Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Source: Review Copy from Author
Thanks to the efforts of Pamela Aidan, Amanda Grange, Regina Jeffers, Nancy Kelley, Maya Slater, and many others, readers have had the opportunity to enter the private thoughts of Mr. Darcy and explore his psyche! These authors have creatively and skillfully shared with us what Darcy is thinking, feeling, and where he goes when he is away from Elizabeth. In Darcy’s Tale, we see Pride and Prejudice as well as Mr. Darcy from a man’s perspective as debut author Stanley Hurd picks up his pen and joins the ranks of authors who show us the private thoughts and inner struggles of Fitzwilliam Darcy.
Just like Pride and Prejudice, Darcy’s Tale is divided into three volumes, the first volume ends with Darcy and the rest of the Bingley party departing for London after the Netherfield Ball. (So don’t expect to see it all in this one volume!) 😉
What I loved most about this trilogy so far is the very strong sense of truly being in Darcy’s head. Mr. Hurd’s portrays Darcy as a very thoughtful and analytical character. In his mind, he is philosophical, trying to figure people out, contemplative, and always carefully considering his actions. At the beginning of the novel we see Darcy ponder marriage, the happy union his parents shared, and the nine years he has spent out in society as a bachelor. He begins to doubt that the ideal marriage he always thought of himself as having will ever be a possibility. At the same time, Georgiana, still going through her heartbreak from Wickham, begins to question Darcy about the nature of love. A lot of reflection and introspection going with our Darcy!
Another element of this story I enjoyed was witnessing Darcy’s relationship with his sister Georgiana. The two begin to exchange frequent correspondence with each other in this novel (which the reader gets to read in its entirety!). They openly discuss the Ramsgate affair, regret, love, and culpability; I loved seeing the two grow closer throughout Georgiana’s healing, rather than become further separated. I also enjoyed how Darcy shared his thoughts and impressions of Elizabeth with Georgiana and how she encouraged him to stay for the Netherfield Ball.
Speaking of…probably one of my favorite experiences in this novel was witnessing the Netherfield Ball through Mr. Darcys eyes. We all know that it was a night of mortification and disappointment for Elizabeth Bennet, but in his novel, Stanley Hurd shows us how poor Mr. Darcy suffered just as much if not more that evening. Dreading Wickham’s presence, having his dance with Elizabeth Bennet go decidedly against his plans and wishes, learning, for the first time, the gossip and expectations surrounding his friend Bingley, and catching wind of Mr Collins intentions towards Elizabeth – the night was truly a tumult of frustration and torture…I’m surprised Mr. Darcy’s head didn’t explode from all the stress and tension!
Perceptive, illuminating, and riveting – Stanley Hurd is off to a stellar start with his Darcy’s Tale trilogy! I adored his thoughtful, sympathetic, and reverent portrayal of our beloved Mr. Darcy! I cannot wait to read Darcy’s Tale, Volume II: Into Kent, which should be released some time in the near future!
Today Stanley Hurd generously donated 5 BRAND NEW paperback copies of Darcy’s Tale, Volume I: Into Hertfordshire for me to giveaway in conjunction with my review and our interview on Monday!
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- This giveaway is open worldwide. Thank you, Stanley!
- This giveaway ends December 16th!
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