I enjoy reading this book every time. I had no idea such a genre existed.
I have enjoyed it that much. She did not write the male point of view and never wrote scenes of just men. There is always a woman present and it will be her point of view. I was always frustrated when Mr. Darcy was off scene or off the page. What was he doing, or thinking? Who was he with? Was he brooding, regretting, or grieving over behavior and actions from canon?
We simply did not know. Those blank spaces cried out to be filled. We hear his thoughts, his reactions to what Elizabeth had to say or do. When he was away from Netherfield, we go with him to his London town house. We see him interact with Georgiana and their cousin, our dear Colonel Fitzwilliam. I had to get used to that. As I read this adaption, I kept hitting this invisible wall or bump in the road so to speak. I could feel a disconcerting feeling of inconsistency with the Darcy character. I finally figured out part of the problem.
According to her own words, Jeffers struggled with creating the character of Darcy. And that is where I struggled with the Darcy characterization.
As Darcy was presented on the page, I kept getting the feeling of flitting back and forth between those character traits of two very different men. One minute you are listening to the voice and actions of say… Colin Firth and then you next have the voice and actions of Matthew Macfadyen. I had problems with that. However, once we left the structured outline of Jane Austen, the story sort of slowed down and limped along. She had arrived for the wedding of her two elder sisters.
I loved how Elizabeth interacted with her younger sibling. Lydia still showed no shame for her actions and yet Elizabeth lovingly tried to tell her how things would be between their husbands. It was a really good sister-to-sister talk. Elizabeth spelled it out in no uncertain terms in her promise as to what would happen if Wickham attempted to come to Pemberley. Way to go Elizabeth.
Our story line continued with our dear couple getting used to married life.
There were touching moments and, like most marriages, arguments and disagreements. The newlyweds were to host their first Christmas or Festive Season at Pemberley. Georgiana was at home and they had a house full of guests for Christmas. There were several hilarious scenes as friends and relatives enjoyed the festive atmosphere. We were also introduced to several new characters that will play out in the future. View all 3 comments. Jul 16, Vicki rated it did not like it Shelves: I found this completely ridiculous. I feel like it was too modern in how much it showed us of certain situations, it was linguistically ridiculous, and generally just too much.
There's a page on which the author has Darcy saying through narration that there is a saying that a single man in possession of a fortune must be in want of a wife. Actually, that's not a saying. Maybe it is now, among Austen fans, but it wasn't back then, to Darcy. It wasn't exactly a phrase heard round t I found this completely ridiculous.
It wasn't exactly a phrase heard round the dinner tables of jolly old England. So that happens on page 14 or so, and right around there, I started to get annoyed. And when a person's annoyed, they probably start looking for more things to be annoyed about. The book very nearly begins with the same image of Elizabeth Bennet running through a field on her way back to Longborn. I actually enjoyed Amanda Grange's, Mr. Darcy's Diary a bit more. It was simpler, but somehow more pleasing. Oct 07, Pdoe rated it it was ok Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. It did have whatever it takes to make me go "Aww, poor Darcy! However it was a lousy read. Not a bit of past perfect anywhere. I know I'm pretty strict grammarian but when a story is narrated entirely in past tense you MUST use the past perfect or it comes out sounding like the event in question is happening concurrently with the events being narrated. It was a horrible mess. The story itself descended in to anachronistic, melodramatic mush the minute the events of "Pride and It did have whatever it takes to make me go "Aww, poor Darcy! The story itself descended in to anachronistic, melodramatic mush the minute the events of "Pride and Prejudice" itself had played out.
While Darcy did have a lot of respect of Elizabeth's wit and strength of character, it would no more occur to him to train her in the running of Pemberly you know, in the unthinkable event that something happened to him than it would occur to him to practice breastfeeding you know, in the unthinkable event that something happened to her. While I do appreciate the author making it clear that everything wasn't Roses and Sunshine after the wedding, having Lizzy fall down a cliff after a fight is just mawkish.
Having Lizzy use the word "baby bump" even in internal dialog is frankly ludicrous. Having Darcy and Elizabeth getting physical at all though at least she stayed away from bodice-ripper territory is either ignorance or flat out pandering to the audience. To be honest, I expected much better from an author who is not only a Jane Austen enthusiast but apparently a professor of English. I don't know, maybe I misunderstood; maybe she's an enthusiastic high school English teacher.
