Reviewer: Marlene Breakfield
Title: The Man Who Loved Pride and Prejudice
Author: Abigail Reynolds
Release Date: May 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Contemporary Romance
Year/Setting: Present day, New England
Overall Rating: 4.75
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
Abigails's Website: pemberleyvariations.com
Marine biologist, Cassie Boultan is trying to avoid her ex-boyfriend, Rob, at a local dance, so asks a complete stranger to dance. The stranger, Calder Westing III, turns her down in a haughty manner, and Cassie, later, learns that he is staying with her best friend's new boyfriend. Because of this, they are thrown together, and Cassie is attracted to Calder, in spite of herself.
There are many parallels to Pride and Prejudice in The Man Who Loved Pride and Prejudice, such as the dance scene at the beginning. Of course, it is a much modernized scene, because I don't see a Regency miss asking a stranger to dance. Ms. Reynolds captures the Darcy attitude quite well in Calder, and he is a very sigh-worthy character. My heart broke for Calder, when he revealed his love for Cassie through the written word. Ms. Reynolds uses the plot device of a book within a book to slowly reveal the true Calder hidden behind his carefully structured facade. Cassie, on the other hand, resembles Elizabeth very little. Cassie is, on the outside, a woman, who has everything together, but, deep down, she is plagued by insecurities. However, she does have a family that embarrasses her, just like Elizabeth. At first, I found myself annoyed with Cassie, because she pushed Calder away then became upset with him for being distant.
Luckily, Ms. Reynolds does a great job of slowly revealing Cassie's reasons for her reactions, and I began to understand and sympathize with her.
All in all, The Man Who Loved Pride and Prejudice is a great read with wonderful, complex characters.
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