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Update 6 11 18 I m no longer planning to read the next book According to a GR friend who knows I like squeaky clean reads, the following issues are introduced in the next book view spoiler The premise is about marital abuse control and how Althea runs away and the adventures she has She learns a lot about the world in her journeys and subjects that would not have been fitting for a young woman of the time homosexuality, mistresses, whores, violence Most is implied and not detailed N Update 6 11 18 I m no longer planning to read the next book According to a GR friend who knows I like squeaky clean reads, the following issues are introduced in the next book view spoiler The premise is about marital abuse control and how Althea runs away and the adventures she has She learns a lot about the world in her journeys and subjects that would not have been fitting for a young woman of the time homosexuality, mistresses, whores, violence Most is implied and not detailed Near the end, the reference is towards behavior outside of marriage, but nothing is revealed and there is a happy ending for her There isto the story hide spoiler So while I thoroughly enjoyed Mr Darcy s Daughters, I probably won t be reading the sequel unless it falls into my lap for free And even then, I m iffy about it Mr Darcy s Daughters by Elizabeth Aston is first in a series of sequels to Jane Austen s Pride and Prejudice This Regency romance comes closer to the style of Jane Austen s novels than any other book I remember reading Rating 4 stars Premise Darcy and Elizabeth are out of the country with their five daughters entrusted to the care of Colonel Fitzwilliam, now Mr Fitzwilliam, and his second wife, who are living in London The ages of the girls are very similar to those of the Bennet sisters in Pride and Prejudice My take I enjoyed this book so much Since I find reviews so helpful in finding clean historical romances to read, I take the time to rate reviews as helpful or not helpful on afterafter I read each book I was pretty shocked at the high number of reviews rating this book three stars or fewer So I m going to depart from my usual review format to discuss the issues so many people had with this book, and hopefully reassure potential readers that this IS a great book What I m going to get out of the way first is that this was a clean book Many of the reviews I read made it sound smutty, and it wasn t Yes, there were a couple of things Austen didn t and probably wouldn t ever have put in her books There is reference to a homosexual You briefly read about a man and woman alone in a room kissing That s it The one thing that was weird, and I agree just didn t fit, was Colonel Fitzwilliam lecherously looking over the Darcy sisters at one point A few reviewers contested the chronology of the book, saying that as PP took place in 1811, the book is NOT, in fact 20 years later After looking around, I found this info Jane Austen first wrote it as First Impressions between 1796 and 1797, but it was only published in January 1813 Cliff Notes online and Pemberly.com both agree with the 1811 1812 time frame for the events of the book Seems like these reviewers are probably in the right about this issue However, Elizabeth Aston may have taken the standpoint that the events take place around 1797, and if the reader can move on from there, it shouldn t take away from the enjoyment of the book Many disliked the parallels of Darcy s Daughters to Pride and Prejudice I actually found it quite cleverly done with many nods to PP, yet Darcy s Daughters is a completely original story I was extremely impressed at how Aston manages this, and I find it interesting that it was a sticking point with so many reviewers Specifically, the most common complaint seems to be that Darcy and Elizabeth would never raise their daughters in such a way that they would so closely mimic the five Bennet sisters I agree that this is probably the case However, I would venture to say that it is not outside the realm of possibility since the girls are daughters of Elizabeth Darcy, who is in turn the daughter of Mr and Mrs Bennet Nature as well as nurtureIt didn t bother me, but remember, I thought that Aston s indirect references to Austen were done so well, and from my point of view, this was another parallel to PP to be enjoyed Many reviewers felt that the characters of Fitzwilliam and Mr and Mrs Gardiner did not match up well with Austen s depiction Fitzwilliam does seem incredibly stern,so than I would have expected him to be But with 20 years gone by, becoming a husband and father, and the heavy responsibility of watching over five Darcy girls, not to mention what almost happened with Georgiana Darcy twenty years earlier, his character transformation doesn t seem unreasonable I don t remember noticing any deviations from the Gardiners original characters, but I do remember thinking that certain speeches and or actions definitely DID line up with the way Austen drew them At least one reviewer commented on the name Aston being close to Austen The about the author page specifically states that while Elizabeth Aston is a writer s pseudonym, it IS her married name Several reviewers referenced at least one place where the incorrect person s name is in the book I only noted one, in a place where