Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Darcy Cousins by Monica Fairview

The Darcy Cousins by Monica Fairview

Scandal, Mischef and Mayhem Arrive At Pemberley...

Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice Continues ...

Having enjoyed ‘The Other Mr Darcy’  I was very much looking forward to reading The Darcy Cousins and I was not disappointed.

It cracked along at a great pace with plenty of emotion and action.

Robert Darcy who has married Caroline Bingley is joined by his younger brother and sister fresh out of Boston on the first boat after the war.

The whole family are at Rosing for the first Easter get together since Lady Catherine’s break with Darcy and Elizabeth.

The story focuses on the three girl cousins, Anne De Bourgh, Georgina Darcy  and Clarissa Darcy.

The Two Darcy girls become firm friends and try to bring Anne out of her shell with disastrous consequences.

Georgina and Clarissa have to face their first London season and their coming out, a mine field of heart break and double dealing.

It is quite good to see Georgina written as a teenager quite capable of tantrums and erratic behavior.
Having myself  15, 19 and 21 year old children I feel I can myself  relate to teenagers quite well and these girls ring true.

The petty rivalries made for a nice comic touch and the first stumbling steps to finding love with many false starts and misunderstandings were very much a homage to Pride and Prejudice with plenty of both getting in the way.

Altogether this book is definitely up there with my favorites and great to get back to something with a smart gripping pace.

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