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"You must allow me to tell you..." For over two hundred years, Jane Austen's Mr. Darcy has captivated readers' imaginations as the ultimate catch. Rich. Powerful. Noble. Handsome. And yet, as Miss Austen's Pride and Prejudice is established through Elizabeth Bennet's fine eyes, how are we to know his mind? How does Darcy progress from "She is tolerable: but not handsome "You must allow me to tell you..." For over two hundred years, Jane Austen's Mr. Darcy has captivated readers' imaginations as the ultimate catch. Rich. Powerful. Noble. Handsome. And yet, as Miss Austen's Pride and Prejudice is established through Elizabeth Bennet's fine eyes, how are we to know his mind? How does Darcy progress from "She is tolerable: but not handsome enough to tempt me" to "I thought only of you"? In this romance anthology, fifteen Austenesque authors assemble to sketch Darcy's character through a series of re-imaginings, set in the Regency through contemporary times--from faithful narratives to the fanciful. Herein The Darcy Monologues, the man himself reveals his intimate thoughts, his passionate dreams, and his journey to love--all told with a previously concealed wit and enduring charm. "It is your turn to say something now, Mr. Darcy."


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"You must allow me to tell you..." For over two hundred years, Jane Austen's Mr. Darcy has captivated readers' imaginations as the ultimate catch. Rich. Powerful. Noble. Handsome. And yet, as Miss Austen's Pride and Prejudice is established through Elizabeth Bennet's fine eyes, how are we to know his mind? How does Darcy progress from "She is tolerable: but not handsome "You must allow me to tell you..." For over two hundred years, Jane Austen's Mr. Darcy has captivated readers' imaginations as the ultimate catch. Rich. Powerful. Noble. Handsome. And yet, as Miss Austen's Pride and Prejudice is established through Elizabeth Bennet's fine eyes, how are we to know his mind? How does Darcy progress from "She is tolerable: but not handsome enough to tempt me" to "I thought only of you"? In this romance anthology, fifteen Austenesque authors assemble to sketch Darcy's character through a series of re-imaginings, set in the Regency through contemporary times--from faithful narratives to the fanciful. Herein The Darcy Monologues, the man himself reveals his intimate thoughts, his passionate dreams, and his journey to love--all told with a previously concealed wit and enduring charm. "It is your turn to say something now, Mr. Darcy."

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Nissa | Of Pens and Pages Book Blog

    SALE $0.99 (May 17th to 19th, 2018) - http://amzn.to/2jjsOnx 4.5 stars! Author Spotlight on Ruth Phillips Oakland, Review, and Giveaway at Of Pens and Pages. [image error] It’s like Christmas came early when I heard about this anthology. Fifteen short stories about one of romance fiction’s ultimate book boyfriend? Sign me up! The Darcy Monologues is a collection of stories told in Mr. Darcy’s point of view. The book is divided into two—"The Regency” and “Other Eras”. The Regency features eight storie SALE $0.99 (May 17th to 19th, 2018) - http://amzn.to/2jjsOnx 4.5 stars! Author Spotlight on Ruth Phillips Oakland, Review, and Giveaway at Of Pens and Pages. [image error] It’s like Christmas came early when I heard about this anthology. Fifteen short stories about one of romance fiction’s ultimate book boyfriend? Sign me up! The Darcy Monologues is a collection of stories told in Mr. Darcy’s point of view. The book is divided into two—"The Regency” and “Other Eras”. The Regency features eight stories, some happening in the middle of P&P’s timeline, others sequels. Other Eras has seven stories set in the modern day, the 1860s, 1940s, and the 1960s. I loved each and every story in the collection and I think the other reviewers have perfectly summed up each story (The Babbling Bookworm‘s in particular), so I’ll only mention my top reads for The Regency and Other Eras. (it took me a really long time to choose because I loved them all! *insert crying emoji*) Death of a Bachelor by Caitlin Williams is the first story in The Regency and features our dear Mr. Darcy counting the days before his wedding. I think it’s a perfect choice to open the book because it made me feel like I was reading what happens before their wedding in Pride and Prejudice. This is the Mr. Darcy I fell in love with—thoughtful, generous, and completely devoted to Elizabeth. Death of a Bachelor is a sweet and delightful glimpse into the mind of Mr. Darcy as he counts the days to the end of his bachelorhood. The Ride Home by Ruth Phillips Oakland takes the spot of my favorite Other Era story. We have a modern-day Darcy driving home an inebriated Elizabeth after she goes out on a disastrous date. Cute, funny, and a little steamy. Elizabeth is a little touchy when she’s drunk lol. Plus Darcy’s the perfect gentleman. The Darcy Monologues was everything I expected and more. It had stories I never imagined I’d love, and situations I never imagined would involve Mr. Darcy. Variations, vignettes, and reimaginings. We even have a mash-up with another beloved classic tale. We have Darcy as a school principal, baseball player, air force man, a father. Darcy in the wild, wild west. Darcy the CEO. Darcy celebrating his 50th wedding anniversary with Elizabeth. Darcy before his wedding. Despite the different timelines and tone, each author perfectly highlighted the Mr. Darcy every romance fan grew to love—a gentleman, a dedicated brother, a good friend, and a devoted lover. A good and honest man. It’s a wonderful selection of stories that will appeal to romance readers with different tastes, and satiate any Austenite and Mr. Darcy fan’s desire for a story worthy of him. *ARC received in exchange for an honest review. Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nissa | Of Pens and Pages Book Blog

    Overall Rating: 4.5 stars Story: 4.5 stars Performance: 4.5 stars STORY OVERVIEW AND REVIEW: The Darcy Monologues is a collection of short stories told by a group of amazing JAFF authors, all starring our beloved Mr. Darcy. There was a fantastic selection of stories, the book divided into two eras—Regency and Other. I've mentioned this in my more in-depth review of the book, "each author perfectly highlighted the Mr. Darcy every romance fan grew to love—a gentleman, a dedicated brother, a good Overall Rating: 4.5 stars Story: 4.5 stars Performance: 4.5 stars STORY OVERVIEW AND REVIEW: The Darcy Monologues is a collection of short stories told by a group of amazing JAFF authors, all starring our beloved Mr. Darcy. There was a fantastic selection of stories, the book divided into two eras—Regency and Other. I've mentioned this in my more in-depth review of the book, "each author perfectly highlighted the Mr. Darcy every romance fan grew to love—a gentleman, a dedicated brother, a good friend, and a devoted lover. A good and honest man." I enjoyed reading this book but enjoyed it even more when I finally listened to it. WHAT DID YOU LIKE ABOUT THE AUDIOBOOK? Reading The Darcy Monologues was heartwarming, but listening to it was a whole new experience. It felt more intimate, more tangible, if that makes sense. Like a real person was telling me a real story of his life. Harry Frost was a fantastic Darcy, and he was equally fantastic in portraying different characters, particularly Mr. Collins. The change in accents from Regency era to other era stories set in the USA was surprising but not unwanted. I don't know which I prefer, to be honest. And I don't know if it was just me, but his American accent sounded a lot like Henry Cavill's. I can only tell you I giggled so much when I heard it. While Harry Frost did a wonderful job narrating all of the novellas in this anthology, the novella I enjoyed listening to the most was From the Ashes by J. Marie Croft. It was so amusing to hear a slightly intoxicated Mr. Darcy write a draft of his letter to Elizabeth the night after the Hunsford proposal. A close second was You Don't Know Me by Beau North because like I've mentioned about, the accent reminded me of Mr. Cavill's American accent. Hehe. Obviously, I'm a fan. WOULD YOU RECOMMEND THIS AUDIOBOOK TO A FRIEND? IF SO, WHY? I think lovers of Mr. Darcy will enjoy this audiobook as much as I did. Since he's fictional, this is the closest I can get to have him whispering in my ear sweet nothings and thoughts I imagined Mr. Darcy would say. It's a treat. *Audiobook received in exchange for an honest review. Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ceri

