Review: The Ballad of Gregoire Darcy – Marsha Altman

Genre: Pride and Prejudice variation
Pages: 336
Published: May 1st Ulysses Press

This riveting sequel to Pride and Prejudice perfectly captures Jane Austen’s style and wit. Manner of Devotion brings old favorites and new characters to life with well-researched historical details. When Fitzwilliam Darcy discovers he has a long-lost illegitimate brother, he feels compelled to help his new sibling find a place in the world. Meanwhile, Elizabeth finds herself pulled into a web of commitments and conflicts when her sister Mary Bennet finally falls in love. As plotlines and characters intertwine, Austen fans will feel that familiar anticipation of a conclusion that is at once exciting, surprising, and utterly satisfying.
My thoughts:
This is not your usual kind of variation. No this is the family saga kind of variation. This book is the fourth in the Darcy and Bingley Pride and prejudice sequel. Kids have been born, people have gotten married, there has been trouble and fun times, and lots of secrets.

I have not read the previous books but then I am a fast learner. In the beginning of the book was a family chart so I just checked who had married who and read the introduction by Altman. And then I was up to speed and could get started.

In this one there is general focus on the Bingleys, Darcys, The Maddox family (that is Caroline Bingley’s husband who is only a doctor ;). But there is also other things going on. Mr Darcy found out that he has an illegitimate brother called Gregoire who now is a monk in Spain. But things get out of control and he comes to England. As a devote monk he has difficulties living a normal life. I do fear he was a bit too saintly for me, but it was an interesting.

The other history sure took me by surprise. It seems that in a previous book Mary had an affair with a seminary student and got pregnant! Yes pregnant, I sure missed a juicy story there. And now she is in an unwed mother and she will get courted, but can she trust love? Oh I am still shocked by the whole unwed mother part..Mary! Yes, that is the juicy stuff going on in this series.


It was an interesting variation to read. Altman sure knows these character and creates wonderful and sad scenarios. here are ups and downs just as in every normal life.

The Winner of Mr Darcy and the secret of becoming a gentleman is….Missie!

35 thoughts on “Review: The Ballad of Gregoire Darcy – Marsha Altman

  1. Audra says:

    Ohmy, sounds deliciously torrid! Thankfully I am not a slavish P&P fan so I rather like the inventive variations — will have to look for this series now!

  2. deannalynnc says:

    You read so many wonderful variations of Jane Austen! Where do you find all these wonderful books. It sounds interesting that an author has actually made a series out of a variation for P&P, that's pretty awesome! Great review, I'm glad you're still enjoying these. πŸ˜€

  3. Darlene says:

    I think I'd like to read these ones. I love family saga type of stories so it would be interesting to read where these characters go in a normal lifestyle.

  4. Blodeuedd says:

    Chris:)AudraI love the inventive kinds, I do not mind if they change things..well as long as the peeps who belong together are happy and together.DeannaAll thanks to Goodreads πŸ˜€ I love their feature that shows other books like the book I look at. Cos there are a lot of books out there

  5. Blodeuedd says:

    AlyssaSo shocking, oh Mary, I never thought that of yaVivienneThey are my kind of books lolDarleneNow I can't remember how far in they were..14–12 years? But so a lot has happened

  6. Blodeuedd says:

    AurianIt's the last one for MAy, I promise ;)AnaLOL. It was the books, they ruined her mind πŸ˜‰ Oh Mary, bad girlBermudaI am glad your mum likes them πŸ˜€

  7. Marsha Altman says:

    Mary got knocked up in book 2, "The Plight of the Darcy Brothers." Because it turns out she's human after all! And sorry for posting from the wrong account. I'm glad you enjoyed my book. I tried to make the introduction as quickly thorough as possible.

  8. Missie says:

    *squeee* I won! *dances* The Darcy Family saga, huh? I honestly had no clue such a series existed, though I should have guessed it.

  9. Misha says:

    A family saga variation of Pride and Prejudice sounds perfect! Anything which involves Darcy has to be interesting πŸ™‚

  10. Blodeuedd says:

    AmusedSo very twisty ;)NaidaI know, horrifying , lol, and awesome!MissieCongrats!!! I hope you enjoy the bookJennyLol, I wonder what lady Catherine said? ;)MelissaYup preggers! And the monk, what a weird enigma he was

  11. Jenny Girl says:

    I read the other books in the series and enjoyed them immensely. The Mary thing is a surprise, but the way it was doen was quite good. Glad you liked this one and picked it all up quickly πŸ™‚

  12. Blodeuedd says:

    StaciCovers, oh covers. They can sure mess with a book sometimesAlexisI wonder how many more books there will be. The kiddies having kids perhapsMelissaLol, and you are welcome to do it any time :DMelissa SwimIt is certainly a bit not know what to make of itNinaAnd there sure is drama in it! :DMishaMmmmm Darcy, I really should watch PP again

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