Book Review: The Perfect Bride for Mr.Darcy by Mary Lydon Simonsen 


As a devoted Janeite who has read all the Austen novels many times over and watched the TV shows and movies endlessly, I sometimes like to indulge in adaptations by other authors as well. This book is one such attempt but it is more like additional storylines within the plot of Pride and Prejudice. The pivotal character here is Anne de Bourgh who we just know as this frail woman totally under the thumb of Lady Catherine. Here, we see a more genuine side of her when she is not near her mother. She may be ill of health but is strong of mind who adores her cousin Darcy and wants to see him happy. When he confides in her about his affection for Elizabeth, she makes it her mission to unite the two. She also enlists the help of Georgiana in this matter and they plot out ways to get Darcy and Litzy together. We get to meet the endearing Georgie who has grown into a smart eighteen year old waiting for her society debut. We also see a whole different side of Mr.Bennet after Lydia’s elopement. There are also some additional conversations that we see happening during the all too familiar scenes and it makes for some interesting moments. Ultimately, the story ends the same as Pride and Prejudice, but would have had the pleasure of knowing more about our beloved characters. This is an enjoyable read if you love all things Austen and want to spend more time in her world.

Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

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