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Compulsively Mr. Darcy by Nina Benneton
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Apr 03, 12

really liked it
Read from February 04 to 11, 2012

This retelling and modernization of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice is definitely a unique and different twist on the original story. While the characters and outline of the plot are there, rife with misunderstandings and romance, this storyline is much different. For one, it starts off in Vietnam where Elizabeth is a doctor and Darcy has arrived with his friend Charles to help their friends adopt a baby at an orphanage that Jane helps run. The two sisters immediately assume that Charles and Darcy are a gay couple who have come to adopt, but who wish it to remain quiet. Elizabeth can't then come to grips with her attraction for Darcy, nor his apparent attraction to her? The two do eventually work out the truth, as in the original tale--minus this new little twist. Their time together then becomes a roller-coaster ride of romantic misunderstandings and outside interferences.

I did find this retelling interesting and new. Some of the issues in their romantic relationship seemed a bit silly at times, such as Elizabeth's "virginity" issue. I've always felt that some sexual tension or scenes played out in the pages of these retellinngs aren't necessarily out of place, as they are a more modern look at a normal adult relationship, but sometimes I have to giggle a bit at how they are included in the story. I'm not convinced that with all else that was going on in the story that it needed to be such a focal point. I definitely loved the tension that was created through these characters' misunderstandings and think that Benneton created an interesting tale to surround our favorite P&P characters.

Overall, I would say that if you're a fan of Austen retellings and modernizations, then definitely give Benneton's book a read. It is unique and full of action that will keep you flipping pages to see how they work them all out. All around, a thoroughly entertaining read.
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