Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Source: Review Copy from Author
Mister Darcy’s Dogs, a Pride and Prejudice contemporary novella, is Book One in Barbara Silkstone’s Mister Darcy series. Each book in this series is connected, so it is definitely recommended to read each book in order (and to expect cliff-hangers!) Our heroine in this series is Dr. Elizabeth Bennet, an intelligent but clumsy dog psychologist who has a talent for landing herself in awkward situations. In Mister Darcy’s Dogs, Lizzie meets Mister Darcy, a very private, mysterious, and wealthy man who needs his two basset hounds trained for an upcoming foxhunt. Will Lizzie be able to manage and train two unruly pups and their perplexing master in two days time???
So far, this series seems to utilize a group of select characters and their personalities from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice – there isn’t a lot of similarity in plots or events. Elizabeth and Jane live together on their own and their sisters, Lydia and Kitty, who have become so unmanageable for their parents, are their temporary houseguests. In this novella the sisters meet the Darcy and Bingley siblings – Jane and Bingley are immediately attracted to each other, and as expected Lizzie spends more time being snarly and sarcastic with Darcy than sweet and solicitous. The sisters also meet George Wickham who, of course, interrupts their dog-training sessions to create some tension and havoc!