I love Jane Austen, Mr. Darcy, and vampires, therefore the book Mr. Darcy, Vampyre seemed tailor made for me. This novel starts on the day of the wedding of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet. After their wedding, a change in plans is made and Lizzy finds herself headed to Europe for a continental honeymoon instead of the planned vacation at the Lake District. The Darcys’ find many adventures in Europe and Elizabeth meets Mr. Darcy’s extended family. Elizabeth begins to wonder if something is not quite right about Mr. Darcy, especially after he fails to visit their bedchamber every night.
While the story started off vintage regency romance, it quickly turned into a gothic thriller that would be the dream of Catherine Morland of Northanger Abbey. Indeed, the book is dedicated to Miss Morland, which gave me an occasion to smile.
I really enjoyed the book at first, as it continued on though, I found it rather lackluster. While I know Elizabeth would be adventurous, I really don’t think she would go along with getting chased through the Alps by angry villagers without asking more questions. Mr. Darcy never fulfilling his marriage obligations would also be a sore point.
Overall, I really enjoyed the first part of the novel with getting to see the Bennet family and the double wedding. The gothic story found in the rest of the book was okay, but I was underwhelmed. I enjoy the “Diary” series by Amanda Grange much better. I would really like to see a P&P sequel from Ms. Grange that does not involve vampyres.
This is item number 10 in my Everything Austen Challenge List.
I enjoyed the passion that Darcy and Elizabeth had for each other, and this is my favorite quote from the book.
Mr. Darcy to Elizabeth:
“I love you to distraction. I thought I would go mad, being with you every day but never able to touch you. If only you knew how I longed to do this, to feel your skin, to run my fingers through your hair and over your face, to feel you, touch you, be with you. . . but I couldn’t, I couldn’t.”