The Darcy Monologues

The Darcy Monologues

“You must allow me to tell you...”For over two hundred years, Jane Austen’s Mr. Darcy has captivated readers’ imaginations as the ultimate catch. Rich. Powerful. Noble. Handsome. And yet, as Miss Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” is established through Elizabeth Bennet’s fine eyes, how are we to know what his tortured soul is indeed thinking? How does Darcy progress from “She...

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Title:The Darcy Monologues
Author:Christina Boyd
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The Darcy Monologues Reviews

  • Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)

    OVERVIEW:

    Full of ardent admiration and love but not the talent of conversing easily, Mr. Darcy doesn’t always express himself well. And even though he is haughty, insulting, and in need of a proper humbling, Mr. Darcy is one of the most iconic and beloved romantic heroes of all time. In The Darcy Monologues an inspired collection of Austenesque authors have collaborated together to allow the brooding and reserved Mr. Darcy to have his say. United by their intima

    OVERVIEW:

    Full of ardent admiration and love but not the talent of conversing easily, Mr. Darcy doesn’t always express himself well. And even though he is haughty, insulting, and in need of a proper humbling, Mr. Darcy is one of the most iconic and beloved romantic heroes of all time. In The Darcy Monologues an inspired collection of Austenesque authors have collaborated together to allow the brooding and reserved Mr. Darcy to have his say. United by their intimate knowledge and insightful understanding of Mr. Darcy’s character, these fifteen accomplished Austenesque authors have composed well-crafted and inventive tales that take place in a variety of time periods and situations.

    MY READING EXPERIENCE:

    This anthology is divided into two sections “Regency” and “Other Eras.” There are eight Regency stories and seven Other Eras stories, and all range from 15 to 35 pages in length. In the Regency section several stories can be categorized as variations and vignettes, but there is also two that are more like sequels and one that is a mash-up with a fairytale. And while most of the stories in the Other Eras section take place in modern day, there are three that take place in different time periods – 1961-62, 1943, and 1860.

    Even though I was inclined to read these stories in a voracious and binge-like manner, I paced myself and only read a few stories in each sitting. I did read all the stories in order, but I’m thinking it might be more fun to mix it up next time and alternate between Regency and the Other Eras. If I were to give a star rating for each individual story, it would mostly be 4.5 and 5 stars across the board, with only one or two being 4 stars.

    MY ASSESSMENT:

    I’m blown away… The anticipation for this collection has been building for months, the hype is so much that I couldn’t help but have raised expectations, and yet…I’m still blown away! I can’t see how, but this collection actually exceeded my high expectations! The creativity and diversity of all these stories is utterly impressive. It is impossible for me to choose a favorite, or even five favorites! There were stories that gave wonderful laughs, some that exhibited beautifully tender scenes, some that ratcheted up the angst a bit, some that pulled at the heartstrings with sweet poignancy, some that took us to a unique setting, and some that cranked up the heat! The fact that each story is memorable and unique truly makes this collection an outstanding feat!

    I think what I loved most about this collection is how well each author rendered Jane Austen’s Mr. Darcy. Each portrayal of this illustrious man of consequence was thoughtful, sensitive, and reverent. These stories illustrated the many different facets of Mr. Darcy’s character at different moments in his journey – both the negative and the positive. Sometimes insufferable, sometimes adorable, but always irresistible! These stories perfectly convey the reasons why Mr. Darcy is a timeless romantic hero.

    CONCLUSION:

    The Darcy Monologues is a tremendously impressive and compelling tribute to Jane Austen’s Mr. Darcy! Brava to Christina Boyd for her inspired decision to create this magnificent anthology and for assembling the remarkable talent of these fifteen skilled story-tellers! This whole project was extremely well done! I can only hope that Ms. Boyd will one day select another Austen character “to have their say!” I wholeheartedly recommend!

    NOTE: With some brief references of intimate moments and one usage of profanity, I would recommend this book for PG-13 readers.

    Austenesque Reviews

  • Ceri

    is very much a book written from Elizabeth’s perspective. We get the occasional glimpse into Darcy’s thoughts and feelings, but it’s Lizzy that we journey along with. In

    , edited by Christina Boyd, 15 authors take on the task of giving us things from Darcy’s point of view in an anthology of short stories. Some of the stories pi

    is very much a book written from Elizabeth’s perspective. We get the occasional glimpse into Darcy’s thoughts and feelings, but it’s Lizzy that we journey along with. In

    , edited by Christina Boyd, 15 authors take on the task of giving us things from Darcy’s point of view in an anthology of short stories. Some of the stories pick up directly in/after

    while others transport us to another place and time. Here’s a quick rundown of the stories:

    by Caitlin Williams opens the book. Be not afraid, angst-weenies, at the title of this story, nothing bad happens! This story takes a look at the type of thoughts that Darcy may have been having as his marriage with Elizabeth Bennet approaches. Considering the grave doubts he first had, and the struggle he put himself through before proposing to her initially, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to suspect that Darcy would have some worries and lingering doubts while doing his best to endure the company of his future mother law and doing the social rounds in the wilds of Hertfordshire. I thought this was a plausible look into what struggles Darcy might have had and I didn’t like him any the less for the idea that he might still have some doubts, intermingled with passionate regard and incredulity at his good fortune in securing the affections of the woman who he at one time despaired of. This was such a fantastic story to start off the anthology with; just so passionate and romantic!

