Revisits the Beloved Characters of Jane Austen s Pride and Prejudice in Marsha Altman s fourth novelWHIRLWIND OF PEMBERLEYThe comings and goings on their grand estate present endless challenges for Elizabeth and Darcy Can they avoid scandal given the recent arrival of Mr Darcy s illegitimate brother Gr goire, Mr Bennet s advancing years, the younger George Wickham s comRevisits the Beloved Characters of Jane Austen s Pride and Prejudice in Marsha Altman s fourth novelWHIRLWIND OF PEMBERLEYThe comings and goings on their grand estate present endless challenges for Elizabeth and Darcy Can they avoid scandal given the recent arrival of Mr Darcy s illegitimate brother Gr goire, Mr Bennet s advancing years, the younger George Wickham s coming of age, and Dr Maddox s departure from his position with the Prince Regent even as his many secrets threaten to be discovered COURTSHIP OF MARY BENNETAfter her disastrous trip to the continent resulted in a passionate romance and an unintended child, Mary Bennet finds herself back in England, living with the shameful title of unwed mother Having given up on ever finding love, Mary is shocked to find herself pursued by a proper gentleman But are his intentions true, or is Mary being led astray by her heart once again TORMENT OF GR GOIRE DARCYLeaving his sheltered, peaceful life at a Benedictine cloister, Gr goire enters a world he never imagined Thrust into Regency England s secular society, Gr goire is overwhelmed How can an inexperienced, single man stay true to himself while finding his place in a culture obsessed with matrimony
The Ballad of Gregoire Darcy Revisits the Beloved Characters of Jane Austen s Pride and Prejudice in Marsha Altman s fourth novelWHIRLWIND OF PEMBERLEYThe comings and goings on their grand estate present endless challenges for El
I absolutely loved this installment of Marsha Altman's series. I loved her take on Gregoire's life and how he went from being a monk in Spain to a gentleman in Ireland with a new family, as well as the hints of the others' lives. This story sucked me right in from the start, and I couldn't put it down. The things I especially enjoyed: Dr. Maddox taking young Frederick to see the ailing King George, his and Caroline's constant wariness of the Prince Regent over the subject of Frederick, and the f [...]
With The Ballad of Grégoire Darcy, Marsha Altman has changed publishers — however, the writing and story crafting are as well executed as ever. This book moves forward the lives of Jane Austen’s original characters as well as those that have been added over the last three books. Since the end of Pride and Prejudice, children have been born to Darcy and Elizabeth, Bingley and Jane, Charlotte and Mr. Collins, Carolyn Bingley and her husband Dr. Maddox, Mary Bennet, and to Lydia and Wickham an [...]
In my complete blog post, I reviewed Ms. Altman's entire series to date (the full review can be found at ebookocracy if you are interested). Here is an excerpt relevent to this volume: Grègoire begins this story happily as a Benedictine monk in Spain and he ends it by getting married to an Irish widow. How he gets there is title storyline of the book, but we are also given a glimpse at the courtship of Mary Bennet, an explanation of the Darcy's extreme dislike of society and Caroline's husband [...]
This book was wonderful. Some parts of Grégoire's story were almost painful to read, they were so tragic. He was such an innocent at the beginning, and somehow, through all of his trials and tribulations, he retained that innocence. Despite being wounded and betrayed by those he loved most, his faith stayed strong. (Though he did engage in a couple of spectacular instances of sin.)I loved the secondary characters in this book, particularly the children. Geoffrey Darcy, George Wickham, and Ge [...]
This is not your usual kind of variation. No this is the family saga kind of variation. This book is the fourth in the Darcy and Bingley Pride and prejudice sequel. Kids have been born, people have gotten married, there has been trouble and fun times, and lots of secrets.I have not read the previous books but then I am a fast learner. In the beginning of the book was a family chart so I just checked who had married who and read the introduction by Altman. And then I was up to speed and could get [...]
Loved this book. A very fast read. A lot of info is revealed into the characters background. Darcys background and I think we learn a little about his personality thru Gregroire. The story was wonderful and starts a few years after the last novel. This one is definitly worth reading and I can't wait for book 5
I only got this book as a quick weekend read. I was surprised. nothing will ever compare to Jane Austen, but this book is actually pretty good. Lots of character development, makes you further understand why Darcy is the way he is.
The Ballad of Gregoire Darcy: Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice ContinuesInteresting story about the younger Darcy half-brother, Gregoire. This story continues after Darcy and Dr. Maddox are rescued from Transylvania. The March of Napoleon's army on Russia has wreaked havoc in Europe. Monasteries have disbanded and Gregoire relocates himself to Spain. Between the local community and the Church community, the Archbishop declares him a living saint. At the same time he finds that Gregoire has a lo [...]
meh. It probably would have been great but I was expecting something at least along the lines of an attempted Austen--so maybe my prejudice lies in that. Maybe I will try again later knowing better what I am headed for, maybe not. Part of the problem, also, is the insane number of characters right from the get-go.
Wow, I loved this installment. I can see how the author is trying to move to the next generation, which is fun, too. Gregoire is definitely one of my favorite "added" characters, and I loved focusing a book more on him than the original P&P characters. I was also glad to see that Darcy was more of his usual stay-at-home and avoid the world self in this one. Basically, I love this series.
I only got through the Introduction where Altman was catching readers up on what has happened in her "Pride and Prejudice Continues" series. It read like a horrible soap opera gone out of control and I couldn't bear to read any further.
I struggled through this one couldn't keep my attention and I wound up skimming sections looking for specific characters.I always look for Darcy and Elizabeth and then Mary.Darcy's time with his nephews read well but I found some other characters too boring.
I think this author may be my favorite among the P&P "what if" authors. This book continues the adventures of her previous characters with the addition of a few new people. I hope she continues this exciting story!
Best book of the series so far. I actually forgot for a while that Gregoire Bellamont was invented by Ms. Altman and not Jane Austen. I cared as much about him and his happiness as I cared about Lizzy's and Darcy's and everyone else. Can't wait to see how the kids turn out now :)
I am the author of this book and I'm rather proud of it. I would just like to use this space to point out that also knows this book as Manner of Devotion because that was the original, pre-publication working title that went up by accident.
I am the author of this book. I just want people to know that the actual title is "The Ballad of Gregoire Darcy."