Constant exposure to adolescents would certainly go far to account for the juvenile additions. The paperback book I own is copyright dated and the title is Darcy's Passions: I have read this book at least 3 times. The most recent was in order to have this book fresh in my mind when I post this review.
The cover art on the book I own is poor. In my opinion the artwork on the present cover is a big improvement. I also read all the other reviews and comments, noting that most, but not all, are dated years ago. The biggest attraction for me in deciding to buy thi The paperback book I own is copyright dated and the title is Darcy's Passions: The biggest attraction for me in deciding to buy this book was that it was from Darcy's POV. The author's background gave me hopes of a credible re-telling from this POV, also. I have additionally read Pamela Aidan's trilogy and have read the first 2 of Stanley M.
Hurd's trilogy - both written from Darcy's POV. I found that I agree with other reviewers in that there are nearly a dozen typos in the version I own. I marked them with pen or pencil for any future readers of my book. And the language is more modern while some of the phrases are jarring. I did read the Preface by the author and realize that she made a conscious decision not to use JA's canon but to paraphrase such. I prefer the use of canon but can't judge it as a negative when this author explained her decision so well. As for the story line, I would have enjoyed more than a simple retelling from Darcy's POV in the beginning half of the book.
For me it dragged some here. I did enjoy reading his thoughts and the transition from resisting Elizabeth to deciding to pursue her. I would have liked to have read more script with sexual tension. Men I am told react physically when attracted to certain women and, while we read some of this I did not think it was an integral part of the story.
He stares at her, we know from JA's canon, but just how is he reacting. Maybe meeting other ladies in the ton at social events and making comparisons? We read he is jealous and that he wants to separate E. Yes, he is warring with feelings of attraction vs. Furthermore I agree with many reviewers who state that his relationship with Georgiana was overboard.
Took a course at community college re: I don't see Darcy as constantly using endearments with Georgiana. Also, [and I admit that the movies I own 5 versions may have influenced me], I see Georgiana as much more reserved! I don't see her voicing an opinion other than to say that she has heard much about Elizabeth when they meet in Lambton. I see this much more as an internal struggle for Darcy Fitzwilliam, especially when Elizabeth makes a point of asking Col.
Fitzwilliam about Darcy more than once. Why is he staring? I found the sequel parts of the book very endearing. I had tears in my eyes several times during the scenes concerning Darcy's learning of Elizabeth's pregnancy. I know we are hearing of it from Darcy's POV but I am left with not understanding why she was there and what happened.
She was angry when he confronted her about the festivities for the tenants and servants using "my house", etc. But would she have run out and fallen down a cliff? I see Lizzy as being much more confrontational with Darcy, being true to her character. She now loves him and is not that woman who said, "You are the last man in the world So I recommend you read the reviews and the story line presented by Amazon and make an educated decision as to whether or not you want to buy and read this book.
I own the sequel, also, which says something. Bymaryannon September 10, Format: I understand that this was probably written for those who are first time readers of Pride and Prejudice. To readers who have read Jane Austen's works were probably slightly bored but it is understood why it is done. Then we move on to the trials Darcy and Elizabeth face with understanding each other and l Bymaryannon September 10, Format: Then we move on to the trials Darcy and Elizabeth face with understanding each other and letting go of the pride and prejudice they share.
Once married, they work together to get along however misunderstandings occur due to words said that neither could take back and regrets form for each of them. An accident occurs that brings them back together and trust in each other is gained and respected. Family and friends gather for the seasonal holidays and good will is spread to the tenants and Pemberley is once again alive since Darcy's parents passed away.
New traditions and new arrivals in the family in the future bring happiness to all! Jeffers did a wonderful job of retelling Pride and Prejudice in the beginning of the novel. Great job, well done! Feb 18, Kim rated it really liked it Shelves: Ever wonder what Darcy was feeling during Pride and Prejudice?
However, we never quite know the exact series of events that make Darcy view Lizzy as the sole object of his affections instead of an insignificant person unworthy of his time. Pride and Prejudice Through His Eyes by Regina Jeffers, we get a glimpse at what Darcy must have truly felt and get to view the emotions swimming through his head whenever he was with Lizzy.
