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Newlyweds Mr and Mrs Fitzwilliam Darcy begin their married life at Pemberley quite blissfully but it is not long before the tranquillity they relish is cut short by a series of traumas. The formidable Lady Catherine de Bourgh makes little attempt to hide her distain for her nephew's wife. She is joined by Caroline Bingley, as sharp tongued and resentful as ever, in the sha Newlyweds Mr and Mrs Fitzwilliam Darcy begin their married life at Pemberley quite blissfully but it is not long before the tranquillity they relish is cut short by a series of traumas. The formidable Lady Catherine de Bourgh makes little attempt to hide her distain for her nephew's wife. She is joined by Caroline Bingley, as sharp tongued and resentful as ever, in the shared amusement of criticising Elizabeth. But the new mistress of Pemberley soon has more pressing matters on her mind, the fact that she is carrying the Darcy heir being the most pleasant of them. The sudden return of her sister Lydia brings cause for concern. Alarming reports of a seduction, blackmail and the need to keep news of another's confinement secret dampen even Elizabeth's notoriously high spirits and Darcy shows his true character when faced with the most difficult decision of his life. Has he been softened by his love for Elizabeth or is his former remoteness about to be resurrected?


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Newlyweds Mr and Mrs Fitzwilliam Darcy begin their married life at Pemberley quite blissfully but it is not long before the tranquillity they relish is cut short by a series of traumas. The formidable Lady Catherine de Bourgh makes little attempt to hide her distain for her nephew's wife. She is joined by Caroline Bingley, as sharp tongued and resentful as ever, in the sha Newlyweds Mr and Mrs Fitzwilliam Darcy begin their married life at Pemberley quite blissfully but it is not long before the tranquillity they relish is cut short by a series of traumas. The formidable Lady Catherine de Bourgh makes little attempt to hide her distain for her nephew's wife. She is joined by Caroline Bingley, as sharp tongued and resentful as ever, in the shared amusement of criticising Elizabeth. But the new mistress of Pemberley soon has more pressing matters on her mind, the fact that she is carrying the Darcy heir being the most pleasant of them. The sudden return of her sister Lydia brings cause for concern. Alarming reports of a seduction, blackmail and the need to keep news of another's confinement secret dampen even Elizabeth's notoriously high spirits and Darcy shows his true character when faced with the most difficult decision of his life. Has he been softened by his love for Elizabeth or is his former remoteness about to be resurrected?

30 review for Excessively Diverted: The Sequel to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice

  1. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Lynn Brion

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Run! Run away before you read this book! At the back of the book we get a brief biography of Juliette Shapiro which says she is both a published author and someone who loves Jane Austen and regularly re-reads Pride and Prejudice. This does not qualify one to write a sequel. I don't think we're dealing with an author who has studied Jane Austen or the Georgian period much at all. I think she's read Pride and Prejudice a few times and watched the BBC version and decided, "Hey, I'm going to write a s Run! Run away before you read this book! At the back of the book we get a brief biography of Juliette Shapiro which says she is both a published author and someone who loves Jane Austen and regularly re-reads Pride and Prejudice. This does not qualify one to write a sequel. I don't think we're dealing with an author who has studied Jane Austen or the Georgian period much at all. I think she's read Pride and Prejudice a few times and watched the BBC version and decided, "Hey, I'm going to write a sequel!" I've read other sequels and this one falls well short. First, It took us several chapters to get around to finding a plot. Shapiro is so enamored with writing scenes for her favorite characters she forgets she's supposed to tell a story. Even when Lydia's crisis hits, it's almost an afterthought. Secondly, the dialogue is stilted and unnatural. There's no flow to it. Shapiro is trying so hard to mimic Austen's style that she completely misuses the language of the time. Every so often she almost gets it, but no quite. Idioms are misused, phrasing is wrong, and she tries to quote Pride and Prejudice and make it sound like natural discourse. She fails. The characters sound like puppets and all the humor and wit is completely lost. The characters are all wrong as well. Mr. Bennett is less sarcastic and more henpecked (if he really protested Mrs. Bennett's "solution to Lydia's situation, he wouldn't have written the letter, for example). Mrs. Bennett is more coniving and less hysterical. She has Mr. and Mrs. Bennett traveling to the Lakes, which I can't imagine they would ever do for any reason. Lady Catherine isn't as shrewd, she's just grumpy. Sir William, who loved his new son-in-law in P&P, suddenly can't stand him. The Gardiners now live at Pemberly (I guess running his business is less important than fishing). The only person who seems the same is Jane...but she probably wasn't a hard character to write to begin with. I don't think she has any idea of Georgian/Victorian etiquette. The most glaring example was of the suitors of the various young women in the story writing to them before the engagement. This simply would not have happened...you didn't write to or receive letters from a young man unless his intentions are clear...that he is going to or has proposed. Yet it happens three times. Then there is her tossing out the last chapter of the book and writing her own ending. Apparently Jane Austen didn't know what she was doing and Shapiro decided to "fix" it. As a result, although Austen makes it clear that Wickham was never welcome at Pemberly, he is not only invited, but given a home on the estate! Also, at the end of P&P we are told that Elizabeth and Jane work together to keep contact between Kitty and Lydia to a minimum, but here we have Kitty spending an extraordinary amount of time with Lydia...and Georgiana too (and I would think Lizzy would not want her sister-in-law in close proximity to Lydia for any length of time.) We also learn that, instead of becoming her mother's companion after the other girls are gone, Mary becomes the companion of Anne DeBourgh until she makes Lady Catherine angry. Over all, I think Shaprio was writing what she wantted the characters to be, not who they actually are. She's also basing her sequel on both the book and the BBC movie. She needed to pick one or the other because as a result she has several inconsistencies...Mr. Bennett either does know or doesn't know how Darcy helped Lydia...you can't have it both ways. Avoid this book at all costs. There are better sequels out there.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sheila Majczan

