I bought this book based on the review in the Jane Austen Regency World magazine – they were very favourable. Just by looking at the cover I should have known better.
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What can I say? If you think about this andÂ Pride and Prejudice as being completely independent – different characters with the same name etc, then you might just like it. If you can’t do that, then you will hate it (and rightly so – Darcy does not have a hired thug who does his dirty work!).
The best I can say is that it’s not bad as a trashy regency novel – no where near as good as Georgette Heyer, but I can see that a bit of research had been done. Although as Austen did say
while Mary obtained nothing higher than one of her uncle Philip’s clerks, and was content to be considered a star in the society of Meriton
I’m not sure why McCullough felt the need to alter the story.
This novel was dreadful! If you enjoy Jane Austen novels, then avoid this like the plague! This review is going to be short because I don’t want to waste any more time on this book.
The relationship between the heroine and hero followed that of Elizabeth and Darcy quite nicely, if somewhat obviously, but the time travelling (or was it a drug/alcohol fueled hallucination) Darcy episodes were horrendous.