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The Other Mr. Darcy by Monica Fairview


Cover art: The Other Mr. Darcy Reviewer: Marlene Breakfield
Title: The Other Mr. Darcy - Sequel to Pride and Prejudice
Author: Monica Fairview
Publisher: Sourcebooks
ISBN-13: 978-1-4022-2513-0
Release Date: October 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Historical Romance
Year/Setting: Regency England
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: None
Monica's Website: www.monicafairview.co.uk

Caroline Bingley, who is devastated by Elizabeth Bennett's marriage to Fitzwilliam Darcy, gives vent to her feelings by collapsing in a sobbing heap in Darcy's library.  Thinking she is alone, Caroline is greatly perturbed to find Mr. Darcy's cousin, Mr. Robert Darcy, is a witness to her unhappiness.  Because she is embarrassed, Caroline gives Robert a set down and leaves.  Later, when they are forced to be traveling companions, Caroline is surprised to find herself drawn to Mr. Robert Darcy. 

The Other Mr. Darcy is an enjoyable sequel to Pride and Prejudice, that takes an unlikable character in Caroline Bingley and makes her very sympathetic.  Ms. Fairview does a great job of explaining Caroline's attitudes and actions, and she redeems Caroline by slowly allowing her to grow and change.  Mr. Robert Darcy is a great hero, who is just what Caroline needs to shake up her world and give her the impetus to change.  Robert, who was raised in America, is not overly impressed with English societal strictures and mores, and as a result, he uses laughter to show Caroline some of her foibles.  There are several entertaining scenes in The Other Mr. Darcy, which make a worthy tribute to Austen. 

All in all, The Other Mr. Darcy is a great sequel to Pride and Prejudice which does a great job of redeeming a character, whom people love to hate.


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