    The first story was a tough act to follow, but I also loved

    by J Marie Croft. I’ve read this author’s work previously and I know how fond she is of wordplay and puns, and there was plenty of this in this story. This short story starts many years after the events of P&P with Mr Darcy reminiscing. He thinks back to the time directly after the Hunsford proposal and scornful refusal. Darcy had decided that he needed to put his side of the story across to Miss Bennet, and the letter he writes her is the precursor to the edited version that we have read in

    . It is frank, and frankly, hilarious. Ms Croft’s take on Darcy has quite the sense of humour, and speaks so little because he thinks a lot of things that are not prudent to be put into words! It was a change of pace and style which I really enjoyed.

    I had high hopes that I would enjoy

    by Joana Starnes and as ever with this author, I was not disappointed. I was initially a little discombobulated, as this story picks up at just about the same point as the previous story, although this is a variation story rather than an alternate point of view. Darcy is reeling after having his proposal so rudely dismissed, and, having delivered his letter to Miss Bennet he wants nothing more than to leave Kent as soon as possible. However, Lady Catherine tries her hand at a little manipulation, and, betrayed by an over-polished banister and a tumble down stairs, Darcy finds himself unwillingly tied to Kent for a while longer. He wants nothing more than to avoid Elizabeth, and she, having read his letter, has realised how mistaken she has been on a number of points. I think most of us enjoy seeing poor Mr Darcy being made vulnerable, and few do it so well as Joana Starnes. This was a wonderful story!

    by Karalynne Mackrory was a very fun read, picking up at the Netherfield Ball, with Darcy fighting against his attraction to the unsuitable Miss Bennet, and she, fighting with the moldings find themselves unexpectedly having an encounter which brings them to know each other better. Again, this was very romantic, which I love!

    Bearing in mind recent film releases,

    by Melanie Stanford takes us on a timely journey into a fantasy land. Here, the Wizard Wickham has cursed the inhabitants of Pemberley, Lumiere, Cogsworth et al, but the worst affected of them all is Mr Darcy. Knowing that his disfigurement makes him an object of ridicule and pity, the proud Darcy keeps to Pemberley, but he keeps an eye on the local town with the help of his magical mirror, which is how he comes to know and love Elizabeth. She agrees to marry him to pay off her family’s debts, but there is no way she could come to love such a beast.. is there?

    We move next to the meeting at Pemberley. Mr Darcy described himself as

    at Netherfield, but when Elizabeth visits Pemberley and meets with him again, she doesn’t find him to be so. Lory Lilian is known as the ‘Queen of Hot Mush’ and this is a wonderful example of it. So romantic! Be still my beating heart!

    by Susan Adriani is another excellent story, full of romantic yearning. Here, we have Darcy getting some encouragement from the Gardiners to renew his suit, and ending up back in Hertfordshire just in time to catch the end of Lady Catherine’s visit to Elizabeth. Dare he try to talk to her again, when she seems so bent on avoiding him?

    by Jan Hahn is the last of the Regency stories, and explores a real danger in those times – the danger of dying in childbirth and how the fear of this could affect a relationship. It’s the type of story that will make you want to give Darcy a shake for how he must be making Elizabeth feel with his selfish behaviour, but at the same time, you have some sympathy for his fears. Rest assured, the desire to slap him will pass!

    by Sara Angelini sees Mr Darcy as the principal of a school, Ms Bennet as the art teacher he thinks slightingly of, and George Wickham as his nemesis-slash-literature teacher-slash-resentful half-brother. The Darcy in this story was both obtuse and endearing, and I enjoyed spending time in his head.

    by Beau North takes us to the early 1960s in the USA. I was a little surprised by this, but I shouldn’t have been, as one of Ms North’s previous works took us to the post WW2 period. One thing I enjoy about such time travel is the chance to pick up some of the flavour of the era, the space race, and disc jockeys trying to push the boundaries of playing ‘black music’.

    by Jenetta James takes us back a little further, to WW2, and to England. Again, this was a good chance to pick up some of the flavour of the era. Elizabeth in this has a bit of a chip on her shoulder, which can be hard to resolve in time to make us warm to a character in a short story, but I thought Ms James did an excellent job.

