These Three Remain is the third book in the Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman trilogy and by far my favorite Aidan created a Darcy that made sense, a feat few Pride Prejudice FanFiction stories have accomplished In part because, in my opinion, she had a good sense of who Darcy was as a whole person, how he thought, what drove him to do the things he did, the type of brother and friend he was So many others just steal all of the conversations from Austen and then add in the thoughts they think were going through Colin Firth s or Matthew Mcfayden s head as he played Darcy.The story that seemed to wander in the second book, Duty and Desire, came together in a believable fashion at the end And, if it s at all possible, I fell even in love with Mr Darcy.In short, I enjoyed every word Aidan has somehow managed the impossible to enrich Jane Austen s marvelous story It was great fun to read, and I thought Aidan captured the characters, setting, and speech very well. Pamela Aidan s Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman series is just brilliant, but it s not for everybody I understand that purists may not appreciate the additional things that Aidan came up with, such as the new set of characters Dy, Lady Sylvanie, Fletcher, for example and behind the scenes events like those that happened at Norwycke Castle Also, the series is rather long Aidan has a tendency to be verbose.But it s because of these that made it a 5 star book for me I think that all those things that Aidan provided made the characters, especially Darcy, human and relatable When I read Pride and Prejudice, I felt like I couldn t really envision Darcy as a person What did he feel What did he think about all those things And this is where this series comes in It really did its job in addressing these questions without losing the Austen touch Aidan s writing had the same tone and style, which I appreciate immensely I ve read too many Pride and Prejudice sequels and re tellings that weren t able to preserve Austen s magic, but Aidan pulled it off beautifully Having said that, readers should be prepared to treat this with the same respect and patience as they would give the classics The word choice and style are rather archaic, and others may not be able to appreciate the beauty of this series because of it.I ve had this book ever since its first publication 10 years ago, and this is my 17th time reading it I love it, and the series so much The Exciting Conclusion To TheFitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman Trilogy Recounts The Climactic Events Of Jane Austen S Pride And Prejudice From Its Enigmatic Hero S Point Of View One Of The Most Beloved Romantic Heroes In All Of Literature, Fitzwilliam Darcy Remains An Enigma Even To Jane Austen S Most Devoted Fans No Longer With This Concluding Volume In The Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman Trilogy, Novelist And Austen Aficionada Pamela Aidan At Last Gives Readers The Man In Full These Three Remain Follows A Humbled Darcy On The Journey Of Self Discovery, After Elizabeth Bennet S Rejection Of His Marriage Proposal, In Which He Endeavors To Grow Into The Kind Of Gentleman He Desires To Become Happily, A Chance Meeting With Elizabeth During A Tour Of His Estate In Derbyshire Offers Darcy A New Opportunity To Press His Suit, But His Newfound Strengths Are Put To The Test By An Old Nemesis, George Wickham Vividly Capturing The Colorful Historical And Political Milieu Of The Regency Era, Aidan Writes In A Style Evocative Of Her Literary Progenitor, But With A Wit And Humor Very Much Her Own While Staying Faithful To The People And Events In Austen S Original, She Adds Her Own Fascinating Cast Of Characters, Weaving A Rich Tapestry Out Of Darcy S Past And Present That Will Beguile His Admirers Anew While cleaning out a closet the other day, I came across two of the many books that have been published in recent years about the characters and story of Pride and Prejudice I had read them both a couple years ago One Mr Darcy Takes a Wife was horrendous basically a cheap romance novel in a puffed up British accent , and the other one was very good An Assembly Such as This, the first in a Fitzwilliam Darcy trilogy written by librarian Pamela Aidan Aidan s books chronicle and expand on the events of PP from Mr Darcy s point of view, and An Assembly Such as This launched the story very well After stumbling across it again, I thought it might be fun to finish the trilogy After reading other reviews that criticized the second book in the trilogy for being too much filler, however, I jumped ahead and decided to just read the conclusion, These Three Remain, which picks up the story right before Elizabeth Bennet makes her momentous visit to Rosings Park In