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Mr. Darcy’s Great Escape by Marsha Altman

February 2nd, 2010 by Debbie's World of Books

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Source: Received for review

Availability: In stores February 1, 2010

Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark

I give this book 3.5 stars

Description from Amazon.com: 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 really enjoyed Altman’s first two installments in this follow up trio to Pride and Prejudice.  While this third one was still enjoyable it just did not have the same pull for me.  There were quite a few story lines to follow around Aunt Catherine and Rosings, Colonel Fitzwilliam and Anne’s problem conceiving, Mr. Bingley’s business troubles, the imprisonment of Mr. Darcy and Dr. Maddox just to name a few.  Then to make things more convoluted the later half of the books starts to jump back and forth between the past and the present.  So I found myself sometimes having to flip back the pages to figure out the time line of events.  Even now I am still not sure about the duration of some of the events like how long Mr. Darcy was in prison or how long Brian Maddox and his wife were on the run.

My least favorite part of the book was actually Mr. Darcy’s recovery after his imprisonment.  I know he was supposed to have been seriously changed by the experience but it was just too gritty and out of character for my tastes.

One of my favorite side characters was the Japanese companion of Brian Maddow, Mugin.  He had quite a few lines and scenes that made me laugh.  All in all I am glad I read this book but it definitely does not live up to books 1 and 2 which I highly recommend.

Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, General Fiction, Historical Fiction

5 Responses

  1. Serena (Savvy Verse & Wit)

    I haven’t read this series, but Anna at Diary of an Eccentric has been enjoying them. No verdict on this one yet.

  2. Bekah

    I’ve yet to read a book continuing Pride and Prejudice. I do however have one high up on TBR pile. Right now I in the midst of Persuasion. Thanks for sharing.

  3. dsuzuki

    I haven’t found many P&P sequels that I’ve enjoyed but I think Altman has done a good job.
    Bekah-I hope Persuasion is good. I haven’t read that one.

  4. Emma Hox

    I have been reading both good and average reviews of this book. I must say they have intrigued me and I will soon be heading to Amazon to get my copy so that I can read it and decide for myself. Thanks for the review.

  5. Marlene Breakfield

    Hi,
    I just finished this and I agree with your review. The entail for Rosings, also, bugged me, because it was plainly stated in P&P that Anne would inherit. However, I did enjoy the book.

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