My May book for the Pride & Prejudice Bicentenary Challenge:
Darcy’s Story; Janet Aylmer.
Whenever I see a P & P sequel/spin-off from Darcy’s point of view, I’m pretty much guaranteed to read it. The original tells you a little of what Darcy thinks, but not enough for most fans.
This book had enough Darcy for me to like it, but not enough for me to adore it. For the most part, this story is P & P–with the sentences slanted to take out what Elizabeth thought. A few scenes get inside Darcy’s head, and they are the scenes you’ve likely wondered about, but the exploration is pretty shallow. The drop quotes annoyed me–they repeated not once or twice, but three or more times. Since this book is so close to the original, they feel unnecessary at best.
Any Darcy fan will probably like the book well enough, but I’d recommend a different choice first.