Title: The Trials of the Honorable F. Darcy
Author: Sara Angelini
This book says on the cover it is a modern Pride & Prejudice. Since I have never read Pride & Prejudice through completely (I know, shame on me) I am not even going to try to draw any comparisons between the two works. But to enjoy this story, no comparisons need to be made.
Elizabeth Bennet is a lawyer who is working in the same jurisdiction as Judge Fitzwilliam Darcy and appears in his courtroom almost daily. Judge Darcy, though being one of the youngest judges in California, is also one of the most respected - known for being fair. He takes pains to conceal his age in the courtroom though, wearing glasses and slicking his hair down.
Darcy's best friend from college, Charles Bingley, is a doctor at a nearby hospital. There he meets Jane Bennett, Elizabeth's sister, also a doctor. The two hit it off and soon become a couple, neither one realizing the connection they have with Darcy and Elizabeth.
After Charles and Jane have been dating for awhile, they decide to go to London for a vacation. Jane invites Elizabeth along as she feels she needs to get away. Little does she know that they are going to be staying at Pemberly, which is Darcy's home (away from home) and that he is also going to be vacationing there. Sparks fly - at first angry ones - and then romance blooms as they both agree that what happens in England stays in England. You see, it would be ethically wrong for them to date as any cases that went in Elizabeth's favor they could claim was because of their relationship.
You and I both know that those things which are off limits are usually what you want the most. So upon returning from England, they are both irrational and cranky. What can they do to solve their problem?
As I said in the beginning - having not read Pride and Prejudice all the way through, all I can tell you is that the names are the same. (I really need to read Pride and Prejudice as this is the second book I have read in the last month based on Jane Austen's original. . .) I really enjoyed this book. Her characters were very likable - even Darcy, though he tried to be standoffish and unsociable. Oh - and don't let me forget Elizabeth's best friend Lou, who is a hoot - and just happens to be gay. Read this one, I think you will enjoy it.
The Trials of the Honorable F. Darcy
Publisher/Publication Date: Sourcebooks, Oct 2009
*This book was provided for review by Danielle at Sourcebooks.*