A Book Review: The Darcy Brothers
by Monica Fairview, Maria Grace, Cassandra Grafton, Susan Mason-Milks and Abigail Reynolds
One of the most enjoyable things about the book, The Darcy Brothers, is Theophilus Darcy, a barrister and the younger brother of Fitzwilliam Darcy. He is a charming character and in temperament, more like his cousin, Colonel Fitzwilliam, than his own brother. At first glance, it seems the brothers are as different as day is to night, but they actually have more similarities than either realize. Part of my amusement was discovering with them, these similarities. In the beginning they are at odds and rarely have any good pass between them. Introduce Elizabeth Bennet into the equation…the tensions mount and the drama unfolds, brother against brother. But wait, something changes. What, why and how is utterly delicious! The repertoire between the brothers was quite entertaining and made me laugh out loud on numerous occasions. It was a delight to see their relationship grow and transform throughout the pages of the narrative.
The Darcy Brothers begins with Darcy and Theo on their way to Rosings for the spring visit. Colonel Fitzwilliam, who usually goes with Darcy, was unable to attend this year so we as readers are granted the pleasure of Theo in his place. (Never fear the Colonel does show up.) With Elizabeth at Hunsford visiting Charlotte it made for many opportunities of good Darcy and Elizabeth time, which is what I ultimately want in a PnP variation.
Anne de Bourgh played an important role throughout as did Georgiana. They were both such delightful creatures and made for many good reading moments. I loved the interplay between the siblings and their cousins. It was such good fun. There is a likable new character, Sir Montgomery Preston, a friend of Theo’s and also an acquaintance of George Wickham. Yes, Wickham does make a show as does Lydia.
The Darcy Brothers is a collaborative effort of five authors. I have read at least one book by each of the five authors and more than one by most of them. Their endeavor was seamless. I literally could not tell when one author stopped and another one began. I assumed that would not be the case and felt that I would recognize some of the distinctive traits of the writers. That was not the case as they were that good in their joint venture. Excellent job! I highly recommend The Darcy Brothers and if anyone is ‘listening’ I am hoping for a sequel! This story is ripe for a continuation. Please!
In honor of Theo Darcy and the book, The Darcy Brothers, I am giving away one bar of Theo's special soap, made by Evie Cotton. It smells of Bay Rum with a hint of Egyptian Licorice Tea. Contains Avocado and Cucumber Oil, Egyptian Olive Leaf, Olive Oil, Egyptian Licorice Tea and Bay Rum Essential Oil. It's available from Shirley's Handicrafts on Etsy. Yes, I was the fan that wanted to know what he thought of having a soap named after him. Read his response in his interview from last week. To be entered in the giveaway, leave a comment below, including your email address in the comment. Tell me what you think of Darcy having a handsome younger brother! Giveaway ends at midnight on March 2, 2015, and it is worldwide. Good luck.