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The Perfect Bride for Mr. Darcy

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The Perfect Bride for Mr. Darcy

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If the two of them weren't so stubborn... It's obvious to Georgiana Darcy that the lovely Elizabeth Bennet is her brother's perfect match, but Darcy's pigheadedness and Elizabeth's wounded pride are going to keep them both from the loves of their lives. Georgiana can't let that happen, so she readily agrees to help her accommodating cousin, Anne de Bourgh, do everything within their power to assure her beloved brother's happiness. But the path of matchmaking never runs smoothly...

If the two of them weren't so stubborn... It's obvious to Georgiana Darcy that the lovely Elizabeth Bennet is her brother's perfect match, but Darcy's pigheadedness and Elizabeth's wounded pride are going to keep them both from the loves of their lives. Georgiana can't let that happen, so she readily agrees to help her accommodating cousin, Anne de Bourgh, do everything within their power to assure her beloved brother's happiness. But the path of matchmaking never runs smoothly...

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    Summer 1808

    Before Darcy gave his opinion on signing the lease, he had gone into the neighboring village of Meryton and had found a typical market town near enough to the London road so that it had some amenities, such as a circulating library, an assembly hall, and a variety of shops that would meet Bingley's simple needs, if not those of his sisters, Caroline and Louisa, who were to keep house for him. He also made inquiries as to the local society. With Sir James Darlington, a baronet, gone to take the waters in search of a cure for his gout and relief for his wife's arthritis, Sir William Lucas, who had been knighted the previous year, was the only person of rank within easy riding distance of Netherfield Park. Darcy knew that Bingley, who loved dancing almost as much as he loved horses, would sign the lease as soon as he heard that there was an assembly hall in Meryton. By the time his footman had returned with a horse, a light rain had begun to fall, but Darcy would push on to Netherfield nonetheless and hope that the weather would improve or at least not get worse.

    The weather got worse, and by the time Darcy made his entrance at Netherfield Park, his only interest was in being shown to his room, as he was chilled to the bone. Despite dripping all over the tile in the foyer and his apparent discomfort, Caroline Bingley was attempting to engage him in conversation, and her sister, Louisa Hurst, whose voice resembled a newly hatched chick, was asking if he wanted her to order some tea. "Thank you, Mrs. Hurst, but I would prefer to go straight to my room, so that I might change out of these wet clothes." He looked down at his feet and an expanding puddle, and Louisa directed a servant to show Mr. Darcy to his room.

    A short while later, Bingley came bounding in. Charles's enthusiasm for life was usually infectious, but Darcy was so tired from the ride that all he could think of was his bed.

    "Darcy, we were expecting you hours ago. Were you waylaid by highwaymen?"

    Darcy merely shook his head. "If you were hoping for a bedtime story about how I eluded capture by brigands, I am sorry to disappoint you, but perhaps your governess is in residence?"

    "Ah, good old Darcy, always in fine form no matter what the circumstances." As he watched his friend shed his wet garments, he explained that he had sent a servant to rummage through the house to look for clothes for him. "Unfortunately, Sir James Darlington was a rather rotund man and not a great tall fellow like you are, and you could not get into a pair of my breeches with a shoe horn. So let us hope that your carriage will be here early in the morning." Bingley exited the room, but then poked his head back in. "Oh, by the way, there is an assembly in the village tomorrow evening."

    "Bingley! An assembly? We will speak of it in the morning," the exhausted traveler answered.

    "No need, Darcy, I have already accepted an invitation on your behalf," and he quickly left the room.

    The next day, Darcy tried to find an excuse for not going to the assembly. But if he did not go, Caroline and Louisa would have a reason to stay behind, and then Darcy would have to play cards with them or listen to Mr. Hurst drone on about how difficult it was to find a shop that stocked brandy and French wines, and if you did, how damn expensive they were. The wars on the Continent were a great inconvenience to Bingley's brother-in-law.

    "Come now, Darcy. It will do you of world a good. I am told there are many local ...

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    November 29, 2010
    Simonsen (Searching for Pemberley) spins off another superior Jane Austen homage, retelling Pride and Prejudice from Mr. Darcy's perspective. She makes him much more sympathetic in the process, revealing that where Elizabeth Bennet sees haughtiness and pride, Darcy feels only discomfort from being out of his element. She also improves on the character of his cousin, Anne de Bourgh, by making her the matchmaker who brings Darcy and Elizabeth together when both have despaired of unsnarling their complicated feelings for each other. This offering will entertain those who already know their Austen and Georgette Heyer by heart, as well as fans of old-fashioned romance where bodices stay firmly put and the greatest intimacy is found in eye contact and a few choice words.

  • Publishers Weekly "Simonsen is clever and evenhanded, maintaining an unhurried pace in both the Austen adventure and Maggie's love life. Fans of historical fiction and Austen should savor this leisurely read."
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