Darcy and Fitzwilliam

Darcy and Fitzwilliam

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A gentleman in love cannot survive without his best friend...
Fitzwilliam Darcy and Colonel Fitzwilliam couldn't be more different, and that goes for the way each one woos and pursues the woman of his dreams. Darcy is quiet and reserved, careful and dutiful, and his qualms and hesitations are going to torpedo his courtship of Elizabeth. His affable and vivacious cousin, Colonel Fitzwilliam is a military hero whose devil-may-care personality hides the torments within, until he finds himself in a passionate, whirlwind affair with a beautiful widow who won't hear of his honorable intentions.

Cousins, best friends, and sparring partners, Darcy and Fitzwilliam have always been there for each other. So it's no surprise when the only one who can help Darcy fix his botched marriage proposals is Fitzwilliam, and the only one who can pull Fitzwilliam out of an increasingly dangerous entanglement is Darcy...
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Product details

  • Paperback | 496 pages
  • 146 x 197 x 33.53mm | 490g
  • Naperville, United States
  • English
  • 1402245947
  • 9781402245947
  • 659,345

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"Wasylowski does a great job balancing the lightness of Darcy and Fitzwilliam's teasing with heavier moments, including Fitzwilliam's memories of war and women's lack of rights during the Regency era, highlighted by a widow's child custody battle. But the humor really stands out and makes Darcy and Fitzwilliam an enjoyable read." - Diary of an Eccentric
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About Karen V. Wasylowski

Karen Wasylowski is a retired CPA. She and her husband spend their free time volunteering with charitable organizations that assist the poor. They also are actively involved with Project Light of Manatee, providing literacy instruction to immigrants and to members of the community. Karen and her husband live in Bradenton, Florida.
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1,010 ratings
3.6 out of 5 stars
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4 26% (262)
3 27% (270)
2 11% (108)
1 7% (72)

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It has been a long time since I last read Jane Austen's classic, Pride and Prejudice. I think I read it when I was 12 years old. I have almost forgotten all the characters in the story, with the exception of the protagonists, Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett. Darcy and Fitzwilliam by Karen V. Wasylowski is a continuation of the original story, but I'd rather not compare it with the original and rate it as a stand-alone novel. Albeit apprehensive of how things might turn out, given my lack of experience in reviewing historical fiction, I decided to give it a try. After reading it, I felt that it was much better than what I'd initially expected, and I found myself tremendously enjoying every second of it. The book is divided into three parts, #1: Fitzwilliam Darcy, #2: Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam and #3: The Family. Each one of them presents a different tale, but all of them are still related. Being cousins, friends and partners, Darcy and Fitzwilliam are two inseparable souls. However, their names confuse me sometimes because Darcy's first name is the same as Richard's last name. They call each other 'Fitz', 'William', 'Fitzwilliam' and other unpleasant names, and sometimes this makes it hard for me to distinguish their dialogues. The stories are often funny and enjoyable. Read this dialogue between Lady Catherine and Colonel Fitzwilliam: "... I demand that you settle down and marry immediately. Why can you not select from the daughters of the many excellent families that are within our circle? My goodness, Pamela Tyson Briggs must be nearly twenty years old and has the hips of a good breeder." "She has the hips of a rhinoceros," he mumbled. My favourite scene in the story is the one which involves Lady Catherine and Miss Caroline Bingley in chapter 19 in part one. I "witnessed with my own eye" the older lady's sharp-tongue and quick wits. She disliked Elizabeth previously, but after she saw how this woman brought great joy to his nephew, she willed herself to accept Elizabeth as part of family, and was even willing to come to Elizabeth's defense when Caroline visited the house with malicious intentions. Their "battle" was one worth appraising. The second part of the story circles around Colonel Fitzwilliam and his new love interest, an American widow named Amanda. Even though their relationship was very romantic, I found it quite unconvincing. They had only known each other for 2 or 3 weeks and they had already gotten married. And before that, Amanda agreed to becoming Colonel Fitzwilliam's mistress even though she had not known him for long. Both of them believed that they were deeply in love with each other. In a way, that was true, but how much could you love someone you barely knew three days ago? The third part, the family. This is a story about both the cousins. Elizabeth was pregnant with her first child, her due date just a month later. The wicked Caroline Bingley intentionally sent her a letter which enraged her until her temper snapped and she had a great fight with Darcy. Meanwhile, Colonel Fitzwilliam was planning to escape to America with his lover Amanda, and her son Harry. How will things turn up? You'll have to read this book to know more. This book is really a book worth reading. It is interesting, lively and wonderful. The plot is well-planned and the stories are cleverly written. The author also instilled a suitable amount of humour and sarcasm in her writing that will definitely delight readers. I would recommend it to historical fiction lovers, as well as fans of Jane Austen's classic, Pride and Prejudice.show more
by Aik
Laugh until your sides ache and then laugh some more with Karen V. Wasylowski's delicious DARCY AND FITZWILLIAM: A TALE OF A GENTLEMAN AND AN OFFICER. This absorbing, fast-moving romp of a book catalogs the often hilarious ups and downs in the enduring affectionate friendship of those brothers-in-spirit, cousins Fitzwilliam Darcy and Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam. Darcy and Elizabeth have married, but nothing comes between the lifelong regard of Darcy and Fitzwilliam. Each always there to help the other, they weather life's catastrophes together with male camaraderie, competition and not a little joking. As Caroline Bingley attempts yet again to come between Darcy and the now-pregnant Elizabeth, Fitzwilliam lends a hand in removing the threat of the viperish lady, assisted by none other than the formidable Lady Catherine de Bourgh herself. And when Fitzwilliam finally meets his match in the American widow, Amanda, Darcy, along with Lady Catherine again, aids in securing the lady's son from the boy's guardian, who seeks to separate the child from his mother. And everyone closes ranks to help Elizabeth through the difficulties of childbirth. I read this entire 481 page book in one day, laughing all the way. Ms. Wasylowski has a good ear for realistic male banter, most of it uproariously funny. The best two lines in the whole novel occur when Darcy and Fitzwilliam reminisce about their youth and the hilariously disgusting things young boys do to each other. I still laugh when I think of those lines. A truly wonderful and original take on PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. I can't wait for Ms. Wasylowski's next book. ARC supplied by Sourcebooksshow more
by Linda Banche
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