It may not be universally acknowledged, but the unvarnished truth is that a young widow in possession of a good fortune is not necessarily in want of another husband.
In this humorous, topsy-turvy Pride & Prejudice variation, all major gender roles are reversed. It is Mr. Bennet’s greatest wish to see his five sons advantageously married. When the haughty Miss Elizabeth Darcy comes to Netherfield with the Widow Devonport (nee Bingley), speculation — and prejudice — runs rampant.
William Bennet, a reluctant and irreverent reverend, catches Miss Darcy’s eye, even though he is beneath her station. His opinion of her is fixed when she slights him at the Meryton assembly. As her ardour grows, so does his disdain. When she fully expects to receive an offer of marriage, he gives her something else entirely . . .
All Janeites know the tale of P&P by heart. Now imagine that dear classic retold with the characters swapped. Elizabeth is now playing the role of Mr. Darcy and Darcy is now one of the five Bennet boys whose father takes of the role of Mrs. Bennet. Sounds interesting? You bet it is!
I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book, if I’m being honest. Occasionally, retellings can be a little out there and with this being a ‘topsy-turvy variation’, I approached with caution. But I must say that I loved it. There was not a single thing that I did not like about this novel. The gender reversal worked!
The author’s sharp wit could rival that of Jane Austen, which made the book a pure delight to read. What I loved most about this book was the way it kept all the prevalent parts of P&P while incorporating the author’s own voice into it.
Would I read this again? Most definitely!
If you have ever watched (and loved) the BBC series Sparkhouse where the characters in Wuthering Heights are reversed, then Love at First Slight is the book for you.
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