Mr. Darcy's Dream

A Novel

Mr. Darcy's Dream

From the author of Mr. Darcy's Daughters, the delightful escapades of the Darcy family continue with an enchanting story set at Pride and Prejudice's Pemberley.

When Phoebe, a young niece of Pride and Prejudice's Mr. Darcy, is shattered by an unhappy romance, she retreats to Pemberley and is joined by kind-hearted Louisa Bingley, unmarried after three London seasons. Once the young ladies are situated in the house, several handsome strangers also arrive -- all hopeful of winning the girls' hearts. As preparations for the ball which Mr. and Mrs. Darcy are to give at Pemberley gain momentum, mischief and love triangles abound, making life as difficult as possible for anyone connected with the Darcy family.

Populated with authentic characters firmly rooted in Jane Austen's mores and stylistic traditions, Mr. Darcy's Dream has an unforgettable combination of romance, societal scandals, friendship, family, and marriage.
  • Touchstone | 
  • 304 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416547266 | 
  • February 2009
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Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide includes discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author Elizabeth Aston. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.


For Discussion

  1. Discuss the title of the novel.  What is Mr. Darcy’s dream?  What are his wishes for his family, and for the Pemberley estate? 
  2. “Nothing is constant, nothing can stay the same as it is year in and year out,” according to Louisa. (page 155)  What changes are afoot in Mr. Darcy’s Dream?  Which characters embrace progress, and which characters resist it?  What are their motivations for change or resistance?
  3. Politics come between Phoebe and Stanhope: her Tory family and his Whig family are at odds.  Do you think politics play as great a role in family relations and romance today?  Why or why not?
  4. Compare Miniver, Phoebe’s maid, to Betsy, Louisa’s maid.  Who is more outspoken?  Who has a better relationship with the woman she serves?  What do these characters add to the novel?
  5. Louisa tells Phoebe, “You are too rigorous in your judgments.  You do not give time for people’s virtues to grow
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About the Author

Elizabeth Aston
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Elizabeth Aston

Elizabeth Aston is a passionate Jane Austen fan who studied with Austen biographer Lord David Cecil at Oxford. The author of several novels, including Mr. Darcy's Daughters, she lives in England and Italy.

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