In Pride & Prejudice Elizabeth Bennet blames Mr. Darcy for the unhappiness of her most beloved sister, but I always believed it to be Mr. Bingley’s fault, he was the one who left her with a shattered heart after all! And he was the one who was not strong enough to fight for the woman he loved, even if he was led to believe she was indifferent to him, why couldn’t he at least try to win her heart? Why should he just give up?
In My Mr. Darcy & Your Mr. Bingley Linda Beutler presents us a more determined Mr. Bingley, master of his own life and willing to fight for his happiness, a more worthy Mr. Bingley in my opinion 🙂
In this story, and knowing he will displease his friend and family, he returns to Hertfordshire to try to conquer Miss Bennet. But there is one small problem…She is actually in London, and the lady he had seen in the park and considered very similar to his angel, was truly Miss Jane Bennet. One would think that upon the knowledge that Mr. Bingley had returned, she would fly to Longbourn to be once more in the vicinities of the most agreeable man of her acquaintance right? Well…not this Jane Bennet! You see, she is also a more determined character in this book and is not willing to run into the arms of the man who left her with a broken heart a few months ago. Jane Bennet’s character is also more firm in this book, and rightly so in my opinion. Why should she forgive him so easily? Jane’s unexpected behaviour will put Longbourn in an uproar and give Mr. Bennet the opportunity to put under good regulation the behaviour of his most angelic daughter by showing her how a real cat and mouse game really his. I confess this was one of my favourite parts of the book and I’m sure Jane will never see mouses the same way ever again.
Also, it turns out she can’t resist a man with spectacles so all is well when it ends well (I’m sure you all knew there would be HEA, so I’m not considering this a major spoiler), but what about Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth? They will face trials of their own as everyone seems to know Mr. Darcy’s real character but Elizabeth. She will eventually learn how to read this intriguing man and receive a most unique marriage proposal. I did not see that scene coming, and it became one of my favourite scenes in the entire book 🙂 You’ll know why when you read it.
My Mr. Darcy & Your Mr. Bingley is a light, humourous book with an unique perspective on relationships, one’s behaviour and its consequences, that JAFF readers will surely appreciate.
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One never quite knows where the inspiration will strike. For award-winning author Linda Beutler and My Mr. Darcy & Your Mr. Bingley, the moment of genesis arrived in a particularly contentious thread at the online forum A Happy Assembly. What is the nature of personal responsibility? Where do we draw the line between Mr. Bingley being too subject to Mr. Darcy’s “persuasion” and Mr. Darcy playing too heavily on Mr. Bingley’s “sensibility”? This is a conundrum guaranteed to raise even more questions.
What happens to the plot and character dynamics of Pride & Prejudice if Mr. Bingley is given just a dash more spine? Or if Jane Bennet decides enough embarrassment is too much? How does Mr. Darcy manage the crucial apology a more stalwart Mr. Bingley necessitates he make? What if Mr. Darcy meets relations of Elizabeth Bennet’s for whom she need not blush on their home turf rather than his? Suffice it to say, this is a story of rebuked pride, missing mail, a man with “vision”, a frisky cat, and an evening gown that seems to have its own agenda.
Linda Beutler’s professional life is spent in a garden, an organic garden housing America’s foremost public collection of clematis vines and a host of fabulous companion plants. Her home life reveals a more personal garden, still full of clematis, but also antique roses and vintage perennials planted around and over a 1907 cottage. But one can never have enough of gardening, so in 2011 she began cultivating a weedy patch of Jane Austen Fan Fiction ideas. The first of these to ripen was The Red Chrysanthemum (Meryton Press, 2013), which won a silver IPPY for romance writing in 2014. You might put this down as beginner’s luck—Linda certainly does. The next harvest brought Longbourn to London (Meryton Press, 2014), known widely as “the [too] sexy one”. In 2015 Meryton Press published the bestseller A Will of Iron, a macabre rom-com based on the surprising journals of Anne de Bourgh.
Now, after a year-long break in JAFF writing to produce Plant Lovers Guide to Clematis (Timber Press, 2016)—the third in a bouquet of books on gardening—we have My Mr. Darcy and Your Mr. Bingley bursting into bloom.
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