Darcy in Wonderland – Review & Giveaway

Darcy in Wonderland is the proof that Alexa Adams is not afraid to try different and creative approaches in her books. She turns the unthinkable into reality and creates stories that readers will hardly forget.

Darcy in Wonderland brings together the loveliness of the Darcy family and the craziness of Lewis Carrol’s Alice in Wonderland, and even though the Wonderland scenes were quite amusing, especially when Darcy was forced to go along with his daughter’s curiosity, what captivated me the most in this book was the Darcy family and their interactions.

The story starts many years after Darcy and Elizabeth’s marriage, and we are introduced to their children: Bennet who is the only boy, and the eldest of Darcy’s children, is a delicious image of his father and amuses us with his dry humour and his fatigue with all his sisters. Can you imagine a teenager Darcy surrounded by sisters? I loved some of his comments and the relationship of comradery he established with his father, who is determined to give to his son the support he was unable to receive from his own father as a young man; Elleanor (Ellie) who is about to turn 18 years old reminded me of Jane Bennet and I truly wished Lady Catherine would not ruin her coming out season; Helen and Rose who are already at school and are terribly missed by their youngest sister; Cassandra whom I loved and was more interested in reading novels than anything else; and Alice, the youngest child of Darcy and Elizabeth and the one who is always involved in some kind of mischief. Or maybe she is only a curious, imaginative and outspoken girl who was too genuine for her time and discovered the pleasures of Port at a precocious age :

Alice’s impertinence reminded me of Elizabeth, but also a little bit of Lydia Bennet because that girl does not know when to keep her mouth shut, and even if this is very amusing to us readers, it makes Lady Catherine very displeased! And yes, Lady Catherine is still alive and true to herself in this story :

The Darcy’s and Lady Catherine, who arrived unannounced at Pemberley, are to visit the Bingley’s, but during breakfast Alice’s enthusiasm becomes too much and when she spills some tea in Lady Catherine’s gown she is punished for her actions and must remain at home. She tries to apologize:

“I am truly sorry, Aunt Catherine,” Alice quickly followed. “You have ruined my gown!” “If it makes you feel better,” Alice continued hopefully, “I don’t think the color becomes you at all.”

But her father is implacable and determines she has to stay, accompanied by him to guarantee she behaves of course, it’s not like he wants to escape Lady Catherine and Mrs. Bennet’s company.

During the day Alice sees a White Rabbit with a Pocket Watch and chases it down a hole with her Father close behind, and this is how the adventure in Wonderland begins.

In Wonderland we will find Carroll’s White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, Queen of Hearts and even some characters that will remind us of some members of the Bennet family like Mrs. Bennet, Darcy finds it very hard to understand what’s happening and where he is. His main focus is to find a way home, but Alice’s curiosity makes her want to interact with everybody and that’s what makes their journey so funny. Those who loved Alice in Wonderland will certainly love this view of the story.

Darcy in Wonderland is not a romance, and readers who merely want an Elizabeth/Darcy story will not find it here, but they will find a beautiful sequel showing us how delightful their life was after they married, and how funny their household became over the years with so many different children. The relationship they established with their children is endearing, and we also have the pleasure of seeing how happy and content they are as a couple.

I believe parents will particularly love this story, and they will even be able to share it with their children as this is a family book in which the drawings and the poetry add the final touch to an incredible story.

 

You can find Darcy in Wonderland at:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

 

 

Alexa Adams would like to offer one copy of Darcy in Wonderland (ebook or paperback) to one of my readers.

This giveaway is international and open until the 20th of August. To participate all you have to do is comment on this post, and if you want to increase your chances of winning comment on the guest post I published yesterday. I will consider entrances from both posts.

Good Luck everyone!

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36 responses to “Darcy in Wonderland – Review & Giveaway

  1. Finished it last night and adored it, too, Rita. 🙂

    Please do not enter me in the contest.

