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Rating : 4/5
The Blurb: It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single woman teetering on the verge of thirty must be in want of a husband.
Not true for Manhattanite Elizabeth Scott. Instead of planning a walk down the aisle, she is crossing the pond, with the only companion she needs; her darling dog, Bliss. Caring for a pack of show dogs in England seems like the perfect distraction from the scandal that ruined her teaching career, and her reputation in New York. What she doesn’t count on is an unstoppable attraction to billionaire dog breeder Donovan Darcy. The London tycoon’s a little bit arrogant, a whole lot sexy, and the chemistry between them is disarming. When passion is finally unleashed, might Elizabeth hope to take home more than a blue ribbon.
My Review :
I enjoyed this a lot more than the movie but then it is very rare that I enjoy the movie more than the book.
After being falsely accused of extortion by one her students fathers and being forced to take a leave of absence from her teaching job at a prestigious school in New York. A chance encounter at a dog show, on her 30th Birthday provides Elizabeth Scott with the break she needs, leaving her old life behind and becoming a dog nanny in England.
I found this book to be a very delightful retelling of the Jane Austen Classic Pride and Prejudice. Every so often the author would use the lines from the classic novel which worked really well. It played homage to the original love story between Darcy and Elizabeth quite nicely while missing out the Wickham and Lydia subplot. Instead it was redirected to the scandal surrounding Elizabeth’s job in New York which was a nice touch.
At times the contact between Elizabeth Scott and Donovan Darcy would get a little steamy, not all meaningful looks across a ballroom in this tale. There was a lot more substance to the book than the movie adaptation I reviewed yesterday which I was pleased about. The characters were rounded off better and the whole premise of the story made a lot more sense.
For fans of Jane Austen spin off’s like me, you will enjoy this light hearted and easy going read. I did enjoyed Terri Wilson’s style and I am inclined to read some more of her books in the future.