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President Darcy: A Modern Pride and Prejudice Variation Paperback – October 12, 2017
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About the Author
The author of numerous best-selling Pride and Prejudice variations, historical romance writer Victoria Kincaid has a Ph.D. in English literature and runs a small business, er, household with two children, a hyperactive dog, an overly affectionate cat, and a husband who is not threatened by Mr. Darcy. They live near Washington DC, where the inhabitants occasionally stop talking about politics long enough to complain about the traffic. On weekdays she is a freelance writer/editor who specializes in IT marketing (it’s more interesting than it sounds) and teaches business writing. A lifelong Austen fan, Victoria has read more Jane Austen variations and sequels than she can count – and confesses to an extreme partiality for the Colin Firth version of Pride and Prejudice.
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I've seen Darcy in many roles: judge, firefighter, doctor, rock star, assassin! But president?? That in and of itself set this amazing story apart. Darcy is a young and single president obviously NOT in want of a wife. Or is he? Well how could he resist Elizabeth Bennet, who works for the Red Cross?
Ms. Kincaid was able to not only keep me riveted with the unique presidential storyline, but she was able to seamlessly blend in the original storyline into this world. From the disastrous insult to the Lydia and Wickham storyline, it was all embedded here and it worked. There was only one part I kind of cringed though, and it's when they have their "Pemberley reunion." In canon, the scene is pretty cringe-worthy; but here, it seemed worse. But that's just my personal opinion.
I loved the idea of a single president and how trying to have a relationship would affect his career. And I absolutely adored the ending and the second proposal scene. Certainly a unique scene :)
I sincerely hope this isn't the only time Ms. Kincaid dabbles in modern Pride and Prejudice. She has found new life in the JAFF world and I can't wait to read more.
P.S. if I had to rate the story on "sexiness," I'd rate it PG-13. There were very spicy scenes, but it never went far. They were great scenes!
As I was reading this story I kept thinking about gossip concerning presidents and other politicians...even today's men and women, and how their lives are on display but then also how gossip can be used to paint those as immoral, corrupt, etc. individuals even if untrue and so many believe what they hear and/or read.
We do have this modern variation beginning as did canon. Elizabeth, attending a social event, with her nouveau riche family, gets caught where she should not be and when she can't seem to get her foot out of her mouth is thought to be a stupid and not so pretty and thus an ignorable young lady by the president of the USA. But when he expresses his opinion within her hearing and God-awful Lydia uses social media to relate his words to all who subscribe to that channel of communication the stage is set to make any apologies or second chances to change his opinion almost impossible.
What I did like about this is how Elizabeth is involved with bettering the world by her work with the Red Cross and how the president is forced to learn just how wrong he is about not only her intelligence and her motivations but also her beauty as sexual chemistry is thrown into their relationship.
But several things work against them. He has sworn not to date while in the presidency and with all the rumors is now forced to step back. Any overtures at this point would seem politically motivated. Plus Lydia has gone on to paint an even wider gap between her sister and the president. (Guess who is helping her?) Elizabeth decides to bow out of the picture.
I loved the solution the author came up with. I had an inkling that this was the only possibility but it was so well staged - much better than I had painted in my brain.
Well done - and don't you love the cover -drool!
I'm a little ambiguous about this book. On the one hand, it is a masterpiece of imaginatively repurposing the persons and personalities of almost all the P&P universe and placing them--not only centuries ahead of their times--but in very particular and clearly defined roles that they were not created to fill. Amazingly, this was accomplished without having any of them lose their basic character and characteristics. Each was true to Jane Austen's personifications and each behaved consistently within the original parameters. (With the possible exception of the Col. Fitzwilliam equivalent). In this sense, it was an amazing feat to pull off. This part of the book deserves 5 stars--amazingly well done!
What I was less than thrilled with was the romance part of the narrative. Counting every minute from beginning to end, Elizabeth and Darcy had probably less than 24 hours of face-to-face time. Yes, they dreamed, and thought, and moped, and wished a lot--but not together. Yet they fell deeply in love and lust (although the latter is easier to explain). I would have wanted something more subtle, less awkward, less rushed. I, like always, would have preferred more emphasis on their deepening relationship. As it was, I was left with the doubt as to whether it was solid and real enough to weather full-time togetherness.
Some profanity, adult content, but no sex scenes. 👍
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