    This review was first published on Babblings of a Bookworm as part of the blog tour: http://babblingsofabookworm.blogspot.... 'Pride & Prejudice' is very much a book written from Elizabeth’s perspective. We get the occasional glimpse into Darcy’s thoughts and feelings, but it’s Lizzy that we journey along with. In ‘The Darcy Monologues’, edited by Christina Boyd, 15 authors take on the task of giving us things from Darcy’s point of view in an anthology of short stories. Some of the stories pick u This review was first published on Babblings of a Bookworm as part of the blog tour: http://babblingsofabookworm.blogspot.... 'Pride & Prejudice' is very much a book written from Elizabeth’s perspective. We get the occasional glimpse into Darcy’s thoughts and feelings, but it’s Lizzy that we journey along with. In ‘The Darcy Monologues’, edited by Christina Boyd, 15 authors take on the task of giving us things from Darcy’s point of view in an anthology of short stories. Some of the stories pick up directly in/after ‘Pride & Prejudice’ while others transport us to another place and time. Here’s a quick rundown of the stories: ‘Death of a Batchelor’ by Caitlin Williams opens the book. Be not afraid, angst-weenies, at the title of this story, nothing bad happens! This story takes a look at the type of thoughts that Darcy may have been having as his marriage with Elizabeth Bennet approaches. Considering the grave doubts he first had, and the struggle he put himself through before proposing to her initially, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to suspect that Darcy would have some worries and lingering doubts while doing his best to endure the company of his future mother law and doing the social rounds in the wilds of Hertfordshire. I thought this was a plausible look into what struggles Darcy might have had and I didn’t like him any the less for the idea that he might still have some doubts, intermingled with passionate regard and incredulity at his good fortune in securing the affections of the woman who he at one time despaired of. This was such a fantastic story to start off the anthology with; just so passionate and romantic! The first story was a tough act to follow, but I also loved ‘From the Ashes' by J Marie Croft. I’ve read this author’s work previously and I know how fond she is of wordplay and puns, and there was plenty of this in this story. This short story starts many years after the events of P&P with Mr Darcy reminiscing. He thinks back to the time directly after the Hunsford proposal and scornful refusal. Darcy had decided that he needed to put his side of the story across to Miss Bennet, and the letter he writes her is the precursor to the edited version that we have read in ‘Pride & Prejudice’. It is frank, and frankly, hilarious. Ms Croft’s take on Darcy has quite the sense of humour, and speaks so little because he thinks a lot of things that are not prudent to be put into words! It was a change of pace and style which I really enjoyed. I had high hopes that I would enjoy ‘If Only a Dream’ by Joana Starnes and as ever with this author, I was not disappointed. I was initially a little discombobulated, as this story picks up at just about the same point as the previous story, although this is a variation story rather than an alternate point of view. Darcy is reeling after having his proposal so rudely dismissed, and, having delivered his letter to Miss Bennet he wants nothing more than to leave Kent as soon as possible. However, Lady Catherine tries her hand at a little manipulation, and, betrayed by an over-polished banister and a tumble down stairs, Darcy finds himself unwillingly tied to Kent for a while longer. He wants nothing more than to avoid Elizabeth, and she, having read his letter, has realised how mistaken she has been on a number of points. I think most of us enjoy seeing poor Mr Darcy being made vulnerable, and few do it so well as Joana Starnes. This was a wonderful story! ‘Clandestiny’ by Karalynne Mackrory was a very fun read, picking up at the Netherfield Ball, with Darcy fighting against his attraction to the unsuitable Miss Bennet, and she, fighting with the moldings find themselves unexpectedly having an encounter which brings them to know each other better. Again, this was very romantic, which I love! Bearing in mind recent film releases, ‘The Beast of Pemberley’ by Melanie Stanford takes us on a timely journey into a fantasy land. Here, the Wizard Wickham has cursed the inhabitants of Pemberley, Lumiere, Cogsworth et al, but the worst affected of them all is Mr Darcy. Knowing that his disfigurement makes him an object of ridicule and pity, the proud Darcy keeps to Pemberley, but he keeps an eye on the local town with the help of his magical mirror, which is how he comes to know and love Elizabeth. She agrees to marry him to pay off her family’s debts, but there is no way she could come to love such a beast.. is there? We move next to the meeting at Pemberley. Mr Darcy described himself as ‘A Resentful Man’ at Netherfield, but when Elizabeth visits Pemberley and meets with him again, she doesn’t find him to be so. Lory Lilian is known as the ‘Queen of Hot Mush’ and this is a wonderful example of it. So romantic! Be still my beating heart! ‘In Terms of Perfect Composure’ by Susan Adriani is another excellent story, full of romantic yearning. Here, we have Darcy getting some encouragement from the Gardiners to renew his suit, and ending up back in Hertfordshire just in time to catch the end of Lady Catherine’s visit to Elizabeth. Dare he try to talk to her again, when she seems so bent on avoiding him? ‘Without Affection’ by Jan Hahn is the last of the Regency stories, and explores a real danger in those times – the danger of dying in childbirth and how the fear of this could affect a relationship. It’s the type of story that will make you want to give Darcy a shake for how he must be making Elizabeth feel with his selfish behaviour, but at the same time, you have some sympathy for his fears. Rest assured, the desire to slap him will pass! ‘Hot for Teacher’ by Sara Angelini sees Mr Darcy as the principal of a school, Ms Bennet as the art teacher he thinks slightingly of, and George Wickham as his nemesis-slash-literature teacher-slash-resentful half-brother. The Darcy in this story was both obtuse and endearing, and I enjoyed spending time in his head. “You Don’t Know Me” by Beau North takes us to the early 1960s in the USA. I was a little surprised by this, but I shouldn’t have been, as one of Ms North’s previous works took us to the post WW2 period. One thing I enjoy about such time travel is the chance to pick up some of the flavour of the era, the space race, and disc jockeys trying to push the boundaries of playing ‘black music’. ‘Reason to Hope’ by Jenetta James takes us back a little further, to WW2, and to England. Again, this was a good chance to pick up some of the flavour of the era. Elizabeth in this has a bit of a chip on her shoulder, which can be hard to resolve in time to make us warm to a character in a short story, but I thought Ms James did an excellent job. We then take another jump in time and place and find ourselves in the old West, and straight into an old fashioned ambush, kidnapping, disguises, brothels, and attempted rescue! ‘Pemberley by Stage’ by Natalie Richards was a very exciting read. There is both pride and prejudice in this tale, though not the sort we are used to. ‘Darcy Strikes Out’ by Sophia Rose moves us to modern day baseball in the US. This is something I know zero about. As is stated in the story, Baseball is generally not a thing loved in the UK, however, though I had very little idea of what was going on at the beginning of the story, which starts at a ball game, I stuck with it and soon found myself in an understandable situation. I thought this story neatly touched on many of the key points of P&P. ‘The Ride Home’ by Ruth Phillips Oakland was my favourite of the ‘other-era’ reads. It was just adorable. Darcy is woken by a drunken Bingley in the middle of the night to drive to pick up Elizabeth, who has had a bad date (with a Mr Collins). Darcy is reluctant to do so, having been turned down without ceremony by her very recently, but being a true gentleman, he does so. We meet a drunken Elizabeth (having turned to martinis as a crutch to see her through her date!) and it turns out that not only is a drunken Elizabeth an affectionate Elizabeth, but she is also an Elizabeth who is very forthcoming with her views, and her secret fears of coming to love somebody who, being rich, may well leave her for supermodel Heidi Klum. Elizabeth is very sweet and funny in this story, and Mr Darcy unfailingly gentlemanly. ‘I, Darcy’ by Karen M Cox pokes a little fun at our Mr Darcy. William Darcy has been named after Fitzwilliam Darcy from the novel ‘Pride & Prejudice’. He is sick of comparisons, and sick of seeing Mr Darcy being held up as the perfect man. As time goes on, and as he gets off on the wrong foot with Lynley, he starts to consider and refine his views, and so does she. As Lynley says, Mr Darcy isn’t perfect – just forgiven. This story, which takes a look at the character of Darcy and of the lessons of P&P was a wonderful way to end the anthology. This anthology was an excellent collection of stories. You’d definitely need to have read ‘Pride & Prejudice’ at least once to understand some of the stories, particularly some of the Regency-set ones, as they assume knowledge of what is going on. There are some instances of bad language, but not much, and a little sex, but nothing at all graphic. On the whole, I probably enjoyed the Regency stories a little more, as there was just so much romance and yearning.... sigh! I thought the standard of the stories was very high, four and five star stories, definitely. So on balance, it gets a 4½ star rating from me and I’d recommend it. I’d like to thank Christina Boyd and Claudine from Just Jane 1813 for letting me take part in this blog tour and providing me with a review copy for my honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sheila Majczan

