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ARC DNF Review: Pride & Prejudice (a Retelling) by Laura Wood


Publishing Date: January 6, 2022


Bestselling and YA Book Prize shortlisted author Laura Wood brings Elizabeth and Darcy’s romance to life once more in a stunning and truly accessible retelling of Austen’s beloved classic.

Witty, intelligent Elizabeth Bennet has no desire for a marriage of convenience. And when she meets the handsome, wealthy Mr Darcy, her opinion of him is quickly set: he is aloof, selfish and proud – the last man in the world she would ever marry.

Until their paths cross again, and again, and the pair begin to realise that first impressions can be flawed… But as Elizabeth and Darcy become entangled in a dance through the strict hierarchies of society, will there be space for true love to bloom?

My Review:

Rating: 1 out of 5.

This was disappointing. I saw that it was a Pride and Prejudice retelling and requested immediately as I adore P&P. However, it turns out the “retelling” is just a straight copy of Pride and Prejudice with some of the wording changed to make it more modern. And it’s not even very good writing.

We have such sentences as: “No!” Lizzy yelped. “I mean…” she stuttered.

That’s just… I can’t read one of my favorite novels rewritten like that. I read and skimmed the first third, skimmed farther in case the quality improved, and then gave up.

If I had read this before reading the original, I might not have enjoyed P&P much, and that would have been a travesty.

*Thanks to NetGalley and Barrington Stoke Teen for providing an e-arc for review.

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