- Paperback: 216 pages
- Publisher: Meryton Press (November 25, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781681310213
- ISBN-13: 978-1681310213
- ASIN: 168131021X
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,902,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lizzie is trying to make her art history degree work for her in tech heavy Seattle...but really, is it just Seattle? It’s a sign of our times but I loved the setting in this city I’ve visited as a port for my Alaskan cruise.
Anyway, I digress. So Lizzie feels an automatic spark with Darcy and though this author cleverly follows the Pride and Prejudice storyline we all know, it is truly a story for our times and the author treats this relationship with a lot of authenticity.
***Slight Spoiler alert: this isn’t a “clean story” in the sense that casual hookups rule Lizzy and Darcy’s relationship (until the “Hunsford-esque” blow up) and those hookups were rather detailed.***
I thought the “sexy times” were wonderfully done and very sexy. Darcy was as swoonworthy as he should always be portrayed. And yet despite this being told from Lizzie’s first person POV, I could feel Darcy’s vulnerability.
Again, I enjoyed how seamlessly the original story was weaved in here and given a modern makeover, from Colin’s nerdy and sycophantic self to Geoff’s many crimes. I also found Lydia an interesting character. She has many similarities to canon Lydia, but was more sympathetic here.
Mr. Bennet was another surprise in this story, from the ethnicity to his current life away from his daughters. I won’t spoil it but it’s given away very early on.
So I gave this 4.5 Stars because despite how much I loved and devoured this story, I was put off by the writing itself. Maybe because it’s a first story, but the mechanics were jarring. It’s hard to put my finger on it because the writing was free from errors. Yet I found it weird that all her sentences were in the present tense. “I go to the coffee shop. I buy coffee. I sit down and drink coffee.” If you read it you’ll see. It’s a personal nitpick but it was enough of a hindrance to prevent me from declaring this story perfect.
But oh it was so good and I can’t wait to read it again!!!
The modern setting in Seattle felt integral to the plot. The characters’ behavior, including their mistakes made sense and fit what we knew about them. The writing was well done and fun to read.
We didn’t get to spend as much time with all the characters and this story was not exactly P&P, but The author’s changes and updates were appropriate and well done. This is one of the best P&P updates I’ve read, much, much better than de la Cruz or P.D. James’
Very cleverly done with both framework and timeline easily recognisable but modernised in a way that felt natural and plausible, giving it a lovely flow. I absolutely loved it!
Jane and Elizabeth moves to Seattle to find work. Jane has studied the law and Elizabeth has studied art. Meeting Darcy and Chip Bishop at a bar, Darcy disparages Elizabeth while Jane and Chip hook up.
Elizabeth is a bit adrift and insecure after graduating and a bad break up with her last boy friend. Working as a barista while searching for a position in an art gallery, she is vulnerable to the barely veiled insults from Chips sister Emmeline and misinterpret both Darcy's intentions and her own attraction to the silent but passionate man.
Loved how they eventually worked out their problems and how their relationship developed.
There is a Wickham/Lydia debacle but with a lot of twist and turns compared to canon.
Heartily recommend this book!