A Pemberley Christmas, sounds picturesque doesn’t it? I can just see the festive greenery gracing the halls, the gathering of friends and family, the delightful diversions such as charades and ice skating, the sumptuous feasts… This is the lovely and charming image of yuletide merriment Regina Jeffers presents us with in her Christmas Pride and Prejudice sequel with one slight change… Darcy and Elizabeth aren’t there! Don’t fret, Darcy and Elizabeth are still in the novel (they are the main characters after all), they are just not home at Pemberley (although they are expected).
Because Darcy and Elizabeth have yet to return from their business trip, poor Georgiana must act as a stand-in hostess, receiving both the expected and unexpected guests! After living with Elizabeth for two years, Georgiana has shed some her shyness so playing hostess isn’t as insurmountable a task as it once was. But with guest such as Lady Catherine de Bourgh, Mrs. Bennet, and Caroline Bingley all under one roof, even the most seasoned hostess might find it challenging to maintain the peace. It looks like Georgiana’s troubles are greatly lessoned when yet another unexpected visitor turns up, and he just happens to be the man she secretly and ardently admires…Continue reading »
Why do we read novels about Fitzwilliam Darcy? Are we trying, like Elizabeth Bennet, to make out the illustration of his character? Or are we suffering from “Darcy Fever,” and the only prescription is more… Darcy?
Perhaps a bit of both. Since the events of Pride and Prejudice are not told through his eyes, Darcy is an enigma, and even though he’s arrogant and haughty, Darcy has some very desirable qualities. Let’s face it… we want him! In Darcy’s Passions, author Regina Jeffers tells the story of Pride and Prejudice through the eyes of Mr. Darcy, focusing on his emotional struggle, internal thoughts, and his roles as brother and master.
In the Preface, Ms. Jeffers explains how when writing this novel, she focused on Darcy’s three passions: Elizabeth, Georgiana, and Pemberley, and how Darcy finds a balance between all three passions. I greatly enjoyed Ms. Jeffers portrayal of Mr. Darcy in his various roles. I especially loved witnessing how and when Darcy fell in love with Elizabeth. Being privy to all his thoughts and emotions, I was able to observe and understand Darcy’s first stirrings of love. Followed by his periods of denial, determination, turmoil, and hope. In addition, I liked how Ms. Jeffers combined Colin Firth’s “haughty reserve” with Matthew McFayden’s “vulnerability” in her Darcy. Her representation of Mr. Darcy was one of my favorite aspects about this novel.