My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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I loved this book. I adore Pride and Prejudice and, as a result, am very particular about what a ‘retelling’ needs to include to qualify as one. This book includes the key themes & scenes I personally look for in a P&P retelling but it transcends all that to become its own novel entirely too. I love the rich backgrounds – both characteristically and culturally – of all the characters.
I love the way Dev flipped the roles of our Elizabeth & Darcy archetypes in character whilst also maintaining the family dynamics tied to the originals – Trisha keeping her tight-knit, sprawling, acentric and sometimes overly involved family and DJ holding onto the solidarity and closeness of two orphan siblings (Fitzwilliam & Georgianna) left to fend for themselves and each other against the rest of the world.
Also, Julia Wickham’s whole character transition – genius! (And super evil, way more evil than George Wickham – I love it!)
This book does allude to sexual assault, (view spoiler), though it’s never explicitly described or shown, it’s just worth knowing for those particularly sensitive to this. I will say it’s handled quite well, (view spoiler) and whilst it still impacts the characters in some ways, they present great, well-adjusted survivor stories.
This book really hit me in the feels in all the right moments and I was really invested the whole way through and can’t wait to read any sequels(!) that I just found out about. (That in itself is impressive since I’m historically against P&P sequels)
I received a copy of this book from William Morrow Paperbacks via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
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