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Following on the heels of Mr. Darcy's Daughters and The Exploits & Adventures of Miss Alethea Darcy, Elizabeth Aston delivers an irresistible new novel set in the world of Jane Austen.

After being disowned by her family, Cassandra Darcy - the artistic eldest daughter of Anne de Bourgh (and granddaughter of the infamous Lady Catherine de Bourgh and Mr. Darcy's cousin in Pride and Prejudice) - strives to make a living by painting. But struggling to succeed in bohemian London turns out to be the least of her worries! To begin with, there are the unwelcome advances of a certain Lord Usborne, and then there are the letters bequeathed to her by a friend - highly compromising letters written by Princess Caroline that her husband, the Prince Regent, would very much like to possess.

In league with Lord Usborne, the prince enlists the services of Cassandra's cousin, Horatio Darcy, who is a lawyer, to track down the missives. When Horatio's investigation leads him straight to Cassandra, he initially disapproves of her lifestyle until he finds himself utterly charmed by it - and particularly by her. Romance may prove elusive, however, as social obstacles and the efforts of a vengeful Lord Usborne conspire to divide the two would-be lovers.

Another delightful chapter in the adventures of Aston's spirited Darcy daughters, The True Darcy Spirit is a treat for Jane Austen fans everywhere.

©2006 A.E. Books, Ltd. (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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I cannot fully like the narrator

The story is fine. Its a bit bland, but I quite like that. However, I could not like the narrator. Many of the voices sound the same, the foreign accents are pretty awful and the whole thing felt flat!!! I started to stop listening to the story and try to work out why I did not like the narration which told me its not worth a high rating. I don't expect to listen to it again. I usually listen to my books several times.

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  • 15-03-21

To much of a modern political vibe

I have enjoyed several of Elizabeth Astons books about the Darcy family and Pride and Prejudice world but this one I really did not enjoy.

I started to read the series out of order and many of them harken to Jane Austin style writing or to Georgette Heyer, one of my favorite authors. This sadly fell quite flat.

There was a very heavy focus on the injustice of the time towards females and how they are constantly taken advantaged of. That male sex were painted as simple patriarchal baboons who are privileged, exploit women, and any man who isn’t such is controlled and kept in their place by a strong minded wife. Also the love interest story line started to remind me of cheap erotic novels. Sadly disappointing compared to her other books such as The Second Mrs. Darcy.

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  • Alena Amato Ruggerio
  • 14-03-21

Pleasant Fanfic

Lots of effort at squeezing as many names and places from the Austen source material. But a pleasant Fanfic listen.

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  • Kitty Kitty
  • 10-12-20

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Why is this so boring? Seriously counted her going to the post office 4 or 5 times before I finally turned it off at 44%...

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  • pandorabook
  • 09-12-20

Shrill, whiny young female voices

I like Elizabeth Aston, but this performance by Morag Sims is a such disaster that I could not finish it. Her voicing of the young female parts, of which of course there are many in a Jane Austen take-off, is annoying in the extreme. I really cannot recommend it.