Mr. Darcy Presents His Bride; Helen Halstead at Stray Talk
an archive of my forays into fact and fiction

27th May, 2008
Mr. Darcy Presents His Bride; Helen Halstead
— Love @ 06:57 Comments (4)
Filed under: Back to History, D, English, Historical, Romance

Mr. Darcy Presents His Bride; Helen Halstead Mr. Darcy Presents His Bride
by Helen Halstead

For the Back to History reading challenge.

310 pages
Ulysses Press
ISBN: 978-1-56975-588-4

First line: What a joy it is to have a worthy topic of conversation, to hold the power to amaze!

Back cover blurb:
In Pride & Prejudice, Jane Austen brought together one of the most beloved literary couples of all time—Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy. Now, Mr. Darcy Presents His Bride continues the story of these passion-filled newlyweds as they enter London’s glamorous high society.

This page-turning novel finds Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy entangled in the frivolity and ferocity of social intrigues. Although Elizabeth makes a powerful friend in the Marchioness of Englebury, the rivalry and jealousy among her ladyship’s prestigious clique threatens to destroy the success of her new marriage.

Written in the style of Jane Austen, full of humour and sardonic wit, Mr. Darcy Presents His Bride brings Regency society vividly to life and continues the romantic, sometimes tragic, stories of other popular Pride & Prejudice characters including Georgiana Darcy and Kitty Bennet.

Thoughts: This is the first sequel to Pride & Prejudice that I have ever read (I tend to go for re-workings of the story, rather than continuations of it) and I can’t say I liked it much.

One of the reasons why was that the author felt that she needed to include explanations of who original characters were, and reminders of events of the original novel. It might just be me, but I would think that, if you decide to read a fan-written sequel to a well-known novel, you are probably quite a big fan of said novel already, and would know such basic facts as who Sir William Lucas is, &c.

It wasn’t all bad, though. I quite like Halstead’s take on Miss Anne de Bourgh, for example, and Lord Maddersfield (that’d be Lady Catherine’s brother and Darcy’s uncle) was quite amusing.

On the whole, though, it was not the best of reading experiences. I might add to this later (I have seven minutes before I have to leave for work), but for now, I shall leave it at this and give this work of fiction a D rating.

  1. Eva wrote:

    I wouldn’t touch any Austen fan fictin with a ten foot pole! Sure, I’d have loved it if Jane wrote another book with some of the P&P characters (Miss Darcy, anyone?), but I know there is no way anyone else can write like her. So I’d just get angry!

  2. Love wrote:

    Jane Austen fanfiction is actually what first brought me outside my own language sphere online, and I have Jane Austen and JA fan fiction to thank for a lot of my English. It’s what got me into reading books in other languages than Swedish and, by a long series of events, what lead me to a lot of my best friends (and also my ex).

    No, I still haven’t found anything that’s as good as what Austen herself wrote, but there were some stories I was excessively fond of back in the day. If twenty-something me would like them as much as teen me is another matter entirely. ;D

  3. Mr. Darcy Presents His Bride « Jackets & Covers wrote:

    […] Rating: 0 Balance of Opinion: Stray Talk […]

  4. Mr. Darcy Presents His Bride by Helen Halstead | Ardent Reader wrote:

    […] Stray Talk […]

Leave a comment

XHTML: You can use these tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>