Pride and Prejudice: Darcy Chooses (Darcy and Elizabeth Series) by Gianna Thomas
Publication: June 2014, NPC Pubs, 269 pages
My Source: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Description: First Novel in the DARCY AND ELIZABETH SERIES (Part 1 of 2 parts)
> An Accident, a Chance Meeting, a Dance and Romance . . . But Will Darcy Win Elizabeth? <
What if Elizabeth Bennet met Fitzwilliam Darcy before the Meryton Assembly?
What if she heard Darcy’s insulting comment at the Assembly?
What if he apologized at that ball?
What if they rubbed along for a while until Lizzy’s pride and temper got in the way?
And what if Wickham falls in love for the first time in his
profligate life? What will he do, and how will he react when the young
woman doesn’t return his feelings?
Pride and Prejudice: Darcy Chooses is about innocent
young couples – Darcy and Elizabeth and Bingley and Jane – and the
feelings that love evokes and how they handle those feelings. It even
takes a brief look at several married couples: Why is there little
affection between Thomas and Fanny Bennet? How have the Gardiners grown
in their love for one another? And what will happen to the Hursts'
marriage? It is a realistic look at relationships that very well may
have readers taking a closer look at their own marriages.
Add the Wicked Wickham to the mix and what do you have? You have a
tale of friendships, love lost, love gained and the angst of everyday
life in Regency England.
My Review: I love Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, but it always takes me awhile to get into the story because the language isn't what I'm used to. Thomas's version is modernized, yet there is still the feel of the Regency era, which makes it easier to read.
I love reading various versions and spin-offs of the story and this one was great! There is a lot of emotion and depth to the characters. Darcy isn't as much of a mystery--I could understand him a lot better. Wickam was even more wicked than I realized in this story. Mr. Bennett made more sense to me, too. There were events that occurred that were different from the original and some things that were similar. I thought it was well done.
Content: a few mild expletives; a beating that was a little disturbing, but not too graphic; references to rape, sex (between married couples, but not descriptive), and mild kissing.