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A Searing Acquaintance The author has my admiration as to her in depth looks at Elizabeth s and Darcy s thoughts and feelings Loved this Darcy and loved her interpretation of various events and characters from canon in this modern take off of Pride and Prejudice set mainly in the northeast USA NYC, the Hamptons, NJ, etc Yes, even Catherine Fitzwilliam de Bourgh is written as someone of interest The language is all her own and is told in a way that I am sure will keep you turning pages as it did me.The book descr The author has my admiration as to her in depth looks at Elizabeth s and Darcy s thoughts and feelings Loved this Darcy and loved her interpretation of various events and characters from canon in this modern take off of Pride and Prejudice set mainly in the northeast USA NYC, the Hamptons, NJ, etc Yes, even Catherine Fitzwilliam de Bourgh is written as someone of interest The language is all her own and is told in a way that I am sure will keep you turning pages as it did me.The book description gives you the basic premise but there is so muchhere in this long variation.I found that this was a tale in two parts first, we have the meeting, the friction, the sexual chemistry and misunderstandings between our dear two people This Darcy has a much darker history and he reminded me of a Mr Rochester No, he doesn t have a wife in the attic But Princess Coco and the memories connected with her bring a small part of the poignancy that is the story of this Fitzwilliam Darcy The development of his character and learning of his background along with Elizabeth Bennet s own discovery of such, made me fall in love with him He doesn t walk away as he reconnoiters his strategy in knowing what his life is missing and seeking to fill the void I found myself in tears many times in the first part Be prepared to read of intense emotions Elizabeth seems hell bent to ignore signals or misinterpret them So what else is new for her But this is a modern woman and she has a lot going on in her young life.Secondly we have the story of just how our couple learns to handle their respective families and their places in their lives while trying to plan a life together and attempting to insure the best understanding between each other In this second half we read of the background and relationships with both sets of parents and how the growing up years have affected both Darcy and Elizabeth Part of what I enjoyed was the reading of viewpoints and then decisions about earning respect and earning a place in another s life be it as a partner or as a parent While we have a Mr Bennet we also have two wives, two daughters and two stepdaughters The Matlocks are present and their characters are basically the same Cousin Richard acts his supportive role as in canon But you will find some humor in Annabella de Bourgh s part Bingley, his two sisters, Mr Hurst, Charlotte and then Bill Collins, each, find a place in the tale And some is laugh out loud funny I truly enjoyed the talk Darcy had with Sylvia the perceptions set forth and the effects stated Well done.The author was very creative in using the same main characters with new nuances, and then inventing new uses for other items from canon, i.e., the University of Meryton I found her Mr Tom Bennet and his marital situations presented with much humor as well as using those traits we all are familiar with in slightly different ways Mr Bennet sitting in his library and finding humor in his study of human nature gains a new interpretationone many readers will find to fit how they judge his responsibility and or his neglect of such in PP.There are some scenes for mature audiences only.Ms Ashton s writing was superb in my opinion I loved her descriptions, her ability to bring us into the heart of soul of ODC She touched my heart and yet then wrapped this story up so well as we read of Elizabeth s nostalgic thoughts on an anniversary Well done I look forward tofrom this new author An Emotive and Sensitive Tale of Love Rating 4.5 out of 5 starsTYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL Modern Adaptation, Mature AudiencesSETTING Present day, New YorkSYNOPSIS A modern day retelling of Pride and Prejudice where Elizabeth Bennet is a grad student and striving to establish her career in the literary world and Fitzwilliam Darcy is the ultra reserved, unhappy looking friend of her sister s new boyfriend Thrown together often by the happy couple Jane and Bingley, Darcy finds himself intrigue An Emotive and Sensitive Tale of Love Rating 4.5 out of 5 starsTYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL Modern Adaptation, Mature AudiencesSETTING Present day, New YorkSYNOPSIS A modern day retelling of Pride and Prejudice where Elizabeth Bennet is a grad student and striving to establish her career in the literary world and Fitzwilliam Darcy is the ultra reserved, unhappy looking friend of her sister s new boyfriend Thrown together often by the happy couple Jane and Bingley, Darcy finds himself intrigued by Elizabeth and surprised at how he easily opens up to her And Elizabeth begins to feel some sparks for Darcy too or maybe that s just the Vicodin , but sadly mistaken assumptions and a lack of communication drive these two apart before something develops What happens when they continue to encounter each other And what happens when Elizabeth learns the truth about Darcy s past WHAT I LOVED Touches of Pride and Prejudice I love that this story doesn t parallel Pride and Prejudice in every way and how Ms Ashton doesn t utilize all of Jane Austen s characters the same This story had its own course and it was interesting to see the unique alterations Ms Ashton made with these characters I thought the changes to both Elizabeth s family and Darcy s family were inventive and stimulating to explore I especially enjoyed Aunt Catherine s surprising helpfulness and Richard s ever present playfulness New Themes While there are traces of pride in this story, prejudice and the consequences of making hasty judgments comeinto play Both Darcy and Elizabeth are quick to asses and judge each