    With 15 beloved and favorite authors and a lovely dedication written by the editor, Christina Boyd, I am almost intimidated that I will not express my appreciation and enjoyment of this book adequately. I was given an ARC of this book to read in exchange for an honest review. It is one I had most definitely planned to buy even if I did not receive this ARC. We first have a selection of stories set in Regency times; several having to do with the "Hunsford Proposal", and one as Darcy faces his wed With 15 beloved and favorite authors and a lovely dedication written by the editor, Christina Boyd, I am almost intimidated that I will not express my appreciation and enjoyment of this book adequately. I was given an ARC of this book to read in exchange for an honest review. It is one I had most definitely planned to buy even if I did not receive this ARC. We first have a selection of stories set in Regency times; several having to do with the "Hunsford Proposal", and one as Darcy faces his wedding day and the situation faced while traveling to spend that night at Pemberley. As my husband and I are approaching 50 years of marriage in 2018 the tale Darcy relates after his and Elizabeth's 50 years of togetherness was poignant. We "listen" as he looks back and shares his fears and the reasons for his protective stance with Elizabeth. Not a few tears were shed. I absolutely loved looking over Darcy's shoulder as he writes and edits his "letter". Grinning and remembering the ink spots and smudges; were Bingley's skills as a letter writer rubbing off on him? And, hey, Anne deBourgh, I love that pet name, “Witsfailhim”! Then there is the mash-up of P&P with Beauty & the Beast, my favorite fairy tale. LOVED the incorporation of names given the servants. And I am sure I don't have to give any hints as to the identity of the evil Wizard who cast the curse upon Pemberley. In other tales: A secret rotating wall section discovered while at the Netherfield Ball may set up a comprising situation. In addition, a new telling of Darcy confronting his aunt and then at odds with Richard...no, it is not the same old, same old. We read of a conversation with Mr. Gardner which gives Darcy hope...but why, when he comes back to Hertfordshire, does Elizabeth seem to disappear upon every attempt to talk to her? Then we are in Other Eras: Darcy, as principal, describing the new art teacher as Brunhilda with...let's see: Brillo pad hair and an oversized potholder sweater...cringing here. A story set in the 60's: the new radio station acquired by Rosings Communications, Catherine de Bourgh, aunt & boss to “the Darcy”, sends him into exile for a year, due to a faux pas with a major client’s wife at a Christmas party under the mistletoe. The new radio station has a rising star, Eliza Bennet, who raises ratings but ruffles feathers with music choices. This variation has some serious considerations as it is not just upper class vs. middle class but a difference of religion among the issues. 1943: On a base near Meryton, Hertfordshire, we meet among others: Capt. Darcy, Squadron Leader Bingley, Kitty and Lydia Potter, the latter as evacuees in the Bennet household. Our Darcy can dance. (I had to pull up the Benny Goodman song.) I want more of this story. The Blitz becomes up close and personal in Darcy's decision to help the Bennets. 1860 -'61: Traveling west to San Francisco, Outlaw Wickham & his gang hold up the stagecoach so Darcy, his sister, and others are stranded until a skinny young man and his sister come across them as the siblings are searching for the same man...who abducted their sister. GHB, the date rape drug, is used in another story and a young girl is left crippled. DandyDarcy's personal life is at odds with the world of journalism. An earful from a bitter player and an overheard insult, "...all crawling slimes, no better than garbage pickers" predisposes sports reporter, Liz Bennet, in her opinion about the man. I was laughing while reading as Darcy is sent by Chuck Bingley (who is celebrating his engagement to Jane) to pick up a drunk Lizzy. And with her hair let down she has no problem now coming on to Darcy...but is he a gentle man or does he take this one chance to even get a kiss...she had raked him over the coals previously? Finally a William Darcy, who goes by Liam, insults Jane Austen while sitting near ladies attending a JA conference. Overheard a retort comes back from Lynley that "Actually, Jane Austen knew a lot about men." Time passes and other meetings and confrontations bring the two into each other's presence again and again. He finds that her business fits his Seasons restaurants' need for local produce perfectly but a charge of sexual harassment against one of his company's employees makes the deal seem impossible. The discussions about Darcy’s character in the book give us a nice conclusion to these enthralling short stories. Well done. Do yourself a big favor and make sure you read this book as it is released.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Brandi Elliott

    This is an amazing anthology. I read it in 2 days because I refused to put it down. Ahhh, Mr. Darcy. I will not give any spoilers but I will tell you this shpuld definitely be on your tbr list. It's a definite MUST READ!!! This is an amazing anthology. I read it in 2 days because I refused to put it down. Ahhh, Mr. Darcy. I will not give any spoilers but I will tell you this shpuld definitely be on your tbr list. It's a definite MUST READ!!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Abigail Bok

    Christina Boyd, maven of The Quill Ink, has come up with a rich multi-course feast for lovers of all things Austenesque. The Darcy Monologues brings together fifteen of the hottest authors of Jane Austen fan fiction writing today. The point of the collection is to take a gander at what Pride and Prejudice’s story might look like when seen from the hero, Fitzwilliam Darcy’s, point of view. It is clearly pitched toward lovers of P&P: anyone who hasn’t read Jane Austen’s classic novel should be war Christina Boyd, maven of The Quill Ink, has come up with a rich multi-course feast for lovers of all things Austenesque. The Darcy Monologues brings together fifteen of the hottest authors of Jane Austen fan fiction writing today. The point of the collection is to take a gander at what Pride and Prejudice’s story might look like when seen from the hero, Fitzwilliam Darcy’s, point of view. It is clearly pitched toward lovers of P&P: anyone who hasn’t read Jane Austen’s classic novel should be warned that in many cases, if you lack the background of the original, the situations and characters in these little nuggets of romantic goodness might be bewildering to you. Those of you who have read P&P, dive on in! The book is divided roughly in half between stories set in Jane Austen’s lifetime and stories set in other eras. About half of the period tales start at the point in the narrative when Elizabeth Bennet has rejected Darcy’s marriage proposal at Hunsford Parsonage. So we get a series of variations on the angry, resentful Darcy who slowly learns to appreciate Elizabeth’s criticisms of his character and manners before working toward reconciliation. It’s a natural place to start a short story, but I found myself taking more pleasure in the ones that took their material a little farther afield. I was charmed by Melanie Stanford’s “Beast of Pemberley,” which weaves a mythic fairy tale out of the warp of P&P and weft of “Beauty and the Beast.” The opening story in the book, Caitlin Williams’s “Death of a Bachelor,” takes us on a slightly warm (but not pornographic) journey through the happy couple’s wedding night; it was vividly realized and cleverly conceived. I also found Jan Hahn’s story “Without Affection” very touching; it focuses on the early years of the marriage but sees it through a frame set fifty years on. And Karalynne Mackrory’s “Clandestiny” gives us a warmer-hearted, more thoughtful Elizabeth and shows us how the same words, when spoken in a different tone, can be understood very differently. I appreciated the deftness and the wisdom. The stories set in other eras allow for greater reshuffling of plot and characters, and personally, I found more unalloyed delight in these pages. (I am often a stickler for historical accuracy and word choice in period Austenesque fiction, so I’m easier to please when we escape the Regency; plus I miss Austen’s sardonic narrative voice in most period tales.) Here we find the characters acting out their destinies in the 1860s, 1940s, 1960s, and a variety of unspecified present days. Darcy is a Boston Brahmin attorney headed for post-Gold Rush San Francisco; a school principal; a pro baseball player; and, most often, a mogul with a successful family business. Each incarnation allows us to see a different facet of his character as well as presenting us with a spectrum of Elizabeths—all alluring, all capable, but with a range of maturity levels. There’s something here for every taste. Ruth Phillips Oakland’s insanely inebriated Elizabeth in “The Ride Home” stepped a little outside the pale of Austen variation for me, but I adored the resourceful, courageous heroine of Natalie Richards’s “Pemberley by Stage,” a true Western adventure yarn. I also found myself attaching to the Darcy and Elizabeth of Karen M. Cox’s “I, Darcy”—they were both humble and willing to change, and the story has a nifty meta touch with their respective interpretations of Pride and Prejudice being integral to their character development. Cox’s tale seemed truest to the spirit of the original. Farther removed from P&P but especially delightful reading for me were “You Don’t Know Me” by Beau North and “Darcy Strikes Out” by Sophia Rose. Beau North has long since earned my respect for her impeccable period re-creations and deep characters; she doesn’t disappoint with her story of reconciliation across religious boundaries, her mixture of darkness and light. And Sophia Rose has a beautiful gift for creating natural-feeling characters and tends to incorporate into her stories people with physical challenges in a way that is profoundly humane. I love reading anything that comes from these two pens. The Darcy Monologues will give any Austen lover hours of pleasure as they luxuriate in these inventive, touching, exciting glimpses into the world from Mr. Darcy’s point of view. I was given access to an advance electronic copy in exchange for an honest review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)

