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The Trials of the Honorable F. Darcy

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Judge Fitzwilliam Darcy, a legal expert on both sides of the Atlantic, is ready to return to the life of a country gentleman-until he meets Elizabeth Bennet, a fresh-faced attorney with a hectic schedule and no time for the sexy but haughty judge.
ebook, 338 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Sourcebooks Landmark (first published November 19th 2007)
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What You Need to Know Before Reading The Trials of the Honorable F. Darcy:
1. This book is not Pride and Prejudice.
2. The text and conversation can, at times, feel awkward and stilted, because it seems that Sara Angelini is under the mistaken illusion that British people rarely, if ever, use contractions.
3. This book is not Pride and Prejudice.
4. Go into this book with an open mind. If you are like me and love Pride and Prejudice a ridiculous amount, you need to go into this book knowing it i...more
Ok, so here's the deal. I liked this book. I did. But ONLY by itself. On its own The Trials of the Honorable F. Darcy is a nice, light read. No emotional investment at all.

On the other hand, if you're looking for a modern rendition of Pride & Prejudice do NOT read this book. It barely follows the original plot at all, so much so that it's pretty much a story with the same character names. I'll give you an example: Elizabeth father is mentioned maybe three times, and Lydia, arguably the sour...more
Since when do regular libraries start carrying such explicit sexual novels and passing them off as regular books without so much as a warning of any sort?!! I'm a firm believer that books should have ratings just like movies, and this book is proof of that. Beyond Rated R if possible. After I realized what I had gotten myself into, I was immediately disappointed and had to put the book down shortly after starting it. But curiosity got the best of me and I ended up briefly skimming the rest just...more
What a disappointment! When I look for Jane Austen spin-offs, I like them to have substance, clean language, and tasteful displays of affection. This book has none of these things. The characters were mere caricatures of the original book with some of them not even remotely like the original. Most of the book is set in the San Francisco area--England is a sideline. Jane and Bingley are surgeons??? So bizarre. And why is Elizabeth's best friend a gay Mr. Hurst? Lizzy's hatred of Darcy changed ove...more
This book began with the great promise of Austen's P and P with all the requisite mistaken identities and witty repartee of the classic but descended all too soon into a frustrating literary melange that included too few laughs, too many detailed scenes of intimacy,(with so many references to the fresh, clean body smells of pear and moss that I almost gagged),and too little information provided about the book's secondary characters to keep the plot moving forward and maintain this reader's inter...more
At first I wondered how Sara Angelini would ruin one of my most favorite characters of all time, but when I started reading, I TRULY LOVED her twist on it to make it modern and definitely tons of fun! I laughed, had some "tears", and I felt completely blown away by the story and the love that surrounded it! Great read for sure and you will definitely be in love with all your favorite characters all over again!
Rebecca Huston
One of the weirdest of all the various Jane Austen fanfics out there. This is just too bizarre to take in. It sailed for the wall at about page 50 or so.
Note to Jane Austen fans: this isn't a JAFF. The author used beloved P&P characters to sell books. Aside from names, the characters have absolutely nothing in common with the original.

What made me realize we weren't in Austenland anymore?

*Was it the use of the "F" word every other sentence or the fact that Darcy was "F"ing Caroline Bingley?

*Maybe it was sweet, shy Jane determined to Bed Charlie Bingley and her eye rolling pick up line. So much for Jane's feelings being difficult to read...more
Gone are the days of petticoats and carriages. In the century of the business suit and BMW, romance is a whole different story…or is it? Sara Angelini gives us a hilarious retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, but from a modern stand in THE TRIALS OF THE HONORABLE F. DARCY.

