Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Mr. Darcy's Diary by Amanda Grange

Mr. Darcy's Diary by Amanda Grange
March 2007, Sourcebooks
329 pages
Good Reads + Amazon
 4/5 stars

"The only place Darcy could share his innermost feelings was in the private pages of his diary...
Torn between his sense of duty to his family name and his growing passion for Elizabeth Bennet, all he can do is struggle not to fall in love.
Mr. Darcy's Diary presents the story of the unlikely courtship of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy from Darcy's point of view. This graceful imagining and sequel to Pride and Prejudice explains Darcy's moodiness and the difficulties of his reluctant relationship as he struggles to avoid falling in love with Miss Bennet. Though seemingly stiff and stubborn at times, Darcy's words prove him also to be quite devoted and endearing - qualities that eventually win over Miss Bennet's heart. This continuation of a classic romantic novel is charming and elegant, much like Darcy himself."

-Good Reads

So, I freaking love Pride and Prejudice... and I love re-tellings, renditions, re-imaginings and video-related things that exist out there. Give me some Darcy and the book would have to be a train wreck for me to not enjoy it. I thought that Mr. Darcy's Diary was charming. Seriously. We were given a retelling from Darcy's perspective which helped to fill in back stories and plot gaps (what the heck was he doing from the time he left Netherfield to when he and Lizzie met up at Rosing's?). I like seeing the plot unfold before his eyes and enjoyed his musings and comments regarding Lizzie, her family and the company he kept..... and I also loved seeing the character growth as Darcy realized what a pretentious ass he had been. 

If you enjoy P&P related... things... I would give Mr. Darcy's Diary a shot! I don't think that there is too much to say on this book other than that. I would be aware that (spoiler alert, kind of... even though P&P is 200 years old) Grange extends the story past where P&P left off - that is, we see the first few months of Darcy and Elizabeth's life together. 

Looking for some P&P related goodies? Check out The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

Happy reading! 

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