Wednesday, January 03, 2018

REVIEW: Pride and Prejudice and a Shakespearean Scholar by Regina Jeffers

Book Blurb: Unless one knows the value of loyalty, he cannot appreciate the cost of betrayal.

What if Darcy and Elizabeth met weeks before the Meryton assembly? What if there is no barely “tolerable” remark to have Elizabeth rejecting Mr. Darcy’s affections, but rather a dip in a cold creek that sets her against him? What if Mr. Bennet is a renown Shakespearean scholar who encourages Darcy to act the role of Petruchio from Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” to bring Elizabeth’s Katherina persona to the line?

ELIZABETH BENNET’s pride has her learning a difficult lesson: Loyalty is hard to find, and trust is easy to lose. Even after they share a passionate kiss outside the Meryton assembly hall and are forced to marry, Elizabeth cannot forget the indignity she experienced at the hands of Fitzwilliam Darcy. Although she despises his high-handedness, Elizabeth appreciates the protection he provides her in their marriage. But can she set her prejudice aside long enough to know a great love?

FITZWILLIAM DARCY places only two demands on his new wife: her loyalty and her trust, but when she invites his worst enemy to Darcy House, he has no choice but to turn her out. Trusting her had been his decision, but proving his choice the right one before she destroys two hearts meant to be together must be hers, and Darcy is not certain Elizabeth is up to the task.

My Review: I went into this book excited to read it. This is basically Pride and Prejudice meets the Taming of the Shrew. I have never actually read the Taming of the Shrew so I really have no idea what happens in that story. However, the Elizabeth in this story was very spirited and was not afraid to speak her mind. She could also hold onto a grudge too. I really enjoyed the Darcy in this story as he was until almost the end when he wouldn't even listen to Elizabeth. Wickham manages to put a rift between Lizzy and Darcy and Darcy handles it very badly. Thank goodness that Lizzy didn't put up with Darcy's crap and managed to reconcile with him.

I really enjoyed this book and I'll probably read it again in the future.

Rating: ★★★★☆

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