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by Abigail Reynolds

A modern love story with a Jane Austen twist...

Marine biologist Cassie Boulton likes her coffee with cream and her literature with happy endings. Her favorite book is Pride and 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. 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. It's up to Cassie to supply the ending...

Praise for The Man Who Loved Pride & Prejudice: "This is the liveliest romp through an established tale you'll find on the romance shelves!" -Best Romance Stories "Smart characters, lovely setting, excellent dialogue and rocking fine writing make this juicy romance a winner." -Bookfoolery and Babble "One of the best examples of the modern P & P story." -Queen of Happy Endings

Download The Man Who Loved Pride and Prejudice: A modern love story with a Jane Austen twist epub
ISBN: 1402237324
ISBN13: 978-1402237324
Category: Literature
Subcategory: United States
Author: Abigail Reynolds
Language: English
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca; 1 edition (May 1, 2010)
ePUB size: 1699 kb
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Rating: 4.6
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I am not generally a fan of modern retellings of Pride and Prejudice but I love this one! I read it years ago as "Pemberley by the Sea" and it's one I reread from time to time. The author turns Elizabeth into Cassie, a marine biologist, and Darcy into Calder Westing who's wealthy, from an old New England family and the son of a US Senator. They meet at Woods Hole, MA, where Cassie is doing research for the summer, and Calder is on vacation visiting a friend. Just as in the original, when they first meet, he snubs her. It isn't personal -- he's just someone who values his privacy and isn't comfortable with the notoriety that goes with his family and status. Calder has everything while Cassie's background is completely the opposite. Eventually, they're thrown together because their best friends are dating each other and then the sparks fly. In some ways, Cassie is even more prickly than Calder. Both have well-developed defenses against letting people close to them and neither is great at communicating their feelings.
She pushes him away because she thinks she's not the type that someone like Calder would fall for. Calder loves her because she's not like anyone else he knows. Just like Darcy, there's a lot going on behind the mask of indifference he often wears. She is shocked to find out that he writes novels under a pseudonym and he's one of her favorite authors. She can't quite believe that the man she met is someone who could write such sensitive and insightful stories. Finally Calder tries to communicate the only way he can. He writes a version of P&P that's basically a retelling of his and Cassie's story from his point of view. He turns himself into Darcy and Cassie into Elizabeth so this becomes a book within a book within a book. The idea is clever and well-done. Through his writing Cassie learns things she never knew about his feelings for her.
Be aware this book should be rated "R" for the sizzling love scenes which which I think are an integral part of building our understanding of these characters. Besides, these scenes are what I'd like to think would happen between Darcy and Elizabeth if they had the chance. Darcy and Elizabeth did it with a look, while Cassie and Calder live in a different time. Although they are more free to physically express themselves that doesn't mean they communicate any better than the original characters did.
I am a big fan of Abigail Reynold's other books the "Pemberley Variations" and I enjoyed this book of hers very much, although there are many differences in this book and her other series. First difference is the time period, in her other series the story takes place in the time of Jane Austen, this book takes place in present-day time. In addition, this book wasn't so much a retelling of Pride and Prejudice as the others, this book was about a character who resembles Darcy and a character who resembles Elizabeth in our modern world. Yes, there were other characters from P&P present such as Jane, Bingley, and Lady Catherine. But these characters weren't entirely true to the originals, and the other characters from Pride and Prejudice were missing like Georgiana, Lydia, Wickham, etc. So don't expect a "retelling" of Pride and Prejudice instead expect a modern love-story similar to that of Darcy's and Elizabeth's in Pride and Prejudice.

The book was an entertaining read as I am someone who loves to read about romances similar to the love story of Elizabeth and Darcy. Cassie is an Elizabeth in the modern world who we can admire. She is tough, independent, she has the strength to take care of herself without the help of other, and the stubbornness and wit she is famous for in P&P. Calder Westing is the silent, brooding Mr. Darcy who comes from a family of politicians where they care only for good public appearances and not about family happiness. He has many secrets that people don't know about him and as we learn in P&P first impressions aren't always accurate and Mr. Darcy isn't always what he seems.

The romance between Cassie and Calder captivates you from the very beginning and their story is a realistic one where they misunderstand each other, jump to conclusions, and give into their insecurities. I will advise that the reader be prepared for romantic love-scenes between the characters and that this book should be intended for mature eyes only.

While I enjoyed Ms. Reynold's writing in the modern times, I preferred her other books more. Also I found some parts of the story a little bit unnecessary. She created some many obstacles for Cassie and Calder to over come that I felt it was a little too much drama, yes we know "the course of true love never did run smooth," yet what they went through seems to be too much. In addition, I felt the story went on longer than necessary, of course we want to know what happens after the "happily ever after" but I felt what happened after-wards led us to believe more that it wasn't a happily over after.

On the positive side it was fun to see the parallels in this book and Pride and Prejudice, I wish there was more! The "Darcy's Letter" scenewas surprising, satisfying and an amazing idea from the author. I fell in love with the characters and felt I could identify with them. In addition, you learn a lot about marine biology and the coastal marshlands without it seeming like a science class.

Great work, Ms. Reynolds, I look forward to reading more of your books as you seem to understand Elizabeth and Darcy wonderfully and keep their story alive and interesting!