Jul 092012
 

Never Thought I’d See Darcy in Egypt!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Publisher

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Sequel

TIME FRAME: 15 years after the close of Pride and Prejudice

MAIN CHARACTERS: Fitzwilliam Darcy, Elizabeth Darcy, Edward Fitzwilliam (new), Sophia Lucas (new), Paul Inkworthy (new), Sir Matthew Rosen (new)

WHY I WANTED TO READ THIS BOOK:
  • It is Amanda Grange…need more be said?!?
  • I loved the idea of Darcy and Elizabeth doing something so wholly unique.
  • Sourcebooks publishes some fantastic Austenesque literature, and in the past I’ve always done well to trust their judgment.
  • And lastly, I delight in adventure!

WHAT I LOVED:
  • The Adventure: Traveling by sea, scaling pyramids, exploring tombs – I loved that this novel took our beloved characters so far away from their world of drawing rooms, carriages, and assembly rooms. It was entertaining to see them on an adventure of this magnitude!
  • The Children: Darcy and Elizabeth have SIX children! I loved that every child had their own unique personality traits and interests. And I especially loved witnessing the Darcys interactions with and rearing of this large brood!
  • The Romance: After fifteen years and six children, the Darcys are still as devoted and in love with each other as ever. I loved seeing them take time for romantic excursions, Darcy sure wins the “Husband of the Year” award with all his special side trips and surprises for Elizabeth!

  • The Uninvited Guest(s): Don’t want to spoil it for you, but the Darcys encounter some unexpected companion(s) on this trip. Oh brother!
  • The Artist: Since the Darcys were planning on having a family portrait painted soon, they decide to bring the artist with them to Egypt and commission him to create many sketches and paintings of their journey. I loved that the Darcys did this! So smart! I loved hearing the descriptions of all the artwork, they sounded so magnificent! I really wish we could see them!

WHAT I WASN’T TOO FOND OF:
  • The Supernatural/Mythological Elements: I know that mythology and folklore were prevalent in ancient Egypt, but I was a little turned off by the unexplained phenomena and ghostly visions that took place in this book.
CONCLUSION:

Filled with adventure, romance, ancient myths, unexpected visitors, and a lively brood of children – Pride and Pyramids is an exciting and entertaining sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice! A perfect read this summer for those who want to travel to Egypt but (ahem) don’t have the means! I definitely recommend!

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  5 Responses to “Pride and Pyramids – Amanda Grange and Jacqueline Webb”

  1.  

    I’m waiting for this book to get to my library right now. I’m really excited to read it because of the unique premise, and all the other things you mentioned that you liked. I love when authors spend time giving the Darcy kids their own personalities!

  2.  

    Nice Review! I didn’t realize this is a sequel. Sounds great! I might have to add this to my TBR list! 🙂

  3.  

    great review. Always helps one to decide what to read.

  4.  

    I just read this too! I also didn’t think we’d ever see Darcy in Egypt!! Great review!

  5.  

    I cannot wait to read this!!

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