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Title: Engaging Mr. Darcy
Series: An Austen Inspired Romantic Comedy
Author: Rachel John
Release Date: May 12, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Blurb: “Angry people are not always wise.” – Jane Austen
After a standoff in the pizza parlor, Elsie Bennet has decided Fitzwilliam “I-Throw-Fitz” Darcy is the worst customer she’s ever encountered. Also the best looking, but that’s beside the point. She’s horrified to discover Will is not just passing through her small town, he’s her new neighbor.
Will Darcy has all the money and time he could ask for, and yet life never seems to meet his expectations. When his best friend, Charlie, starts dating Jane Bennet, Will becomes their unhappy third-wheel. The solution? Bring along Jane’s sister, Elsie, a girl who challenges him, makes him laugh, plagues his thoughts, and unfortunately, hates his guts.
Will might control a lot of things, but he won’t control her. Elsie’s already been warned away by her new friend, Jeff Wickham, who found out the hard way that Will is not someone to be crossed. Things would be so much simpler if she was attracted to Jeff. But she’s not. She’s attracted to Will, and the tug-o-war between her mind and her heart is going to drive her mad.
A modern day take on Pride and Prejudice with all the characters you know and love.
*****Ali’s 4.5 Star REVIEW*****
This has been the cutest modern day retelling of Pride and Prejudice that I’ve read. Eh, not that I’ve read a lot. But I’m sure I must have read at least one…Anyway, I really liked it.
All of the major players from the original can be found. Some of their names have been slightly adjusted, but not enough that you can’t make out who is who. And some of them have undergone some slight personality changes, but I’m sure that’s based on the interpretation of who those original characters would be in today’s society. I was very pleased with all of the characters with the exception of Charles or Charlie, as he is called in this story.
The author also did a good job of adjusting the plot to issues found in today’s society. But, that’s one of the great things about Jane Austen’s books. They are very much built on characters, morals, and society. Things that can be adjusted to any time and place.
Haven’t read Jane Austen. Not into classics. No problem. I think any lovers of sweet contemporary romances would enjoy this one!
Have you read Pride and Prejudice or Engaging Mr. Darcy? How did you think they compared? Have you read any other great Jane Austen retellings??