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The next adventure of the Darcy family from the author of Mr. Darcy's Daughters -- the story of a reluctant heiress who has been left a widow by Darcy's cousin Christopher. It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single woman in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a husband. So say the friends and family of impoverished widow Octavia Darcy when she unexpThe next adventure of the Darcy family from the author of Mr. Darcy's Daughters -- the story of a reluctant heiress who has been left a widow by Darcy's cousin Christopher. It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single woman in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a husband. So say the friends and family of impoverished widow Octavia Darcy when she unexpectedly inherits a fortune, but she has a different view and looks forward to a new life of independence. Escaping from the efforts of her half brothers and sisters to marry her off, Octavia goes to Yorkshire to find out more about the family she never knew, and while she is there she meets and crosses swords with landowner and politician Sholto Rutherford. When she returns to London to share a house with the dashing Lady Susan, Octavia, now secure in her new life, becomes caught up in the romantic problems of her niece. Then, the shadow of George Warren, the old nemesis of the Darcy family, falls over her, and she is threatened with the loss of both inheritance and reputation....

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ISBN : 9780743297295
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Number of Pages : 300 Pages
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The Second Mrs. Darcy Reviews

  • Nikki
    2018-10-21 13:33

    Now this book I loved! Octavia is a great character. Octavia Melbury. Tall and outspoken, Octavia fails to find a husband in London and is dispatched to India, where she is to live with relatives. There, she marries Capt. Christopher Darcy, but their happy union is cut short when he dies from an insect bite. Christopher's spiteful cousin, George Warren, nabs the estate and leaves Octavia with a pittance. However, a surprise and sizable inheritance comes Octavia's way, and she travels back to England, where she keeps mum about her newfound fortune while her conniving half-sister Theodosia schemes to marry her off. Octavia takes a shine to her smart, headstrong niece, Penelope, who, in turn, fancies a man of lower stature than her mother will accept. Not so for Octavia, whose rocky repartee with Lord Sholto Rutherford matures, inevitably, into love. Meanwhile, George realizes Christopher's inheritance isn't as large as he had thought and plots to steal Octavia's fortune. Aston's villains may be one-note wicked, but the lengths to which their puerile greed sends them make for good reading.

  • Naomi
    2018-09-27 16:20

    Wow. I'm wondering if I read the same book as the other people who raved about this... Here's the deal- I tried to like this book. There was just such a long section in the middle where I felt like she was just adding filler because it was too soon to develop the romance in the book. There were some nice moments throughout. But, the characters weren't likable enough that I cared about what happened to them. The story had a lot of useless facts in it too that seemed to be like the author saying "Look I've done my research!". Good for you! Just don't bother adding that information unless it advances the plot! I've heard that there are far better P&P spin-offs and I sincerely hope that is true- but I won't bother reading another from this author.

  • Nicole van der Elst
    2018-09-28 10:41

    I'm always a bit sceptical about Jane Austen spin-off's because I adore the originals so much. Aston only mentions the Bennets and Fitzwilliam Darcy once or twice. So she has developed a whole new story.The courting only begins in the last 50 pages of the book. Before that the story evolves quite slowly with a lot of , in my opinion, side characters who aren't that interesting as Mrs. Darcy or Lord Rutherford themselves.All in all the second Mrs. Darcy is a pleasant read. You just shouldn't compare the story with Prise and Prejudice. If you like 'regency' books you should give Elizabeth Aston a go.

  • Emily
    2018-10-05 15:43

    I really enjoyed this book! It was SO much fun! I do have a soft spot for regency romance novels--and I LOVE it when I find the ones that are NOT skanky! :)This follows the life of a young woman named Octavia. She is a half sister to some nasty people, is packed off to India, meets a man (a Captain Darcy who is some random distant cousin to The Mr. Darcy)and is married. He dies in an accident in the hills of India, so she returns to England... I loved the characters and all the little (albeit predictable) twists of plot. A fun and fulfilling read--VERY nice if you need something to snuggle up to after taking care of kids and houses and moving all day!!! :)

  • Hannah
    2018-09-28 08:42

    Bleh. If I could have given this 1 1/2 stars, I would have. Although I did start getting more involved in the story in the last 50 pages, I found that for most of it, I was just slogging through. The action is slow to develop, and although there are some subplots, none of them are all that engaging since they have no suspense to them, and most are pretty much resolved at the point that they're introduced. George Warren's appearance and actions, while kind of fun in the sense that they continue the Warren tradition of being scheming money-grubbers, feel very underbaked and really could have done with more development. That statement goes for the characters of the novel in general as well: none are really memorable or anything more than shadows of people. There's nothing distinctive, interesting, or particularly compelling about them, and that goes especially for the protagonist, Olivia. I didn't find myself feeling anything for her, and I think part of it was the third-person-omniscient narration style that simply reports on what Olivia's doing in a superficial kind of way, and then abruptly shifts briefly to random other characters' points of view for no conceivable reason, since their short and sporadic inputs don't seem to further the plot much (except in Rutherford's one extremely lucky coincedence that sets him up to save the day later). Besides that, though, as a reader, I never really felt I entered Olivia's head or heart, and so she just seems to me a cardboard Lizzy Bennet knock-off who "speaks her mind," "is honest," and "has somewhat of a temper." Another thing that I realized is that Aston rarely describes her characters' physical appearances, and I wonder if that's intentional. It left me feeling like everyone was more or less faceless; I would only discover 50-100 pages after "meeting" them that they were "handsome," "striking," or "graceful," and was lucky to get even that. I think it's an interesting idea to not dwell too much on the physical, but don't think it was executed mindfully here, or in a way that suited the story.It was interesting to me that Aston used a play to unite everyone toward the end, since that was the same basic technique as in the modern-day Pride and Prejudice rewrite that I read, Pride, Prejudice, and Jasmin Field. I have to say that I liked that book better, since the characters felt real and actually elicited emotion rather than just a feeling of indifference, not to mention that the book itself was just a whole lot more fun. (Pains me to say that, though, especially since Aston's an Oxonian.) Of course, both novels share the frenetic final matchmaking of just about every person in the story, which felt excessive in both cases, but I think The Second Mrs. Darcy clinches the title. I wanted to like that Aston had Olivia start her story off in India, but felt that the atmosphere there and Olivia's feelings towards it were never given more than a surface gloss, and while I appreciated her attempts to work in historical and political details, they never really did anything to further the action in the book; if anything, they slowed the pace without having sufficient detail to add intrigue about the broader context of the world that the characters were moving in and the forces that may have been playing upon them. The brief references to P&P characters were... okay, but again, not memorable; they were just thrown in there for the hard-core fans, and otherwise, this story could have happened to any girl in a similar position in relation to any well-off family. Those little tidbits were mainly little brain-treats thrown to us English lit nerds, but I wouldn't recommend the book overall as anything more than just something to pass the time with.

  • Shannon
    2018-10-19 13:20

    After my very unsatisfactory read of Aston's first Darcy novel, I was extremely reluctant to read this one. Once I get on a reading jag, though, very little (even extremely bad books) will stop me from reading whatever on that subject I can get my hands on until I move on to the next obsession.I am glad to say this book exceeded my expectations after Mr. Darcy's Daughters crushed them so thoroughly. One trick that helped was just to disassociate this series in my mind from Pride and Prejudice at all--this isn't hard when neither Mr. Darcy or Elizabeth are ever actually present. When I did that, I found I didn't mind the novel at all and actually enjoyed most of it and its insight into Regency England.Octavia Darcy and trying to outsmart her horrid relatives were a delight to read about. I liked her independent character; although, that seems a more modern interpretation than what you would have read then.Just pretend this book has nothing to do with Pride and Prejudice; ignore the references to gay men (what is her obsession with it?); and it becomes a decent read.

  • Danielle
    2018-10-05 14:16

    This was another amazing Pride and Prejudice derived novel by Elizabeth Aston. Unlike other romance novels, Aston's piece was very Jane Austenesque in the fact she did not focus the story on the romance of the main characters. In fact the main characters feeling for each other are only revealed later on in the book but it is still able to give you that little heart flutter that occurs when you are in the presence of true love. Aston uses the majority of the novel to develop the characters separate of their interactions with each other, and like Jane Austen Aston does not focus on mainly those characters but involves the main characters' best friends, their families and their relationships/loves. It is refreshing to read such a well written story, that is not merely a trashy romance that is based on the mutual lust of the main characters but shows you how love develops gradually as Elizabeth Bennet's love for Fitzwilliam Darcy did in Pride and Prejudice. I would recommend this book to anyone.

