Monday, October 7, 2013

Fitzwilliam Darcy such I was by Carol Cromlin ~ Review and GIVEAWAY!


Fitzwilliam Darcy such I was by Carol Cromlin 

Publication Date: July 15th 2013 
Publisher: Worth Saying 
Paperback: 341 pages 
Received: an e-copy from author 
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

"Such I was, from eight and twenty; and such I might still have been but for you, dearst, loveliest Elizabeth!"

 


I enjoyed reading Fitzwilliam Darcy such I was. Concentrating mainly on Darcy’s life, we don’t meet Elizabeth in this story, but I was fascinated with seeing how Darcy grew up and what shaped him.

The story briefly begins at Netherfield, then goes back to when Darcy is born. The beginning chapters stop at different ages in Darcy's life, showing us some milestones and special moments Darcy experienced. For example, meeting some gypsies camped in the woods of Pemberley, the birth of his sister and death of his mother, along with a first love. 

For me, the story took off when Darcy was older. I really enjoyed seeing his relationship with his cousin Rennie (Colonel Fitzwilliam). Meeting Bingley had a bit of a different twist to it, which I enjoyed! Georgiana’s near elopement with Wickham was exciting and tense! 

Seeing Darcy’s relationship with his father was very special. I always pictured it somewhat differently because of Wickham, but Cromlin’s portrayal of Darcy’s father, Wickham, and Darcy make it come alive for me. I could understand how Mr. Darcy could enjoy Wickham’s company so much and to favor him. I always thought that meant he favored him over Darcy, but that’s not so. 

Fitzwilliam Darcy such I was is a wonderful back story of the man we all love!

Disclaimer: I received an e-copy of this book for my honest review.

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~ * ~ * ~ GIVEAWAY ~ * ~ * ~

Carol Cromlin has generously offer to give away two signed paperbacks of Fitzwilliam Darcy such I was plus bookmarks to two lucky winners!! -OR- an ebook. (US, CA and UK only, ebook only for all other countries) 

Thank you, Carol!


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  • Any other country: ebook only (kindle or epub)
  • Last day to enter: October 14th, 2013

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37 comments:

  1. I have interested in this book. It sounds so good. Thank you for this opportunity.

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    1. I hope you like it as much as I did! Good luck in the giveaway!

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  2. No Elizabeth but it has Colonel Fitzwilliam - always like to read about him

    meikleblog at gmail dot com

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    1. Oh, yes! The Colonel is one of my favorites, too! :) Good luck in the giveaway!

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    2. Hi Vesper. Colonel Fitzwilliam is one of those unsung heroes. Gallant and personable, yet unpretentious. I thoroughly enjoyed writing his lines!

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    1. Hi Summer! Yes, I enjoyed seeing Darcy growing up! Good luck in the giveaway!

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  4. Thanks for sharing your review of the story, Candy! I'd love to learn more about Darcy's backstory, too ;).

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    1. Hi Marilyn! Anytime! ;) It's definitely interesting to think about Darcy growing up, and what shaped him. I think Cromlin did a good job! Thanks for stopping by! Good luck with the giveaway!

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    2. Hi Marilyn and thanks Candy. This book grew out of my curiosity to know what Darcy's life could have been BE (before Elizabeth) so it is the result of extensive research into the beliefs, customs, practices, language, current events &c. of Jane Austen's, England. I even made sure things like the weather and moon phases corresponded to history.

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  5. Sounded interesting! Can't wait to read it! I love when we create histories for these beloved 200 year old fictional characters! So fun!
    Jeanna

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    1. Ooh, yes! And sometimes it helps you see things differently. Maybe the author picked up on something that you hadn't thought of before, as Cromlin did for me with Darcy and his father's relationship. :) Good luck to you!

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    2. Hey, Jeanna, I was just thinking....I hope you are going to be releasing one of your creations soon! :)

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  6. Aww, a first love, hmm? Now I'm very curious! lol I'm glad you liked it, Candy, and thanks for the giveaway. :)

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    1. Hey Monica! I know! ...that's all I'm saying. ;) lol! Good luck in the giveaway!

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  7. I may have pasted the wrong link for my tweet in the rafflecopter form. Not sure. It should be https://mobile.twitter.com/jaffobsession/status/387321055464796160?p=v

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  8. Ooooh ... A peek into Darcy, before he was Darcy? Now that sounds interesting for sure ... Makes him seem more like a person, a dude you might meet, than just the perfect literary hero ;o)

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    1. Hey Rebecca! It's been a while! :) Yes, it's good to see him before too much of life weighs him down. Good luck to you! :D

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    2. Yeah ... I've been kinda touch-and-go on the blogs, haha ... I have been reading more than would appear though ;o)

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  9. I love the idea of a book not only from Darcy's POV, but one that goes back to his childhood. Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway opportunity.

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    1. Hi Sophia Rose! I hope you get a chance to read FDsIw soon! I think you will enjoy it! Good luck!

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  10. I like to take a look back of who Darcy was before he met Elizabeth. What are the important things that happened throughout his 28 years of life and what shaped him to become who he is today? So thanks for the delightful review, Candy. It has intrigued me to add this book to my wish list.

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    1. Hi Sylvia! I thought Carol did a wonderful job answering just those questions! I hope you get a chance to read it soon! Good luck on the giveaway!

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  11. This sounds intriguing. I am currently working on a Darcy-centric project, and am always interested in other authors' take on him and his back story so I am very interested to read this (though I probably would not start it until my project is over so as not to be influenced.) Thanks for the review!

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    1. Hi Tess. Best of luck with your project! I did the same thing; kept a list of things to read after. That way you'll always know your story is your own. My unsolicited advice: When you read P&P hear what Darcy says but listen to what he means. :)

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    2. Hi Tess! Looking forward to hearing about your project!

      You were at the AGM, right? I wish we had met! It was such a busy weekend! But a delightful one! :)

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  12. Sounds like an interesting book. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. Hi Wendy! It is! I hope you get a chance to read it! Good luck to you!

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  13. I'd like to read this book, thank you for the chace to win it!

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    1. Hi Loren! I hope you get a chance to read it soon! Good luck in the giveaway! :)

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  14. This sounds like a wonderful opportunity to read a backstory of Darcys life. Esp. if Col. Fitzwilliam and Darcys relationship was always the way.

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    1. Hi Katrin! Yes, I love Darcy and Col. Fitzwilliam! It holds true in this story too!

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  15. A story about Darcy's formative years - what a treat! Thanks for the giveaway Carol and for the enticing review, Candy! Same as Monica, I'm very curious about the first love!

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    1. Hi Joana! Yes, it is a treat! I enjoyed watching Darcy grow up! :) Thanks for stopping by! Good luck!

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  16. Sounds great. Hope to read it soon.

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    1. Hi Karana! I hope you get a chance to read it soon too!

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