other and it takes both a little bit of time to realize the errors of their first impressions In addition, an important central theme introduced in this story is the healing powers of love Both Elizabeth and Darcy carry baggage and deep pain that they hide in different ways The second half of this story beautifully illustrates how love can help erase past pain, unleash unbridled happiness, and forever change a person It was a very moving experience to see Elizabeth and Darcy on this emotional journey together A Balance of Light and Dark With the pain of heartbreak and past tragedies this story does have some moments of seriousness and heart wrenching poignancy But Ms Ashton did such a marvelous job of making sure she balanced her tale with plenty of scenes and sequences that are light, and bright, and sparkling I especially loved seeing the sense of humor Elizabeth has with Darcy her nicknames for him, how she makes fun of him to his face, and how he loves it Not to mention there are many achingly sweet romantic moments where there love for each other is everything that is fierce, devoted, and whole hearted A Quintessential Darcy He may be reserved and have made past mistakes, but because this Darcy isn t too proud and haughty, he was very easy to love He has many of Jane Austen s Darcy s sterling character traits, but some wonderful new additions include his sweet love for animals, his adorable playfulness with children, his supportiveness to his family in all their crazy endeavors, and hisvulnerable and sensitive side that he keeps hidden Ms Ashton created a most endearing and attractive Mr Darcy for us to admire.WHAT I WASN T TOO FOND OF Just a few minor quibbles about the pacing some developments could have unfolded a little slower, and some parts could have been a little tighter and one or two moments of awkward dialogue.WARNING Some uses of strong language and a few intimate scenes are interspersed throughout.CONCLUSION Evocative, sincere, and empathetic A Searing Acquaintance is a poignant and powerful debut release that beautifully explores overcoming your past, rising above difficult relationships, and discovering the precious powers of unconditional love I applaud J L Ashton for her sensitive adaptation and her skillful yet plausible addition of a bit of shade to Jane Austen s beloved masterpiece.Austenesque Reviews An emotional, in depth, and romantic modern adaptation cannot believe this is the author s first book Take one Fitzwilliam Darcy,a handsome,shy and rather quiet man,an eligible batchelor who,behind the mask presented to strangers is lonely and sometimes,quite alone Add to this mixture one Elizabeth Bennet,a fiercely independent,outspoken and aspirational writer,the victim of a dysfunctional family,divorced parents, absentee mother and the perfect foil to said F.Darcy Blend these two strong willed and adorable characters,not forgetting the physical, psychological and emotional scares both brave Take one Fitzwilliam Darcy,a handsome,shy and rather quiet man,an eligible batchelor who,behind the mask presented to strangers is lonely and sometimes,quite alone Add to this mixture one Elizabeth Bennet,a fiercely independent,outspoken and aspirational writer,the victim of a dysfunctional family,divorced parents, absentee mother and the perfect foil to said F.Darcy Blend these two strong willed and adorable characters,not forgetting the physical, psychological and emotional scares both bravely carry from their past,the spice of essential chemistry needed to ignite the flame and simmer over a gentle yet unrelenting heat for as long as possible until the mixture boils over The result A beautifully crafted,delicious and highly recommended treat Enjoy,but be warned,you will find yourself coming back foras one helping will simply not be enough I don t know why I ever thought we made sense Smart, educated people are fools in love, especially when they re mired in denial and misunderstanding In this modern spin on Jane Austen s classic tale, Elizabeth Bennet, a grad student with literary aspirations, has found her big career break and broken up with yet another forgettable boyfriend While grateful for the professional lifeline thrown by sports agent George Wickham, she is intrigued by the man she calls Mr Noir Fitzwilliam Darcy, marked by tragedy, is a man accustomed to living his life in the spotlight even as his heart dwells on the dark side of loneliness When he first meets Elizabeth, he thinks she looks like a bloody pumpkin, but he soon sees so much She, however, can t even decide what to call him Mr Noir Nurse Darcy Sleazy British playboy Ferdinand So, it s Fitzwilliam, right That s an amazing name, you know Which came first the name or the accent He looked at her Oh, come on It s like the name of a subdivision or a sofa at Pottery Barn Please note the extra firm cushions on The Fitzwilliam Can an accidental encounter that leads to shocking intimacy change the course they ve both set and bring them into love s light Or will they stay mired in cold words and angry misunderstandings, overshadowing the deep connection they each feel Getting beyond their own mistakes to find each other again is one thing they also have to heal the wounds of their pasts Can they do that together Nice, but a little too long. A Searing AcquaintanceExcellent modernization story of Jane Austen s Pride and Prejudice The characters meet at a football game for the University of Meryton They are in Jane s boss s skybox The stiff uptight Darcy and loveable Charles are seated several rows behind Jane, Elizabeth, and Charlotte Charles, always looking out for a beautiful blonde young lady, gravitated to Jane Telling Darcy that he s going down to introduce himself, Charles mentions the brunette to Darcy He replies that A Searing AcquaintanceExcellent modernization story of Jane Austen s Pride and Prejudice The characters meet at a football game for the University of Meryton They are in Jane s boss s skybox The stiff uptight Darcy and loveable Charles are seated several rows behind Jane, Elizabeth, and Charlotte Charles, always looking out for a beautiful blonde