Synopsis: In this imaginative retelling of Pride and Prejudice, Amanda Grange now tells the classic story through the eyes of its compelling romantic hero, Fitzwilliam Darcy—in a series of revealing letters that casts a sparkling new reflection on the manners and morals of the landed gentry in 19th-century England…
Here, for the first time, are the letters written by the exceedingly proud and stubborn Mr. Darcy, covering the life-changing events that defined him—from the death of his father, to his control of his Derbyshire estate of Pemberley to his conflicted courtship with the lively, intelligent, and delightfully willful Elizabeth Bennet. Try as he may, he cannot deny his attraction to this woman with fine eyes, a playful spirit, a mind of her own… and an embarrassing family that is frankly, and utterly, beneath him. But it is Elizabeth who controls both their destinies, and whose surprises will change Darcy’s life yet again.
Review: Although I’ve never read Pride and Prejudice, I always take a great pleasure in discovering some adaptations of the story. But I did not tell you that I actually own novel, but still I have to read it. Then I saw the movie, which is a good start, right? In any case it is a story that I like a lot and I’m never tired of discovering stories in the same context.
Amanda Grange presents here a novel a little different from others. Indeed, we do not really have a typical format or chapters but more a series of letters that allows us to discover the history of these mythical characters. I always enjoy reading various presentations like these, it’s a twist that I love. In addition, the story begins long before everything we know thus allowing us to show us the death of the Darcy’s father, how Bingley was able to find this house and the reason behind its inhabitation. It also goes well beyond the end of the history as we know it, featuring the marriage of the two sisters and the future of each character. The author notes early in the story that she will be able to tell us a little more thanks to the words Jane Austen said to her family as a result of the protagonists.
I took great pleasure in discovering everything and it was nice to see all these characters. Indeed, by correspondence, we follow a large number of existing players in the original story. This allows the reader to learn more about Georgiana, as well as the Darcy’s family. I found that everything was well respected and even if it is true that some letters interested me a little less than others, this was not a problem because the messages themselves were not very long.
In any case it was a good surprise and I was happy to discover a new adaptation such as this one. I am now curious to read another novel by the author about Darcy who received some very nice reviews.
Sounds lovely! I love historicals and classics, so you can say I’m really curious about this adaptation and I think I should give it a go… Thanks for reviewing!
It’s always fun to have a good adaptation.
Who can beat any book with Mr. Darcy!? 🙂
I love retellings, I think I would really like this one.
it was fun
I’ve only read Pride and Prejudice once and that was WAY back in high school so I don’t remember much other than Mr. Darcy. Like you though, I have seen the movie and it’s one of my favorites:) Glad you enjoyed this retelling overall Melliane!
I’ve never read it either, but I love reading adaptations of classics, a way of learning about the book without having to read it. 😉 I love letter formats though!
I don’t think this book would really be right for me since retellings and I don’t really go together and I don’t like Pride and Prejudice in the first place (I know, I’ll probably be struck down by lightning as I write this).
I’m glad you enjoyed it though.
lol no, don’t worry, it’s like for every books.
This post makes me guilty since I DNFed Pride and Prejudice a month ago. Then I didn’t watch the movie too. At least you already took baby steps in acquainting yourself with the classics. Wooot~ Should I read this one or pass? Hahahah.
Lovely review, Mel!
if you didn’t like it maybe you should pass.
Oh how funny to love the retellings but not read it yet. Glad you enjoyed it! I do love a good retelling myself 🙂
The contrast in the covers is amazing. I am not the biggest P&P fan, maybe I need to reread it as an adult. Anyway, that being said, this one does sound like it is fun. Glad you enjoyed it.
I do like retellings and different perspectives in the P&P world. I think I would enjoy this one. Oh and *lowers voice* I’ve never read it either, but have seen several different adaptations in movie form. 🙂
I love re-tellings!! LOL. Yes you might have already noticed
I love retellings and I love pride and prejudice so this one seems like an obvouis win for me! Thanks for sharing! I’ll have to give this one a try!
Hmm, looks nice! Though I never saw a P & P retelling with 5 star ratings. Really need to find one…
ah for 5/5 it should be really good.
I’ve never read Pride and Prejudice either. I’ve actually only read Persuasion by Austen. I’m glad you enjoyed this though.
Adaptations of classics, especially P&P, never work for me but I am curious to see if this one proves different. Thanks for putting it on my radar, Melliane! 🙂
I read and adored P&P, and do enjoy a good retelling. This sounds wonderful, and I love the cover:)