Hello, readers! I’m so excited to talk about one of my most anticipated reads of the year! As some of you might know, I am absolutely obsessed with Pride and Prejudice and Mr. Darcy. Now we have an anthology of fifteen short stories about Mr. Darcy, and I am in heaven.
Like Nick Fury assembling The Avengers (hehe), Christina Boyd invited 15 amazing authors to put their own spin on a certain Fitzwilliam Darcy of Pemberley. We have stories written by:
Susan Adriani * Sara Angelini * J. Marie Croft * Karen M Cox * Jan Hahn * Jenetta James * Lory Lilian * KaraLynne Mackrory * Beau North * Ruth Phillips Oakland * Natalie Richards * Sophia Rose * Joana Starnes * Melanie Stanford * Caitlin Williams.
For the next stop on the blog tour, we have my review, an amazing giveaway (win 24 signed paperbacks!!!), and an interview with the author of The Ride Home, Ruth Phillips Oakland.
The Pleasures of Discovering Ruth Phillips Oakland
When I first stumbled into the world of Jane Austen inspired fiction, I hadn’t really known what was out there. I was stunned to find entire communities devoted to her novels, most especially Pride and Prejudice. I dove in, devouring everything I could get my hands on. Before long I’d discovered what would become my favorites, by authors I absolutely loved. Time and time again I was hooked after just a few sentences. I only needed to see their names to know what lay beyond the click of a button or turn of a page would be well worth my time. Ruth Phillips Oakland was among them.
Ruth is sophisticated and clever, and her writing flows with an effortlessness that draws you in and sweeps you along. Whether it’s a regency vignette or a full-length modern, she weaves her storyline with a no-nonsense attitude and a directness that I find incredibly appealing. There are no wasted words, overdone scenes, or pedantic conversations. Her characters are smart and their dialog is witty and engaging. Every time I see Ruth’s name I know exactly what I can expect: an entertaining, engaging escape that puts a smile on my face and a sigh on my lips.
Interview with Ruth Phillips Oakland
I’m delighted to welcome Ms. Oakland here on the blog. A little fangirl moment here for me! Ms. Oakland’s book, My BFF, was one of the first modern day Pride and Prejudice books I’ve ever read and loved. I’m adding The Ride Home, her short story in The Darcy Monologues, in my favorites. So haha. Yes. Welcome Ms. Oakland!
Ruth, you have been writing Jane Austen Fan Fiction and published your first story, a modern JAFF titled, My BFF, in 2009. It’s inspiring to see that you still enjoy spending time with Darcy and Elizabeth. Can you share with my readers how you came to be inspired by Miss Austen, as both a woman and as a writer?
Everyone loves Jane’s heroes, but for me the appeal of Jane Austen’s novels is the character of her heroines.
Captain Wentworth did not marry the prettiest or richest woman he knew, he married the kindest. Edmund Bertram, the most compassionate. Henry Tilney, the most loyal. Edward Ferrars, the most steadfast. And our dear Mr. Darcy, who inspired The Darcy Monologues, married the most intelligent. For Jane Austen to hold up these qualities as superior to beauty and wealth was revolutionary. How could one not be inspired?
Can you describe for my readers what your story in The Darcy Monologues, ‘The Ride Home,’ and Jane Austen, have to say to each other?
I think ‘The Ride Home’ speaks to the appeal of the intelligent woman, something I believe was near and dear to Austen’s heart. Yes, Elizabeth is slightly incapacitated throughout most of the story, but nothing dulls her mind.
She has come to a place where she is finally willing to confess her faults to Darcy. That is the defining moment in Pride & Prejudice, and ‘The Ride Home’ tries to encapsulate that moment in a humorous, modern way.
The modern-day woman appears as besotted as ever by Mr. Darcy. What were the attributes that you felt you needed to include in the Mr. Darcy character in your story?
Mr. Darcy admires Elizabeth’s wit. It is the key of Pride & Prejudice. As for himself, Darcy is noble. He would respect a woman, both mentally and physically, and that is a message that can never be reinforced enough, regardless of era. Finally, it is important that Darcy’s respect and love be reciprocated. He must have his happily ever after. I hope readers will feel that I’ve accomplished that.
Why do you believe Austen’s stories still speak to modern-day readers?
There’s a statement Elizabeth Bennet makes in ‘The Ride Home’ that sums this up perfectly for me.
“Jane has found the one thing every red-blooded woman wants: someone who makes her feel—every day—like she is the most beautiful, most sexy, most cherished and most appreciated person on the face of the planet.” As we can all see something of ourselves in Jane Austen’s heroines, in turn Jane’s heroes give us that. No matter how we evolve, we are still romantics at heart.
If you could write your own memoir with only six words, what would it say?
“Screw the Journey. It’s the destination.”
What can readers look forward to reading from you in the future and how can readers stay in touch with you?
I’m always writing and I’m hoping to finish several open projects in the near future. Readers can always find and message me on Facebook and on my Amazon author’s page.
