Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Source: Review Copy from Editor
Full of ardent admiration and love but not the talent of conversing easily, Mr. Darcy doesn’t always express himself well. And even though he is haughty, insulting, and in need of a proper humbling, Mr. Darcy is one of the most iconic and beloved romantic heroes of all time. In The Darcy Monologues an inspired collection of Austenesque authors have collaborated together to allow the brooding and reserved Mr. Darcy to have his say. United by their intimate knowledge and insightful understanding of Mr. Darcy’s character, these fifteen accomplished Austenesque authors have composed well-crafted and inventive tales that take place in a variety of time periods and situations.
MY READING EXPERIENCE:
This anthology is divided into two sections “Regency” and “Other Eras.” There are eight Regency stories and seven Other Eras stories, and all range from 15 to 35 pages in length. In the Regency section several stories can be categorized as variations and vignettes, but there is also two that are more like sequels and one that is a mash-up with a fairytale. And while most of the stories in the Other Eras section take place in modern day, there are three that take place in different time periods – 1961-62, 1943, and 1860.
Even though I was inclined to read these stories in a voracious and binge-like manner, I paced myself and only read a few stories in each sitting. I did read all the stories in order, but I’m thinking it might be more fun to mix it up next time and alternate between Regency and the Other Eras. If I were to give a star rating for each individual story, it would mostly be 4.5 and 5 stars across the board, with only one or two being 4 stars.
I’m blown away… The anticipation for this collection has been building for months, the hype is so much that I couldn’t help but have raised expectations, and yet…I’m still blown away! I can’t see how, but this collection actually exceeded my high expectations! The creativity and diversity of all these stories is utterly impressive. It is impossible for me to choose a favorite, or even five favorites! There were stories that gave wonderful laughs, some that exhibited beautifully tender scenes, some that ratcheted up the angst a bit, some that pulled at the heartstrings with sweet poignancy, some that took us to a unique setting, and some that cranked up the heat! The fact that each story is memorable and unique truly makes this collection an outstanding feat!
I think what I loved most about this collection is how well each author rendered Jane Austen’s Mr. Darcy. Each portrayal of this illustrious man of consequence was thoughtful, sensitive, and reverent. These stories illustrated the many different facets of Mr. Darcy’s character at different moments in his journey – both the negative and the positive. Sometimes insufferable, sometimes adorable, but always irresistible! These stories perfectly convey the reasons why Mr. Darcy is a timeless romantic hero.
The Darcy Monologues is a tremendously impressive and compelling tribute to Jane Austen’s Mr. Darcy! Brava to Christina Boyd for her inspired decision to create this magnificent anthology and for assembling the remarkable talent of these fifteen skilled story-tellers! This whole project was extremely well done! I can only hope that Ms. Boyd will one day select another Austen character “to have their say!” I wholeheartedly recommend!
NOTE: With some brief references of intimate moments and one usage of profanity, I would recommend this book for PG-13 readers.
~ GIVEAWAY TIME ~
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- One winner will win our grand prize of 24 paperback books, each one autographed by the author, and mailed to the winner’s home.
- The second winner will win their choice of either a Pride and Prejudice pocketbook or a Pride and Prejudice Kindle Fire Case with stand – Pride and Prejudice Book Cover Case for Amazon Kindle Fire 7″ and 6″ – Kindle Fire / Fire HD / Fire HDX tablet.
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My gratitude and thanks to Christina Boyd, Claudine Pepe, and all the authors in this anthology for making this blog tour possible!
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Come back next Monday to see a special post spotlighting author, J. Marie Croft!