The Plight of the Darcy Brothers (& a giveaway)
I was so excited to find out about the publication of The Plight of the Darcy Brothers, second in the series that continues the stories of Elizabeth, Darcy, Jane and Bingley of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Marsha Altman’s first novel, The Darcys and the Bingleys (which I reviewed last year here) followed the two newlywed couples the first few years of marriage. With a mix of humor and drama, I thoroughly enjoyed her first book and couldn’t wait for her second one.
In The Plight of the Darcy Brothers, we now find Elizabeth and Darcy married with a very active toddler son. Elizabeth has been trying to have a second child, but her pregnancies have ended in miscarriage. Her sister Jane also is a mother of three and lives close by with her husband. Shortly after the book begins, there is word from Mary Bennet, younger sister to Elizabeth and Jane, who has been studying in France. She has now come back to England with news that could ruin the reputation of the entire Bennet clan.
It’s up to ever proper Darcy and his lovely wife to save the family from trouble. Elizabeth and Darcy are off on an adventure, first in France and then on to Italy, to clear Mary’s name. Along the way, Darcy learns of some hidden family secrets that will escalate in a confirmation with the ever-scheming Wickham.
Again, Marsha Altman has written a novel that is utterly charming. The book is written with just the right amount of humor and the plot moves at a steady pace, and is just so much fun to read. Which give you a clue as to why I so enjoy Altman’s books. They are just plain fun!! You can tell that the author has a good time writing about the beloved characters of Pride and Prejudice (and who wouldn’t? Just imagine if you took your favorite book and molded the future of the characters).
Having said that, I think this book will ruffle a few feathers of Austen purists. Unlike her first book, I felt that Altman’s plot was a bit far fetched and didn’t feel like the characters integrity were preserved as well as in her first novel. But, I still enjoyed it for what it was – a really enjoyable read.
I read this book for my Everything Austen Challenge and the author was nice enough to offer a SIGNED copy of The Plight of the Darcy Brothers to one lucky winner! To enter all you need to do is leave a comment on this post (and also leave your e-mail address, as I will e-mail the winner directly). For an additional chance to win you can Tweet about this giveaway (@SWrittenWord has a SIGNED copy of The Plight of the Darcy Brothers 4 #everythingausten 2 giveaway! http://tinyurl.com/lze83d) or post about this contest on your own blog. Please note that this giveaway is only open to US residents and you have until Saturday, August 8th at 12 midnight EST to enter. Good luck!!
Also, please stop by Stephanie’s Written Word this Wednesday to read a guest post by Marsha herself!