What Would Lizzie Bennet Do? by Katie Oliver
When your name is Lizzy Bennet and Mr Darcy lives next door, romance is anything but simple…
Especially since a film crew has just arrived to shoot Pride and Prejudice at the Darcy estate! And when Hugh Darcy, the one who got away, arrives home after 8 years absence, Lizzy can’t help but think it’s fate. Until, that is, he introduces her to Holly – his fiancée…
What can Lizzy do but try not to feel too prejudiced against Hugh’s new woman – a city girl who knows nothing about country life, and seems more concerned with her film star ex than her current fiancé?
There’s no denying that there’s something suspicious about Holly’s interest in Hugh…and when he begins to have doubts about his high-maintenance fiancée, it seems a break up is on the cards. But is it too late for Lizzy to swallow her pride and get her Austen ending after all?
I was very much looking forward to reading the first book in Katie Oliver's brand new series The Jane Austen factor. The storyline of the first book, (What would Lizzie Bennet do?) is centered around The Bennet family, especially Lizzie and her two sisters. I must say these series is funny, heartwarming and properly English! I love Jane Austen books but for the young generation, the style of language can be a bit intimidated so I think, if you love Jane Austen you will love Katie Oliver's take on it. It is very refreshing, light and very well paced.
Lizzie Bennet very much portraits the heroine of the original Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice but with a modern twist ( the help of mobiles, the now language, and fashion of the 21 century) but her morals still are very much the morals deeply sown in by her upbringing in the vicarage. I adored Lizzie and could see how she was struggling to come to term with Hugh Darcy's new fiance Holly, the spoil and wealthy socialite, and although she wanted to support him and get to know Holly properly without prejudice, there were times when even Lizzie's little devilish side made an appearance.
Lizzie and Hugh Darcy have a deep and meaningful connection, there are friends, but both know the line between their friendship and a full blown relationship is wearing fragile. Even Holly has her suspicion on many occasion and as Holly's had a bit of an unstable past, jumping from one engagement to next one she gets swiftly fond of Hugh's younger brother Harry, who is cheeky and fun to be around, not like Hugh. Holly, being thrown deep in the midst of Darcy family way of life, quickly learns that Hugh is not the one she thought he was.
I still found Hugh Darcy character hard to like, his grumpy attitude, stubbornness and rather strong morals, made me want to give a good shake a few times. But I complete fallen for his younger brother Harry and his good-natured characteristics which made him the man of the book in my humble opinion.
I loved the descriptions of the glorious English countryside and the South Devon festivities in summer time like regatta races and of course, the filming of the famous movie (Pride and Prejudice) also played a significant role in this book and added a couple turns and twists to the storyline ( there have to be a one or two o fist-disputes between the movie star and the English gentlemen!)
And as I am on the topic of the supporting roles I must say that all the protagonists in this book are very well developed and a joy to read about. They were popping out of the pages and showing me what is it like to live a life of a high English/ aristocratic class with a few movie style antics throwing in the mix.
My Round Up
Did this book live up to its world-wide phenom penned by one of the most recognizable authors of all times? Yes, I think it did. It sums up the essence of the Jane Austen Factor with a refreshing outlook on Lizzie Bennet's and Mr. Darcy's life in 21st century. Katie Oliver's delivered a fun, romantic and definitely sparkly book. I am already looking forward to delving into the second book of this series, The Trouble with Emma.
Happy Reading! xo
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