The Man Who Loved Pride and Prejudice: A modern love story with a Jane Austen twist
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I'd like to say I was too put off to finish it, but like every bad soap opera I've ever gotten sucked into, I couldn't tear myself away, and, yes, I finished it down to it's last schmaltzy page. I am not proud of myself. View all 3 comments. May 03, Meredith Austenesque Reviews rated it really liked it Shelves: pride-and-prejudice , jane-austen.
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The Man Who Loved Pride and Prejudice was originally published as Pemberley by the Sea a more fitting and becoming title, in my humble opinion in This is a reissue of that same book in a Mass Market Paperback Edition but with a different title, no changes were made to story. Its now being available at a lower price and in a smaller size makes it perfect if you are looking for a book to take with you on the beach or to the pool this summer! If you have read any of Abigail Reyno The Man Who Loved Pride and Prejudice was originally published as Pemberley by the Sea a more fitting and becoming title, in my humble opinion in If you have read any of Abigail Reynold's Pemberley Variations you are aware that she is a very talented and creative author that has a great understanding and love for Pride and Prejudice and Jane Austen.
Her variations display her wonderful story-telling skills and her penchant for implementing a lot of angst and emotional development in her plots. If you haven't read a novel by Abigail Reynolds I would advise being prepared for romantic love-scenes between the characters and recommend this book for mature eyes only. In The Man Who Loved Pride and Prejudice Abigail Reynolds leaves the Regency Era behind and brings her favorite couple to the twenty-first century where Elizabeth Cassie is a marine biologist and Darcy Calder comes from an illustrious yet dysfunctional politician family.
Cassie Boulton is as admirable and intelligent a heroine as Elizabeth Bennet. Growing up in an impoverished and uneducated family has molded Cassie into a tough, independent, and stubborn woman who can take care of herself without the help of others. Calder Westing grew up in a family where having a good public image and earning votes was more important than familial happiness.
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This silent and brooding Mr. Darcy has a few hidden secrets though, and proves that first impressions aren't always accurate. I enjoyed looking for the parallels between this book and Pride and Prejudice, I wish there were more of them! Furthermore, "Darcy's Letter" was uniquely and satisfyingly depicted and one of my favorite parts of the book. In addition, Ms. Reynolds includes such vivid and detailed accounts of the scenery and marine life that the reader learns a lot about marine biology and the coastal marshlands without it seeming like a science class.
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Abigail Reynolds's setting of Woods Hole, Massachusetts is full of small-town charm and appeal. How I would love to visit there some day! However, I have to confess to liking the first half of the book more than the second half though. I feel this is because there were perhaps too many obstacles for Cassie and Calder to overcome in the second half. The second half the of the book included a lot about Calder's domineering, manipulative father and his passive, repressed mother. While I thought these two characters excellently drawn and their story interesting, I felt it would have been better in a sequel or book of its own.
Great work, Ms. Reynolds, I look forward to reading more of your novels as you seem to understand Elizabeth and Darcy intimately and pen such beautiful stories about them! It is my dear wish that you take us back to Woods Hole again one day! Austenesque Reviews View all 7 comments.
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May 27, Alyssa rated it did not like it Shelves: jane-austen , wtf. And at pages in, I'm DNFing this book. This was quite possibly the worst book that I've read in the last two years. For the most part - they're okay. But this book was down right bad. The Elizabeth character - Cassie - had no redeeming qualities and really no traits that would make one even consider her as a modern day Lizzy if it weren't for the title of the book. She has a Doctorate in Marine Biology so she's intelligent - I'll give her that - but that's really where the similarities end.
She isn't witty, funny, or easy to relate to.
Cassie existed merely as a placeholder for the real Lizzy Bennet - it's as if Reynolds said, "Here are the lines for this character and now you, reader, fill in what you know about Elizabeth Bennet. Calder, our Darcy, read much along the same lines. He was silent, withdrawn, and taciturn As the two dimensional character that he was, Calder-Darcy was incredibly unlikable but Reynolds failed to develop him any further. To make matters even worse, Reynolds forced Cassie and Calder into awkward and unrealistic dialogue. I know that she was trying to invoke the propriety of the Regency Era in a modern day setting but girlfriend, it does not work.
It only made Calder and Cassie's interactions painful to read. The Jane character? Don't even get me started. The characters were bad.
The comparisons between this book and the original story was bad. It was just BAD. And last - the plot. Ugh, I do not know where to start with this. Reynolds took the entire story line of Pride and Prejudice, watered it WAY down, and forced it into pages keep in mind - this is a page book.
The beauty of Pride and Prejudice is that Elizabeth and Darcy take the entire length of the novel to grow and change as characters - readers are able to come to understand them and watch them as their worldview evolves. There is NO way that this could have been recreated in a mere pages. Need I say it again? It was just bad. And the whole Calder turning out to be Nicholas Sparks thing? What the hell was that? Here's the cliff notes version: Calder turns out to be a famous Nicholas Sparks-esque romance writer who decides that the best way to woo Cassie is by writing their story as a modern day Pride and Prejudice.
Yep - it was like a book Inception. Again: it was bad. It also felt incredibly lazy because Calder's book was used as the main source of character development for the males of the story. Also - we were supposed to believe that he was an award winning author up for a teaching position at a university Yeah, no. It read like bad fan fiction and I have a high tolerance for bad fan fiction. I would be remiss if I failed to point out the pointless sexual encounters between Calder and Cassie. Yeah, I've read my fair share of it and enjoyed it There was no reason for Calder and Cassie to have sex.
When it happened, they were basically strangers. The sex happened so quickly that there wasn't even time to build up adequate sexual tension! All in all, this book was terrible. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.
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I'm kind of sad that I spent money on it. Piece of mediocrity that no doubt would become a flaming piece of poo if I ever made it past the 3rd chapter. Even with what little I read, all the nonsubtle, romance-genre markers are there promising a sordid mess that dares to claim inspiration from Pride and Prejudice.
A couple of things the author should keep in mind the next time she cribs from a master: 1 Please steal more effectively. In fact, stealing MORE would be recommended, because doing your own "take" doesn't Piece of mediocrity that no doubt would become a flaming piece of poo if I ever made it past the 3rd chapter.
In fact, stealing MORE would be recommended, because doing your own "take" doesn't cut it. You still have to write her thoughts, words, and actions to reflect that smartness.
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Elizabeth Bennet sat around all day sewing and listening to her frivolous sisters giggle, and yet she was brilliant. Genuinely witty. Darcy spent all his time doing boring business work, I suppose, in between being royally bored at house parties. And yet he was brilliant as well.
Meanwhile, your Calder might say the mildest of light-hearted remarks, and in the next sentence, Cassie is stunned by the "wittiness", as if the guy invented humor.