    This story gives us all the Bennet sisters having their parts. Mary, oddly, is hired as Anne de Bourgh's companion. Lydia shows up back home when she not only discovers Wickham cheating on her (and then abandoning her) but also that she is pregnant. Jane and Bingley negotiate to buy an estate closer to Pemberley. Kitty's part comes late in the story but she is attracted to a parson. Elizabeth and Darcy have had some time to enjoy their marriage but now invited and UNINVITED guests show up at Pemb This story gives us all the Bennet sisters having their parts. Mary, oddly, is hired as Anne de Bourgh's companion. Lydia shows up back home when she not only discovers Wickham cheating on her (and then abandoning her) but also that she is pregnant. Jane and Bingley negotiate to buy an estate closer to Pemberley. Kitty's part comes late in the story but she is attracted to a parson. Elizabeth and Darcy have had some time to enjoy their marriage but now invited and UNINVITED guests show up at Pemberley. Mrs. Bennet finally gets to see Elizabeth's home but then they all learn from a letter Collins writes (He is now living with the Lucases due to Lady C.'s anger over the Darcy marriage and Collins' relationship to Darcy's bride.) that Lydia is back at Longbourn and she is not well. Her pregnancy and being abandoned by Wickham creates another scandalous situation so Mrs. Bennet not only dictates that Lydia will move to Pemberley but also that the baby will be raised by the Darcys as their own!!! Wickham shows up in Lambton and we learn that his running off with Lydia was paid for by someone who wanted only that scandal NOT that he would marry her. He lost the second half of his pay-off when he married her and thus the scandal was not enough to end Darcy's attentions to Elizabeth. He is still seeking a way to gain money from that planned seduction. Caroline is at Pemberely and makes friends with Lady Catherine as they have in common wanting to do everything they can to undermine the Darcy marriage. There are others in this story with their parts, eligible men who attract...even studious Mary. There is also a lady author who wants to write a story about Darcy but, of course, disguising his identity just enough so no one will guess on whom the story is based. In editing this story from the works contained in Excessively Diverted: The Sequel to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice the author many times leaves out the space that comes after a period at the end of a sentence. Not always but many times - Odd! This longer story was interesting and keep my attention so I can recommend it here.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Barb

