Jun 022011

More of a Lampoon Than a Retelling

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Publisher

Mr. Darcy Goes Overboard, originally published as Prawn and Prejudice in 2009, is a diverting seaside retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. This contemporary novel takes place in the British seaside town of Salcombe, and instead of carriages, balls and the militia, this tale is about boats, swimming, and lifeguards.

Every summer, it is a tradition for the Bennet family holiday in Salcombe where there are many aquatic and tourist attractions. This year, with two young and eligible bachelors vacationing nearby and a pack of brawny lifeguards in the vicinity, this Bennet family holiday promises to be the most exciting, romantic, and surprising holiday ever! The premise of this Pride and Prejudice retelling is very cute, and the setting of a seaside town makes this book ideal for summertime reading! I enjoyed how, instead of assemblies, dinner parties, and balls, the characters came together for barbecues, estuary swims, sand castle contests, and other town events. My favorite was the estuary swim (ball at Netherfield), where Mr. Collins, instead of being a deplorable dancer, was a shockingly bad swimmer!

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