When I received this book, I thought it would be cute and I was sure it would be a good read. Something to keep me entertained on a rainy day. What I didn’t expect was how often I would laugh or how much I would rea...more
Judge Darcy of San Francisco is well-respected in the courtroom, but longs for his life of a gentleman back in England, Pemberley to be exact. Elizabeth is also well-respected, only she’s still a relatively new lawyer in Darcy’s courtroom. Darcy’s haughty demeanor turns off Elizabeth, but Darcy feels a growing attraction for the saucy Elizabeth. What begins as a short-term fling turns complicated as the professional legality of their personal relationship is questioned.

This was a fun take on Pri...more
Jill Dunlop
The Trials of the Honorable F. Darcy is a modernized version of Jane Austin's Pride and Prejudice. Elizabeth Bennett is a lawyer and she represents her clients often times before Judge Fitzwilliam Darcy. Lizzie's first impression of Judge Darcy is not a good one. She thinks he is a stuffy bastard and wants nothing to do with him. Darcy on the other hand is intrigued by Ms. Bennett and is quite shocked by her dismissal of him. Fate has other plans for these two as they keep running into each othe...more
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Fitzwilliam Darcy, a wealthy Englishman, is one of the youngest judges appointed in the county of Meryton, California. Yet four years into his term finds him overworked, restless, and dissatisfied. Elizabeth Bennet, the newest attorney to join Gardiner & Associates, is ready to make a name for herself in the legal world. After her first trial with Judge Darcy presiding, Elizabeth comes to the conclusion that with his supercilious, aloof, and formidable behavior Judge Darcy is the last man in...more
The book is called The Trials of the Honorable F. Darcy by Sara Angelini. It is a modern spin in which Darcy is a judge and Elizabeth is an attorney. A lover of both Jane Austen and John Grisham's legal novels, I thought "Oh cool!" Yeah. Not. I was also drawn in by the high rating. Another mistake. Something about Fitzwilliam Darcy being a rake-like jerk who is sleeping with Caroline and ogling Elizabeth and the way her skirt hugs her hips was just a little off for me. What happened to Darcy?! S...more
This novel is a modern twist of Pride and Prejudice. Elizabeth is a busy Attorney who comes face to face with a bored, stuffy Judge Darcy. From then on sparks fly. I love how the author put the characters from Pride and Prejudice with almost the same characteristics into this story. My favorite lines from the story: Referring to his name plate Hon. F. Darcy, "what does the F.stand for?" she asked. "What do you think it stands for?" he countered. "Do you really have any doubt what I think it stan...more
Laura-Jane Barber
So fun! I loved it! Do not keep reading because I am copying and pasting a HILARIOUS review one of my friends--who shall remain nameless--wrote and sent to me. At the risk of sounding British (hey, I did just read a modern take on a British story), it is spot on!

"Okay, first of all- the love scenes. Ridiculous. Seriously. It was like the author had just read a bunch of romance novels and threw together what she thought was sexy. They were a little ridiculous and went on too long. And O.M.G.- if...more
This should have been a short story, at the very most. Trashy, but not in a good way. It told all the story it had to tell by about page 65, including padding. The rest (245 pages total) just needed to be edited. Heck, the whole thing cried out for an editor. Avoid.
This could have been a brilliant modern day Pride and Prejudice story...yet the author had to ruin every few pages with borderline pornographic sexual references and scenes :( I ended up skipping more than I read!
I won't be recommending this book to anyone else to read :(
Very fun legal version of Pride and Prejudice. A lot more salacious than the original, but entertaining none the less. And who wouldn't want to take an accidental vacation with Mr. Darcy?
Margie L
This book was so hilarious!!! I peed my pants and cried from laughing so hard!!! "Who do I write the check to F. Darcy? Middle initial U?" FUNNY!!!!!