In short, it is the story of a man who has captured the hearts of millions of readers, and spawned countless works dedicated to the enigmatic and dashing Mr. Darcy and Bingley arrive in Hertfordshire to move Bingley into his new estate, and while there they decide to attend the Meryton assembly, a local ball. Thanks to Jeffers we now know how Darcy felt throughout his pursuit of Elizabeth, their eventual courtship and marriage.
He has doubts about who he is, feels anger over not getting Elizabeth, and in the end experiences turmoil over how to move on from this situation. Jeffers writes her Darcy with the perfect blend of all of these emotions and then some, as we play the back-and-forth game over whether Darcy should pursue Elizabeth or not.
It was a retelling of Pride and Prejudice that, in my opinion, got Darcy spot-on. These are two people with very strong character and personality traits. It also provides nice closure to a story so close to many of our hearts. Which I would also recommend! Kimberly Reflections of a Book Addict http: Feb 25, Meredith Austenesque Reviews rated it really liked it Shelves: Why do we read novels about Fitzwilliam Darcy? Are we trying, like Elizabeth Bennet, to make out the illustration of his character?
Perhaps a bit of both.
Since the events of Pride and Prejudice are not told through his eyes, Darcy is an enigma, and even though he's arrogant and haughty, Darcy has some very desirable qualities. Darcy, focusing on his emotional struggle, internal thoughts, and his roles as brother and master. To continue reading, go to: May 06, Beth rated it did not like it. If I could give this book less than one star I would.
I can't even continue reading it it's so badly written. Read to page 36 just to see how bad it could get. The use of language is ridiculous- it reads like a high school essay. The author alternates between pumping up her sentences by using words that overstep their meaning and then having characters hit us over the head with obvious statements.
I can't believe this author had been allowed to write more books after this amateur attempt. Oct 22, Talia rated it it was amazing. I loved this book. Darcy seems just right to me. Jan 04, Laurel rated it liked it Shelves: That iconic romantic hero who launched a thousand sequels! A quick and very unscientific audit of Amazon. Darcy out there being a haughty heartthrob. Pride and Prejudice Retold Through His Eyes , we are offered yet another chance to relive the famous love story, but from his perspective. Fitzwilliam Darcy arrives in Hertfordshire with his best friend Mr.
Bingley to assist him with his new estate Netherfield Park convinced that the locals will be bumpkins, and SO below his notice. He attends the local Assembly dance where his predictions prove true; even the reputed local beauty Elizabeth Bennet is only tolerable, and not handsome enough to tempt him. And so on it goes; the same story that we all know and love. Their courtship lasts a little over a year and in that time we experience all the misapprehensions and conflicts that define their relationship. All told they are only together three out the twelve months, so what did Darcy do in the in-between time, especially after his rejected first marriage proposal and their renewed acquaintance at Pemberley?
What transpired in his mind that so changed him that he was a different man when they meet again? Paraphrasing Austen is a sticky wicket. Why mess with a masterpiece? All in all I enjoyed her Mr. Darcy very much and it was great fun to walk a mile in his big black shiny Hessian boots. Obviously Jeffers did not agree and decided to devote the last third of the book to the honeymoon and their new life together at Pemberley.
In that light it does have its merits, though sadly because of the irritating paraphrasing I must disqualify it as my Holy Grail of Mr. Jul 21, Cheryl rated it liked it Shelves: I usually have a lot of patience with Jane Austen sequels, prequels and retellings, but I couldn't get into this one.
I kept wishing, as I did in reading Darcy and Fitzwilliam , that proper attention had been paid to language and cultural nuance, and that a fierce copy editor had gone through the book with a fine tooth comb. The overall tone of the book is somewhat monotonous because I usually have a lot of patience with Jane Austen sequels, prequels and retellings, but I couldn't get into this one.
