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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Pride and Pyramids by Amanda Grange and Jacqueline Webb

Pride and Pyramids by Amanda Grange and Jacqueline Webb
Mr. Darcy in Egypt
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Genre: Historical
Length: Full Length (310 pgs)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Stephantois

The Darcys get pulled into the Regency craze for Egypt in this romantic and adventurous Pride and Prejudice continuation by bestselling author Amanda Grange and Egyptology expert Jacqueline Webb.

When Elizabeth, Darcy and their lively children go to Egypt with Colonel Fitzwilliam’s younger brother, romantic interludes between Darcy and Elizabeth intertwine with the unraveling of a mystery dating back to an ancient Egyptian woman. They find long-hidden treasure, thwart a theft and betrayal by the ever villainous George Wickham, and lay to rest an ancient ghost.

I’ll make a confession up front. I’m a huge fan of anything set during the Regency. I’m also an admirer of anything written by Jane Austen. And well, what can I say about the wonderful Mr. Darcy? Having said that anything written about any of these has to be near perfect. I’m happy to say Pride and Pyramids is pretty close to perfect. In fact, it was a fun and enjoyable read from first to last word.

It’s romance…done Regency style; it’s part mystery, part adventure, part spooky story about a doll that looks like an Egyptian woman who murdered two lovers. The dialogue was perfect and the pacing, so well done that I didn’t realize I’d read so much in one sitting. It’s a book that you find yourself reading even when you only have five minutes to spare.

I think this title is a must for any Jane Austen fan. Even if you’re not, it’s a wonderful summer, or any time, read. I’ll definitely be looking for more titles by either of these very talented authors.