Who wrote this book and when?
Pamela Aidan published this book in 2003.

Has there been a film version?
Not exactly. While the story of “Pride and Prejudice” has been told many times in film, I don’t think it’s been told from Mr. Darcy’s point-of-view.

Who are the important characters?
Fitzwilliam Darcy – a wealthy man who holds good manners in the highest regard
Charles Bingley – Darcy’s good friend, who has been taken under Darcy’s wing as he makes an entrance into good society; he is good-natured and friendly
Elizabeth Bennet – the daughter of a gentleman but several rungs below Darcy and Bingley socially, lively and witty, beautiful and caring
Caroline Bingley – Darcy’s sister, very proud and a vicious gossip, she’s chasing Darcy
Jane Bennet – Elizabeth’s elder sister, beautiful and taciturn
Georgiana Darcy – Darcy’s younger sister, heartbroken and recovering from being jilted by Wickham

What’s it about?
This is the timeless story of “Pride and Prejudice” told from Mr. Darcy’s viewpoint. This is the first book in a trilogy, and follows the story up to the departure of Bingley from Netherfield after the Bennet family’s disgrace at the Netherfield Ball. We get an intimate look into the daily life of Fitzwilliam Darcy and his struggle to reconcile his desire to keep his friend from Jane Bennet and his own longing to pursue Elizabeth Bennet. We also get more insight into Georgiana’s trials as she recovers from being scandalously abused by George Wickham.

Do I recommend you read this book?
If you enjoy books which take off of Austen novels, yes. This one is quite good.

How did this book make my list?
See the previous question.

Why is this book a classic/bestseller?
I’m not sure it is either.

Has it won any awards?
No.

Favorite quotes:
“Darcy very much doubted that the contents of his library excited quite the degree of delight in Miss Bingley’s bosom that her tone implied. It was much more likely that the wealth to which the sheer number of volumes attested was what truly excited her admiration.” – p 80

Anything else?
The author of these books is from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

Personal thoughts:
I have said many, many times how much I love all things related to Jane Austen’s works. This book, instead of taking off after the original story as most Austen-imitators do, retells the story from a differing point of view – that of Darcy himself. Aidan does a spectacular job keeping the tone of Austen’s original work, and it’s obvious a ton of research was put into the Regency period itself. Darcy’s world is so very different from Elizabeth’s, that you almost don’t remember it’s the same time period. And although she isn’t the primary character, Elizabeth herself gains nearly as much depth as Darcy. We get to see her as others do, instead of as she sees herself – always a startling change.

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