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The Trials of the Honorable F. Darcy by Sara Angelini


Cover art: The Trials of the Honorable F. Darcy Reviewer: Marlene Breakfield
Title: The Trials of the Honorable F. Darcy - A Modern Pride and Prejudice
Author: Sara Angelini
Publisher: Sourcebooks
ISBN-13: 978-1-4022-2110-1
Release Date: October 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Contemporary Romance
Year/Setting: Present day, California and England
Overall Rating: 3.0
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Sara's Website: None found

Judge Fitzwilliam Darcy is bored and in a rut, then along comes Elizabeth Bennet, who challenges him and shakes up his world.  Elizabeth dislikes Darcy but is thrown into his company, when his best friend and Elizabeth's sister become engaged.  Upon further acquaintance, Elizabeth finds Darcy irresistible, but it is unethical for a judge to date a lawyer with cases before him. 

The Trials of the Honorable F. Darcy makes for a pleasant contemporary romance but falls short as a modern version of Pride and Prejudice, because the characters don't live up to the impressions given in Pride and Prejudice.   Darcy does have some characteristics in common with the original, but it is hard to imagine the original Darcy being less than honorable in his actions as a judge.  Elizabeth is annoying with her indecisiveness, and I can't imagine the original being so wishy-washy.  Charles is described as a space cadet but is a surgeon, which seems an unlikely occupation for a space cadet, and Jane is way too forward in her advances to Charles.  With that said, the ending left me with a feeling of happiness and satisfaction, that this Elizabeth and Darcy were happy together.   However, Jane Austen purists, be warned, there are detailed sex scenes and numerous curse words in this work. 

All in all, The Trials of the Honorable F. Darcy did not work as a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice, but might appeal to the reader of contemporary romance.


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