    His Feelings Will Not Be Repressed OVERVIEW: Full of ardent admiration and love but not the talent of conversing easily, Mr. Darcy doesn’t always express himself well. And even though he is haughty, insulting, and in need of a proper humbling, Mr. Darcy is one of the most iconic and beloved romantic heroes of all time. In The Darcy Monologues an inspired collection of Austenesque authors have collaborated together to allow the brooding and reserved Mr. Darcy to have his say. United by their intima His Feelings Will Not Be Repressed OVERVIEW: Full of ardent admiration and love but not the talent of conversing easily, Mr. Darcy doesn’t always express himself well. And even though he is haughty, insulting, and in need of a proper humbling, Mr. Darcy is one of the most iconic and beloved romantic heroes of all time. In The Darcy Monologues an inspired collection of Austenesque authors have collaborated together to allow the brooding and reserved Mr. Darcy to have his say. United by their intimate knowledge and insightful understanding of Mr. Darcy’s character, these fifteen accomplished Austenesque authors have composed well-crafted and inventive tales that take place in a variety of time periods and situations. MY READING EXPERIENCE: This anthology is divided into two sections “Regency” and “Other Eras.” There are eight Regency stories and seven Other Eras stories, and all range from 15 to 35 pages in length. In the Regency section several stories can be categorized as variations and vignettes, but there is also two that are more like sequels and one that is a mash-up with a fairytale. And while most of the stories in the Other Eras section take place in modern day, there are three that take place in different time periods – 1961-62, 1943, and 1860. Even though I was inclined to read these stories in a voracious and binge-like manner, I paced myself and only read a few stories in each sitting. I did read all the stories in order, but I’m thinking it might be more fun to mix it up next time and alternate between Regency and the Other Eras. If I were to give a star rating for each individual story, it would mostly be 4.5 and 5 stars across the board, with only one or two being 4 stars. MY ASSESSMENT: I’m blown away… The anticipation for this collection has been building for months, the hype is so much that I couldn’t help but have raised expectations, and yet…I’m still blown away! I can’t see how, but this collection actually exceeded my high expectations! The creativity and diversity of all these stories is utterly impressive. It is impossible for me to choose a favorite, or even five favorites! There were stories that gave wonderful laughs, some that exhibited beautifully tender scenes, some that ratcheted up the angst a bit, some that pulled at the heartstrings with sweet poignancy, some that took us to a unique setting, and some that cranked up the heat! The fact that each story is memorable and unique truly makes this collection an outstanding feat! I think what I loved most about this collection is how well each author rendered Jane Austen’s Mr. Darcy. Each portrayal of this illustrious man of consequence was thoughtful, sensitive, and reverent. These stories illustrated the many different facets of Mr. Darcy’s character at different moments in his journey – both the negative and the positive. Sometimes insufferable, sometimes adorable, but always irresistible! These stories perfectly convey the reasons why Mr. Darcy is a timeless romantic hero. CONCLUSION: The Darcy Monologues is a tremendously impressive and compelling tribute to Jane Austen’s Mr. Darcy! Brava to Christina Boyd for her inspired decision to create this magnificent anthology and for assembling the remarkable talent of these fifteen skilled story-tellers! This whole project was extremely well done! I can only hope that Ms. Boyd will one day select another Austen character “to have their say!” I wholeheartedly recommend! NOTE: With some brief references of intimate moments and one usage of profanity, I would recommend this book for PG-13 readers. Austenesque Reviews

  8. 4 out of 5

    Talia

    The Darcy Monologues is heaven for a JAFF fan though I suspect even people unfamiliar with the genre would love this book. The stories are split by time period with a hunky pic to get you in the mood. Can I say the cover and section pics are awesome? Well, I did and they are. Well done to whoever thought of that. Anyway, all of the best JAFF authors under one cover should be enough to get you to love this book but in case you need more, each story is told from Darcy's POV, hence the title. Again The Darcy Monologues is heaven for a JAFF fan though I suspect even people unfamiliar with the genre would love this book. The stories are split by time period with a hunky pic to get you in the mood. Can I say the cover and section pics are awesome? Well, I did and they are. Well done to whoever thought of that. Anyway, all of the best JAFF authors under one cover should be enough to get you to love this book but in case you need more, each story is told from Darcy's POV, hence the title. Again, well done and thank you for being so clever! There is something here for all Darcy maniacs. You won't leave feeling left out. So, sit back, get ready to sigh, and prepare to swoon, Darcy is speaking to you. I loved it. Reread: OMG, so good. I also won the audiobook which I highly recommend. I went and bought the hard copy to add to my DM collection. Now, I have all versions.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

