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Pemberley by the Sea (The Woods Hole Quartet #1)

3.57  ·  Rating Details ·  1,448 Ratings  ·  190 Reviews

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

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Published October 1st 2008 by Sourcebooks, Incorporated (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
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
May 27, 2013 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 21, 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
Oct 15, 2016 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-books
Dear reader,

If you are in the mood for a modern, sometimes hard hitting,oft times romantic read,then this book should find itself on your TBR list immediately.

This compelling story centres around Cassie,a marine biologist and Calder Westing,Senator Joe Westing's son.

They meet,fail to delight the other and presume they will never have to suffer the company of the other in the short time they will be staying in Woods Hole.

What they certainly didn't bargain on were the nocturnal activities that
Sheila Majczan
Oct 06, 2016 Sheila Majczan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book shortly after it was first published in 2008 and loved it. It is a modern take off and is a stand alone book although there are to be 3 in the series. Many elements from Pride and Prejudice are there: misunderstandings, Cassie Boulton's poor background and connections. But the heat turns on when she meets Calder Westing III. He has a conniving father who wants his son to follow him into politics and it is not beneath him to use "persuasion" to direct his wife's and his son's liv ...more
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
Sep 14, 2015 Patricia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 16, 2017 MaryR rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really fun

And a bit more timely than when Ms. Reynolds first wrote it. Pride and presumption, indeed.. A very hood read.
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
 Mummy Cat Claire
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

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
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
Nov 24, 2008 Erin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2 stars for storyline. 4 stars for soft porn effect.
Nov 28, 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
Dec 15, 2009 golightly23 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Apr 02, 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
melanie (lit*chick)
Oct 06, 2008 melanie (lit*chick) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 07, 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.
Margie's Must Reads
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!!
PK Reeves
The Man Who loved Pride and Prejudice.. see review on
Janice (Janicu)
Mar 13, 2010 Janice (Janicu) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I am still working on my Everything Austen challenge (ummmm... 2 months after it officially ended), and so I picked up Pemberley by the Sea at my library when I did a search of their catalog for Jane Austen and this showed up.

The Premise: This is a modern day Pride and Prejudice with Cassie Boulton, the Elizabeth Bennet character as a marine biologist, and Calder Westing, the Darcy character is a Senator's son. They first meet in summer at Woods Hole, Cape
Oct 12, 2008 Serena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jane Austen Fans
Abigail Reynolds' Pemberley by the Sea is a retelling of Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen, but in modern times and with modern sensibilities. Who would have Elizabeth Bennet been in today's world, and who would have been Fitzwilliam Darcy?

In Reynolds' modern day romance, which is set on Cape Cod and in Pennsylvania, Dr. Cassie Boulton is a marine biologist who loves a good book so long as the ending is a happy one--because there are just too much unpleasantness in real life. In many ways Cas
Kylara Jensen
At first this book was kind of cute and I enjoyed it; it was kind of like a typical contemporary romance and I enjoyed the New England setting and the marine biologist main character. But then it got bad-- poorly written, unenjoyable, kind of ridiculous. And it dragged on and on. The most Pride and Prejudice thing was a P&P retelling BOOK WITHIN THE BOOK. So a modern day P&P retelling inside of a modern day P&P retelling. Anyway, I honestly don't know how this author keeps publishing ...more
Melissa Wingard
Not the best version of this story, but readable.
Jun 19, 2013 SF_Fangirl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this summer/beach romance. I could not put it down and the plot twists in the second half really kept me guessing. I started this novel in the morning and then went to bed reading it. I climbed into bed early at less than halfway through and did not stop reading until after 1am because I couldn't figure out where the plot would go next and needed to find out.

I liked the smart (PhD marine biologist) heroine who struggled a little to figure out what she wanted from her life but on
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Abigail Reynolds may be a nationally bestselling author and a physician, but she can’t follow a straight line with a ruler. Originally from upstate New York, she studied Russian and theater at Bryn Mawr College and marine biology at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole. After a stint in performing arts administration, she decided to attend medical school, and took up writing as a hobby d ...more
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