Saturday, August 21, 2010

An Assembly Such as This

An Assembly Such as This (Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman, #1)An Assembly Such as This by Pamela Aidan

On the library stacks: Adult fiction
Series: Book 1 of 3 (Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman)
Recommended for: Jane Austen fans

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ever wanted to know Darcy's side of the story? This book is the first part of Pride and Prejudice from Darcy's perspective. Taking place first at Netherfield and then in London, we get a lot more of the back story behind what makes Darcy tick. We learn more about his relationship with his sister, his life growing up at Pemberley, his parents, and what he really thinks of Caroline Bingley.

The book moved a little slowly for me at the beginning through the stuff that is easily recognizable from the original book and the movies. But it sped up for me as it went along and we were introduced to new characters. My favorite parts were the imagined stuff with side characters like Darcy's valet, Fletcher and his friend Dy from Cambridge.

Overall, I thought this was really fun. I look forward to continuing the series!

Also reviewed by: Ardent Reader ~ One Literature Nut ~ 2 Kids and Tired Book Reviews ~ Your link here?

Book 75 of 100 for the 100+ Reading Challenge, Book 45 of 50 for the New Author Challenge, Book 52 of 55 for the Countdown Challenge (2003)

Source: Borrowed


Kathleen said...

I'm never sure what to think of these books that are take offs on a classic but I would like to give one a try and see what I think.

bermudaonion said...

Books like this almost always start slow for me, but once you get past a certain point, I'm hooked! Glad you enjoyed this one.

Holly (2 Kids and Tired) said...

I loved, loved, loved this series. Best take on Pride and Prejudice that I have read.

Shanda said...

This looks fun! I am excited to try it. Usually I don't like the P&P spinoffs but if you liked it I will give it a try!

Veens said...

I know I want to read books like these too!

Becky said...

Nice review. I need to move on and read the others as well, but just haven't made the time for it. It is kind of fun to step back into these stories with a little twist.