Title: Mr. Darcy’s Decision
Author: Juliette Shapiro
Publisher: Ulysses Press 2008
Rating: 4/ 5 stars
Reading Challenges: Support Your Local Library; May Read and Review; Historical Fiction
A sequel to Pride and Prejudice that didn’t disappoint. I’m always leery of “sequels” and “companions” and “prequels” and etc for Austen novels. often they come off cheap and way too modern. This is Jane Austen, master of the Regency time period, we are trying to emulate. Now there are some Austen reimagings and companions that I do like. See Riglerand Hale.
So I came into this novel with some trepidation. And I was pleasantly surprised. Shapiro sounds like Austen. The tone, the sentence construction, the characters are all there. I really did feel like I was reading a lost Austen novel. The continuation of the story of Elizabeth and Darcy went just how I could have imagined it. (And I often think about how the story would continue after the end of the written book) The characters grew, but didn’t grow away from their hearts. A great read, full of Austen goodness! Definitely recommend.