An Upbeat and Updated Version of Pride and Prejudice for YA Readers
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
If you have not yet come across this series “Jane Austen in the 21st Century,” by Rosie Rushton, it is a collection of updated versions of Jane Austen’s novels geared towards the young adult audience. This is the fourth book in the series, yet it is the first one I read. Rosie Rushton started this series in 2005 with The Dashwood Sisters’ Secret of Love(Sense and Sensibility), in 2007Summer of Secrets (Northanger Abbey) was published, 2008 saw the publishing of Secret Schemes, Daring Dreams (Emma), Love, Lies, and Lizzie (Pride and Prejudice) was published in 2009, and due to come out in 2010 is Echoes of Love (Persuasion).
In Love, Lies, and Lizzie the Bennet’s have just inherited a fortune that allows Mrs. Bennet to finally purchase her dream house in Longbourn Oakes. She is anxious to live amongst the upper set and is delighted when neighbor, Mrs. Vanessa Bingley befriends her and invites the Bennets to an outdoor party. It is at this party that the Bennet girls meet Charlie and Caroline Bingley and their friend James Darcy. Charlie and Jane of course hit off right away, and as expected Lizzie overhears an unflattering remark about herself from James Darcy. From there the story follows many of the parallels of Pride and Prejudice: their father’s godson, Drew Collins, comes to stay with them for three weeks, Lizzie meets and falls for a sexy and charming George Wickham, the Bingleys and Darcy abruptly depart from Longbourn Oakes without saying goodbye…