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Mr. Darcy Goes Overboard: A Tale of Tide & Prejudice

2.52  ·  Rating Details ·  244 Ratings  ·  72 Reviews
This hilarious modern retelling of Jane Austen's 'Pride and Prejudice' replaces ball gowns with bikinis, country mansions with luxury yachts, and the militia with a fiercely competitive squad of local lifeguards.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Sourcebooks Landmark (first published April 27th 2011)
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I'm always up for trying a new novel in the Jane Austen fan fiction world. Sometimes they're amazing, sometimes not. Mr. Darcy Goes Overboard unfortunately falls in the latter category. If you don't want to read spoilers about the book, then I suggest you stop reading here. I will be talking about the book from beginning to end, in order to showcase the craziness that was this book. When I first read the back of the book I knew that it was meant to be read by young adults and was meant to make t ...more
Jun 20, 2011 Alison rated it it was amazing
Very cute! I hope the author writes some more modern versions of Austen novels. Maybe Emma?
J. W. Garrett
May 18, 2016 J. W. Garrett rated it did not like it
What? I had such hopes for this book. I really wanted it to work. I enjoy JAFF and a good retelling, but this was a mess. There were three levels of language, JA language, modern language and then this weird slang or buzz words attempting to be cool or hip. It was a mishmash of contradictions that was confusing. I needed a dictionary to understand half of what was said. Things were mentioned that I didn’t know what they were or what they meant. At least describe what you are talking about. Some ...more
Sep 11, 2011 Constance rated it it was amazing
This is a really funny, witty read. Love the way it follows the Jane Austen story but in modern times. Fast moving and some real laugh out loud moments - the perfect read for anyone who loves 'Pride and Prejudice' and has a sense of humour!
Harriet Morgan
What a fantastic book! As a passionate fan of Pride and Prejudice, I am usually furious at the how badly Jane's wonderful world of Bennets and Darcys is treated by modern authors. HOWEVER, this book stands out as a real exception! In a blissful English seaside setting, this modern world of Austen's classic is written with intelligence, insight and, most importantly of all, wit! Belinda Roberts clearly appreciates the brilliance of Austen. This is no feeble follow-on but a wonderfully entertainin ...more
Sep 09, 2011 Sophie rated it it was amazing
I loved this - very funny, intelligent and witty. Highly recommended to all Jane Austen fans.
If you are a Jane Austen purist, read no further, my gentle friend. Mr. Darcy Goes Overboard will likely send you into a fit which will require smelling salts, The Six (all Jane Austen's literary efforts) and a nice tub of Ben & Jerry's eaten in front of the Colin Firth version of Pride & Prejudice in order to recover.

If you are open minded and don't mind your Jane Austen adaptations with wit, savvy and modernization, you will get a kick out of Mr. Darcy Goes Overboard. I know I did.

Nov 06, 2011 Mark rated it it was amazing
I thought it was brilliant! A wonderful combination of Jane Austen's classic story set today in a picturesque seaside town in England, of her formal language with modern phrases and subjects - but the same young people, the same excitement and tension of young love, the same snobbishness and ambitious parents as there were in Jane Austens time. The same plot but today! Its witty and frothy and clever and I was laughing out loud. What would Jane have thought? - I think she would have loved it - e ...more
Sep 19, 2011 Felicity rated it it was amazing
Lady Catherine de Brrr in a bullet proof vest ... Mr Collins in a wet suit ... this is strictly for readers with a sense of humour! Loved it and yes it made me laugh out loud many times. Lighthearted yes - but loved the way it followed the original story - if in brief! - so interesting, intelligent and well written. Enjoy it!
Oct 03, 2011 Peachy rated it it was amazing
Cool, very entertaining!
:) I love it!!!
Very happy ending for Lydia, quite unique actually!
And I love the twists and turns made from Jane Austen, and
of course the Darcy-Elizabeth "cliff scene"
Sep 14, 2011 Jaybe rated it it was amazing
Whoa! This was funny, witty and yes, laugh out loud. A great mix of Austen language with contemporary. If you want a good read without having to think too much go for this!
May 30, 2011 Misfit marked it as no-thank-you
Shelves: harriet-loved-it
Jun 10, 2011 Anna rated it liked it
Shelves: austenesque
Mr. Darcy Goes Overboard by Belinda Roberts is a fun take on Pride and Prejudice that brings Jane Austen’s beloved characters to the present day and to the English seaside resort town of Salcombe. Roberts parallels the events of Pride and Prejudice but with a modern and comedic twist.