short, I enjoyed every word Aidan has somehow managed the impossible to enrich Jane Austen s marvelous story It was great fun to read, and I thought Aidan captured the characters, setting, and speech very well I highly recommend it to Austen fanatics If you are reading this review I am taking it that you have read the original novel and the first two books in the trilogy if you have not then don t read this review as there will be spoilers.Just when Darcy has vowed to forget Elizabeth He meets her again when he makes his yearly visit to Rosing Park to see his Aunt Catherine and Cousin Anne Elizabeth is staying with her friend Charlotte who married his aunt s parson Mr Collins So begins the rest of Pride and Prejudice from Mr Darcy s PoV.The author is very true to the characters of the original novel and that is one of the reasons I love this trilogy.The author also has a great grasp of period from language to the events of the time Lady Catherine is even insufferable than in the original book I think that is because we got her is doses in the original novel I loved that Darcy finally sees Lady Catherine for what she is one this visit A noisy bully who would be nothing without a title She has one of the biggest God complexes since Lucifer himself That sermon she had Mr Collins preach was disgusting and can t believe a man of the cloth would even preach it even Mr.Collins.I thought it was Darcy was jealous of Fitzwilliam flirting with Elizabeth A very new emotion for him I love watching Darcy at Rosing finally admit to himself that he is in love with Elizabeth and will watch to see if she loves him back I have always wondered how Darcy came to think that Elizabeth was in love with him and now I know If he wasn t so prideful I doubt he would have ever come to that conclusion Being inside Darcy s head when he makes his first proposal to Elizabeth is a dream come true for PP fans I know I wasn t the only one yelling at Darcy what in the world were you thinking I call his first proposal How NOT to propose to the woman you are in love with I wish the author would have included the letter Darcy wrote to Elizabeth and find that is the only fault I have with the book.I thought it was Darcy was jealous of Fitzwilliam flirting with Elizabeth A very new emotion for him I love watching Darcy at Rosing finally admit to himself that he is in love with Elizabeth and will watch to see if she loves him back I have always wondered how Darcy came to think that Elizabeth was in love with him and now I know If he wasn t so prideful I doubt he would have ever come to that conclusion Being inside Darcy s head when he makes his first proposal to Elizabeth is a dream come true for PP fans I know I wasn t the only one yelling at Darcy what in the world were you thinking I call his first proposal How NOT to propose to the woman you are in love with I wish the author would have included the letter Darcy wrote to Elizabeth and find that is the only fault I have with the book Being in Darcy s head after Elizabeth refuses his proposal and rightly so is heartwrenching You just feel his pain and hurt I loved being in Darcy s head as be endeavors to change and became a man worthy of Elizabeth s love Darcy s moment of self realization of everything Elizabeth said was one of my favorite parts of the book Being in Darcy s head when he sees himself for the first time and changes is what I was looking forward to the most in this series and I wasn t disappointed.Darcy is trying to forget what happened at Norwycke Castle but he hasn t seen the last of Lady Sylvanie as she and her new husband both show up and have gotten worse since their marriage and the events at the castle There are revolutions and surprises abound about Darcy s friend Dy Brougham Who with his humor and warm heart as won mine Bingley s character grows a lot in this book After Darcy stopped being his teacher,he become much confident of his own judgment You find out in this book how Darcy s valet Fletcher quotes Shakespeare like he was a friend of his I have always been intersected in the character of Anne and wish the author would have taken her character in another direction.The part were Darcy tries to get Lydia away from Wickham and then has to pay him money to marry her really shows how Darcy has changed How he handles it and his thoughts during it are proof of that The compassion he has for Lydia is much than she deserves I also love how he deals with Wickham I did always wonder about one or two points Darcy learns the true meaning of love when he helps Lydia even if Elizabeth will never know about it Love is doing something for someone and not looking for a return I love the wedding It was simple and perfect and just how I imagined it Two pairs of soulmates getting together is the perfect