Mr. Darcys Challenge (The Darcy Novels, #2)

Mr. Darcys Challenge (The Darcy Novels, #2)[EPUB] ✸ Mr. Darcys Challenge (The Darcy Novels, #2) Author Monica Fairview – In this humorous Pride and Prejudice Variation Mr Darcy is determined to win Elizabeth Bennet's hand in spite of her rejection and he has a strategy worked out He will rescue Lydia Bennet from Wickham In this humorous Pride and Prejudice Variation Mr Darcy is determined to win Elizabeth Bennet's hand in spite of her rejection and he has a strategy worked out He will rescue Lydia Bennet from Wickham and will return to Longbourn to convince Elizabeth to marry him But when a chance encounter prompts Darcy Mr. Darcys PDF \ to propose once again to Elizabeth before he has rescued Lydia his plans go horribly wrong Broken hearted disillusioned and bitterly regretting his impulsive action Darcy sees no point in assisting Miss Bennet After all rescuing Lydia might save Elizabeth’s reputation but why should he care when they have no future together His code of gentlemanly conduct however demands that he fulfill the terms of his promise to her Once again Darcy finds himself faced with impossible choices helping Elizabeth when she is certain to marry someone else or holding onto his dignity by turning his back on the Bennets once and for all Pride and love are at loggerheads as he struggles to choose between his mind and his heart Volume Two of The Darcy Novels continues the story began in Mr Darcy's Pledge but can be read as an independent book as well.

Monica Fairview writes Jane Austen variations and seuels After graduating from the University of Illinois she worked as a literature professor and then as an acupuncturist in Boston before moving to London Monica loves anything to do with the nineteenth century and obsessively follows every period drama she can find On rainy days Mr. Darcys PDF \ she loves to watch ‘Pride Prejudice’ all adaptations ‘No.

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  • Paperback
  • 248 pages
  • Mr. Darcys Challenge (The Darcy Novels, #2)
  • Monica Fairview
  • English
  • 17 July 2014
  • 9781503363526

10 thoughts on “Mr. Darcys Challenge (The Darcy Novels, #2)

  1. Sophia says:

    I eagerly picked this one up since it was the second half of a book Mr Darcy's Pledge that left off just when things were getting interesting Because its the second half it most definitely needs to be read in order The first book was a wonderful blend of heartwarming humor as a man's marriage proposal is not only rejected but accompanied by some unwelcome insight into his character as seen by another person Darcy spends most of the first book both determined to move on even going so far as to make a list of traits in his future bride that are not a thing like Elizabeth but also growing introspective and affecting changes to his life now that he is aware of his shortcomings The end of the book provides him with a second chance and one he does not suander but circumstances intervene that lead to an early separation before he can put another proposal before ElizabethAnd that is where this book opens Darcy learns of Elizabeth's sister's disappearance and the family's decision to discover the whereabouts of Lydia With heart in hand for his Elizabeth Darcy is determined to follow and help He wants to be her white knight and he imagines she thinks the same until she pushes him away once And that is that he decides He will turn his attentions elsewhere once his duty is done in helping find LydiaGeorgiana doesn't know what to think of her brother's odd behavior but is determined to get to the bottom of things so she leaves the country and heads for their London townhouse where she is in time to discover all that has been going on She wants to help locate Wickham and Lydia but the idea of confronting the man who tried to seduce her for her dowry does not please her Her brother confronts her with the thought that perhaps she still has feelings for the rakeIn a flurry of adventure Darcy continues to do his duty in spite of his broken heart still hoping to possibly win another chance even as he helps search for Lydia The chase takes some interesting twists and turns when he is joined by the Bingleys and the Bennets and a romp to and around Brighton Will this be the opportunity Darcy is looking for to turn Elizabeth's affections toward him or prove once and for all that she is a lost cause?So I sat for a bit after I read this one and pondered how I felt about it On one level I had a good time reading it and was truly rooting for Darcy but on another I was not as into this half of the story as I was with the first book The tighter crisper plot of the first one had appeal for me and shockingly I actually preferred Darcy apart from Elizabeth He gets a bit too broody and moony eyed when she's around I honestly wasn't that taken with Elizabeth I was strongly connected to Georgiana and Darcy and I found Bingley and Mrs Bennet rather appealing The time spent jaunting around after Lydia dragged for me too Though the twist this story took regarding Lydia was a bit of a fun surprise That ending was engaging with its little twist too I did wish for a bit particularly after all the time spent when the two main players were at loggerheads for so long I did want a bit of them when they were reconciled I was curious about maybe a resolution for Georgiana too since she had grown and matured throughout the storyTo sum it up I found parts of it not as appealing but other parts rather engaging and fun I like the Darcy of this story and I really liked the added piece that came with Georgiana's narration I can easily recommend this duology of books to the Austenesue lovers but historical romance fans who like a light and sweet romance story might want to give these a try tooMy thanks to the author for providing a copy of the book in exchange for an honest reviewUPDATE I discovered shortly after I originally reviewed this book that I made a grave error of assumption gasp yeah its rare but happens LOL Okay it happens a lot This was not a duology The author informed me that this series continues on and this wasn't the end With that knowledge it changes things a whole lot for me Things that felt loose rushed or skimmed over in the plot that disappointed me can now be seen as transition pieces leading to what is to come With that knowledge I am adjusting my original rating from a 3 star to a 4 star review I am very eager for what is to come

