Darcy and Elizabeth by Linda Berdoll


Title: Darcy and Elizabeth
Author: Linda Berdoll
Length: 184 of 429 (unfinished)
ISBN: 9781402205637
Genre: fiction
Rating: 0/5
Reason for Reading: I read Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife years ago, as a sequel to P&P, and this is a further continuance of that book. Also, I have owned the book for nearly 6 years and hadn’t read it, so I thought to use it for my Personal Collection resolution.

Summary (from book back):

Mr. and Mrs. Darcy have an exceedingly passionate marriage in this continuing saga of one of the most exciting, intriguing couples in the Jane austen literature.
As the Darcys raise their babies, enjoy their conjugal felicity and manage the great estate of Pemberley, the beloved characters from Jane Austen’s original are joined by Linda Berdoll’s imaginative new creations for a compelling, sexy and epic story guaranteed to keep you turning the pages and gasping with delight.

My Thoughts: As evidenced by the fact that I didn’t finish reading this book, my thoughts of it were not high. I found it too jumbled. One chapter would be about the Darcys; the next about the history of a woman who, wronged by Wickham, became a great Parisian courtesan; and then about Lady Catherine taking Lady Anne to Bath to find a match. There was no rhyme or reason to how those little snippets were ordered in the book–nothing to relate one chapter to its predecessor. But it was also unlike a collection of short stories, in that there was just enough to keep them a story, however unordered it was related. It read like Berdoll was just trying to increase the length of the book, and in so doing wrote hardly anything about the Darcys and their “days and nights at Pemberley”. I could’ve cared less what Wickham was doing, faking a death in France to rid himself of wife and brood at home…unless it has something to do with an overall story that isn’t just wrapped up at the end, like I’m assuming this does.

I didn’t read half and it seems to me I shouldn’t waste my time on a book that doesn’t interest me in the slightest…and still has a long way to go before the threads start coming together.

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