Review by A Baja Janeite
“This isn’t what really happened. Jane Austen obviously changed her mind about a lot of things when she rewrote it.”
Harriet’s nodding agreement only spurred my irritation. “So this is just an early draft. It doesn’t change the outcome, does it?”…
“The outcome?” She paused.
I bit my lip in frustration. “Whatever happens, Darcy and Elizabeth have to end up together.” …
Harriet eyed me with some interest. “Why should it bother you if Elizabeth fancies Colonel Fitzwilliam?” (p.93)
Claire Prescott has no life. When her parents died years ago, eighteen-year-old Claire abandoned all of her own dreams to provide for her younger sister. Missy now has a career and a family, but Claire still lives for her. Boyfriend Neil is obsessed with sports–but not with Claire. To make matters worse, she has just lost her job to a young college graduate.
Missy has been invited to present a paper at a Pride and Prejudice seminar at Oxford. Uunable to attend, she talks Claire into taking her place. Of course, Claire will go. Will Neil even realize that she is gone?
At Oxford, Claire meets and is immediately enamored with James Beufort, a New York version of Mr.Darcy. He, however, is as reluctantly attracted to Claire as the original was to Elizabeth.