    I have lately been reading several Pride and Prejudice alternates/sequels. I have to say this one ranks very high on my list of favorites. 1st - the writing style is reminscent of Austen. The language is very period and the sentence structure is similar. In addition, there is still the sense of taking a microscope to society and finding its humor. Compared to other books in this genre, this one made very striking points that caused me to laugh at loud, similarly to Austen herself in P and P. In I have lately been reading several Pride and Prejudice alternates/sequels. I have to say this one ranks very high on my list of favorites. 1st - the writing style is reminscent of Austen. The language is very period and the sentence structure is similar. In addition, there is still the sense of taking a microscope to society and finding its humor. Compared to other books in this genre, this one made very striking points that caused me to laugh at loud, similarly to Austen herself in P and P. In addition, there was actually a feasible story line here. Elizabeth and Darcy have been asked to raise not only their own child, but that of Lydia and Wickham by Mr and Mrs Bennet. In addition, further information identifies Wickham was not working on his own when he planned to seduce Lydia. Both story lines fit Austen's style and make the book worth reading. Finally, I found the Elizabeth and Darcy characters in this book to be the closest to the originals in character to any of the fan fiction I have read. I recommend it to those, like me, who have read Pride and Prejudice a dozen times and are interested in a follow-up.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rita Deodato

    2,5 rounded up to 3 Published at: https://frompemberleytomilton.wordpre... One of my goals this year is to read more books that were released prior to 2020, so I decided that Mr. Darcy’s Decision from Juliette Shapiro would be a good option. In this sequel, Mr. Darcy is happily married to Elizabeth, but Wickham and Lydia will once more cause havoc precipitating some controversial decisions from everyone, but particularly from Mr. Darcy. The book begins with a description of the events that took plac 2,5 rounded up to 3 Published at: https://frompemberleytomilton.wordpre... One of my goals this year is to read more books that were released prior to 2020, so I decided that Mr. Darcy’s Decision from Juliette Shapiro would be a good option. In this sequel, Mr. Darcy is happily married to Elizabeth, but Wickham and Lydia will once more cause havoc precipitating some controversial decisions from everyone, but particularly from Mr. Darcy. The book begins with a description of the events that took place in Pride & Prejudice and it’s slow pace along with the page time dedicated to secondary characters, made me feel a little detached from the narrative in the beginning. As the story progresses, there is less description and more dialogue which makes the book more interesting, however, I still felt that Darcy and Elizabeth where the secondary characters in this story whose focus was spread out among Mrs. Bennet, Lydia, Lady Catherine, Mary, Caroline Bingley etc. I do enjoy books that develop secondary characters, but in Mr. Darcy’s Decision, I felt the attention was too spread out among the characters to allow a true character development. In fact, one of the aspects that I didn’t enjoyed about it was the incoherent attitudes from many of its characters, but especially from Mrs. Bennet who is at first very focused on pleasing Mr. Darcy, and later, has no problems at all in imposing her will upon him by decreeing he raises Wickham’s son as his own. Mrs. Bennet’s demands are not the passing act of a woman taken by her nerves. In fact, it will become the entire storyline of the book, hence the title, and that was another aspect I could not enjoy in this story. The plot was neither believable, nor pleasing to me. Lydia is abandoned by Wickham and flees to Longbourn. Mrs. Bennet believes she will be disgraced because she is pregnant, even though she was married, and demands that Mr. Bennet writes to Elizabeth to tell her she and Darcy must receive Lydia at Pemberley, hide her pregnancy and then raise the child as their own. Elizabeth shares that with Mr. Darcy and he accepts to pretend the child is his own. I will not reveal how the rest of the story progresses because I don’t want to give any more spoilers, but I must say I was also extremely disappointed with the resolution of the conflict in the story. The villain’s redemption seemed sudden and arrived without anything triggering it, making me feel the entire story didn’t have any meaning apart from showing how altruistic Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth can be by taking that decision. Because the story was solely focused on Darcy’s Decision to take Wickham’s child as his own, the appearance of the secondary characters seemed a bit forced with too many comings and goings at Pemberley. Everyone seemed to find their way into Pemberley: the Gardiners, the Bennet’s, the Bindley’s, the Collins’s, Lady Catherine, etc., and all of this was not very believable in my point of view either. I also didn’t like all the dynamics surrounding Lady Catherine’s character, from her behaviour at Pemberley, to her tutelage of Mary Bennet, her dismissal and then forgiveness of the Collin’s and finally her friendship with Caroline Bingley seemed either unnecessary, or out of character. I really wanted to like Mr. Darcy’s Decision, but unfortunately, it was not my cup of tea. Because it is a sequel, and we do see how our beloved characters’ lives progress and witness as the remaining Bennet sisters find their happiness, I think some readers will still enjoy it, but this one was not to my taste.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    There are much better P&P sequels out there - plus I hated the way she constantly recycled dialogue from the original and failed to include many meaningful scenes with Elizabeth and Darcy interacting. I wouldn't recommend it. There are much better P&P sequels out there - plus I hated the way she constantly recycled dialogue from the original and failed to include many meaningful scenes with Elizabeth and Darcy interacting. I wouldn't recommend it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    James S

