Review: An Assembly Such as This by Pamela Aidan

110095An Assembly Such as This by Pamela Aidan

Book 1 in the Fitzwilliam Darcy,Gentleman Trilogy

Genre: Pride and Prejudice Fan Fiction

Summery from Goodreads:

“She is tolerable; but not handsome enough to tempt me.”

So begins the timeless romance of Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice. Jane Austen’s classic novel is beloved by millions, but little is revealed in the book about the mysterious and handsome hero, Mr. Darcy. And so the question has long remained: Who is Fitzwilliam Darcy?

In An Assembly Such as This, Pamela Aidan finally answers that long-standing question. In this first book of her Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentlemantrilogy, she reintroduces us to Darcy during his visit to Hertfordshire with his friend Charles Bingley and reveals Darcy’s hidden perspective on the events of Pride and Prejudice. As Darcy spends more time at Netherfield supervising Bingley and fending off Miss Bingley’s persistent advances, his unwilling attraction to Elizabeth grows—as does his concern about her relationship with his nemesis, George Wickham.

Setting the story vividly against the colorful historical and political background of the Regency, Aidan writes in a style comfortably at home with Austen but with a wit and humor very much her own. Aidan adds her own cast of fascinating characters to those in Austen’s original, weaving a rich tapestry from Darcy’s past and present. Austen fans and newcomers alike will love this new chapter of the most famous romance of all time.

My Review

WARNING: If you are reading this review I have assumed that you have read the original work which this book is a retelling of,Pride and Prejudice,if you have not this review contains spoilers.

Being inside Darcy’s head is dream come true for Pride and Prejudice fans. The author captures the spirit of Darcy’s thoughts perfectly and stays true to all the original characters of the novel. Which is a must for me in P&P fan fiction. Being inside Darcy’s head is wonderful. You get a up close and personal look into his thoughts on everything from his parents,his estate,his friendship with Bingley,his sister,and see how he feels about every meeting with Elizabeth. My favorite part of being in his head was watching him sort out his very confusing feelings for Elizabeth. Seeing Elizabeth throw Darcy’s eyes made me fall in love with him all over again. Watching his loving gentle protective care over his sister is so sweet. You can tell they both love each other very much.

You get to see Darcy in less formal settings and it really opens up his character which I loved. You see a whole new side of both Darcy and Bingley as they can be more free in conversation with each other when it is just them. You also get to see how Darcy and Bingley became friends which was something I always wanted more information on. Elizabeth’s wit is in full view and the author’s added conversation is what I imagine Elizabeth would say. As always I loved seeing Mr. Collins make a fool out of himself at the Bingley’s Ball. I have always thought it must have been hard for Darcy to trick Bingley to not got back to Hertfordshire and Aidan’s portrayal of Darcy’s inner struggle was spot on.

The secondary character’s Aidan has added are great and I think Jane herself would have loved them.One of my favorite new character’s was Fletcher, Darcy’s valet. I loved his humor and match making. Darcy’s school friend Dyfed Brougham is a favorite new character along with Fletcher. His wit and humor won me over in a few paragraphs.  I hope to see more of both of them in books 2 and 3

The author clearly did her research and has added gossip,conversation,and famous people from the Society of the time. I love those little touches. To me it makes the all the difference in a historical romance and brings the time period to life. This is my second JA fan fiction I have read from Darcy’s PoV and even though I loved the other,I love this one more as it gives me more scenes and insights not in the original novel. This looks to became a favorite with me and I highly recommend it to all P&P fans.

Rating: 5 out of 5

Content Rating: PG

Heat Rating: Clean

Your’s in Rebellion,

The Reading Rebel

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3 thoughts on “Review: An Assembly Such as This by Pamela Aidan

    1. Thanks.Happy you liked my review.I am so in love with these books. I can’t tell you have fun it is being in Darcy’s head. I looked for more books written by this author and only saw a short novella. I hope she is going to write more books.

      1. You are seriously making me want to read this series all over again! 😉
        I hope she writes more books too. If they were anywhere near as good as this series, I’m sure I’d love them.

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