Darcy’s Passions by Regina Jeffers

Despite the poor representation of Darcy on the cover of my copy, Jeffers attempt to tell Ftizwilliam Darcy’s Story produced one of the more plausible adaptions of this beloved character’s point of view.The title comes for Jeffers’ decision to focus on Darcy’s three passions — Elizabeth, Georgiana, and Pemberley — and the challenges trying to mesh all three pose on his person.

The novel begins at the start of Austen’s novel and continues on for a few months after the Darcys’ marriage. I have to applaud Jeffers for not succumbing to the notion that Darcy’s flaws dissipate over the night. Not only does the reader see him struggle before and after his first proposal but we are also privy to his struggles after Darcy’s marriage to his beloved Elizabeth.

Purists would be happy to find that Jeffers does not provide a lot of detail about the periods where Darcy is away from Elizabeth. Other than her epilogue, she sticks quite closely to the narrative provided by Austen. However, I missed this section; I would have liked to seen what Darcy was up to as he was nursing his wounds.

Even so, Jeffers’ retelling is quite good. Her representation of Darcy is one of the closest to that of my own interpretation.

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Book Mentioned:

  • Jeffers, Regina. Darcy’s Passions: Fitzwilliam Darcy’s Story. Philadelphia, PA: Xlibris, 2007. Print. 308 pgs. ISBN: 9781425781286. Source: PaperBackSwap.

Advent with Austen:

Hosted by Alex of The Sleepless Reader, Nymeth of things mean a lot, Iris of Iris on Books, Teadevotee, and Yvann of Reading, fuelled by Tea, Advent with Austen is meant to celebrate the 200 years since Jane Austen published her first novel, Sense and Sensability. The celebration runs during Advent, November 27 to December 24, 2011. To participate during this time, participants must read or watch Austen-related items: books by her, about her or modern re-imaginings and films.

Book Cover © Xlibris. Retrieved: November 26, 2011.
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9 thoughts on “Darcy’s Passions by Regina Jeffers

  1. I actually sniggered when I saw your comment about the picture of Darcy and then took a look myself – oh my he looks like he’s pouting! How could I ever take him seriously after seeing that?!

    It’s interesting to hear that it doesn’t cover the periods where he’s absent from P&P – I read a terrible spin-off called Darcy’s Story but the author did attempt to add bits. It didn’t extend past the wedding though.

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    1. The picture is terrible, isn’t it? He doesn’t even look like Darcy to me.

      The only retelling I’ve read that successfully managed to add Darcy’s life when he is absent from P&P is Pamela Aidan’s Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman series. The others have not been as successful, including Darcy’s Story.

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  2. I wonder how this compares to Darcy’s story? I thought that particular book stuck so close to Austen’s narrative that it did not contribute much. But then, it has been years since I read it. I may pick it up again for Advent with Austen.

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    1. It’s been a while since I read Darcy’s Story so I can’t comment on how the books compare. This book, though, does stick closely to Austen’s narrative but I thought it was quite successful in that regard.

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