    Oilfield not finish I stopped reading when mother Bennet decided Lizzy and Darcy should raise Lydia Wickham’s child, as their own. If the story had been interesting enough or funny enough to continue I would have kept slogging on but it wasn’t. Thumbs down.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Marie

    December 29, 2020 - Listened to the Audible version of this book. Narrator isn’t animated enough. Some of Darcy’s warm words are lost to the monotone style. I didn’t like the accent given to the Bennets.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    I was looking forward to this new Shapiro book as I so enjoyed reading Excessively Diverted, so much so, that I just re-read it in anticipation of her Mr Darcy's Decision. Imagine my disappointment, when UPS delivered the same book sans typos and original title-- but with improved cover art. Still, I will say, since Excessively Diverted, is fresh in my mind, that I did very much enjoy this book. The story-line is compelling, and Shapiro creates believable new characters as well as writing credibl I was looking forward to this new Shapiro book as I so enjoyed reading Excessively Diverted, so much so, that I just re-read it in anticipation of her Mr Darcy's Decision. Imagine my disappointment, when UPS delivered the same book sans typos and original title-- but with improved cover art. Still, I will say, since Excessively Diverted, is fresh in my mind, that I did very much enjoy this book. The story-line is compelling, and Shapiro creates believable new characters as well as writing credible Austen originals. It's a delightful page turner, that IF you do not all ready own Excessively Diverted, highly recommend the purchase of this sequel.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    after a few chapters in, I was a bored with the book. I rushed through the rest just to see what the author had planned for Elizabeth and Darcy. Never understood why Caroline was at Pemberley. To much of the book was about Mrs Bennet for my liking.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kris

    Pretty good variation! Love that it uses quotes from the original.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I've read A LOT of P&P spin-offs lately, and this one really bugged me. OK, not as much as the totally smutty ones, but it still bugged me. First of all, the whole storlyine with Lydia and intrigue with Wickham is unbelievable. The timeline for Lady Catherine trying to ruin the Bennet's just doesn't work from the perspective of the original work. No one got that Darcy was that serious about Elizabeth until after Jane and Bingley were engaged. When would Lady Catherine have had time to set up the I've read A LOT of P&P spin-offs lately, and this one really bugged me. OK, not as much as the totally smutty ones, but it still bugged me. First of all, the whole storlyine with Lydia and intrigue with Wickham is unbelievable. The timeline for Lady Catherine trying to ruin the Bennet's just doesn't work from the perspective of the original work. No one got that Darcy was that serious about Elizabeth until after Jane and Bingley were engaged. When would Lady Catherine have had time to set up the ruin of the Bennets, since Darcy and Elizabeth were just getting reacquainted as Elizabeth receives new of Lydia running off? I found the friendship between Anne and Mary believable as far as their characters go, but not in light of the animosity Lady Catherine had for the Bennet family after Elizabeth and Darcy married. The author plain disregards any details right at the end of P&P about what happens to the members of the family, particularly the Collinses, the Wickhams and Mary and Kitty. I'm sorry you can't reform Wickham just because you want to. The author also makes some other assumptions that just didn't sit well, like the visit between Mrs. Bennet and Lady Catherine. She made it seem like a jaunt next-door when, if I recall, this was a distance of over 50 miles in the days of horse and carriage--just unbelievable to me. If you can totally disregard the personality of the characters and Austen's postscript about their futures, the writing isn't horrible; however, I can't stomach a book that goes this far away from the real thing? Did the author really read P&P or just watch the BBC version?