  • Bonnie
    2018-09-27 08:32

    I liked this book as well as the first book in Ms. Aston's Darcy series. The Mrs. Darcy of the title is not a second wife of the Mr. Darcy in "Pride and Prejudice". Her husband, deceased before the start of the book, is some sort of distant relation. Octavia Darcy is left in poor circumstances since her husband's estate is entailed and he left no children. George Warren, son of Caroline Bingley Warren, inherits his estate and gives nothing to the widow. When Octavia unexpectedly comes into a fortune left by a distant relative on her mother's side, Warren tries to get his hands on that money too by claiming that her relative died before her husband.Octavia is an appealing character and her half-sisters and brother are reminiscent of some of the unkind snobs found in Austen books. There are several suitable romances and an elopement and all is resolved as Austen would have done.

  • Sarah
    2018-10-09 11:23

    While I enjoy Aston’s writing, if you’ve read one of these books, you’ve pretty much got the plot for all of them – possibly with the exception of the second one. Women, who are either on the outskirts of society or completely dissolved from it, find themselves in trouble and are saved by a rich gentleman who comes to their aid in some way. This story is no different, the only change being that Octavia has already been married and is rich in her own right. There is an air of tension in this story as she tries to keep her interfering family from finding out about her fortune. Octavia is a bit less sure of herself than some of Aston’s other characters, but this is pretty much gone by the end of the story.

  • Stacey
    2018-10-09 08:29

    This is my second favorite of the series. Octavia is abused and overlooked from infancy because she is the only child of a second marriage. She is foisted off asap to India where she marries an inferior Darcy cousin who dies shortly afterwards. She is langushing there until she gets the suprizing news that a relative from her unvalued mother's side left her an enormous fortune. She goes back to England and lives with her hideous sister until it's possible to enjoy her fortune. She comes under the ire of our hero when she dabbles in politics. She is his match and off course they end up together.

  • Vicki
    2018-09-25 11:37

    I've also been on a bit of a Jane Austen kick recently, and I have to say I had no idea how many people had written spin-offs of Pride and Prejudice. I think this is one of the better ones I've read. The title character was married to Captain Darcy in India, but passed away shortly before the beginning of this book and didn't leave her with much because the estate was entailed. She has a pretty horrible family of stepsisters and brothers, but suddenly comes into an inheritance and meets people more to her liking. You can probably guess what happens from there, but the enjoyment is in seeing the character evolve and gain some confidence.

  • Vmontgzz
    2018-10-08 16:17

    En mi opinion una mala novela del universo Austeriano, no venia al caso, el romance nulo, la protagonista nada atractiva, el protagonista muy poco coherente, no se aun para pasar el rato resulta mul larga y no muy entretenida.

  • Jenifer
    2018-10-14 14:25

    Still needing my "pride and prejudice" fix without reading it. Had some good parts-but the ending was totally predictable. Let me down. I may just have to read P&P.

  • Suzanne
    2018-10-22 13:36

    Although the book has similar Jane Austen themes and mention of her characters, the plot begins too slowly and then had to tie up loose ends too quickly.

  • Tiffany
    2018-10-09 14:28

    The books by this author are no more than romance books with names from Austen's novels thrown in to entice Jane Austen fans. They are nothing like the original books.

  • Cheryl
    2018-10-20 11:22

    This one gets probably an extra star based on what it is. It is not great literature. It is very predictable. It's not my cup of tea. That said, it was sent out in the world to be read as what it is. I didn't find any flaws that made this unreadable. There were a whole lot of occasions when I wanted to write the author and suggest she make less of one bit and maybe concentrate more on another, but mostly, this was just a super easy, read in the car on the drive home from vacation while looking up at road signs and so forth, without too much effort.

  • Kristy
    2018-10-05 09:39

    Too much time putting in obscure family details and stories and not enough time developing the romance. All the happy endings came together pretty quickly during play production which was fairly obvious. Not my favorite although not bad either.

  • Urszula
    2018-10-18 14:29

    This book was a delightful read. Octavia Darcy was not the usual heroine - very young, pretty and naïve. She was a mature, tall lady, with a great head on her shoulders who was very opinionated.The story starts with the death of Octavia's husband, leaving her in very bad financial situation. And then suddenly she is faced with a great fortune, which changed her life for the better.I thought Octavia's family was fantastic. They were very typical of the regency area - very selfish, money oriented and class conscious. They were the snobs of London society, whose purpose in life was to belittle their poor half sister.Octavia's friends were delightful. Simply lovely. Very colourful personalities, full of life and love. It was great to see their friendships develop and grow.The story followed Octavia's journey from being poor to financially independent. She had to find herself and her place in society, while finding out what she would like to do with her life. At the same time we are introduced to interesting characters, both female and male. One of them who we get to know quite well and follow his journey to self discovery becomes Octavia's love match. What I liked about their love story, is that it was not obvious from the beginning. It took time for both of them to not only be aware of one another, but to realise that they love each other. This regency story had everything: interesting characters, mean villains, selfish and cold hearted families, real friends, drama, comedy, intrigue and true love.

