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Pemberley by the Sea: A Modern Love Story, Pride and Prejudice Style (The Woods Hole Quartet #1)

3.57  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,361 Ratings  ·  178 Reviews
Also published as The Man Who Loved Pride & Prejudice

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 off
Paperback, 426 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Sourcebooks Landmark (first published May 1st 2007)
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Initially, I thought I'd write that I liked this more than I ought, but that sensation only lasted through the third sex scene (which was about a third of the way through the book). As the sex quotient stayed high, but the plot and the characterization dwindled, I realized that this was chick lit sex fantasy masquerading as a modern Jane Austen take, if only to give it a smidgen of legitimacy. I'd like to say I was too put off to finish it, but like every bad soap opera I've ever gotten sucked i ...more
Dec 22, 2015 Alyssa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jane-austen, wtf
And at 250 pages in, I'm DNFing this book. This was quite possibly the worst book that I've read in the last two years.

I'm no stranger to P&P retellings/reimaginings/alternate universes/etc., and I'm relatively familiar with Reynolds' other works. For the most part - they're okay. "These kind of books" tend to be bodice rippers at worst and a quasi-continuation of the much beloved P&P at best... and for me, they exist solely in the realm of serious guilty pleasures that I am mildly embar
Jan 26, 2009 Pygmy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Piece of mediocrity that no doubt would become a flaming piece of poo if I ever made it past the 3rd chapter. Even with what little I read, all the nonsubtle, romance-genre markers are there promising a sordid mess that dares to claim inspiration from Pride and Prejudice.

A couple of things the author should keep in mind the next time she cribs from a master:

1) Please steal more effectively. In fact, stealing MORE would be recommended, because doing your own "take" doesn't cut it.

2) Just because
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
The Man Who Loved Pride and Prejudice was originally published as Pemberley by the Sea (a more fitting and becoming title, in my humble opinion) in 2008. This is a reissue of that same book in a Mass Market Paperback Edition but with a different title, no changes were made to story. Its now being available at a lower price and in a smaller size makes it perfect if you are looking for a book to take with you on the beach or to the pool this summer!

If you have read any of Abigail Reynold's Pemberl
I've read quite a few books by Abigail Reynolds; she's written a number of variations on Pride and Prejudice, changing certain elements and exploring how it could have affected the path of the story. However, this was the first thing I've read by her that is set in modern times and I wasn't quite sure what to expect. This is is modern day version of Pride and Prejudice. Cassie, who is a marine biologist, meets Calder, who is the rich son of a congressman through a friend of hers starting a relat ...more
May 08, 2016 Claire rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
This book was previously released as Pemberley by Sea. Honestly, the redo was the best thing for this book.
Basically, the whole book is a romance novel. If you are looking for a clean JA book then you won't like this.
I thought the premise of the book was great. I found the book to be entertaining and I liked the characters. I think Reynolds to be a decent writer.
The book is 426 pages long. The last 100 pages, or so, was the weakest and slowest part for me. The author took the book in a new dire
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
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 r ...more

I can honestly say that this is one of the first real adult romances that I have ever read. It was a bit more vivid than the ones that I typically read. It took a little getting used to, but I've got a pretty good handle of it now. I was never one to be partial to one-night stands.

I liked the general story. Marine Biology meets Pride and Prejudice sounds like my exact cup of tea. Certain things just threw me off. Now don't get me wrong, I am a TOTAL romantic,...but after a while I just wasn't f
Abigail Reynolds’ The Man Who Loved Pride & Prejudice, tagged as a modern love story “with a Jane Austen twist,” is a contemporary romance with overtones of the Austen we know and love. Cassie and Calder have the push-and-pull, love/hate thing down pat — until suddenly, almost out of nowhere, they’re staring dreamily into each other’s eyes. And sharing a steamy evening in the water.

