>GIVEAWAY & GUEST AUTHOR: "The Other Mr. Darcy" by Monica Fairview

>The Other Mr. Darcy The Other Mr. Darcy: Did you know Mr. Darcy had an American cousin? by Monica Fairview
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (October 1, 2009)
ISBN-13: 978-1402225130
Review copy via Sourcebooks
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The Burton Review Rating: The Burton Review,4 stars

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September 28: Fallen Angel Reviews Guest Blog
September 29: The Review from Here/ScribVibe
September 30: Everything Victorian
October 1: The Good, the Bad, the Unread Guest Blog
October 2: A Bibliophile’s Bookshelf
October 5: Grace’s Book Blog, name change to Books Like Breathing
October 6: The Burton Review
October 7: Austenprose
October 7: Bloody Bad Books
October 8: The Long & Short of It
October 9: Love Romance Passion
TBA but some time this week: Curious Statistical Anomaly
October 12: Good and Bad Books
October 13: Lib’s Library
October 16: Fresh Fiction

The Other Mr. Darcy Synopsis: In this highly original Pride and Prejudice sequel by British author Monica Fairview, Caroline Bingley is our heroine. Caroline is sincerely broken-hearted when Mr. Darcy marries Lizzy Bennet— that is, until she meets his charming and sympathetic American cousin…
Mr. Robert Darcy is as charming as Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy is proud, and he is stunned to find the beautiful Caroline weeping at his cousin’s wedding. Such depth of love, he thinks, is rare and precious. For him, it’s nearly love at first sight. But these British can be so haughty and off-putting. How can he let the young lady, who was understandably mortified to be discovered in such a vulnerable moment, know how much he feels for and sympathizes with her?”

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Read my Review which posted yesterday.
Please welcome Monica to The Burton Review with this Guest Post:

Monica Fairview Guest Blog, author of The Other Mr. Darcy
Thank you so much for hosting me. I’ve always found this blog very restful, with its grazing sheep and rolling green hills, so I’m more than happy to be here grazing with you. {{Marie squeals from over here!!}} I’ll admit, though, that the question you posed was challenging. What are the similarities/differences between the two Mr. Darcys? I had to really think about it. But then it occurred to me that the title says it all, in a way.

When I thought of the title, I had in mind an idea of otherness, of being different, as a kind of theme that came up again and again in the novel. From the beginning, Robert is the other Mr. Darcy, with Fitzwilliam as the standard by which Robert is to be judged as a hero. And as heroes go, they really can’t be more different.

Fitzwilliam Darcy is very much the quintessential conventional hero. He is initially arrogant, standoffish, and full of his own importance. He snubs everyone including the heroine. He needs to be brought down a peg or two, and who better than Elizabeth to do it? As she herself puts it, “he had yet to learn to be laughed at.” Jane Austen invented this type of hero, and it was then picked up by Bronte and others after her, and became in many ways the “blueprint” for many of the romances we have now.

In the case of Robert Darcy, his position as conventional hero is shot right from the beginning. In some senses I was toying with that convention when I started. In The Other Mr. Darcy, it’s really Caroline who occupies Darcy’s position. She is arrogant, standoffish, and full of her own importance. And it’s up to Robert to bring her down a peg or two. Robert, in a sense, resembles Elizabeth, who is able to break through Darcy’s reserve and bring out the best in him.

One would expect that, because the novel starts this way, there could be nothing in common between Fitzwilliam and Robert. But then there would have been no need to make both of them Darcys. One of the aspects of writing the novel I enjoyed a lot was playing them against each other, particularly since Robert meets Caroline when she’s shattered by Fitzwilliam’s marriage to Elizabeth.

Fitzwilliam Darcy represents the privileged England gentleman who was spoiled by his parents, and encouraged, in his own words, “to be selfish and overbearing – to care for none beyond my own family circle, to think meanly of all the rest of the world.” He is, however, a well-liked and respected landowner. For Elizabeth, Mrs. Reynold’s high praise of her master means a great deal, since dealing fairly and generously with your social inferiors when they depend on you indicates an inherent sense of integrity and kindness.

Robert, like Fitzwilliam, was raised in privilege. He has had the advantages of the best schooling in Boston and knowing he comes from prestigious families on both sides. But he is a rebel. He takes after his father, who left England because he was an adventurer and because he wanted to engage in trade, something a gentleman of his position wasn’t supposed to do. Consequently, Robert is able to thumb his nose at society, and to make fun of people who follow convention blindly.

However, with a business to run, he is very well aware how quickly a wrong decision can ruin his own and other people’s lives. In this sense, he is like Darcy. He’s aware that his position of power makes others dependent on him, and he takes this responsibility very seriously.

Like Fitzwilliam in Elizabeth’s case, Robert is the kind of person that can be trusted to get you out of a scrape. Which is a good thing, because Caroline gets into a number of them in The Other Mr. Darcy, and Robert shows his resemblance to his cousin in the way he quietly works to extricate her. But then, even Fitzwilliam comes to Caroline’s assistance at one point, in very much the same way that Robert does.

