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The True Darcy Spirit

(Darcy #3)

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  1,129 ratings  ·  121 reviews
Following on the heels of Mr. Darcy's Daughters and The Exploits & Adventures of Miss Alethea Darcy, Elizabeth Aston delivers an irresistible new novel set in the world of Jane Austen.

After being disowned by her family, Cassandra Darcy -- the artistic eldest daughter of Anne de Bourgh (and granddaughter of the infamous Lady Catherine de Bourgh and Mr. Darcy's cousin
Paperback, 341 pages
Published March 7th 2006 by Atria Books (first published February 28th 2006)
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Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dočítala som vianočný darček od bráška, ďakujem, ďakujem ❤, hrozne sa mi to páči. ;-) Austenovská tradícia fan fiction, v ktorej autorka opisuje rodinný klan Darcyovcov, má tuším až 7 románov voľne nadväzujúcich na seba a ja ich nutne potrebujem mať všetky. ^_^ Asi si dám novoročné predsavzatie.
Tak po dočítaní musí povedať, že to vôbec nie J. Austenová, je to vyslovene fan fikcia, ľúbostná, ale bavilo ma to. Má menej rozvité vety ako klasická J. Austen, celkovo je jazyk modernejší, samozrejme
Kristin Davison
It drags, there are too many unbelievable events and the amount of characters are confusing.
Carole (in Canada)
Nov 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: JAFF
I read the first two books in this series of Elizabeth and Darcy's grown daughters and enjoyed them. This one I was expecting to as well, but I struggled through it. First, I had to remember that the author is using the timeline of when Miss Austen finished writing the initial draft of 'First Impressions' in 1797 otherwise the dates would not work based on 'Pride & Prejudices' publication in 1813. Second, I found Miss Cassandra Darcy, daughter of Anne de Bourgh and Thaddeus Darcy(deceased an ...more
Sep 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Better than the previous volumes in the series, but not better than mediocre. Artist Cassandra Darcy (distant cousin) escapes her wicked stepfather and terrible mother (who have consigned her to a terrible guardian and boring intended after deciding she’d been inappropriate with a painter) by eloping with her First Love, but discovers he’s a jerkypants (all this, told in flashback) and embarks upon life as a Ruined Woman. Several dangerous interludes later, Our Hero Horatio Darcy (distant cousin ...more
Sheila Majczan
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read this so long ago in paperback and mean to reread to post an honest review but for now this will have to do.
May 26, 2010 rated it liked it
This book was ok. It keep me interested and I definitely wanted to know what would happen and had to read it to the end. I always like stories from that time period too, and clean romances. I have to admit that I am not a favorite of Elizabeth Aston though. I don't find that I like her nearly as much as Jane Austen. I just don't quite like her characters as much or maybe the plot is quite as good, I'm not sure. Maybe its just her style I don't like as well. Anyway, I'm not sure I will read any m ...more
3 1/2 stars to be more exact.

This is one of the most enjoyable Austen continuations I have read to date. The world of Austen fan fiction is a tricky place. Positioning a novel in this particular sub-genre would not be the easiest path for any writer because the biggest competition is the fabulous Jane Austen herself. So writers of Austenia take many routes. There are prequels, sequels, and retellings of all sorts. As a reader, it is fun to sort through all these possibilities, but it does get di
Aug 08, 2007 rated it liked it
As perhaps the biggest Jane Austen fan writing this review, I was excited to learn of Aston's take-off series detailing the lives of future generations of Darcy. The main character in The True Darcy Spirit is Casssandra Darcy, the granddaughter of Lady Catherine de Bourgh. Her feeble, simpering mother has been widowed, and has remarried an intolerable man with no imagination. Cassandra is therefore an outcast at Rosings Park.

She soon finds herself in a truly Austenesque bind. She is falsely acc
Oct 22, 2008 rated it did not like it
Here I am at the last Elizabeth Aston book in my possession, and it was a stinker. There are more books in this series, but I don't think I'll seek them out. I really enjoyed The Adventures and Exploits of Miss Alethea Darcy, and hoped that this novel would closely follow that style. Unfortunately, Mrs. Aston reverted back to the comforts of Mr. Darcy's Daughters, and I must despise this novel more because of it.