young lady, gravitated to Jane Telling Darcy that he s going down to introduce himself, Charles mentions the brunette to Darcy He replies that she looks like a pumpkin in her school s orange colored sweatshirt Well, that remark started Elizabeth on hate the British snob Charles and Jane connect very well indeed He invites Jane and Elizabeth to his country house, Netherfield, but Elizabeth tries to stay out of Darcy s way Charles has surprised Jane with concert tickets and they leave Elizabeth and Darcy alone at Netherfield Elizabeth is out walking when she hurts her leg Finding one vicodin table left over from when she had her broken leg in her fanny pack, she takes it Hoping it kicks in soon so that she limp back to Netherfield, Darcy finds her standing in pain He offers to help her back She struggles against him, but Darcy continues to be as stubborn as Elizabeth When it begins to rain, he lifts her and carries her fighting him all the way Inside, Darcy starts a fire with hopes of warming them up quickly Putting the lasagna in the oven, he pours wine for them both When the vicodin kicks in mixed with the wine, Elizabeth gets rather loopy They discuss many topics and he tells her about his family His life has been sad, and Elizabeth feels his pain Before they both realize what is happening, she pulls him down for a kiss which escalates Putting back, Darcy says he cannot do this Elizabeth misunderstands his meaning leaving her with the impression that she s not good enough for him Jane and Bingley have car trouble and check into a motel Elizabeth is such a happy camper by then, she can hardly contain her ire Dinner burnt, Elizabeth is angry, and Darcy is clueless, because he thinks that he was acting as a gentleman to take advantage of her will not thinking clearly Then she meets the swine George Wickham Thinking him an honest man, he gives her names of sports figures she can interview for her book she s writing for the Phillips Group that paid her tuition after her sports scholarship was withdrawn because she broke her leg Every time Darcy sees her, she s with another hunk of a man, and every time she sees him, he has a blonde on his arm Believing Wickham about Darcy s desolate habits, she avoids him The night that Wickham shows up, Darcy wants to kill him She and Darcy have a few harsh words and after she s sure she has hurt his feelings, she leaves Charles and Jane s wedding draws near and Darcy gives them use of Pemberley by the seashore for the big family party Darcy was not going to be there but he took his mother s half a century Mustang for a drive and had car trouble Darcy and Elizabeth confront one another, but neither are clearly thinking Darcy is forced to stay throughout the festivities and Darcy and Elizabeth come to peace with one another On the news that evening, several of the sports figures she interviewed for the book are convicted of taking enhancement drugs Elizabeth is crushed because she d worked hard to finish the book Darcy tells her that he would help her find interviews with baseball players They determine that the men accused were names given by Wickham He scum found out that payback is a bitch He is accused of selling enhancement drugs to his clients, police found all sorts of drugs at in home, Darcy disclosed Wickham s blackmailing endeavors, plans to smear Elizabeth s name and her job credentials, and he s tied to the training farm giving drugs do sports figures Needless to say, Wickham s going to jail for a long time Elizabeth has met all of Darcy s extended family members and wonders will never cease, but his Aunt Catherine and the Matlocks adore her When they all see how happy Darcy is, they welcome her with open arms When he finally asks her to marry him, she answers, Yes A must read to understand Darcy s sadness in his life, and that is made so happy by Elizabeth s love Just what it should beThis is THE perfect modern adaptation of P P I m glad it didn t spend a ton of time on Wickham and it gave ODC believable backstories Knowing why Darcy was so sad and serious finally made sense Just what it should beThis is THE perfect modern adaptation of PP I m glad it didn t spend a ton of time on Wickham and it gave ODC believable backstories Knowing why Darcy was so sad and serious finally made sense This was an absorbing, emotional and realistic modern adaptation of Pride Prejudice The book description provides the premise of the story but there is muchdepth to it Elizabeth and Jane Bennet are products of a broken home and a dysfunctional family Elizabeth hides her pain behind humour and wit that at times can be brilliant or sarcastic Jane just hides behind a veneer of everything is fine Both have trust issues but Elizabeth also had her sports career ending in disaster I did This was an absorbing, emotional and realistic modern adaptation of Pride Prejudice The book description provides the premise of the story but there is muchdepth to it Elizabeth and Jane Bennet are products of a broken home and a dysfunctional family Elizabeth hides her pain behind humour and wit that at times can be brilliant or sarcastic Jane just hides behind a veneer of everything is fine Both have trust issues but Elizabeth also had her sports career ending in disaster I did find Elizabeth to be a bit too prickly for my liking at times.Darcy isvulnerable in this story due to his tragic family history He hides behind his Darcy Mask This Darcy for me was a tortured soul and very endearing Charles Bingley is very much to canon butdecisive which I loved The usual host of secondary characters add a bit of fun and drama to the story This story is written in realism with humour, angst, betrayal, love and forgiveness It s a tale of finding yourself before you can truly find another to love I was going to give this book a 4.5 but I was won over by the humour, especially the Looney Tunes references This Pride and Prejudice adaption was wonderful I loved it


About the Author: Jan Ashton

Author and editor of Austenesque novels, lover of history and romance, co founder of Quills Quartos Publishing.


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