Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Source: Review Copy from Author
TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Variation
TIME FRAME: The night of the Netherfield Ball to several weeks later
MAIN CHARACTERS: Mr. Darcy, Mr. Collins, Elizabeth Bennet, Lady Catherine, Anne de Bourgh, and Caroline Bingley
SYNOPSIS: When lightening strikes both Mr. Collins and Mr. Darcy in the gardens of Netherfield, in “Freaky Friday” style they swap bodies! How can two men – with such different backgrounds, manners, and personalities convincingly pass as each other? Dare they tell anyone the truth? How can they undo this and return to their normal bodies?
WHAT I LOVED:
- Nothing Like It: This is such an imaginative premise! When I first heard of it, I knew I had to read this story. I had to find out how Mr. Darcy being in Mr. Collins’ body would effect the course of his relationship with Elizabeth! And Mr. Collins in Mr. Darcy’s body? That’s a situation primed for disaster!
- Sketching Character: Elizabeth has her hands full try to make sense of Mr. Collins’ character – Why would he say he can’t ride horses when he can? Where was his simpering and foolishness? I loved watching Elizabeth try to figure Mr. Collins out – she came up with some logical and creative explanations for his personality quirks and odd behaviors! And I really enjoyed witnessing her changing opinion and penchant for flirting with Mr. Collins! (I can’t believe I just wrote that sentence!)
- Honorable, Hardworking, and Heroic: If you’ve met Patrick McGillvary, then you know Ms. Hile can write an incredibly swoon-worthy hero. *sigh* In this story Mr. Darcy was wonderfully admirable and thoughtful. Living at Longbourn and treated as a lowly rector, Mr. Darcy’s eyes were quickly opened. He constantly went out of his way to do his duty, serve the Bennet family, and protect Mr. Collins’ interests and position. I could not help but fall in love with him, which felt slightly odd since on the outside…he was Mr. Collins! (Side note: loved his relationship with Mrs. Hill!)
- Introspection: I loved seeing the realizations and new awareness both characters experienced when they swapped bodies. Each is quick to note the distinct differences in how others treated them. It was interesting to see Darcy humbled in this manner and observe his private thoughts about how invisible and neglected Mr. Collins is to everyone. And how sometimes being lowly and unimportant to others comes with its own advantages and freedoms.
- Draws You In: As an ardent admirer of Laura Hile’s writing (I’m a big fan her Mercy’s Embrace Series!), I cannot tell you how elated I was to be reading one of her works again. Ms. Hile has a talent for painting a scene and cultivating a perfect mixture of romance, action, and humor with her stories. Her prose and dialogue drew me in instantly and held me captive. Darcy By Any Other Name is just as enthralling as her Mercy Embrace Series.
WHAT I WASN’T TOO FOND OF:
While there may have been a surprising incident or two that made me quirk my eyebrow – my disbelief was long ago suspended when I bought into the idea of a body swap premise. 🙂
In this remarkable and riveting variation incredible wonders take place! Skilled writer Laura Hile puts Pride and Prejudice on its ear when she has Mr. Darcy swap bodies with one of Jane Austen’s most unappealing characters, brings Lady Catherine to town to terrorize everyone Netherfield, and inspires Elizabeth to flirt with Mr. Collins! This is one story you don’t want to miss!
In conjunction with my review, Laura Hile has kindly offered readers a chance to win an ebook of her fabulous new release, Darcy By Other Name!
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