    I think this was one of the most anticipated books on my P&P reading list. I started to feel like everyone I follow had gotten an advanced copy. But when it was released on sunday I quickly grabbed it. And it was the perfect end to an awesome weekend. The book consists of 15 short stories all told from Darcy's perspective. 8 are Regency era and 7 are other eras. Only 4 are truly modern era, I am not a huge fan of modern P&P variations. ‘Death of a Bachelor’ by Caitlin Williams I love everything I think this was one of the most anticipated books on my P&P reading list. I started to feel like everyone I follow had gotten an advanced copy. But when it was released on sunday I quickly grabbed it. And it was the perfect end to an awesome weekend. The book consists of 15 short stories all told from Darcy's perspective. 8 are Regency era and 7 are other eras. Only 4 are truly modern era, I am not a huge fan of modern P&P variations. ‘Death of a Bachelor’ by Caitlin Williams I love everything Caitlin writes so I loved this. Beginning 4 days before his wedding Darcy is realizing that his life is going to change and that Lizzy's will as well. Following the wedding they end up stranded at an inn due to a sudden snowstorm. This is just a wonderful story. ‘From the Ashes' by J Marie Croft. Here we get to see how Darcy really acted following the Disastrous proposal at Hunsford. Here he over imbibes, wakes his cousins; repeatedly, spills ink, and generally makes a mess of it. A few really clever bits include Lady Chatterin' and Witsfailhim ‘If Only a Dream’ by Joana Starnes. This is the second story detailing Darcy following the Hunsford Proposal. Here his desire to leave is thwarted by Lady Catherine's accident. It gives Darcy a chance to realize that Lady Catherine and Mrs. Bennet are two sides of the same coin. It also forces him to remain in Lizzy's orbit and eventually, albeit accidentally confess how deep his feelings are. ‘Clandestiny’ by Karalynne Mackrory. Set at the Netherfield Ball here Darcy stalks off to avoid Lizzy in his study only to have a secret passage dump her into his presence. Ribbons caught in doors and other things conspire to have our dear couple kissing. ‘The Beast of Pemberley’ by Melanie Stanford. This is a fantasy piece based on Beauty and the Beast – the Disney version. Instead of being turned into animals or household items the master & servants of Pemberley have been scarred. Mr. Darcy the most horribly. Using a magic mirror Darcy sees how Miss Elizabeth is threatened with marriage to Collins so he 'saves her' but she doesn't appreciate the assistance. When Darcy realizes that the evil wizard Wickham's spell is now turned on Lizzy he sends her away but Wickham lures him out of Pemberley and a battle ensues. ‘A Resentful Man’ this is almost a misnames title for is retells Darcy reuniting with Lizzy and the Gardiners at Pemberley and there is zero resentment. ‘In Terms of Perfect Composure’ by Susan Adriani. Here Darcy is licking his imagined wounds following his and Bingley's first return to Meryton and dining with the Gardiners. The Gardiners encourage him to offer for Lizzy again; his premature return has him witnessing Lizzy & Lady Catherine's argument and being chastized by his aunt in her carriage outside of Longbourn. After this Lizzy seems to avoid him resulting in him heading to Longbourn – where she is alone due to a headache (Hunsford redux) and ODC can finally get past their past and remember the past only as it gives them pleasure. ‘Without Affection’ by Jan Hahn. This is the MOST angsty of the Regency era stories. Set mostly at Pemberley it is the remembrances of an elderly Mr. Darcy recalling how he almost ruined his marriage with his beloved Lizzy. After their wedding when Jane seems to quickly fall with child Lizzy begins to fear she and Darcy won't have children. When they do her difficulties prove too much for Darcy who decides he will never again risk her life. But of course being Darcy nor does he explain this – instead he goes away to avoid temptation and of course Lizzy thinks she is now in the lonely society marriage since he has an heir. Luckily Lizzy is more sensible and practical than Mr loony Darcy so she eventually uses her brain to work on him and they lived happily ever after. As a rule I am not a big fan of contemporary era P&P what ifs with that being said ‘Hot for Teacher’ by Sara Angelini is one of the good ones. Here Darcy is the principal of private school, Pemberley academy. He manages to insult Lizzy at least a half dozen times before realizing that he is in love with her. I love how the author incorporated many characters in new roles, Mr. Collins is a janitor with a non creepy secret. “You Don’t Know Me” by Beau North. I think this is my favorite of the 'non Regency' stories and possibly my favorite of the entire book. Set in 1962 Buffalo Darcy is Don Draper type who is exiled to Buffalo for being seduced by a wife of a client at the Christmas party. Sent to run a radio station and turn it around he butts heads with Lizzy Bennet, a beatnik woman DJ. His Aunt Catherine is the head of the family business and she is wonderfully presented. ‘Reason to Hope’ by Jenetta James. I think P&P blends wonderfully with WW2 and this story is really good. Here Group Captain Darcy is sent to Meryton where he encounters Miss Bennet who is almost immediately arguing with him. They learn to appreciate one another and his assistance when Kitty & Lydia are thought lost to a London bombing makes them realize there is more to life. ‘Pemberley by Stage’ by Natalie Richards is set in the old west and has Wickham as the VILLAIN. He is out to hurt anyone he can. When the Darcys & Bingleys are robbed and Georgiana kidnapped they are some what rescued by Jane Bennet and her brother Elias. Darcy & Elias set out to send help back to the injured and hunt down Wickham who has Lydia Bennet & Georgiana. ‘Darcy Strikes Out’ by Sophia Rose. In this version Darcy is a big league baseball player nicknamed Dandy Darcy and Lizzie is a sports writer who he has offended and when he asks her out she reads him the riot act. This story is pretty angst filled mostly in peripheral characters. In this version Liz says “You are the last guy on the planet with whom...” ‘The Ride Home’ by Ruth Phillips Oakland. This is a quickly paced story that has Darcy forced to pick up a drunken Lizzy when she abandons a bad date and gentleman that he is he can't decline.During a car ride they straighten out all of their problems and misconceptions. ‘I, Darcy’ by Karen M Cox. This is set in the modern US. Liam Darcy, the owner of Castleton, and his buddy Corbin meet Lynley and Jane while discussing Jane austen in a bar. Liam Darcy is not a fan of P&P while Lynley and Jane are. Their paths cross again when Darcy's company wants to open a new restaurant near their home. He has to put in a lot of effort to get Lynley to like him especially because an employee had put her off his business (view spoiler)[ It's George Whitman aka Wickham (hide spoiler)] . With the author adapting names to be less obvious you have to keep up. Also the author made me crave fritos and cheese dip – which I am going to have as soon as this is posted. Loved the book while each story may not be 5 stars the total package is

  10. 4 out of 5

    Vicky Clayton

    Bravo! What a refreshing read. Darcy is the quintessential hero, perfection especially with his flaws (which, in my opinion, make him more believable and ultimatey more loveable and real). I was primed to love this book as it contains some of my favourite authors, but in the back of my mind wondered if my expectations would set me up for a fall. Not so. I regularly tell my husband that I Iove to escape into this type of fiction because I want to live in world where Darcy exists, is steadfast in h Bravo! What a refreshing read. Darcy is the quintessential hero, perfection especially with his flaws (which, in my opinion, make him more believable and ultimatey more loveable and real). I was primed to love this book as it contains some of my favourite authors, but in the back of my mind wondered if my expectations would set me up for a fall. Not so. I regularly tell my husband that I Iove to escape into this type of fiction because I want to live in world where Darcy exists, is steadfast in his love for Elizabeth, and always gets his girl and their happily every after. This is all of that and more. Jane Austen wrote brilliantly awesome heros and villians, but wrote about them from the angle she knew; always from the lady’s perspective. The authors really dive into Darcy’s feelings and behavours, exploring his personality and soul in way that is rarely seen as it’s generally well hidden behind that self-preserving mask. These stories shine a light on the workings of the man and bring a new perspective to his thoughts and motivations. I thought I knew him pretty well already, but there are some sections that give him previously unexplored colour (at least for me) that make this refreshing and new. As a collection it’s easy to pick up and read the stories in bite-sized chunks, they’re well written and as a set are well structured. Naturally there are some I preferred to others (although they’re all great!), and not necesarily in a way I expected. I won’t talk about my favourite, as you really should read it and find your own! I think I’ll always prefer alternatives and variations based in Regency England, but that’s just me. I do however love the idea of Darcy not being restricted by time and space; he will always get his Elizabeth, and love will conquer all.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Marie

    I finally wrote a review on my favorite anthology inspired by P&P. The best part of these short stories is that they're all from Darcy's POV. 5 reasons why you should read the Darcy Monologues. https://marieslibrary.wordpress.com/2... This is perfect for P&P fans who want more from Darcy & Elizabeth's story. I finally wrote a review on my favorite anthology inspired by P&P. The best part of these short stories is that they're all from Darcy's POV. 5 reasons why you should read the Darcy Monologues. https://marieslibrary.wordpress.com/2... This is perfect for P&P fans who want more from Darcy & Elizabeth's story.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Staciel

