Summary

Regency England speaks of love and romance when Darcy's Passions brings to life once again Jane Austen's classic love story. An interpretation of Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Darcy's Passions tells the story from Mr. Darcy's point of view.
When Fitzwilliam Darcy comes to Hertfordshire as a service to his best friend Charles Bingley, who has recently let the Netherfield Park estate, Darcy assumes the locals will possess "vulgar" country manners. So, when the opportunity arises, he refuses to dance with Elizabeth Bennet at the Meryton Assembly; however, from that moment, the woman's charms possess his every waking and sleeping minute. Obsessed with Elizabeth Bennet, Darcy places himself in a position to learn more about her while realizing his social status will not allow him to marry her. He manipulates Bingley and others in order to spend time with her. He tells himself Elizabeth Bennet is simply a "diversion" from the lack of society he finds in Hertfordshire.
However, if she is only a diversion, then why does he dream of her as mistress of his estate? Why does he seek her out as a friend for his shy, withdrawn sister? Why does he allow her to speak to him with a saucy attitude? Why can he not even breathe when she is in the room? Why does a raise of her eyebrow or an enigmatic smile or the smell of the lavender she wears create havoc with his emotions? His duty to his family and his estate demand he choose a woman of refined tastes. Yet, what his mind tells him he wants and what Darcy's heart knows he needs are two different things.
Darcy is a man in turmoil. He loves a woman he first denies as being worthy, but it is he who is found wanting when Elizabeth Bennet refuses his proposal of marriage because he does not conform to her standards of a "gentleman." Devastated, he must transform himself into the man she learns to love and respect.
©2009 Regina Jeffers (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Carien on 22-04-16

Darcy and LIzzie or Romeo and Juliet - you choose

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The story of Lizzy Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy is a beloved one, and I would gladly enjoy it over and over again. Having said that, do not for one minute believe that I would settle for just any drivel.
There were reviewers who disliked Darcy's repetitive denial of his love, his need to be near her etc etc. Yes, they behaved outside of the norm of their society; Darcy including her in the running of the estate, their intimate relations, their obvious expressions of love, but then, they had always been beyond the norm, even when Austen herself decided their fates.
Honestly, I liked it. It speaks to his original admission that it 'just would not do' and how he had struggled 'in vain'. I liked the fact that it continued past their wedding and showed their HEA. Which was normal after all. They fought and made up, made mistakes and learned from them, but most of all, their love helped them to continue their personal growth.
Like it or don't, but the love affair of Darcy and Lizzy will outlive most of us.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mrs. Linda Gleave on 11-09-17

Darcy's Pleasures

For the most part I have enjoyed this book, and I am sure Miss Austen would approve the re-telling of Pride and Prejudice to include Darcy's thoughts and actions as well as give greater voice to other characters. My only criticism is toward the end of the book, after Darcy and Elizabeth are married the author labours the bedroom scenes and lovers talk too much. I am no prude, I love a saucy tale now and then, and I am well aware that in general during Georgian/Regency period attitudes to lewdness were far more relaxed than even today.....but for me in this case, it rather takes away from the story of their life together as man and wife and the changes which each must make.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Glinda on 07-04-17

Uneven narration

Andy Cresswell's narration, especially the voice of Darcy, was excellent. His voice for Darcy reminded me of Matthew Macfadden's in the movie version of Pride and Prejudice. However, Penny Scott-Andrews' narration was very disappointing. All the female voices seemed to lack emotion especially Elizabeth. They also did not sound very feminine and I longed for Elizabeth to sound more like Keira Knightly or Jennifer Ehle. The story was well done and I enjoyed seeing things from Darcy's point of view. Mr. Cresswell's narration saved the book for me.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 26-11-17

Amateurish and uninspired. Glad it's over.

If you're a fan of the original, I'm afraid you won't find any new insights into Darcy's character or the events of the original Pride and Prejudice here. Nor are there any very interesting twists in the part of the novel that extends past the original book-- this goes about two months past their wedding. Instead, you may experience multiple eye rolls, cringe at uncharacteristic and too-modern behavior of beloved characters, and laugh out loud at the use of such terms as "baby bump" in a Regency period tale. I actually started disliking the Darcy and Elizabeth in this book, and most of what they seemed to do after becoming a couple was fawn over each other, become more forward with each other, and make constant sappy declarations of undying love to the detriment of any other aspects of their character development. Definitely not real, dynamic people.

The writing lacked sophistication and beauty- it was simple and artless and boring. The narration is likewise dull. You can't tell Mr. Darcy's voice apart from the narrator, and this is the least expressive of all the voices used in the narration. Not great considering that between the two it is the voice you hear most. And for some reason, sometimes in earlier parts of the novel a somewhat prissy sounding woman does Georgiana's voice, but this is not continued throughout. Why even bother?

I see other people saying, "Well, nobody can be Jane Austen!" but believe me, there are much better attempts at P&P variations out there. This book reminds me why I avoided the Jane Austen Fan Fiction category for so long, despite P&P being one of my favorite books.

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