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A Tale of Two Gentlemen's Marriages to Two Most Devoted Sisters

Three days before their double wedding, Charles Bingley is desperate to have a word with his dear friend Fitzwilliam Darcy, seeking advice of a most delicate nature. Bingley is shocked when Darcy gives him a copy of an ancient, illustrated book of sensual secrets-but it does tell him everything he needs to know.

Eventually, of course, Jane finds this remarkable volume and in utmost secrecy shows it to her dear sister Elizabeth, who goes searching for a copy in the Pemberley library...

By turns hilarious and sweet, The Darcys & the Bingleys follows the two couples and the cast of characters surrounding them. Miss Caroline Bingley, it turns out, has such good reasons for being the way she is that the reader can't help but hold her in charity. Delightfully, she makes a most eligible match, and in spite of Darcy's abhorrence of being asked for advice, he and Bingley have a most enduring and adventure-prone friendship.

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By turns hilarious and sweet, The Darcys & the Bingleys also presents an intriguing view of Miss Caroline Bingley, who has such good reasons for being the way she is that the reader can't help but hold her in charity.

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Linda Beutler, February 19, 2012 (view all comments by Linda Beutler)
The basic premise of this P & P variation-sequel centers on the use of the Kama Sutra (or something very like it) as an instructional tool for both Charles Bingley and Mr. Darcy (who is supposed to be quite worldly, but does not behave so) as they embark on conjugal relations with their new wives, the eldest Bennet sisters. Okay, fair enough. I liked the promise of the premise enough to buy the book. In reality, one is reminded of that old joke about inmates in prison, who hear the same jokes so often they number them: instead of telling the jokes, they just repeat the numbers and laugh. What I have just written is about as sexy as Marsha Altman's book. Once Bingley and Darcy have read the ancient text in question, they suggest chapter numbers to each other, and each reacts to said numbers with blushes or chagrin or annoyance, but those of us not inmates of the author's mind do not really get the jokes. All sex herein is very vaguely implied indeed.
Further hilarity is supposed to ensue when first Jane and then Lizzy find the ancient book. In fact little happens, as the sisters' responses are not stated, and their husbands are not confronted or, which would be more enjoyable reading, challenged to mimic the acts recommended in the sex manual. I finished this book wondering if I had been sold a censored version of a more ribald tale.
Generally the characters are as we would expect to find them, all passion is implied, and the whole is rather vague and unsatisfying. The one oddity is Darcy, portrayed here as easily intoxicated, and he spends a third of the book either drunk on very little brandy (either in the real time of this story or in remembrances of his not-at-all wild "misspent youth"), or drugged to rambling insensibility after an injury, and in every case, the butt of humor for all. My advice for those regular readers of Pride and Prejudice variations: borrow this from your library or a friend (if any such will admit to owning it), or pick it up cheap at a garage sale. It is not a keeper, it is merely an average effort.

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ISBN:
9781402213489
Author:
Altman, Marsha
Publisher:
Sourcebooks Landmark
Subject:
Historical - General
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Regency -- Fiction.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
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Publication Date:
20080931
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TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
417
Dimensions:
7.71x5.79x1.14 in. .94 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , A Tale of Two Gentlemen's Marriages to Two Most Devoted Sisters

Three days before their double wedding, Charles Bingley is desperate to have a word with his dear friend Fitzwilliam Darcy, seeking advice of a most delicate nature. Bingley is shocked when Darcy gives him a copy of an ancient, illustrated book of sensual secrets-but it does tell him everything he needs to know.

Eventually, of course, Jane finds this remarkable volume and in utmost secrecy shows it to her dear sister Elizabeth, who goes searching for a copy in the Pemberley library...

By turns hilarious and sweet, The Darcys & the Bingleys follows the two couples and the cast of characters surrounding them. Miss Caroline Bingley, it turns out, has such good reasons for being the way she is that the reader can't help but hold her in charity. Delightfully, she makes a most eligible match, and in spite of Darcy's abhorrence of being asked for advice, he and Bingley have a most enduring and adventure-prone friendship.

"Synopsis" by , By turns hilarious and sweet, The Darcys & the Bingleys also presents an intriguing view of Miss Caroline Bingley, who has such good reasons for being the way she is that the reader can't help but hold her in charity.
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