    Wowsa! I literally spent the entirety of my spring break 2018 sipping on this like fine wine. If you are a fan of Jane Austen, but not sure yet if you want to dip your toe into JAFF (Jane Austen Fan Fiction), then I think that this is *the book* that you *MUST* read to see if it is for you. 15 short stories from many of the most recognizable names in the JAFF business, this will give you a great sense of what these stories are all about. The four star rating comes from my now full acknowledgement t Wowsa! I literally spent the entirety of my spring break 2018 sipping on this like fine wine. If you are a fan of Jane Austen, but not sure yet if you want to dip your toe into JAFF (Jane Austen Fan Fiction), then I think that this is *the book* that you *MUST* read to see if it is for you. 15 short stories from many of the most recognizable names in the JAFF business, this will give you a great sense of what these stories are all about. The four star rating comes from my now full acknowledgement that I'm just not that into modern retellings-- for me, Mr Darcy belongs in a historical setting, because when he's pushed forward in time, many people turn him into someone who just wants to get inside Elizabeth Bennet's panties..and while I know that is a natural thing, I do like some more mystery in regards to that. (I'm sure that makes me sound like a total prude, and I am not-- I am just very protective of such a beloved character and how he's presented) I do have to admit that one or two of them modern retellings did take me pleasantly by surprise. I do truly hope that another one of these is in the works, as it is great to have so many good stories 'under one roof', so to speak...Keeping my fingers crossed for it and going to remain hopeful that Abigail Reynolds, Cassandra Grafton and Ginger Monette hop aboard version 2.0!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sophia

    I'm deliberately not rating this because I might be thought to be a tad biased since I can claim one-fifteenth of it is my writing= or one-sixteenth since we should count our fantastic editor Christina's thoughts and work on each story. But guys, I just had to express my adoration for all the stories I had the privilege to read. The theme was already a winner with me, but it was more than that. I think what struck me was the many ways one character could be portrayed. Whether Darcy's story was se I'm deliberately not rating this because I might be thought to be a tad biased since I can claim one-fifteenth of it is my writing= or one-sixteenth since we should count our fantastic editor Christina's thoughts and work on each story. But guys, I just had to express my adoration for all the stories I had the privilege to read. The theme was already a winner with me, but it was more than that. I think what struck me was the many ways one character could be portrayed. Whether Darcy's story was set traditional Regency or if he wandered into fantasy or other eras, he was a hero I could appreciate. I enjoyed fresh and familiar views alike through these variations, sequels, and retellings. I chose to read it spread out with a few stories at a time and I mixed and matched flipping back and forth between the eras. This was a fun option to have. And if you want a great sampler to explore new to you authors or further explore an author's works, this is a fantastic way to do it.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Dung

    The Darcy Monologues is one of the most anticipated books anthologies out this year. The title itself had me eagerly anticipating for more since the first announcement. I love the cover which shows us a glimpse of both modern and regency Darcy. It has a tres chic flair to it with a bold touch of the hot pink on the cover. I love anthologies stories since they are short enough to give you a quick fixed on your Jane Austen Fan Fiction (JAFF), but most anthologies include stories outside of P&P. Alt The Darcy Monologues is one of the most anticipated books anthologies out this year. The title itself had me eagerly anticipating for more since the first announcement. I love the cover which shows us a glimpse of both modern and regency Darcy. It has a tres chic flair to it with a bold touch of the hot pink on the cover. I love anthologies stories since they are short enough to give you a quick fixed on your Jane Austen Fan Fiction (JAFF), but most anthologies include stories outside of P&P. Although I love all of Jane Austen’s work, I prefer to read only P&P related JAFF so when I heard of the Darcy Monologues and the stories all coming from Darcy’s perspective I was on pins and needles with excitement! The anthology is made up of 15 stories from my favorite JAFF authors with a blend of both Regency and modern stories edited by the talented Christina Boyd. These short stories bring out all the emotions in you from laugh out loud moments to heart rendering ones. From tears of laughter to tears of sorrow. I’ll leave it to the other reviews to describe each of the individual stories, but you’ll be in for a treat as each of them will leave you wanting more. I dragged out reading this anthology as long as possible to savor the wonderful stories that these authors were able to create. There’s a saying that goes, “every great book ends too quickly” and I couldn’t agree more! All the stories were so engaging that I didn’t want them to end… I can picture these stories transforming into full-length novels as well. I would highly recommend this book to all Pride & Prejudice fans. There’s just so much more of Darcy to love. Here’s hoping that this is only the first of many more editions of The Darcy Monologues! Congratulations Christina Boyd and all 15 authors for an amazing set of stories. I can’t wait to re-read these stories as well as stories from all these authors! Please note that I received an eARC for my fair and honest review. There are stories which contains mature content. 6-17-2019 to 7-11-2019: Love listening to it as much as reading it. Harry Frost does an excellent job of narrating. The accents... 😍

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    Dear Reader, If you are in the mood to be transported to another world,to view life from the perspective of none other than Fitzwilliam Darcy Esq. then you should feast your eyes on this collection of short stories. Based in modern and Regency times,you'll be privy to the inner workings of his great mind,how he rationalised his slight and insult of Lizzy,how he realised the grievous error of his ways and the determined efforts he took to right these wrongs and gain the hand of his dearest,lovelie Dear Reader, If you are in the mood to be transported to another world,to view life from the perspective of none other than Fitzwilliam Darcy Esq. then you should feast your eyes on this collection of short stories. Based in modern and Regency times,you'll be privy to the inner workings of his great mind,how he rationalised his slight and insult of Lizzy,how he realised the grievous error of his ways and the determined efforts he took to right these wrongs and gain the hand of his dearest,loveliest Elizabeth. I must admit that I really enjoyed these stories and loved seeing the myriad confusion of thoughts running thorough Darcy's mind,the pain,inner turmoil,angst and self recrimination in the various situations he found himself in, the different reactions to the same events in the each story and how the HEA was satisfactory obtained in each one! Highly recommended to all lovers of Jane Austen. Kudos to the creative writers' imaginations,their obvious love of Austen's characters and their determination in creating fifteen beautifully crafted and deeply satisfying stories!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Blodeuedd Finland

    ‘Death of a Batchelor’ by Caitlin Williams Darcy's thoughts the month before his wedding and after the wedding. A sweet story. From the Ashes' by J Marie Croft Darcy as I have not seen him before when he is trying to write THE letter to Lizzy. He was funny If Only a Dream’ by Joana Starnes Oh Darcy, you are such a fool, but being a fool brings him closer to Lizzy at Rosings. So it all works out. I like these sides of him. ‘Clandestiny’ by Karalynne Mackrory Netherfield Park, the Ball. See what things ‘Death of a Batchelor’ by Caitlin Williams Darcy's thoughts the month before his wedding and after the wedding. A sweet story. From the Ashes' by J Marie Croft Darcy as I have not seen him before when he is trying to write THE letter to Lizzy. He was funny If Only a Dream’ by Joana Starnes Oh Darcy, you are such a fool, but being a fool brings him closer to Lizzy at Rosings. So it all works out. I like these sides of him. ‘Clandestiny’ by Karalynne Mackrory Netherfield Park, the Ball. See what things you can accomplish by talking! ‘The Beast of Pemberley’ by Melanie Stanford A Beauty and the beast re-telling :D Fun! Even if Lizzy could have been nicer. I mean Darcy was so sweet. ‘A Resentful Man’ Lory Lilian I am not the biggest fan of stories which are just through another POV, but it made it up for it at the end cos he was so dang sweet ‘In Terms of Perfect Composure’ by Susan Adriani Here they did not get together when Bingley proposed so everything is still unsure and Darcy makes friends with the Gardiners ‘Without Affection’ by Jan Hahn Darcy looks back at their life together and a few bumps in the road. All cos of him, men are silly. ‘Hot for Teacher’ by Sara Angelini Present day, everyone are teachers. Darcy was even more proud than usual “You Don’t Know Me” by Beau North I think my least fav, as I do not really care for the modern day (fine 60s) variations, and this was not even a variation. It was just people with their names. ‘Reason to Hope’ by Jenetta James This "Modern" day ones sure do not follow the story. Just the names. Darcy meets Lizzy during the war. Though no war action.' Pemberley by Stage’ by Natalie Richards 1860s, bandits, Darcy to the rescue. Again, no story, just names. WIckham was evil as alwayas, but I did feel sorry for him too. ‘Darcy Strikes Out’ by Sophia Rose Present day (present day just works so much better than the in betweens because here they are free. I want free or you know 1800s.) Anyway, it takes place after "lambton" and it worked really well. Could even been its own story without the PP stuff. ‘The Ride Home’ by Ruth Phillips Oakland This one was short and took place in a car but it was fun and Lizzy was drunk. It was amusing. ‘I, Darcy’ by Karen M Cox I have come to realise that Lizzy really tends to be an idiot, yes I get that is the whole point with prejudiced bur Lizzy come on! Tsk. Modern day, not anything from the story except names. All in all fun stories! I am a classic which means I prefer it to take place around when it should take place. I like the era and how polite everyone has to be. Or not be. But some modern ones were really fun too cos it changes thing. Narrator He did well and I forgot that I listened to a bunch of stories cos it worked so well

