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Friday, October 9, 2009

The Trials of the Honorable F. Darcy by Sara Angelini

The Trials of the Honorable F. DarcyPublisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
ISBN: 140222110X
Pages: 352 pgs
Genre: Jane Austen Sequel/Pride and Prejudice
Challenges-Read’n’Review Challenge, 100+ Reading Challenge

 Publisher’s Description:
A sexy, bold adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice that re-paints favorite characters in twenty-first century colors.

Judge Fitzwilliam Darcy, a legal expert on both sides of the Atlantic, is ready to hang up his black robe and return to the life of a country gentleman—until he meets Elizabeth Bennet, a fresh-faced attorney with a hectic schedule and no time for the sexy but haughty judge.

Tempers and sparks fly in Judge Darcy's courtroom— and outside, in a series of chance encounters that give each of them pause—as the two match wits and try to fight their overwhelming attraction. When they meet up in England at an international law conference, they embark on a hot, heavy affair. Back in the States, though, ethical considerations intrude, and each is subjected to a torturous period of soul-searching before they can find their way back to each other...

My Review:
I was a bit cautious about this one. I have read many modern takes on Pride and Prejudice and they all left me a bit disappointed. None of them seemed to add anything new to the story or have any type of unique take on the story. I found this to be quite a bit better. In fact, this may go on my list of awesome P&P sequels along with Rebecca Ann Collins’ Pemberley Chronicles series and Pemberley Manor by Kathryn L. Nelson.

Everything in this book is exactly like Austen but different. Lizzy is a defense attorney, Darcy is a judge, Caroline is a hussy, Louisa Hurst becomes Lizzy’s gay best friend,Lou Hurst, and Mr Collins is Bill Collins, one of Lizzy’s clients charged with soliciting a prostitute. Kinda crazy, right? But somehow, it works and it fits and it is amazingly compelling. The characters were perfect and even though they were different from their canon counterparts, they still fit. You can see Lizzy being a lawyer, Darcy a judge and Collins soliciting a prostitute. I find that completely unique and really makes this book special.

The first couple of pages completely drew me in. First of all, Darcy compared himself to Professor Snape who is a member of my Trifecta of Sexy (also members--Darcy and House along with some honorary members—Mark Sloan, Eric Northman). To find them mentioned in the same book is a kind of joyful and girlishly giggle experience. Aside from my fangirly reaction, this book was really great because not everything from P&P was included. It was not Pride and Prejudice mirrored into a modern situation but a modern Lizzy and a modern Darcy falling in love in their own modern way.

The only thing that really irked me was the cover. It looks like Legally Blonde with the pink suit and suitcase. I know the pink makes it attractive to most women but the color just did not seem to fit the tone of the book. Also, comparing Elizabeth Bennet to Elle Woods is fairly ludicrous, in my opinion, and that seems to be what they are going for.

Aside from the cover, this is a great take on Pride and Prejudice. It is a really compelling and unique take on a classic we all know and love.
*A copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher for review. My opinion is my own and has not been influenced in any way and any monies made from associate or affiliate accounts are recycled back into the blog.


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