“Like many P&P fans, I opened this novel with the hopes that I would not be too disappointed in another writer's rendering of two of my favorite characters. I really did not know what to expect.
While the book does not stay completely true to Austen's style of writing and her characters are not exactly as we found them in her book, the story that Berdoll provides is an interesting interpretation of how things might have turned out for the Darcys. It's best to keep in mind that sequels, like this, are purely for entertainment.
Yes, the sex was a little excessive but the overall storyline was engaging and it provided a little more insight as to what these characters might have been like.
While this book is certainly not in the same category as Pride And Prejudice, it is an enjoyable read.”
“Begins superficially but delves more deeply by the end. Interesting to ponder the continuation of their story and get to know better the characters and Darcy's thoughts.”Jennifer S wrote this review Wednesday, February 20, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“If you're a dolt (And that's a dolt, not an adult) most of the story will waft right over your head. As it was, I had to keep a dictionary beside me at all times, and I fancy myself a veritable conoisseur of vocabulary. Euphemisms and innuendoes abound. Love making is at the core of the tale, yet it is told in such elevated language as not to offend anyone. Still it is an exceedingly bawdy romp (unless you are a dolt), replete with witty, rich characters, and decidedly intrigueing verbiage.”Lady of Spain wrote this review Thursday, January 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“When I first started reading this book, I wasn't expecting Austen. Let's face it, nobody can do subtext, complexity, and wit as well as Austen can. So I wasn't completely disappointed by what I found in Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife, but I was disappointed.
What I noticed straight off was that the characters were different. I can't put my finger on it, but they were a bit flatter, and didn't have as much complexity as I generally like my characters to have. There was no subtext going on in the background, everything was all very straightforward. Jane seemed way too good, in my opinion. And Bingley is ruined in this novel. Elizabeth is also not herself; she seems to care way too much about what Darcy thinks of her. In short, definitely not my favorite where characters are concerned.
The second thing I noticed is that this entire book is just one big melodramatic event after another. I swear, it's a Pride and Prejudice soap opera. Nothing goes right for Elizabeth and Darcy, and they get into all sorts of trouble throughout the novel. What Berdoll lacked in characterization, she tried to make up for in plot. I was entertained by the ridiculousness of it all, but I'm not sure that's what I was supposed to like about it.
There was one good thing about this novel, and that is its humor. I'm not sure if Berdoll intended for it to be funny, but I laughed for at least the first quarter of the book; especially during the honeymooning period. The euphemisms used for male and female body parts, and the way the sex is described made me feel like a thirteen-year-old again. I couldn't stop giggling!
There's really nothing much in this book; the characters don't experience much change, there's not much of a plot, just various overly dramatic situations, lots of revelations of clandestine lovers, and the inadvertent comedy. The one saving grace, for me, was the fact that I listened to the audiobook. Rosalyn Landor's narration was perfect. Her careful pronunciation of the words and the prim and proper way she read it definitely made me think 19th century gentry. Her seriousness combined with the ridiculous plot lines and euphemisms really made me laugh. And, let's face it, the only thing this novel has going for it is the ridiculous drama and inadvertent comedy.
Conclusion: Read it if you're interested, but don't expect anything great. The characters are off and all the subtlety and wit of Austen's Pride and Prejudice is blown to smithereens. If you're looking for Austen, this isn't it. If you're looking for ridiculous drama, you've come to the right book.”
“Raunchy...”LacyLibrarian wrote this review Tuesday, April 10, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great follow-up to Pride and Prejudice....realllllyyyyyyyyy long!!!!!”Allison McCreath wrote this review Friday, March 30, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book is terrible! The author clearly just made up things as she went concerning society and the characters.”Cybi wrote this review Wednesday, March 28, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This sexy, epic, hilarious, poignant and romantic sequel to Pride and Prejudice goes far beyond being a Jane Austen sequel. It's Tom Jones meets Jane Austen meets Georgiana, the Duchess of Devonshire, with essence of Scarlett O'Hara and the Wife of Bath thrown in. Every woman wants to be Elizabeth Bennet Darcy-beautiful, gracious, universally admired, strong, daring and outspoken-a thoroughly modern woman in crinolines. And every woman will fall madly in love with Mr. Darcy-tall, dark and handsome, a nobleman and a heartthrob whose virility is matched only by his utter devotion to his wife. Their passion is consuming and idyllic-essentially, they can't keep their hands off each other-through a sweeping tale of adventure and misadventure, human folly and numerous mysteries of parentage. The book was self-published in 1999, with more than 10,000 copies sold. Here is what some readers are saying about Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife: "Pure pleasure...this book is so much fun I recommend it heartily." "Wow, Darcy! I could not put it down." "Tremendous-I didn't want it to end!"
“Love it!! :)”Rachel wrote this review Wednesday, January 4, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“As an independent novel this is a pretty good one. Berdoll draws many fine characters and a long running plot with many twists and turns.
I remove two stars because she occasionally shows her lack of knowledge of the original time period and hints that she knows more of that time than Miss Austen, always a mistake. ”