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The Other Mr. Darcy

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Did you know that Mr. Darcy had an American cousin?!

In this highly original Pride and Prejudice sequel by British author Monica Fairview, Caroline Bingley is our heroine. Caroline is sincerely broken-hearted when Mr. Darcy marries Lizzy Bennet-- that is, until she meets his charming and sympathetic American cousin...

Mr. Robert Darcy is as charming as Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy
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Paperback, 351 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Sourcebooks Landmark (first published January 1st 2009)
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Lydia Presley
I should have known better. Honestly, I don't know what came over me when I requested this book. If you are anything like me though, Mr. Darcy and anything connected with him holds this fascination grip over you and it's impossible to resist.

So I didn't resist. Now, don't get me wrong - Monica Fairview did a decent job of writing and preserved most of the spirit of the characters in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Eliza was a sassy as always, Lydia as silly as always and Mary as pious. Mr. Da
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Lyndi
Jun 21, 2010 rated it liked it
I liked this book, and I learned to like Caroline. This may sound stupid, but both this book and the last Mr Darcy books I have read have HORRIBLE covers, they make these people that in my head are pretty and handsome into ugly, fat creatures (the women at least) and that is not the way the book describes them at all. My biggest complaint about this book is Elizabeth Bennett Darcy is either called Elizabeth or Lizzy in Jane Austens books. This book calls her Eliza. I know, silly, but it grated o ...more
Kelly
Jun 28, 2010 rated it did not like it
Not my favorite P&P spin off. I didn't love the way it was written. I just couldn't get myself to like Caroline. I hated that the author made my favorite character, Lizzy, seem weak and frail.
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Whatever became of Caroline Bingley? After her dreams of being Mistress of Pemberley were dashed, how did she recover? Did she rebound quickly after her disappointment of losing Mr. Darcy or was her heart deeply broken?

At the end of “Pride and Prejudice” the future looks a little bleak and uncertain for Caroline Bingley. She has just lost the man she spent years pursuing to an unsophisticated and unconnected country maiden, she has the unfashionable Bennet family as in-laws, and to top it all o
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Amy
Feb 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
I loved this book! I almost gave it 5 stars but couldn't get myself to rate it as highly as the original story. Monica Fairview did a wonderful job capturing the essence of the Pride and Prejudice characters, while introducing new and interesting ones. I especially like the other Mr. Darcy, Robert, who is Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy's cousin from America. The friendly banter between he and Caroline Bingley was the highlight of the book. My only objection is that I couldn't quite picture Miss Bingley i ...more
willaful
Could not get into it; the character was so far removed from the original the entire exercise seemed pointless.
Chris, the Dalek King
Interesting story, but I think it would have greatly benefited from having dual povs from both Caroline and Robert Darcy. As it is he mostly just comes off as a jackass for the majority of the story. They definitely have chemistry, but a lot of his sarcasm and dry humor doesn't play as well as the author probably intended it to. At times it almost felt like the author was attempting to shoe-horn these two characters into the roles that Darcy and Elizabeth played in Pride and Prejudice, and not a ...more
Teresita
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Two Mr. Darcys

Yummy!!
But to Caroline's surprise the American version isn't up to standard. Or, is he?
An interesting tale where we find out a more likable Caroline and very interesting developments.
Jennifer
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm a sucker for Post P&P books... This one did not disappoint.
Jennifer Gentry
Mar 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: on-my-kindle
Ms. Fairview's book, "The Other Mr Darcy" made me ask myself if Caroline Bingley was actually one of the most misjudged people in literary history. When I first began the book, I was skeptical. After all, she is most often portrayed as a bit of a snob, to say the least. But to ascribe real, explainable emotions to her? Unthinkable! Yet, that is exactly what Ms. Fairview does---and quite admirably, I might add.

At the start of the story, we discover that there is in fact, a second Mr. Darcy. No, h
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Dan Curnutt
Nov 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
For a Pride and Prejudice sequel this one is very well thought out and well written. The main character's of the story will be Caroline Bingley and Mr. Robert Darcy, the cousin of Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy.

The story starts with Caroline having an emotional breakdown at the celebration of the Lizzy and Darcy's wedding. She goes to the library to console herself by having a good cry. What she doesn't know is that Mr. Robert Darcy is in the Library, in the shadows, looking for a book and having a drink
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Kylara Jensen
I was prepared to dislike this book, but actually, I kind of liked it. However, it kind of felt like an original romance novel, rather than a Jane Austen Spinoff.

This book is about Caroline Bingley: a Caroline Bingley who was horribly infatuated with Mr. Darcy. That's why she was jealous of Elizabeth in P&P and treated her so badly. She is portrayed as a cautious and guarded person, not snobby and pretentious. It is interesting to see Caroline turning into a nice person who is just misunders
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Summer Owens
Jun 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Caroline Bingley, a character we all love to hate from P&P, is the protagonist of this wonderful novel. Her new love interest? Mr. Robert Darcy, Fitzwilliam Darcy's American cousin.

Let me start by saying that the Caroline Bingley in this novel, is not believable as the Caroline Bingley we are familiar with in Pride and Prejudice. From the beginning, she is nowhere near as severe as I think she ought to be. In spite of this, I give the novel five stars because it is an incredible romance and
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Marsha
Oct 02, 2013 rated it liked it
For everyone who has ever found the original Mr. Darcy a bit too much to take, here is his American cousin. Charming, open hearted, good natured and free spoken, Mr. Robert Darcy is the polar opposite of his English relative. Ms. Fairview has created a charming character, one free from the snobbishness and hauteur of Ms. Austen’s invention and one that this reader found thoroughly engaging. He is not without his faults but even those can be forgiven as we root for him to find his way into the he ...more
Wealhtheow
Jan 27, 2014 rated it did not like it
Fitzwilliam Darcy's cousin (also named Mr.Darcy) visits England and, through machinations that make no logical or emotional sense, is "forced" into a pretend betrothal with Caroline Bingley. Presumably they end up falling in love and marrying for real, but I only got 132 pages into this before I gave up out of sheer boredom. None of the characters fit with those from Pride and Prejudice, from a soppy and foolish Jane to an even soppier Elizabeth. Most changed of all is Caroline; the author leave ...more
J. W. Garrett
You can have a great story line, a great new idea and even a new concept that is well written…but, you cannot tamper with Jane Austen’s characters.

