From the desk of Christina Boyd:
Author Mary Lydon Simonsen is making quite a name for herself as a writer who successfully uses Jane Austen’s characters and themes in other historical times and settings. Her latest Pride and Prejudice re-imagining is set in WWII England with the Bennet girls conscripted into the workforce to support the war effort. This tale begins when Elizabeth Bennet, a pants-wearing, lorry driver, encounters the handsome but rude Royal Air Force (RAF) pilot, Fitzwilliam Darcy. And like in Austen’s masterpiece, Darcy once again unwittingly slights Elizabeth when she overhears him discouraging a fellow officer from attending a local RAF dance. “I shall warn you there is little beauty in the girls who attend these dances, and they aren’t exactly light on their feet. If you do go to the dance, my advice is to wear your jump boots.” But upon seeing Elizabeth, Darcy is certain he has met her previously, but where? A befuddling thought indeed until they are later formally introduced through another pilot, Charles Bingley.
The original characters are as they ever were with Lydia getting caught dallying with Wickham and with real consequences; and Jane falling for the estimable, Mr. Bingley. What was most pleasing was to read familiar Continue reading “Darcy Goes to War: A Pride and Prejudice Re-imagining, by Mary Lydon Simonsen – A Review”