In truth, this novel had a well conceived storyline, with those twists of personal c
Jun 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: spin-offs
The first 60% of the book dragged with the main character--the one supposedly dripping with "The True Darcy Spirit"--languishing in Lydia Bennett stupidity. The final 40% finally picked up in interest, but didn't do the relationship justice. Damn Costco for their bulk pricing and enticing book stacks.
Miriam Reeves
Jun 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Fun Read!You get a little of the old Darcy family and just get to enjoy a fun JA universe read.
May 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
"After being disowned by her family, Casandra Darcy -- the artistic eldest daughter of Anne de Bourgh (and granddaughter of the infamous Lady Catherine de Bourgh and Mr. Darcy's cousin in Pride and Prejudice) -- strives to make a living by painting. But struggling to succeed in bohemian London turns out to be the least of her worries! To begin with, there are the unwelcome advances of a certain Lord Usborne, and then there are the letters bequeathed to her by a friend -- highly compromising lett ...more
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jane-austen, romance
Cassandra Darcy, heroine and one of the main victims in this tale is a vibrant young woman, who has been sorely misused by her step-father, paramour, and society in general. It is that time period when women were treated like cattle...told what to do, where to go and if you were poor, it was even worse. I read historical fiction because of the settings and eras they are set in because these tales show how far we have come and yet how similar our two time periods are. There are still horrendous i ...more
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: to period readers or Austin fans
This was My favorite so far, I loved Cassandra's indomitable spirit. I have seen some reviewers be critical saying this is not Austin, but I really thing Aston did a great Job researching the times and writing in the Austin spirit. This is the next generation of Darcy's and I think she truly caught both the spirit of the original and the progression of the next generation. I particularly liked reading about woman of this time making progress, and wanting jobs and knowing they could paint or writ ...more
Nathalie Chong
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
DNF. Austen was satirising her contemporaries and making biting comments on women’s lives, but this just seemed to be lots of people talking about marriage and girls being headstrong and flirty. Fine, but I need it to be a bit more fun if it’s going to be light and fluffy
This is a nice Regency romance, with surprisingly interesting plot and characters. It does not follow the "norm" - with a young, very pretty, poor female falling in love with a rich, successful gentleman etc. and of course living happily after.

The heroine of this story is Cassandra, who at the beginning of this book has made a very bad mistake by running off with an officer and not marring him! Thus creating a very difficult situation for herself. What does a young lady, from a very good home do
Jess Swann
Mar 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Après les cinq pintades, voici la fille de cette chère Anne (qui se porte relativement bien pour une jeune fille jadis si malade). Fille d'un premier lit l'héroïne, Cassandra ( j'aime son prénom), est bien entendu conspuée par son horrible beau-père... Cela étant, on retrouve notre pintade ( Belle) à cause de qui les ennuis de Cassandra augment... La voilà donc exilée à Bath où bien sûr elle rencontre un vil séducteur qui ne s’intéresse qu'à sa fortune et la compromet... Bref sans surprise. L'h ...more
Jul 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I honestly love this series. This is one of the later sequels to the Darcy Sisters. I think I liked this one simply because Cassandra is an artist and I have an affinity to artists. Elizabeth Aston's way of writing is very imaginative but also creates an imagery that lets the reader see how things could be in her Darcy world. I admire Cassandra(the main character in this story), I admire how she basically goes from her home with her family to living out on the streets so to speak. She is smart a ...more
Apr 15, 2007 rated it liked it
*not bad.....that's the last book from the author in this series that i have to read. they were good (better than i thought they would be) but still no Jane Austen.

Following on the heels of Mr. Darcy's Daughters and The Exploits & Adventures of Miss Alethea Darcy, Elizabeth Aston delivers an irresistible new novel set in the world of Jane Austen.

After being disowned by her family, Cassandra Darcy -- the artistic eldest daughter of Anne de Bourgh (and granddaughter of the infamous Lady Cather
Sep 09, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: chicklit
The only thing this book has in common with Jane Austen is the borrowing of some of her characters. And those characters are merely referred to, not really part of the story. It's well-written enough, but it's written with modern tastes in mind. It might be a relief that the more difficult language of Austen's time has been replaced, but unfortunately so has the sharp wit and clever turn of phrase.