  • Jess Swann
    2018-10-06 10:28

    Un nouveau tome qui nous présente une "pièce " rapportée chez les Darcy. Du reste, le défunt mari d'Octavia est un cousin éloigné de Darcy ce qui fait qu'en définitive on ne voit pas beaucoup le rapport avec le Darcy de Pemberley si ce n'est que Octavia va passer un moment à Meryton... Bon clairement l' histoire est convenue d'avance,cousue de fil blanc (sérieux a la minute où elle rencontre Sholto c'est évident ! Mais ce n' est pas le plus grave,le pire c'est le côté caricatural de tous les personnages : fallait il vraiment faire du beau fils de Caroline le méchant ? Certes, les rappels à d'autres ouvrages de Jane comme Mansfield Park sont plaisants mais pas assez pour pallier la facilité du scénario.De plus, l'héroïne est assez fade dans le fond même si j'ai bien aimé son désir d'indépendance malheureusement ce dernier est de courte durée et elle finit par rentrer dans le rang..Ce que j'aime : le désir d'indépendance d'Octavia.Ce que j'aime moins : le peu de subtilité et de surprise de l' histoire,le côté hyper caricatural des personnagesEn bref : Un roman certes plaisant mais sans la moindre surprise ni saveur,à lire pour passer le temps en attendant le trainMa note4,5/10

  • Stacey
    2018-10-06 14:23

    I liked this one better than Ms. Collins and Mr. Bruton's story (I forget the title) - it's less mimicky of Austen, with a great heroine and hero. The only thing that really bothered me (although I felt the getting-to-know-each-other parts could have been expanded, since the hero and heroine actually don't meet very often before falling in love) is the use of the (para)phrase "every woman with a good fortune must be in want of a husband." It felt like the author was trying too hard to connect this story (and her others) to Austen's Pride and Prejudice. I would have enjoyed a bit more independence. I really like the extended Christmas holiday season, where Rutherford and Octavia really begin to see each other, and that there relationship is mostly revealed through their mutual friends' matchmaking machinations. These are always fun books, and clever, and a good substitute for readers looking for a familiar story without having to read it for the upteenth time (that story being, of course, Pride and Prejudice).

  • K
    2018-10-10 16:22

    The Second Mrs. Darcy continues Aston's imaginary world of the Darcy familiy. In this book readers get to meet the widow of Christopher Darcy, a distant cousin of the Darcy's of Pemberley. I liked the story overall. I found Octavia's independence refreshing, and as a romantic at heart, liked the happy ending. I felt Sholto complimented Octavia well; and I liked how Aston brought back characters from her earlier books. One of the things I like about Aston's stories is that one does not have to read the earlier books in the series to understand the story and its characters. Although, I must admit it does help and adds further enjoyment to the story! As with all her books, I felt Aston brought alive Regency London once again with this story. As with Aston's other books, I would recommend Austen devotees to pass on this particular book. However, if readers want a light hearted historical romance, this is the book for you.

  • Kristen
    2018-10-06 13:22

    Octavia Darcy - the "second Mrs. Darcy" of the title - is an absolutely delightful, charming, witty and clever heroine. She's who Elizabeth Bennet would have been, had she had a fortune and no concern whatsoever for the opinions of her relatives.This book is not a sequel to P&P, but it definitely is an homage to the style, humour and irreverence of the original, but with completely original and interesting characters, obstacles and plot-lines. It's an added bonus that some of the supporting characters from the original book are just peripherally brought into this story, which is a fun addition to what is an already excellent book!!!Seriously, if you are a fan of Pride & Prejudice you MUST read this book!! I loved it so much that I'm going to buy my own copy, because the dialogue, the character development, and the overall story are so entertaining that I can absolutely see myself reading this over and over - just as I've always done with Pride & Prejudice.

