Guest post and giveaway: Abigail Reynolds – Mr-Darcy’s Undoing

Today I have Abigail Reynolds over for a guest post and she talks about Mr Darcy 😉 There is also a giveaway at the end.

Why women love Mr. Darcy 
There’s no lack of reasons to love Mr. Darcy.  He’s handsome, wealthy, generous, honest to a fault, and he owns a beautiful estate.  What’s not to like?  But that doesn’t explain why generations of women have considered Mr. Darcy the perfect romantic hero.  There are other handsome, wealthy , honest and generous men in the world.  Why does this one man in particular hold such a fascination for women? To my mind it comes down to two things: his devotion to Elizabeth and his taste in choosing her.
Mr. Darcy is devoted to Elizabeth Bennet.  Once he falls in love with her, nothing can change  his affections – not her angry refusal of his proposal, not her family’s low connections, not his family’s disapprobation.  He loves her and he’ll always love her, no matter what.  That is the essence of Mr. Darcy.
Mr. Darcy’s  loyalty and devotion aren’t limited to Elizabeth Bennet, which tells us that it is part of his character.  He’s devoted to his sister, his family, his friend Mr. Bingley’s happiness, his tenants’ well-being and his estate.  Jane Austen tells us that he gives offense wherever he goes, and there’s some evidence of that in his close friendship with Mr. Bingley whose good natured acceptance is well-known.  It’s an odd friendship from Darcy’s point of view, since Bingley wouldn’t be considered a particularly appropriate  candidate for a social connection.  Darcy is well above him in social station.  That always makes me wonder how many of Darcy’s social equals don’t care to spend time with him because of his tendency to give offense.  But what few friends Darcy makes, he keeps close to his heart, and we know the same will be true for his love for Elizabeth.  
Mr. Darcy doesn’t hold anything  back.  Disguise of every sort is his abhorrence.  Now, that can be a problem, since  his life would probably be easier if he’d learn to tell a few white lies, but in terms of his love for Elizabeth, it makes him more admirable.  We don’t worry about Darcy wondering if he could have done better for himself, or whether he has a hidden cruel streak or some grave character flaw.  If he did, he wouldn’t be able to hide it because he’s such a terrible liar.  We can trust his devotion for the same reason.  
Darcy’s choice of Elizabeth Bennet tells us a great deal about him.  In the normal course of affairs, we would expect a man of his stature to choose a fashionably languid lady with no opinions of her own.  Not Mr. Darcy, though – he chooses an unfashionably pert and energetic country girl.  Most importantly, he doesn’t fall in love with her for her beauty or her wit.   Austen tells us, “Mr. Darcy had at first scarcely allowed her to be pretty; he had looked at her without admiration at the ball; and when they next met, he looked at her only to criticise. But no sooner had he made it clear to himself and his friends that she had hardly a good feature in her face, than he began to find it was rendered uncommonly intelligent by the beautiful expression of her dark eyes.” [italics are mine].  Note that it isn’t actually her fine eyes or the beautiful expression in them, but that they render her face uncommonly intelligent.  What a dream man!  In a world where women are constantly pressured to measure up to unattainable beauty and told in many subtle ways that their appearance is the most important measure of their worth to men, here we find the exception to the rule.  Mr. Darcy loves Elizabeth because she’s smart!  It’s the fantasy of every girl who feels she doesn’t measure up in one way or another to cultural expectations – that there’s a man out there who will value her primarily for her mind.  
Mr. Darcy is a true dream man.  He loves Elizabeth for her intelligence rather than her beauty, he is truly devoted to her, and she can trust him to be honest and loyal.  It certainly doesn’t hurt that he’s rich and handsome,  but it’s in the nature of his love for Elizabeth that Mr. Darcy proves himself a most extraordinary man.  
Thank you Abigail :=)
1 copy of Mr. Darcy’s Undoing
1. Open to US and Canada
2. Ends October 27
3. Just enter 🙂
Or tell me why you think Mr. Darcy is so loved
OUT NOW  Mr. Darcy’s Undoing
A passionate new Pride and Prejudice variation explores the unthinkable-Elizabeth accepts the proposal of a childhood friend before she meets Darcy again. When their paths cross, the devastated Mr. Darcy must decide how far he’ll go to win the woman he loves. How can a man who prides himself on his honor ask the woman he loves to do something scandalous? And how can Elizabeth accept a loveless marriage when Mr. Darcy holds the key to her heart? As they confront family opposition and the ill-will of scandal-mongers, will Elizabeth prove to be Mr. Darcy’s undoing?

