Sunday, May 23, 2010

The Man Who Loved Pride and Prejudice by Abigail Reynolds

The Man Who Loved Pride and Prejudice
By Abigail Reynolds

About The Book:  (Previously published 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. 

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.  

My Review:
I was a bit disappointed in this retelling of an old classic. Sometimes the so-called modern twist detracts rather than adds to the enjoyment. The tension between Marine Biologist Cassie Boulton and Calder Westing III was well done in the beginning, but then the modern sex-overcomes-all slipped in. To me it was very inappropriate, since the two hardly knew each other. I mean, in Pride and Prejudice, we wait the entire book for the main characters to overcome every obstacle to their growing love for each other. Here, Cassie and Calder experience the climax before they even know if they love each other. Modern, I suppose, but a let down for me. There are interesting subplots and secondary characters, so the whole story is not a waste. Others may find it more to their liking.
 A complimentary review copy was provided by Sourcebooks, Inc.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the review Lynda. The book cover sure is pretty.
    Sue B