My Mr Darcy & Your Mr Bingley by Linda Beutler

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Title: My Mr Darcy & Your Mr Bingley
Author: Linda Beutler
Publisher: Meryton press
Year: 2017
Genre: romantico
Rating: 3/5

My Mr. Darcy & Your Mr. Bingley is the latest novel by Linda Beutler after about a year off from the austenian scene. The writer wondered how Mr Darcy could change and make amends in the eyes of Elizabeth if Bingley was not affected so much by his opinion. 

The characters of Jane and Elizabeth were upsetting in the first part of the novel. Jane, in fact, with her behavior is very puzzling for the reader, because these way to do, do not suit her sweet temperament (I saw a so different Jane only in A father’s sins by Joy King). Elizabeth, however, in her stubbornness seems a bit an extremism of the original character, at times she is almost hateful. Fortunately in the second part of the book both become more pleasant and similar to themselves.

Mr Darcy is the most faithful to the original character and Mr Bingley seems only the amelioration of his canonical equivalent. It was nice to see how, after a breach in their relationship, the two gentlemen were able to restore it and make it almost like that between two brothers. Further, as regards Darcy, I really liked his childhood memories, both those related to Maggie, and that he decides to share with Elizabeth during their walks.

I also really liked the secondary characters that have been well psychologized and fitted with a solid background and a good story. I refer in particular to Colonel Fitzwilliam, now one of my favorite heroes.

The positive thing is that in this novel Wickham is not as usual the villain to defeat, indeed, he appears very little.

The scenes that I preferred were those where Mr Bennet uses cats to teach a lesson to one of his daughters (very pregnant with meaning and fun); and one in which Darcy makes fun of Caroline in front of her friends. Not to mention the way the Hunsford scene was played, really full of excitement and fun. Unfortunately, I had to remove a star to the novel because there were obvious errors when the characters speak in Italian and Spanish, were they wanted or were not noticed?


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The author

Linda Beutler’s professional life is spent in a garden, an organic garden housing America’s foremost public collection of clematis vines and a host of fabulous companion plants. But one can never have enough of gardening, so in 2011 she began cultivating a weedy patch of Jane Austen Fan Fiction ideas. The first of these to ripen was The Red Chrysanthemum, which won a silver IPPY for romance writing in 2014. The next harvest brought Longbourn to London and in 2015 Meryton Press published the bestseller A Will of Iron. Now, after a year-long break in JAFF we have My Mr. Darcy and Your Mr. Bingley bursting into bloom.

This book was sent to me by the publisher in exchange of an honest review.
This post is part of the blog tour that introduces the novel My Mr Darcy & Your Mr. Bingley
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Great review Lore, and I agree with all you said. :) Jane was unyielding and Elizabeth was very stubborn for a long time. Luckily they improved later.

I liked Bingley in the first part of the book very much. And the cat lesson was brilliant. :)

T D Forbes

Love this book and found I have whole new appreciation for spectacles . ;)


Great review. I look forward to reading!

Janet T

Thank you, Loren, for your review. I love the secondary characters too, and was thrilled to read all the neat things about Colonel Fitzwilliam. He is one of my favorites after all. :)
I also truly enjoyed the spectacles! They were such a neat touch. Linda Beutler’s wit shines through in the book and made for many entertaining moments as well. Having the Circe, the cat, teach a lesson was brilliant!

Thanks again for being a part of the tour.


Definitely looking forward to reading this book. It’s fun to sometimes read when others conspire to get ODC together.

Suzan Lauder

Though there have been nasty Jane stories in the past, many readers adore them and look for those character deviations to spice up their reading. Tweaking characters is a great way for an author to develop decent conflict and interest for readers as opposed to a mundane cookie-cutter approach. Kudos to Linda Beutler for this twist. Thanks to Loren for an outline that informs readers who enjoy true variations that this is one novel that delivers an unusual story line.

Linda Beutler

Thank you everyone for commenting, and to Loren for so generously hosting a stop in the blog tour. Happy Easter!

Linda Beutler

Thank you everyone for commenting, and to Loren for generously hosting a stop on the blog tour. Wishing all of you and our hostess Happy Easter!


I quite like a stronger Jane Bennet, but not necessarily a nasty or bad one. I certainly like to see a Bingley with a bit more “gumption” as we say in the North of England!

Sorry I haven’t commented on Loren’s stage of the tour before but the site wasn’t accepting my input for some reason. Hope it does this time!