The Many Lives of Fitzwilliam Darcy Review & Giveaway

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In Pride and Prejudice Mr. Darcy has months to think about Elizabeth Bennet’s accusations to his character. He has plenty of time to feel angry, upset, and finally understand and accept she might be right in some of the things she said. He has plenty of time to recognize he could become a better man if he choose to moderate his character, and he has plenty of time to make amendments for his previous actions.

But what if he didn’t have all those months? What if one day was all he had to change what needed to be changed? Will that ever be enough? Will he be able to make amends for his past actions in one single day? What course of action would he choose to take if he knew what was to come? And what exactly does he need to change to get it right?

In a Pride and Prejudice meets Groundhog Day story, Beau North and Brooke West present us with a creative and humorous tale that will keep us turning the pages from beginning until the end.

The Many Lives of Fitzwilliam Darcy was one of the books I most eagerly expected to read this year and as soon as I got my hands on a copy I devoured it in an instant. Longbourn’s Songbird from Beau North was one of my favorite books in 2015 and the collaboration between her and Brooke West on Then Comes Winter increased my curiosity towards their new book which did not disappoint. In fact, the prologue of The Many Lives of Fitzwilliam Darcy is so powerful and gripping that I can honestly say it is one of the best beginnings I have ever seen in a JAFF book. It took my breath away and I could not believe what I was reading! I could not fathom what could have led to that initial scene. Then I continued reading and I understood. Mr. Darcy was trapped in the worst day of his life, the day Miss Elizabeth Bennet refused his hand in marriage! As Darcy is forced to relive this day over and over again, we get to see many the facets of Fitzwilliam Darcy. We see the strong but stubborn Master of Pemberley, the generous gentlemen, the passionate lovebird and even an unknown childish and humorous Darcy. You’ll understand what I mean when you discover what happens to Lady Catherine’s furniture 🙂

The secondary characters in this book were carefully created not only to support the leading characters, but also to have a life and importance of their own, making The Many Lives of Fitzwilliam Darcy a consistent book in terms of character development. I enjoyed seeing Anne’s reactions and discourse, but most of all I loved the scene when Lady Catherine bursts into Darcy’s office to let him know that that insolent girl would not give up on him. Not only did I love the scene itself, but also Darcy’s perceptiveness which allowed us to see a side of Lady Catherine I had never seen before.

Overall this is a well written prose with a perfect balance between heart breaking intense scenes and humorous passages that will captivate all types of readers. It is creative, fun and well built, a true must read for the JAFF community.

You can find it at:

Amazon.com – The Many Lives of Fitzwilliam Darcy

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***Book Blurb***

“He could no longer claim to be Fitzwilliam Darcy of Derbyshire, brother to Georgiana, master of Pemberley. In that moment, he was but a man. A man filled with more frustration than most souls could bear. A man torn asunder by his desperation, his fruitless dreams and desires.”

After Elizabeth Bennet rejects his marriage proposal, Fitzwilliam Darcy finds himself in the most unusual of circumstances. At first believing the extraordinary turn of events has granted him an inexplicable boon, he is eager to put the humiliating proposal behind him.

He soon discovers that he is trapped in the same waking dream with no end in sight and no possible escape. All that he holds dear—his name, his home, his love—remains ever out of reach. How will he find his way back to his normal life? Will one mistake haunt the rest of his days? It will take all of his fortitude to weather the storms of his strange new fate, and all of his courage to grasp the promise of his future.

 

 

***Author Bios***

Beau North is the author of Longbourn’s Songbird and a contributor to the anthology Then Comes Winter. Beau is a native southerner who now calls Portland, Oregon home with her husband and two cats. She attended the University of South Carolina where she began a lifelong obsession with Literature. In her spare time, Beau is the brains behind Rhymes With Nerdy, a pop culture podcast and website, and a contributor at the San Francisco Book Review.

