Pemberley by the Sea: A modern love story, Pride and Prejudice style




Author: Abigail Reynolds
Type: eBook
Date Released: 2008
Format: pdf
Language: English
Page Count: 425
Isbn10 Code: 1402213565
Isbn13 Code: 9781402220807


From Publishers Weekly In this engaging love story, Austen enthusiast Reynolds (The Pemberley Variations) brings echoes of Elizabeth and Darcy to present-day New England. Marine biologist Cassie Boulton spends summers at an insular Cape Cod academic community, studying salt marshes. Sparks fly when Calder Westing, the heir of a famous political dynasty, enters her life, but Cassie knows better than to fall for a man who can have any woman he wants. Certain her low-profile career and inner-city Chicago background disqualify her from long-term consideration, she cuts ties with Calder after just one steamy night. Cassie doesn't know that Calder harbors genuine feelings for her. With some literary maneuvering, Calder finally wins Cassie's heart, but his powerful, ruthless father is determined to split them up. Beyond a surplus of cliché and throwaway characters, lush descriptions of Cape Cod are appropriately aphrodisiacal, the couple's wit and chemistry make them worth rooting for, and Cassie's well-rendered intellectual life not only gives her depth and independence, it gives readers a welcome break from that standard of modern heroine-ism, the plucky fashion and/or media lackey. (Oct.) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. From Reynolds offers a modern variation on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, as she did in Impulse & Initiative, also reviewed in this issue, by focusing on Cassie Boulton, a successful marine biologist trying to outrun her past, and Calder Westing, the haughty, handsome son of a politician who wants nothing to do with the family profession. Cassie, who is in Cape Cod for a summer research project, finds Calder off-putting and entirely unappealing. Thrust together because of the romance between her friend Erin and his friend Scott, Cassie and Calder find themselves drawn to each other, resulting in a steamy encounter on the ocean. Certain Calder’s interest in her isn’t genuine, and haunted by her past, Cassie puts Calder off and flees back to the college where she teaches. Although some elements are a bit cheesy—Calder writes a modern Pride and Prejudice novel casting himself and Cassie as the star-crossed lovers—Reynolds convincingly updates Austen’s classic, and romance fans will be carried along by the smoldering heat between Cassie and Calder. --Kristine Huntley

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