Pride & Pyramids by Amanda Grange and Jacqueline Webb (an Egyptologist): Mr. Darcy in Egypt is such a fun adaptation on Pride & Prejudice! I read Mr. Darcy, Vampyre by Amanda Grange sometime last year and loved it so I was anxious to read this one as well. Amanda seems to have a great knack at giving Darcy and Elizabeth the adventures of a lifetime and entertaining us a great deal!
In Pride & Pyramids, Darcy and Elizabeth, married fifteen years now, decide to take their six kids with them on a trip to Egypt and what a trip it turns out to be. They travel there with Darcy’s cousin Edward Fitzwilliam who the children adore. Edward has always been fascinated with Egypt and has come to London to see if he can’t convince a Sir Matthew Rosen to let him visit his excavation site in Egypt. Elizabeth, craving an adventure and Darcy wanting to keep an eye on Edward decide that accompanying him would be the best idea.
The Darcy’s are preparing to travel by sea to Egypt and back in the day it was quite the voyage so it takes some planning but finally they are ready to go. Unfortunately for all, Elizabeth’s mother Mrs. Darcy manages to finagle herself a spot on the ship by conveniently getting lost when she was supposed to be leaving. Now if you’re a fan of Pride and Prejudice you know that this is not the best thing that could have happened as Mrs. Darcy can be more than a little irritating. As well they’ve brought along a family friend and an artist to chronicle their trip. So much easier now that we can just take our cameras!
Once in Egypt their adventure kicks into high gear with intrigue and mystery and even a little of the supernatural. It appears that their youngest daughter has a doll that she found in Edward’s bag and she’s been communicating with it. Try as they might, whether it be trying to leave the doll behind or hiding it, it always seems to find it’s way back to her. While the Darcy’s are troubled by this they don’t want to upset their youngest so far from home. Yet, the doll is beginning to creep them out. Can a doll really seem alive? Could it really be communicating with their daughter?
This sequel to Austen’s Pride & Prejudice is just great! Pride & Pyramids is full of adventure, fun, a little of the supernatural and romance of course. As always the Darcy’s love is one to be envied and Mr. Darcy is as charming as ever. I’ve really come to enjoy these spinoffs that Amanda Grange creates and I can’t wait to see where she takes the Darcy’s next! Well worth reading for those who love the Austen sequels and I think a lot of fun even for those who don’t. I loved it!
Be sure to pop over and check out the guest post Amanda did for me as well as a giveaway of Pride & Pyramids. Click here to check it out!
Source: Review copy provided by Sourcebooks via NetGalley. No compensation was received and all thoughts and opinions are my own.