I liked the book overall, but I couldn't help feeling that the author was trying to capitalize on
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This was a well done Austen revisited. Cassandra Darcy has the Darcy temper and pride, she's strong and not willing to give in to fear of rejection and accept marriage to a man who does not love her. A very Darcy like refusal in fact, almost as though she was rejecting everything that Lydia Bennet had done.
I liked her passion, her ability and skill as an artist and her desire to make her way in the world. In contrast, Horatio is very much like our canon Mr Darcy. He might not have the twenty-th
Sep 15, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical-rom
Now we are getting into Darcy cousins, though Camilla and Belle have major roles (two of Lizzy and Darcy's daughters). It follows the same pattern of the daughter eloping and disgracing herself though this one is smart and principled. It is the same template of a capable woman strangled by societal convention. Maybe I am too familiar with this period of history and read too much Mary Wollstonecraft for all this injustice to women not to seem the same old story with new clothes. Again the ending ...more
At first I was doubtful - I have read another book like this, Death at Pemberley, and found it could never live up to the original Austen. However, I gave it a go and after a few chapters I started to enjoy the book. Then I mistakenly looked up some reviews, many of which were harsh. It made me question it further....would Elizabeth's daughters behave in such a way. Though, it is in the blood, with Mrs Bennett and Lydia I suppose! Then I also saw it was the third book of a series, which may have ...more
Sep 08, 2011 rated it liked it
I enjoy Aston’s books, I really do. It’s always nice to escape just a bit back to the time and place where Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy make their homes. And while with Aston, I can never really conjure up the Darcy family as she imagines it, I still enjoy the strong young female characters she includes.

This story is no different – in fact it’s nearly the story of Alethea Darcy redisplayed with a few twists to the packaging. Cassandra loves painting while Alethea loves music; Cassandra is disowned wh
Mirah W
Jul 22, 2011 rated it liked it
The flighty Darcy sisters are back in this third installment of Aston's series. But, along for the ride is Cassandra, a Darcy cousin. More antics and miscommunication....I mean, can these girls do anything straight-forward and without causing havoc with their reputations? Camilla redeemed herself in this one (she's now Mrs. Wytton)...and Cassandra isn't quite as bad as the sisters. The subplot involving the letters was so unneccesary and didn't really contribute anything to the would ...more
May 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
Due to my enjoyment of The Exploits and Adventures of Miss Alethea Darcy, I decided to read the next book in Aston's series. And, so far, I like this story the best. I enjoyed the characters of Cassandra and Horatio and felt Aston captured the beliefs and culture of Regency London. Of all the books in the series that I have read so far, I felt this story and its characters held true to the beliefs and ideals of the original Pride and Prejudice. I also liked how Aston paralleled Cassandra's and H ...more
Reading chapter one of this novel, I just didn't get a feel for it at all. It was about a strong female character who seemed to be straight out of modern chick-lit, moaning and feeling hard done by for eloping with a man and then not marrying him after living with him for a while and then being cast off by society. That's the way it was back then, why she felt surprised by this is beyond me. In 'Pride and Prejudice' the Bennets are still looked down on by Lady Catherine de Bourgh despite Lydia a ...more
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jane-austen
I LOVE THIS AUTHOR! Her P&P sequels don't follow that too-typical, trite formula of one-story conclusion that created a continuation merely for the sake of the continuation. With this, her third sequel to P&P, she fleshes out her tribute/legacy to JA even further. The conflicts, the romance, the period terms ("disguised" means inebriated -- who knew??), it all comes together so beautifully. This novel explores the somewhat-risque topic of the "ruined woman" who refuses to accept that lab ...more
Jul 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
Honestly rather poorly written and seemed so disjointed and unnatural in the flow. The author threw remarks and happenings into the text in the most random way. Unfortunately for me, I kept hoping it would get better, it didn't, yet I continued to read in dire hopes something would change. The characters truly have no depth - and I'd much rather read an author who has a better grasp on the era and can actually WRITE. It's one of those books that makes you wonder how in the world it was picked up ...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.

I've also published seve

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