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Mr. Darcy's Dream

(Darcy #6)

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From the author of Mr. Darcy's Daughters, the delightful escapades of the Darcy family continue with an enchanting story set at Pride and Prejudice's Pemberley.

When Phoebe, a young niece of Pride and Prejudice's Mr. Darcy, is shattered by an unhappy romance, she retreats to Pemberley and is joined by kind-hearted Louisa Bingley, unmarried after three London seasons. Once the young ladies are situated in the hous
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published February 3rd 2009 by Touchstone (first published January 23rd 2009)
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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.
Jess
Feb 28, 2013 rated it liked it
I was sucked into reading this by the blurb on the back that said, "Jane Austen would be proud". Would she really? I'm not so sure. This is kind of like Jane Austen mixed with a tabloid. Imagine if Jane Austen's characters acted like today's Hollywood stars... Lots of affairs, divorce, seductions, elopements, domestic abuse, sex before marriage- you name it. If it would have been scandalous in Jane Austen's day, then Elizabeth Aston will write it in one of her books. Many of these are subjects t ...more
Meg
Sep 20, 2011 rated it it was ok
Last book in the series? Amen. I LOVE Austen....and this woman is NOWHERE near the level of writing. Why have I continued reading? Because...well---I have an annoying habit of finishing all series I read (because I am naive and hope it will get better) AND because I love to read badly written things inspired by Austen.... This book remains true to the series...in that it is light reading....and easy to figure out.

Story? Georgina's daughter is in love with someone her parents do not approve of..
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Katie
So I didn't think this was particularly part of a series when I bought it. While reading it I realized that, technically, it's a stand-alone book. However, I think that reading the other books in the series first would have been a huge help. As I didn't read Mr. Darcy's Daughters I was confused on who the characters were and how everyone was related. I can't say that those characters factored much into the story, however, they were referenced a lot. The only thing that really helped was that som ...more
Maria Weglinski
Sep 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
I must say that I am quite disappointed in this book, especially considering that this is one of the last of the Aston's books in this series - so one would think the author only improves with each volume she produces. Not so much in this case. It is written well enough when it comes to language, however it lacks the charm and wit of the previous books from the Mr. Darcy's daughters series and is extremely slow paced.
This is supposed to be a historical romance, but it seems as it is everything
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Betsy Milan
A Fitting Ending for the Series


