Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Darcys Give a Ball

The Darcys Give a Ball: A gentle joke, Jane Austen style by [Newark, Elizabeth]

I love all things Jane Austen and am always intersted to pick up an author's work who has tried her or his hand at bringing to life new stories from her great works.

This is a charming read and my first one by Elizabeth Newark. I would read more by her.

A fun glimpse into the Darcys' world after P&P ends and many years later when their kids are grown and looking for their own life companions.

There's lots of characters to keep track of from every Austen tale. If I have one criticism, it would be that the author went a little overboard, and I'd have preferred a string of tales about each family instead of all at once. It kept me, as a reader, from getting to really know and love each character. A narrower focus would've served the story better. Also, there was head hopping. Still we get the drift of Austen and all her adorableness.

Enjoy all the world of Austen and Darcy. A fast fulfilling read.


While Jane and Lizzie plan a lavish ball at Pemberley, the Darcys' second son falls in love with the Collins' daughter, first-born Juliet Darcy is almost lured into an elopement, and Georgiana's timid daughter Lucy is the new target of Miss Caroline Bingley's meddling.

The Darcys Give a Ball is a charming and very amusing imagining of the next generation of Jane Austen's beloved characters from Pride and Prejudice and other novels, where all the young people come together for a surprising and altogether satisfying ending. Sons and daughters share the physical and personality traits of their parents, but of course have minds of their own, and as Lizzie says to Jane: "The romantic attachments of one's children are a constant distraction." 

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