  17. 4 out of 5

    Carole (in Canada)

    I received this collection of short stories as gift for which I will be forever thankful. Christina Boyd and the 15 gifted authors within, gave voice to Mr. Darcy. Each story is unique and everyone will have their own favourite(s). The cover alone is absolutely enticing. For me, they whet the appetite and soothed the palate...Bravo! As my favourite era is Regency, I decided to read the short stories from back to front, so I could end with my favourite time period. Each story was flawlessly execut I received this collection of short stories as gift for which I will be forever thankful. Christina Boyd and the 15 gifted authors within, gave voice to Mr. Darcy. Each story is unique and everyone will have their own favourite(s). The cover alone is absolutely enticing. For me, they whet the appetite and soothed the palate...Bravo! As my favourite era is Regency, I decided to read the short stories from back to front, so I could end with my favourite time period. Each story was flawlessly executed and gave us a further look into the mind of Mr. Darcy. Since I read this book differently, I will write my review differently as well. For each of the stories, I will provide a glimpse to Mr. Darcy's feelings/actions in the order that I read them. 15. 'I Darcy' - Karen M. Cox: Darcy delivers 14. 'The Ride Home' - Ruth Phillips Oakland Darcy's delight 13. 'Darcy Strikes Out' - Sophia Rose Darcy's dandy 12. 'Pemberley by Stage' - Natalie Richards Darcy's decided 11. 'Reason to Hope' - Jenetta James Darcy's determined 10. 'You Don't Know Me' - Beau North Darcy's distraction 9. 'Hot for Teacher' - Sara Angelini Darcy's dazed 8. 'Without Affection' - Jan Hahn Darcy's dilemma 7. 'In Terms of Perfect Composure' - Susan Adriani Darcy's discomposure 6. 'A Resentful Man' - Lory Lillian Darcy's desire 5. 'The Beast of Pemberley' - Melanie Stanford Darcy's daring 4. 'Clandestiney' - Karalynne Mackrory Darcy's destiny 3. 'If Only A Dream' - Joana Starnes Darcy's disasters 2. 'From the Ashes' - J. Marie Croft Darcy's dumbstruck 1. 'Death of a Bachelor' - Caitlin Williams Darcy's doubts I highly recommend this collection of short stories to all. They can be read in any order and at any time when you just want to be in the head of the ever inscrutable Mr. Darcy. Bon appetit!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Judith Barrow

    I chose this anthology both out of curiosity and because I'm short on time at the moment so reading short stories suits me. I'm so glad I did. The Darcy Monologues is a collection of fifteen short stories told from Darcy’s point of view and is an outstanding read. The book is divided into two;  The Regency'and Other Eras, I found it difficult to decide which section I liked best. I don't give spoilers, especially in this case. I think it would be unfair to pick out individual stories to review an I chose this anthology both out of curiosity and because I'm short on time at the moment so reading short stories suits me. I'm so glad I did. The Darcy Monologues is a collection of fifteen short stories told from Darcy’s point of view and is an outstanding read. The book is divided into two;  The Regency'and Other Eras, I found it difficult to decide which section I liked best. I don't give spoilers, especially in this case. I think it would be unfair to pick out individual stories to review and not others as, from my perspective, they are all excellently written, Some are portrayed from the first person point of view of Darcy, others from a third person viewpoint. Unusually the reader accompanies Darcy into various eras, various places and various predicaments. There is some humour, some pathos, some - quite a lot, obviously - romance. I loved each and every one. The slants on all the tales are clever and absorbing and threaded throughout is that one issue; that one age-old theme; two people who move inexorably from dislike to love. I'm sure Jane Austen would approve of these diverse stories of Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet .  I would definitely recommend this anthology to lovers of Pride and Prejudice and all readers who enjoy short stories.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kasia Burlakoff

    Wonderful anthology I was excited when I preordered this book. Having read that I must say all my expectations were fully met. All the stories are very well written with excellent plots. A box of little gems, something beautiful for different tastes. I'm a fan of Regency story, but different era and modern ones were great as well. Highly recommended for any JAFF reader. Wonderful anthology I was excited when I preordered this book. Having read that I must say all my expectations were fully met. All the stories are very well written with excellent plots. A box of little gems, something beautiful for different tastes. I'm a fan of Regency story, but different era and modern ones were great as well. Highly recommended for any JAFF reader.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jenn Bertrand

    This collection of stories is fantastic! I loved all of them. The toughest decision is which story and author could be my favorite! I enjoyed the variety from Darcy' s perspective. Being a Jane Austen fan, I was thrilled with the stories written around her style and time. I was pleasantly surprised to read the "Other Era" stories and enjoy them just as much. Happily, this has become one of my go to books. This collection of stories is fantastic! I loved all of them. The toughest decision is which story and author could be my favorite! I enjoyed the variety from Darcy' s perspective. Being a Jane Austen fan, I was thrilled with the stories written around her style and time. I was pleasantly surprised to read the "Other Era" stories and enjoy them just as much. Happily, this has become one of my go to books.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Anji

    Oh where do I begin? Well firstly, Christina Boyd has done a magnificent job in getting together such a wonderful band of writers. All have produced top quality works in this genre in the past. Not all have written full length novels but the shorter works they've produced haven't lost anything for all that. Secondly, who wouldn't want to read a collection of stories written from the point of view of one of fictions greatest romantic heroes? Some stories are written in the first person and some ar Oh where do I begin? Well firstly, Christina Boyd has done a magnificent job in getting together such a wonderful band of writers. All have produced top quality works in this genre in the past. Not all have written full length novels but the shorter works they've produced haven't lost anything for all that. Secondly, who wouldn't want to read a collection of stories written from the point of view of one of fictions greatest romantic heroes? Some stories are written in the first person and some aren't, but all of them give us a chance to get inside Darcy's head and witness the very monologues that give this fantastic book its title. Some are set in Regency times, some are set in other time periods including the American West and the 60s. The book is divided into two sections to reflect this. Can I pick a favourite story? The answer is a resounding NO! As I read the book, reading in the order as printed, which starts with the Regency era, each new story immediately became my favourite. Then I thought to myself "No, that can't be! Each successive story simply can't be better than the last. They're all absolutely brilliant!" They vary in length and range from Darcy and Elizabeth overcoming their misunderstandings and falling in love as per canon, to Darcy reflecting on his forthcoming marriage, and to Darcy as an old man reflecting back on his marriage to Elizabeth. I'm not going to go into details about the individual stories - we'd be here all day! As a card-carrying Janeite, I love variations set in the original Regency era but I've also taken a fancy to variations set in other times, too. This is one of the best JAFF books to come out this year and I am all anticipation for the anthology Ms. Boyd has just announced featuring Jane Austen's rakes and rogues.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Margarita

