My Mr. Darcy & Your Mr. Bingle Review & Giveaway

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.

You can find it at:

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.

Contact Info:  

Twitter: @oregonclematis

Facebook: Linda Beutler Author

Wandering Pemberley’s Gardens

Don’t forget to follow the blog tour for more info on this book 🙂

 5 April  My Jane Austen Book Club; Vignette, Giveaway

 6 April  So little time…; Guest Post, Excerpt, Giveaway

 7 April  Half Agony, Half Hope; Vignette

 8 April  Obsessed with Mr. Darcy; Review, Giveaway

 9 April  My Vices and Weaknesses; Character Interview, Excerpt, Giveaway

10 April  Austenesque Reviews; Vignette, Giveaway

11 April  Tomorrow is Another Day; Review, Giveaway

12 April  Savvy Verse and Wit; Guest Post, Giveaway  

13 April  Just Jane 1813; Review, Giveaway

14 April  A Covent Garden Gilflurt’s Guide to Life; Guest Post

15 April  Interests of a Jane Austen Girl; Character Interview, Excerpt, Giveaway

17 April  From Pemberley to Milton; Review, Giveaway

18 April  Diary of an Eccentric; Review, Giveaway

19 April  Darcyholic Diversions; Author Interview, Giveaway

20 April  Babblings of a Bookworm; Vignette, Giveaway

Meryton Press is offering  8 Ebook copies of My Mr. Darcy & Your Mr. Darcy to 8 different winners. Readers may enter the drawing by tweeting once a day, and daily commenting on a blog post that has a giveaway attached for the tour. (1 comment/blog post) Entrants should provide the name of the blog where they commented (which will be verified). You may enter once by following the author on twitter and once by following the author on Facebook.

Remember, tweet daily and comment once per post with a giveaway to earn extra entries.

Each winner will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter.

To enter click on the link here.

Good Luck Everyone!


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28 responses to “My Mr. Darcy & Your Mr. Bingle Review & Giveaway

  1. KateB

    Great review Rita. 🙂 I love Bingley with a backbone, and Jane who is less submissive than in canon.
    Thanks for the giveaway. 🙂

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  2. I’ve been following the book tour and am so intrigued. Thanks again for the giveaway. and for the lovely review.

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  3. Lovely review! Congratulations, Linda, on your new book!

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  4. J. W. Garrett

    What fun, a give-a-way… I am putting my name out there. I love the excitement on this book. I look forward to reading it. Thanks Rita, for hosting the give-a-way. What a review… I don’t know whether to say ‘Go Team Jane’ or poor Bingley, or… I don’t know how to respond. What fun!!!

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    • That’s a good point Jeanne! I was like: Go Jane! And then it was more: Go Mr.Bennet! She has had enough and poor Bingley can’t take it much longer 🙂
      Good luck in the giveaway!


  5. Glynis

    Love this review Rita. I also love that I don’t have to struggle with Rafflecopter as I already bought this book 😊. I loved it from beginning to end. Bingley did get a backbone although not enough to tell anyone where he was going! Mr Bennet was more pro-active in dealing with recalcitrant daughters, I loved his lesson for Jane. Definitely one to ‘re read.

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  6. Mary

    Rita,I really enjoyed reading your thoughts on this book!
    What an interesting premise! Love the idea of Jane knowing and valuing her own self worth and not making haste to Bingley’s side!! Looking forward to the cat and mouse game that follows! Sounds quite hunorous!

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  7. Great review, Rita, as always. The idea of a Bingley with a backbone and a Jane who stands up for herself more is definitely rather intriguing, as is a more pro-active Mr. Bennet. I’m looking forward to seeing how it all works out, especially the scene with the cat after having read the cat’s POV vignette earlier in the tour. And you’ve rather piqued my interest with your comment about Darcy’s proposal being unique!

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    • You’ll have to let me know what you think once you’ve read it Anji 🙂
      It does have some peculiar scenes, the cat/mouse and the proposal are memorable 🙂


      • Anji, you’ve been great at hanging in to the end of the tour. Thanks to Rita, too. The final original vignette is now in Ceri’s hands, Rita’s partner for the cover reveal. It’s Darcy, Georgiana, and the giant silver Darcy family lucky charm.


  8. cvtperez

    I saw this book on amazon but wasn’t sure if I wanted to read it but thanks to your review I am determined to read it now. Thank you

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  9. Dung

    Great review. I agree, I love a stronger Bingley! Looking forward to reading the book!

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  10. Sounds really good, can’t wait to read about this Mr. Bingley.

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  11. BeckyC

    Wonderful review. I am looking forward to this twist.


  12. Lovely review, Rita. Glad to see you enjoyed Linda’s take on Austen’s characters in her new book.


  13. Lovely review! I simply must read this one. I like tough girls, and this Jane sounds like a lot of fun.


  14. Thanks everyone for following along. As to Bingley’s spectacles, think of them as the Regency version of Clark Kent’s horn-rimmed glasses. A turn on for the right woman!


  15. evamedmonds

    At last Bingley gets some spine! And Jane not being compliant – how will Bingley win her? And Mr. Bennett getting some spine, too. How do Darcy and Elizabeth handle these new developments? Thank you for the excellent review. I have enjoyed Linda’s previous books and look forward to reading this one. Thank you for the giveaway – would love to win!


  16. I have to praise Rita again for tippy-toeing the fine line between explaining what she liked about the book without revealing spoilers. It is a delicate maneuver she manages well with all of her reviews, not just mine. Tomorrow is an interview with me, by fellow author Barbara Tiller Cole, and we end with a final original vignette over at Ceri’s, with Rita’s wine cooler: end of the blog tour and a return to the back cover Rita was kind enough to reveal. It’s all been wonderful and I cannot thank Rita enough!


  17. Carole in Canada

    Lovely review Rita! I love when Jane and Bingley get more focus in a book. Now to have both stand up for themselves, only makes it better! Thank you for the chance at the giveaway!


  18. Loren Dushku

    I didn’t see the proposal coming too! But, I have to say it, the best proposal in this story was not by Darcy or Bingley but from another character I really love…


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