 

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Facebook: Beau North Writes

Instagram:Miznorth

Twitter: @BeauNorth

Newsletter: tinyletter.com/BeauNorth

Podcasts: http://rhymeswithnerdy.com/

Blog: beaunorthwrites.com (coming soon)

Goodreads: Goodreads Author Page: Beau North

Amazon: Amazon Author Page: Beau North

 

Brooke West is a contributing author to the anthology Then Comes Winter. Brooke has a naturally creative soul that pulls her into myriad artistic endeavors. While writing fiction always has been her life’s passion, Brooke also finds joy in silversmithing, sculpting, and costuming. Between projects, she runs and practices yoga. She lives in South Carolina with her fiancé, son, and three cats.

 

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Facebook: Brooke West

@WordyWest and @BrookeWest

Goodreads: Goodreads Author Page: Brooke West

Amazon: Amazon Author Page: Brooke West

 

 

 

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***Blog Tour***

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Want to know more about this book? Why don’t you follow the blog tour?

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October 8/ My Jane Austen Book Club/Launch Post & Giveaway

October 9/ Just Jane 1813/Interview with Beau and Brooke

October 10/ From Pemberley to Milton/Book Review & Giveaway

October 11/ A Covent Garden Madame Gilflurt’s Guide to Life/Guest Post

October 12/ Austenesque Reviews/ Excerpt & Giveaway

October 13/ Margie’s Must Reads/ Book Review & Giveaway

October 14/ Babblings of a Bookworm/ Book Review & Giveaway

October 15/ The Calico Critic/Excerpt & Giveaway

October 16/ Obsessed with Mr. Darcy/ Guest Post

October 17/ Diary of an Eccentric/Book Review & Giveaway

October 18/ My Kids Led Me Back to Pride and Prejudice/ Book Review & Giveaway

October 19/ More Agreeably Engaged/ Fitzwilliam Vignette

October 20/ So Little Time… So Much to Read/ Excerpt & Giveaway

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***It’s Giveaway time***

Beau and Brooke are giving away 8 copies of their book, which includes 4 ebooks and 4 paperback copies for readers with U.S. mailing addresses

To enter this giveaway, click here.

Good luck everyone!

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30 responses to “The Many Lives of Fitzwilliam Darcy Review & Giveaway

  1. Thank you for the thoughtful review, Rita. Lady Catherine is quite amusing in this story and I loved her more endearing characteristics too. I am glad you enjoyed spending time with Darcy in Kent and that you enjoyed this different take on “Pride and Prejudice.”

    I appreciate your support of this blog tour and I hope your readers love this story!

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  2. Glynis

    Oh my Rita I’m so looking forward to reading this book. I really enjoy watching Groundhog Day and to read about it with Darcy and Elizabeth as the main characters sounds like my type of story. Many thanks for the giveaway 🙂

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  3. Patricia Finnegan

    Groundhog day is one of my favorite movies!

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    • beaunorth

      Mine too! I tried to instill a lot of the black comedy elements that made Groundhog Day so wonderful into this book. You’ll have to let us know what you think when you’ve had a chance to read it!

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  4. Mary

    What an enthusiastic review,Rita! It’s so obvious that you really enjoyed reading it and I,for one,can’t wait!
    It sounds fascinating-Darcy being forced to repeat the same day over again until he’s realised the errors of his ways and is prepared to change!
    Am so looking forward to this one!

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  5. beaunorth

    Thank you so much for this wonderful review, Rita! I’m so pleased that you enjoyed it. I, too, find myself overcome every time I read that particular Lady Catherine scene. As much as I’d love to take credit for it, that was entirely Brooke’s genius at work. It’s an incredibly touching scene!

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    • That scene with Lady Catherine was really good Beau! Brooke deserves to be praised for it. I would like to see more JAFF novels to portray Lady Catherine this way 🙂
      Thank you both for writing this wonderful book and giving us so many pleasurable moments with it!

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  6. Thanks for such a wonderful review Rita.

