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The Darcys and the Bingleys by Marsha Altman

July 28th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


I give this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Description: 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…

I thoroughly enjoyed this book even more than I had expected.  In the past I have read “sequels” to Pride and Prejudice but found them lacking in either not staying true to the original characters or just not having a very interesting story.  I thought Marsha Altman did a wonderful job in this book in not only keeping to how I pictured Darcy, Elizabeth and the other characters but also adding a good does of humor.  I always enjoy a book that makes me smile or laugh out loud while being clever.

The story begins not long before the wedding and then moves along quickly as we see both Elizabeth and Jane settling in with their respective spouses.  The reader will also get glimpses into what happens with other characters such as Caroline, Mr. Bingley’s sister, Colonel Fitzwilliam as well as a few other characters. My favorite parts involve the on-going joke between Darcy and Bingley over a certain “educational” book that Darcy gives Bingley as a wedding gift.  If you are a fan of Pride and Prejudice I think you will find this to be a satisfying sequel and Marsha Altman will soon be having a second book coming out next month in the series.  Keep an eye out for a review and a giveaway of both The Darcys and the Bingleys as well as book 2 in the series, The Plight of the  Darcy Brothers.

Posted in 4 Star Books, Books, Classics, General Fiction

5 Responses

  1. Tam @ Bailey's and Books

    Nice review. Having just re-read Pride and Prejudice for the Everything Austen challenge, and now watching the BBC version of P&P, I am remembering why I loved the book so much when I first read it many years ago so this sounds like a fun read to keep the Darcy spirit going.

  2. J. Kaye

    I really enjoyed this book as well.

  3. Deanna

    I have been seeing this book around and have decided that I must read it especially after reading your review.
    I miss the characters of P&P

  4. Melanie

    I’ve seen this book in my past couple of trips to the bookstore, and I’m definitely going to pick it up soon. It looks like fun!

  5. dsuzuki

    It is great. I love Altman’s sense of humor.

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