ending any great romance novel I highly recommend this trilogy to PP fans who have always wondered what Darcy was thinking.Rating 5 out 5Content Rating PGHeat Rating Clean Call me a purist When you have a classic like Pride and Prejudice, and wonderfully complex characters in Elizabeth Bennett and Fitzwilliam Darcy, you don t mess with it Unless your very intent is to mess with it i.e Pride and Prejudice and Zombies haven t read it, but sounds intriguing.If your stated purpose in writing is to tell the same story from a different point of view, then tell the SAME STORY from a different point of view Obviously, some gaps need to be filled in, since there s much about Darcy s time spent that is unknown to Elizabeth in Pride and Prejudice But I agree with many of the other reviewers that I read Cut out the second book entirely and all related story lines , cut the spy intrigue, and edit down to just one volume Aidan did alright when she kept to the story, but the characters seemed to become un Austenlike whenever she veered off into her own story line It s not that Aidan s side story was boring or badly written I may have even enjoyed it had it been attached to any other story It just wasn t in keeping with Pride and Prejudice.I thought Aidan would at least expand at the end even Austen tells about Elizabeth at Pemberley, her deepening intimacy with Georgiana, the move of the Bingleys from Netherfield to Derbyshire, etc If there was anything that I could want from Jane Austen s stories, it is seeing of the characters together at the end But Aidan expands the middle instead If you re going to rewrite it, give the people what the want, and don t make a classic love story into a murder mystery spy action novel Granted, it was a relatively small part of Aidan s story, but it was such a glaring mistake to me that I can t help but allow that to taint my opinion Overall opinion of book three I loved a select few portions, I liked much of it, and I hated some of it I guess that averages to be about 3 stars.Overall opinion of the whole series Book one should have been shortened and combined with a shortened version of book three book two left out entirely And it should have been extremely edited You don t need to expound on Darcy s emotional conflict fifteen times How annoyingly repetitive I don t care if it was self published, it still needed editing Had Aidan done all that, it could have been a five, or at the very least a four star.Buttwo stars. Review December 2016 Still as great as I remember I do recommend skipping the parts that involved the people mystery Darcy had in book 2 They really don t add much to the story also I really just want Elizabeth to get to Pemberley already Original review August 2012To her, he was the last man for him, she seemed the only woman Could fate have fashioned a perfect twist or held him in any derisionpg 148.I wish I could put into words how much I adore this book I started reading all the Jane Austen s sequels and AU s and spin off s probably about five or six years ago and haven t stop since Some of them are good, some are okay and some make you want to stab your eyes out with a fork at the careless regard done to these beloved characters But this one, dear lord THIS BOOK, remains my all time favorite of the bunch And when I say a bunch, I mean it Told from Darcy s POV from his disastrous proposal at Kent to the redemption at Pemberley to the adventures with Wickham, it follows the story of PP quite well but fleshes out Darcy s character in the best way possible I love seeing him grow from that proud haughty man at Rosings, to the kind of man that will fish with Mr Gardiner because he is trying to be a humble human being, to him letting Georginia grow and blossom because she is turning into a young lady, to his hopes and dreams with Elizabeth maybe perhaps re wakening and him not knowing what to do with himself as a result It is all well done and I love this book then I ever could have imagined all those years ago when I picked it up A must read for any PP fan Seriously Note, while this is the third in the trilogy please feel free to skip both one and two and just read this one The second novel is the worst as it takes place that winter Darcy and Elizabeth are apart and involves a murder, Gothic mystery and no Elizabeth in sight all of which made me stop reading it halfway through and with no desire to go back The first one is good as it takes place from Darcy joining Bingley at Netherfield to Darcy s Elizabeth s initial meeting in Hertfordshire to the rest of autumn but it does not have the satisfying redemption and ending that this one has So if you only want to read one, READ THIS ONE. Reread series 5 13Enjoyed again immensely This time appreciated the familial relationships, particularly