Allingham was saying a phrase credited to Wytton That WAS pretty confusing, and I read it three times before I realized it was an error But please don t think this book is riddled with errors, because it s not Some reviewers said that the characters were two dimensional or wooden I certainly wouldn t go that far, though there isn t a major metamorphisis of the characters I think this was an event driven story rather than a character driven one And the cast was huge, which can impact how much character development there can be Lastly, some said that Darcy s Daughters was not written with Austen s wit, and I agree with this However, I do believe that when you have another author writing a sequel to a book not her own, you need to expect to find some differences Based on one of the study questions at the end of the book, I believe that this dissimilarity was deliberate The bottom line Please don t pass up the chance to read Darcy s Daughters if you re a fan of Pride and Prejudice I have a weakness for P P fanfic, but this was pretty ridiculous.In the original Pride and Prejudice, the silliness and eccentricity of the younger Bennet girls is put down to the poor breeding and empty head of Mrs Bennett and the general laziness in Mr Bennett Surely, if that is the case, daughters raised by Darcy and Elizabeth should be vastly better bred and behaved.Instead we get five daughters once again Letitia who, though the family beauty, is given to dour predictions, hysterical wo I have a weakness for PP fanfic, but this was pretty ridiculous.In the original Pride and Prejudice, the silliness and eccentricity of the younger Bennet girls is put down to the poor breeding and empty head of Mrs Bennett and the general laziness in Mr Bennett Surely, if that is the case, daughters raised by Darcy and Elizabeth should be vastly better bred and behaved.Instead we get five daughters once again Letitia who, though the family beauty, is given to dour predictions, hysterical worries and preachiness Jane and Mary combined Camilla who is witty, well read, speaks her mind and is pronounced on the page to be like her mother twins Belle and Georgina, who are simply Lydia and Kitty and youngest Alethea, who manages to be original by being smart or outspoken like her mother, but also devious and secretive.Darcy and Elizabeth have turned out to be appalling parents, it would appear Oh, there are the required heir and a spare of schoolboy age tucked safely back at Pemberly where we needn t be bothered with them And apparently, though Letitia is 21, Camilla 19, and the twins 17, Alethea, 16, is still in the schoolroom their parents have never brought them to London That is, until Darcy is sent to Constantinople on a diplomatic mission and Lizzie, showing all the mother instincts of a frog, goes off with him, leaving all five daughters in the care of Colonel Fitzwilliam and his very young wife Yes, Lizzie s conviction that younger sisters should not be held back from coming out simply because older ones are not yet married has apparently resulted in never allowing any of them to enjoy a debutante season in London, never in their youth taking them into town to see the classics, never introducing them to or guiding them through the first dazzling effects of male attention, she has instead dumped them like a sack of cats onto the doorstep of a young mother and then made a hasty retreat to part so foreign that communication is a matter of weeks and months.The madcap tomfoolery that proceeds from this preposterous theory is mildly entertaining and a quick read, but it is definitely among the worst of the post PP books out there and I was horrified that the author has written at least four others Completist though I am, I do not intend to read anyof her nonsense Oh, brother I saw that one other reviewer wrote that she was pretty sure that Mr Darcy would have drowned several of these characters at birth, and, yeah She s onto something. I purchased this book on a whim since two of my favorite things to read are Jane Austen novels and decently written fanfiction I think this qualifies in both categories.This is not a great novel, and the author is most certainly not the next Jane Austen Most elements from the book are lifted directly from Pride and Prejudice Darcy and Elizabeth had five daughters 1 Beautiful but stubborn Letitia, who becomes the outraged moral center for the girls and is highly obnoxious about it.2 Camilla, I purchased this book on a whim since two of my favorite things to read are Jane Austen novels and decently written fanfiction I think this qualifies in both categories.This is not a great novel, and the author is most certainly not the next Jane Austen Most elements from the book are lifted directly from Pride and Prejudice Darcy and Elizabeth had five daughters 1 Beautiful but stubborn Letitia, who becomes the outraged moral center for the girls and is highly obnoxious about it.2 Camilla, who is Lizzy all over again, only slightlyattractive.3 Georgina, twin number one.4 Belle, twin number two They re described as one being fair like the sun and the other being dark like the moon, and both being incredibly beautiful Hello, literary cliche.5 Alethea, who is by far the most original character of the lot Unfortunately, she isn t the focus of this novel at all, but I understand the author wrote