That didn’t bother me. As a whole, I’m a huge fan of the “You’re a jerk but, OMG — you’re smokin’ hot” plot tro
Dec 12, 2008 Erin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2 stars for storyline. 4 stars for soft porn effect.
May 28, 2009 Christina rated it it was ok
Truth be told, I was all ready to fall in love with this "modern love story, Pride and Prejudice style" right up until the point where Cassie gets her hands on a copy of Pride and Presumption, Calder's retelling of Austen's beloved classic. His retelling is just awful -- a watered down version of Pemberley by Sea -- even though it's supposed to be by an acclaimed author. If your character is going to be a prize-winning author, their material needs to at least sound like something that would flaw ...more
Dec 06, 2012 Valetta rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Let's be clear about this book: this is NOT a modern adaptation of Pride & Prejudice. The author "stole" the plot of Jane Austen's masterpiece adapting it to a 21st century setting in order to produce one of the most lousy and predictable soap opera I've ever set my eyes on.
The characters are just stereotypes without the barest hint of personality, the love story is so stupid and boring that after the first chapters I started to skip several passages at time.
Cassie (aka Elizabeth) is a marin
This is a modern version of Pride & Prejudice with Darcy as an insecure taciturn senator's son and Elizabeth as an oblivious marine biologist.

Where it succeeds is the political and familial intrigues yet with a little human understanding behind them, and the slums to academia success story of the heroine. There were some areas that just seemed to have no credibility, though. The heroine has slightly fewer sexual inhibitions than a porn star (quadruple orgasm on a first date? really?).

So, ove
Apr 06, 2012 Barbarac rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
A couple of years ago, when this book had a different name I started reading it. And now I know why I never finished it that time. I really enjoyed the first half of the book, the love story, because after all, that's what I was looking for. And then when you think everything is peachy and the book ends, here comes the 2nd part? The whole story about her family problems, which had been barely mentioned in the beginning of the book, and then of course all the problems with his family. Just didn't ...more
Dec 17, 2009 golightly23 rated it did not like it
Okay, I don't even know what made me pick up this book...perhaps temporary insanity...but nonetheless I did. What a mistake that turned out to be. I really don't have much good to say about this book. Reynolds states that it is "a modern day romance Pride and Prejudice style". The storyline, characters and book in general were a great disappointment and downright annoying most of the time.

The characters made me want to jump in the book and slap them. Cassie, the Elizabeth-like character was shal
Nov 28, 2010 Angie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really love this author which is why I picked the book up from the library despite the fact that it had a cover like a harlequin romance which no self respecting woman wants to be caught checking out of the library! Also, I thought I would enjoy any man who loved Pride & Prejudice. It turns out that I do not. The story was a mirror of the original but set in modern times and the "Darcy" of the story was not half as beguiling as the original. The author creates a story within a story that i ...more
Esther Marie
Jul 10, 2013 Esther Marie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What a scam. I picked this book up from a neighborhood book exchange simply because the word Pemberley was in the title. Thinking it might be a sweet romance, with shades of Elizabeth and Darcy in it, I was sorely disappointed. Quite frankly, I'm embarrassed I read the whole thing. Here is the short version of my review: This book is a bodice ripper, pretending to give itself an air of respectability by associating with a great classic.

The part of the story where our hero writes a book starring
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Oct 10, 2008 melanie (lit*chick) rated it really liked it
Recommended to melanie (lit*chick) by: Sourcebooks
I flew through this book between last night and this morning. And for being part of the P&P style genre, it's good. It doesn't stick closely enough to P&P to be a total rip-off (which is good, because far too many authors are trying to be more clever than Jane, as if).
The modern twist makes it a whole different story - I'd put it in a chick-lit/beach read pile. But entirely satisfying.

There are some fairly racy bits. Just a little note for all you blushers out there.

Thanks to Sourcebook
Cassie is a marine biologist from the slums of Chicago (I felt like this wasn't well-researched and just a set-up for something later in the book) who is working on the coast doing research for another paper so she can receive tenure at the college she works at. Her friend Erin, has met a man and she wants Cassie to come and check him out. There she meets Calder, a rich and powerful, politician's son who is on the coast to get away. At first they clash, have sex, realize how different they are, ...more
This is a modern, loosely-retold version of Pride and Prejudice. Very loosely. Overall, this one is a mixed bag for me.

