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President Darcy: A Modern Pride and Prejudice Variation

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A contemporary adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice

Billionaire President William Darcy has it all: wealth, intelligence, and the most powerful job in the country. Despite what his friends say, he is not lonely in the White House. He’s not. And he has vowed not to date while he’s in office. Nor is he interested in Elizabeth Bennet. She might be pretty and funny
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Kindle Edition, 278 pages
Published October 10th 2017
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Nissa | Of Pens and Pages Book Blog
4.5 stars!

Review, Guest Post, Excerpt & Giveaway at Of Pens and Pages



I’ve always wanted to read a modern-day Pride and Prejudice with Mr. Darcy as the POTUS, and now we finally have it. I’m a happy, happy girl. Some scenes were hilariously absurd, others cute and awkward, and the rest so swoon-worthy. This Mr. Darcy is so adorable! I want to keep him for myself! One word to describe this book= kilig*.

Social status is still an important aspect that shows the disparity between Elizabeth and Darcy,
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Sheila Majczan
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 rounded up to 5 stars.

As I was reading this story I kept thinking about gossip concerning presidents and other politicians...even today's men and women, and how their lives are on display but then also how gossip can be used to paint those as immoral, corrupt, etc. individuals even if untrue and so many believe what they hear and/or read.

We do have this modern variation beginning as did canon. Elizabeth, attending a social event, with her nouveau riche family, gets caught where she should no
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Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Mr. Darcy is POTUS!!!

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Modern-day Pride and Prejudice Adaptation

SETTING: Modern-day, Washington DC

MAIN CHARACTERS:

- President Will Darcy: America’s youngest elected President to date, single and also a billionaire.
- Elizabeth Bennet: A Red Cross staff worker who travels the world with a refugee crisis team.
- The Bennet Family: Founders and Owners of On-a-Stick, Inc., a company that specializes in serving food “on a stick.”
- Charles Bingley: The President’s Chief of Staff
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Sophia
'Darcy for President!' we all shout.
Oh wait, it happened.
Victoria Kincaid, an author whom I've enjoyed to read for her employment of fun and clever plot variations for Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice has done it again. In this her first modern variation, she makes the White House her playground for Darcy and Lizzy's sweet, but at times acrimonious romance and the antics of all the other usual suspects in the original Austen tale.

The story begins with a fiasco of a meet cute for President Darcy
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Debbie
Oct 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: jaff, 2017-jaff, i-own-it
I liked this, but it's kind of an odd mix between NOT-To-Be-Taken-Seriously with a little bit of To-Be-Taken-Seriously.

In the first category, you can start with the Bennet family business, called On-A-Stick. Mr. Bennet seems as flaky as Mrs. Bennet, though in a different way; he's constantly in sales mode for his food empire. The name pretty much describes it, though we're not talking corn dogs here, people. Among others, Mr. Bennet's products are Ravioli-On-A-Stick, Egg-On-A-Stick ("hard-boiled
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Talia
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I think that this is only the second or third modern P & P variation that I have absolutely loved. I just loved it. I avoided it when it came out because, well Trump. I needed a break from all things Presidential. (please, if you love the current president, I am very happy for you. Truly!) I love the author but couldn't go there. Enough time has passed though, that I bought the paperback. So glad I did. It was awesome. ...more
Sara
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this Modern take. Yes, you have to suspend reality but don't we all do that for most romances? I truly enjoyed the writing and the plot. I was dissatisfied that Lydia did not have any consequences for her bad behavior. A truly fun modern read. ...more
Lynn
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
aAgreat modern variation.

I really loved this book. It was a most enjoyable fun read. It sets the Pride and Prejudice story in current times, and in this variation, Mr. Darcy is the president and Elizabeth Bennet works for the Red Cross. It starts out with a very humourous situation, and the Darcy and Lizzy relationship flow from there. This book has humour, pathos and romance in all the right amounts. Don't miss out on reading this book, it is well worth reading.
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Deb Hughes
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful modern-day P&P

I love all of Victoria Kincaid’s books ~~ this is one of the best. President Darcy and professional exec Lizzy find a wonderful way to get around the troublesome Lydia and George Wickham again
Lit Reader
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
This adaptation is very atractive and well delivered for the most part. Up to 70% it was a supern translation of P&P to modern times, to an American setting, and to the White House specifically. The trouble arises when the story deviates from the spirit of the original. When Darcy helps out Lydia in the Regency version, he does it for Lizzie, in order to save the Bennett's honor; in this modern version, he reacts to the Wickham situation to save his own public profile and screws up enormously in ...more
Elin Eriksen
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An utterly delightful read, kept smirking and snickering throughout but it still had a nerve that turned heart-wrenching towards the end.
Especially loved aunt Madeleine's resourcefulness when pushing Elizabeth through a crowd and Georgiana's way of waking up her brother, had me laughing so hard...
Mr Darcy makes a swoon-worthy President and Elizabeth was a delight too as an aid worker for the Red Cross.
The story kept fairly close to the timeline of canon but was modernised in an impressively plau
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Stacy
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this one so much!!! Real review coming soon.

I'm not sure if this review will actually be a review in any sense of the word. It will probably just be me gushing about how much I love this one!

