I've read a lot of Austen fans spin-offs and sequels and, unfortunately, have found many of them very disappointing. There are, however, a few real jewels out there. This is one of my favourites and - best of all - it's a trilogy, so LOTS of reading pleasure!
It is Pride & Prejudice - but written from Darcy's viewpoint - in three different books:
An Assembly Such As This (which takes you from the fateful night when he first sees Elizabeth at the Meryton Assembly to when he departs Hertfordshire after the Netherfield Ball);
Duty and Desire (which covers the 'lost' Darcy months in the original story - set in London, Pemberely at Christmas, and at a large house party of an old friend that he goes to in a determined effort to forget Elizabeth and find a potential wife)
These Three Remain (which starts as he is on his way to visit Lady Catherine with his cousin and ends with the wedding ceremont).
There are many of the scenes we're familiar with from the original (but from a very different perspective), others that Austen only referred to which are described in detail (for instance, she wrote: 'and though they were at one time left by themselves for half-an-hour, he adhered most conscientiously to his book and would not even look at her'). This scene takes a full three pages in the book, and there are many completely new ones as well.
It's wonderful getting more insight into Darcy's very privileged position and life, the nature of Darcy's friendship with Charles Bingley, his incredibly close relationship with Georgiana. You really see WHY he reacts to things the way he does - until Elizabeth shakes him out of all his preconcieved notions like a slap in the face. There are some great new characters too - especially his Shakspeare-quoting manservant, Fletcher, and his old University friend Dy. I also loved seeing Lizzie from the 'outside' - through the eyes of a 'stranger'. In this book it really hit me for the first time how, despite being a well-bred and unusually intelligent gentleman's daughter, she really IS a rather simple 'country miss' - especially compared to the sophisticated kind of people in Darcy's day-to-day life.
Also, although we know that Darcy's high opinion of himself is a big part of the problem between them at the start, here the role that her pride and prejudice (all starting from what she overheard him saying about her at the Assembly) is thrown into sharper focus. You see how, at times, she really is 'willfully misunderstanding' him - and somewhat enjoying it - in revenge.
The first and third book are the best. The second one misses having Elizabeth in there, and some other readers complain about the strange 'Gothic' turn the book takes at the house party. But I have decided to just see it as a sly tribute to Northanger Abbey, and it really does give you wonderful insight into Darcy's life in London and at Pemberley.
Aidan rarely makes the mistake that so many other Austen wannabes do of making her characters do or say things that Jane would never have written about or described. However, there is a bit more of a delicious emphasis on the strong physical attraction Elizabeth ends up having for Darcy that the romantics will utterly delight in. In the book, it refers to the fact that he is a man of 'strong feeling' which he has to keep carefully in check and regulated. In this trilogy, you see just how strong his feelings can be.
Here, for your enjoyment, a fragment from the first book. Where he is getting ready for bed during the time that Elizabeth is staying at Netherfield to nurse Jane and battling against the attraction he feels.
"A more forward, opinionated little baggage I defy anyone to find! Such cheek and impertinence! So ready to do battle on the slightest pretense. He paused a moment, his conscience demanding an examination of his mental outburst for bias against her. Darcy heaved a reluctant sigh. Ready to battle with himself, to be sure. It was only he who seemed to call forth this rash barrage of penetrating wit. Perhaps, he even encouraged it in some way, for she was certainly most amiable and geniune in her tenderness with those she loved. Her face...when she looked on those others...such warm affection...
Why then, do you continue to attend to her? his inner voice interrupted in demand. Darcy left the window and threw himself down onto the bed. Suddenly, before thought could mitigate its power, the answer thrummed through his whole body. "Because she is both - and what you have always desired." For some time it was impossible to ignore the thrill and terror of his confession. But he had been well-prepared from birth for his station in life and what was due his family. As he turned onto his side and grasped a pillow firmly against his cheek, the resolution was already forming that, for both their sakes, no sign of admiration should escape him henceforth. The rapid thuddings of his heart finally quieted, but try as he might, sleep escaped him until the early watches of the morning."