The Bennet family spends much of their time on the beach or the water, Fitzwilliam Darcy and Charles Bingley are rich university students spending the summer at Bingley’s villa, Netherpollock, located across the est
Deborah Vespo
Oct 29, 2012 Deborah Vespo rated it did not like it
First of all let me say that I can't believe I'm saying this about a book, I couldn't read it all the way through. Pride and Prejudice is my favorite book of all time. The characters are all dearly loved - yes, even Mr. Collins and Darcy's busy body Aunt Catherine. And I've read several of the Mr. Darcy's version of the story and they have been respectful of the characters and of the story. You know Jane would have loved them. I felt like this particular author was making fun of the original boo ...more
Apr 26, 2011 Annalynn rated it did not like it
I like humor as much as the next person, and I do find it amusing that Lizzie snorkeled her way among the sharks on her way to Bingley's Netherfield yacht to check on her ill sister Jane, but this was one way too long fanfic joke. I didn't realize how tongue-in-cheek the book was before I bought it - or I might not have done so - and I felt a tad mislead that I'd spent good money on something that was worth a five minute chuckle, but no more. As a short SNL skit, I'd give it five stars. As an en ...more
Jun 16, 2011 Charlene rated it it was ok
this modern P&P was a little nonsensical. It was done with tongue in cheek, but I found it hard to take. I like a good laugh but this story didn't make sense in parts. I cringed too many times to count. Breaking a leg and in traction then in the next scene at the water???? Just didn't make much sense and though the story was suppose to be light and funny, I found it quite jarring. Maybe I just don't understand English humor. sorry, thought it was a waste of my time.
Sep 15, 2011 Stefanie rated it really liked it
A really cute retelling of Pride and Prejudice that takes place in a small Hamptonsish beach town in England. The characters are modern, instead of letters they receive text messages, and they are college students. I love Pride and Prejudice, and this book made me laugh and love the story even more!
Jun 20, 2012 Danielle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I expected this book to be a little cheesy but it went way beyond that. Too many things were way over the top.


Anyone that has Lydia and Wickham change and become missionary types does not really understand the characters.
Oct 14, 2012 Victoria rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: austen, reviewed
I've rated it 2 stars because I think it's a parody, and not a serious attempt at a P&P sequel. It was a very quick read, with an odd mash up of prose from the original P&P mixed in with "modern" terms. Not exactly one of my favourite modern variations, but not terrible.
Apr 27, 2016 Julie rated it it was ok
Shelves: austen-inspired
Very light modern re-telling of Pride & Prejudice. The Bennets and all the other characters are down at Salcombe for the summer--riding boats, swimming and other seaside entertainment.

Okay to read if you are a fan of Austen, but very light and fluffy.
Dec 23, 2011 Megan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Melissa Boudreau
Aug 28, 2012 Melissa Boudreau rated it really liked it
This was a fun read for Jane Austen fans.
Interesting. Fun to read while drinking, in case you were wondering.
Review to come.
Nancy H
Sep 24, 2011 Nancy H rated it really liked it
This is a funny satire for those who can appreciate a send-up of Jane Austen's famous tale.
This is a very silly Pride and Prejudice retelling. It is set at the seaside and in current day. We have greased pole contests, epic swimming events, girls in bikinis and life guards. The cultural references are quite outdated, as they would be almost the day the book was printed. But, other than that, it is canon P&P with modern language and very silly situations.

The book is totally written tongue in cheek and if you are not in the right frame of mind, it could be annoying. But, I found it
Blodeuedd Finland
Yes I am back with another P&P variation, what more can you all expect from me. I am hopelessly addicted.

This one is set at a little fashionable town near the sea. The players are all the same, the story is the same (with exceptions of course, this being a variation and all.) Lizzy still feels hurt by Mr Darcy's remark, Bingley is still very much in love with Jane, Charlotte still does the reasonable thing and Mr Collins is still a creep. But there are no soldiers, instead there are lifeguar
Aug 26, 2011 Serena rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mr. Darcy Goes Overboard by Belinda Roberts reads like a campy “ Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” with its posh boutiques and yachts, and it is a parody of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice. In the seaside resort town of Salcombe, the Bennets are on vacation and their mother is thrilled to learn that Netherpollock has been bought by Mr. Bingley, an eligible bachelor. The quest to marry off one of her daughters has begun, though the appearance of Mr. Darcy on the yacht, Pemberley, sours the f ...more
Sep 23, 2011 Joelle rated it liked it
Mr. Darcy Goes Overboard, originally published as Prawn and Prejudice in 2009, is a seaside retelling of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. This contemporary novel takes place in the British seaside town of Salcombe, and instead of carriages, balls this tale is about boats, swimming, and lifeguards. Every summer, it is a tradition for the Bennet family holiday in Salcombe where there are many aquatic and tourist attractions.But this holiday season there is nothing but handsome men about . Mrs. B ...more
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Mr. Darcy Goes Overboard, originally published as Prawn and Prejudice in 2009, is a diverting seaside retelling of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. This contemporary novel takes place in the British seaside town of Salcombe, and instead of carriages, balls and the militia, this tale is about boats, swimming, and lifeguards. Every summer, it is a tradition for the Bennet family holiday in Salcombe where there are many aquatic and tourist attractions. This year, with two young and eligible bache ...more
Nov 23, 2015 Noémy rated it it was ok
Following the completion of this book, I think I need to add another shelf to my GR profile asap.

One that mentions my willing and compulsive tendency of skimming through most of this novel.

Beware, because this book is not a retelling. It's a parody of Jane Austen's most beloved work. And it worked fine - for the most parts...Mr Collins' antics were quite hilarious in this new take, but then they already were pretty much ridiculous in the original P&P.

The problem is that I've already read
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