Book Review : Fitzwilliam Darcy Gentleman, An Assembly Such as This by Pamela Aidan
Who is Fitzwilliam Darcy? Jane Austen wrote the quintessential romance from Miss Elizabeth Bennet’s point of view, but we actually know very little of the mysterious Mr. Darcy. Pamela Aiden draws Mr. Darcy’s character out of the flat pages of print into a breathing, living embodiment that women swoon over.
The Fitzwilliam Darcy Gentleman series is a great addition to the mystique that surrounds the original Pride and Prejudice. Mr. Darcy’s world moves beyond drawing rooms and balls to include the politics and defining personalities of the ton of Regency England.
Adult Point of View
I have always wondered, “What was Mr. Darcy thinking?” In the original Pride and Prejudice Mr. Darcy is something of a Byronic Hero with a tortured soul that can only find solace in the angelic Miss Elizabeth. Deep down he is a man of integrity, and perhaps that is one of the reasons women pine after him, though I tend to think our fascination with his character is because he is tall, dark and handsome (and rich too). In Aidan’s series Mr. Darcy is slightly transformed, and in ways becomes more real, as he reacts, over-reacts and eventually transforms himself. I liked the idea that Mr. Darcy saw himself crossing swords with Elizabeth in their social encounters which sharpened his interest in An Assembly Such As This. Don’t we all want a man who loves us for our mind in addition to the packaging? I am also happy that Aidan has pieced together conversations that Mr. Darcy and Miss Elizabeth had in the original, while inserting in Mr. Darcy’s thoughts.
Book Review : Duty and Desire
This is my least favorite in the trilogy, but must be read in order to understand the catalyst that spurs Mr. Darcy forward into making his unexpected proposal. It is my least favorite because Elizabeth is not in the novel except as a memory and Lady Sylvanie Trenholme is, in a word, horrid. I couldn’t find a lot of information about the aristocracy dabbling in the occult during the Regency period of time, but it seems that they might have had seances. I can definitely imagine that Mr. Darcy would have been highly offended over such nonsense even if Lady Sylvanie and Lady Sayre’s actions hadn’t been so gruesome, wicked and detestable.
I liked how Aidan expands Miss Georgiana’s personality after her near brush with tragedy in the form of Mr. Wickham, as well as learning more about the ton and their decadent ways.
Book Review : These Three Remain
Once again Elizabeth is present and the series feels like it is back on track because the pacing and problems are familiar. Mr. Darcy finally makes his inelegant proposal, though with an added thought from Aidan, that he was partly discomfited because he had to approach her at the Collin’s home rather than at Rosings. Another fun addition is the romance between servants that is thwarted by the circumstances imposed on them by their masters. Of course you know how it ends, but the fun is in the telling of the tale.
I believe that the majority of people who love Mr. Darcy will want to read this series and will enjoy it.
3.75 out of 5 stars
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. – 1 Corinthians 13:13