The Man Who Loved Pride & Prejudice, by Abigail Reynolds
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Author Abigail Reynolds is a physician, having her own part time private practice, and is also a long time Jane Austen fan. She studied Russian, theatre, and marine biology before going to medical school. Fellow Austen fans encouraged her writing, which led to four other Pemberley Variations. Other titles include: To Conquer Mr. Darcy, From Lambton to Longbourn, By Force of Instinct, Impulse & Initiative, Without Reserve, and Pemberley by the Sea. Originally from New York, she now resides in Wisconsin with her husband, two teenagers, and a menagerie of pets.
Marine Biologist Cassie Boulton’s favorite book may be Pride & Prejudice, but she wasn’t seeking her very own Mr. Darcy. In fact, she has been hiding behind the veneer of scientific accomplishments, determined to hide the painful secrets of her past. But when Calder Westing III shows up at her lab, she finds herself as frustrated as she is intrigued. Silent and aloof, Cassie discovers there’s more to Calder than meets the eye, and after sharing a passionate night by the sea, they can’t seem to get enough of each other. But when the past threatens to come between them, Calder must write his very own retelling of the famous Jane Austen story, complete with their very own happy ending.
In all honesty, poor Jane Austen’s work has been beaten and retold to death. I often wonder what she would think of all this attention. Very few books and movies have persuaded me otherwise. This happens to be one of them. I encourage readers who are biased like myself to look past this to the great story Abigail Reynolds portrays. This book is in no way a retelling of Pride & Prejudice, but rather uses a similar storyline and conflict that continues to draw Austen’s fans.
With vivid imagery, the setting draws you in from the start, then continuing on with fascinating and relatable characters, you will find yourself crying, laughing, and gritting your teeth in aggravation. Readers will learn a lot about marine biology without having it shoved down their throat. Most of all, and true to Austen and Reynolds charm, the conflict and roadblocks for the hero and heroine force readers glued to each page, dying to know what happens next. My only real complaint for the book was I found Cassie’s deep secret to be a bit weak. Didn’t deter me from reading, though! A highly recommended read!
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