Mr Darcy’s Guide to Courtship: The Secrets of Seduction from Jane Austen’s Most Eligible Bachelor

Mr Darcy’s Guide to Courtship: The Secrets of Seduction from Jane Austen’s Most Eligible BachelorMr. Darcy's Guide To Courtship: The Secrets of Seduction from Jane Austen's Most Eligible Bachelor by Emily Brand, Fitzwilliam Darcy
on July 23, 2013
Genres: Austenesque
Pages: 226 pages
Format: eARC
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Inspired by the works of Jane Austen, the amusingly tongue-in-cheek Mr Darcy’s Guide to Courtship is written from the perspective of Pride and Prejudice’s Mr. Darcy and closely based on real Regency advice manuals. It is a hilarious and irreverent picture of the social mores of the period and of how men thought about women – and sheds amusing light on men of the modern age, too! Readers can dip into different sections for Darcy's views on a myriad of issues, including "What Females Want", "The Deceptions of Beautiful Women" and “Winning Their Affections, Flattery, Making Conversation, and Flirting!" Also included are sections written by Pride and Prejudice’s Miss Caroline Bingley and Mr Darcy’s correspondence with famous Regency figures including the Duke of Wellington.

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“I presume that no introduction as to the particulars of my character and social standing are required, and I shall not waste my time and ink in relaying them.”

I am still grinning from ear to ear thinking about this book.  Oh how I love that arrogant, pompous Mr. Darcy!  This book was obviously written before he was won over by the obstinate, headstrong Elizabeth Bennet.  As you are reading this guide, you can totally picture Fitzwilliam with his quill writing this ill mannered yet humorous advice to Charles Bingley in efforts to help him in love. Perfect for any Janeite, this book will bring lots of laughs to anyone who reads it. 

 

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“My repose being relentlessly disturbed by the swoons of passing ladies, I have long suspected that something in my countenance is irresistibly pleasing to the fairer sex. I flatter myself that being of possession of noble blood, a considerable estate, and being generally owned to be the most eligible bachelor in Derbyshire – in short a gentleman of great parts – I am quite qualified to pen a few short words on this delicate subject.”

“An eligible gentlemen not a possession of a wife is assailed from every quarter with fervour bordering on derangement.”

“Dedicated to Mr Charles Bingley. May this cure once and for all your utterly disastrous taste in females.”

“I am beset by nigh on one hundred grievances, a vexatious female need not be counted among them”.

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