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Boots and Backpacks: Pride & Prejudice on the Appalachian Trail, Roughly

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  319 ratings  ·  52 reviews
William Darcy counts down the last few months to his 30th birthday with dread. Orphaned as a child, his parents’ will includes a bizarre clause: Darcy must get married by his 30th birthday in order to inherit the family fortune. To make matters worse, the press knows about this deadline, as do the hordes of women chasing him in the hopes of becoming Mrs. Darcy. His family ...more
Paperback, 426 pages
Published November 1st 2014 by Meryton Press (first published January 1st 2014)
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Rose Fairbanks
This book has bewitched me. I can put it no other way. I read it a month ago and knew right away I had to do a review but got caught up with things. Still, in the few quiet moments of life I had I would daydream of scenes that were effortlessly etched in my memory. It's not necessarily the sort of thing I would usually like but, this book has bewitched me. I hadn't thought I would read it but read an excerpt on a blog and had to know what happened next. It pulled me in immediately with the openi ...more
Escaping the pressure and hounding of the paparazzi just before the odd terms of his parents will force him to marry by his thirtieth birthday to keep his legacy sends playboy and womanizer, William Darcy, onto an incredible journey backpacking down the Appalachian Trail with a hostile female partner and the result is life changing. Whooboy! This one was on rolling boil before the story even opened and it just got more volatile from there in this enemies to lovers plot.

William Darcy is the four
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Imagine a world where William Darcy is a rebellious and promiscuous paparazzi-magnet, and is required to marry by his thirtieth birthday in order to inherit the sizable Darcy family fortune.

Imagine an Elizabeth Bennet, fiercely independent and resolutely dedicated to her personal and professional goals, and only interested in holding men and relationships at arm’s length.

Darcy needs to escape Manhattan, he is being followed and harassed constantly since his thirtieth birthday is less than two mo
Sheila Majczan
Jan 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
I did not like this Darcy or this Elizabeth up to about 80% of this book. They are both very wounded and/or flawed characters and in a way that did not sit well with me. Yes, Darcy has pressures put on him by his parents' will and then by Cat/Cathy DeBourgh but he goes way off the deep end to show his rebellion when the details of that will are leaked to a gossip columnist. "Man-whore" is the word used in this story. Hooking up with one floozy after another (and luckily he does check for STDs re ...more
Elin Eriksen

I heartily recommend this fabulous modern adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.
Hilarious, well written banter had me laughing heartily throughout this epic story. I absolutely loved it!

Picture Darcy as renowned and hunted womanizing playboy. A luxury animal with a deadline to marry or else he will lose his 400 million dollar inheritance. Hiking the Appalachian trail with the one woman who does not want him or even like him but he wanted her, badly...
The sexual tension was pal
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thrown together by circumstance, Darcy and Elizabeth become partners to hike along the Appalachian Trail from New Jersey to Harper's Ferry, West Virginia. Darcy, a NY upper cruster and notorious playboy, is trying to escape the press and pressure of his upcoming 30th birthday, and the condition in his parents will that he be married by that time to inherit their fortune. Elizabeth is forestry major, and has planned a huge backpacking trip before she goes to grad school. When her original partner ...more
Really Good!
Reviewed in Canada on August 8, 2019
I truly loved this mature, modern variation. Excellent story. This Darcy was truly an ass at the beginning, but he becomes quite lovable. My heart really went out to him at certain times. I loved the hike. Like Darcy, I dreaded it coming to an end. Traditional characters were nicely woven into the modern storyline. Very well written. Highly recommend.

Second Read - January 13-14, 2021 I enjoyed this book even more the second time around. I would lov
Abigail Bok
Jan 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
In Boots and Backpacks, Elizabeth Bennet is an independent-minded young woman on track to pursue an advanced forestry degree; Darcy is a spoiled über-rich boy who self-destructively pursues empty sexual encounters. As you would expect, the story travels the rocky path from misunderstanding to romance. A number of the key characters from Pride and Prejudice are missing, and some are present but largely offstage. K. C. Kahler has felt free to introduce characters who will work better for the story ...more
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: k-unlimited, jaff
I LOVED this story. I was drawn in from the beginning. I don't think the characters of D and E are exactly like cannon but that is part of what I enjoyed. It was refreshing and kept me on pins and needles the entire time.