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Not the best P&P sequel I've ever read. While not the worst, this one has a place near the bottom of the list. At times the author was trying to write with Austen's language, but just confusing me. I actually had to read the sentences two or three times before I understood what she meant to say, and what could have been conveyed a little easier. A lot of repeating lines from the original novel, which did frustrate me a little. There was even a part of the novel that showed the entirety of Darcy's Not the best P&P sequel I've ever read. While not the worst, this one has a place near the bottom of the list. At times the author was trying to write with Austen's language, but just confusing me. I actually had to read the sentences two or three times before I understood what she meant to say, and what could have been conveyed a little easier. A lot of repeating lines from the original novel, which did frustrate me a little. There was even a part of the novel that showed the entirety of Darcy's letter to Elizabeth from Hunsford! Extremely unecessary - the opening line of the letter and a brief explanation would have sufficed. The story felt like it didn't really have a purpose until close to the end, and it wasn't really until the last 50 pages or so that I felt I had picked up a half-decent book. Not one I would recommend to fans of Austen Sequels.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Alethea

    This novel is yet another sequel to P&P, and a quick read it was. It spans the first year of the Darcys' marriage. As P&P sequels go, it was not bad. Not incredible, by any means, but also not terrible. Elizabeth produces an heir, Mr. and Mrs. Bennet have some amusing conversations, and Lydia causes trouble. Faithful to the original, in many regards. HOWEVER, I find it VERY difficult to believe that 1) Lady Catherine would dismiss Mr. Collins simply for his familial ties to Lizzy, or 2) that Wic This novel is yet another sequel to P&P, and a quick read it was. It spans the first year of the Darcys' marriage. As P&P sequels go, it was not bad. Not incredible, by any means, but also not terrible. Elizabeth produces an heir, Mr. and Mrs. Bennet have some amusing conversations, and Lydia causes trouble. Faithful to the original, in many regards. HOWEVER, I find it VERY difficult to believe that 1) Lady Catherine would dismiss Mr. Collins simply for his familial ties to Lizzy, or 2) that Wickham would undergo such a complete change of character at the prospect of becoming a father. Good effort, but not a superb result.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Tolerable, but hardly enough to be tempting.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mona Randall

    A WONDERFUL completion to the Pride and Prejudice story. Highly Recommended to any Jane Austen fan.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Feltz Milkowski

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Review 2.5 Some parts of this story was great, some was not so good. I love books that have Darcy and Elizabeth married, I love it when these books show their love and that they solve problems together. What I didn't like about this book was how Darcy withdraws from Elizabeth, yes it gets explained later but still, it drove me nuts. This wasn't the only out of the ordinary character action either, but without giving things away I won't comment more. I did like the explanation for why Wickham took Review 2.5 Some parts of this story was great, some was not so good. I love books that have Darcy and Elizabeth married, I love it when these books show their love and that they solve problems together. What I didn't like about this book was how Darcy withdraws from Elizabeth, yes it gets explained later but still, it drove me nuts. This wasn't the only out of the ordinary character action either, but without giving things away I won't comment more. I did like the explanation for why Wickham took off with Lydia, this explanation makes so much sense. I really can't fathom why Wickham would have taken off with Lydia in the first place, so that was great. I like how we got the epilogue for all of Elizabeth's sisters, as well as Colonel Fitzwilliam, and Caroline. I was a bit surprised with who the Colonel was paired with.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sonia

    First few chapters of the book is basically just Mary getting absolutely roasted by everyone else 🤣Once Lydia’s drama finally hit I was like, ‘ohh okay, this is gonna be alright’, and started getting into it. In the end was I wasn’t too impressive with the conclusion. I’m not sure I really agree with Mr. Darcy’s ‘decision’. I’ve not really read any sequels to classics like this, so I didn’t really have a whole lot to go off. It’s not exactly my vibe and add to that the fact I got it for free on First few chapters of the book is basically just Mary getting absolutely roasted by everyone else 🤣Once Lydia’s drama finally hit I was like, ‘ohh okay, this is gonna be alright’, and started getting into it. In the end was I wasn’t too impressive with the conclusion. I’m not sure I really agree with Mr. Darcy’s ‘decision’. I’ve not really read any sequels to classics like this, so I didn’t really have a whole lot to go off. It’s not exactly my vibe and add to that the fact I got it for free on audible plus, I didn’t have high expectations. Actually, it was still an enjoyable read for me. I got thought it very quickly and found the characters to ultimately be comfortable and familiar. 3 stars? Maybe 2.5.. I’ll give it 3!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Lee

