DEAR MISS DARCY is a delight for Austen fans. Authors Laura Briggs and Sarah Burgess hooked me immediately with their spin on the PRIDE AND PREJUDICE tale; namely, that Lizzie and Darcy were real and they allowed Jane Austen to write their story. Mses. Briggs and Burgess filled DEAR MISS DARCY with references to PRIDE AND PREJUDICE along with Ms. Austen’s other works. As a Janeite myself, I had a lot of fun playing “spot the nods to Austen” in DEAR MISS DARCY.
But enough about Jane Austen. As a contemporary romance, DEAR MISS DARCY is charming, though, at times, the plot gets a bit dragged out. In the very public battle between Olivia and Christopher, I felt like Olivia held almost all the power and began to feel sorry for the poor man. Olivia tended to get carried away when she was irritated with Christopher, which brought DEAR MISS DARCY down in a few spots. Still, on the whole, Olivia and Christopher had nice chemistry and I enjoyed watching them fall for one another.
The literary market is flooded with spinoffs, adaptations and sequels to Jane Austen’s work, so it’s difficult nowadays to pen one that feels fresh and new. With DEAR MISS DARCY, Mses. Burgess and Briggs have succeeded in creating a story that’s original and entertaining and I finished Olivia and Christopher’s story a well satisfied reader.