    We then take another jump in time and place and find ourselves in the old West, and straight into an old fashioned ambush, kidnapping, disguises, brothels, and attempted rescue!

    by Natalie Richards was a very exciting read. There is both pride and prejudice in this tale, though not the sort we are used to.

    by Sophia Rose moves us to modern day baseball in the US. This is something I know zero about. As is stated in the story, Baseball is generally not a thing loved in the UK, however, though I had very little idea of what was going on at the beginning of the story, which starts at a ball game, I stuck with it and soon found myself in an understandable situation. I thought this story neatly touched on many of the key points of P&P.

    by Ruth Phillips Oakland was my favourite of the ‘other-era’ reads. It was just adorable. Darcy is woken by a drunken Bingley in the middle of the night to drive to pick up Elizabeth, who has had a bad date (with a Mr Collins). Darcy is reluctant to do so, having been turned down without ceremony by her very recently, but being a true gentleman, he does so. We meet a drunken Elizabeth (having turned to martinis as a crutch to see her through her date!) and it turns out that not only is a drunken Elizabeth an affectionate Elizabeth, but she is also an Elizabeth who is very forthcoming with her views, and her secret fears of coming to love somebody who, being rich, may well leave her for supermodel Heidi Klum. Elizabeth is very sweet and funny in this story, and Mr Darcy unfailingly gentlemanly.

    by Karen M Cox pokes a little fun at our Mr Darcy. William Darcy has been named after Fitzwilliam Darcy from the novel

    . He is sick of comparisons, and sick of seeing Mr Darcy being held up as the perfect man. As time goes on, and as he gets off on the wrong foot with Lynley, he starts to consider and refine his views, and so does she. As Lynley says, Mr Darcy isn’t perfect – just forgiven. This story, which takes a look at the character of Darcy and of the lessons of P&P was a wonderful way to end the anthology.

    This anthology was an excellent collection of stories. You’d definitely need to have read

    at least once to understand some of the stories, particularly some of the Regency-set ones, as they assume knowledge of what is going on. There are some instances of bad language, but not much, and a little sex, but nothing at all graphic. On the whole, I probably enjoyed the Regency stories a little more, as there was just so much romance and yearning.... sigh! I thought the standard of the stories was very high, four and five star stories, definitely. So on balance, it gets a 4½ star rating from me and I’d recommend it.

    I’d like to thank Christina Boyd and Claudine from Just Jane 1813 for letting me take part in this blog tour and providing me with a review copy for my honest review.

  • Sheila Majczan

    With 15 beloved and favorite authors and a lovely dedication written by the editor, Christina Boyd, I am almost intimidated that I will not express my appreciation and enjoyment of this book adequately. I was given an ARC of this book to read in exchange for an honest review. It is one I had most definitely planned to buy even if I did not receive this ARC.

    We first have a selection of stories set in Regency times; several having to do with the "Hunsford Proposal", and one as Darcy faces his wed

    With 15 beloved and favorite authors and a lovely dedication written by the editor, Christina Boyd, I am almost intimidated that I will not express my appreciation and enjoyment of this book adequately. I was given an ARC of this book to read in exchange for an honest review. It is one I had most definitely planned to buy even if I did not receive this ARC.

    We first have a selection of stories set in Regency times; several having to do with the "Hunsford Proposal", and one as Darcy faces his wedding day and the situation faced while traveling to spend that night at Pemberley.

    As my husband and I are approaching 50 years of marriage in 2018 the tale Darcy relates after his and Elizabeth's 50 years of togetherness was poignant. We "listen" as he looks back and shares his fears and the reasons for his protective stance with Elizabeth. Not a few tears were shed.

    I absolutely loved looking over Darcy's shoulder as he writes and edits his "letter". Grinning and remembering the ink spots and smudges; were Bingley's skills as a letter writer rubbing off on him? And, hey, Anne deBourgh, I love that pet name, “Witsfailhim”!

    Then there is the mash-up of P&P with Beauty & the Beast, my favorite fairy tale. LOVED the incorporation of names given the servants. And I am sure I don't have to give any hints as to the identity of the evil Wizard who cast the curse upon Pemberley.

    In other tales: A secret rotating wall section discovered while at the Netherfield Ball may set up a comprising situation. In addition, a new telling of Darcy confronting his aunt and then at odds with Richard...no, it is not the same old, same old. We read of a conversation with Mr. Gardner which gives Darcy hope...but why, when he comes back to Hertfordshire, does Elizabeth seem to disappear upon every attempt to talk to her?

    Then we are in Other Eras: Darcy, as principal, describing the new art teacher as Brunhilda with...let's see: Brillo pad hair and an oversized potholder sweater...cringing here.