another one all about her.In order to break slightly from the original, Darcy and Elizabeth also have two young sons, but they re barely mentioned in the text Additionally, their parents have only brief mentions as well the book is centered on Camilla.Camilla, as I said, is Lizzy She s the second born daughter, clearly her parents favorite, full of wit and vivacity and a slightly better dose of good looks than her mother had She falls in love with a man, ignorant of some of hisnefarious doings hello, Wickham She recovers, then falls for a man you would never have imagined her to marry at the beginning of the novel except you see it from a mile away because it s Darcy all over again.This is not to say that it s a terrible book It s simply not original But it was a fun, fluffy sort of read and while I would rather have bought the book on sale rather than at full price, I m sure I ll reread it eventually so it s rather nice to own it Turns out there s quite a cottage industry of prequels, sequels, alternative points of view, and variants on Jane Austen s novels This one is OK, but really just a standard Regency rather than owing anything to Austen Although some of the characters bear the same name as their P P counterparts, they are sadly altered Mrs Gardiner is inexplicably changed from someone of Mrs Bennet s generation to one of Lizzie s, and it s hard to believe that the Col Fitzwilliam who so admired Lizzie back i Turns out there s quite a cottage industry of prequels, sequels, alternative points of view, and variants on Jane Austen s novels This one is OK, but really just a standard Regency rather than owing anything to Austen Although some of the characters bear the same name as their PP counterparts, they are sadly altered Mrs Gardiner is inexplicably changed from someone of Mrs Bennet s generation to one of Lizzie s, and it s hard to believe that the Col Fitzwilliam who so admired Lizzie back in the day could turn into such a stuffy blowhard The author avoids several hard choices, also Wickham has conveniently died, leaving Lydia free to remarry fashionably Even Caroline Bingley, poisonous as ever, makes an appearance But none of this has any real effect on the story Again, the witty second daughter meets a strong willed man who initially resists her attractions, then succumbs Again, a frivolous younger daughter absconds with a man, precipitating a frantic search in hopes of averting a scandal We ve seen it all before, and better This book was just o kay I will give a full review at some later date.Enjoy and Be Blessed.Diamond Acceptable paraliterature Elizabeth Bennett s five daughters are mild versions of herself and her sisters Letty, the eldest, is beautiful but moralistic and anxiety ridden, ending in being irritatingly fond of scenes Camilla, our heroine, is loving but unaware of her own heart Twins Belle and Georgina are a beautiful Kitty and Lydia, and Althea is the most original of the lot, a musical prodigy with Darcy s looks but none of his attention to proprieties They are all flung to London with we Acceptable paraliterature Elizabeth Bennett s five daughters are mild versions of herself and her sisters Letty, the eldest, is beautiful but moralistic and anxiety ridden, ending in being irritatingly fond of scenes Camilla, our heroine, is loving but unaware of her own heart Twins Belle and Georgina are a beautiful Kitty and Lydia, and Althea is the most original of the lot, a musical prodigy with Darcy s looks but none of his attention to proprieties They are all flung to London with weak explanation as to why the 19 and 21 year olds haven t been there before where their cousin Sophie Gardiner is engaged to Mr Perfectpants Whytton and have various run ins with beaux.The plot could use some tightening as the major stories don t really run all the way through and a historically appropriate perhaps homophobic plot rings rather false On the other hand one does really get a sense of a society solely focused on marriage and reproduction, a real feeling that humanity is like any other group of animals, aimed at continuation of the species Usually characters are enough to overcome that thrust but here the arc of evolutionary history seems to overcome humanism Or at least my attitude of the day does.The presence of Lydia isn t strong enough to have bothered with and I wonder if this might have been better had it been conceived of as a book for each sister so there could have been a better pull through each story None of the male characters show to advantage Mr and Mrs Gardiner and Col Fitzwilliam or perhaps this is not Colonel have changed character quite a bit Noting will convince me that Elizabeth Bennett and Fitzwilliam Darcy could have raised those twin girls who were so foolish, either isn t it one of the points of PP that Lydia s neglected upbringing plus stupid mother plus headstrong personality led to her downfall Surely our Lizzy would have corrected the first two problems And at any rate, Lydia seems to be just fine here as the wife of a rich second husband, fast but not so ignorant and idiotic as one might expect of such a girl in later life.The writing is not too bad, and though there are salacious situations there are no descriptions of same *Download Book ↟ Mr. Darcy's Daughters ☛ It is the year , twenty one years after the stirring events