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These Three Remain (2007)

These Three Remain (2007)

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0743291379 (ISBN13: 9780743291378)

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In These Three Remain, Pamela Aidan concludes her exploration of the enigmatic Fitzwilliam Darcy's character by returning to the familiar action of the last third of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Alternately entranced and infuriated by his inexplicable attraction to Elizabeth Bennet, Darcy journeys to his aunt's home, the formidable Lady Catherine, intent on immersing himself in his work as her business advisor. However, his intentions to honor his social position and family rather than "succumb" to the dictates of his heart prove fruitless when he discovers that Elizabeth is staying in the house next door. When he confronts Elizabeth with his suit and admits his corresponding doubts and fears concerning their alliance, he is soundly rejected. His shock and pain at being so readily rebuffed by a woman whose situation in life would have only been elevated by their marriage forces him to reevaluate his every thought, action, and motivation -- his very character. Because of the astounding realization that the one person whose esteem he covets holds him in little regard, he makes it his aim to truly become a gentleman worthy of Elizabeth's affections. Darcy turns a corner here -- instead of holding his own comfort and interests as his primary concern, Darcy learns to look outside himself to see how he can best use his talents and resources to assist others. This inner transformation is put to the test when Darcy is called upon to confront his old nemesis, George Wickham, in order to save Elizabeth's family name from disgrace. Pamela Aidan has done a worthy job of taking the world Austen created in Pride and Prejudice and expanding on it, adding depth, conflict, and character development. Indeed I didn't think it was possible for me to so thoroughly enjoy novels that dared to explore and interpret Austen's classic and dearly loved battle of the sexes. Aidan's two best additions to Austen's universe are Darcy's Shakespeare-quoting valet Fletcher, and his best friend, Lord Dyfed Brougham. Dy interests me the most, and quite frankly deserves his own book (thankfully, Aidan leaves enough loose ends to give one hope of the possibility) -- he puts me in mind of another famous and beloved literary hero, Percy Blakeney. Dy is the primary means through which Aidan incorporates the political climate of the Regency period, introducing a touch of political intrigue to the world of Pride and Prejudice. Aidan's trilogy is "fan fiction" of the highest order, a story Austen and Regency fans can savor. She succeeds in refreshing Austen's classic, infusing the familiar with new life and perspective that is both a faithful tribute and an inventive character study. Highly recommended.

"To her, he was the last man; for him, she seemed the only woman. Could fate have fashioned a more perfect twist or held him in any more derision?" -pg 148.I wish I could put into words how much I adore this book. I started reading all the Jane Austen's sequels and AU's and spin off's probably about five or six years ago and haven't stop since. Some of them are good, some are okay and some make you want to stab your eyes out with a fork at the careless regard done to these beloved characters. But this one, dear lord THIS BOOK, remains my all time favorite of the bunch. (And when I say a bunch, I mean it). Told from Darcy's POV from his disastrous proposal at Kent to the redemption at Pemberley to the adventures with Wickham, it follows the story of P&P quite well but fleshes out Darcy's character in the best way possible. I love seeing him grow from that proud haughty man at Rosings to the kind of man that will fish with Mr. Gardiner because he is trying to be a more humble human being to him letting Georginia grow and blossom because she is turning into a young lady to his hopes and dreams with Elizabeth maybe perhaps re-wakening and him not knowing what to do with himself. It is all well done and I love this book more then I ever could have imagined all those years ago when I picked it up. A must read for any P&P fan. Seriously.*Note, while this is the third in the trilogy please feel free to skip both one and two and just read this one. The second novel is the worst as it takes place that winter Darcy and Elizabeth are apart and involves a murder, Gothic mystery and no Elizabeth in sight -all of which made me stop reading it halfway through and with no desire to go back. The first one is good as it takes place from Darcy joining Bingley at Netherfield to Darcy's& Elizabeth's initial meeting in Hertfordshire to the rest of autumn but it does not have the satisfying redemption and ending that this one has. So if you only wanted to read one, READ THIS ONE.