I liked the idea of Darcy having a cousin; I even liked this Cousin Darcy. I was OK with his liking Caroline Bingley. I was not so small a person that I resented her finding someone. I just could not bear to see her elevated in such a way that came across as stupid. She could not have change her stripes so quickly just because she met another Darcy.
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Victoria
Mar 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: austen, reviewed
The Other Mr. Darcy is a novel about Darcy's American cousin, and heir. He stumbles upon Caroline Bingley at Darcy's wedding, while she's crying her eyes out. The mortification at her discovery is only compounded when she sees him again several months later, and is forced to keep company with him.

I was presently surprised with how much I enjoyed this book. As a non-American, I was wary of a hefty dose of American patriotism in this Austenesque story, but while there was a bit of it, it wasn't ov
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Jill
Apr 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Sometimes I can't handle a heavy book. I don't want serious. I don't want non-fiction. Biographies, informational diatribes, tips to help you be better/more effective at __________________ eventually make my brain hurt and I need a break. I don't want to read smoky scenes of intimacy. I don't want to read lame lines that make me want to shake the author. I want a fun, light, interesting read that will occupy my mind and give me a break from my stresses and only cost me a trip to the library.

This
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Blodeuedd Finland
The title says it all...Mr Darcy has an American cousin! He is hot too and has money.

Do I like Caroline? Not so much. Did I like her in the end? Not so much, BUT she had improved greatly and we could have been friends. If I only did not hold a grudge ;) I mean come on, she is a hard woman to like in PP. Here she does learn to be kinder, and people even comment upon it. Because she was a bitch ;)

Anyway, enough with my grudge. Caroline and Mr Darcy meets and do not particularity like each other. B
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Holly
Apr 20, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I checked it out from the Flagstaff library on a whim. I've been reading serious non-fiction almost constantly, so this was a breath of fresh air. I love Jane Austin, so, i figured, why not.

Book in hand at the kitchen table, I told my roommate - "I feel like I'm reading a Victorian version of Three's Company." And, it was just what I needed.

I read the book in two sittings, turning pages well into the night. I could not put the book down. Perhaps this book appeals to me because of my own recent
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Linda
Jun 24, 2010 rated it it was ok
The book started off well. However, I felt that the writer, for all her storytelling skills, simply did not know enough about England during the Regency era. It has been pointed out by a number of experts that, in reality, the Bennett sisters probably could not have gotten married for a number of reasons. The idea that Georgiana Darcy would have been allowed to (or would have even wanted to) pal around with Lydia Wickham is laughable - especially under the circumstances the writer describes!
Ernie
Oct 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
In this continuation of stories about/or continuations of P&P. Caroline Bingley, the haughty, snobbish hyper-critical woman meets the brash American ( with out proper manners) cousin of The Mr. Darcy, one Robert Darcy. This is a tale of opposites attract done with lots of wit and humor. It would seem impossible for them to even have more than one conversation much less form any sort of friendship.

The story is witty humorous and well written. A great read.
Carol Perrin
Nov 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Other Mr. Darcy: Did you know Mr. Darcy had an American cousin?

Fitzwilliam Darcy's American cousin, Robert Darcy is the polar opposite of him. Robert Darcy is more charismatic, fun, and doesn't analyze situations completely. Our Austen's Pride and Prejudice hero, Fitzwilliam Darcy is stoic, difficult, and analyzing almost everything to a fault. This book is mainly about Caroline Bingley, and she is nothing like Austen's Caroline. The Caroline, after crying and sobbing in one of the rooms on Eliz
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Tracy
Aug 03, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked it. And if I was not comparing the characters to the original P&P, I might have liked it more. I enjoyed seeing another side of Caroline, but I felt her change was a little too fast. She also became way too nice for what I think she would be. I do not think she would be concerned about Mrs. Bennett like she was ---even if she was friends with the family. Their personalities clash. I was glad she and Lizzie were friends, but it seemed to come too fast. There were some characters I rea ...more
Linda
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
In this book, Ms. Fairview has accomplished something I had thought to be impossible: She has transformed Caroline Bingley into a sympathetic, even likable character. Well done! I will be searching for other "fan-fiction" books by this author.
Stephanie Molnar
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
Boring.
Kelly
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Caroline Bingly's character is much altered in this P&P sequel but it is an enjoyable read.
Celeste
May 03, 2017 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed reading a story from Caroline Bingley's perspective. I thought it was a great POV and found it unique in a sea of P&P variations and sequels.
Georgiana 1792
Jul 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Old Friends 2 – New Fancies 4 (e Caroline Bingley non gioca)

Gradevolissimo sequel di Pride and Prejudice, in cui compare Robert Darcy, il cugino Americano di Fitzwilliam. Si tratta di un uomo molto affascinante, molto somigliante al cugino di Pemberley, a parte gli occhi di un profondo blu, laddove quelli di Fitzwilliam sono castani.

Il prologo si apre alla fine della cerimonia nuziale di Mr Darcy con Elizabeth Bennet, con Caroline Bingley che, credendosi sola, si lascia andare ad un pianto dispe
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Meghan
Mar 31, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommended to Meghan by: Mallory
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