Title: “Duty and Desire”
Author: Pamela Aidan
Genre(s): romance, some historical fiction
Part of a Series: Yes, second book
Why I read it: Because I liked the first book.
Summary: Darcy has left Netherfield and he goes to London. There he runs into some of his other friends and spends his time at various parties. Many mothers try to shove their daughters in his direction, but he is still bespotted with Elizabeth. Darcy tries to navigate London society without ending up engaged to someone as an old friend brings some danger into his life…
Review: This book has little to do with the events of Pride and Prejudice save for Jane’s visit to London where everyone colludes to keep Mr. Bingley in the dark about her presence in the city. But that doesn’t make it bad (which is clear by my rating, I guess). It helps define Darcy more as a separate entity from Pride and Prejudice.
It was interesting to see Darcy out in society, attending parties. Especially as he seemed above the one held out in the country. So it was good to see what he would’ve had to attend in the circles he was used to. And I believe Aidan’s description was accurate. Her research into Georgian society seemed in depth. It painted a good indication of the times.
This installment is more of a historical fiction with Mr. Darcy. And it is more intrigue rather than a romance. One of Darcy’s non-Bingley friends is entangled in this part of the plot and there’s more to him than meets the eye. It is one of the best parts of the series.
Bottom line: Good for Austenites, good for historical fiction lovers
Do you prefer romance or intrigue?