Another apparent difference between the two is that communication and openness are very important to him. He pushes Caroline constantly to talk about herself, and is attracted to women who are unconventional and more open in their manners. In reality, however, he guards his feelings carefully, and doesn’t let people in. He is more private than he seems. We could almost say that Fitzwilliam is less reserved than Robert, because in spite of everything, Fitzwilliam manages to express his love for Elizabeth quite early in the novel.

Along with that, Robert has the Darcy family trait, which is pride. This is so very entrenched in him, that his pride takes over completely at a crucial point in the novel when it’s essential for him to communicate. Funnily enough, in a kind of role reversal at that point, Fitzwilliam tosses convention aside and acts in a manner reminiscent of his cousin. As you can imagine, this really throws Caroline off, since she isn’t used to seeing this aspect of Fitzwilliam’s personality.

But of course, the other Mr. Darcy has to be different from Fitzwilliam. It’s a precondition already set up by the title. Perhaps he is most different in that he is able to find joy in adversity. There’s a cheerful carelessness to Robert Darcy that you don’t find in his cousin, a willingness to laugh at the ridiculous and to laugh at himself as well that brings out the laughter in Caroline, too. He brings to Miss Bingley a great gift; the ability to laugh. Not to mock, not to snark, but to be able to throw back her head and laugh unreservedly. And that is how, quite simply, he wins her heart.

About the AuthorMonica Fairview
As a literature professor, Monica Fairview enjoyed teaching students to love reading. But after years of postponing the urge, she finally realized what she really wanted was to write books herself. She has lived in Illinois, Los Angeles, Seattle, Texas, Colorado, Oregon and Boston as a student and professor, and now lives in London. To find out more, please visit http://www.monicafairview.co.uk/

To celebrate the release of The Other Mr. Darcy, Monica Fairview and Sourcebooks Landmark are running a month-long contest in October on her blog!!

Sourcebooks is sponsoring a giveaway for my readers: 1 copy of The Other Mr. Darcy, US and Canada only (no PO Boxes)!

1. Follow Me
2. Comment with your Email Address.
3. 1 extra entry each for a Twitter, Blog Post or Sidebar Graphic Link, or Facebook Share (max. 5 total entries). Please provide links.
4. For an extra bonus +2 entries, comment on my review post. Let me know that you did this, and if you did yesterday let me know that too, additional comment today not required.

Contest ends October 26, 2009, Good Luck and thanks for entering!

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51 responses to “>GIVEAWAY & GUEST AUTHOR: "The Other Mr. Darcy" by Monica Fairview

  1. virginiebarbeau

    >Sounds like an interesting spin. I'm a follower and will also Tweet (@FleurDeMar)martinack_75 AT hotmail DOT com

  2. Pam

    >I follow you and would love to add this book to my Pride & Prejudice must read collection! First up is P&P itself!melacan at hotmail dot com

  3. >I'm a follower : )meah56 at gmail dot comI blogged on my sidebar giveaways:http://bookfan-mary.blogspot.comI commented yesterday (Oct.5) on your review post.Thanks, Marie! Hope it's ok I did this all in one comment.

  4. >Ooooo! Please enter me!christinegordonmanley[at]yahoo[dot]ca

  5. >And I tweeted about this…via cgmanleychristinegordonmanley[at]yahoo[dot]ca

  6. >Please count me in. I'm a follower, and I've commented on your review. Thanks so much for the giveaway.libneas[at]aol[dot]com

  7. >sounds like an interesting title, I have read Pride and Prejudice and would like to read thislissawrites(at)gmail(dot)com

  8. >I would love to win this! Thanks for the great interview post.fitz12383(at)hotmail(dot)com

  9. >I'm a follower :)fitz12383(at)hotmail(dot)com

  10. >Ms Lucy-turned-Ms Austen-Addict here, is entering this one on the double! I'll go twitter this right now! Love the interview too:)Thanks!

  11. >What a great interview. This sounds like a very interesting twist – and I love that the other Mr. Darcy is from America and will the the "Elizabeth" of this novel.I would love to be a part of this giveaway. My email address is laarlt78(at)hotmail(dot)com. I am a follower and I am going to comment on your review right now . . .

  12. >This book sounds great. I hope I win!

  13. >I just rescued Caroline from a future of snarky unhappiness so not sure I can be snarky. What I *can* be is very pleased to see the lively responses both to your wonderful review (so glad you found Robert sexy!) and to the guest blog. A curtsey to you all, (and hello to Neas). Let me know if any of you have any questions, and I'll be happy to answer.

  14. >Hi! Just what is it about those Darcy men that's so irresistible? Anyway, just posted about this on Win A Book. No need to enter me.

  15. >Hi :)Thank you for the excellent post Monica.What an intriguing concept to continue in the Austen universe.Thanks again for sharing @Monica_Fairview :)All the best,RKCharronxoxo

  16. >Thank you for stopping by, Monica! I have a question: are you working on another book, & do you have others already written? I really enjoyed your style, I would love a sequel to this sequel!

