Thursday, 5 May 2011

Review: The Truth about Mr Darcy - Susan Adriani

Genre: Pride and Prejudice variation
Pages: 448
Published: May 1st 2011 Sourcebooks Landmark

In this hot tale, Mr. Darcy confesses the truth about George Wickham right from the start, warning Elizabeth and the rest of Meryton about Wickham's despicable character. Will his honesty change the way Elizabeth feels about him and his previous poor behavior? Will he still have to transform himself to win her love? And what will happen when scandal erupts?

My thoughts:
It's time for another Jane Austen variation. This one was different because there was more passion and there was a whole new side to Mr Darcy.

In this one Mr Darcy is falling for Elizabeth, and when Wickham shows up he decides to tell her the truth about things. This leads to Elizabeth seeing him in a whole new light. There is courting and there is passion, yes that is the thing that makes this book stand out. Mr Darcy is really in lust with Lizzy, and she is starting to feel passionate too about his kisses. What can I say more than they are being very improper. I sure like this Mr Darcy.

The other thing that is different is that this book has the most evil Wickham ever. He is not even worthy the word scoundrel, no he is a creepy bastard. Not fit for decent company. He finally steps out as the despicable bad guy he is; a seducer of innocent women.

Lydia, oh I can't spoil things, but she get her spotlight later, and for once I can see Miss Bingley and Lady the Burgh in a new light (but they are still evil).

A passionate re-telling of how things could have gone if Mr Darcy had told the truth at once. But just because he told some the truth the danger is still not ever. There will be drama, but mostly this is a passionate book about a couple who is truly in love. I enjoyed it, and I certainly liked this Mr Darcy. This is the fun thing about variation, they always surprise you.

Hihi Mr Darcy ;)


from the publisher


  1. Great review :) It's going on the list.

  2. I collect all books with Jane Austen sequels or other points of views! This one is new for me, so I have to have it. Indeed mhew on the cover... great review!

  3. I think the m/m retelling of this story must be the only variation I've not yet seen. ;)

  4. I'd love to get to it at sometime.

  5. I am beginning to think there are too many variations on the Jane Austen books now. There seem to be loads. I love the original too much to read any others. Sorry to any big JA variaton fans.

  6. I'm not a huge Darcy fan but I'd pick this up for some passionate Darcy, yum!

  7. This sounds like one that might be good for the beach.

  8. Hmmmm I think I like this Mr. Darcy too:) I don't think I'll ever tire of stories involving him!

  9. Mary
    Yay, you will like Mr Darcy, I promise

    It has been published before, but under a different name. But oh how great they are

    Lol, why don't you write one ;) I am sure peeps would like it

    I do love these books

  10. Question: do you also read the variations with the vampires and zombies? I passionately hate those covers, let alone the stories.

  11. Vivienne
    No worries, many feel like that. I do love original too, but sometimes I love these even

    Hihi, oh he can barely control himself, it is amusing

    I think so too, something for lazy summer days

    Me neither, I keep wanting more...and then even more!

  12. Aurian
    It's hard to stop me so yes I have read about vampires and zombies. I really enjoyed the vampire one. I got a sea monsters at home ;)

  13. OMG I think I would love this. And I love the cover. I'm off to add it to my TBR.

  14. I love all the Austen variations. I'll add this to my list!

  15. a new side of mr darcy, i like it! the cover is very busy.

  16. I haven't read about the original Mr. Darcy yet, I guess I should before I read one of these new Austen inspired novels :)

  17. JuJu
    I am sure you would enjoy it a lot :D

    And I will never get enough. Reading one more soon too

    It was sure a side of him I haven't come across much before.

    Lol, well that sounds like a good idea :=)

  18. Oh yes! Another variation. Love these. Looks like it's another one I need to add to the wishlist. Oh, you are killing my pocketbook!

  19. Based on that cover I wouldn't expect more passion.

    @Chris, Blahahhaahaha! That would be something to read! Sign me up.

  20. This sounds so good! A very improper Darcy and an evil Wickham? Thats right up my alley :)

  21. I'm so excited to read this one!! I can't wait and I loved your reading your thoughts on the different Darcy that is portrayed in this story.

  22. Darcy?!?!?! Yes. I'm sold based on that, alone! Fab review :)

  23. You know everyone loves these books, but I've never read them. :) But I love reading the reviews on them. THank you!

  24. I didn't see this one before. I'm adding it to my list!

  25. Right. The original was better, passion or no passion, but I like the idea of Mr Darcy warning innocent girls about his creepy relative. It should have been done this way imho.

  26. I LOVE Jane Austen but have never rea any variations yet! I guess I am kind of nervous to try them. But I can't resist Mr Darcy, especially since he's more passionate in the book.

  27. I can't believe how many of these books I'm seeing around lately. I actually like the cover on this one.

  28. Sounds like one I'm gunna have to read!

  29. can't ever resist darcy books!

  30. Is it just me but the cover looks so different from most P&P I've seen with the big bold letters and colors.

  31. Melissa
    I can't help it, JA variations are a weakness :D

    It sure doesn't look very passionate, I think the creepy guy with the hat is Wickham ;)

    He was soooo evil. I can't even begin to explain

    I hope you like it, and yes passion..passion is the word

  32. Melissa
    LOL, yes it doesn't take more than Darcy for me either ;)

    Again, you two after each other, lol. But yes I am glad you enjoy reading about them

    It was a cool one!

    That I sure liked, cos instead he ruined a life. How fun could Lydia have had in the end, poor foolish thing

  33. Misha
    I do understand that, I was like that first too, but then I just fell madly in love with them

    I am glad you like it :) Dunno why the cover isn't for me

    I would say so :D

    They are simply irresistible

    It does look like something else than the ones before

  34. I'm reading this book right now and am enjoying it so far. You're right...Wickham is plain awful in this book!

  35. Anna
    He is so so, arghh, I do not have words how angry he made me

  36. I just discovered your review here and wanted to say thank you, so much! It means a lot to me that you enjoyed my book enough to let everyone know, both here and at Amazon.

    Thank you again!


  37. Thank you for stopping by Susan :)
    You wrote a good variation, and I have certainly never seen such a Wickham



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