Series: Pemberley Variation Series #6
Published by Sourcebooks Landmark on October 1, 2011
Genres: Historical Romance
What could possibly make a proper gentleman come completely undone?
What if Elizabeth Bennet accepted the proposal of another before she met Mr. Darcy again? In Abigail Reynolds' bold and playful retelling of the Austen classic, a devastated Mr. Darcy must decide how far he is willing to go to win the woman he loves. Consumed by jealousy, he knows that winning her will throw them both into scandal and disgrace, but losing her is unbearable. Mr. Darcy is going to have to fight for his love, and his life. . .
A modern-day romance novel meets a classic favorite. I have such a deep and abiding affection for the original Pride & Prejudice that I have stayed far, far away from variation novels and sequels. I picked this up on a whim and actually enjoyed reading it very much. Strict regency interpretationists will not enjoy this book as there are a few situations that would never have happened in the regency period, but for those readers who can put those notions aside or are looking for a spicier version of the beloved classic, then you may wish to check out MR. DARCY’S UNDOING.
In this variation, readers discover that Mr. Darcy has more than a few salacious thoughts about Miss Eliza Bennet and struggles to keep these thoughts and feelings in check with his infamous self control. That control is strained further when, upon returning to Netherfield, Mr. Darcy discovers that Eliza is engaged to another man!
The premise was intriguing – Elizabeth Bennet engaged to someone besides Mr. Darcy!? Inconceivable! And although the engagement was short lived, the real joy of this novel comes from the repercussions of that decision. How does one choice de-rail the original novel’s plot and how do our beloved characters still find happiness? The writing does an excellent job of mimicking Ms. Austen’s phrase and style, though the love scenes are more like those found in modern-day romance novels and would make Ms. Austen blush!
I, for one, quite enjoyed this variation and look forward to reading a few more novels in Ms. Reynold’s Pride and Prejudice Variation series.