“Fun at the beginning to imagine the early married life of Darcy and Elizabeth, but it got too bogged down with repeated sex scenes.”Connie D wrote this review Friday, August 6, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
I am almost ashamed to say it, but I rather liked this book. The smut-factor was rather high - more than what I normally read - and that usually colors my views on a book, but in this book it worked. The plot was relatively engaging, the interplay of characters was reasonably interesting and the passion between the Darcys was intense yet believeable. The reader is taken along with the Darcys as they learn how to be a married couple, through fights and misunderstandings. It was rather entertaining.
Not to say that the book didn't have its problems.
The author abuses words to the point where I cringed to hear certain words: betwixt, thus, hence. In an effort to mimic Austen's style, in some passages she ends up sounding like someone TRYING. This might sound odd, but you can tell if an author is a good writer based on how little you think about the writing. It should be there and take you along, not beat you over the head.
Some of the characters are just not that interesting. The author also was deeply enamored of flashbacks. But these weren't backstory flashbacks, just the same event we read about two chapters ago from a different character's perspective. In some cases, we saw the same scene three times through three different characters' eyes. Normally this isn't a problem, but none of the characters had any amazing insights that the reader couldn't imagine themself. Without these unnecessary interruptions, the book would have been pithier and just plain better.
Another fault is the author's obsessive use of bastardy as a plot device. In some instances, she even messed with Austen's original story. (SPOILER) I will allow sequel-writers any degree of license with their own characters, but when Austen say "George Wickham was the son of Old Wickham, the late Mr Darcy's steward," I'm going to believe just that. Leave it be. (END SPOILER) There were enough other illegitimate characters in this book that she didn't need to mess around with that. Seriously.
I've done a fair amount of ripping on this book in this review, but believe me when I say that the good outweighs the bad. I listened to it on audiobook, and though I would have blushed if anyone else had heard certain passages (*wink, wink*) I was really interested in what happened next. I was actually a little disappointed when the book ended, despite the drawn-out ending sequence, and I think that's a sign of a book worth reading.
Just forewarned of the problems.”
“Definitely NOT a Jane Austen book, but the author keeps with the same Austen-esque writing, dialogue and character interactions. Though this one gives us everything we WANTED to read about, but poor Jane never knew much about....”Amy Y wrote this review Sunday, August 1, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A little long but I really enjoyed it :)”Tina G wrote this review Monday, July 19, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Only a little like the original Pride & Prejudice... and a lot saucier! The first few chapters are a pretty detailed account of their honeymoon, so this is PG-13. And the story is about twice as long as it needs to be. It just keeps going and going and going! The ending is rewarding, though, especially if you managed to get through all 90 chapters. ”Kelly N wrote this review Sunday, August 15, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“doughgirl5562 said: 3 stars
Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife is promoted with the tagline of "Pride and Prejudice continues". I would caution anyone who reads that tagline to be careful. The author (Linda Berdoll) is no Jane Austen. I read this book only a month after reading Pride and Prejudice, so Miss Austen's style was still very clear in my mind. The author does attempt to write in the same style as Jane Austen, but for the most part it doesn't ring true. And the primary subject matter of this book (Darcy and Elizabeth's sex life) is one that I don't think Jane Austen would have even dreamed of writing.
However, having said the above, if you have always wanted to know what happened after Pride and Prejudice ended - especially if you were curious about their life behind the bedroom door - then this is the book for you! And personally, I have always wanted to hear more about the characters in Pride and Prejudice - and I'm used to reading some pretty hot romances, so I went for it. And, for the most part, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. (I would, however, like to take a pen and edit out a few of the bedroom scenes. After a few of them, I GOT IT already. Darcy and Elizabeth were hot for each other - really, really hot for each other LOL.)
“"Whoa Darcy!" this quote appears on the back copy of the book edition that I have and I couldn't agree more.
Berdoll takes the sequel to Pride and Prejudice out of the social scene and puts it in the private chambers of Darcy and Elizabeth in the most intimate way imaginable...even to the point of placing the reader in bed with the newlyweds.
Not a typical Austen sequel in the fact that Berdoll is using detail of the love between the two rather than simply telling the reader they are much in love. It can be overwhelming and make the reader blush but it is worth the read.”
“This book and the other one that are sequels to Pride and Prejudice are the only sequels I have read and I don't think they will every be as great at his book was. I didn't know what to expect but loved every second of it. I recommend this book if you're a lover of Pride and Prejudice. ”Christina L wrote this review Tuesday, June 22, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Very fun at the beginning but got to be long and a task to read.”Jennifer O wrote this review Thursday, June 17, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No