Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman – An Assembly Such As This – Book Review


by Pamela Aidan

Book 1 of the Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman Series.

An Assembly Such As This is a wonderful look into the mind and heart of Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy, the much loved leading man in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.  The series re-tells Pride and Prejudice but from Mr Darcy’s point of view.

This first book takes us through Mr Darcy’s arrival in Hertfordshire and his relationship with Charles Bingley.  When Mr Bingley falls for the eldest Miss Bennet, Darcy is concerned about his friend making an undesirable match.  The Bennets are below Bingley’s station in society.  His study of Miss Bennet makes him doubt her affection for his friend and after inappropriate comments and behaviour of other members of her family, he suspects their occupation is fortune hunting.

During his stay with Bingley he is also thrown into the society of Miss Bennet’s younger sister Elizabeth.  Confounded by his fascination with the raven haired Hertford beauty with the quick wit and sparkling eyes, he endeavours to heed his own advice and avoid the undesirable connection.

Mr Darcy has been written beautifully by Pamela Aidan.  I recognised instantly, the man, whose depths we only glimpsed in Pride and Prejudice.  The other characters represented are equally recognisable.  Like slipping on comfy slippers, you feel like you’ve slipped straight into Austen’s Pride and Prejudice – all be it from another’s point of view.

Pamela Aidan has done a lovely job and I think you will enjoy a closer look at Jane Austen’s wonderful man, Mr Darcy.

Posted on 6 December '09 by , under Historical Fiction, Jane Austen & Austen Inspired, Reviews.

2 Comments to “Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman – An Assembly Such As This – Book Review”

#1 Posted by Heather (14.12.09 at 13:29 )

This series was my first foray into the Austen-inspired fiction world and was so glad! I love this series; it’s on my wish list! Glad you enjoyed it as well.

#2 Posted by Michelle (14.12.09 at 15:40 )

It was great… I’ve read all three … more reviews to come.