The Darcy Monologues by Beau North, Caitlin Williams, J. Marie Croft, Jan Hahn, Jenetta James, Joana Starnes, KaraLynne Mackrory, Karen M. Cox, Lory Lilian, Melanie Stanford, Natalie Richards, Ruth Phillips Oakland, Sara Angelini, Sophia Rose, Susan Adriani
on May 22nd 2017
Genres: JAFF, Pride and Prejudice
“You must allow me to tell you...”
For over two hundred years, Jane Austen’s Mr. Darcy has captivated readers’ imaginations as the ultimate catch. Rich. Powerful. Noble. Handsome. And yet, as Miss Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” is established through Elizabeth Bennet’s fine eyes, how are we to know what his tortured soul is indeed thinking? How does Darcy progress from “She is tolerable: but not handsome enough to tempt me” to “I thought only of you”?
In this romance anthology, fifteen Austen-inspired authors assemble to sketch Darcy’s character through a series of re-imaginings set in the Regency through contemporary times—from faithful narratives to the fanciful. Herein “The Darcy Monologues”, the man himself reveals his intimate thoughts, his passionate dreams, and his journey to love—all told with a previously concealed wit and enduring charm.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
It’s like Christmas came early when I heard about this anthology. Fifteen short stories about one of romance fiction’s ultimate book boyfriend? Sign me up!
The Darcy Monologues is a collection of stories told in Mr. Darcy’s point of view. The book is divided into two—”The Regency” and “Other Eras”. The Regency features eight stories, some happening in the middle of P&P’s timeline, others sequels. Other Eras has seven stories set in the modern day, the 1860s, 1940s, and the 1960s.
I loved each and every story in the collection and I think the other reviewers have perfectly summed up each story (The Babbling Bookworm‘s in particular), so I’ll only mention my top reads for The Regency and Other Eras. (it took me a really long time to choose because I loved them all! *insert crying emoji*)
Death of a Bachelor by Caitlin Williams is the first story in The Regency and features our dear Mr. Darcy counting the days before his wedding. I think it’s a perfect choice to open the book because it made me feel like I was reading what happens before their wedding in Pride and Prejudice. This is the Mr. Darcy I fell in love with—thoughtful, generous, and completely devoted to Elizabeth. Death of a Bachelor is a sweet and delightful glimpse into the mind of Mr. Darcy as he counts the days to the end of his bachelorhood.
The Ride Home by Ruth Phillips Oakland takes the spot of my favorite Other Era story. We have a modern-day Darcy driving home an inebriated Elizabeth after she goes out on a disastrous date. Cute, funny, and a little steamy. Elizabeth is a little touchy when she’s drunk lol. Plus Darcy’s the perfect gentleman.
The Darcy Monologues was everything I expected and more. It had stories I never imagined I’d love, and situations I never imagined would involve Mr. Darcy. Variations, vignettes, and reimaginings. We even have a mash-up with another beloved classic tale. We have Darcy as a school principal, baseball player, air force man, a father. Darcy in the wild, wild west. Darcy the CEO. Darcy celebrating his 50th wedding anniversary with Elizabeth. Darcy before his wedding.
Despite the different timelines and tones, each author perfectly highlighted the Mr. Darcy every romance fan grew to love—a gentleman, a dedicated brother, a good friend, and a devoted lover. A good and honest man.
It’s a wonderful selection of stories that will appeal to romance readers with different tastes, and satiate any Austenite and Mr. Darcy fan’s desire for a story worthy of him.
Special thanks to Claudine at Just Jane 1813 for putting together this amazing blog tour!
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Each author has contributed a song based on her story for this Spotify playlist. Listen to The Darcy Monologues playlist below!
One winner will win our grand prize of 24 paperback books, each one autographed by the author, and mailed to the winner’s home. Please see the enclosed graphic for the list of books included in this giveaway.
The second winner will win their choice of either a Pride and Prejudice pocketbook or a Pride and Prejudice Kindle Fire Case with stand – Pride and Prejudice Book Cover Case for Amazon Kindle Fire 7″ and 6″ – Kindle Fire / Fire HD / Fire HDX tablet. Please see that attached graphic for these choices. All giveaways are international.
The Darcy Monologues Blog Tour Schedule
April 3 / My Jane Austen Book Club / Launch Post & Giveaway
April 10 / Babblings of a Bookworm/ Book Review & Giveaway
April 17 / The Reading Frenzy / Guest Post & Giveaway
April 20 / My Love for Jane Austen / Guest Post & Giveaway
April 24 / Margie’s Must Reads / Book Review & Giveaway
May 1 / From Pemberley to Milton / Book Review & Giveaway
May 8 / Just Jane 1813 / Excerpt Post & Giveaway
May 15 / Austenesque Reviews / Book Review & Giveaway
May 22 / Austenesque Reviews / Guest Post & Giveaway
May 25 / Of Pens and Pages / Book Review & Giveaway (that’s me!)
May 29 / More Agreeably Engaged / Book Review & Giveaway
June 5 / So Little Time / Book Excerpt & Giveaway
June 12 / Diary of an Eccentric / Book Review & Giveaway
June 19 / Book Lover in Florida / Book Excerpt & Giveaway
June 26 / My Vices and Weaknesses / Book Review & Giveaway
July 3 / Savvy Verse & Wit / Book Review & Giveaway
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