Review: Duty and Desire by Pamela Aidan

duthandyDuty and Desire by Pamela Aidan

Book 2 in the Fitzwilliam Darcy,Gentleman Trilogy

Genre: Pride and Prejudice Fan Fiction

Summery from Goodreads:

“There was little danger of encountering the Bennet sisters ever again.”

Jane Austen’s classic novel Pride and Prejudice 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?

Pamela Aidan’s trilogy finally answers that long-standing question, creating a rich parallel story that follows Darcy as he meets and falls in love with Elizabeth Bennet. Duty and Desire, the second book in the trilogy, covers the “silent time” of Austen’s novel, revealing Darcy’s private struggle to overcome his attraction to Elizabeth while fulfilling his roles as landlord, master, brother, and friend.

When Darcy pays a visit to an old classmate in Oxford in an attempt to shake Elizabeth from his mind, he is set upon by husband-hunting society ladies and ne’er-do-well friends from his university days, all with designs on him — some for good and some for ill. He and his sartorial genius of a valet, Fletcher, must match wits with them all, but especially with the curious Lady Sylvanie.

Irresistibly authentic and entertaining, Duty and Desire remains true to the spirit and events of Pride and Prejudice while incorporating fascinating new characters, and is sure to dazzle Austen fans and newcomers alike.

My Review

WARNING:If you are reading this review and have not read book 1 or the orginal book Pride and Prejudice don’t read this review as it will have spoilers.

This book takes place after Darcy has gotten Bingley to leave Netherfield and go to London. Darcy goes to Pemberley to visit Georgiana and spend a family Christmas for the first time since his father’s death. The Darcy’s Christmas celebration with their family brought a tear to my eye as I remembered my big family Christmases long past with my dear aunts,uncles,cousins,grandparents,mom,dad,and brother. I was happy to see Colonel Fitzwilliam comes into this book early and love him and Darcy’s banter. I love the Christian undertones in this book. The author is not forcing these views on you but they are there. Georgiana comes into her own as a character in this book and I love that the author took the route she did for Georgiana’s character. She has always been a character that I wished to know more about. I loved how Georgiana’s favorite Christmas gift was the one Darcy got by accident. During this book Darcy is trying to overcome his feelings for Elizabeth and isn’t doing a very good job of it. Georgiana is even seeing how distracted he is and questioning him about it. I love Darcy’s friend Lord Brougham more and more. I claim him as my new book boyfriend.

The second half of the book is Darcy going to a house party being hosted by an old school fellow and while he is there is going to look for a wife. Having decided that that is the cure to getting over Elizabeth. The author does give Darcy another love intersect and thought that was likely that he would try to meet someone else to get over Elizabeth. Elizabeth may not be in the book in person but she is never far from Darcy’s thoughts and her presence is very much felt. This book takes a very Gothic turn when Darcy visits Norwycke Castle(the home of his school fellow). Some people I have heard didn’t like the mystery or Gothic theme of the second half of the book but I am not one of their number. I don’t like any of the characters at the house party. Immoral,untrustworthy,greedy,false,uncaring,and a few other words in this vain describe the guests and hosts. I think this is the author’s way of showing Darcy that titled and people of high rank can be just as bad or in my opinion worse then those of Meryton. I loved Darcy and Fletcher’s relationship and how they sometimes talk to each other in quotes from Shakespeare. It is very clear that they have a great respect for each other. In truth the second half of this book was very exciting with the mystery and other events that happened. I had just as much fun reading this book as book 1 and highly recommend this series to all P&P fans.

Rating: 5 out of 5

Content Rating: PG-13

Heat Rating: Clean

Happy Reading,

The Reading Rebel


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