Monday, May 2, 2011
Review: What Would Mr. Darcy Do? by Abigail Reynolds
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Pages: 240 pgs
Genre: Jane Austen Adaptation
Challenges-100+ Reading Challenge, Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge
Buy this Book: Amazon, Powell's, Indiebound
Summary from publisher:
This sexy installment in the Pride and Prejudice Variations series explores one of the roads not taken in Jane Austen's original. Before Darcy leaves the Lambton Inn after learning the scandalous news about Lydia and Wickham, he and Elizabeth declare their true feelings. Determined to give Darcy up rather than drag his name through the mud, Elizabeth will have to choose between what is right, and what she wants more than anything...
I fangirl Abigail Reynolds’ books. I do. They are some of the best Jane Austen Adaptations out there. I’ve very rarely had even the slightest quibble with them and they always bring the characters I loved in Pride and Prejudice to life in new and amazing ways.
I have been waiting for the Jane Austen adaptation where Darcy does not scuttle away to do the Big Damn Hero thing after Lizzy tells him about Lydia and Wickham at the Lampton Inn. What would have happened if Darcy had stayed and comforted Lizzy for 5 maybe 10 more minutes? Yep---kissing. I do have to say that the UST in this book was more sensual than any graphic sex scene I have seen in even the most porny of pornish Jane Austen adaptations out there. The correspondence between Lizzy and Georgiana was also a nice touch. We all know it’s very important to Darcy that Lizzy and Georgiana become friends and to see that happen was very nice. I also loved that Mr. Bennet gave Darcy a hard time when Darcy asked for Lizzy’s hand. It was one of the funniest conversations and it was nice to see Darcy squirm like a salted slug.
As with all Abigail Reynolds’ adaptations, it only takes the slightest of alterations to Pride and Prejudice to make the biggest changes. The extra minutes Darcy spends with Lizzy after she tells him about Lydia and Wickham change everything. Reynolds is so skilled at making that subtle change completely believable. And it continuously amazes me how believable she makes it. The changes she makes also made me love Darcy and Lizzy so much more because she kept them completely in character but added some more spice and passion to the characters we already love. And the chemistry between these two characters popped off the page in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice but it jumps of the page and does the samba in this one. I don’t think I can recommend this highly enough.
*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.