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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Mr. Darcy's Obsession by Abigail Reynolds

Mr. Darcy's Obsession (Pride & Prejudice Continues) Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
ISBN: 1402240929
Pages: 368 pgs
Genre: Jane Austen Adaptation
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Summary from Publisher:
What if...Elizabeth Bennet was more unsuitable for Mr. Darcy than ever...

Mr. Darcy is determined to find a more suitable bride. But then he learns that Elizabeth is living in London in reduced circumstances, after her father's death robs her of her family home...

What if...Mr. Darcy can't Help himself from see king her out...

He just wants to make sure she's alright. But once he's seen her, he feels compelled to talk to her, and from there he's unable to fight the overwhelming desire to be near her, or the ever-growing mutual attraction that is between them...

What if...Mr. Darcy's intentions were shockingly dishonorable...

My Review:
I can usually depend in Abigail Reynolds to write the best Jane Austen adaptations out there. She never disappoints. Never. Not once. This one was no exception. She finds the little moments where Austen could have made a different decision and follow that road. She always gives us a new perspective in the story we love so much but, all the while, never takes us too far from the Pride and Prejudice that we love so much.

I loved Abigail's version of Pride and Prejudice in Mr. Darcy's Obsession. In this one, Mr. Bennet has died leaving the Bennet girls in an even more tenuous position than they were already in. Mr. Darcy was never given the chance to propose (and be rejected) by Lizzy and he was forced to move in and find someone more suited to his social station.

I loved what Reynolds did with this one. She managed to make me love Mr. Darcy even more because of his kindness and nobility. He loved Lizzy (or at least was attracted to her) even when her situation worsened even further. I did not think thatch could get better than he was in Pride and Prejudice but the Mr. Darcy's Obsession  Darcy did. I especially loved what Reynolds did to the other P&P characters. Jane was forced to marry a shopkeeper, Lydia was still stupid, Georgiana was awesome and she gave Mr. Darcy a really intriguing family.
*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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