Saturday, July 30, 2016

Review 'Evan and Darcy' by Melanie Coles Austen gets a little dusty in this outback retelling of a beloved story about a man who learns that first impressions can be wrong when you’re looking for Ms Right.

Wheat farmer Evan Bennet is happy being single until his brother falls for the new girl in town, wealthy hotel owner Claire Bingley. Suddenly finding a girl seems more appealing…unless you’re talking about Claire’s best friend, pretentious lawyer Darcy Fitzwilliam. Her cold manners have Evan seeing red, and when a cute girl with links to Darcy’s past catches his eye, he’s even more determined to dislike her.

When a startling revelation turns Evan’s world upside down and he unexpectedly crosses Darcy’s path again, he’s forced to reassess his opinion of her. But just as he starts to open his heart, a crisis engulfs his family, threatening to destroy any hope of a future with Darcy.

With a cloud hanging over his family, Evan knows his chance of winning Darcy’s heart is gone… until some surprising news and a generous gift leave him wondering if her heart might be his after all.

The Facts:

Publication Date:
July 15th, 2016
Contemporary Romance
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My Review:

Like most woman, I just love Jane Austen. I have all her books. And I’ve read ‘Pride and Prejudice’ at least three times. I’ve seen almost every single movie out there about ‘Pride and Prejudice’. So when I saw this title ‘Evan and Darcy’, and read that is was an outback retelling of the Jane Austen novel, I just knew I needed to read this book.

The beginning of this book was a little disappointing to me. The Bennet family consists of five brothers this time, and although this is a nice change from all the other retellings.. I just couldn’t really connect with the Bennet brothers. For example.. I just couldn’t really see the shy oldest Bennet sibling as a man. And it took me a long time to get used to it.
Also the story just went way too fast for me in the beginning. Since I couldn’t really connect with the characters at first, I hoped for a little more time to get used to them. But the story goes really fast and the writing just didn’t really grab me.

Thankfully, half way through the book I began to like the characters more and more. Evan was a nice guy with a passion, and I admired the way he wanted to take care of his family. Darcy also definitely began to grow on me. She was a hardworking woman, who cared a lot about her family and friends.
I also began to ‘feel’ the connection between Evan and Darcy more and more. In the beginning of the book I just felt like they really really hated each other. Something I didn’t feel as much in ‘Pride and Prejudice’. And I just didn’t like their characters at all. I’m glad that changed throughout the book and that the characters felt more right to me.

What I definitely enjoyed the most was the way this book took place in Australia. I loved reading about the country and the beautiful landscapes. It really fitted the story too. And I could easily imagine the characters there.

Overall this book was a fun read. I didn’t think it was the best, but it definitely made for an enjoyable evening.

My Rating:

About the Author:

While other children spent their lunchtimes climbing tyre walls or playing kiss-chasey, Melanie spent hers in the library with either her nose in a book, a pen in her hand or her head in the clouds. Throughout her school years she wrote countless stories, only to lose her writing mojo sometime after high school. Thankfully she rediscovered it in the dead of night some twenty years later and now juggles writing with family life and her work as an Executive Assistant. A hopeless romantic, Melanie is addicted to chocolate and happily-ever-afters, and may also have an obsession with Jane Austen novels. She resides in the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges in Melbourne, Australia with her musician husband, two sports-crazed sons and a ginger cat named Jack.

For more information about Melanie Coles please visit her website. Or visit her on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

I received this book from Escape Publishing in exchange for my honest review.
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