While this novel has only the most tenuous connection to the original Pride and Prejudice, it is an enjoyable regency romance. Because it drifts so far from Austen, I would not call it true Jane Austen Fan Fiction. Keeping the characters referred to straight is very difficult and knowing where they fit within the novel's family is impossible unless you have read all of the earlier books in the series--and maybe even drawn a diagram of the family tree. To m
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Tracy
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: to any Jane Austin Fan
For any Jane Austin Fan, these books are the fix we have needed. I loved this one particularly as much of it is set at Pemberly. Love Aston's writing and research, and these are truly done in the Austin spirit. One reviewer said she read one of these books in "one gulp" and that is a perfect description. I read six in "one gulp" I could not put them down. You will almost feel like you are there with the dresses and gowns and balls. And who doesn't like a happy ending!
Meg
Jun 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Solid effort. Enjoyed one of the romances more than the other, but it was fun to imagine myself at Pemberley. (The other books have been set in London.)
QNPoohBear
In this latest book in the Mr. Darcy's Daughters series, 20 year old Phoebe Hawkins, daughter of Georgiana Darcy and a Sir Giles Hawkins, has found love in her second season. After a whirlwind night of dancing and falling in love, Mr. Stanhope informs Phoebe he is going to call on her father to ask leave to pay his addresses. Sir Giles is against the match for two reason: one, Mr. Stanhope and his family are Whigs while Sir Giles is a Tory. Whigs are thought to be immoral and they marry their ow ...more
Aneca
Apr 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
There seems to be many Austen sequels around lately and I haven't read that many. A few years ago I read Elizabeth's Aston Mr Darcy's Daughters and had a nice memory of it so when I won this one at Jane Austen's Today I decided to give it a go. Mr Darcy's Dream is book 6 in a series that Aston wrote about Austen P&P characters. Although it's not mandatory to read the others before this one I think it would actually improve the reading if you did because the Darcy's and the Bingley's have so ...more
Kimm
Sep 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
Admittedly, I’ll read pretty much any Austen related book. I love them. I derive a lot of pleasure in reading how inspired authors share their imagination in what happens after the “story” has ended. Of course, the most often “sequeled” Austen story is, with little surprise, doubt, Pride & Prejudice. There is something about Elizabeth & Mr. Darcy’s relationship that is timeless. After all, Miss Jane captured its perfection to start with….and it remains up to all modern day fans to carry ...more
Jamie
Aug 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jaff
Our heroine in Elizabeth Aston's final book in her JAFF series, Mr. Darcy's Dream, is Phoebe Hawkins, the daughter of Sir Giles and Lady Hawkins, formerly Georgianna Darcy. Poor Phoebe fell fast and hard for Arthur Stanhope right before her London season, but unfortunately her father vehemently rejects Stanhope's proposal on the grounds of his keeping a mistress. Phoebe discovers this to be true and escapes to Pemberly where she's joined by Louisa Bingley to rusticate for the summer, nurse her b ...more
Christina
Mar 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
I would have easily given this book 5 stars if not for the niggling sensation I felt as I read it. Like all Elizabeth Aston's books, Jane Austen's original characters are not principal players -- which for in any other book would have been perfectly acceptable. And I love that all her books can stand alone. But to actually title this book MR DARCY'S DREAM was extremely deceptive. In classic Aston style, Mr Darcy makes an appearance at the end and does have the last word. But since almost the ent ...more
Gloria Mccracken
Oct 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
A few years back Jane Austen wannabes and spin-offs (especially of "Pride and Prejudice") were all the rage. I read several, and some were better than others. (And some are just awful). Elizabeth Aston's series (there are about 5 or 6 books in the bunch) is the best of those I read. She does a nice job of telling the stories of the next generation of the P&P characters, starting with "Mr. Darcy's Daughters". She also avoids the mistake made by too many imitators of trying to keep the older g ...more
Eleni
Aug 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
I read this after the five-books-so-far Song of Fire and Ice, so I kind of "pity" it because Martin is a tough act to follow... But I wanted something a bit "light" and just *easy* to read (not that Martin is hard to read - on the contrary I could read for hours and hours every night). In looking at other people's reviews of Aston's novel, it seems that this - the last of the series - is the weakest of the bunch, so I MAY give her another chance because I did not really like this book. Except fo ...more
Rebekah
I didn't think this was as well laid out as Aston's other Austen-related novels. It mentions Louisa and Drummond united in getting Phoebe and Stanhope together, but nothing happens with that again. And why not expose George Warren as a traitor? He's caused enough trouble. The last pages hint at a happy ending, but the conversations ensuring it don't happen. We don't see Mr. Drummond talk to Mr. Bingley. We don't hear Sir Giles' conversation with Mr. Darcy. It seemed like one more chapter would h ...more
Sharon
Aug 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: austenalia
This appears to be her final novel about characters related to P&P. This one features Phoebe, Mr. Darcy's niece. Aston only refers to the married women as Mrs. Whoever, so it took me several chapters to realize that her mother is Georgiana. Phoebe ...more This appears to be her final novel about characters related to P&P. This one features Phoebe, Mr. Darcy's niece. Aston only refers to the married women as Mrs. Whoever, so it took me several chapters to realize that her mother is Georgi ...more
Verity
Feb 05, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: diversion
I was really looking forward to this book, as I have enjoyed this author since the first book: Mr. Darcy's Daughters, however, I was disappointed in the end with the predictable outcome, the quick change of heart for the main character, Phoebe, and the fact that Darcy's two boys were not even mentioned. Perhaps the drawn out avoidance of Arthur Stanhope could have been enjoyed more if the ending wasn't limited to a handful of pages.

