Bold, Bawdy, and a Little Bland. Each novel can be read as a stand alone novel or out-of-order, although, it is definitely best to read all three books in their correct order. In The Ruling Passion readers re-encounter the devoted and amorous Mr. Darcy as they approach nearly a decade of being married. While we do see a little of the Bingleys, Mrs. I thought it was an interesting turn of events to have Lady Howgrave, once again, come into contact with the Darcys.

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Guest review by Christina Boyd. Rarely has there been such a clear division of thought between two camps: those that fervently love her work and those that vehemently hate it.

I for one am with Team Berdoll and at the risk of having my Janeite card revoked, boldly declare that Linda Berdoll sets the standard for this romance genre. Regardless of what side you defend or how you receive my pert opinions, having sold nearly , copies, one cannot deny Linda Berdoll is the reigning Pride and Prejudice romantic sequel writer to date.

The Ruling Passion , her highly anticipated sequel to the sequels, has finally come to fruition. The Darcys still have an exceedingly loving marriage in this continuation of one of classic literatures most beloved couples. Time and children had not mitigated their passion whatsoever. If any consternation bedeviled them, it was finding privacy wherein to avail themselves of their desire, not want of it. Or carraige. Or wherever she can entrap him. Whilst Reactionaries and Civil Libertarians rally for political support, and as radicals and rabble rousers incite riots in London, sadness falls upon Pemberley: the Darcys lose an infant son to a putrid fever.

Elizabeth slips into a deep depression and closes herself off to her husband and his comfort. But, imbedded in a muddle of fear and grief, she did not allow herself to take pleasure in their amorous inclinations. She clasped his nightshirt and buried her face against his neck as he took her. Therefore, as Elizabeth undertakes a circuitous quest for redemption from Pemberley to her childhood home of Longbourn and back, the Darcys too must find a way back to each other.

Berdoll weaves a rich cabal by her own coloring of classic Austen characters as well as those she thusly contrived. I laughed heartily at the tongue in cheek and other sensitive spots euphemisms of the burlesque, smirked at her quirky yet exacting vernacular, smiled at the quick-witted teasing, and sighed at the tender exchanges between a man and woman who truly adore one another.

I might add, unlike the Mr. Darcy Takes A Wife , when the Darcys were newly married and their conjugal proclivities numerous — and ubiquitous— this latest offering does not focus as much on those amorous seductions. Alistair R. Yes, hold on to your bonnets as Linda Berdoll has quite done it again.

B, two youngish children and a Chesapeake Bay Retriever named Bibi. I have just picked up my copy of the first book in this series as I make my way through my Austen TBR list. I appreciate reading this review and look forward to book one knowing there is such a great plot in book three. Like Like. While I defend the right of reviewers to air their opinions of the books they review, it does not entitle them to make sweeping statements about other writers with whom they are clearly unfamilar.

If this were the case then websites like Austenprose would be looking for a swift name change!! As a writer, who has consistently done exactly the opposite, and who was writing well before Ms Berdoll — I beg to differ. Ms Berdoll is entitled to her success in the genre she has chosen to use and no doubt her innumerable readers , when they have gotten through the malapropisms and anachronisms, will find enjoyment in plenty in her new book.

However, I agree with LynnS and point out simply that Jane Austen is not judged by the number of copies she sold, but by her masterful use of the English Language to bring us a brilliant and witty picture of society as she saw it in Regency England.

Maybe not, Laurel Ann, and I do not mean to take issue for myself alone. It is the kind of sweeping generalisation that does reviewers no credit. I quit such odious subjects as soon as I can. I find in cases like this, it is best to be silent. Thank you for recognizing that I was not referring to her books but the many writers of the romance sub-genre with throbbing, pulsing Darcys.

How sure to be mistaken! Collins gives near offense to Mrs. Phillips when comparing her apartments to the summer breakfast parlour at Rosings. But then again, the summer breakfast parlour would probably rank more than stars.

I could easily imagine many of those writers to be fans of Berdoll as well. Sweeping comment? I only hope others recognized my humour and not get side-tracked by the aforementioned comment; it was kindly meant. As a guest reviewer of many books in a wide variety of prose, I regard it a privilege, of which I thank you; and flatter myself that I do assess every book on individual merit, whether it be high or low, to the delight or chagrine of its author.

Christina Boyd. I guess we all have our own taste. There are no absolutes in this art form. However, I already have formed my own peculiar artistic expectations in reviewing fiction, especially with Jane Austen prequels, sequels, and spin-offs.

That we can passionately disagree on this art-form right here in a civil manner is a healthy learning experience, especially for me! Graphic sexuality? Linda Berdoll peppers her prose with euphemisms. Other authors, ex. Sharon Lathan, I think are far more explicit.

Honestly, I think you would gobble this series. Do add it to your ever growing list to be read. I wager you will be delightfully surprised. I would be very interested to hear back how your prejudices change! Thanks for reading the review and chiming in. Linda Berdoll gets such a bad rap because of what people have heard, and not what they have read. Someone gave me a heads up on this one already. Thanks for the excellent review.

In case you were interested, I just saw that this is now available thru Kindle but Amazon is having trouble keeping the hardback in stock. Then I saw someone else post on facebook that they were able to order a copy via her website above. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

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The Darcys: The Ruling Passion

A follow-up to Mr. Linda Berdoll's first novel, The Bar Sinister, was self-published and sold an astonishing 10, copies. Sourcebooks republished the book under its original title, Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife in She is happily married to her high-school sweetheart and lives outside Austin, Texas. The Ruling Passion, her highly anticipated sequel to the sequels, has finally come to fruition


The Darcys: The Ruling Passion – Linda Berdoll


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