The Rules of Gentility by Janet Mullaney

1331047This book is definitely what it promises in being a historical take on Bridget Jones’s Diary, and not much more, so don’t expect a great literary work.

That said, this was a quick read, and a lot of fun. The characters don’t have great amounts of depth, and it’s fairly predictable, but I found myself laughing out loud a couple of times. The ending was a bit odd and unresolved in some ways, and I was a little disappointed with it – it felt like Mullany got tired of her characters and wrote it off as quickly as she could. I’d recommend this for a historical fiction fan looking for a beach or fluff read, because fluff (admittedly, enjoyable fluff) is exactly what you’ll find.

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Mr. Darcy’s Diary by Amanda Grange

99297After reading Pamela Aiden’s “Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman” trilogy a few months ago, I found this to be merely a much simpler version. Grange doesn’t go much beyond the events we already know of from the original novel, and Darcy himself doesn’t seem to have much depth at all. He switches from being determined to stop thinking about Elizabeth to suddenly proposing without almost any explanation at all. His feelings flip flop too quickly throughout the novel with no basis. Overall, I knew exactly what was going to happen – there were no surprises. Nothing happens to Darcy that we don’t already know about to some degree.

The book was enjoyable for the story itself, and of course I found myself smiling when Elizabeth finally accepted. The glimpses of their life after marriage were cute too. If you really want an in-depth look at Darcy, I recommend the Pamela Aiden trilogy. Although it can be a little far-fetched a times, she adds a slew of new characters for Darcy to interact with, and really shows the way his mind works.