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5.0 out of 5 stars Witty and satisfying, 26 Aug. 2008
This review is from: Seducing Mr Darcy (Mass Market Paperback)
Hmm I picked this book up from the Romance and Crime bookshop in Tottenham Court Road in a fit of despair a few days ago, as I needed something to read but thought that with a cover like this it might be a waste of money. I mean this cover is truly hideously repellant, why oh why do publishers insist on this sort of "art"?

Regardless, I was very pleasantly surprised. The plot is very strong, moves along briskly, the hero and heroine are really cool and the prose is well above average. So I did read it in one day as one does. Found myself laughing out loud and had no major hang ups about suspending my disbelief about time /space/imagination travel. In fact the Pride and Prejudice theme was really well done, as a fan of Austen's masterpiece I appreciated the possibilities! In fact I think I might never look at it in quite same way. I did find myself chortling like a maniac at one point, all in all a very good afternoon's work.

I think ill go off and get her other book too now.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculously entertaining, 22 Sept. 2011
Marshall Lord (Whitehaven, UK) - See all my reviews
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Hysterically funny if ludicrous romantic farce, a bit like a mix of the "Thursday Next" series with "Lost in Austen [DVD]." A large part of me cannot believe that I am giving this book four stars and seriously considered awarding the fifth. But however nonsensical the book may be, having devoured it as fast as I could, laughed out loud at least half a dozen times while reading it - and not a little chuckle either but a full-throated roar - and then bought several of the author's other books as soon as I finished it, I can hardly pretend not to have immensely enjoyed this book.

The heroine, Flip Allison, is a recently divorced ornithologist whose handsome but worthless ex-husband, also an ornithologist and now a professional rival, had a fondness for pretty students. She is more fond of trashy modern romances than classics like "Pride and Prejudice" but takes part in a reading of Jane Austen's novel with her friends.

At about the same time, Flip is introduced to an unusual hypnotist and masseur, Madam K, who has a special treatment in which you "Imagine yourself in your favourite book," and tries the treatment out.

Unfortunately, instead of imagining herself in one book, Flip's mind conjures a mix of "Pride and Prejudice" and a much more lowbrow novel set in the same epoch, and the character she becomes has a scandalous affair with Fitzwilliam Darcy which Miss Austen would never have allowed one of her characters. Even more unfortunately, Madam K's treatment isn't just something which happens in her client's heads.

The first clue that something has gone seriously wrong is when Flip finds that a specimen of a creature extinct in the 21st century which she put into her reticule during her dream visit to Regency England has appeared for real in her handbag when she wakes in her own time. The next is when copies of "Pride and Prejudice" start to change ...

To rescue the situation, Flip has to enlist the aid of a handsome but stuffy English visiting professor of literature: and meanwhile the schemes of her ex-husband and his latest student girlfriend are about to make matters even worse ...

Some very entertaining humour in the book, parts of which are quite clever - I particularly appreciated the scenes from the viewpoint of one of the university library staff who is baffled by some very strange goings on in the library - though elements of the humour in the book are seriously lowbrow.

One content warning. If you would find some mild references to spanking offensive, give this book a miss. When Magnus, the handsome professor of literature, first sees the heroine with some of her friends, they have had too much to drink and are not on their best behaviour, so much so that he wishes he could turn all of them, particularly Flip, over his knee.

On first reading this passage the reader may assume that this is simply a way of emphasising that our heroine and her friends have made a bad first impression. However, one of the ongoing will-they-won't-they sub-plots in the book is whether Magnus is going to end up making love to Flip, spanking her bottom soundly, or both. I'm not going to spoil the story, but if you think a man who would even consider putting a woman over his knee must be such such a sexist pig that he cannot possibly be a suitable hero, you probably shouldn't read this book.

Highbrow fans of Miss Austen may find aspects of this book at best silly and at worst irritating, though they will at first sympathise with Magnus - well, with his reasons for being annoyed with Flip and her friends, anyway.

If you do enjoy this book and particularly the humour involved in trying to protect great works of literature from being messed up, and have not already read Jasper Foord's "Thursday Next" series, I strongly recommend you try The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next) which is the first in that series.

"Seducing Mr Darcy" is obviously not intended to be taken seriously, but if you enjoyed "Lost in Austen" or any other story in which characters from classic literature come alive, or if you have a taste of off-beam romantic farce, you might find it very entertaining.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars oh my gosh!, 14 Jun. 2011
S. Culley (wiltshire england) - See all my reviews
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This is a very different version of Jane Austens Pride and Prejudice. It has all the characters of the original and also extra. If you dont mind your Austen spiced up with a little fantasy thrown in then this is the book for you. This story is not meant to be taken seriously and I for one (Jane Austen fan that I am) enjoyed this racy take on a classic immensely.
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