I’m a little biased on this one because I love the original story that Jane Austen crafted, and at least a few of the movie adaptations. So, it’s really no surprise that I found this a great read. Of course, it could have gone wrong if Grange had tried to change the existing characters too much, which I’ve seen happen in one or two Austen sequels. That didn’t happen here and I felt like there was additional insight that fit well with Austen’s writing. Grange somehow knew how to complement the tale, not attempting to rewrite it but simply enhance the Darcy portion of it.
I look forward to reading Grange’s work again some day!
Mr. Darcy’s Diary presents the story of the unlikely courtship of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy from Darcy’s point of view. This graceful imagining and sequel to Pride and Prejudice explains Darcy’s moodiness and the difficulties of his reluctant relationship as he struggles to avoid falling in love with Miss Bennet. Though seemingly stiff and stubborn at times, Darcy’s words prove him also to be quite devoted and endearing – qualities that eventually win over Miss Bennet’s heart. This continuation of a classic romantic novel is charming and elegant, much like Darcy himself.