Dec 212015

Col Fitz coverA Grand Romantic Adventure for Colonel Fitzwilliam!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

After the completion of his wonderfully perceptive and thoughtfully-rendered Darcy’s Tale trilogy, Stanley Michael Hurd has once again put pen to paper to tell the tale of another beloved Austenesque character. While Colonel Fitzwilliam may only be a secondary character in Pride and Prejudice, in Mr. Hurd’s hands he is transformed into an honorable hero worthy of our attention and admiration.

Our story begins two years after the close of Pride and Prejudice with a dispirited Colonel, bored from inactivity and dejected about his lack of accomplishment with his career. Even though peace is established between France and England and the war is declared over, Colonel Fitzwilliam is assigned an espionage mission in France to determine what Bonaparte’s intentions are and if he is indeed preparing for another war. A mission of this magnitude is just the kind of employment our dear Colonel was wanting, the only thing is…it comes as a most awkward time. Just last night the Colonel met a lady he feels very much taken with – Miss Emily Chelwood. Continue reading »

Dec 122014

Darcy's Tale DeluxeThe Most Revealing and Heartfelt Darcy POV I’ve Ever Read!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

OVERVIEW: In this thoughtful and illuminating trilogy, author Stanley Hurd tells the story of Pride and Prejudice from Mr. Darcy’s point-of-view. Revealing the inner workings of Darcy’s mind – his analytical thought process, his reflections on love and marriage as well as his interactions with close friends and family, and private correspondence with his sister – Mr. Hurd gives readers a very complete and intimate depiction of Fitzwilliam Darcy with these three phenomenal volumes.

Volume One – Into Hertfordshire

Time Frame: Just before Bingley begins his lease to the departure of the Netherfield party to London

What We Learn:

  • The Darcys are introspective – in this volume Georgiana is reflecting on the incident in Ramsgate, her mistakes, and the nature of love. While Darcy ponders the married state, his parent’s happy union, and his years out in society.
  • The Netherfield Ball was a night of acute torment for Mr. Darcy. Wow!

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Oct 172014

Darcy's Tale Volume IIIThe Culminating Conclusion of Darcy’s Yearlong Quest and Inner Struggle

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

(Note: Potential readers should be made aware that this is the third volume in the Darcy’s Tale series, and that it will be necessary to read Volume I and Volume II prior to reading this one.)

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. Continue reading »