    The extension of the Darcy story wandered down paths I enjoyed well enough. The author has some skill in storytelling, but relied on a device of quoting so heavily from “Pride and Prejudice” that her style was shown up by Austen’s. The use of key phrases and quotes bogged down the prose enough to make it resemble a scholarly review more than a charming story. I am glad to have read the book, but reading it was not very satisfying. Now I plan to plunge back into reading Austen or watching films b The extension of the Darcy story wandered down paths I enjoyed well enough. The author has some skill in storytelling, but relied on a device of quoting so heavily from “Pride and Prejudice” that her style was shown up by Austen’s. The use of key phrases and quotes bogged down the prose enough to make it resemble a scholarly review more than a charming story. I am glad to have read the book, but reading it was not very satisfying. Now I plan to plunge back into reading Austen or watching films based on her works to calm the longing this book sparked to spend more time in Jane Austen’s world.

  19. 4 out of 5

    molotovfoxtail

    OK popcorn novel. I enjoyed the theme of redemption and forgiveness. Found the repetition of key phrases and passages from P&P very tiresome—for example the whole of Darcy’s letter to Elizabeth. Really not necessary. “It is a truth,” “it is universally acknowledged,” etc etc used much too frequently, as well as many other allusions to well known phrases of the original. The characters are caricatures of themselves. Sometimes it’s ok, but it can be really extra.

  20. 5 out of 5

    S. Nomakeo

    A Plausible Sequel I'm skeptical of most Pride and Prejudice remakes, but I thought this was excellent, almost as if Ms. Austin would have written it herself. I wanted to hear more about these timeless characters and I appreciate the fact that none of them were out of character. Call me a traditionalist, but this author kept in the genre (mostly) and I came away with a sense of satisfaction. A Plausible Sequel I'm skeptical of most Pride and Prejudice remakes, but I thought this was excellent, almost as if Ms. Austin would have written it herself. I wanted to hear more about these timeless characters and I appreciate the fact that none of them were out of character. Call me a traditionalist, but this author kept in the genre (mostly) and I came away with a sense of satisfaction.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Gabrielle

    I don't think they way the characters story is continued in this book feels true to Jane Austen. All the characters got wrapped up a little to easily while some of the personalities did seem to match. So So attempt at a sequel but it was a free audible listen so I tried it out. I don't think they way the characters story is continued in this book feels true to Jane Austen. All the characters got wrapped up a little to easily while some of the personalities did seem to match. So So attempt at a sequel but it was a free audible listen so I tried it out.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    I’m on a Jane Austen kick and this popped up as a suggestion after The Jane Austen Society. It reads like an epilogue to P&P. There isn’t a lot new here but the characters are so familiar and the author taps into them so well! For that reason it gets 4 stars!!!!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Louisa Jones

    I loved this sequel to Pride and Prejudice! It captured the texture and feeling of the original by Jane Austin perfectly. And the narration was delightful! It perfectly reflected the feeling of that time period

  24. 4 out of 5

    Renee DeMoranville

    I did not like this one at all. The characters were either written stiff and proper or so ridiculous on revenge. I just don’t see this as anything Jane Austen would have appreciated. Keep in mind I’m an Austen snob so their are some who might enjoy this but not me.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Pat

    excellent sequel to Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice. excellent sequel to Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Caryl

    This was a fascinating look into Jane Austen's characters. I enjoyed this book! This was a fascinating look into Jane Austen's characters. I enjoyed this book!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

    Great sequel to the original P&P. If I had to find something negative to say about it or something that I didn't think would be too true of the characters is that Caroline Bingley is allowed to be at Pemberley to accompany Georgiana even though Charles Bingley is not there. I don't believe that would actually happen. Darcy only put up with Caroline because of Charles and Georgiana didn't really care for Caroline so I was surprised that after Darcy and Elizabeth's marriage, Caroline is seem stayi Great sequel to the original P&P. If I had to find something negative to say about it or something that I didn't think would be too true of the characters is that Caroline Bingley is allowed to be at Pemberley to accompany Georgiana even though Charles Bingley is not there. I don't believe that would actually happen. Darcy only put up with Caroline because of Charles and Georgiana didn't really care for Caroline so I was surprised that after Darcy and Elizabeth's marriage, Caroline is seem staying at Pemberley as Georgiana's companion. I don't think that would ever happen! Especially since Lizzy knows Caroline still hates her though she's civil. That was the only reason I didn't give this book 5 stars otherwise I could have. I loved how Darcy and Lizzy's love is seem thoroughout this book without becoming a romantic, sex scene book. It was tastfully referred to in their looks, their words and all that Darcy is willing to do to protect Elizabeth's family from ridicule (yes Lydia is to blame again). This book is not about Jane & Charles who are hardly mentioned but about Darcy, Lizzy and the heir she is carrying along with their "plan" to assist Lydia and Wickham of course is central to this! But will Wickham remain Wicked?? You'll have to read it to find out. Of course, the drama with Lady Catherine still exists, she does not accept Lizzy as Mrs Darcy just yet and we learn of Kitty and Mary - do they both marry? And who?? We learn more of annoying Mr Collins, hear more of Mrs Bennetts squels of delight and panic. Great read!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Amelia