  2. Ceri says:

    This review was first published on Babblings of a Bookworm this year I read ‘Mr Darcy’s Pledge’ by Monica Fairview which is book 1 of this story If you haven’t read that book then don’t start ‘Mr Darcy’s Challenge’ as it follows on directly from book 1 and don’t read on as there are spoilers for ‘Mr Darcy’s Pledge’This book picks right up from where book 1 finished Darcy had given up writing lists of what he wanted from a wife and was reaching the point where he was ready to propose again to Elizabeth Bennet when unfortunately all his plans are derailed by tiresome Lydia eloping Mr Darcy’s Pledge was to locate Lydia for the sake of her sister and then do some wooing He tears up his list of suitable ualities in a wife and romantically tosses them to the wind as he rides away and then he realises that strewing the rare commodity of fine paper across the countryside his lady love is in the habit of walking through is by no means a good idea He turns back but it’s too late Elizabeth is already in possession of some interesting bits of paper “I am afraid I am guilty of being wickedly inuisitive However I cannot repent because I am too excessively diverted” she said “This person has itemized his reuirements for a wife Can you conceive of such a thing? uite as if he meant to prepare a plum pudding or a blancmange” She laughed “I cannot conceive what kind of person would do such a thing” Any moment now she would put two and two together and produce Fitzwilliam Darcy If she did all would be lostThings then go from bad to worse and I could happily have given Darcy a good shake to hopefully get some sense into him He sets off for London having insulted Elizabeth again discarding his pledge and potentially getting into an entanglement with a young widow Mr Darcy’s Challenge will be to overcome his despair act the part of an honourable gentleman and fulfil his pledgeIn the first book one of the things I particularly enjoyed was the development of the character of Georgiana who was struggling to overcome the damage to her self esteem that the mistakes in judgement she made at Ramsgate had inflicted Georgiana was really blossoming into adulthood and this continues here in book 2 We are privy to some of her thoughts which I particularly enjoyed as she is just as amusing as Darcy was in the first book ‘If she did not hold herself in check she mused she would soon be in danger of becoming very much like her aunt Catherine It was a sobering thought’Darcy wasn't uite what I expected In ‘Mr Darcy’s Pledge’ I was very fond of him Although to me he didn’t uite seem like Austen’s Darcy he was very amusing sometimes bordering on the eccentric but here I liked him less he was often overly despondent and sometimes petulant He was also so impatient and he would decide one thing and then immediately change his mind We didn’t see much of Elizabeth in book 1 but I think she would have learned caution with her knowledge that she was so misled in her initial judgements of both Darcy and Wickham however she doesn’t seem to have learned anything and I was a little surprised at her family’s behaviour when they to look for Lydia in Brighton as you would have expected them to be extremely worried and keep a low profile but instead it seemed like they were just looking for her while on holidayThere were other characters I particularly enjoyed; Mrs Bennet showed some depth of character in her search for her daughter Mr Bennet refused to take things seriously which I found very tiresome I felt the dynamic between the Bingleys and the Darcys was slightly different to ‘Pride Prejudice’ Here the families have been close for many years and seem on a familiar footing so you see Bingley and Darcy as eual friends than in some variations I very much enjoyed Mr Bingley’s character he’s often very amusing “Did anyone ever tell you that your jovial pig headedness is really uite annoying?” “Yes” said Bingley cheerfully “Many times I take it you want to go home and sulk” “Something like that” said Darcy “Then you will not mind if I join you A good long sulk will do me a world of good You do not have a monopoly on sulking you know I have plenty to sulk about as well”Although I didn’t enjoy this uite as much as ‘Mr Darcy’s Pledge’ it was still very satisfying to see the story come to its conclusion and find out what happened with Lydia I enjoyed the development of Georgiana’s character too All in all this is a fun light hearted read and I’d rate it as 3½ stars I understand that there is another book in this series currently being written which is planned for release in the middle of next year which I'll definitely plan to read Although the story that began in 'Mr Darcy's Pledge' concluded in 'Mr Darcy's Challenge' I'd like to see what happens next I received an e ARC from the author for my honest review

