May 31, 2010
Book Review: Seducing Mr. Darcy by Gwyn Cready
An intriguing plot, suspenseful and engaging to the very end.
Seducing Mr. Darcy by Gwyn Cready (2008)
I've been reading Cready's romantic erotic paranormal time travel comedies in reverse order. The comedy reminded me of Shakespeare. The subtitle could be "Jane Austen meets Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors and others."
Flip Allison time travels to the early 19th century England after a new masseuse tells her to imagine herself in her favorite book. She chose Pride and Prejudice, and finds herself as Lady Quillan, seducing or being seduced by Darcy himself in Regency England. This little event changes the plot of Pride and Prejudice, and Flip, back in the 21st century, is horrified by the way the book now reads. She contrives to return to the 19th century to undo what happened and make sure that Elizabeth Bennet and Darcy marry in the end, as Austen wrote the book. She is followed back in time by Magnus Knightly, an Austen scholar, and by her ex-husband Jed and his current love interest, the university student Io. This makes Flip's job back in time much more complicated and adds both to the romance and to the slapstick comedy.
I read most of Seducing Mr. Darcy on a long car ride to Canada, while keeping an ear on the audio of a much different book, The Swan Thieves: A Novel by Elizabeth Kostova, but this didn't distract me from Seducing Mr. Darcy.
Have an enjoyable Memorial Day holiday wherever you are and whatever you're doing!