Review: Mr Darcy and the Secret of Becoming a Gentleman – Maria Hamilton

Genre: Pride and Prejudice variation
Pages: 464
Published: May 1st 2011 Sourcebooks landmark

When Elizabeth Bennet refuses his hand, Darcy is devastated and makes it his mission to change. By every civility in his power, Darcy slowly tries to win her affections, but Elizabeth is not easily swayed. Darcy vows to unlock the secrets that will make her his. He curses himself for his social awkwardness and appearance of pride, and sets out to right the wrongs he’s done her family.

Elizabeth’s family and friends misunderstand his intentions, and being in Elizabeth’s presence proves to be both excruciating for the shy Darcy-and a dream come true. For the first time in his life, he must please a woman worth having, and the transformation leads him to a depth of understanding and love that he never could have imagined.

My thoughts:
Yes I still adore anything Pride and Prejudice related. These may not be for everyone and to that I will just say that variations are fun and always make me smile.
This book again was different because much was from Darcy’s POV. The book begins after his failed proposal and he realizes that he needs to change. He needs to be more out there and he needs to make the wrongs to right. First he needs to get Bingley and Jane together and then he needs to work on making Elizabeth fall for him.
I had my heart in my throat a couple of times when it came to this book. I am just gonna spill it now because it happens almost at once. Mrs Bennet gets the wrong idea when Β΄Darcy shows up alone and soon it is over the whole area that he is courting Jane. It was horrible, in a good way, what a twist and I sat there shaking my head at Mrs Bennet’s folly. If you thought she was bad before then here, it was almost that I did from shame myself. So I certainly applaud this twist.
This was a nice variation with a Mr Darcy who really tries to better himself, he puts himself out there, he tries to socialise, and he becomes the gentleman she wants him to be, or should we say expect him to be. And then we watch Lizzy fall for him once again.
A fun variation where Mr Darcy is more in focus. We hear his thoughts, we watch his heartache. He is a wonderful man underneath and the journey to happiness is lovely to watch. And as I said, be prepared for the oh so amusing twist.
Fall in love with Mr Darcy all over again.
from the publisher
Check back tomorrow when I have Maria Hamilton over for an interview

37 thoughts on “Review: Mr Darcy and the Secret of Becoming a Gentleman – Maria Hamilton

  1. anachronist says:

    Perhaps it is good but I dunno…of course you can make me read almost anything (and have made me read at least one book I would never ever touch otherwise) but deep down I am not sure whether I would enjoy another Mr Darcy-related story. Thanks for a review anyway!

  2. Misha says:

    Another Austen variation! I wish I had come across them earlier! I have this huge list of variations that I desperately want to read and now this book is on that list too. I think I would love this book as Mr Darcy is the focus πŸ˜€

  3. Lynette says:

    This is one that I don't think I've read! LOL! Is there smexing in this one? You know I love my P&P variations with some smexing in them.

  4. Blodeuedd says:

    MysticaAren't we all :DMaryThanks! It was a fun book to read.JujuI am glad you like itJulieI just love that so many of there self-published stories are being published again so that I can get to read them and find out about moreAnaLol, yes I am unsure too whether I could get you to read one. Perhaps when I find the one that has such an amazing twist that it will just shake you to the core and make you a firm believer of all things Darcy

  5. Blodeuedd says:

    MishaTell me about it πŸ˜€ I remember when I read my first and fell in love, and then I realized that there are more out there, and more are comingAnnaMrs Bennet was like she always is, lol, honestly I was mortified! What a motherIrenaHe sure has a hidden side that we never get to see so that was sure fun to read aboutBermudaThen this one is for your mum :)ChrisLol, so when are you gonna write that Mr Darcy and Leopold story…or whatever a male name for Lizzy would be πŸ˜‰

  6. Blodeuedd says:

    LynetteAlas no 😦 No Smexing, and I do know how you like that :DAmusedYou sure need to :DDarleneLol, I do enjoy them, I think they are a secret (ok not so secret) pleasureCarrieI sure wanna :DMissieHihi, yes I do..ahem, one more coming later this week, but then that is the last…before June

  7. Mel says:

    I'm still feeling guilty about not having read the original Pride & Prejudice! Maybe it would be better to start with a book like this? πŸ™‚

  8. Blodeuedd says:

    ChrisToo bad cos I do think a m/m Pride and prejudice variation would rock. I feel like writing one myself ;)CarolI do understand that MelLol, start with a variation πŸ˜‰ I fell in love with PP cos of a miniseries so I am no betterVVHe sure is, so so very lovableDCI can't get enough either

  9. Jenny says:

    Wow, I never knew there were so many P&P variations out there! I like the idea of one where Mr. Darcy is more of a focus:)

  10. Blodeuedd says:

    JennyThere are more to come πŸ˜‰ I kind of wish for one where Kitty finds love, she is always so on the backgroundAurianWe can't all love variations :)StaciHe is just simply utterly wonderfulJennyHe sure works for it, and I love that about him hereMelissaLol, you and me both πŸ™‚ They are such a pleasure to read, and even though I know the story I am always surprised

  11. Blodeuedd says:

    TeddyI am sure enjoying my time here. perhaps you will join in one dayMelissaI do understand πŸ™‚ You can just come by and read my thoughts thenNiseI try to read one once a month, lol. You should try one againYvonneAdd away, I am sure you would enjoy it

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