  3. Angela Withrow TheArdentReader says:

    First let me say that I highly recommend reading the first book Mr Darcy’s Pledge before reading this one There are things in the first that will make sense while reading the second though it can be a stand alone bookBeing a continuation of the first book I was anxious to get started We left Darcy in a precarious place and I just had to know what happened next Well I was floored This book is an emotional roller coaster that you will want to ride again and againMonica Fairview has a way with our favorite characters She brings out the best and worst in them and makes me love them all over again And hate some them too LOL Some of our old friends are here and some new friends are met with All to what end you ask? Well if I told you that would spoil the entire thing And I don’t like spoilers at allElizabeth is adamant she will not marry Mr Darcy Mr Darcy is adamant he will not bother her again but the “gentleman’s code” takes over and he has no choice but to help when it is needed He tries so hard to fight his feelings for Elizabeth I felt for Mr Darcy in this re imagining I really wanted him to have his cake and eat it too so to speakGeorgiana is growing up and her brother sees that she needs a friend and sister and if he took a wife she would have that He still sees her as his little sister but she is becoming a woman and needs the influence of another woman in her life other than her companion Mrs Anesley is all that is proper for her at this time but she is not a friend Georgiana sees her as her brothers employee not a true friend And then there is Georgian’s come out to be dealt with A wife would alleviate all this stressAnd then there is the whole situation with Lydia running off with Mr Wickham She is absolutely in the running for one of the silliest girls in England as her father is known to say Her mother is in a tizzy and there really isn’t much they can do Mr Darcy knows Wickham too well to expect him to do the right thing but he isn’t sure he should interfere To what end? Elizabeth has made it clear she will not have him so why should he even bother? Because he can’t help himself and that teeny little glimmer of hope he carries that she will change her mindMs Fairview made me feel for these characters again bringing out their foibles and triumphs in a wonderful way Her writing is superb in that I felt as though I was reading Miss Austen’s words The scenes she sets for each part are very well done so much so that I feel as though I have seen them for myselfI highly recommend this set of books to any Jane Austen loverI know I will read them again and againI received an advanced reader copy of this book for my honest review

  4. Carole (in Canada) says:

    Volume II of the Darcy Novels keeps the tension high for Darcy after Elizabeth and the Gardiners suddenly depart from Pemberley at the end of Volume I No definitive reason was given but Darcy does find out through his Aunt Catherine and also receives a letter from the obseuious Mr Collins Lydia has eloped and Darcy heads off to Hertfordshire to offer his support However his visit there does not begin well and ends even worse Not only does he impulsively propose again and bungles it but soon after he has a chance encounter with a widow he knows little about that worsens his chances of ever gaining his heart's desireThough we hear little of some of the new characters that we met in Volume I some mention is made of Miss Hamilton by Georgiana She is bound and determined that Darcy does not marry her Bingley and his sister Caroline have of a role in this volume especially after Bingley rings a peal over Darcy's head for not allowing him to be a part of Lydia's rescue I uiet liked this side of him I found Bingley's sense of humour just the thing to lighten Darcy's mood There was one scene that had me laughing after they were fencing so Darcy could relieve some of his frustration with WickhamYou know very well I am not defending him said Bingley I do hope you realize though that you are standing at the window without your shirt displaying yourself to all and sundry What a visual that wasThough Darcy feels his chances with Elizabeth are over they are thrown together alot in the search for Lydia in Brighton The action picks up and treachery is abound I found this continuation action packed and at times very emotiveNow on to the final volume in the trilogy

