Seducing Mr. Darcy Mass Market Paperback – Jul 29 2008
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About the Author
Gwyn Cready is a writer of contemporary, Scottish, and time travel romance. She's been called "the master of time travel romance" and is the winner of the RITA Award, the most prestigious award given in romance writing. She has been profiled in Real Simple and USA Today, among others. Before becoming a novelist, she spent 25 years in brand management. She has two grown children and lives with her husband on a hill overlooking the magical kingdom of Pittsburgh.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
This book has all the elements I expect to find in a really good romance novel--believable dialogue, interesting characters fleshed out beyond sterotypes, tightly wound plotting. But it has some nice surprises too-- wicked humor, clever conflict and situations, juxtaposition of Regency and contemporary romance, and, most importantly, an atypical hero and heroine that seem both real and likable.
The only reason that I did not give five stars was because my "willing suspension of disbelief" was stretched a bit during the metaphysical aspects of the plot. But this is paranormal romance so I can forgive Cready's bold jump given that "Seducing Mr. Darcy" does everything else exactly right.
Do yourself a favor and read this book. You will find it a welcome respite from everything you have read lately.
Naturally she has to try and rectify this along with the unwanted help from a current day professor of literature. Fun ensures.
I can't say that I'm now a devoted reader of Gwyn Cready, her writing style is still a little unpolished and her plot lines could be tighter. For example little knowledge is given to the person giving the massage and we just take it on faith that its there to make the story work instead of woven into the story. Still, very innovative and I will definitely check out her next book.
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, since I 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 went out and bought several of the author's other books as soon as I had finished it, I can hardly pretend that I didn't immensely enjoy it.
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, her mind conjures a mix of "Pride and Prejudice" and a rather more trashy novel, 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 USA 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. Anyone who is likely to be seriously offended by some mild references to spanking should give this book a miss. When Magnus, the handsome professor of literature, first sees the heroine with some of her friends, they have had slightly 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 it soom becomes clear that this was not just a passing thought: 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 by saying whether this actually happens, but if you think a man who would even seriously consider putting a woman over his knee must be such an evil sexist that he could not 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 Series #1) by Jasper Fforde" which is the first in that series.
"Seducing Mr Darcy" is obviously not intended to be taken seriously, but if you like "Lost in Austen" or any other story in which characters from classic literature come alive, or if you enjoy a silly romantic farce, you might find this very entertaining.