Ms. Reynolds has made Lizzy into Cassie, a brilliant marine biologist with a past and family she’s afraid will come to haunt her. Mr. Darcy is Mr. Westing, the privileged son of a Senator (think John John Kennedy) who has already essentially told his family where to go and what to do with their aspirations for him–instead he writes novels under a pseudonym that Cassie loves. The
Sep 12, 2014 Karen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: austen, fiction
The tension of the original? Replaced with casual sex.
The strong writing of the original? Replaced with sloppy POV and dull characters.
The class differences of the original? Replaced with evil (of course) Republicans and noble (naturally) Democrats who believe in "science" and saving the world. The Republicans (again, naturally) do not believe in science. And they don't fund scientific research because they are (and I quote) "too busy funding their little wars", when they're not busy trying to b
Jul 08, 2009 Ronelle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What started out as a fun read deteriorated into cheesy soap opera and worse into mindless liberal political drivel at the end... The way the author sank into politically pandering stereotypes of 'evil rich' Republicans and 'pure-as-driven-snow' Democrats turned me off. The real-life political dynasty she probably modeled the Westings on are Democrats for heaven's sakes! Please... romance and political propagandizing simply do not mix.
Oct 07, 2014 Kristy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: austen, 2014
Rating: 4/10

The best thing I can say about this book is that there is pretty good chemistry between Calder and Cassie. Sadly, it seems that the foundation of their relationship for a good few years is based on a physical connection rather than an emotional one. I felt that there was too much of a focus on their sex life. After awhile I was over it and just wanted to know how they would relate to one another without trying to rip off each other's clothing. When we truly get to read about Calder's
Jan 20, 2014 Geoff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love it when a book doesn’t try to be something that it’s not and this is a perfect example of that. Although, this was a retelling of Pride and Prejudice there was no struggle to make sure that everything fit within the story 100%. Abigail Reynolds did a great job filling in what she wanted and didn’t worry too much about matching up every character or sticking to the full story. And then after I finished I found out that this was the first book in a series and I was of course even MORE excit ...more
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I loved this book as I often do with a retelling of P&P but this one I think is my favorite thus far! Calder and Cassie were divine!! I loved the Massachusetts setting, my wishful home-site. Did I read and interpret correctly, Is she writing a sequel?!?! I loved it so much, I am reading it again!!
I liked it.

Do not think this is a P&:P reboot for the 21st century. It is not. While it has elements (the prejudice, the pride, the wealthy, the judgmental family), it includes many other elements. Cassie is a Ph.D., tenure-track professor in marine sciences and Calder is from a very wealthy, very political conservative family but makes his living in another fashion. [Trying to avoid spoilers here].

Do not spend your time trying to draw parallels because Bingley/Jane doesn't exactly ring true
PK Reeves
The Man Who loved Pride and Prejudice.. see review on
Feb 06, 2015 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Contemporary romance with protected sex. This story is based on Pride & Prejudice, but doesn't follow the book 100%. IMO, this makes it a better story.
"Darcy" in this book is Calder. He's the son of a wealthy US Senator. He meets Cassie (Elisabeth) at a folk dance on Cape Cod. She's a marine biologist & spends the summer doing research on the cape. She comes from a poor background, growing up in Chicago.

I really enjoyed this story. It's not perfect & there's a lot of drama. Even
Jan 18, 2016 Patricia marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Karen Hulseman
"I thought you liked your coffee with cream and your literature with optimism."

Number one book of all times - hands down - re-read once a year is Pride and Prejudice. It was the very first romance novel I read. When Amazon "Recommended for Me" a modern day story version, I'm one clicking. I first read this story in May 2010. However, I was searching for a unique book to gift and picked up the story to re-read if it fit. A solid 4.5 out of 5 stars read.

Cassie Boulton is a self sufficient marine
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Abigail Reynolds has spent the last fifty years asking herself what she wants to be when she grows up. This month she is a writer, a mother and a physician in a part-time private practice. Next month is anybody’s guess. Originally from upstate New York, she indecisively studied Russian, theater, and marine biology before deciding to attend medical school, a choice which allowed her to avoid any de ...more
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