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Following in the footsteps of "An Assembly Such as This" and "Duty and Desire," this final installment in the Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman series brings us the climactic events of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" from the hero's point of view. Darcy's love for Elizabeth is on full display, from the opening scene on the way to Kent all the way through to the final lines on the last page.After the disastrous events of the second novel, Darcy is ready to forget women everywhere and revoke his emotional attachment to Elizabeth for good. But the very day he makes this choice, he arrives at the home of his aunt for his yearly visit and discovers that Elizabeth herself is visiting her good friend just down the lane. A meeting is inevitable, and his heart will not listen to his cautions.Finding Elizabeth just as witty and lovely as she was in Hertfordshire, Darcy decides he cannot live without her and begins what he believes to be a courtship, mistaking Elizabeth's responses to him as a form of shy encouragement. When he finally makes a declaration of his love in the Hunsford parsonage, he is beyond shocked at her round refusal and complete dismissal of him, his hopes, and his character.Darcy returns to London and spirals into despair. How could he have been so blind to her true feelings? Could it be possible that he is more the man she thinks he is rather than what he has always tried to be? With the determined love of his sister and the strength of a good friend helping pull him through, Darcy begins overhauling the way he views the world and attempts to become the kind of man that Elizabeth would be proud to call friend, even though he knows he may never cross paths with her again.I positively loved this book and found it thoroughly engrossing. Darcy's emotions were so palpable, whether it be his love or his pain or his decisions to make himself a better man. Although I enjoyed the first two books, I found this one to be the best by far. I hated every time I had to put it down, even though being familiar with Austen's original meant I knew how events were going to unfold. Pamela Aidan added a whole new dimension to the story and it had me hooked. I have a new understanding of Fitzwilliam Darcy which will enhance every future reading of the classic or the viewing of its various adaptations.This series, and especially this final book, is one I would recommend to all Austen fans. If I may badly quote Lady Metcalfe talking to Lady Catherine: "Pamela Aidan, you have given [us] a treasure." This review originated at

Pamela Aidan's Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman series is just brilliant, but it's not for everybody. I understand that purists may not appreciate the additional things that Aidan came up with, such as the new set of characters (Dy, Lady Sylvanie, Fletcher, for example) and "behind-the-scenes" events like those that happened at Norwycke Castle. Also, the series is rather long; Aidan has a tendency to be verbose.But it's because of these that made it a 5-star book for me. I think that all those things that Aidan provided made the characters, especially Darcy, more human and relatable. When I read Pride and Prejudice, I felt like I couldn't really envision Darcy as a person. What did he feel? What did he think about all those things? And this is where this series comes in. It really did its job in addressing these questions without losing the Austen touch. Aidan's writing had the same tone and style, which I appreciate immensely. I've read too many Pride and Prejudice "sequels" and re-tellings that weren't able to preserve Austen's magic, but Aidan pulled it off beautifully. Having said that, readers should be prepared to treat this with the same respect and patience as they would give the classics. The word choice and style are rather archaic, and others may not be able to appreciate the beauty of this series because of it.I've had this book ever since its first publication 10 years ago, and this is my 17th time reading it. I love it, and the series so much!

This book is a dazzling achievement, a retelling of P&P from Mr. Darcy's point of view. It is rich in plot, it maintains the characters as they should be, the language is beautifully matched to the period and the historical background is clearly based on close research, and it manages to also be funny and to show Darcy's development as a human being. I particularly liked the characters Aidan has added--Fletcher the valet, Trafalgar the hound, and an array of old school chums. Georgiana's growth and maturation are written captivatingly, as well as revelations about the true character of Anne de Bourgh. When I read the afterword, I wasn't surprised to learn that the author had spent eight years on the trilogy. (confession: I haven't read the previous two yet. I may need some time to recover from staying up to all hours voraciously reading this one.) This book is memorable and stands head and shoulders above all the Austeniana out there. It's great because you get to experience P&P again in all its glory, but from a completely different angle.

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