The Trials of the Honorable F. Darcy, by Sara Angelini

Cover ImageFinished 2-2-10, rating 3.5/5 fiction, pub. 2009

On Thursday morning, Darcy woke up bleary-eyed from a night of sex, alternating between lusty and tender.  He had been out of control in the billiards room the night before.  What was supposed to be a fun romp had turned into an electrifying seduction.  He felt that Elizabeth would never have made such a display unless she felt something more than attraction for him.  The realization sparked more than physical desire in him; it lit a sort of feral, possessive need to take her, to mark her as his.  He was not embarrassed, except that she had no opportunity to take her own pleasure in that episode.  He made up for it twice more during the night, once with tenderness and once with mutual hunger.  He had never been so sexed up in his life.

Chapter 9

Judge Darcy of San Francisco is well-respected in the courtroom, but longs for his life of a gentleman back in England, Pemberley to be exact.  Elizabeth is also well-respected, only she’s still a relatively new lawyer in Darcy’s courtroom.  Darcy’s haughty demeanor turns off Elizabeth, but Darcy feels a growing attraction for the saucy Elizabeth.  What begins as a short-term fling turns complicated as the professional legality of their personal relationship is questioned.

This was a fun take on Pride & Prejudice.  Many things were taken straight out of the classic Austen novel and others gave the story a modern makeover.  There’s lots of sex, which is why I chose the excerpt I did above.  If you don’t want to read many more pages like that then this might not be the book for you.   There was real chemistry between Darcy and Elizabeth and I really liked both of the characters.  And I enjoyed the expanded role of Caroline Bingley, even if she was hot after Darcy.  My only small complaint was that what was keeping Darcy and Elizabeth apart was not serious enough for it to last as long as it did.  The book could have been shorter and been better, in my opinion.  But it was light and funny and I enjoyed going back to Pemberley.

This is from my personal library and was chosen by Heather and Linda.  Here’s what they had to say…

“It’s hilarious, fun, and very entertaining!”  Heather

“This one just looks really fun. I don’t have a copy and would love to read it. Feel free to host a giveaway of this one when you’re done!”  Linda

Fave Film #87 – Pride & Prejudice

Pride Prejudice 1995 VHS PAL Rated U Double Pack.jpg1995 BBC miniseries

Cast- Colin Firth, Jennifer Ehle

Elizabeth Bennet, one of five daughters, is living in 19th century England where the only way to secure her family’s future is to marry well.  Her oldest sister, Jane, seems to have met a great prospect in Mr. Bingley, but Elizabeth cannot abide the pride and arrogance of his good friend Mr. Darcy.

Why I love it- Um, Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy.  I know there are lots of other great reasons to love this movie, but if you take Colin Firth out of the picture, this is no favorite!  I thought Jennifer Ehle was a great Lizzie.  She had warmth, sparkle, and a quick wit.  The rest of her family was suitably annoying and ridiculous, but in a good way.

Now that I’ve read the book I can truly appreciate how closely this follows Austen classic.  The sets were perfectly lovely and not Hollywood in any way.  There were added scenes to let us see a bit more of Mr. Darcy and that made it easier for me to see him apart from only the times Elizabeth saw him, as was the case in the novel.

I watched this for the first time in September 2008.  You can read my thoughts here, but here’s the last thing I said-

Great miniseries, but don’t expect your husband or boyfriend to sit through it, unless he really, really loves you.  But, beware, you never know what he may expect you to watch.

Well, the reason I’m reviewing this now is because Jason really, really loves me.  We watched an hour a night for a week.  It was so much fun introducing Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth to him.  He really didn’t get Mr. Darcy’s appeal, especially for the first half of the movie.  I kept telling him it was Colin Firth and that’s all he needed to know, but he still wasn’t convinced.  And I’m still waiting for him to come home with a 5 hour miniseries about the history of the stock market or 100 years of Michigan State basketball.

This is a must see if you are a fan of the book or the era.  You won’t be disappointed.

So, go ahead and tell us who has been your favorite Mr. Darcy (Laurence Olivier, Peter Cushing, Matther Macfadyen, Colin Firth) or tell me your fantasy Mr. Darcy.  Don’t worry, your secret’s safe with us 🙂

Pride & Prejudice, by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) by Jane Austen: Book CoverFinished 8-17-09, rating 4.5/5, classic fiction, pub. 1813

“Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance.  If the dispositions of the parties are ever so well known to each other, or ever so similar beforehand, it does not advance their felicity in the least.  They always continue to grow sufficiently unlike afterwards to have their share of vexation, and it is better to know as little as possible of the defects of the person with whom you are to pass your life.”

Charlotte to Elizabeth, Chapter 6

There are five Bennet daughters to be married off and their mother holds this responsibility tightly to her aggrieved chest.  The eldest, Jane, is a beauty and she finds herself drawn to the agreeable and rich Mr. Bingley.  Our heroine, Elizabeth, is next in line, but with no immediate prospects past her cousin, the silly Mr. Collins.  Elizabeth does lock horns with Bingley’s friend Mr. Darcy and takes great delight in teasing him.  The three youngest daughters and their mother lack propriety and there is little hope for an advantageous match for the three of them.

There are so many complex characters in this novel and I loved them all.  I admit that I did not immediately love Elizabeth, but she grew on me rather quickly.  She made fast judgements, but was not above admitting miscalculations.  And Mr. Darcy, well, what’s not to love really?  A smart, handsome, and wealthy gentleman who would move Heaven and earth to make me happy?  Sign me up!   I loved Mr. Bennet’s partiality toward Elizabeth, especially when her mother so completely undervalued her.  And Lady Catherine was a great haughty antagonist.

This is a 19th century English classic.  It takes aim at the aristocracy and the many social customs of the day.  Were that to be all that it was it would be a classic, but what makes it so well-beloved is how well it has aged.  I loved the characters and the plot was fantastic.  There was a beautiful progression and the longer I read the faster the pages turned. 

I’ve seen the BBC miniseries (Hello, Colin Firth!) and the more recent one with Keira Knightly as Elizabeth and enjoyed them both.  Now after reading the book I think I might need watch the BBC version again.  This is the first Austen book I’ve read and I loved it.  The only thing keeping it from a perfect 5 is that just before the halfway mark it did drag a little for me, but that is a small complaint.  I’m only sorry it has taken me so long to read it!