  5. Meredith (Austenesque Reviews) says:

    TYPE OF AUSTENESUE NOVEL Pride and Prejudice VariationTIME FRAME Book 2 begins just after Elizabeth and the Gardiners hastily depart for LongbournRECOMMENDATION Read Mr Darcy’s Pledge before reading Mr Darcy’s ChallengeMAIN CHARACTERS Elizabeth Bennet Mr Darcy Georgiana Darcy Mr Bennet Mrs Bennet Charles Bingley Caroline Bingley George Wickham Mrs FortinSYNOPSIS Just when Darcy feels Elizabeth’s opinion of him is about to change for the better she unexpectedly departs from Pemberley with the Gardiners And when he finds out why they left Darcy leaves for Longbourn straight away determined to save the Bennet family and deliver the carefully planned proposal he has been practicing to his dearest loveliest Elizabeth But what Darcy doesn’t anticipate is another refusal What will he do now??WHAT I LOVED Pride and Prejudice On Its Ear Ohhh I love how nothing is going according to plan in this variation Darcy almost immediately proposes again ack too soon Darcy Elizabeth refuses him again and everyone goes on a wild goose chase to find Lydia who isn’t where she is suppose to be With everything being backwards and off course this variation was an enthralling adventure I loved the premise and found myself riveted to this mad cap and unpredictable journey Darcy’s Point of View I always love getting inside Darcy’s head and Monica Fairview does a marvelous job of portraying a very intensely emotive and reflective Darcy Poor poor Darcy He is challenged dejected and paying a high price for his past mistakes I greatly enjoyed seeing Darcy’s development and personal growth in this variation he learns a lot about himself Elizabeth and marriage And I especially loved seeing his emotional turmoil over his feelings for Elizabeth swoon Georgiana Caroline and Bingley I loved seeing these characters developed in this series Georgiana is her brother’s confidant and often helps him sort his feelings and ideas out I love that she comes to his rescue and didn’t always listen to Mrs Annesley I also liked witnessing Caroline’s friendship with Georgiana and seeing her portrayed in a kinder light I think Ms Fairview has a soft spot for dear Caro And I greatly enjoyed seeing Bingley claim his piece of the action and get frustrated with Darcy for not letting him share in the heroic deeds Attaboy Bingley Miss Marshall Mrs Fortin and Briggs Monica Fairview created a fabulous crew of original characters with this series I enjoyed seeing two new females introduced as possible candidates for Mr Darcy’s hand in marriage Both characters were well drawn fresh and effectively stirred up some drama In addition I adored Briggs Mr Darcy’s valet for his impertinence and atypical easy rapport and ribbing with Mr Darcy WHAT I WASN’T TOO FOND OF What is Elizabeth Thinking? While seeing everything from Darcy’s perspective is wonderful it does leave us wondering how and when Elizabeth’s change of heart occurs I would have loved to learn about what Elizabeth felt and thoughtbut I’m thinking this might be coming in The Darcy Novels #3 though Connecting Links In some ways I sort of felt Mr Darcy’s Pledge and Mr Darcy’s Challenge were a little disjointed from each other There were some story lines from Mr Darcy’s Pledge that I would have liked to see of in Mr Darcy’s Challenge like the Matlocks and Miss Marshall But again perhaps we will see of these characters in The Darcy Novels #3CONCLUSIONFull of chaos turbulent emotions and drama Mr Darcy’s Challenge by Monica Fairview is a most diverting read Like all of Monica Fairview’s stories this tale was written with a lot of originality heart and wit – I can’t wait to read the next installment of The Darcy NovelsAustenesue Reviews

