In this sweet, Pride and Prejudice-inspired, novella-length romance, William Darcy has finally torn himself away from work to join his sister at their vacation house in the Florida Keys. There, he meets his sister's new friend, Elizabeth Bennet, the housesitter staying next door.
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"Lighthearted and Sweet"
A modern day Elizabeth and Darcy in the Keys. A very sweet story. Easy and short, I finished in one plane ride!
"Any Darcy Works For Me"
As a huge fan of Pride and Prejudice I'm happy to check out any versions of it. Though not a literary masterpiece this updated lighthearted tale was enjoyable. Great job by the writer and narrator.
"The names are familiar but NOT the plot."
*** First a disclaimer - I was given a free copy of this in audio-book format in exchange for an impartial and honest review. I've NOT fulfilled my part of that agreement in that I've not finished this. I realized before minute 10 that it was just not for me. But I persevered until the 75 minute mark (Well past the half-way point) hoping that I'd like it better as it progressed before deciding to give up that hope.***
I was first interested in this when I read that it was a Pride & Prejudiced inspired romance. Other than the names, I was disappointed to see very little P&P inspired story-line here.
Will Darcy, the young, workaholic head of NYC based Darcy Corp ( why not Pemberly Corp?) is first attracted to house-sitter Lizzie's looks when he sees her topless in the Florida keys. Catherine de Bourgh is a gold-digging socialite (and worse). Charlotte Lucas is Will's assistant. The Reynolds work for Darcy and are not related to Lizzie. Lizzie is affluent and a successful self published romance author. Georgiana knows Lizzie before Darcy does. No curmudgeonly Papa Bennet. No flibbertigibbet Mama Bennet. No purse-proud Sir William, no plutocratically pious Reverend Collins, and nary a Bennet sister in sight. No refused marriage proposals and not a word of entailments. The way that Mr. Collins and Lady De Bourgh were presented snuffed my last interest in this update.
I've rated it two stars and it does merit that as far as I can tell. The writer is capable and there are no annoying structural errors and, the plot does hold together without seeming pretentious or contrived. However, I'm not much of a straight romance fan and the absence of the conflict that I was expecting - Lizzie's real motivations for disliking Darcy (and the other significant P&P plot points) made this less than satisfying.
I do like some romances but have never understood the fascination with those that tend toward the Harlequin. For me, this seemed one of those.
"cute typical romance"
I almost enjoyed how predictable the story ended. This is a very simple, short and sweet story.
Cute, obvious ending.
This a cute short listen. Something I passively listened to. It wasn't the best story but wasn't the worst. Worth your time.
"Great Fun for the P &P/Jane Austen Lover!"
It was fun new twist on the classic novel about Elizabeth Bennett and Fitzwilliam Darcy. It was a very clean read if you are concerned about that. It was a sweet, quick-paced short "read" and was a great for summer! Meghan Kelly did a great job narrating the book and the various characters. I find that not all narrators can accomplish the male character narration effectively but Ms. Kelly did! Some books are better read, and some books do well with narration. Meghan Kelly made this a fun book to listen to!
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