Apr 242015
 

mister+darcy+dogs+butler+final+copyMore Tongue-And-Cheek Comedy, Than Romance

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

Mister Darcy’s Dogs, a Pride and Prejudice contemporary novella, is Book One in Barbara Silkstone’s Mister Darcy series. Each book in this series is connected, so it is definitely recommended to read each book in order (and to expect cliff-hangers!) Our heroine in this series is Dr. Elizabeth Bennet, an intelligent but clumsy dog psychologist who has a talent for landing herself in awkward situations. In Mister Darcy’s Dogs, Lizzie meets Mister Darcy, a very private, mysterious, and wealthy man who needs his two basset hounds trained for an upcoming foxhunt. Will Lizzie be able to manage and train two unruly pups and their perplexing master in two days time???

So far, this series seems to utilize a group of select characters and their personalities from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice – there isn’t a lot of similarity in plots or events. Elizabeth and Jane live together on their own and their sisters, Lydia and Kitty, who have become so unmanageable for their parents, are their temporary houseguests. In this novella the sisters meet the Darcy and Bingley siblings – Jane and Bingley are immediately attracted to each other, and as expected Lizzie spends more time being snarly and sarcastic with Darcy than sweet and solicitous. The sisters also meet George Wickham who, of course, interrupts their dog-training sessions to create some tension and havoc!

Between the humorous and sometimes humiliating situations Lizzie finds herself in and the quirky sense of humor of the author, there are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments in this novella! I found Lizzie to be very likable and endearing (she definitely channel’s Bridget Jones a little with her lack of social grace and hilarious inner voice!) However, I would have loved to know a little bit more of Lizzie’s backstory. This novella essentially begins with her meeting Darcy, and not much is said about her relationships, daily activities, psychology practice before this time. Lizzie calls herself a “brilliant” and “very important dog psychologist,” and since she was out of her depth with hunting hounds and the practices of foxhunts, I would have liked to see more of what she was knowledgable and experienced with in her field. Hopefully more about Lizzie’s history and past (and the mysterious Darcy’s!) will be revealed in later installments of this series!

This comedic adventure takes place over the span of three very eventful days. Which means a lot is happening at a very fast pace. Relationships develop quickly, feelings and emotions evolve rapidly, and conflicts arise suddenly and are dealt with swiftly. This fast-paced kind of story may feel exciting and action-packed, but I sometimes felt it was a little too fast and abrupt for my liking. Others may not be bothered by this, but I tend to like a little more time for reflection, development, and slower sequences.

Barbara Silkstone’s Mister Darcy series promises to be a lighthearted and entertaining series that continuously feature some fury canine friends! I loved meeting Derby and Squire (Darcy’s basset pups) and seeing their interactions with Lizzie! Their antics were adorable! And in Book Two it looks like Lizzie encounters a large shaggy dog named Sammy! I wonder what adventures (or misadventures) our Doctor Bennet will get into next!

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GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY!

Interested in winning a copy of Mister Darcy’s Dogs for yourself?  Barbara Silkstone is kindly letting me host a giveaway for 3 editions of her novella (ebook, paperback, and audiobook) in conjunction with her author visit!  Come check out her excerpt of Mister Darcy’s Dogs and leave a comment by April 27th to enter the giveaway!

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10 Comments on "Mister Darcy’s Dogs: Mister Darcy Series Book One – Barbara Silkstone"

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Monica P

This is a fun series. When I started reading book one, I thought Lizzie was going to be a little more brash than I like, but I just had to get used to her sense of humor. They are pretty fast paced but the snarky humor and British-isms are fun. I think you’d like the rest of them. I still have to read the last one (Pansy Cottage).

J "Joy" Dawn King

Meredith and Monica P. – didn’t you laugh out loud at the fox hunt? Lizzy on a horse would be a close reflection of Joy on a horse, I think. By the end of book one, I felt that Derby and Squire were the heroes of the book. I’m waiting for book five to wrap things up. Great review!

Stephanie L

I have been hesitant because of the modern take on things but after reading Barbara Silkstone’s interview the other day, I’m a bit more game. I adore dogs and D&E, sooooo…plus I have a bit of a snarky sense of humor myself. LOL Love the review!

Sophia Rose

Good to know that it jumps in and ends abruptly. Sometimes if I expect it I can enjoy the story more. The humor and ties to the original in a modern story are definitely appealing.

LeslieGB

This sounds like an interesting series. I love books that are part of a series because the characters live on for new stories and adventures. I’m actually more of a cat person – I have three, but I do like dogs too, so I interested in how Dr. Bennet does her work with dogs! Thanks for the review and giveaway. –Leslie

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