“Angry people are not always wise.” – Jane Austen
After a standoff in the pizza parlor, Elsie Bennet has decided Fitzwilliam “I-Throw-Fitz” Darcy is the worst customer she’s ever encountered. Also the best looking, but that’s beside the point. She’s horrified to discover Will is not just passing through her small town, he’s her new neighbor.
Will Darcy has all the money and time he could ask for, and yet life never seems to meet his expectations. When his best friend, Charlie, starts dating Jane Bennet, Will becomes their unhappy third-wheel. The solution? Bring along Jane’s sister, Elsie, a girl who challenges him, makes him laugh, plagues his thoughts, and unfortunately, hates his guts.
Will might control a lot of things, but he won’t control her. Elsie’s already been warned away by her new friend, Jeff Wickham, who found out the hard way that Will is not someone to be crossed. Things would be so much simpler if she was attracted to Jeff. But she’s not. She’s attracted to Will, and the tug-o-war between her mind and her heart is going to drive her mad.
A modern day take on Pride and Prejudice with all the characters you know and love.
Title: Engaging Mr. Darcy
Author: Rachel John
Publication Date: May 12, 2018
Genre: Adult, Romance, Contemporary
I really loved this book! I’m already a fan of P&P and so I was super excited to check out this P&P inspired book. It was so well written, funny, romantic, and entertaining! I’m so glad I found it!
The first thing that caught my attention about this book was the personalities of the characters. They were so spot on to those of the Austen’s P&P that I was smiling the whole time. There were times when John would put her own touch on the characters and add flair to their personalities, but I loved that I was reading about characters that I felt like I partially knew.
Elsie and Will had a fun relationship. I loved their banter and comments at the beginning and loved seeing how they grew throughout the book. They learned so much from each other and from their shared experiences and became the people that they really wanted to be. And they didn’t sacrifice important pieces of themselves to win over the other person.
I also really loved getting to know Will’s sister. She was strong-willed, independent, and so funny. She is for sure one of my favorite characters in this book and I kinda wish I could read a whole book about her falling in love. Plus, it was great to see a physical disability rep in this book through her!
Overall, this was one of my favorite P&P inspired books (and I’ve read a few). It was charming, delightful, and one I can see myself reading again and again.