This book was really funny, and there were multiple times I started laughing outloud, which is fine except they were usually during silent reading in the classes I teach, so then I was explaining the premise to my students, and I'm not sure what they though other than I'm weird. Can't be an English t
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Margarita
I want to live in a world where there is a President Fitzwilliam Darcy.
Mira Magdo
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Victoria Kincaid is in my top 3 JAFF authors, and she can’t write fast enough to satisfy my appetite for her stories. She has recently released her first modern Pride and Prejudice inspired novel: President Darcy. I love that it’s so much more than just a “simple” or “another” Pride and Prejudice variation; it has it's saying on humiliation, bullying, media, publicity, third world, charity work, politics etc.
Darcy’s and Elizabeth’s first encounter is funny, passionate, embarrassing and electrif
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Dung
Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: austen-inspried
4.5⭐️ Fun and enjoyable read.
Juliana
Jul 29, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.
Y'all, I expected this to be completely over the top and ridiculous. Imagine my surprise when the story turned out to be decent and the author was too. I'm not saying this story is AMAZING but it definitely captured my attention. The format could have been a bit cleaner but that's being nitpicky.
The modern update of Pride and Prejudice to this was relatively well done. Sure, there are going to be implausible moments when you're dealing with a citizen and the president. Kincaid figured
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Susanne Leist
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is one of the better Pride and Prejudice adaptations. Darcy is a brilliant man, but he's socially insecure as his character in the original book. Elizabeth makes the same wrong assumptions about his behavior. This the template for the books. Jane is sweet, Mary is serious, while Kitty and Lydia are immature and annoying. Bingley follows Darcy's advice and ruins his relationship with Jane. The adaptations follow this storyline. However, some books are better than others. ...more
Susan
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Pride & Prejudice in Washington DC

This was fun and funny to read. Darcy made an excellent President of the United States, surrounded by a PR and policy staff of Bing and Fitz. Lydia and Wickham were “spoilers”
of course, but there was a HEA!
Frances Evêque
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I can't praise it enough. Read in 2 days (I had to work, otherwise I would have done it in one!), and I keep going back to re-read my favourite parts. It's beautiful - expressively written and enthralling, and the entire concept is genius - likening the class divides of Austen with those present between the President and the American people. It fits so perfectly, and Ms Kincaid creates some exquisitely torturous moments, it will leave you breathless. I've read almost every single one of Victoria ...more
Paloma Hdez
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
THIS IS THE BEST PRIDE AND PREJUDICE VARIATION I’VE READ, THE CONTEMPORARY SETTING IN WASHINGTON D.C AND THE WHITE HOUSE WAS PERFECT! DARCY AND ELIZABETH ARE AMAZING IN THIS STORY, A FUNNY AND UTTERLY ROMANTIC NOVEL. Definitely, President Darcy it’s the best novel I’ve read this year. I NEED A MOVIE and a SEQUEL of this book!
Julia M
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
President Darcy has my vote

Another homerun! I really enjoyed this modern reimagined take on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Victoria Kincaid made this version of Darcy very beautifully socially awkward but very interesting and intelligent.
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Arceli
Soaring Up High

Victoria Kincaid really did make me addicted to the entire Pride and Prejudice trope. I can now see why it is so addicted. Now, I’m motivated to read the actual book by Jane Austen.

President Darcy is the modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice. It features President William Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett, a Red-cross worker, who is from a nouveau-riche family. Like the retelling goes there is a lot of aminosity and hate the goes on between the two characters. However, it is really aw

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Caroline
There are those moments that I just need something Jane Austen inspired in my life. And this time I did decided to go for Darcy who resides in Washington DC and finds Lizzy in a cupboard hiding...(sorry for the spoiler but it made me LOL for at least 5 seconds) and who tries to find a balance between running a nation and his heart. There were quite a few fresh approaches that made this read certainly stand out amongst all these Austeneque reads. This Lizzie and Darcy are surely refreshing and th ...more
Elizabeth Hossenlopp
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Lea
Aug 03, 2020 rated it liked it
3,5 stars
Pretty okay for a retelling but definitely not the best
The humour and tone of this were great but they were some key moments from the original source material that were missing for me in a retelling of Pride and Prejudice

Tags: pride and prejudice modern retelling, f/m pairing, stuck up pretentious love interest, feisty heroine, Darcy is the freaking president
Content warning: character feeling humiliated after some offensive comment about her physique and intelligence, constant judgmen
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Marty Tool
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Light read version of P and P, enjoyable, interesting concept of Mr. Darcy being president. The characters aren't much different from the original book although I had trouble with how inept a man elected as president was in personal conversations. Sister Lydia needed something more to happen to her or at least grow up some, mother was about the same pain in this version as the original. Entertaining tale. ...more
Ann
Jan 05, 2020 rated it did not like it
Thank goodness I read this as a library (free) read instead of paying money for it. This is so bad. I wanted to like it, but just so cheesy and unrealistic and forced. The frilly girl accidentally getting by the secret service to be right next to the President, in a position to do him harm? People calling the president by his first name, instead of Mr. President? The dual POV that removes all mystery and let's us know how instantly touchable Darcy finds Elizabeth Bennett? No. ...more
Becky
Dec 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a pretty good telling of Pride and Prejudice, thoughtfully updated to the modern era. I personally didn't find the writing as engaging as some others. I think part of it is the third person perspective, I tend to prefer stories written in the first person. That said, the rest of the book was great and well worth a read. ...more
Liz C.
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed it! Unlike most P&P variations, it wasn't completely predictable, however it still retained enough of the familiar to be P&P. This was a great update of the story and I liked pretty much everything except, as usual, the exasperating Mrs. Bennet! ...more
Alexa
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
LOVED it. I'll be checking out some of the author's other stories, but I have to say how much I love modern variations and how I wish they were more popular. If you're reading this and have any modern JAFF's to recommend, leave a comment! ...more
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Victoria has a Ph.D. in English literature and has taught composition to unwilling college students. Today she teaches business writing to willing office professionals and tries to give voice to the demanding cast of characters in her head.

She lives in Virginia with an overly affectionate cat, two children who are learning how much fun Austen’s characters can be, and a husband who fortunately is
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