I did like all the main characters from her previous
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Cheryl
May 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: austeniana
This book might legitimately have been called Mr. Darcy's Pineapples because they're everywhere in it! I agree with the other reviewers who noted that, without the original P&P characters, this could stand alone as a pleasant enough, but unrelated, historical romance novel--except for Pemberley and the landscape around it, which is lovingly described and as well-tended as if the author had been Mr. Darcy himself. The life of a grand country estate and the preparations for a grand ball were very engagi ...more
Susan
Nov 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is one of the many books that have been published that imagine what happens after the end of Pride and Prejudice. This series focuses on Darcy's children, nieces and nephews, and what seems to me most entertaining about it is that Pemberley itself seems to be one of the most important characters. In this book, Phoebe, daughter of Georgiana, has her heart broken in London and retreats to her uncle's home at Pemberley, where she is joined by Louise, Jane's daughter. While she is there, a majo ...more
Mirah W
Jul 22, 2011 rated it liked it
I am of two minds about this series...one, I wish Darcy and Elizabeth were featured more; and two, I'm kind of glad they aren't in the books more because I don't think Aston could do them justice. With that said, this book takes the reader back to Pemberley. Phoebe is escaping London after a broken heart and Loiusa is keeping a watchful eye on Phoebe. Of course, being tru to the spirit of Austen, there are misunderstandings which lead to false opinions and poor choices. While I only gave this bo ...more
Lindsey
Jan 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: austen-inspired
While I enjoyed the story and following along with Phoebe's and Louisa's romp around Pemberley, I often felt this was just an average historical romance rather than the Pride and Prejudice spin-off I was anticipating. It had been quite awhile since I had read the previous books in Aston's Darcy series so I felt the characters were quite disconnected with the original and for most of the beginning, I had no idea how these characters were related to the Darcys. Phoebe was Georgiana Darcy's daughte ...more
Austinn
Aug 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My best friend gave me this book. She said that she saw this in underpass and bought it immediately because she knew that I'm fond of Jane Austen's work. She even said that its fate that she saw this. The book is not brand new but its readable. I hope who had this book also enjoyed it.

I'm so grateful that she gave me this book because it is beautiful and overwhelming when I read it. I'd enjoy it. It make me think that this characters are real. even though I haven't finish Pride and P
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Sofia
Mar 08, 2009 rated it liked it
I like old-fashioned books. Don't ask me why I just love to read them. This was based on the book pride & prejudice which I read a long time ago. I actually liked it. It was about Mr. Darcy's niece, Pheobe (Mr. Darcy is the main character in p&p) Pheobe goest to Pemberley, a place in the country in order to escape a man that she is in love with but her father forbade her to marry him. What she doesn't suspect is that this man, Mr. Stanhope, comes to Pemberely looking for her! It is very ...more
Katie
Jun 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I found it amusing that a book with Mr. Darcy in the title only had about 30 pages of Darcy time...it was most definitely more about the generation after Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth Darcy, mostly about their two nieces.

Aston creates charming new characters -- Louisa Bingley (daughter of Charles and Jane) and Phoebe Hawkins. The book follows these two young women who both neglect the London season, Phoebe recovering from a broken heart and Louisa who came to Pemberly to comfort and keep
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Tracy
Dec 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Not as intriguing as some Aston's other books, but I still enjoyed it. Much more frank than anything Austen wrote, but not as much so as some of Aston's past books, which I appreciated. It was long on "content," given the plotline. I guess what bothers me the most about these books is that the Darcys--Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy--are never home. I suspect Aston does this so as not use Austen's original characters, but I just don't think Elizabeth would never be home, and what happened to her boys an ...more
Psirene
Jan 29, 2009 rated it liked it
I did not enjoy this book as much as I have the previous Aston books. The story seemed to be forced rather than flow as the others. Mr Darcy's niece is sent to Pemberley for the season. All Darcy's are sent to Pemberley when in a scrap. Miss Hawkin's has had the misfortune to fall in love with a rake. She spends the season with Jane Bingley's daughter Louisa. The two interact with characters from the other books in passing. Even our vilian Mr Warren is mentioned less than the fact that Mr Darcy' ...more
Angela Clayton
Jan 28, 2009 rated it it was ok
This was a disappointment. I have enjoyed Elizabeth Aston's books so far because the characters enjoyed advantages the Bennetts were denied in Pride & Prejudice: wealth, opportunity, and access to exciting London seasons. In this novel, the heroine is squirreled away at Pemberley for very little good reason, and the book suffers as a result. Lambton is not London. Additionally, the hero & heroine are not fleshed out enough to captivate interest. In her prior novels, there was enough grit ...more
Katie
Jul 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
I just saw someone reviewing this book said it should have been called Mr. Darcy's Pineapples. Spot on. And hilarious. This book is mediocre at best, even in the world of books that have pretty much nothing in common with P&P except the names of a few characters. I kept reading because I was on a camping trip and wanted to finish it so I could move on to another book. I was hoping I'd enjoy the ending but I didn't really care except it meant I could turn my flashlight off. I didn't give it o ...more
Melissa
Mar 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: austen
This was a lovely book. Louisa and Phoebe are of marrying age and spending the summer at Pemberley. These are the nieces of Lizzy and Mr. Darcy. They are lovely girls and it was fun to join them in their quest for love and happiness. There is, of course, an elaborate, beautiful ball and many intriguing characters. This is a light read and a wonderful journey into the world of Austen. Ms. Aston did a great job of recreating Jane Austen's world. I recommend this for anyone whether you enjoy Austen ...more
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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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