  17. >Oh, I would love this book. I actually sat and read all of Jane Austen's books right in a row. I really enjoyed themThank youkaiminani@gmail.com

  18. >I follow you and I commented on your review post. +2thankskaiminani@gmail.com

  19. >I'd love to read this!janemaritz at yahoo dot com

  20. >Sounds like such a fun book to read!! bagambo (at) yahoo (dot) comby the by, I'm also a follower – great blog!

  21. >Please enter me. I follow you on my Google Reader.stacybooks at yahoo

  22. >Sounds like a book that I would enjoy. I am a follower.joannelong74 AT gmail DOT com

  23. >Please enter me. I follow you on Google Reader.nbmars AT yahoo DOT Com

  24. >I liked the comment re. Darcy teaching Miss Bingley how to laugh – what a great gift. I follow through Google Reader.I commented on your review.I'd love to win this book.lcbrower40(at)gmail(dot)com

  25. >Oh, I am very interested in this book! Please enter me in this giveaway, and I am also a new follower via google reader. Thanks for hosting this great giveaway!zibilee(at)figearo(dot)net

  26. >I'm interested in this book. Please do enter me for this giveaway!!linna.hsu at gmail dot com

  27. >I just gave you an award on my blog, check it out.Chèli of Cheli's ShelvesCheli's Cozy Corner

  28. >Thank you all for reading my blog and having such nice things to say about it. Marie: Yes, I have a book coming out in April from Sourcebooks (March in the UK) called the Darcy Cousins, which continues the series, and focuses on Georgiana and Robert's sister Clarissa who comes from the US and turns things topsey turvey. I am working hard on my next novel, but can't say anything about it yet. Thank you, Marie, for hosting me. It's been so much fun!

  29. >Please count me in. I am a follower.simplystacieblog at gmail dot com

  30. >Please enter me in this great giveaway! I am a follower.saemmerson at yahoo dot comSarah Emmerson

  31. >What a wonderful gift laughter is! We should all be doing more of it. Do it with me now. Better yet, embellish it to reflect the month that Halloween falls in. So, on the count of 3…..1……2……3Mwa ha ha!Deidredeidre_durance at hotmail dot com

  32. >I'd love to give this a read! 🙂

  33. >I enjoy P&P and this seems like a great companion. Thanks for the interesting spin on a great classic.+ I am a follower+2 I posted on your review postThanks for the great review.bsyb100 at gmail dot com

  34. >I just became a follower. Please count me in.dftrew(at)gmail(dot)com

  35. >Pride and Prejudice has always been one of my favorites. Please include me in the giveaway.I am a follower.heatherzilla(at)care2(dot)com

  36. >I blogged about your contest here.joannelong74 AT gmail DOT com

  37. >I'm a follower. BethsBookReviewBlog AT gmail DOT com

  38. >Thanks for the chance to enter!LauraHartness at gmail dot comI'm also a follower and I also mentioned this on my blog:http://CalicoCritic.blogspot.com

  39. >Hi Marie,I am new to your blog, I just found out about it on Monica's blog. What a wonderful and beautiful blog you have! I am currently reading "The Other Mr. Darcy" right now and don't need to be enetered in the giveaway. I just wanted to drop by and say that I am looking forward to following your blog and will add it to my blog list! Meredithhttp://janeaustenreviews.blogspot.com/

  40. >Oh oh! Great guest post by Monica, and an a tempting giveaway too! I've posted this in my sidebar, commented on your review, and I'm a follower of course. You have my e-mail 🙂 (can you tell I am dying to read this one? Your review has made me a believer in Austen sequels! This one just sounds too good to pass up…I love the way you describe the opening scene).

  41. >I follow your blogCanadian Contests, Freebies, Coupons, Deals, Games and Chat – join us at http://forum.coolcanucks.ca/bluebelle0367(at)hotmail(dot)com

  42. >Please include me in your giveawayCanadian Contests, Freebies, Coupons, Deals, Games and Chat – join us at http://forum.coolcanucks.ca/bluebelle0367(at)hotmail(dot)com

  43. CJR

    >I'm a follower. Please enter me!girlvtheworld@gmail.comThanks!

  44. >I also have added your button to my blog and am now a follower. :)http://fewmorepages.blogspot.com/srfbluemama at gmail dot com

  45. >tweethttp://twitter.com/saemmerson/status/5027812708saemmerson at yahoo dot comSarah Emmerson

  46. >What a great review and fabulous guest post! This is a definite must-read!Please enter me!I'm a follower!Thanks!Wendyamateur_artiste(at)yahoo(dot)com

  47. >Dropped by to say hello, again. Thank you for your kind words about my guest blog, and it's been a real pleasure meeting you.

  48. >I've heard some good things about this book. Sign me up!runaway84(at)gmail.com

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