    You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admired and loved this book! Full Review: http://bit.ly/2oG4mNZ You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admired and loved this book! Full Review: http://bit.ly/2oG4mNZ

  23. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    What can I say that other reviewers before me haven't said already? This is a quality cornucopia of Pride and Prejudice-based short stories by authors who rank among the best JAFF writers. Some stick closer to canon than others, but all capture an element of the original's spirit, and I'd rate each of them at 4 or more stars. This review would be way too long if I tried to give my impression of each story individually, but since I dearly love to laugh(!!), I shall highlight the one that really ti What can I say that other reviewers before me haven't said already? This is a quality cornucopia of Pride and Prejudice-based short stories by authors who rank among the best JAFF writers. Some stick closer to canon than others, but all capture an element of the original's spirit, and I'd rate each of them at 4 or more stars. This review would be way too long if I tried to give my impression of each story individually, but since I dearly love to laugh(!!), I shall highlight the one that really tickled my funny bone. It was From the Ashes by J. Marie Croft. The crossed out bits of the letter Darcy writes at Rosings while in his cups are just priceless. I was howling my way through this one. A big shout out to Christina Boyd for crafting this book's uniformly high quality. It is no coincidence that every story is grammar and spell-check perfect with tightly wound plots that all have rising action building to a turning point and resolution. These are all great writers, but Christina is an equally great editor who works behind the scenes to fine tune their work and bring out their full potential. This book is her baby, and it bears her stamp on every single story.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sophia

    This engaging book shows so many sides of Jane Austen's most famous and best loved male lead character, Mr. Darcy, through several short stories all told from his point of view. There truly is something for everyone's tastes in this anthology. Traditional regency to the wild west to a fairytale mash-up to a school and on the baseball diamond. Spicy to sweet. This book had it all and a blend of new to me authors and old favorites. With some stories there was an assumption the reader was already so This engaging book shows so many sides of Jane Austen's most famous and best loved male lead character, Mr. Darcy, through several short stories all told from his point of view. There truly is something for everyone's tastes in this anthology. Traditional regency to the wild west to a fairytale mash-up to a school and on the baseball diamond. Spicy to sweet. This book had it all and a blend of new to me authors and old favorites. With some stories there was an assumption the reader was already somewhat familiar with the Pride and Prejudice story while with others the reader doesn't have to be familiar at all. There are sequels, variations, but mostly retellings in this group of tales. Now, to combat the feeling of being all mushed together due to same character names and similar plots. I chose to slow down and take the stories in smaller bites of time flipping back and forth between the historicals and the moderns rather than listen right on through story after story. That approach worked best and helped me appreciate what I was getting better. I enjoyed the book as an audiobook edition. Harry Frost was a new to me narrator. I thought he did fantastic for this collection of stories both for the Regency Era and the moderns. He altered his voice and accent for Darcy and the other characters. His female voices were done quite well.. Best of all, he captured pace, tone, emotion so I was right there in the story. I would definitely listen to more of his work. Frost adds a whole extra nuance of goodness to an already enjoyable read. And, full disclosure, I'm one of the contributing authors. ;)

  25. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    For my review of The Darcy Monologues, I do not intend to give a recap of each short story. Instead I will stick to an overall assessment of the book, as a whole. For anyone interested in having an anthology with plenty of lovely short stories to read, then I highly recommend The Darcy Monologues. Not only will you be able to get a little reading time worked into a busy schedule but the choice of authors is outstanding. There are times when it is difficult to have much reading time and a short st For my review of The Darcy Monologues, I do not intend to give a recap of each short story. Instead I will stick to an overall assessment of the book, as a whole. For anyone interested in having an anthology with plenty of lovely short stories to read, then I highly recommend The Darcy Monologues. Not only will you be able to get a little reading time worked into a busy schedule but the choice of authors is outstanding. There are times when it is difficult to have much reading time and a short story satisfies the need to read and gives that ‘feel good’ feeling I so love from a well-written book. In this anthology, a reader will find plenty to love. If you are bent toward reading Regency, there are some wonderful stories to gratify. For those that prefer modern retellings or variations, the selection for those is awesome too. I generally prefer stories to be set in Regency times, but I must say that the modern retellings in this anthology are excellent. The stories were well-written but I expected nothing less from this A-list of authors. I found them to carry the plot of each story and come to a good resolution. I would think that might be more difficult with less pages to tell a story but each author carried it off remarkably well. Each felt complete and left me feeling content. From the last days of Darcy’s bachelorhood to a mature Darcy reminiscing on a life well lived and well loved, the diversity of storylines make sure there should be something extra special for every reader. These tales made me laugh and made me cry. That they are all written from Darcy’s point of view is the ‘icing on the cake’ This is a book that I will pick up again and again. Well done to all of you! As posted at More Agreeably Engaged

  26. 4 out of 5

    victoria_tonks

    This is a lovely collection and, I think, a must-read for every JAFF fan. I am not giving it five stars because while I did like most of the stories and loved some, there were also those I did not care much for. Still, it was a wonderful read and one that kept my spirits up during an exhausting and very trying week at work. I especially enjoyed the (more) modern retellings, including the 1860 one. Reason to Hope still remains my favourite, but guess it might change in the future. I also like the This is a lovely collection and, I think, a must-read for every JAFF fan. I am not giving it five stars because while I did like most of the stories and loved some, there were also those I did not care much for. Still, it was a wonderful read and one that kept my spirits up during an exhausting and very trying week at work. I especially enjoyed the (more) modern retellings, including the 1860 one. Reason to Hope still remains my favourite, but guess it might change in the future. I also like the American vs. British feel to different chapters. It was distinct and easy to get into as a reader (even if I did not understand a lot of the baseball slang and references in Darcy Strikes Out ;)). Finally - the editing. It was flawless which I appreciated a lot. All in all, highly recommended. I think I will be checking out the JAFF books of some of the authors included in the anthology.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Hossenlopp

    What A Man! What a book! What a treat! To have so many diverse stories, so many differing imaginations come together for one guy. One amazing male character. I have read a lot of books in my lifetime, read genre after genre, BUT I honesty have not come across such a character like Mr. Darcy. All of his qualities AND faults make him my favorite fictional male. Ever. A big thanks to the authors for writing this fascinating read.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kirk

    Darcy Darcy Darcy Darcy Darcy Darcy Darcy Darcy Darcy Darcy Darcy Darcy Darcy Darcy Darcy...my inner Jan Brady strikes​ again! A longer review...the minor characters​ used well. Even the one story I wasn't​ as fond of was pretty good. I won a copy via Sophia Rose's post on a FB bloggy event. In exchange for a fair review. Darcy Darcy Darcy Darcy Darcy Darcy Darcy Darcy Darcy Darcy Darcy Darcy Darcy Darcy Darcy...my inner Jan Brady strikes​ again! A longer review...the minor characters​ used well. Even the one story I wasn't​ as fond of was pretty good. I won a copy via Sophia Rose's post on a FB bloggy event. In exchange for a fair review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jami

    I am currently reading this, but I have already laughed so much that I'm losing count. :) I'm delighted to find some new authors, visit with old favorites, and be in the head of the best loved man in literature!! :D You won't be disappointed. And you may find yourself grinning, laughing alone to yourself in a room while your kids tear up their playroom, and moping around aimlessly wanting to be a Regency lady and not live in this hum-drum modern world. :) Bravo, ladies!! I am currently reading this, but I have already laughed so much that I'm losing count. :) I'm delighted to find some new authors, visit with old favorites, and be in the head of the best loved man in literature!! :D You won't be disappointed. And you may find yourself grinning, laughing alone to yourself in a room while your kids tear up their playroom, and moping around aimlessly wanting to be a Regency lady and not live in this hum-drum modern world. :) Bravo, ladies!!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Erica |

    full review to follow!

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