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Passion is what gets you through the hardest times that might otherwise make strong men weak, or make you give up Neil deGrasse TysonTimeframe After the wedding in P P of Darcy and Elizabeth In 2016, during a visit to my favorite book store, I stumbled upon Darcy s Passions and fell headlong into the world of JAFF Jane Austen Fan Fiction I had no idea such a genre existed Since I was already reading Pride and Prejudice every year, I felt like a kid in a candy shop with a book that cont Passion is what gets you through the hardest times that might otherwise make strong men weak, or make you give up Neil deGrasse TysonTimeframe After the wedding in PP of Darcy and Elizabeth In 2016, during a visit to my favorite book store, I stumbled upon Darcy s Passions and fell headlong into the world of JAFF Jane Austen Fan Fiction I had no idea such a genre existed Since I was already reading Pride and Prejudice every year, I felt like a kid in a candy shop with a book that continued Austen s beloved story and from a different perspective Darcy s POV I read Darcy s Passions five times in a row I m not kidding Since that time, I ve read it in tandem with PP, after PP, or simply by itself I have enjoyed it that much.Jane Austen did not give us a glimpse into Darcy s thoughts and perspective She did not write the male point of view and never wrote a scene featuring only men There would always be a woman present and it would be her thoughts, her point of view or the author s voice I was always frustrated when Mr Darcy was off the page Where was he 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.In Darcy s Passions we spend a lot of time in his head 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 interacting with Georgiana and their cousin Colonel Fitzwilliam Since Austen didn t name the colonel, Jeffers gave him a name that isn t the often used Richard I had to get used to that.What I didn t like I kept hitting this invisible wall or bump in the road so to speak I knew something was off and for the longest time couldn t figure out what the problem was I had 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 how to create the character and personality of Darcy Due to her love of the two movie adaptations of PP, she patterned her Darcy after both Colin Firth and Matthew Macfadyen And that is where I struggled with the Darcy characterization When Darcy was presented on the page, there was this feeling of his split personality as scenes flitted back and forth between the character traits of the two very different men It often didn t play well on the page One minute you were listening to the voice and actions of say Colin Firth and then you next had the voice and actions of Matthew Macfadyen I had problems with that For 300 pages we had a story that ran parallel to and in conjunction with the actions of Austen s PP However, once we left Austen s structured outline, the story suffered as it wobbled and limped along It was a good story and I loved it however, it fell a bit short of Austen s structure A sister is both your mirror and your opposite Elizabeth FishelWhat I liked Before Elizabeth s wedding, she had a sit down Come to Jesus discussion with Lydia who had arrived for the wedding of her two older sisters I loved how Elizabeth interacted with her younger sister Elizabeth was well aware of all the lies and wicked ways of Lydia s husband and she wasn t taking any of Lydia s guff or exuberance regarding her marriage to her precious Wickham 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 sisterly heart to heart talk Elizabeth spelled it out in no uncertain terms what would happen if Wickham ever showed up at Pemberley Way to go Elizabeth The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul It is the caring that she lovingly gives the passion that she shows The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years Audrey HepburnAfter the wedding Our story line continued with our dear couple getting used to married life There were mild sensual sexual not graphic love scenes They were a loving couple who enjoyed each other s company There were touching moments and, like most marriages, had their share of 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 This story is to be continued in the next book Darcy s Temptations 8 2 16 8 5 16 Review originally posted6 21 17 6 28 17 This is a reread following my annual reading of Pride and Prejudice I usually follow this with the sequel Darcy s Temptations formally published under the title Darcy s Dreams I enjoy reading this book every time.2018 Due to RL issues, I missed reading this in 2018 6 10 19 6 13 19 made it this year 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 and plow through it.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 and plow through it.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 Prejudice itself had played out While Darcy did have a lot of respect of Elizabeth s wit and strength of character, it would nooccur 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 I found this completely ridiculous I really did 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 I really did 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 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 forthings to be annoyed about I found them I guess one thing that sort of just disappointed me was how often I felt like the author was lifting bits of description from images of the BBC version of Pride Prejudice The book very nearly begins with the same image of Elizabeth Bennet running through a field on her way back to Longborn Just, come on.I actually enjoyed Amanda Grange s, Mr Darcy s Diary a bitIt was simpler, but somehowpleasing Mr Darcy s POV as written in Darcy s Passions offers little new insight and no passion at all It was just flat I might attempt to finish this when I have nothing else to read, but that may never happen. [ READ E-PUB ] ♙ Darcy's Passions: Pride and Prejudice Retold Through His Eyes ☪ 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 on its head Written from the perspective of Fitzwilliam Darcy, this novel tells his version of an improbable, even obsessive relationship with a most impossible woman Elizabeth BennetThis novel reveals Darcy s passion and conviction but also his turmoil Darcy knows that