Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Source: Review Copy from Author
TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Modern-day Adaptation of Pride and Prejudice
SETTING: New York City, Modern-day
SYNOPSIS: On Elizabeth’s first day at Darcy Holdings she overhears her new boss, a distracted and beleaguered William Darcy, disparage her by inferring she only got the job through her connection to Charles Bingley. And after hearing that wholly untrue utterance, Elizabeth has formed an unmovable dislike of her boss ever since – especially since he is always staring at her. Meanwhile, Darcy knows he needs to apologize for his rude comment about Elizabeth and six weeks go by without him doing so. When Charles brings up organizing the annual Secret Santa gift exchange Darcy seizes upon an idea of how he can apologize to Elizabeth, make her holiday season a little brighter, and maybe see if she is willing to give him a chance…
WHAT I LOVED:
- An Original Slant: I love that this story didn’t follow the Pride and Prejudice mold scene for scene! Darcy’s rude comment wasn’t about Elizabeth’s looks, there is no conflict between Jane and Bingley, no Lydia debacle, etc. This story is very much its own and traverses its own course. I think after reading so many modern-day Pride and Prejudice adaptations I am preferring more and more stories like Unwrapping Mr. Darcy, All The Things I Know, and Lucky 13 (to name a few) that take some of Jane Austen’s characters (and their personalities) and tell a new story in a modern-day setting with originality and flair.
- Work Place Atmosphere: I really enjoyed the setting of this story and seeing an assortment of characters work together at Darcy Holdings. I liked the fitting and clever positions given to each character and seeing them interact in the professional world with each other. Darcy is CEO, Bingley is vice president, Elizabeth is a new company attorney, and Charlotte is Elizabeth’s assistant. Not to mention clever positions for Mr. Hurst and Mrs. Reynolds.
- A Besotted Darcy: I enjoyed Darcy’s evolution from his disparaging comment and belief that his attraction for Elizabeth will eventually run its course to a completely besotted man desperately hoping Elizabeth will give him a chance! I loved seeing how thoughtful, sincere, and considerate Darcy could be. Unlike Jane Austen’s Mr. Darcy, he knows where he stands with Elizabeth and he often goes out of his way (or just plain goes away) to make Elizabeth happy or comfortable. I found it easy to fall in love with such a wonderful Darcy, and I love that Elizabeth isn’t completely indifferent to him! 😉
- The Little Things: I loved the little details of this story. Like how Darcy’s presents were thoughtful and specific towards many of Lizzy’s interests and needs. And I love that Lizzy’s character and interests were so nicely fleshed out – whether it is her favorite color, favorite animal, or her remodeling projects for her apartment. These little touches and detailed descriptions made this story even more enjoyable.
- Grunt: Umm, yeah…I’m such a sucker for cute animals and Grunt was no exception! Lizzy has a mischievous black cat that, until now, has been the only man in her life. I loved seeing Grunt’s antics and interactions with both Darcy and Elizabeth. Cats always have such personality!
WHAT I WASN’T TOO FOND OF:
- One More Obstacle: Part of me wouldn’t have minded if Darcy and Elizabeth faced some more obstacles after they resolved their initial conflict…maybe some issues with their new work-place romance or a jealous Caroline? However, I did love the wonderful happily ever after portrayed in the last chapters of this story. And since this is a Christmas read, perhaps it is best to have more cheerfulness and love and less drama.
NOTE: A few scenes towards the end include some slightly mature content, I’d recommend this story for readers over the age of fourteen.
Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, an adorable and sincere gift-giving Mr. Darcy is a present every reader should receive this holiday season! Unwrapping Mr. Darcy is a delightful, inventive, and festive homage to Pride and Prejudice that held me enthralled! Another splendid read from L.L. Diamond!