Darcy Georgiana Reread the real thing at same time and felt, again, that all in all, Aidan did a pretty fair job of recreating This book takes Darcy from Elizabeth s rejection to just beyond the end of Pride Prejudice The thing I liked the very best about this book is that Darcy s biggest problem with what Elizabeth said about him at the rejection was that he did not behaving in a gentleman like manner He realizes that he has always prided himself on what he thought was his genteel behavior, his family name and his station in the world while in reality he was arrogant, conceited, suffered from false pride and only paid serious attention to those in his station in life and really did feel that all others were below him He learns that to be a true gentleman, like his father, and like he always hoped to be, he must begin paying attention to all aspects of life, specifically realizing that his narrow sphere of acquaintance needed to be enlarged and that he could do so much good in the world with the blessings he had been so abundantly given When he realizes that he s not going to get over Elizabeth, and that he s not going to get her either, he still perseveres in becoming the man she WOULD consent to marry and you know with what success he met For example, I loved to see him realize that his servant valet was a man with real feelings and dreams not just put on earth to be Darcy s servant AND I loved what happened in his heart concerning the despicable Mr Wickham I loved that Aidan portrayed Darcy as a moral man committed to virtue and fidelity we like Elizabeth so much we want her man to be worthy of her, right I am really reviewing the entire trilogy, since it is impossible to simply pick up one of these As a rendering of Darcy s life during Pride and Prejudice , Aidan does very well when she sticks to the plot set forth in PP Her portrayal of Darcy s character and inner life, and the fundamental changes in him after he is refused by Elizabeth, are well written and do the character justice She also brings Georgiana to life very well, giving her a deeper dimension PP does not allow, and also does nicely with the additional views we have of the Bingleys, and Charles relationship with Darcy in particular However, as Darcy disappears twice from the original story for fairly decent lengths of time after the Netherfield Ball until Rosings, and then again after his disastrous proposal to Elizabeth until he sees her with the Gardiners at Pemberley Aidan felt the need to fill in the blanks with something of an adventure of his own This is by far the weakest part of the trilogy, and takes up almost the entirety of the second installment, Duty and Desire The intrigue seems forced and I think she would have done better to simply have portrayed the dangers of the typical social circles of the time rather than create this sensational diversion She gets back on track quickly, though, when Elizabeth re enters the scene and when Darcy sets off to find Lydia and Wickham, and I found these sections in particular worthy imaginings.Overall the books are well worth any Austen lover s time, but I found myself wishing she had cut out the odd intrigue storyline, and then condensed the whole thing to one book I discovered this was originally self published, so kudos to Aidan, but I also wonder if it couldn t have used a firmer editing hand. The final installment of Pamela Aidan s adaptation of Jane Austen s Pride and Prejudice continues Mr Darcy s confusion over and pursuit of Elizabeth Bennett, and comes to a satisfying and happy conclusion The book is well written, and a little smoother than the first book in the trilogy An Assembly Such as This.I think a lot of men will find Mr Darcy s emotional obsession with Elizabeth to be a little heavy handed consider Dave Barry s definitive treatise on the topic of male female relations , but Ms Aidan does a good job surrounding Mr Darcy with memorable characters I found Mr Darcy s relationship with his sister Georgiana a bit cloying The invention of Darcy s good friend Lord Brougham in the spirit of Sir Percival Blakeney was highly entertaining Mr Darcy s valet, Fletcher in the spirit of Jeeves , is clever and adds a bit of humor throughout the series.All in all, I found the description of Mr Darcy s gradual change in attitude to be wholly engaging.
Pamela Aidan grew up in small towns outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.She graduated from high school with the desire to be a history teacher, but changed her major to Library Science after her first year at college.Later, she earned a Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.Ms Aidan has worked as a librarian in a wide variety of settings
- 464 pages
- These Three Remain
- Pamela Aidan
- 22 September 2019 Pamela Aidan