The Plight of the Darcy Brothers by Marsha Altman

51ePgRW6B0LFiction — print. Sourcebooks, 2009. 359 pgs. PaperBackSwap.

Not knowing much about this novel — other than it’s the sequel to The Darcys and the Bingleys — I was puzzled by the title. The Darcys brothers? There’s only one Darcy so I assumed the novel covered Elizabeth and Darcy’s sons since they did have a little boy in the first book of this series, Geoffry. Not quite.

Altman has imagined a tale where not only is Wickham the brother of Mr. Darcy, but there is another Darcy son out in the world Elizabeth and Darcy meet as they are attempting to save the Bennett family from shame once again. This time, Mary has done something entirely improper and it’s up to the Darcys to save the whole family from ruin.

I don’t mean to echo the praise for this novel from the back of the book, but the key word here is definitely fun. It’s a bit too over the top, but that’s what made it such an enjoyable escape from the world of exams and papers I’m currently living in. I did have some issues with the book (Mary being the cause of the family’s downfall just the tip of the iceberg), but almost every page had at least one laugh aloud moment.

The rest of the characters are concerned about having babies and not having babies, including Dr. Maddox and Caroline Bingley Maddox (this pairing is very forced, in my opinion), and there is a battle between Darcy and one of his brothers. Poor Georgiana gets the shaft in this book as she is barely mentioned at all. The antics of young Georgiana and her cousin Geoffry certainly make up a large chunk of the book, but the two are enduring and utterly amusing with their utterly unruly behavior.

Like I said in my review of the first book in the series, it’s not the best Pride and Prejudice sequel out there but it’s quite possibly the most amusing.

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