Dear Mr. Darcy is a delightful retelling of Pride and Prejudice in the form of letters. I bought this book months ago, and finally had the chance to read it last week.
Plot/Story line: 5/5 Great plot and story line. Amanda stays true to the characters’ personalities that Jane Austen created. The letters feel like real letters that the characters would have exchanged.
Characters: 5/5 As stated above, Amanda stays true to the characters that Jane created. No complaints here!
Writing: 5/5 Witty and clever, the writing is written in Austen-style and is very enjoyable for those who love Jane Austen.
Dialogue: N/A Since no one is really speaking to the other, face to face, there isn’t really what you would call dialogue.
Bad Language: About three or four used of d—. But how I typed it is how it appears in the book. There are also three uses of good God.
Inappropriate Content: Overall pretty clean. Mr. Wickham does speak of needing to find a rich widow, because he has debts to pay.
Want to read/ability: 5/5 Through I didn’t like the bad language, I still overall loved this book. It was a delightful read that I couldn’t put down. I devoured this book in less than a week and I can’t wait to try Amanda’s other Jane Austen retellings.
Over-all-rating: 4/5 I would have liked some more letters from Darcy and there was (in my opinion) way too many letters of Mary Bennet’s to one of her friends. They may have been the comic relief, but I didn’t really enjoy them.
You can find Dear Mr. Darcy here
In this imaginative retelling of Pride and Prejudice, Amanda Grange now tells the classic story through the eyes of its compelling romantic hero, Fitzwilliam Darcy—in a series of revealing letters that casts a sparkling new reflection on the manners and morals of the landed gentry in 19th-century England…
Here, for the first time, are the letters written by the exceedingly proud and stubborn Mr. Darcy, covering the life-changing events that defined him—from the death of his father, to his control of his Derbyshire estate of Pemberley to his conflicted courtship with the lively, intelligent, and delightfully willful Elizabeth Bennet. Try as he may, he cannot deny his attraction to this woman with fine eyes, a playful spirit, a mind of her own… and an embarrassing family that is frankly, and utterly, beneath him. But it is Elizabeth who controls both their destinies, and whose surprises will change Darcy’s life yet again.