Review and Giveaway: Darcy’s Tale by Stanley Michael Hurd

Austen In August

I am thrilled to be taking part in the Austen in August event.  Thanks so much to Lost Generation Reader for organizing such a great literary exchange.  Jane Austen has been one of my favorite authors since I was in high school.  Please click on the image above to see the full list of blogs participating in this event.  I will be reviewing Darcy’s Tale Volume III: The Way Home and giving away a copy of Darcy’s Tale Volume I: Into Hertfordshire so that you can get started on the series (open internationally).

Review:

Last fall I decided to reread all of Jane Austen’s works, including my favorite novel which is Pride and Prejudice. After I finished Austen’s works I was still eager for more of Austen’s stories and became curious about the genre of Austen fan fiction that is so popular. I was particularly looking for a novel that would give me the story of Pride and Prejudice from Darcy’s perspective and in my search I came across Stanley Michael Hurd’s books. I quickly devoured Darcy’s Tale Volumes I and II and I was Darcy's Taledisappointed to find that I would have to wait for summer to read Volume III. But it was well worth the wait.

I believe that of all the characters in what is arguably Austen’s most famous work, Darcy is the one who undergoes the biggest transformation. From the time of his prideful proposal to Elizabeth at Rosings, to his encounter with her at Pemberly he is a changed and humbled man. I, like many others,  have wondered what exactly happened during this time to make him reassess his attitude and approach towards Elizabeth. Stanley Michael Hurd’s latest book Darcy’s Tale Volume III: The Way Home fills in the story of Pride and Prejudice from Darcy’s perspective and picks up Darcy’s story just after the failed proposal.

In Darcy’s Tale Volume III, Darcy is at first angry at his rejected offer but he admits that he still loves Elizabeth and he cannot stop thinking about her. After a heart to heart talk with his aunt, Lady Andover, who is also Colonel Fitzwilliam’s mother, he understands the error of his ways. He vows if he ever sees Elizabeth again that he will prove to her that he is a humbled man and a true gentleman.

This book also fills in the details about Darcy’s involvement in tracking down Wickham and Lydia. I enjoyed this part of the book because it showed us a more daring and adventurous side of Mr. Darcy of Pemberly. Colonel Fitzwilliam is also a character in this part of the book which is very interesting since in Pride and Prejudice he has a very limited role.

The final part of the book, as one would expect, deals with Bingley’s proposal to Jane, Darcy’s successful proposal to Elizabeth and the double wedding. Georgiana is also a character who features prominently in these books and it was delightful to see her grow from being shy and unsure of herself to a true friend and sister to Elizabeth.  I truly enjoyed all three volumes in this set and if you are a fan of Pride and Prejudice then all three volumes of Darcy’s Tale are a must read.

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Giveaway (Open Internationally):

Darcy's Tale V1In order to get you started on this great series, I am giving away a copy of Darcy’s Tale Volume I: Into Hertfordshire.   Please leave a comment telling me what your favorite Jane Austen novel is.  I will randomly pick a winner on August 28th and email the winner.  This giveaway is open internationally as long as you can receive an Amazon gift code.  If you live in the U.S. you may choose an electronic or hard copy of the book.

*The winner of the giveaway is Sylvia.  Thanks so much to everyone who entered!

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50 responses to “Review and Giveaway: Darcy’s Tale by Stanley Michael Hurd

  1. anne

    P AND P since it is memorable, unforgettable and the ultimate.

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  2. Those three adjectives describe it perfectly!

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  3. Rhonda

    P&p perfection.

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  4. Completely agree, with Persuasion as a close second!

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  5. Denise Duvall

    Northanger Abbey, just because it’s the first Austen book I read, when I was 12.

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  6. stanhurd

    Dear Melissa,

    Thanks so much for choosing my book, and for your very kind words. I’m sorry book III took so long, but there was a lot of ground to cover. Do you know what took the longest? Darcy’s second proposal: I must have re-written it twenty times.

    Anyway, thanks so much, and congratulations on a great blog.

    Best,

    Stan

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  7. hi, I would love to read this book and a free book is always nice:) look forward to hearing about it:) thank you so much for the offer.:)

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  9. Luv to discover new JA variations – thanks for this intro! and the lovely generosity , Magistra!
    I am pinning these additions to my JA Pinterest Board Welcome!

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  10. This seems like quite an interesting book! I’m torn between P&P and Persuasion, so I’ll just go with Persuasion because P&P already has a couple of supporters here.
    – ashley

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  11. and for my fav JA? PERSUASION! luv Ann and FW and the story affirming all good things come to those who wait… beautifully inspiriting!

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  12. My current favorite is Northanger Abbey, maybe because I have not yet seen it filmed and can imagine the characters as I like.

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  13. My favorite Austen is Northanger Abbey but that’s because it is the only one I have read. Am reading Pride and Prejudice right now for Austen in August. I LOVE the idea of these Darcy books! Would love to win one.
    And I’ll be subscribing to your blog. You had me at your bio!:)

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  14. I’m not signing up to win, but I am definitely intrigued by this series. I will probably add at least the first book to my list for the next Austen in August reading event. Thanks again for hosting!

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  15. Ashfa

    Definitely P&P. The book is just perfection!!!

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  16. Great giveaway! This series sounds like so much fun! I think Mr. Darcy was always the most interesting character in P&P. I have to say, P&P is the story that got me into Jane Austen, & after reading Mansfield Park, which I did enjoy, and my current reading of Emma, P&P is still my favorite!

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  17. Mary Preston

    It has to be PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, but I do love PERSUASION too.

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  18. Barbara

    I find Pride and Prejudice a thought provoking novel. Family situations, rumours, good manners, poor manners. Siblings in trouble despite being raised by the same parents. And of course the judging we do of others. Still, as old as JA’s work is. These are pretty current issues.

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  19. micheleframe

    I love Emma.I am at michele at mccarthy dot net.

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  20. My favourite is Mansfield Park (I realise that puts me in a minority but I just love it so much). If you are interested in Jane Austen fanfiction, I recommend the stories on fanfiction.net by SwordSwallower17. “The Miss Bennets Set Forth” is one of my all-time favourite stories, not just in terms of fanfiction but in general. (Link is https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6329312/1/The-Miss-Bennets-Set-Forth).

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  21. It’s a tie between Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion. Sometimes I prefer one over the other but can’t really decide.

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  22. Kristia

    Persuasion! I love a book about second chances. Thank you for the giveaway 🙂

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  23. Janey

    I’m a big fan of Pride & Prejudice, primarily for the humor in it.

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  24. You will like this series too that. The author does a great job with the humor!!

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  25. Chiara

    I love Pride and Prejudice, but also Persuasion is amazing!! Then, Northanger abbey, Emma, Sense and Sensibility and last Mansfield Park is the novel I don’t like very much.

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  26. Ellen Wenz

    I just stumbled upon your blog and I started following you! I love it! Thanks for giving this book away.
    My favorite Jane Austen book is Sense and Sensibility. I love the relationship between Marianne and Elinor.

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  27. Would love to read Darcy’s perspective in P&P written by a man.

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  28. Darcy’s perspective in P & P written by a man sounds interesting.

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  29. Dung

    I absolutely love P&P. I can’t get enough of reading sequels, adaptations, variations, etc…

    Thanks for the giveaway. I’m looking forward to reading Stan’s books! Read so many great reviews!

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