  6. Anna says:

    Review originally posted on Diary of an Eccentricuick summary Mr Darcy’s Challenge is Volume 2 of The Darcy Novels a variation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and the seuel to Mr Darcy’s Pledge In this installment Mr Darcy after his and Elizabeth Bennet’s paths cross again after an accident near Pemberley is confident that her opinion of him has changed and he sets off toward Longbourn like a knight on a white horse after Lydia goes missing from Brighton sure that she will accept him this time But Mr Darcy still has much to learn and much soul searching ahead of him Monica Fairview’s imaginative retelling told from the points of view of Mr Darcy and his sister Georgiana takes readers on a journey with Mr Darcy from a night he is sure to regret at an inn on his way back to London to the seaside in search of answers in Lydia’s disappearanceWhy I wanted to read it I really enjoyed Mr Darcy’s Pledge and I couldn’t wait to continue the seriesWhat I liked Mr Darcy’s Challenge introduces some intriguing original characters particularly the widow Mrs Fortin and the young street sweeper David brings back Darcy’s delightful valet Briggs and puts an interesting twist on the LydiaMr Wickham affair Fairview sets a good portion of the novel in Brighton and I loved getting to see the characters in a new environment But I especially enjoyed seeing Darcy evolve even further reflecting on his impulsive disastrous and shockingly mean second proposal and putting Elizabeth first without having any hope of ever receiving her loveWhat I disliked Fairview does a great job wrapping things up in each book while also making readers eager to find out what happens next As with Mr Darcy’s Pledge there was nothing to dislike except having to wait for the next installmentFinal thoughts Mr Darcy’s Challenge is both a reflective and an exciting take on Pride and Prejudice and I loved not knowing how things would play out Fairview’s decision to tell the story through the eyes of Darcy and Georgiana works allowing readers to see a different take on Darcy from the point of view of the younger sister he is determined to protect Elizabeth makes numerous appearances throughout the novel and Fairview skillfully allows readers to see her evolve even when Darcy cannot I can’t wait to see where Fairview takes her version of these characters next

  7. Sheila Majczan says:

    I was disappointed with the ending I wanted Darcy's and Elizabeth's family to react to their joy I wanted to hear if Wickham was caught up with and if the family heirloom was ever recovered I wanted a wedding and some joy after all the angst of these two volumes I also wanted to hear what happened with the street urchin was he hired? How did he fit in? How did he clean up? I now heard from another author that there is a third volume planned so maybe my issues will be answeredDarcy keeps fighting with himself wanting to be a white knight but then saying what does it matter as I am never going to see her again There is the cliche in modern days Two strikes and you're out So Darcy keeps trying to accept that fate but events keep occurring which put him into Elizabeth's presence againand againThere are some surprising differences from canon in the variation Lydia's story Brighton Mrs Bennet's reaction to and handling of the disgrace of her daughter and Bingley's thoughts on Darcy's hero act Georgiana also is a big part of this story and shows some maturing in her thoughts about her attachment to Wickham about his character and about what is going on with Darcy and Elizabeth We hear little of Jane as most of this story takes place in either London or BrightonWhen Darcy is in Elizabeth's presence his mind seems very muddledhe can only think of how he wants to go up to her and take her in his arms and express his ardor for her And again he fails to ask her to dance at an assembly He really seems to be twisted up in this second volume and after his second attempt to gain Elizabeth's hand Then his honor is put on the line when another woman encounters him while he is drinking away his sorrow at an inn Can he be happy marrying because of a compromising event which he can't even remember?The author did come up with some creative writing but I would have liked to have seen some of the situations come to a detailed and happy conclusion I do recommend this book It did keep my attention as a page turner

  8. Deborah says:

    Another amazing book by Monica Fairview I thoroughly enjoyed this bookDarcy is still making rash impulsive decisions to his detrimentIn the first book Mr Darcy's Pledge Darcy writes a list of the ualities he wants to find in the Mistress of Pemberley In this book Mr Darcy's Challenge he finally has given in to his attraction to Elizabeth torn up the list and impulsively thrown it away Elizabeth finds some of the torn scraps and tries to piece it together When Darcy realizes Elizabeth may find the scraps he returns to her and during a heated argument angrily says things he cannot take back What rash impulsive decisions will a heart broken Darcy make now that Elizabeth has caused him to give up hope?This is a book I recommend for any lover of JAFF It can be read as alone or as part of the set

  9. Madenna U says:

    This continuation of the author's series features the primary characters searching for the lost Bennet sister The story is from Darcy's point of view and continues is education regarding his pride in order to win his darling Elizabeth

  10. Teresita says:

    A real challengeOr should I say challenges? A worthy read full of unexpected twists and turns that kept me wondering all the time

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