Author: Elizabeth Aston
Length: 368 pages
Genre: Austen Fan Fiction
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I love books that should be terrible. Like this one. They are my guilty pleasure. Mediocre sappy romance austen-eque fan fiction makes me feel all gooey and simultaneously gives me the LOLs. This book, is in my top 5 secret guilty pleasures, even though I know it is totally ridiculous.... Ok, AGES ago I reviewed Mr. Darcy's Daughters, by Elizabeth Aston, which is the first in Elizabeth Aston's follow up on Pride and Prejudice. Alethea was introduced as the youngest of Mr and Mrs Darcy's five daughters, and she was given a fairly secondary role in the book, and she still managed to get into a fair amount of trouble.
There is a fairly sizeable leap between the two books, but Aston uses flashbacks and the internal angst/monologue of past memories to fill the reader in pretty well, without having to sit through the Looonng version. So Alethea married a man whilst she was on the rebound from her first love (who embarrassed her socially after they hopped on the good foot and did the bad thing). Husband is a jerk, and kills her spirit through continued mental and physical abuse. (This is not just bad, but terrible, as Alethea is usually full of not just any spirit, but the True Darcy Spirit). So the reader begins the book with Alethea running away from her husband in the middle of the night with her old maid Figgins (who made an appearance in the first book too), whilst both dressed as men. The plan is to go to Venice, where her favourite sister, Camilla, is living with Wytton, her new husband, because it will be harder for douchebag-hubby to track her down and drag her home again.
Alethea is my favourite of the Darcy girls, because she manages to get into such scrapes. It really helps to have read Mr. Darcy's daughters first, because then its much easier for the reader to empathise with Alethea, having seen how fantastic she was before various men cocked up her life. A nice bit of Austen-inspired, drama filled romance, with lots of goo and fluff. 7 stars!