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Mr. Darcy, Vampyre    by Amanda Grange order for
Mr. Darcy, Vampyre
by Amanda Grange
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Sourcebooks, 2009 (2009)
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* *   Reviewed by Lyn Seippel

Amanda Grange's novel begins where Pride and Prejudice ends. Elizabeth Bennett and Darcy marry and set out on their honeymoon. Darcy surprises Elizabeth by changing their original plan to visit the Lake District. Fortunately, Elizabeth is thrilled to be going to Europe instead.

Elizabeth doesn't realize that they are in Europe to get approval of their marriage from the oldest known vampyre. Not knowing that Darcy is a vampyre, she worries that their marriage has not been consummated. Does he regret their union?

Readers can't help but wonder why Darcy, a vampyre, would marry Elizabeth if he truly loves her. He feels guilty, but he loves her too much to let her go and too much to change her in any way. As they travel through Europe, meeting Darcy's friends, there is always an undercurrent of danger, and more than once they are forced to flee and move on to another country.

Austen might be surprised that Elizabeth and Darcy's life after marriage takes this turn. Half farce and half suspense, Grange's story is great fun to read. For me the ending is the weakest part, but other readers might think it couldn't have finished in any other way.

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