Sunday, September 9, 2012
Mr Darcy Takes A Wife by Linda Berdoll
Gosh where to start, this is an impressive tome at 465 pages of the smallest print possibly ever used in a book and each page has writing right from the very top of the page, so it’s not for the faint of heart, plus you will need reading glasses or even binoculars.
The narrative starts where Pride and Prejudice leaves off and it is packed with passion drama and a lot of history.
Some Austen fans find sex not to their like when it comes to tales of Elizabeth and Darcy, I am not sure you can have a tale about newly weds without including some steamy passion, it is after all a normal part of life.
It is great to think of Elizabeth and Darcy as truly passionate about each other.
Some interesting new characters are introduced and the plots seems to have plenty of twists and turns to ensure you keep turning the pages, drama, tragedy and war are all here, even the French Revolution gets a look in, through the eyes of a young aristocratic lady who escapes the guillotine to become a Courtesan in London, all very well researched and enlightening.
Although this can neither be classed as a light or an easy read and it is certainly very full of colloquialisms of the time and period euphemisms, it is well worth the effort.
The story also deals with the struggle of Elizabeth to produce an heir for Darcy and the loss of her baby, with out losing all humor.
There are still light hearted parts with the warmth and charm that Jane Austen would approve of, although a deeper and darker book in many ways.
By the end of this book I was quite happy to pick up Linda Berdolls next book Darcy and Elizabeth which is another 429 page monster.
Linda I am enjoying your books as I am sure are many, many other Jane Austen fans.