Duty and Desire (Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman #2)

Duty and Desire (Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman #2) In Duty and Desire, Pamela Aidan explores the silent time that Darcy absent from the narrative of Pride and Prejudice Darcy is in his element now, among his peers of the English upper class In an attempt to kill what he views as a totally inappropriate fascination with Elizabeth Bennet on his part, Darcy throws himself into the task of finding a suitable wife He soon finds himself embroiled in a mystery with a gothic flair that is Jane Eyre or Wuthering Heights than traditional Austenian However, though the change in tone takes a bit of getting used to, Aidan succeeds splendidly in constructing a cracking good read that further delves into Darcy s character Austen, while a very saavy woman, avoided assiduously avoided politics and world events in her writing, focusing instead on the day to day lives of her female protagonists Aidan expands the scope of the world Austen created in Pride and Prejudice by constructing a world that reveals the society and concerns a landed gentleman of Darcy s standing would encounter Darcy s relationship with Georgiana is further fleshed out, as are the characters of Fletcher, his invaluable valet, and Dy Brougham, his closest friend hint think the Scarlet Pimpernel love this character, he needs his own book The book does suffer from some melodramatic improbabilities, even by the standards set in An Assembly Such As This, the first book of the trilogy However Aidan has done an admirable job of daring to create a flesh and blood Darcy with passions, struggles, and a heaping helping of angst. BELIEVE ME WHEN I TELL YOU WITH 100% CONFIDENCE THAT YOU DO NOT NEED TO READ THIS BOOK TO ENJOY OR STAY CONNECTED IN THIS TRILOGY I had read similar comments to the one I just stated in other peoples reviews of this book but told myself, I don t want to miss anything that might be important in the third book, so without listening to others warnings I forged ahead and read Duty Desire and NOW understand why so many were urging me to skip it Let me explain.The novel starts off with a lot of what one would expect Christmas at Pemberly, meeting Miss Georgiana Darcy, and of course getting to see Darcy in his element working with his staff and tenants and going about the business that he was raised to do This was fascinating to read and revealed even about Mr Darcy and his family and friends After Christmas things take a turn and the novel takes on a new tenor It strikes out into the uncertain waters of a Gothic romance The creepy castle, the strange guests, the bizarre supernatural element, the even stranger going ons will all have you wondering, wait, isn t this story supposed to be about Pride Prejudice, not about a cheesy adaptation of Sherlock Darcy Holmes and his mystery solving valet side kick Dr Fletcher Watson I guess Pamela Aidan had to do something with Darcy during this book to make it novel length Starting with Darcy s arrival at Norwyke Castle, everything became overly farfetched and didn t seem to match up with the first book or the last It s almost as if the time in the castle was time spent in the Twilight Zone The author did say that this was a tribute to Jane Austen s own venture into the Gothic genre Northanger Abbey and since I haven t read that novel perhaps that is why I found the gothic transition so painful.To be fair to Miss Aidan, I appreciate the huge undertaking of writing PP from Darcy s point of view and I understand that eventually, the story would lead to the inevitable middle, filler book that would be difficult for anyone to make an interesting read with Darcy and Elizabeth separated from each other I m totally okay with the fact that the Aidan decided to take some literary liberties with her writing and filled in Darcy s story with a few never told before plot details I also agreed with her thought process that Darcy would try and forget about Elizabeth by looking for a suitable wife for himself, that made sense to me But, what I don t understand is why Aiden strayed SO far from the feel and essence of PP to the point I had to remind myself that I wasn t reading Pride Prejudice Zombies This book takes a bizarre romp into the strange and not entirely realistic intersection between the gritty underworld of the British upper class circa 1810 and strange Irish occult practices performed by an Irish Revolutionary I finished this book out of faithful loyalty to reading the complete trilogy, and those all too brief moments when Darcy reflected on his feelings for Elizabeth All else has already been forgotten as I try and forget Duty Desire Although I liked the first book, this one strayed too far from the original subjects for me The only positive was that we do see how Darcy could come to the conclusion that character of a lady outweighs her position in life This is never entirely clear in the original and I found it to be the redeeming factor of this book. This is the second book in the Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman series by Pamela Aidan I have read other reviews on this website where people said to just skip this second book altogether and just read the third book The complaint is that this book has really nothing to do with Pride Prejudice It takes place during the silent time in PP while Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy are apart after he goes off to London with Bingley and before they meet up again at Rosings in the Spring I found it quite interesting and worth reading It fills in that gap quite nicely and if nothing else it allows the reader to really get to know Mr Darcy s character by seeing him in the company of his old friends and family members, some we know from PP and others that are created explicitly for this book If you ve ever wondered how Mr Darcy came to the point where he expresses his love for Elizabeth, this will enlighten you I could have done without the last part of the book, when he s at Norwycke Castle, but I know it was meant to illustrate his character further as well as show how he s becoming aware that marriages of convenience do not make a happy life and perhaps that s not the direction he wants to go Overall, a good book and quite enjoyable. As much as I loved the first book in the series, this one was a big disappointment The story picks up where Mr Darcy leaves Netherfield and he and Elizabeth do not meet again for some time This author s account of where he went and what he did strays very far from the tone and style of Austin s story Mr Darcy leaves to try and find a suitable wife He believes once he does, he will forget Elizabeth Fair enough, I liked that idea but where he goes and who he meets just gets strange He is involved a mystery complete with a sacrificed pig and a stolen baby Weird I never pictured Mr Darcy as a rich socialite by day and Sherlock Holmes by night To me, the two do not fit. Some reviewers expressed dissatisfaction with the second book in Aidan s trilogy and, if they wished to experience interaction with Lizzy Bennett in it, that would have led to disappointment As at least one other person noted, Lizzy does not appear in person in this installment However, in my opinion, she was omnipresent in the narrative, as Darcy constantly brought her to his, and the reader s, mind Much as he tried, he could not shake her memory, and if nothing else the book served to cement the affection and attraction Darcy inadvertently harbors for Lizzy As a hypothetical foray into the gentleman s mind when he was so long absent from Meryton, until he met up with Lizzy again at his exalted Aunt s home, it wasn t every reader s cuppa, but I enjoyed it.Another reviewer noted this was a bit of Gothic farce, in the way of Northanger Abbey this did not turn me off as it did that reader It was a somewhat dark descent into the peculiar turns of human nature, as well as an exploration of existential matters involving God s justice Also, I happen to enjoy Gothic farce Darcy s continued outrage with Wickham s betrayal is mirrored by another not original to PP character s feelings and actions against her own, one might call them abusive, family The tale does twist down bizarre, and even creepy, alleys, but why not To remonstrate with the author for such a departure when she already veers from Austen s canon by giving us the gentleman s point of view which Austen never did, as she truly followed the exhortation to write what she knew seems to me a bit absurd, especially if those who quibble continued with the series or sought other works derivative of PP.Anyway, as a lover of Gothic page turners, Duty and Desire satisfied me, and I look forward to completing Aidan s trilogy soon. Well written, but deeply, DEEPLY weird So not at all what I would have expected from a Jane Austen pastiche The dip into Gothic romance felt bizarre and mismatched, especially when compared to An Assembly Such As This, which was pitch perfect Austen, and I simply didn t believe that the character we were following in the second half of the book was Fitzwilliam Darcy He seemed so different from Pride and Prejudice and An Assembly Such As This and even the first half of Duty and Desire It s like the last two hundred pages were chopped off and an entirely different book glued on.Good Lord I am deeply disappointed. Book 2 of the A novel of Fitzwilliam Darcy Gentleman, trilogy.The second instalment on this trilogy enters before Christmas, after the Netherfield party has left Darcy s involvement in the attempt to persuade Bingley not to return to Hertfordshire, stood in great conflict with his later pronounced abhorrence of deceit.Darcy s relationship with his sister gets the senter of attention in the beginning and I adored this portray of Georgiana She was astute and caring One might expect Darcy s pining for Elizabeth to have been in the senter but I loved how it was done Subtle but I felt it made it even emotional You can feel the under currents rather than having it elaborated page after page Darcy did not learn his lesson before Hunsford but Georgiana was working on him while he sought entertainment to banish Elizabeth from his thoughts