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Know his mind How does Darcy progress from She is tolerable but not handsome enough to tempt me to I thought only of youIn this romance anthology fifteen Austenesue authors assemble to sketch Darcy's character through a series of re imaginings set in the Regency through contem. Christina Boyd maven of The uill Ink has come up with a rich multi course feast for lovers of all things Austenesue The Darcy Monologues brings together fifteen of the hottest authors of Jane Austen fan fiction writing today The point of the collection is to take a gander at what Pride and Prejudice s story might look like when seen from the hero Fitzwilliam Darcy s point of view It is clearly pitched toward lovers of PP anyone who hasn t read Jane Austen s classic novel should be warned that in many cases if you lack the background of the original the situations and characters in these little nuggets of romantic goodness might be bewildering to you Those of you who have read PP dive on inThe book is divided roughly in half between stories set in Jane Austen s lifetime and stories set in other eras About half of the period tales start at the point in the narrative when Elizabeth Bennet has rejected Darcy s marriage proposal at Hunsford Parsonage So we get a series of variations on the angry resentful Darcy who slowly learns to appreciate Elizabeth s criticisms of his character and manners before working toward reconciliation It s a natural place to start a short story but I found myself taking pleasure in the ones that took their material a little farther afield I was charmed by Melanie Stanford s Beast of Pemberley which weaves a mythic fairy tale out of the warp of PP and weft of Beauty and the Beast The opening story in the book Caitlin Williams s Death of a Bachelor takes us on a slightly warm but not pornographic journey through the happy couple s wedding night it was vividly realized and cleverly conceived I also found Jan Hahn s story Without Affection very touching it focuses on the early years of the marriage but sees it through a frame set fifty years on And Karalynne Mackrory s Clandestiny gives us a warmer hearted thoughtful Elizabeth and shows us how the same words when spoken in a different tone can be understood very differently I appreciated the deftness and the wisdom The stories set in other eras allow for greater reshuffling of plot and characters and personally I found unalloyed delight in these pages I am often a stickler for historical accuracy and word choice in period Austenesue fiction so I m easier to please when we escape the Regency plus I miss Austen s sardonic narrative voice in most period tales Here we find the characters acting out their destinies in the 1860s 1940s 1960s and a variety of unspecified present days Darcy is a Boston Brahmin attorney headed for post Gold Rush San Francisco a school principal a pro baseball player and most often a mogul with a successful family business Each incarnation allows us to see a different facet of his character as well as presenting us with a spectrum of Elizabeths all alluring all capable but with a range of maturity levelsThere s something here for every taste Ruth Phillips Oakland s insanely inebriated Elizabeth in The Ride Home stepped a little outside the pale of Austen variation for me but I adored the resourceful courageous heroine of Natalie Richards s Pemberley by Stage a true Western adventure yarn I also found myself attaching to the Darcy and Elizabeth of Karen M Cox s I Darcy they were both humble and willing to change and the story has a nifty meta touch with their respective interpretations of Pride and Prejudice being integral to their character development Cox s tale seemed truest to the spirit of the original Farther removed from PP but especially delightful reading for me were You Don t Know Me by Beau North and Darcy Strikes Out by Sophia Rose Beau North has long since earned my respect for her impeccable period re creations and deep characters she doesn t disappoint with her story of reconciliation across religious boundaries her mixture of darkness and light And Sophia Rose has a beautiful gift for creating natural feeling characters and tends to incorporate into her stories people with physical challenges in a way that is profoundly humane I love reading anything that comes from these two pens The Darcy Monologues will give any Austen lover hours of pleasure as they luxuriate in these inventive touching exciting glimpses into the world from Mr Darcy s point of view I was given access to an advance electronic copy in exchange for an honest review