    I really enjoy anything that has this sort of looping scenario. So, Groundhog Day is a favourite film and putting my sci-fi geek hat on, there’s an episode of Stargate SG1 called Window of Opportunity that’s simply one of the best in the whole 10 year run of the series. The nearest I can think of in the JAFF genre is Jeanna Ellsworth’s Pride and Persistence, which I also loved.

    Definitely one for the Wish List.

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    • beaunorth

      Anji, if I may flex my own nerd muscles…the working title of this book was initially “Mystery Spot,” which is an episode of Supernatural where one Winchester brother must relive the same day over & over.

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      • Hi Beau. Supernatural is one that’s passed me by. It’s perhaps not been in free-to-air TV in the UK. It’s good to know that there are so many geeks/nerds wearing more than one hat (or should that be bonnet?) out there in JAFF land.

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    • I also love this type of premises Anji, they have so much potential! You know I’m a sci-fI geek too, and I love SG1!! I’ve seen all episodes but I’m not remembering this particular one. I’ll have to search for it and re-watch it. Now, I have to say that there is also an X-Files episode with this premise and it is one of my favourite episodes from the show! It’s called Monday if you’re interested.
      I also loved Jeanna Ellsworth’s Pride and Persistence, but for me that’s more like My Girlfriend Has Amnesia meets P&P 😉

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      • Hi again Rita. That episode of SG1 was episode 6 from season 4 and they just had so much fun with it. From what I saw and heard on the DVD special features, the episode was running short so they actually added in more loops. During one loop, O’Neill and Teal’c are seen in the gate room driving golf balls through the activated stargate! O’Neill and Teal’c are the only ones who know that they’re looping, by the way. Here’s the link to IMDB:

        http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0709218/?ref_=ttep_ep6

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      • Thank you Anji! I’ll go through my DVDs to watch this one! Actually a rewatch of the entire show would not be a bad idea! And who knows Atlantis as well 🙂 I don’t really remember the episode but I can imagine O’neill making a lot of pranks and Tea’c not getting why he would do them :)))

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  7. Sheila Majczan

    Read this story, loved this story, posted a review and will read this again.

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  8. Christina Boyd

    I’m so glad you adored this one too! I would read anything these two wrote! And they are such pros to work with. Love!

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  9. Love this premise. Thanks for sharing this story with us!

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  10. Sophia Rose

    Well said, Rita! I loved all the sides of Darcy that came out in this story and yes, the secondary characters were all so well planted in this story.

    Please do not enter me in the giveaway.

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  11. Kirsten

    Sounds really promissing! Would love to read this book 🙂

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  12. Maria

    Woot woot! This book sounds great! 😀 I’m very curious to read it!

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  13. So glad to see you loved it! I’m reading it right now for the tour and am really enjoying it so far!

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  14. I really really want to read this book! Thanks for the giveaway

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  15. Oh my, it doesn’t get much more tantalizing than this! Definitely adding this one to my must-read list … and would be delighted to win a copy (thank you for offering the giveaway).

    Rita, a heads-up: I’m not shilling for this company, but GoDaddy is having a sale on .com domains. You can buy FPTM.com for 99c for the first year and 14.99 for the second year (must buy two years) so for about $16.30 you can own the FPTM domain and have it re-direct to this wordpress blog. I just checked and it is available if you are interested. I just bought the domain for my own wordpress blog. I don’t know how long the sale lasts. Just letting you know in case you are interested. Best regards – Janis

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  16. Carole in Canada

    Wonderful review Rita! I am looking forward to reading this one!

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  17. Your stories are so enjoyable. Thank you for the pleasure you’ve given me.

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  18. KateB

    This book is definitely on my ‘to be read’ list next. Great premise. Wonderful review, Rita!

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  19. Dung

    Congrats again ladies on your new release. Great review Rita! It’s on my TBR list! Can’t wait to read it!

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  20. suzanlauder

    I enjoyed this when it was posted at AHA, and the published version, with that cool cover, will undoubtedly be much improved. Great review!

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