Visiting Norwycke Castle, with wife hunting in mind, he got a lot than he bargained for Taking a gothic turn of events This was not Darcy s greatest moment in my opinion and a large lart of the book I could have easily foregone That said, I must admit that the book did hold my attention from start to finish and I was hard pressed to put it down I must mention though that Elizabeth only appeared in this book in Mr Darcy s mind.Recommend. And then there s the second book of the trilogymediocre at best I understand the second of any trilogy is the toughest This one in particular was likely difficult as it covers the time the two protagonists are apart and thus, the chemistry is lost But this was an incredible opportunity to create storylines around characters introduced in the original work such as Charles Bingley, Georgianna, Fitzwilliam, and remind us again why we love to hate Caroline Bingley LOL I thought that s where the book was heading but the author spends the last two thirds of the book with Darcy visiting an old college friend and in search of a wife of his Society , which really plunges us into a bizarre and unbelievable storyline involving love charms, child abductions and his valet as his caped crusader in solving a mystery My guess is the author is trying to show that the unpolished society of the country pales in comparison to the level of dysfuction of the high ranking gentry and aristocracy, though it didn t feel like the character himself made that connection Plus, the new characters were completely unlikeable and had no redeeming qualities whatsoever Duty to his host or not, I kept thinking Darcy, get out of there already This is weird LOLI have since started the final book of the trilogy and I can already tell it s in line with the first book, which was very well done So, my suggestion may be to read the 1st and 3rd and skip this one altogether You really won t miss much. Wow This book was so off the mark compared to the first in the series Really, if you want to enjoy this seriesread the first and the third book, but conveniently forget there was ever a second book Aside from Darcy s inability to forget Elizabeth, and his treasuring of a bookmark Elizabeth had left in a novel she s been reading during her stay at Netherfield, there is not much to recommend this second installment of the trilogy Darcy and his valet are like Batman and Robinsolving mysteries and saving ladies in distressplotting together and having witty chats Colonel Fitzwilliam comes off as pompous and a bit jealous of his older brother, not at all the convivial fellow constructed by Austen.Darcy leaves his sister shortly after Christmas to get over Elizabeth by actively hunting for a wife He chooses to do so at the aged castle in which an old school chum lives, gambling away his fortune Darcy encounters a variety of women who all fall all over themselves to make him love them, but he is entranced by a woman with a great air of mystery about her Ultimately, of course, this woman turns out to be unsuitable for him in the extreme, but only after Darcy acts in ways I can see Austen weeping over, and the lady in question is exposed for her involvement in a truly treacherous scheme.I finished this book out of faithful loyalty to reading the complete trilogy, and those all to brief moments when Darcy reflected on his feelings for Elizabeth All else I would easily have passed by The third and final chapter of this trilogy has a great deal to atone for to make me forget this book There Was Little Danger Of Encountering The Bennet Sisters Ever AgainJane Austen S Classic Novel Pride And Prejudice Is Beloved By Millions, But Little Is Revealed In The Book About The Mysterious And Handsome Hero, Mr Darcy And So The Question Has Long Remained Who Is Fitzwilliam Darcy Pamela Aidan S Trilogy Finally Answers That Long Standing Question, Creating A Rich Parallel Story That Follows Darcy As He Meets And Falls In Love With Elizabeth Bennet Duty And Desire, The Second Book In The Trilogy, Covers The Silent Time Of Austen S Novel, Revealing Darcy S Private Struggle To Overcome His Attraction To Elizabeth While Fulfilling His Roles As Landlord, Master, Brother, And Friend When Darcy Pays A Visit To An Old Classmate In Oxford In An Attempt To Shake Elizabeth From His Mind, He Is Set Upon By Husband Hunting Society Ladies And Ne Er Do Well Friends From His University Days, All With Designs On Him Some For Good And Some For Ill He And His Sartorial Genius Of A Valet, Fletcher, Must Match Wits With Them All, But Especially With The Curious Lady Sylvanie Irresistibly Authentic And Entertaining, Duty And Desire Remains True To The Spirit And Events Of Pride And Prejudice While Incorporating Fascinating New Characters, And Is Sure To Dazzle Austen Fans And Newcomers Alike

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

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  • 320 pages
  • Duty and Desire (Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman #2)
  • Pamela Aidan
  • English
  • 02 March 2019
  • 9780743291361

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