Mr. Darcy’s Diary by Amanda Grange

January 11, 2011

Plot summary (from the publisher): Mr. Darcy’s Diary presents the story of the unlikely courtship of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy from Darcy’s point of view. This graceful imagining and sequel to Price and Prejudice explains Darcy’s moodiness and the difficulties of his reluctant relationship as he struggles to avoid falling in love with Miss Bennet. Though seemingly stiff and stubborn at times, Darcy’s words prove him also to be quite devoted and endearing – qualities that eventually win over Miss Bennet’s heart. This continuation of a classic romantic novel is charming and elegant, much like Darcy himself.

Liked:

  • This was a very quick, easy read. The diary entries are mostly short and to the point, and there’s plenty of white space on each page. When I think of “diary”, I usually think of a teenage girl’s notebook with musings such as, Does Chase even know I exist? or What diet pills work the best? But it was easy enough to accept that Fitzwilliam Darcy would keep a diary, and the entries Grange included really fit the man.
  • I had no idea these types of “sequels” existed. I know, I know… I’m late to the party in this regard. I actually thought this was a great idea, and I really enjoyed getting the story of Darcy and Elizabeth’s courtship from his point of view.
  • I liked how Grange used some exact quotes and scenes from Pride and Prejudice, and then expanded to give readers an idea of what Darcy might have been thinking. In other words, this book wasn’t based entirely on Grange’s own imagination; she did include stuff from the original as well. I’m sure this is the usual m.o. for these types of books, but again, it was new to me (and therefore interesting).

Disliked:

  • A few of the diary entries were far too detailed to be believed as actual diary entries. I mean, who remembers entire conversations word-for-word and then essentially transcribes them into a diary entry once they return home? I know this is a work of fiction, so I’m not too hung up on this particular point. But I remember being taken out of the story a couple of times as I thought to myself, “Wow, Darcy’s memory is fantastic!”

Rating:

I downloaded Mr. Darcy’s Diary from the Kindle store when it was offered for free, and wasn’t expecting much out of it (most of the free books are complete disasters). But I ended up really liking this one! Granted, I’m not a rabid Pride and Prejudice fan, so I probably am not holding this book to the same standard that true Austen devotees would, but it was a fun, engaging, and entertaining read for someone with a passing knowledge of the original. I give it 4 stars out of 5.

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