Monday, February 8, 2010
Review: Mr. Darcy's Great Escape by Marsha Altman
Genre: Fiction, romance, Austen historical
Trade paperback 496 pages
Book source: Sourcebooks
Hilarious and action-packed, this installment brings the Darcy and Bingley families to the year 1812 and the intrigues of the Napoleonic Wars. Darcy and Dr. Maddox go in search of Darcy's missing half-brother and land in a medieval prison cell.
Much to his dismay, Charles Bingley is left to hold the fort at Pemberley while his sister Caroline, Elizabeth, and Col. Fitzwilliam traverse Europe on a daring rescue. Meanwhile, Lady Catherine de Bourgh kicks up a truly shocking scandal.
One never knows what might happen next between the estates of Rosings and Pemberley.
I'm slightly on the fence with this one. There were many events in this story that I enjoyed:
*Lady Catherine's shocking ideas regarding Rosings and the bits of family history regarding the situation
*Caroline and Elizabeth's trek through Europe searching for their husbands
*Brother Gregoire's story of adventure
*Even some of Dr. Maddox and Darcy's imprisonment was bearable.
The one aspect I couldn't buy into was how Darcy dealt with his time in an Austrian prison. It just didn't make sense to me. It doesn't mesh with what I think about Darcy. Maybe it's Austen burn out, I don't know, but those parts of the story I did kind of skim through. Everything else was delightful.
One aspect I really enjoyed was the love story of Brian Maddox and his wife, an Austrian Princess. I don't want to give away any spoilers, but I think Altman's adventurous story for this couple was fun and inventive. This is what made this book a good read for me. That and the relationship between Caroline Bingley and her husband Dr. Maddox. I just love what Altman has done with these two and their children.
My Rating: 90/100 Overall it was a fun read, however I did not enjoy Darcy and Elizabeth as much this time around. Oh well. It can't always be perfect.
For more information about this series, please check out Marsha's website.
If you would like to own a set of all three of the books in this series, The Darcys & the Bingleys, The Plight of the Darcy Brothers and Mr. Darcy’s Great Escape, be sure to stop by here on Wednesday, February 10th, for a guest post by Marsha and a chance to win 1 set of all three books in the series.
Thanks to Danielle from Sourcebooks for my review copy.
2010 Challenges Met: 100+, Reading Romance (I'm counting the love story between Brian and his Princess)
[Edit 2/8 after original posting: This is the third book in the series. Here is my review of The Darcys and the Bingleys
Here is my review of The Plight of the Darcy Brothers ]