  • Janis
    2018-09-23 13:38

    Despite the title (I'm sure it's designed to draw you in), this is not about THE Mr. Darcy getting remarried. It is about the widow of Mr. Darcy's distant cousin, Captain Darcy. He was a widower who's first wife died in a carriage crash and married our young heroine in India, whereupon he died of insect bites on an expedition a few years after remarrying. She ends up coming back to England and that's where the real story begins. I liked the story, with the appearances of famous characters from earlier books and 'Pride and Prejudice.' I have found out, though, that I should have been reading these books in order. The author introduces new characters in each book that she uses in future novels. Having said that, I still think the stories stand on their own for the most part, but it would be nice to know where these characters come from. That means I have to go back and read books 2 and 3. 'Sigh.'

  • Lindsey
    2018-10-05 08:15

    This was an okay book. More like a 2.5 stars. But I give it the benefit of the doubt. I liked it enough to keep reading once the story got going.... which wasn't for a while. These spin offs of Jane Austen lately have been a bit disappointing in the aspect that the story ends very suddenly, and the romance is hardly there for the majority of the book. I mean, it's there but doesn't surface for a looong time and then suddenly he's wanting to propose? A lot of the characters as well were just not likeable. Couldn't really connect well with the story. I basically finished the book because I started it and needed to get it out of the way to read other ones. But it was up to par in the style of the regency london times. It was also good to see such a strong lead character, though it reminded me a lot of ELizabeth Bennet which a lot of these spin offs do. It's kind of annoying.

  • Alethea White-Previs
    2018-09-23 08:33

    BEST PARTS:I have loved all of the DARCY novels by Aston. They stand alone from P&P and oftentimes feature very strong, independent female leads of whom I think Jane Austen would have been proud, just like Octavia Darcy.WORST PARTS:This novel ended a little abruptly. The eventual romance blossoming between Octavia and Lord Rutherford is apparent, but ultimately everyone seems to fall in love within the span of 5 to 6 pages. A little too succinct to be realistic.REVIEW:Despite the convenient ending, I very much enjoyed this book and I hope Aston has more DARCY titles in the works.

  • Mindy
    2018-10-17 13:38

    The author did a wonderful job of staying with the feel of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice while giving the story a fresh take. I enjoyed the ease of read. Jane Austen's books are hard to follow, being I'm not from that time period or country. :)As always, the lady and man who, at first, hate each other, end up in love and together. Although real life can be quiet different from a book, don't we love the fairy tale ending? My face produced a smile through the whole last chapter as the mutual attraction of Octavia and Sholto (I know...weird name for the man) came to light for their family, and finally to them.

  • Ladiibbug
    2018-10-03 13:35

    Library Impulse PickThis is the first of the various Pride and Prejudice "spin offs" and I loved the trip back to Jane Austen-land. Will definitely seek out Ms. Aston's other books, among them, Mr. Darcy's Daughters.The plot unfolds at a slower pace than most of the books I read, but not so slowly that you lose interest ... I found that refreshing. **Note to Self**Other Jane Austen "spin offs" from book cover:Eliz. Aston - Mr. Darcy's Daughters; The Exploits & Adventures of Miss Althea Darcy; The True Darcy Spirit; others?Mr. Darcy Takes A Wife - author Linda Berdoll

  • liz
    2018-10-01 09:39

    Pretty cute - I liked the "heiress loving taking advantage of her independence" plotline. I was less enthused about the characters who end up together fighting their feelings - not to mention that it's one of those situations where they seem to fall in love without spending any time together. Also, the Jane Austin references seemed pretty sparse, but I am certainly not an expert, and while I started out disappointed that there weren't more, I ended up feeling glad that my ability to follow the story wasn't dependent on having read Austin's work.

  • Vicki
    2018-10-06 11:45

    Octavia married seaman Capt. Darcy who died. She was the 2nd Mrs Darcy, but of course his estate is entailed upon George Warren. Octavia receives a visit from an attorney stating she has inherited from an unknown uncle his vast wealth. Octavia keeps it on the sly, where her half brothers & sisters, thinking she is a poor widow, treat her terribly, until she reveals her inheritance. Then of course George Warren, claims he has a prior right to her wealth and until her romantic interest Lord Rudolph steps in. Great

  • Margaret Pinard
    2018-10-18 10:27

    I wanted a cozy read, and the two books I started before this failed that test, so I must say that it gave me what I wanted. I raced through the story, enjoying the references to characters in the author's other works, as well as the history elements. There were a few instances where something that was related as a historical detail seemed wrong, or when the references to 'the previous century' in spoken speech irked me, happening as it did 25 years or more into the century... a few nitpicks here and there, but a good story about a deserving heroine, and a likable hero.