I will be the first to admit I have never read Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. I know, I know, how have I gotten this far in life without this reading this classic book? What I have read is The Story of Lizzy and Darcy by Grace Watson. Watson has shaken things up a bit and made this a same sex adaptation with a modern day twist. A truly delightful read.
Lizzy Bennet has just graduated from college and is ready to head to London for a career in the book publishing industry. Her dream job in the exciting big city with her best friend as her roomie, life is looking great for Lizzy. A few weeks of to relax and catch-up with the family is just what she needs for she conquers the business world. All is fine and dandy till her sister Jane drags Lizzy along with her on dates with the new adorable neighbor Charlie Bingley. Jane needs Lizzy, to be her wing-woman and help keep Charlie’s bestie, the formidable ice queen Darcy Williams occupied. Easier said than done, Darcy is one tough cookie!
Lizzy and Darcy clash, oh boy, do they ever. Getting off on the wrong foot, these two keep going at each other throwing barbs and jabs making for a very tumultuous relationship. What it also has is heat. As these two spend more time together Darcy softens and begins to see how amazing Lizzy is, Lizzy not so much. She definitely isn’t ready to sign up for the Darcy Williams fan club.
The story progresses and our two mains go their separate ways for a bit only to meet back up at a smaller publishing house Lizzy gets farmed out to. A professional seeing allows each of the ladies to see the other side of the other and a timid friendship is born, and then more. Like magnets pushing away one flip and boom, you have an amazing connection.
Grace Watson gives us a really fantastic story. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this one. I will say, I love an ice princess, cold as ice on the outside, but with the right person a sweetheart. Darcy absolutely fits this bill. Good characters, interesting dialogue, I am a fan. Great read!
4.25 out of 5 stars
- The Story of Lizzy and Darcy: A ‘Pride and Prejudice’ adaptation
by Grace Watson