duty to family and estate demands he choose a woman of refined tastes Yet, what his mind tells him to do and what his heart knows to be true tear him in opposite directions He loves a woman he first denies for being unworthy, but it is he who is found wanting when Elizabeth Bennet refuses his proposal of marriage Devastated, Darcy must search his soul and transform himself into the man she can love and respect 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 writebooks after this amateur attempt. The paperback book I own is copyright dated 2007 and the title is Darcy s Passions Fitzwiliam Darcy s Story 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 2007 and the title is Darcy s Passions Fitzwiliam Darcy s Story 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 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 ismodern 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 Ironically, in many book reviews in this JAFF genre I read criticism taking both sides damned if you use JA s words canon plagiarism and damned if you don t sacrilege 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 enjoyedthan 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 readscript 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 Dreams of her 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 from those who seem to be enjoying her conversation and or charms but I wantedinsight here Yes, he is warring with feelings of attraction vs why should I care if she is with another man as I will not ever think of marrying her That is there.Further I agree with many reviewers who state that his relationship with Georgiana was overboard From what I have read of the British temperament they are very reserved and or cold Took a course at community college re cultural differences and this was touched on 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 muchreserved From the canon 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 muchas an internal struggle for Darcywith maybe some teasing from Col Fitzwilliam, especially when Elizabeth makes a point of asking Col Fitzwilliam about Darcythan once Why is he staring , etc.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 The whole Elizabeth falling down off a cliff was not well explained 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 muchconfrontational 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 byand make an educated decision as to whether or not you want to buy and read this book I enjoyed it I own the sequel, also, which says something Bymaryannon September 10, 2015Format Kindle Edition Verified PurchaseFirst part of the novel was the explaining of the passions Darcy had and also a review of Jane Austen s Pride and Prejudice 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, 2015Format Kindle Edition Verified PurchaseFirst part of the novel was the explaining of the passions Darcy had and also a review of Jane Austen s Pride and Prejudice 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 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 I think Ms Jeffers did a wonderful job of retelling Pride and Prejudice in the beginning of the novel Great job, well done Ever wonder what Darcy was feeling during Pride and Prejudice Thanks to Austen s superb storytelling, we are not left wanting regarding how Elizabeth feels towards Mr Darcy 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 In Darcy s Passions Pride and Prejudice Through His Eyes by Regina Jeffers, we get a glimpse at what Darcy must have truly felt and get to view th Ever wonder what Darcy was feeling during Pride and Prejudice Thanks to Austen s superb storytelling, we are not left wanting regarding how Elizabeth feels towards Mr Darcy 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 In Darcy s Passions 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 Fitzwilliam Darcy.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 There Darcy meets Miss Elizabeth Bennet, who he states is not handsome enough to tempt him , although we all know how he changes his mind Jeffers continues telling the story of Pride and Prejudice, except this time through Darcy s eyes Thanks to Jeffers we now know how Darcy felt throughout his pursuit of Elizabeth, their eventual courtship and marriage.I ve read other novels that Jeffers has written and one thing always stands out to me about her writing her ability to get inside the characters heads I think it s safe to say that after Elizabeth says no to Darcy s first proposal, his mind is filled with doubt 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.Another point I really enjoyed about this retelling is that it gives us a glimpse of the Darcy s married life Jeffers writes a few chapters that delve into the first months of their new life together, and she shows us that their marriage isn t perfect, but quite realistic These are two people with very strong character and personality traits Anyone who writes them experiencing a perfect marriage isn t doing justice to who they are as individuals Sure they love each other, but they re both strong willed and stubborn people who have a hard time yielding to others For those of you looking for a refreshing look at Pride and Prejudice, I would highly recommend Darcy s Passions It also provides nice closure to a story so close to many of our hearts If you read Darcy s Passions and enjoy it, Jeffers followed it up with Darcy s Temptation Which I would also recommend Kimberly Reflections of a Book Addict Why do we read novels about Fitzwilliam Darcy Are we trying, like Elizabeth Bennet, to make out the illustration of his character Or are we suffering from Darcy Fever, and the only prescription isDarcy 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 Let s face it we want him In Darcy s Passions, author Regina Jeffers tells the sto Why do we read novels about Fitzwilliam Darcy Are we trying, like Elizabeth Bennet, to make out the illustration of his character Or are we suffering from Darcy Fever, and the only prescription isDarcy 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 Let s face it we want him In Darcy s Passions, author Regina Jeffers tells the story of Pride and Prejudice through the eyes of Mr Darcy, focusing on his emotional struggle, internal thoughts, and his roles as brother and master.To continue reading, go to