Essentially, Darcy is a filthy rich orphan playboy who uses lots (and i mean like ridiculous amounts) of sex to avoid his life. Charles Bingley is his rich Wingman. The Hursts decided to move to NJ due to their growing family and meet Jane Bennett who is a realtor. Then, Darcy
Oct 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I must admit that I loved this modern tale of Darcy and Elizabeth.

Darcy is a far cry from Austen's creation in many respects,as his main ambition seems to be to live up to his playboy image that he has carefully honed over the past eight years....... and boy do we see a spoiled,rich,haughty, young man who believes that all women are there at his disposal ......... all, that is until he encounters the only woman who has ever refused him..... and said lady is none other than Elizabeth Bennet!!!!

Nov 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Romance readers & fans of Austenesque reads
Stayed up into the wee hours, two nights in a row to finish this sexy, smart modern retelling of a Jane Austen classic. I admit I was skeptical at first about a backpacking "Pride & Prejudice" but almost from the beginning, the characters and story captured my attention -- and a clever twist and believable dialog held it! Author KC Kahler builds sweet tension between our protagonists-- and though we fully expect Will Darcy & Elizabeth Bennett to eventually overcome their prejudices of one anothe ...more
This mordern version on Pride and Prejudice, sprinkled with other JA-character appearances, is an absolute must-read for everyone liking a good modernization of austenesque. I couldn´t stop reading! Romantic, funny, sarcastic, fairy-taley, realistic - wonderful read!
One of my fave austenesque modern reads so far!
Lesley Mckenna
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Boots and Backpacks is definitely in the top three modern P&P spin-offs I have read. I haven't read a great many admittedly because finding one that is well written and has a believable plot line is difficult. Like most of the modern day versions, this work is only recognisable as having anything to do with P&P by virtue of the fact that the main characters have the same names (in Darcy's case, his Christian name is William, not Fitzwilliam). There are also many other variations of Ja
Danielle Davis
I love Pride and Prejudice and I love hiking. What could be better than the two together? This was a fun and cute story set in modern times with Darcy being famous. This was a quick read and I enjoyed the writing style of the author. The only thing I didn't like was how insecure Darcy became towards the end. Overall, this was worth the time to read. ...more
Well, that made me giggle. If you're looking for a faithful adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, then, umm, look elsewhere. (Honestly, if you're looking for a faithful adaptation...maybe go reread the original.) This is much raunchier, and Darcy is much more of a jerk, and there's a great deal that would have sent Austen's eyebrows sky-high, I think. Also, I'm not actually convinced that Elizabeth and Darcy's relationship would survive, say, ten years past the end of this version...but I'm sure it ...more
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love Austenesque literature. Ever since coming across on Twitter other authors and lovers of this kind of literature I found a whole new world opening within that one world that Jane Austen introduced me to. Yes, I was reluctant because you do not without risks do something 'different' with an universally known classic author who now also has got her portret on an official banknote! This one is a winner when it comes down to reading a story that is related to Lizzie&Darcy. The setting and back ...more
This was.....interesting to say the least.

I really liked the hiking parts strangely. I liked their honest conversations, and when they were being silly. I love how Darcy and Elizabeth run into Marianne and Elinor, and the Thorpes. Those are probably among my favorite parts.

