Disguise and Dishonesty
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Source: Review Copy from Author
Lying on an online dating profile?!? Who would do such a thing?
While it may be a common practice for people to lie about their age, income, and weight on their online dating profile, Dr. Will Darcy and Beth Bennet do a little more than slightly misrepresent the truth about themselves. Beth isn’t the twenty-two-year-old, softball loving, psychology major she claims to be, she’s a social science major working on a project about gender stereotypes. And although Will Darcy is upfront about his profession as an ER doctor and his bordering-on-addiction-passion for coffee, he fails to mention that he is looking for a relationship only to win a high-stakes bet…
After several email exchanges and a couple of casual dates Will and Beth find themselves in a little bit of a dilemma. On the surface it seems Will and Beth are starting to develop a relationship that is sincere and genuine, but in actuality it is one filled with hypocrisy and deceit. Will Beth understand and be forgiving about Will using her to win a bet? What Will think of Beth when he discovers her true profession and that she is a mother with a six-year-old-son? Is it too late to come clean with the truth? Are they in too deep? Is there any hope for our “perfectly matched” deceivers?
I am overjoyed to be reading another Austen-Inspired novel by Marilyn Brant! I was enchanted with According to Jane, and have admired and followed Ms. Brant’s writing ever since! Similar to According to Jane, Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match is more of an homage to Jane Austen and Pride and Prejudice than a modern retelling that parallels the characters and events of Jane Austen’s original novel. Although, there are plenty of familiar character names and themes that readers will enjoy spotting in this novel.
As always, Marilyn Brant creates characters that are well-drawn, likable, and proficient in securing my compassion and love. Watching Will and Beth attempt to navigate and escape their intricate webs of lies was humorous, and yet, when witnessing their suffering and mutual heartache, I frequently felt tears start to gather in my eyes. Even though Will and Beth are a deplorable bunch of liars, I was drawn in to their lives and my emotions were deeply engaged by their story. I especially enjoyed witnessing the sweet and loving relationships they had with members of their own families – Will doting on his darling mother who raised him all by herself and Beth with her precious little boy.
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