Monday, January 31, 2011
Review: The Perfect Bride For Mr. Darcy by Mary Lydon Simonsen
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Pages: 400 pgs
Genre: Jane Austen Adaptation
Challenges-100+ Reading Challenge, Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge
Summary from Publisher:
If the two of them weren't so stubborn...
It's obvious to Georgiana Darcy that the lovely Elizabeth Bennet is her brother's perfect match, but Darcy's pigheadedness and Elizabeth's wounded pride are going to keep them both from the loves of their lives.
Georgiana can't let that happen, so she readily agrees to help her accommodating cousin, Anne de Bourgh, do everything within their power to assure her beloved brother's happiness.
But the path of matchmaking never runs smoothly...
Mary Lydon Simonsen is one of my favorite Jan Austen adaptation writers. I love Searching For Pemberley and I LOVED (capitals intended) Anne Elliot: A New Beginning. Simonsen always brings a new perspective and humor to the stories we already love.
Lizzy and Darcy were amazing as always but Georgiana and Anne were the stars of the book. I think they are some of the most mysterious in Pride an Prejudice. They never got the air time they deserved and I love seeing how each author interprets them. Simonsen did an amazing job of capturing them and giving them a wit, spunk and intelligence that we all know they have. I especially loved the matchmaking and manipulative Anne. The more adaptations I read, the more I love Anne.
There were so many things that I love about this book and that I love about all of Simonsen's adaptations. She is a master at the subtle shift in plot that change everything. The one thing that I did have a slight issue with is the major plot point of Darcy's previous lovers. I mean, I know he has them and he didn't enter his marriage with Lizzy a virgin but I don't want to read about them and I sure as sugar don't want to know their names. But then again, it's not a gripe at all just a reflection of my idealization of Mr. Darcy.
*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.