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You must allow me to tell you For over two hundred years Jane Austen's Mr Darcy has captivated readers' imaginations as the ultimate catch Rich Powerful Noble Handsome And yet as Miss Austen's Pride and Prejudice is established through Elizabeth Bennet's fine eyes how are we to. Overall Rating 45 starsStory 45 starsPerformance 45 starsSTORY OVERVIEW AND REVIEW The Darcy Monologues is a collection of short stories told by a group of amazing JAFF authors all starring our beloved Mr Darcy There was a fantastic selection of stories the book divided into two eras Regency and Other I ve mentioned this in my in depth review of the book each author perfectly highlighted the Mr Darcy every romance fan grew to love a gentleman a dedicated brother a good friend and a devoted lover A good and honest manI enjoyed reading this book but enjoyed it even when I finally listened to itWHAT DID YOU LIKE ABOUT THE AUDIOBOOKReading The Darcy Monologues was heartwarming but listening to it was a whole new experience It felt intimate tangible if that makes sense Like a real person was telling me a real story of his life Harry Frost was a fantastic Darcy and he was eually fantastic in portraying different characters particularly Mr Collins The change in accents from Regency era to other era stories set in the USA was surprising but not unwanted I don t know which I prefer to be honest And I don t know if it was just me but his American accent sounded a lot like Henry Cavill s I can only tell you I giggled so much when I heard it While Harry Frost did a wonderful job narrating all of the novellas in this anthology the novella I enjoyed listening to the most was From the Ashes by J Marie Croft It was so amusing to hear a slightly intoxicated Mr Darcy write a draft of his letter to Elizabeth the night after the Hunsford proposal A close second was You Don t Know Me by Beau North because like I ve mentioned about the accent reminded me of Mr Cavill s American accent Hehe Obviously I m a fanWOULD YOU RECOMMEND THIS AUDIOBOOK TO A FRIEND IF SO WHYI think lovers of Mr Darcy will enjoy this audiobook as much as I did Since he s fictional this is the closest I can get to have him whispering in my ear sweet nothings and thoughts I imagined Mr Darcy would say It s a treat Audiobook received in exchange for an honest review Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram

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Porary times from faithful narratives to the fanciful Herein The Darcy Monologues the man himself reveals his intimate thoughts his passionate dreams and his journey to love all told with a previously concealed wit and enduring charm It is your turn to say something now Mr Darc. I think this was one of the most anticipated books on my PP reading list I started to feel like everyone I follow had gotten an advanced copy But when it was released on sunday I uickly grabbed it And it was the perfect end to an awesome weekend The book consists of 15 short stories all told from Darcy s perspective 8 are Regency era and 7 are other eras Only 4 are truly modern era I am not a huge fan of modern PP variations Death of a Bachelor by Caitlin Williams I love everything Caitlin writes so I loved this Beginning 4 days before his wedding Darcy is realizing that his life is going to change and that Lizzy s will as well Following the wedding they end up stranded at an inn due to a sudden snowstorm This is just a wonderful story From the Ashes by J Marie Croft Here we get to see how Darcy really acted following the Disastrous proposal at Hunsford Here he over imbibes wakes his cousins repeatedly spills ink and generally makes a mess of it A few really clever bits include Lady Chatterin and Witsfailhim If Only a Dream by Joana Starnes This is the second story detailing Darcy following the Hunsford Proposal Here his desire to leave is thwarted by Lady Catherine s accident It gives Darcy a chance to realize that Lady Catherine and Mrs Bennet are two sides of the same coin It also forces him to remain in Lizzy s orbit and eventually albeit accidentally confess how deep his feelings are Clandestiny by Karalynne Mackrory Set at the Netherfield Ball here Darcy stalks off to avoid Lizzy in his study only to have a secret passage dump her into his presence Ribbons caught in doors and other things conspire to have our dear couple kissing The Beast of Pemberley by Melanie Stanford This is a fantasy piece based on Beauty and the Beast the Disney version Instead of being turned into animals or household items the master servants of Pemberley have been scarred Mr Darcy the most horribly Using a magic mirror Darcy sees how Miss Elizabeth is threatened with marriage to Collins so he saves her but she doesn t appreciate the assistance When Darcy realizes that the evil wizard Wickham s spell is now turned on Lizzy he sends her away but Wickham lures him out of Pemberley and a battle ensues A Resentful Man this is almost a misnames title for is retells Darcy reuniting with Lizzy and the Gardiners at Pemberley and there is zero resentment In Terms of Perfect Composure by Susan Adriani Here Darcy is licking his imagined wounds following his and Bingley s first return to Meryton and dining with the Gardiners The Gardiners encourage him to offer for Lizzy again his premature return has him witnessing Lizzy Lady Catherine s argument and being chastized by his aunt in her carriage outside of Longbourn After this Lizzy seems to avoid him resulting in him heading to Longbourn where she is alone due to a headache Hunsford redux and ODC can finally get past their past and remember the past only as it gives them pleasure Without Affection by Jan Hahn This is the MOST angsty of the Regency era stories Set mostly at Pemberley it is the remembrances of an elderly Mr Darcy recalling how he almost ruined his marriage with his beloved Lizzy After their wedding when Jane seems to uickly fall with child Lizzy begins to fear she and Darcy won t have children When they do her difficulties prove too much for Darcy who decides he will never again risk her life But of course being Darcy nor does he explain this instead he goes away to avoid temptation and of course Lizzy thinks she is now in the lonely society marriage since he has an heir Luckily Lizzy is sensible and practical than Mr loony Darcy so she eventually uses her brain to work on him and they lived happily ever afterAs a rule I am not a big fan of contemporary era PP what ifs with that being said Hot for Teacher by Sara Angelini is one of the good ones Here Darcy is the principal of private school Pemberley academy He manages to insult Lizzy at least a half dozen times before realizing that he is in love with her I love how the author incorporated many characters in new roles Mr Collins is a janitor with a non creepy secret You Don t Know Me by Beau North I think this is my favorite of the non Regency stories and possibly my favorite of the entire book Set in 1962 Buffalo Darcy is Don Draper type who is exiled to Buffalo for being seduced by a wife of a client at the Christmas party Sent to run a radio station and turn it around he butts heads with Lizzy Bennet a beatnik woman DJ His Aunt Catherine is the head of the family business and she is wonderfully presented Reason to Hope by Jenetta James I think PP blends wonderfully with WW2 and this story is really good Here Group Captain Darcy is sent to Meryton where he encounters Miss Bennet who is almost immediately arguing with him They learn to appreciate one another and his assistance when Kitty Lydia are thought lost to a London bombing makes them realize there is to life Pemberley by Stage by Natalie Richards is set in the old west and has Wickham as the VILLAIN He is out to hurt anyone he can When the Darcys Bingleys are robbed and Georgiana kidnapped they are some what rescued by Jane Bennet and her brother Elias Darcy Elias set out to send help back to the injured and hunt down Wickham who has Lydia Bennet Georgiana Darcy Strikes Out by Sophia Rose In this version Darcy is a big league baseball player nicknamed Dandy Darcy and Lizzie is a sports writer who he has offended and when he asks her out she reads him the riot act This story is pretty angst filled mostly in peripheral characters In this version Liz says You are the last guy on the planet with whom The Ride Home by Ruth Phillips Oakland This is a uickly paced story that has Darcy forced to pick up a drunken Lizzy when she abandons a bad date and gentleman that he is he can t declineDuring a car ride they straighten out all of their problems and misconceptions I Darcy by Karen M Cox This is set in the modern US Liam Darcy the owner of Castleton and his buddy Corbin meet Lynley and Jane while discussing Jane austen in a bar Liam Darcy is not a fan of PP while Lynley and Jane are Their paths cross again when Darcy s company wants to open a new restaurant near their home He has to put in a lot of effort to get Lynley to like him especially because an employee had put her off his business view spoiler It s George Whitman aka Wickham hide spoiler

