Wednesday, August 11, 2010

To Conquer Mr. Darcy by Abigail Reynolds

To Conquer Mr. Darcy by Abigail Reynolds
(Rated: S)
Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN: 978-1402237300
Published August 2010
Mass Market Paperback,  416 pages

Whenever a variation of a classic story such as Pride and Prejudice is attempted, there is always the danger that the reader who is an avid fan may not accept the new version of a beloved character. Although I was initially excited about this book, I was soon disappointed with To Conquer Mr. Darcy, which reads like the typical romance where the main characters are so engrossed with each other that nothing else is happening in the story.

I read the first 150 pages, hoping for a good plot development and all I got was a continuous series of scenes involving Mr. Darcy as a rogue and Elizabeth Bennet as a high-spirited damsel who swoons and loses all self-control the minute Mr. Darcy touches her. In most of the scenes they are alone and can’t keep their hands off each other even though Elizabeth refuses Darcy’s marriage proposal twice! I wanted to throttle her for saying one thing and mere seconds later doing the exact opposite. She was so unlike Jane Austen’s intelligent heroine as was Darcy that any resemblance to their former characters was limited to their names.

Furthermore, although Jane is present, very little development of a close sisterly relationship is apparent. It seemed to me that the author merely plucked the characters from Jane Austen’s book and wrote a book about them without significant character and plot development. I was hoping it would get better since I liked the author’s writing and I felt she captured the Regency vernacular. But after 150 pages, I called it quits. However, if you like historical romances without caring too much for a good story, this one might be for you.

Disclosure: Thanks to Danielle Jackson from Sourcebooks for sending me this book for review. I was not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.

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  1. Thanks for the honest review. :O)

  2. Sorry this didn't work for you - I don't think it's for me either.


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