    A story set in the 60's: the new radio station acquired by Rosings Communications, Catherine de Bourgh, aunt & boss to “the Darcy”, sends him into exile for a year, due to a faux pas with a major client’s wife at a Christmas party under the mistletoe. The new radio station has a rising star, Eliza Bennet, who raises ratings but ruffles feathers with music choices. This variation has some serious considerations as it is not just upper class vs. middle class but a difference of religion among the issues.

    1943: On a base near Meryton, Hertfordshire, we meet among others: Capt. Darcy, Squadron Leader Bingley, Kitty and Lydia Potter, the latter as evacuees in the Bennet household. Our Darcy can dance. (I had to pull up the Benny Goodman song.) I want more of this story. The Blitz becomes up close and personal in Darcy's decision to help the Bennets.

    1860 -'61: Traveling west to San Francisco, Outlaw Wickham & his gang hold up the stagecoach so Darcy, his sister, and others are stranded until a skinny young man and his sister come across them as the siblings are searching for the same man...who abducted their sister.

    GHB, the date rape drug, is used in another story and a young girl is left crippled. DandyDarcy's personal life is at odds with the world of journalism. An earful from a bitter player and an overheard insult, "...all crawling slimes, no better than garbage pickers" predisposes sports reporter, Liz Bennet, in her opinion about the man.

    I was laughing while reading as Darcy is sent by Chuck Bingley (who is celebrating his engagement to Jane) to pick up a drunk Lizzy. And with her hair let down she has no problem now coming on to Darcy...but is he a gentle man or does he take this one chance to even get a kiss...she had raked him over the coals previously?

    Finally a William Darcy, who goes by Liam, insults Jane Austen while sitting near ladies attending a JA conference. Overheard a retort comes back from Lynley that "Actually, Jane Austen knew a lot about men." Time passes and other meetings and confrontations bring the two into each other's presence again and again. He finds that her business fits his Seasons restaurants' need for local produce perfectly but a charge of sexual harassment against one of his company's employees makes the deal seem impossible. The discussions about Darcy’s character in the book give us a nice conclusion to these enthralling short stories.

    Well done. Do yourself a big favor and make sure you read this book as it is released.

  • Nissa | Of Pens and Pages Book Blog

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    It’s like Christmas came early when I heard about this anthology. Fifteen short stories about one of romance fiction’s ultimate book boyfriend? Sign me up!

    is a collection of stories told in Mr. Darcy’s point of view. The book is divided into two—"The Regency” and “Other Eras”.

    features eight stories, some happening

    FREE (12/06/2017) -

    It’s like Christmas came early when I heard about this anthology. Fifteen short stories about one of romance fiction’s ultimate book boyfriend? Sign me up!

    is a collection of stories told in Mr. Darcy’s point of view. The book is divided into two—"The Regency” and “Other Eras”.

    features eight stories, some happening in the middle of P&P’s timeline, others sequels.

    has seven stories set in the modern day, the 1860s, 1940s, and the 1960s.

    I loved each and every story in the collection and I think the other reviewers have perfectly summed up each story (

    in particular), so I’ll only mention my top reads for The Regency and Other Eras. (it took me a really long time to choose because I loved them all! *insert crying emoji*)

    by Caitlin Williams is the first story in The Regency and features our dear Mr. Darcy counting the days before his wedding. I think it’s a perfect choice to open the book because it made me feel like I was reading what happens before their wedding in Pride and Prejudice. This is the Mr. Darcy I fell in love with—thoughtful, generous, and completely devoted to Elizabeth. Death of a Bachelor is a sweet and delightful glimpse into the mind of Mr. Darcy as he counts the days to the end of his bachelorhood.

    by Ruth Phillips Oakland takes the spot of my favorite Other Era story. We have a modern-day Darcy driving home an inebriated Elizabeth after she goes out on a disastrous date. Cute, funny, and a little steamy. Elizabeth is a little touchy when she’s drunk lol. Plus Darcy’s the perfect gentleman.

    was everything I expected and more. It had stories I never imagined I’d love, and situations I never imagined would involve Mr. Darcy. Variations, vignettes, and reimaginings. We even have a mash-up with another beloved classic tale. We have Darcy as a school principal, baseball player, air force man, a father. Darcy in the wild, wild west. Darcy the CEO. Darcy celebrating his 50th wedding anniversary with Elizabeth. Darcy before his wedding.

    Despite the different timelines and tone,

    —a gentleman, a dedicated brother, a good friend, and a devoted lover. A good and honest man.

    It’s a wonderful selection of stories that will appeal to romance readers with different tastes, and satiate any Austenite and Mr. Darcy fan’s desire for a story worthy of him.

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  • Brandi Elliott

    This is an amazing anthology. I read it in 2 days because I refused to put it down. Ahhh, Mr. Darcy. I will not give any spoilers but I will tell you this shpuld definitely be on your tbr list. It's a definite MUST READ!!!

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