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Saturday, December 6, 2008

The Darcys & the Bingleys: A Tale of Two Gentlemen's Marriages to Two Most Devoted Sisters

Author: Marsha Altman
Pub Date: September 2008

Genre: Historical romance
My Rating: 4/5

From the Publisher

A Tale of Two Gentlemen's Marriages to Two Most Devoted Sisters

Three days before their double wedding, Charles Bingley is desperate to have a word with his dear friend Fitzwilliam Darcy, seeking advice of a most delicate nature. Bingley is shocked when Darcy gives him a copy of The Kama Sutra—but it does tell him everything he needs to know.

Eventually, of course, Jane finds this remarkable volume and in utmost secrecy shows it to her dear sister Elizabeth, who goes searching for a copy in the Pemberley library...

By turns hilarious and sweet, The Darcys & the Bingleys follows the two couples and the cast of characters surrounding them. Miss Caroline Bingley, it turns out, has such good reasons for being the way she is that the reader can't help but hold her in charity. Delightfully, she makes a most eligible match, and in spite of Darcy's abhorrence of being asked for advice, he and Bingley have a most enduring and adventure-prone friendship.

My thoughts:

This was a quick, enjoyable read and it was so easy to picture Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy throughout the entire book. The characters and their behavior are all familiar, but I had one little problem with Mr. Darcy. I know he is enraptured/besotted with Elizabeth, but I didn't need to read about it so often. In the beginning, it just seemed it was always being mentioned how he loved her so much and couldn't say no to Lizzy. I get it, he loved her deeply. I just did not require a constant reminder.

Altman gives more of a back story on Darcy and Bingley's friendship, with a story regarding how they met, and conversations between the men throughout the book which demonstrate their brotherly relationship. I thought this was a different and interesting perspective.

Overall I enjoyed this book and would definitely read another if this is a continuing series, as is rumored in my readings. Austen purists will probably find fault with the language and some of the situations, but as a non, hard-core Austen fan, who is glad to see the story continued, I loved it. Lighthearted, humorous, enjoyable reading at it's best.

This is link to Altman's website:

Here are what some other people are saying:
Romance Rookie (I actually won this book on her blog)

1 comment:

Shutterbug Knitter said...

Love the new blog! This is a must read for me!

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