Item description for Mrs Darcy's Dilemma: A sequel to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice by Diana Birchall...
Beginning twenty-five years after Darcy and Elizabeth's wedding, their life together has been wonderful and their marriage is still thriving. Their grown children bring them great delight, along with some trepidation, Mrs. Darcy's nieces come for a visit, and a theatrical scandal threatens to embroil them all. The Victorian age is dawning, and Pemberley's new generation is coming into their own.
"The very title makes you want to read it right away! Fascinating, ans such wonderful use of language." --Joan Austen-Leigh
"Birchall's witty, elegant visit to the middle-aged Darcys is a delight." --Professor Janet Todd, University of Glasgow
""A refreshing and entertaining look at the Darcys some years after Pride and Prejudice from a most accomplished author. --Jenny Scott, author of After Jane
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 5.1" Height: 0.5" Weight: 0.62 lbs.
Release Date May 31, 2004
Publisher Egerton House Publishing
ISBN 190501600X ISBN13 9781905016006
Reviews - What do customers think about Mrs Darcy's Dilemma: A sequel to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice?
The best P&P sequel Aug 22, 2008
Although I did not enjoy this Book as much As pride and prejudice I think it is the book's best sequel. Mr. and Mrs. Darcy are as Happy as they should be and once you read the first paragraph you can't put it down. If only Chloe was not Henry's cousin. Marrying cousins is very weird. I hope there will be a sequel for this sequel. It is the only pride and prejudice sequel worth reading. I recommend it to all the Pride and Prejudice fans.
Go Henry Apr 4, 2008
I enjoyed reading the story of the Darcy Children and how they were coming of age. How the a first born male and heir conducted himself the Darcy's felt they over indulged him as a youngster, that Henry was such a delight and how he loved his sister so. That love was found for the two younger and Henry would be able to carry the day for Pemberly. I quick read and enjoyable. I am happy to add it to my collection and will read it again sometime.
Enjoyed almost "hearing" Austen's voice again Apr 1, 2008
In this entertaining sequel to Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Diana Birchall introduces us to the life of Mr. and Mrs. Darcy 25 years later. They now have three children of their own: the youngest, Jane, takes after her namesake and aunt; Henry is the image of his father; but unfortunately Fitzwilliam, the elder son and Darcy's heir, is a bit too much like his aunt Lydia for his parents' liking. This becomes all too apparent when Mrs. Darcy invites Lydia's daughters to come for a visit, and Fitzwilliam loses his heart to the elder, thus embarking on a scandal that will upset the entire family.
While amusing, the plot of Mrs. Darcy's Dilemma offers little new to the reader. The strength of the novel lies in Diana Birchall's writing. She has studied Jane Austen's writing style closely, and her fidelity to this style - in both words and plot - enables her to cross the line between merely writing "fanfiction," and writing a worthy sequel to one of the great classics.
The characters are exactly as I remember them - which is almost a shame in the case of Lydia, as she is precisely as intolerable as always, making me occasionally want to put away the book in disgust over her behaviour. Elizabeth is as kind as ever, and while ardent admirers of Mr. Darcy will regret that he makes such a small appearance, when he does show up on the pages, he is exactly the loving husband loyal readers expect him to be.
I seldom read sequels written by a different author, as I fear nobody will be able to do the original author justice. This is especially the case with my favorite authors, and I was therefore somewhat reluctant to start this book, but had not turned many pages before I saw that Diana Birchall had managed to do what I deem most important in any sequel: she had managed to capture the spirit of Jane Austen. For that alone I could easily forgive her the predictability of the novel, and enjoy it for what it was - a loving homage to one of England's greatest writers.
Armchair Interview days: A very nice addition to the library of those Jane Austin fans.
No, of course it's not Austen Apr 1, 2008
What of it? Anyone who expects an Austen sequel to equal the original is probably a bit delusional. And no modern author is likely to be able to write in Austen's voice with no later influences. The trick to that is to exclude the ones that would spoil the work.
And Birchall manages that. The mores are those of their time, not ours (e.g. romance among close cousins, as seen in Austen but also half a century later in Alcott). The tone is close enough to the original not to jar the attentive reader out of the story, a rarity among modern sequels. The plot has the lightness of Heyer and the "bad woman who gets away with it", as aptly described by another reviewer, may owe a bit to Thackeray or Trollope. This is not Austen, and it doesn't pretend to be; it's good Austenite fun nonetheless, and worth the time to read.
A poor imitation of Jane Austen Mar 30, 2008
Mrs. Darcy's Dilemma is a pathetic imitation of Jane Austen and certainly not the type of writing that approaches Austen's masterful style. I can't envision it as an apt depiction of how Jane would have carried her characters into the future, she herself said: "pictures of perfection make me sick and wicked." My sentiments exactly, Jane. The "novel" fails miserably because it lacks a plot, it lacks tension and the character development is nonexistent--in short it is the antithesis of the way Jane Austen crafted Pride and Prejudice. The numerous, glaring inconsistencies left me wishing this author had had a critical editor--indeed she could have used one. For example, the uneducated Wickham sisters arrive and by the following morning the younger has spent "several hours"(!) "reading Italian" (Huh, quite a feat for a girl who knows no foreign languages). A few pages later Elizabeth Darcy opines: "Everyone who has a claim on us, by virtue of relationship, by blood or marriage" will be joining the Darcy's at Pemberley for Christmas, only we come to find out after a lengthy, boring discourse that the only people who will be there are Lady Catherine and the Collins'. And they arrive a day late. Oh, by carriage, all the way from Kent (in one day's time) to Derbyshire! Please Ms. Birchall, give the reader some credit for intelligence!
The story simpers along with trite, stiff, unnatural dialogue, making it painfully obvious that a thesaurus had come into use in every paragraph. On the whole this "novel" has no wit, no vivacity, no insight into human nature. Never once is there a hint of Austen's keen irony. I thought it was sad that Ms. Birchall chose to use Jane Austen to publish and sell a really inferior book--had she made up her own characters and spared us from pretending this is Austen-like, I don't think I would be so harsh. Don't buy this book--if you feel compelled to read every sequel, borrow it!