34 thoughts on “Guest post and giveaway: Abigail Reynolds – Mr-Darcy’s Undoing

  1. Jackleen says:

    Thank you I would love to win a copy of Mr Darcy's Undoing. Mr Darcy is a loved character because he accepts his lady love Elizabeth for who she is. Being rich and handsome of course helps.

  2. Svea says:

    What a great post! I think for me I love how Darcy is quiet and refined in demeanor yet his passion for Elizabeth has no bounds. It makes him a mysterious character in a way, one that few are privy to… Elizabeth is so lucky to know it.Thank you for the giveaway! I would love to read this

  3. Missie says:

    Are you kidding me? It's because he is arrogant, rude, pig-headed and utterly gorgeous! And also, just like the post mentions, when stripped down to the core, he's a man who loves with everything that he is. Thanks for the guest post and giveaway! missie at

  4. Anne says:

    Great post! Mr. Darcy is my all time favorite book character, he is the perfect man. I would love a chance to win the book!

  5. tweezle says:

    Mr Darcy is a manly man. Arrogant and stubborn, but truly devoted… What's not to love? This sounds like an awesome book! Thanks for the chance.tweezle(at)gmail(dot)com

  6. Margaret says:

    I would love to read this! I think everyone loves Darcy because he's the guy you hate to love. He's arrogant but irresistible. Thanks!

  7. Kaye says:

    Sounds wonderful! I just read Deception at Lyme; a Mr and Mrs Darcy Mystery and I'm in the mood for more of the HOT Mr. Darcy!florida982002[at]

  8. Blodeuedd says:

    MysticaIt was :)CarrieI know that problemAurianI hope you will! :DJackleenLol, aye it helps ;)SveaSo true, he is just so very mysterious and she gets to see his real self still and who would not fall then….Anne:)DarleneHihi, I had to put up those pics, gotta spice up the post.CaroleMmmm, he is so fineTweeLol, exactly!MelissaI am glad to hear that, cos they sure wont stop any time soon.margaretHate to love is the wordMelissaSometimes words can't explain itKayeOhhhh sounds fun 😀 Must check it out

  9. Lynette says:

    Well you know me and my fascination with P&P variations. Count me in. Been scared to read one where Lizzy has another man, would be interested in seeing where Ms. Reynolds takes it. I like her stuff.To me Darcy and Roarke (J.D. Robb) are the ultimate romance heroes.lynettestwocents at gmail dot com

  10. Chris says:

    I think we love Mr Darcy because he seems like such a hard character, but love for a woman cracked his shell of pride. We all want a man who softens just for us.kissyjensen at gmail dot com

  11. Audra says:

    Great guest post! No need to enter me in the giveaway — I'm swimming in books — but I have to say I enjoyed this since I'm *not* a huge Darcy fan! It was good to read a fan's thoughts as to why he's so appealing!

  12. naida says:

    how could anyone not love Darcy? :)I do think his devotion, and his reserved attitude are a great blend. Also, he is willing to admit his faults and change for the better. Nice guest post 😉 Mr. Darcy's Undoing sounds like a good one.

  13. Lieder Madchen says:

    I love Darcy so much because he is very real. He makes mistakes, he isn't perfect and occasionally you want to smack him upside the head…or fall into his arms, because he is also sweet, protective, loyal and, not to mention, incredibly handsome. :)Thank you for the lovely post and giveaway!liedermadchen(at)hotmail(dot)com

  14. Blodeuedd says:

    LynetteThere Roarke is again, he makes me so intrigued. I need to read about himShelly:) I hope you doChrisThat is true :DAudraHihi, and he sure has got plenty of those.NaidaAnd that is a great quality to haveLiederWe all want our own Mr Darcy :DAnnaI sure liked it, and I always do womder how others feel

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