The overall tone of the book is somewhat monotonous because Darcy's infatuation with Lizzie Bennet doesn't have graduation and it is all going on in his head rather than in the conversations between characters. The idea to fill what happened in the days from engagement to honeymoon was interesting, but alas done is a flat footed way. The fatal problem with the book, though, is the slipshod use of words. She writes spurious when she means scurrilous, astutely when acutely was called for, uses the noun reproof instead of the verb reprove, tendrils when tentacles would better serve, or peaked when she means piqued.
And Georgiana Darcy would never ever ever have had the word "mantra" in her vocabulary.
So the book irked me on several levels, detracting from what interest there was in the plot. I am dissappointed, but was entertained in some parts of this story. I tried so hard to like this book. All I could think of while I read this is that it was just a fanfiction, something that should have been posted on the internet and not published.
I also tried to imagine that the author wasn't speaking for our dear Mr. Darcy - but I could not get her out of my head when he spoke! It's not that I didn't like Darcy, but I d I am dissappointed, but was entertained in some parts of this story. It's not that I didn't like Darcy, but I didn't like the way the characters were represented. Of course, coming from Darcy's point of view, I don't know that the story could have been as humorous and delightful as Pride and Prejudice was for me. Darcy was less interesting to me, unfortunately.
I expected more of a history of his life before meeting and marrying Elizabeth. Maybe Darcy's Passions would have been better served if it were written by an historian, someone who appreciates Jane Austen, but can still maintain a quality of how Austen wrote. Jun 13, Nicole rated it did not like it Shelves: It was just flat. I might attempt to finish this when I have nothing else to read, but that may never happen.
Jun 21, Joy rated it really liked it. Austen had considerably longer sentences and paragraphs so I want to say this was not quite in the Austen style. Encountering this book made me seriously reconsider my fledgling plan to collect Jane Austen spin-offs as a hobby. If you or someone you know doesn't quite understand why the actions of the Bennets and Lady Catherine are so very bad, then this book is for you. Jeffers' background as an English teacher of some 37 years shows.
Witty, romantic and insightful, Darcy's Passions captures the original style and sardonic humor of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice while turning the entire story. Synopsis: Witty and amusing, this novel captures the original style, themes and sardonic humor of Jane Austen's novel while turning the entire story on its head.
Clearly, she has had to explain these points to class after class of high school students, so felt she couldn't assume knowledge on the part of Encountering this book made me seriously reconsider my fledgling plan to collect Jane Austen spin-offs as a hobby. Clearly, she has had to explain these points to class after class of high school students, so felt she couldn't assume knowledge on the part of her reader and spells every episode out very clearly. I found this unsubtle, but I could forgive it. I had a harder time forgiving the various instances of poor word choice that peppered the pages I managed to read--beginning with the use of the word impressionistic instead of impressionable on page 2 and culminating for me at least in what is at best an inept use of the word irony for a woman who has theoretically been teaching others the meaning of irony for almost four decades.
But still, there is some fun to be had in figuring out what word should have been used, so I soldiered on. But I couldn't withstand Ms. Jeffers' increasing use of quotes around random words in paragraphs. Pick a word and use it. If you think you need a set of quotes to tweak the meaning of a word in your prose, drop the quotes and find another word.
If you are using the word ironically and think you need the quotes to point that out to your reader, trust me, what you need is either a more faith in your reader or b a better sentence. There is nothing cute about punctuation abuse. I really really hate this particular form of punctuation abuse, so I had to just stop reading when I encountered a forest of badly applied quotation marks toward the end of the book.
Feb 13, Victoria rated it it was ok Shelves: I found this book to be a mediocre offering of Darcy's point of view. I liked this review… especially the disqualification part. That review is spot on. OMG- I am such a goof. Is what my flu muddled brain is trying to relate. If only I could delete, delete, delete. But it is for the most part- ephemeral material when compared to the work of Jane Austen.
My comment is not on the above article but on the author herself. I was absolutely blown away by the fact that Regina Jeffers was an English teacher for years. Why, then, does she have no respect for verb tenses or split infinitives? Also, please stop splitting every infinitive you use! Sorry all you people who loved it. I completely disagree with most of your comment Claudia!
Books are here for us to enjoy. Not just to critisise every second world. I agree with Jemima. I agree with Laurel Ann. Darcy Presents His Bride: I say Ahem to that. Easy there Claudia, be careful about calling writing on web sites rubbish.