Nicole Clarkston’s newest book, London Holiday: A Pride and Prejudice Romantic Comedy, is a mashup of Pride and Prejudice and Roman Holiday.
When the truth is harder to believe than disguise.
Drugged and betrayed in his own household, Fitzwilliam Darcy makes his escape from a forged compromise that would see him unhappily wed. Dressed as a footman, he is welcomed into one of London’s unknown neighbourhoods by a young lady who is running out of time and running for her life.
Deciding to hide in plain sight, Miss Elizabeth Bennet dodges the expectation to marry the man of her mother’s dreams. When the insolent footman she “found” refuses to leave her side until they can uncover a solution to their respective dilemmas, the two new acquaintances treat themselves to a holiday, experiencing the best of what Regency England has to offer.
Based on Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice, can two hard-headed characters with kind hearts discover the truth behind the disguise? Enjoy the banter, humour, and growing affection as Mr Darcy and Miss Elizabeth have the best day of their lives, and discover that they just might find love and romance while on a London Holiday. This book is appropriate for all ages.
Because of the very unusual circumstances, the author has to stretch regency behaviour boundaries, but nothing which would make it unbelievable or very scandalous. She did a great job making sure everything was as appropriate as it can be under the circumstances.
The title itself says it’s a romantic comedy, and it is, but I couldn’t help to notice that 80% of the book takes place in 24 hours, like a Greek tragedy. 🙂 In 24 hours Ms Clarkston gives lots of time for Elizabeth and Darcy to interact and to show that they get to know each other but at the same time still keep their most basic personal life undercover. By the way, it’s rather funny, but they walk so much that I had muscle ache in my legs by the time I finished the book.
I loved Darcy and Wilson’s (his valet) relationship, along with the below-stairs gossip at the beginning of the book. Lady Catherine is more desperate than originally, and Mr Collins is more intolerable than ever. I liked that Ms Clarkston made the Earl accurate regarding him behaving and taking the side of the people his position demanded at that moment.
There’s one thing I didn’t like and two things I missed. Ms Clarkston used regency language rather well most of the time, but unfortunately, she and the editor missed some words and expressions. One was very eye-catching, and I don’t know how they overlooked. “There is a neighbourhood fountain, not eight blocks from here to the west.” What I missed is that she has mentioned a few times that the Bennet family was ruined earlier but didn’t give any explanation until about 85-90% in the book. I also missed that she forgot to talk about the scandal after Darcy returned to his home. Calling off a wedding publicly in a newspaper just a day after an announcement didn’t leave the ton untouched.
My favourite part is the very detailed description of Vauxhall Gardens. Marvellous job from the author. I want nothing more than dress up in Regency and visit the regency Vauxhall Garden.
As the title suggests it’s a light-hearted rom-com which you’ll enjoy.
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