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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Book Review: The Man Who Loved Pride and Prejudice by Abigail Reynolds

I don't normally do reviews on books that are contemporary, but the title of this one captured me, The Man Who Loved Pride and PrejudicePride and Prejudice is one of my favorite books, and Jane Austen one of my fave authors, so when you combine a hero loving my favorite book, I had to see what it was all about.

About the book...

(Previously published in trade paperback as Pemberley by the Sea)


Marine biologist Cassie Boulton likes her coffee with cream and her literature with happy endings. Her favorite book is Pride & Prejudice, but Cassie has no patience when a modern-day Mr. Darcy appears in her lab.

Silent and aloof, Calder Westing III doesn't seem to offer anything but a famous family name. But there is more to Calder than meets the eye, and he can't get enough of Cassie Boulton. Especially after one passionate night by the sea. But Cassie keeps her distance. Behind the veneer of scientific accomplishment, wit, and warmth, she is determined to hide secrets from her past. That means avoiding men who want to get too close, especially tempting and dangerous ones like Calder.

Frustrated by Cassie's evasions, Calder tells her about his feelings the only way she'll let him: by rewriting her favorite book, with the two of them in the roles of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet. But only Cassie can decide whether to risk her future by telling him the dangerous truth.

The Man Who Loved Pride & Prejudice is the first book of The Woods Hole Quartet, a series of interlocking novels set in the seaside village of Woods Hole.

Product ISBN: 9781402237324

Price: $6.99
Publication Date: May 2010


My Review...

The two main characters did resemble Darcy and Elizabeth as contemporary counterparts go.  Calder is wealthy, stoic, mysterious, comes from a family of snobs.  Cassie is intelligent, makes an average income, comes from a less than stellar background, and has some secrets of her own. 

The sciencey stuff in the story was not for me.  When I'm reading and learning something, history is more my bag.  That being said, I did learn about some interesting things, like bioluminescence. But if you move beyond the science, the story itself was cute.  A nice love story, with realistic characters.  The author did a good job coming up with goals, motivations and conflicts for Calder, Cassie and the secondary characters (although I did find her friend Erin's motivation for staying away from Scott to be weak).

I liked that Calder was secretly a writer, and I really enjoyed how he re-wrote Pride and Prejudice to be his and Cassie's story.

About the Author...

Abigail Reynolds is a lifelong Jane Austen enthusiast and a physician. In addition to writing, she has a part-time private practice and enjoys spending time with her family. Originally from upstate New York, she studied Russian, theater, and marine biology before deciding to attend medical school. She began writing From Lambton to Longbourn in 2001 to spend more time with her favorite characters from Pride & Prejudice. Encouragement from fellow Austen fans convinced her to continue asking ‘What if…?’, which led to four other Pemberley Variations and her modern novel, Pemberley by the Sea. She is currently at work on another Pemberley Variation and a sequel to Pemberley by the Sea. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband, two teenaged children, and a menagerie of pets.  Visit Abigail at http://pemberleyvariations.com/

2 comments:

librarypat said...

I like the sound of this book. I am a history enthusiast, but I am also a science enthusiast. Working at Woods Hole was a high school dream. I'll be looking for the books in this trilogy.
Cute idea for a book.

Eliza Knight said...

Enjoy Pat! It was a great book!