Who ever loves Pride and Prejudice and appreciates a good fan fiction or sequel will just love this book. The base of the story is that of Elizabeth and Darcy but it is retold in the setting of modern day america – which to be honest put me off a first because they are British, aren’t they? But never mind that, it’s going to be good!
Here is a little recap of where we start of: Elizabeth and Jane Bennet are both in their late 30s living in NYC when their father back at home in Cincinnati suffers from a heart attack that causes them to (temporarily) move in with their parents again to help. At the same time Mr. Bingley who is a doctor (and harvard graduate) moves to Cincinnati for a job at the hospital joining his friend Darcy there, who is a snobbish neuro-surgeon. Having been some two years prior on a bachelor-esc type of dating show Bingley is widely known around – his wealth as well as his wanting to find true love…
All our well beloved characters are thrown in the world of modern day dating and marriage-pressure which most of the time is really funny to read because Sittenfeld just gets every one of them on point while adding a few bits here and there – for example Mrs. Bennet has a slight problem with home shopping and hordes unopened parcels, Kitty and Lydia do Cross Fit while Mary is working on her hundredth university degree while still not having a job.
But there’re also the more serious moments especially between Elizabeth and Darcy that are written in such a beautiful and detailed way that you just get all the feelings.
I enjoyed reading this very much and as done with the original many times have been rereading it already. For everyone who loves Elizabeth and Darcy, this retelling is so funny and brilliant that I highly recommend your picking up Eligible even if you don’t like fan fiction. It’s almost like reading pride and prejudice for the first time again because while reading you are curious about how the different story lines will unfold and the characters develop. Lovely writing by a real Austen lover.
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