches! Theo's antics are hilarious. Not to mention his referring to the great Lady Catherine Dr Bourgh as "the old bat". Absolutely hysterical!
Victoria Kincaid
Well written. Moves along. Gives Darcy a younger brother who is a great addition -- very interesting character. True to Austen's original characters. Very enjoyable.
Review originally posted at Austenprose:

When I first heard that some of the authors from were planning a Pride and Prejudice: Readers’ Choice collaborative story wherein Mr. Darcy had a younger brother, I was all excited curiosity--a story with two Mr. Darcys? Yes, please! Would Mr. Theophilus Darcy be strong and stoic like his elder brother, a model of amiability like Mr. Bingley, or perhaps more of a rakish Mr. Wickham? Participating
Charity Andrews
Feb 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: regency
Wow! Yes, you read that right. There were FIVE authors that collaborated to write this book. I will say, from the beginning, if you are a Jane Austen aficionado and can't bare to see her books altered, this is NOT the story for you. However, if you enjoy a little imagination and fun, you may find this to be a delightful little tale!

What we have here is a story of Darcy and Darcy. Yep! Fitzwilliam (the one we all know and love - especially in Colin Firth form) and Theophilus , his younger brother
Dec 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Read this on before it is officially released in print and was in stitches the entire time! Book written by Abigail Reynolds, Monica Fairview, Cassandra Grafton and Susan Mason-Milks which flows so wonderfully that you cannot tell one author apart from another. I especially enjoyed the bonus chapters written in response to th critics who felt like things jumped too quickly in one chapter (and hence filled in the details and drew out Elizabeth's heart). Theo, Colonel Fitzwill ...more
Mar 26, 2015 rated it liked it
As P&P knockoffs go, this was tolerable I suppose. (I would go 2.5 stars, but it's forcing me to go with whole stars). The fleshing out of the Anne storyline was a welcome addition, although I sorely hoped the author would cast Lady Catherine as a Munchausen Syndrome case. She came close, but not quite there. The addition of a brother shifted the focus to Darcy's immediate family which was interesting, but there were some gaps a good editor should have addressed. What kind of friend (Charlot ...more
I find it astounding that a book written by 5 authors, sometimes numerous authors for the same chapter, can be so cohesive. Add to that the authors didn't choose how the story went. Each author, when it was her turn had a few days to write a portion due to the fact that the readers chose how the story would go. and so, to those who says it doesn't follow canon, it was the fault of those who chose the direction of the story, myself included. It is a fun read with a newly added character, Darcy's ...more
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Darcy's brother is great

With quite different family dynamics, this story sheds light into how much Darcy was willing to change for Elizabeth. It also provides a new perspective into several characters, like Georgiana and Anne de Bourgh. Theo is delightful and the book is worth the money and the time.
ஐ Briansgirl (Book Sale Queen)ஐ
I took me nearly half the book to warm up to this P&P variation but once I did, I devoured the rest of the book quickly. It was unique having been written as an exercise by 5 writers.
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is quickly becoming one of my favourite Pride and Prejudice variations!

I really enjoyed reading about the relationship between Darcy and his siblings. And, as usual, I can't have enough of Darcy and Elizabeth.

I am amazed at how cohesive and enjoyable a work by five different authors can be. Simply couldn't put it down!
Rhonda Adkins
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I enjoyed meeting Theo Darcy! Such a great complement to the Pride and Prejudice characters! I was somewhat disturbed by Lydia’s fate. However, it was a twist that had a taste of justice.
Christie Serrano
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not enough!

Very well written enjoyed the story immensely! Only wish that you would have allowed Theo to find a bride of his own! as well as his dear friend Monty!
Helga Serboni
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
one of my favorites JAFF.
I loved all the characters and the plot... just sorry for Lydia ... A sequel is in order to let us know what happens of Theo, Ann, Monty...
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I loved Darcy and Elizabeth in this version. The addition of a troublesome brother for Darcy was excellent. Anne, Lydia and Wickham were all nightmares.
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5⭐ really enjoyed Darcy having a brother and their relationship. Loved the seamless writing of all the authors. ...more
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars; Darcy has a handsome younger brother...

One of the most enjoyable things about the book, The Darcy Brothers, is Theophilus Darcy, a barrister and the younger brother of Fitzwilliam Darcy. He is a charming character and in temperament, more like his cousin, Colonel Fitzwilliam, than his own brother. At first glance, it seems the brothers are as different as day is to night, but they actually have more similarities than either realize. Part of my amusement was discovering with them, thes
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
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Nov 18, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When shelving books on my Kindle I realized that although I Read "The Darcy Brothers" a couple of months ago, I forgot to rate/review it. An interesting P&P variation from five different authors including Abigail Reynolds who has written some of my favorite variations. Not only is it a collaborative effort, it also had a weekly vote on the website where readers voted on what would happen in the story. A fun and ambitious project that resulted in an overall pretty good no ...more
Lou LaJeunesse
May 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Monica Fairview, Maria Grace, Cassandra Grafton, Susan Mason-Milks and Abigail Reynolds all came together to write this one. What an accomplishment!
As I understand the process, one would write a chapter and then the next chapter by another and so on. They all managed to stay within the accepted views of each characters personality.. The trick then was to continue the story. I can only imagine how they contrived to keep the story line while challenging the next.
I so enjoyed reading this. Each o
Camille Fiore
Jun 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even Better the Second Time

My first read of this variation earned it a 5 star rating, the second time was even better! You can't help falling in love with Darcy, Fitzwilliam that is, but also Theophilus is entirely engaging! He loves his brother and is even helpful in getting him hitched to Elizabeth! Too many exclamation points? They are deserved. When Theo is injured Fitzwilliam returns to Rosings fearing the worst, perhaps he will lose another brother and he never even told him how proud he i
Apr 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Probably 3.5 cause I did really enjoy this book but it was definitely more for enjoyment than literary stimulation. Which is fine. It sort of reminded me of the movie Clue where there are all these different characters and everyone is running about scheming and plotting all the while we enjoyably look on. This version introduces the character of Theophilus Darcy - Darcy's brother and the relationship, although enjoyable, wasn't quite developed. I'm glad I read some reviews and realized that the ...more
Feb 22, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
fun new characters

This book started out so well! I loved the addition of Theo, although it took some getting used to. The character development and backstory of the Darcy family was well done. After about halfway through, the story dragged a bit and there was definitely not enough of Darcy and Elizabeth for me! Anne Deburgh was a fun character also, but got to be too much at the end. It seems many possible story lines between many of the characters was unfinished and left me thinking "what was t
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Abigail Reynolds may be a nationally bestselling author and a physician, but she can’t follow a straight line with a ruler. Originally from upstate New York, she studied Russian and theater at Bryn Mawr College and marine biology at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole. After a stint in performing arts administration, she decided to attend medical school, and took up writing as a hobby d ...more
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