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  2. Thank you so much, Rita, for the lovely review. No, this book isn’t a romance, but as you said so perfectly, “a family book.” That’s why I dedicated it to my own burgeoning Janeite and little Alice-model: Eliza, the keeper of my heart. I hope other parents will find this a book to share in joy and laughter with their children. Good luck to all who enter the giveawy!

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  3. Never thought you could put Pride and Prejudice and Alice in Wonderland together.

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    • Anything and everything is possible in the world of JAFF! It’s one of the reasons I love it so much. I actually found Carroll to be harder to alter, but maybe that’s because I’m not as comfortable with whimsy. It was afun and challenging project.

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  4. Mary

    Rita,

    This sounds like a delightful adventure story containing our beloved characters! Alice sounds so precocious,and in my mind,is inquisitive,clever and not at all reserved,like her dear papa!!
    Darcy is immensely proud of her and encourages her questioning attitude to life.

    I’m looking forward to reading of their interactions with the Mad Hatter,the Queen and other Wonderland characters,where,I guess,anything is possible!

    Cheers for such a lovely review! I enjoyed reading your thoughts!! 😊

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  5. Glynis

    I love the idea of this story. Especially the fact that Darcy and Elizabeth are so happy in their marriage and so blessed with their children (especially Alice from the sound of it). Congratulations Alexa for coming up with this idea 😁

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  6. Like I said yesterday.. this should be an interesting read and great fun! After reading this review, I am quite sure that it’s my cup of tea…!
    A family portrait and fantasy and Darcy? Perfect!

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  7. J. W. Garrett

    Loved this excerpt and the idea of the mash-up of stories. I haven’t seen it done before. Great idea and creativity. I would love to win an e-Book, good luck to everyone that participates. Thanks Rita for this post and to Alexa for joining us today. Good Luck in the launch.

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  8. certainly different from the usual JAFF books

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  9. caroleincanada

    Lovely review Rita! The more I read the reviews and blogs, the more I want to read this book! I really love the idea that it is set many years down the road and we get to see all their children! Thank you for the giveaway!

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    • I’m so glad you like the idea of older Darcys. I seem to keep gravitating towards autumnal depictions of them (and other characters). I think it’s easier for me, after spending twenty plus years with my husband. Really enjoyed creating their family for this book. Everyone just fell into place.

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  10. Ginna

    Thank you for your review!

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  11. I have the eBook and loved it! Little Alice would have anyone’s head spinning with her compacted energy and inquisitive mind. Poor Darcy is certainly taken on a merry chase and it was fun to see him out of his usual element. Loved the illustrations. Thanks for featuring Alexa’s book. here. Loved it!

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  12. darcybennett

    This sounds really great, I especially like that the focus is on their children.

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  13. Mary Preston

    Your review just confirmed the fact that I must read this.

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  14. ladysusanpdx

    The ripples from this are just amazing.
    The nonprofit where I volunteer is doing
    a 50th Anniversary celebration, and the
    theme will be Wonderland, and I’ll probably
    be a Mad Hatter (yes! my idea!!). Another
    reason for me to hope I win a copy of the
    book…

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  16. I find the whole project fascinating!

    denise

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  17. Charlotte

    Seems like such a fun story & what a good idea to combine these two together!

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  18. KateB

    Great review Rita. 👍 Congratulations on another book, and one with such an unusual and intriguing premise. Looking forward to reading this story.

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  20. Thanks for a lovely review, Rita. I love JAFF stories that go a considerable number of years into the future of Darcy and Elizabeth. Finding out how things work out for themselves and their families is fascinating and this story sounds to be right up at the high end of that!

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  21. What an interesting idea for a jaff novel!! Been an Alice fan for almost as long as a Jane fan. I would love the chance to read this book myself 🙂

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  22. That was a beautifully written review, Rita. Thank you for sharing what the story is like. Lady Catherine has a very long life indeed.

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