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The Darcy Brothers

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  439 ratings  ·  51 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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Sheila Majczan
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 rounded up to 5 stars: I am only guessing at the date of the first read as I first read this as it was published chapter by chapter and offered the readers a chance to give their opinions as to what should happen next. 5-2-2020: rereading.

This is the only story (for me) in which the readers participated in directing the paths the story would take as each segment was posted on a blog. It was interesting to read the various opinions and reasons for each and the final outcome of the ballots.

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
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
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

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
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
Gayle Noble
A variation on Austen's Pride and Prejudice, this one sees Darcy with a younger brother, Theo. Various misunderstandings ensue, such as Darcy thinking Theo has fallen in love with Elizabeth Bennet, etc. Most of the main characters (Jane, Bingley, Wickham, Lydia) and some more peripheral ones (Colonel Fitzwilliam, Mr & Mrs Gardiner, and Mrs & Mrs Collins) make an appearance. Anne de Bourgh is given a bigger role in this book, but I find it difficult to believe that even someone with as sheltered ...more
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. ...more
James S
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Excellent story

A really great story. I could not tell when one author stopped and the next began.

Things I liked :

How flawed all the Darcys were and how Lizzie facilitated their reconciliation.
New character, Monty. A great friend to Theo.
How the death of a young Darcy brother impacted the family and explained a lot about Fitzwilliam.
Theo and Wickham were like brothers, growing up, and how hard it was for Theo to acknowledge how Wickham turned out.
Cousin Anne turning out to be a Will Ferrel type m
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! ...more
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. ...more
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
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
This list of editing oversights in the Kindle version of The Darcy Brothers is addressed to all five authors:

Page 7, did not auger well for his brother / did not AUGUR well for his brother ; 10, takes several days, hey brother? / takes several days, HEY, brother? ; 13, Conscious Darcy had thrown him / Conscious THAT Darcy had thrown him ; 18, you will let me know of course / you will let me KNOW, of course ; 23, To the either side of the doorway / TO EITHER side of the doorway ; 49, is it Darcy?
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
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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
Angela Clayton
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 (Charlotte) ...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.
Mar 17, 2015 rated it did not like it
The character personalities are way too different and so many liberties taken that the book was barely recognizable. I didn't like the tone or the plot or the characters. Darcy was unappealing and they even managed to make Elizabeth annoying at times. ...more
ஐ Briansgirl (Book 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.
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heart-rending, yet amusing

I like this heartwarming story of having a seemingly reckless younger brother for Darcy and how his serious mien and sense of responsibility may affect their relationship as opposed to his treating a younger sister. Even Wickham's comeuppance was brilliant! My only little snit in this is Anne De Bourgh's seemingly miraculous instant recovery from what sounded like years of systematic drugging. I understand that damage and recovery cannot be that fa
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not a love story

If you are looking for a typical story of Darcy and Elizabeth, this is not for you. Elizabeth has a much more minor role. This isn't the story of Darcy and Elizabeth. This is the story of two brothers. It was quite different than what I expected, but I loved it tremendously. Theo has become one of my favorite characters. So much so that I will be forever missing him from any other story. If I could, I would have him exist in every other story of Darcy and Elizabeth.
Sam H.
Aug 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jaff
I think this is the first Abigail Reynolds book I really liked. After the last books I read were duds (different authors), this was a more light-hearted non-canon variation.
Especially surprising was that it is all story driven. It wasn't one of her vehicles for (ahem) "loving", it has new characters, a touch of women's expecting to be accepted for their minds and Elizabeth actually was not the main, main thing of the story because there was other stuff going on.
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.
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I always enjoy good Jane Austen Fan Fiction,
and especially liked this story of Darcy as older brother not just to sister Georgiana but also to brother Theo. I read way past my bedtime to finish this tale of the Darcy and Bennet families.
Nov 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent Collaboration
Thoroughly enjoyed this collaboration of authors and meeting Mr. Theophilus Darcy, younger brother to Fitzwilliam, both seeking the love and respect of one another. Great dialogue and character portrayals. I highly recommend this different variation.
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