Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Book Review: "Pride and Prejudice: Darcy Chooses," by Gianna Thomas
About the Book:
Fitzwilliam Darcy has evaded the clutches of matchmaking mamas for several years, but now he is visiting his best friend, Charles Bingley, at Netherfield Park near the small village of Meryton. Attending an assembly is the last thing in the world he desires to do. But his whole world is turned upside down when a young woman, whom he met earlier due to a coach accident -- and whom he has dreamed about nearly every night since -- also attends. Thus begins the wonderful love story between Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet.
Pride and Prejudice: Darcy Chooses, by Gianna Thomas, is essentially a re-telling of the original story but with certain elements changed. For example, Darcy and Elizabeth first meet in a coach accident in this edition, and Elizabeth’s parents have a much more loving relationship this time around. Darcy Chooses reads more like a romance novel than Jane Austen’s version and will appeal to those who want a less wordy, more romantic version of Darcy and Elizabeth’s courtship, as well as that of Jane and Bingley. The author has obviously done her research in terms of expressions used during Austen’s time, as she often writes about characters developing a tendre for each other or breaking their fast, but the characters’ feelings are thoroughly relatable to modern readers. If you can’t get enough of Austen’s most well-known and popular story, you’ll enjoy Darcy Chooses.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher.