Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Source: Review Copy from Author
In the final installment of his praiseworthy and popular Darcy’s Tale trilogy, Stanley Hurd concludes retelling the story of Pride and Prejudice from the hero’s perspective, and this volume picks up with a wretched and dejected Darcy returning to London after receiving a mortifying and crushing rejection from Elizabeth Bennet. As we might guess, given Mr. Hurd’s thoughtful and reflective portrayal of Mr. Darcy – this Darcy doesn’t turn to drink to ease his sorrows, he doesn’t neglect himself or responsibilities, and he doesn’t burden Georgiana or anyone in his family with his troubles. Darcy keeps his anguish and despair to himself. And while his family may notice he is more quiet or ponderous of late, only his aunt, Lady Andover knows the cause. Throughout this series, I loved witnessing Darcy’s relationship with the most important people in his lives – Georgiana, Colonel “Edders” Fitzwilliam, his former teacher at Oxford Mr. Pender. I was happy to see Lady Andover added to the list, Darcy needs a maternal figure in his life.
One of my favorite aspects of this story was the “Darcy hunts and confronts Wickham” sequence. (I know…isn’t that a bit strange?) I’ve read many different takes on Darcy’s actions and pursuit in London, but this is the first time I truly felt the arduousness and intensity of those scenes. Mr. Hurd’s Darcy is not only a thinking man, but also a man of action. Since Colonel Fitzwilliam is busy with Napoleon, Darcy assembles a small “squadron” of “rough-and-ready” men to help track and manhandle Wickham, (if necessarily). I loved everything about Darcy in these scenes – his decisive and careful planning, his concern and respect for the men in his employ, how he precisely prepares and thwarts all Wickham’s tricks, his skill with the sword, and how he earned respect and “promotions” from Corporal Sands (such a great original character!). Darcy exudes an abundance of manliness, strength, and authority through all the scenes! (Smelling salts and fans may be required while reading!)
Other elements of the story I enjoyed were the assembled traveling party and their holiday through different locales. It was fun to see such a unique gathering and witness their intermingling with one another. In addition, I also enjoyed seeing Darcy play matchmaker. Our Darcy is such a romantic! I loved seeing his involvement with both the romantic affairs of his valet, Perkins, and Miss Hartsbury, an original character who at one time energetically pursued Darcy. And of course, we must not forget, Darcy’s hope-filled and doubtful encounters with Elizabeth Bennet! Witnessing Darcy’s turbulent journey through indecision, unhappiness, dejection, and uncertainty made the final acceptance and successful proposal all the more joyous and profound.
My one quibble (if I were to be nit-picky and find the need to quibble about anything) would be wanting to see more of Lady Andover towards the end of this tale. I don’t think she attended the wedding and seeing her meet Elizabeth Bennet would have been a special treat! The same goes for Darcy’s former teacher, Mr. Pender.
The conclusion of Stanley Hurd’s thoughtful and thorough trilogy does in no way disappoint! An emotional, intellectual, objective, and believable portrayal of one of literature’s most iconic romantic heroes! This trilogy receives my highest recommendation for readers who want to see Pride and Prejudice from Mr. Darcy’s perspective.
Because he is so generous and wonderful, Mr. Hurd has decided to host a giveaway with my review! He has kindly provided me with 3 BRAND NEW paperback copies of Darcy’s Tale, Volume III: The Way Home for me to giveaway in conjunction with my review! I know many of you were excitedly waiting for this final installment to be released!
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- This giveaway is open worldwide. Thank you, Stanley!
- This giveaway ends October 24th!