Mr Darcy’s Diary by Amanda Grange Monday 9th September
“”I left London today and met Bingley at Netherfield Park. I had forgotten what good company he is; always ready to be pleased and always cheerful. After my difficult summer, it is good to be with him again. …””
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.
I reread Pride and Prejudice before I read this. I shut the cover of one and opened the other. I wanted to have the original fresh in my mind as devoured this a fantastic addition to the many sequels penned by Austen Fans.
All the things I love in the original were there and it was rather enjoyable being in Mr Darcy’s head.
There was nothing Grange’s Darcy did or said that I doubt Austen’s would have. I did for the most part feel I was still reading Austen. I’m not sure if Austen would have developed the Anne De Bourgh character the way Grange did, but that is of little concern as the book on a whole was wonderful and I’d say like the original I will read it again and again, anything to get to watch Darcy alive in my mind.
I feel the Goodreads synopsis is explanation enough for me to need to say no more.
Four out of Five Stars.