Dear Fellow reader,
I have a confession to make. I have not read Pride and Prejudice. Is that possible? I know I have read Emma by Jane Austin. I read it a very long time ago and I didn’t like it. As I am sure we have all discovered, as we change, our view of books can change. Maybe I would like it now.
I think I have seen part of the movie Pride and Prejudice, the one with Keira Knightley. It was okay but I don’t think I saw the whole thing.
I know that people love the book and because of that, there seem to be many books that follow the plot of the original. In the way things happen sometimes, I read two books lately that are connected to Pride and Prejudice. The first was a book that I requested as an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC). I don’t know what part of the promo led me to want to read it. (I received a copy of the book in exchange for a fair review.) The second was my book club book, Unmarriageable, which is Pride and Prejudice in Pakistan. I didn’t think I would read it; partially because I didn’t think we would have book club and partially because, well, another Pride and Prejudice book? Much to my surprise, I liked Unmarriageable and it was a quick read. So, if you are a Pride and Prejudice fan, you might want to try it.
The Wrong Mr. Darcy is set in the United States in current time. One of the writers is Evelyn Lozada, who is “an American television personality” and is one of the six main cast members of the VH1 reality show “Basketball Wives”. This information means nothing to me, but it does help to know this when you read the book. This book is not a re-telling of Pride and Prejudice. In this story, Hara Isari, is a small-town sports reporter trying to break into the big leagues. As the book opens, she is visiting her father, who is in jail. He has been in jail for 10 years for operating an illegal sports betting operation. His network was so extensive that when he was caught, he brought down several professional athlete’s careers. Hara is excited to go see her father as the book opens as she has won the opportunity to interview Charles Butler, who plays for the Boston Fishers, an NBA team.
While in Boston, Hara meets other sports writers and other team members like Derek Darcy. Darcy is starting his second year but had had a terrible rookie year due to an injury and is back this year to prove himself.
The story is told from both Hara and Derek’s perspectives while they both find out who to trust and exactly what Is going on with the team and the owners. One of the pivotal questions, which Hara doesn’t realize on her way into the situation, is why was she picked for this interview? Derek also has questions about why his friend, Charles Butler is acting so strange. They had been close friends but it seems that there is something going on with Charles.
The story moves along well. Except for the name “Darcy“ and the dislike that Hara has for Darcy through part of the book, the rest of the plot is NOT Pride and Prejudice.
This book is a nice light read with a few unexpected plot twists.
This book is set for publication on August 25, 2020. You can order it now to be delivered on the 25th.
Thanks for reading!