of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE Mr Darcy and Elizabeth have gone to Constantinople, while their five daughters descend on the dangerous and dashing world of Regency London The world is changing, but opportunities for women are limited, as intelligent, independent minded Camilla soon discovers and Society is unforgiving of those who transgress its rules The sisters are assailed on all sides by the temptations of London, with its parties and balls, gossip and scandals, intrigues and schemes, not to mention the inevitable heartbreaks arising from proximity to so many eligible and ineligible men In MR DARCY S DAUGHTERS, Elizabeth Aston presents a new variation on a Jane Austen theme, introducing a wonderful array of memorable and amusing nineteenth century characters in a witty, lively and perceptive tale of Regency life Well, I read this book in about a week I couldn t put it down I loved it I thought it was very well written The romance was really good The scandal was fun, but never bad because what was considered bad in those times was almost acceptable today, so it was nice to read a book without having to worry about anything being crude It was such a good read I was worried that the language would be too flowery, but it was totally fine I ve never read Pride and Prejudice, but this book made me wan Well, I read this book in about a week I couldn t put it down I loved it I thought it was very well written The romance was really good The scandal was fun, but never bad because what was considered bad in those times was almost acceptable today, so it was nice to read a book without having to worry about anything being crude It was such a good read I was worried that the language would be too flowery, but it was totally fine I ve never read Pride and Prejudice, but this book made me want to because it s like a sequel to PP Totally recommend it This was AWFUL Writing a Pride and Prejudice inspired novel is a way to show your devoted love for Austen s greatest story, but if it reads like fan fiction, its place is on the internet Aston inserts her unlikeable characters into Austen s London where they play out uncompelling little dramas once, of course, Lizzy and Darcy have been swept out of the country where they can t interfere with the goings on How convenient that Mum and Dad are gone at the VERY time every one of their daughters i This was AWFUL Writing a Pride and Prejudice inspired novel is a way to show your devoted love for Austen s greatest story, but if it reads like fan fiction, its place is on the internet Aston inserts her unlikeable characters into Austen s London where they play out uncompelling little dramas once, of course, Lizzy and Darcy have been swept out of the country where they can t interfere with the goings on How convenient that Mum and Dad are gone at the VERY time every one of their daughters is ripening into marriagable age Of all the cringe worthy daughters, I actually find Letitia the most loathsome and the least believable We all know someone who is pessimistic, but Letty or Galetea as her family calls her because she is so statuesque and because families totally give nicknames like that sees doom and death everywhere she looks If Camilla enjoys a dance, Leticia is certain that the perspiration will cool on her brow causing her to catch a chill which will lead to a wasting illness Worse is her habit of seeing sin everywhere Enjoying that book you re reading A sinful indulgence A gentleman touched your elbow You sinful whore You went to church You didn t listen carefully enough, sinner So annoying The way Aston writes Society is spasmodic it seems to at the same time condemn and revel in the same wicked behaviors In Austen s world, no one speaks about worldly, unrighteous topics in the presence of ladies The ideal is to protect young doves from the burden of knowledge of sordid things Here, men speak openly right in front of these young, unmarried girls about their affairs, exploits, and general misbehavior as though these are things to brag about Within these confusing societal straits, the well behaved characters in the book fret over What Society Will Think when something scandalous happens and that s often At one point, Camilla walks in on one of the twins MAKING OUT with a man not merely accepting a chaste and loving kiss which is the farthest an unmarried, unchaperoned young girl could possibly go with impunity in the nineteenth century world, but dress in disarray, hands in naughty places, gasping for breath MAKING OUT Instead of rushing into the room to break it up, she leaves them to it, though she is disturbed In the next moment, she catches her youngest sister Alathea who has dressed as a boy flautist and infiltrated the orchestra playing at the ball Camilla begins shrieking that the family will be ruined if anyone sees her and HOW could she do this wicked thing and HOW ON EARTH will I get you home without an escort Um, huh Aston gets every canon character wrong Where did her Fitzwilliam come from He was seriously cool in PP, why would he suddenly turn into a novel censoring, fun killing, marriage contract negotiating old curmudgeon Oh, and another thing in several places in the narration, Camilla s name was sometimes Camille I guess the author and the editor failed to catch those oopsies and assumed the reader would too