About the Author: Christina Boyd

Christina Boyd wears many hats as she is a great reader an editor at The uill Ink a dedicated reviewer and a ceramicist A life member of Jane Austen Society of North America Christina lives in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest with her dear Mr B two busy teenagers and a retriever named BiBi Visiting Jane Austen's England was made possible by actor Henry Cavill when she won the Omaze exp

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    Overall Rating 45 starsStory 45 starsPerformance 45 starsSTORY OVERVIEW AND REVIEW The Darcy Monologues is a collection of short stories told by a group of amazing JAFF authors all starring our beloved Mr Darcy

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    This review was first published on Babblings of a Bookworm as part of the blog tour 'Pride Prejudice' is very much a book written from

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    With 15 beloved and favorite authors and a lovely dedication written by the editor Christina Boyd I am almost intimidated that I will not express my appreciation and enjoyment of this book adeuately I was given an ARC of this book t

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    This is an amazing anthology I read it in 2 days because I refused to put it down Ahhh Mr Darcy I will not give any spoilers but I will tell you this shpuld definitely be on your tbr list It's a definite MUST REA

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    Christina Boyd maven of The uill Ink has come up with a rich multi course feast for lovers of all things Austenesue The Darcy Monologues brings together fifteen of the hottest authors of Jane Austen fan fiction writing today The point of the collection is to take a gander at what Pride and Prejudice’s story might look like when s

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    His Feelings Will Not Be RepressedOVERVIEWFull of ardent admiration and love but not the talent of conversing easily Mr D

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    The Darcy Monologues is heaven for a JAFF fan though I suspect even people unfamiliar with the genre would love this book The stories are split by time period with a hunky pic to get you in the mood Can I say the cover and section pics are awesome? Well I did and they are Well done to whoever thought of that Anyway all of the best

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    I think this was one of the most anticipated books on my PP reading list I started to feel like everyone I follow had gotten an advanced copy But when it was released on sunday I uickly grabbed it And it was the

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    BravoWhat a refreshing read Darcy is the uintessential hero perfection especially with his flaws which in my opinion make him believable and ultimatey loveable and real I was primed to love this book as it contains some of

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