Review: The Perfect Bride for Mr. Darcy by Mary Lydon Simonsen

by Keira G on January 30, 2011 · 1 comment

in 3.5 Stars, ARC, Big Misunderstanding, Comedy of Manners, Estranged, Gentry, Great Britain, Jane Austen, Regency, S-U, Soldier, Travel, Virgin Heroine

The Perfect Bride for Mr. Darcy is a variation of Jane Austen’s Pride And Prejudice. Mary Lydon Simonsen’s biggest alterations are in the openness and disposition of the characters. No characters are left untouched, not even Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth, which will give purists pause, but for those who love what-if scenarios the results speak for themselves with Darcy and Elizabeth getting the happy ending they deserve.

The first bit of the novel rushes through the beginning portions of Pride And Prejudice to get to the meat of the changes aka the heart of the story. The most notable difference as a result to Simonsen’s alterations appears in the fallout of Darcy’s first blundered proposal. He tells his cousin, Anne de Bourgh, what happened when she drags it out of him and proceeds to give him advice. Meanwhile Lizzy confides in Charlotte and her sister about the incident and Darcy’s rebuttal letter.

The divergence has been made and is continued with minor characters getting to play larger roles and say lines unseen in the original. Together they knowingly or unknowingly work in bringing about the romance.

Anne faithfully works her magic (which has a far wider reach than one might think as she is not under her mother's thumb) to bring Darcy and Elizabeth together when it seems like they’ll never run in the same circles again. Georgiana, far from the shy retiring miss in the original, is a bright plucky girl on the brink of womanhood, who isn’t afraid to push for what she desires—seeing her brother in a love-match marriage.

Other changes include two affairs in Darcy’s background prior to meeting Elizabeth, Jane’s sharp insights into the Bingley sisters’ characters, an older Bingley brother that isn’t Charles who is the heir, servants gossiping, portions focused wholly on Wickham and his mindset, and even Mr. Bennet giving Mrs. Bennet an earful of both of their deficiencies in raising their daughters.

For a variation that's fun and quirky try The Perfect Bride for Mr. Darcy.

Rating: ★★★½☆

Buy: The Perfect Bride for Mr. Darcy

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1 Mary Simonsen January 31, 2011 at 5:28 PM

Thank you for the review, Keira. Glad you enjoyed my novel. Hope to see you in July when A Wife for Mr. Darcy comes out. :) Mary

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