You know Darcy: rich, proud, standoffish, disapproving, one of the greatest romantic heroes of all time. But you don't know this Darcy because this Darcy is a woman.
In Prejudice & Pride, Lynn Messina’s modern retelling with a gender-bendy twist, everything is vaguely familiar and yet wholly new. Bingley is here, in the form of Charlotte "Bingley" Bingston, an heiress staying at the Netherfield hotel on Central Park, as is Longbourn, transformed from an ancestral home into a perennially cash-strapped art museum on the edge of the city. Naturally, it employs an audacious fundraiser with an amused glint in his eye called Bennet.
All the favorite characters are present and cleverly updated: Providing the cringe-worthy bon mots is Mr. Meryton, the nerve-wracked executive director of the Longbourn who’s always on the lookout for heiresses to join his museum’s very important committees. (Universally acknowledged truth: Any woman in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a social committee to chair.) Collin Parsons is still in obsequious, if ironic, awe of his patroness, Lady Catherine de Bourgh. The wicked Georgia Wickham toils as a graphic designer at Redcoat Design by day and schemes against Darcy by night.
With her trademark wit and style, Lynn Messina takes the genres she does best—chick lit, mashups, and Regency romance—and weaves them into one delightfully entertaining tale that doubles as a fun guessing game.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
John and Bennett are brothers and work in the developmental department at Longbrown.Meryton was Executive Director of The Longbrown Art Collection. Bennett has worked seven years for Longbrown. Meryton has overseen and safeguarded the art collection for twenty three years. An heiress has rented the penthouse and Meryton wants her to become a benefactor for the collection. The woman’s name that toke the penthouse was Charlotte Bingley. Then John and Bennett have another brother Langley who gets a job at Longbrown. There is a gala at the art gallery and Bennett is introduced to Charlotte. I just couldn’t get into this story. I tried/ I love the original story. I loved the original Pride and Prejudice. So maybe that is why I didn’t take to this story. This story just didn’t work for me. I received an ARC of this story for an honest review.