I do NOT like how much of a perv Darcy is. Darcy is gentleman! I think this writer really missed that part. He is overly proud, and demeans women to a certain extent, but NOT to that extent. I mean he is downright disgusting
Feb 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe I liked this! But I did! It was easy flow reading and I really liked what she did with the characters. So often in fanfiction, at least the bit that I have read, I feel like the author doesn't stay true to the essence of the original characters. Don't get me wrong, these are not the Darcy and Lizzy of the regent time period. However, it does feel like if those characters were in modern day and thrust into the situations the book provides that they would indeed act this way. With ...more
While I enjoy a good fan-fiction of Pride & Prejudice, I can only give this 3 stars. It was a very loose, modern portrayal of the famed storyline. Darcy a womanizer? Lizzy a man hating cynic regarding love? Darcy an only child? Wickham a complete stranger to Darcy? At least Charles and Jane stayed true to character. As for the hiking, the author played it fast and loose. While she may read some about the Appalachian Trail, she got quite a bit wrong. The glaring issues distracted from the story. ...more
Mar 23, 2015 rated it did not like it
No witty banter and the characters barely retained any of their personality traits (not even their defining ones) from the original. Elizabeth isn't the same witty, happy person that gets along with almost everyone and finds amusement anywhere. Darcy is promiscuous (over 500 women promiscuous), uncharitable, and unintelligent. The interchanges between the two sound middle school'ish. Aside from the names used it's really not even a variation.

I love the outdoors and pride and prejudice so though
Feb 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A modern retelling of Jane Austen's classic done with a light touch and plenty of humour.
All the relevant parties are there, suitably proud and prejudiced and even a few with great sense and sensibility!
The story is long but generally remains pacy, though I did slump a little in the middle. The story goes beyond the end, all the way to finishing the AT
The one character that did disappoint was Mr Bennet, here portrayed as a bad dad when he was a rather hen-pecked good guy in the original.
Feb 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I have never read Pride and Prejudice. I know the general idea. I know how it ends. And with that in mind i expected something different from this book. I would compare it to a fanfiction AU. It has the same feeling but the characters and the world are so different. With that being said i actually enjoyed the book. I dont necessarily think it needs the Pride and Prejudice stuff. I think the plot could have held without the comparison. I think the best part of the book was the outside stuff. The ...more
Jul 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this! i admit I wasn't sure but I saw it recced a lot so i decided to give it a chance and it is very good, sweet,romantic, i'm sure jane austen would be proud. it did a really good job of updating the setting and giving both of them interesting stories and it was all very engaging. it made me wanna go on a hike myself.

Madenna U
Feb 24, 2016 rated it liked it
This book is not your typical Elizabeth and Darcy retelling. I loved the hiking setting and all the use of Jane Austen's character's names. The story moved well until the end. I really enjoyed the conclusion but the story line had slowed down a lot compared to the rest of the book.

I really feel like hiking now!
Rachel Collins
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modern-jaff
4.5 stars.
I really thought this book wasn't going to pan out for me being a backpacker myself, but the author does a great job of the authenticity of the trail experience and with who Lizzy and Darcy are. It's a fun and creative spin on the classic story that had me up late still turning pages to see where they were headed next. Definitely recommended for those who enjoy modern era JAFF.
Aug 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
OMG! I just won this book, I can't wait to read it.

I won this book through Goodreads FirstReads. This was a very good book. I loved the characters of Elizabeth as a n independent women and Darcy as a play boy. I would definitely recommend this book to others. It was a page turner.
Nov 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
pleasant surprise, well written fan fiction for Pride and Prejudice, nice kidlit break. I enjoyed all the trail descriptions.
Dec 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Read as fan fiction.....good one!
Lindsey Snyder
Jun 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great story! I'm an environmental scientist from Maryland. I loved how well I could relate to this! The story was well written and entertaining without being over the top. Thumbs up! ...more
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KC Kahler lives in northeastern Pennsylvania and works in online education, after having dabbled in sandwich making, bug collecting, and web development. She discovered Jane Austen fan fiction in 2008 and soon began dabbling in writing her own.

KC blogs about Austen and other pop culture topics. In 2015 and 2017 her popular Austen + The Onion Headlines meme was featured in The Atlantic, Flavorwire

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