I loved it!!!
Awful- There is nothing in common with P&P other than the names of characters. She might as well have put in all of the effort and at least created her own distinct characters.
I don't really see much that has anything to do with P&P, except names of people and places. I have read better tellings. Naughty.
I have read the earlier version of this saucy little tale! Buy it and enjoy!
No no no. Just no. Sorry I know this is a modern version with sex but jeez Darcy isn't just into Lizzie for sex! Sure thats a bonus but whew no. Do my a favor look up the LIZZIE BENNETT DARIES on youtube! That is a modern adaptation. Please watch that instead of reading this. The writing was so jumpy, I read it as an ebook so I hope its better in print. Lizzie/Darcy flip flopping perspectives was hard to follow. None of the supporting characters were interesting or fleshed out and added nothing...more
Cettina Barbera
This book has some funny moments and is definitely a somehow unexpected rendition of the original.
Three stars for the humor, the singularity of the version of Darcy's character ( I still prefer the original though...) and the cute epilogue.
I have to say that I didn't enjoy this Lizzy very much, she is cheeky and funny, yes... but she is too unreasonably unfeeling towards him.
All in all, ABSOLUTELY nothing like Pride and Prejudice... but then again who could even get close to that kind of love...more
Review also at Mom-Musings

The Trials of the Honorable F. Darcy was a delightful story that kept me entertained throughout the entire read. This contemporary twist on Pride and Prejudice was quite enjoyable.

Elizabeth and her sister Jane were portrayed as smart professional women who were independent yet still yearned for romance and love. The relationship between the sisters was strong just as portrayed in Pride and Prejudice but there is an additional friend in Elizabeth’s life that added a nice...more
Miss Me.
Well... this is kind of a story that's either aimed to please or aimed to REALLY annoy! LOL

Obviously, this is the same story/Character structure just set in modern times:
*Darcy- powerful judge (still a pompous ass)
*Elizabeth- Attorney (hates her boss. Been there done that. See DARCY description above for "why")
*Charles & Jane- both are Doctors (Well... THAT makes sense, not really but whatever...)
*Jane and Elizabeth's parents are weed smoking hippies- (NOW THAT REALLY MAKES SENSE!)
The Trials of the Honorable F. Darcy by Sara Angelini is loosely based upon Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice. Fitzwilliam Darcy is the youngest judge appointed to the bench of San Francisco and Meryton is not a town in England, but a town outside of San Francisco, California. Elizabeth Bennet is an attorney with Gardiner & Associates, and the lead attorney is not her uncle Mr. Gardiner, but her boss. California has laws about fraternization between judges and attorneys who work on the sam...more
Elizabeth Hall
Love the idea of this book, modern spin on Pride & Prejudice, how would Elizabeth and Darcy be with 22nd century sensibilities. At times I think the author really pulled it off and I found myself laughing. Other times it was a facepalm and walking away from the book for a while so the characters could rethink the cheese they just said (hint: they didn't, but then again they never do).

Sometimes it felt a little like a long, pretty packaged, mediocre fan fiction I'd expect to see before the b...more
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Hayley Collins
A modern pride and prejudice, this book makes this story look better. A new prissy lawyer named Elizabeth Bennet, can not stand judge Fitzwilliam Darcy. Darcy is a very well known judge and has money the women drool over. He finds out Elizabeth dislikes him, so he tries everything he can to change that thought. He asks her to work with him on a law article. She is shocked for once that a guy offers something, especially him. Darcy is the type of man who goes around with women from time to time....more
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“A smile crept to her lips. “What does the ‘F’ stand for?” she asked.
He blinked a moment in confusion, and then recalled the nameplate on his desk: Hon. F. Darcy.
“What do you think it stands for?” he countered.
“Do you really have any doubt what I think it stands for?” she said, smirking.
“Contrary to popular belief, my mother did not name me F*cker. It’s Fitzwilliam.”
DO WHAT YOUR HEART tells you to do, and hope for the best had been Lou’s advice. Elizabeth found it ironic that her heart was telling her to murder Caroline Bingley and dispose of the body in the San Francisco Bay.
“No, those floatation devices on her chest will keep her from sinking,” she murmured to herself as she steered her car toward Darcy’s place. “Better to give her the dirt nap.” Homicidal fantasies had filled her mind for the past twenty-four hours.”
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