Apr 072014
 

Mr. Darcy Came to DinnerMr. Darcy is Confined to Longbourn!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Variation

TIME FRAME: A couple of days after Jane’s and Elizabeth’s stay at Netherfield

MAIN CHARACTERS: Elizabeth Bennet, Mr. Darcy, Jane Bennet, Mr. Bingley, Colonel Fitzwilliam, and all the usual suspects…

THE SYNOPSIS: Mr. Darcy is thrown from his horse by a near-collision with Elizabeth’s errant cat, Cassandra, and breaks his leg. Unable to be transported, Mr. Darcy must spend the next 4-6 weeks convalescing in Longbourn’s parlor. What will the Bennet’s do with such an august and unpleasant guest under their roof?

WHAT I LOVED:

  • A Mad-Cap Romp: The first couple chapters of this story are pure comedic genius! Such a hullabaloo! First Darcy is injured, then the Bingleys arrive for dinner and Caroline faints from the sight of blood. Darcy is given brandy and then later laudanum for the pain, and some interesting things happen as a result… Then not more than forty-eight hours later the Bennet household is besieged by Darcy’s concerned relatives, including Mr. Collins’s very esteemed patroness…Lady Catherine de Bourgh! Oh! The havoc! The humor! Very Heyer-like! 
  • Staying Close to Home: Lately I’ve been loving it when the bulk of the story takes place at Longbourn. I love seeing the bustling and boisterous Bennets about their business! It was a refreshing change to not travel into Kent, London, or Derbyshire and spend some quality time with all the Bennets in Hertfordshire! (I’m such a home-body, even with literature!)
  • The Improving of the Bennets: Not only do I love spending more time with the Bennets, I love seeing them lose some of their foibles and flaws! Mr. Darcy and his relations seem to be a good influence on the Bennets. I especially loved witnessing how each sister had their own special relationship with Darcy and how he was able to form a connection with each one (even Lydia!) I also enjoyed seeing the development and improvement of Mr. and Mrs. Bennet.
  • Mr. Darcy: I loved Mr. Caldwell’s characterization of Mr. Darcy. It was interesting to see Mr. Darcy as an invalid – immobile and needing attending to. He is so honorable and responsible, such a contrast from the other male characters in this story! I enjoyed seeing him put Mr. Collins in his place (reminded me of the “Drop. Your. Sword.” scene with Westley from The Princess Bride. *swoon*), show concern and care to all the inhabitants of Longbourn, and defend his actions to the quick-to-judge and prejudiced Mr. Bennet and Elizabeth!
  • The Epilogue: So clever! Don’t want to give anything away, so I’ll just say that a very interesting alliance is formed which left me laughing at how perfect fate can be sometimes!

WHAT I WASN’T TOO FOND OF:

  • Not Enough Darcy and Lizzy: I would have loved to have seen more of Darcy and Elizabeth together. Especially near the end, which seemed to progress at a much faster pace. I was disappointed that we didn’t get to witness a proposal scene, declaration, or wedding between Darcy and Elizabeth. I would have loved to see more of Darcy and Lizzy’s courtship and private discourse, and maybe even a stolen kiss or two! (Sorry, the romantic in me just wasn’t fully satisfied!)

CONCLUSION:

Playful, witty, and full of satire – Mr. Darcy Came to Dinner is excellent choice for readers looking for some light-hearted and clever fun! As always, I greatly enjoyed and appreciated Jack Caldwell’s prose, creativity, and humor and found much to love and admire in this story. (Even though it is nearly devoid of soldiers and cowboys!) 😉

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26 Comments on "Mr. Darcy Came to Dinner – Jack Caldwell"

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Ginger

Sounds like a great story! I admire anyone who can include all the sisters. That is a lot of characters to develop!

jeanna

This is a great book! Very well written and the way he does Darcy is perfect!

Stephanie L

I love Mr. Caldwell’s books and this one is just fun. I love (as usual) the canon words being spoken by a different character.

Anji

Admittedly, I bought this book by accident (clicking on the wrong button in the Kindle store and not noticing till the credit card bill arrived!) but I’m so glad I did.

For me, there were quite a few laugh out loud moments, especially the brandy and laudanum scene mentioned above and later on Darcy dealing with Mr. Collins.

The review above is an excellent summary of the book. Give it a go, I don’t think you’ll regret it.

Carole in Canada

Hoping to read this one soon as I loved ‘The Three Colonels’. Thanks for the review Meredith!

Teresa

I´ve enjoyed your review as if I had read the novel! 🙂
I love the sense of humour in “Pride and Prejudice”, we need to laugh! and I love the cover, it´s so cozy with that charming and naughty cat!. Cassandra is the perfect name for Elizabeth´s cat.

Sophia Rose

I love the highlighted points you ‘ticked’ off your list about the book. All good things. I look forward to it especially since I’ve read his other books.

Anna (Diary of an Eccentric)

I’ve enjoyed Caldwell’s previous novels, so I must read this one, too. You’ve made me curious about his Darcy and all the comedy at the beginning.

Tamara

This sounds like such a fun read, Mr Darcy an invalid and stuck at Longbourne I’m laughing already! Great review Meredith.

Ceri

I think I read this at A Happy Assembly, but I plan to read the published version too. If it’s the same it has some very funny parts with Darcy having a sing-song after taking laudanum. I love a bit of humour 🙂

Hazel Mills

I really loved this book and enjoyed many laugh out loud moments! Have already reread it. Such fun!

Deborah

It is a great story! Loved it!

Catherine Commons

I really look forward to reading Mr Darcy Came to Dinner. I love a good laugh! When Longbourn and residents are viewed in comparison to, say Rosings and Lady Catherine, there really is a lot of love as well as good intentions.

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