    A really very fun read marred by a somewhat ridiculous plot. Excessively Diverted was well written with minimal mistakes and got the tone right for a period piece. Unfortunately, for a substantial part of the book it seemed as though Shapiro felt that, like in most books, she needed to throw in some plot twists to draw the reader in. But no one reads a sequel to Pride and Prejudice for the plot twists. You want something warm and fluffy that feels good. A bit of information about the continuing A really very fun read marred by a somewhat ridiculous plot. Excessively Diverted was well written with minimal mistakes and got the tone right for a period piece. Unfortunately, for a substantial part of the book it seemed as though Shapiro felt that, like in most books, she needed to throw in some plot twists to draw the reader in. But no one reads a sequel to Pride and Prejudice for the plot twists. You want something warm and fluffy that feels good. A bit of information about the continuing lives of the characters. Nothing particularly dramatic. And this, I imagine, is why Excessively Diverted has quite a low average rating - one which it doesn't deserve. The rather far fetched plot became much more believable towards the end; I don't want to give spoilers, but the whole 'why the hell would that seem like a good idea' thing, doesn't ultimately take place. The finale is neat, pretty and replete with a perfect marriage or two in true Jane style. Were it not for the 'as if that would ever happen' in the middle, I would undoubtedly be giving this a four for the sheer amount of fun I had reading it. I would certainly still recommend it for anyone able/willing to suspend disbelief, for just a short while.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    The only thing that kept this from a 5-star rating was the punctuation or rather the lack thereof, this author is overly fond of using commas where periods would be appropriate, this causes a plethora of run-on sentences, Ms. Shapiro should really find an editor who knows the proper use of punctuation. Except for that, this was an acceptable addition to the P&P pastiche genre. By the end of the book, Mary Bennet, Kitty Bennet, Colonel FitzWilliam, Georgiana Darcy, and Maria Lucas (Charlotte's you The only thing that kept this from a 5-star rating was the punctuation or rather the lack thereof, this author is overly fond of using commas where periods would be appropriate, this causes a plethora of run-on sentences, Ms. Shapiro should really find an editor who knows the proper use of punctuation. Except for that, this was an acceptable addition to the P&P pastiche genre. By the end of the book, Mary Bennet, Kitty Bennet, Colonel FitzWilliam, Georgiana Darcy, and Maria Lucas (Charlotte's younger sister) have found mates. Rascally George Wickham had reformed, and was living happily on the Pemberley grounds with his wife, Lydia. Anne de Bourgh was starting to break away from the influence of her mother, Lady Catherine. Caroline Bingley never married, but became a loyal companion to her widowed sister, Mrs. Hurst. Darcy and Lizzy overcome a few minor bumps along the road to happily-ever-after.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Alexia

    Okay, honestly I would give it two and half stars... it was a book that I really liked in some parts, and in other parts I found myself thoroughly bored. I think,of all the sequels and re-do's that have been done of Pride and Prejudice, this one probably kept the characters truest to themselves. I do like how Elizabeth further developed in this version. Even Darcy's development was believable in this. I think the author did a good job in staying true to style.. I think the twist with Lady Cather Okay, honestly I would give it two and half stars... it was a book that I really liked in some parts, and in other parts I found myself thoroughly bored. I think,of all the sequels and re-do's that have been done of Pride and Prejudice, this one probably kept the characters truest to themselves. I do like how Elizabeth further developed in this version. Even Darcy's development was believable in this. I think the author did a good job in staying true to style.. I think the twist with Lady Catherine was well conceived. My biggest problem came at the end, it was just too pretty for me.. to "happily ever after" to be seen as real. I don't know... it left me wanting but not in a good way.

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