A real challengeOr should I say challenges A worthy read full of unexpected twists and turns that kept me wondering all the time. TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE 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 P TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE 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 developedin 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 learnabout what Elizabeth felt and thought but 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 seeof in Mr Darcy s Challenge, like the Matlocks and Miss Marshall But again, perhaps we will seeof these characters in The Darcy Novels 3 CONCLUSION Full 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 Novels Austenesque Reviews 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 makesense while reading the second, though it can be a stand alone book.Being 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 again Monica Fairview ha 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 makesense while reading the second, though it can be a stand alone book.Being 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 again Monica 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 all Elizabeth 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 speak.Georgiana 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 stress.And 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 mind.Ms 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 myself.I highly recommend this set of books to any Jane Austen lover I know I will read them again and again I received an advanced reader copy of this book for my honest review 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 obsequious 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 s 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 obsequious 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 desire.Though 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, haveof 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 quiet 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 Wickham You 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 was Though 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 continuationaction packed and at times very emotive.Now on to the final volume in the trilogy 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 answered.Darcy keeps fi 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 answered.Darcy 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 again.There 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 Brighton.When 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 betwisted 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 adetailed and happy conclusion I do recommend this book It did keep my attention as a page turner Review originally posted on Diary of an EccentricQuick summary Mr Darcy s Challenge is Volume 2 of The Darcy Novels, a variation of Jane Austen s Pride and Prejudice and the sequel 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 acce Review originally posted on Diary of an EccentricQuick summary Mr Darcy s Challenge is Volume 2 of The Darcy Novels, a variation of Jane Austen s Pride and Prejudice and the sequel 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 disappearance.Why I wanted to read it I really enjoyed Mr Darcy s Pledge, and I couldn t wait to continue the series.What 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 Lydia Mr 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 love.What 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 installment.Final 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 Another amazing book by Monica Fairview I thoroughly enjoyed this book Darcy is still making rash, impulsive decisions to his detriment.In the first book, Mr Darcy s Pledge, Darcy writes a list of the qualities 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 Eliza Another amazing book by Monica Fairview I thoroughly enjoyed this book Darcy is still making rash, impulsive decisions to his detriment.In the first book, Mr Darcy s Pledge, Darcy writes a list of the qualities 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 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. 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 reac 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 qualities 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 paperI am afraid I am guilty of being wickedly inquisitive However, I cannot repent because I am too excessively diverted, she said This person has itemized his requirements for a wife Can you conceive of such a thing Quite 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 lost.Things 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 pledge.In 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 bookIf 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 quite what I expected In Mr Darcy s Pledge I was very fond of him Although to me he didn t quite 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 holiday.There 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 asequal friends than in some variations I very much enjoyed Mr Bingley s character, he s often very amusingDid anyone ever tell you that your jovial pig headedness is really quite 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 quite 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 3 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 nextI received an e ARC from the author for my honest review. 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 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