Review of Darcy by Any Other Name

About the Book

Darcy By Any Other Name  by Laura Hile, Christian fiction, Jane Austen fan-fiction with Christian themes.

Darcy By Any Other Name by Laura Hile, Christian fiction, Jane Austen fan-fiction with Christian themes.

Book: Darcy by Any Other Name

Author: Laura Hile

Genre:  Historical Christian Romance, Regency

Release Date: May 13, 2016

Discover the Pride and Prejudice body-swap romance that has readers laughing in surprise and delight.

For most, this is a glorious evening of music and dancing. But out in the garden two men are arguing, while a ferocious rainstorm swirls round. And then the unthinkable happens: a lightning bolt from heaven strikes. In that instant everything changes.

Jane Austen’s heartthrob hero becomes the bumbling Reverend Collins. Shorn of his fortune, his social standing, and his good looks, Mr. Darcy is trapped in Mr. Collins’ body. And Mr. Collins wakes up to discover that he is master of Pemberley.

Could there be anything worse?

But the inner man is still Darcy. He is in love with Elizabeth Bennet. And now he is living in her house.

If you enjoy a smart, sparkling Regency romp in the classic “Heyeresque” style, then you will love Laura Hile’s Darcy By Any Other Name.

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About the Author

Author Laura Hile

Author Laura Hile

My journey as a writer began with the Internet.  And with Jane Austen.

How is that for an unlikely combination?

I have always loved classic Regency romances. You know the kind – with a dashing, honorable hero and a lovely, intelligent heroine. Delicious banter, unexpected plot twists, humor, and a happy ending. If faith is woven into the story, so much the better.

When I discovered an online forum for Jane Austen-related fiction, I was hooked. With Jane’s characters for inspiration, I began writing and posting serialized Regency stories. To keep readers coming back for more, I developed my signature style: intertwined plots, cliffhangers, and laugh-out-loud humor.

The comedy I come by in my job as a middle school teacher—there’s never a dull moment with teens!

I live in Beaverton, Oregon with my husband.

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I see that double-take you just did.  Darcy By Any Other Name is a what? A Pride and Prejudice body-swap romance? Seriously?

Indeed yes. And it’s a really fun read. I blame my sense of humor. And the fact that I think too much.

Here’s the thing: we women are captivated by Jane Austen’s Mr. Darcy—we are! Handsome, aloof, and wealthy, he embodies the perfect male. By comparison, the ordinary guy has no chance. (And heaven help the fellow who is plain!)

Yet we know that attraction involves more than good looks and a fat wallet.

I began to play with this thought. Because Mr. Darcy is also honorable, intelligent, kind, and funny—qualities that transform an ugly man and capture a woman’s interest. The shared smile, the twinkle in the eyes, the finishing of her sentences. These are endearing! These are why we women fall in love!

Once the body swap idea showed up, I knew I had struck story gold. Will Darcy-as-Collins capture Elizabeth Bennet’s heart?

No, wait! She cannot fall for him because he’s the wrong man—no, the right man! But he’s in that podgy body! She cannot love Mr. Darcy when he’s—ugly! Can she?

Ah, but of course she can. Now what?

Think of Darcy By Any Other Name as a happy roller coaster ride. And you know what they say about those: “Get in, sit down, and hold on.”

Do leave a comment and enter the giveaway. I think you will enjoy this fun, romantic book.

Blog Tour of  Darcy by Any Other Name  by Laura Hile, with  Celebrate Lit

Blog Tour of Darcy by Any Other Name by Laura Hile, with Celebrate Lit

Blog Stops

Through the Fire Blogs, September 30

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, September 30

A Baker’s Perspective, October 1

Locks, Hooks and Books, October 1

Reflections From My Bookshelves, October 2

For Him and My Family, October 2

Back Porch Reads, October 3

Sara Jane Jacobs, October 3

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, October 4

Mary Hake, October 4

Remembrancy, October 5

Emily Yager, October 5

Bigreadersite, October 6

Rebecca Tews, October 6

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, October 7

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 7

Rev. Rebecca Writes: Read, Write, Pray, October 8

Creating Romance, October 8

Blossoms and Blessings, October 9

janicesbookreviews, October 9

By The Book, October 10

Moments, October 11

Pause for Tales, October 11

Texas Book-aholic, October 12

A Reader’s Brain, October 12

Inklings and notions , October 13

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Laura is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the button or image below to enter.

Giveaway  for Christian fiction - $25 Amazon Gift Card from Laura Hile

Giveaway for Christian fiction - $25 Amazon Gift Card from Laura Hile

Lila’s Opinions:

An Original and Delightful Pride & Prejudice Re-telling!

What do you get when you mix Freaky Friday with Jane Austen? Why, Darcy By Any Other Name, of course! A delightful, well-written, well-edited, and creative story that had me reading chapter after chapter, even while cooking and when I should have been doing other things. ;)

I still can't get over the original idea of switching Mr. Darcy's and Mr. Collins' bodies! The romance, the secondary characters, and the changes to Jane Austen's masterpiece all worked. Normally I don't usually like messing around with Austen's universes, but this was superbly done!

The only four things I didn't like were:

1) the overuse of nursery rhymes and songs from that time period (it felt like the author was just showing off her research);

2) a slight amount of steaminess that I can't quite condone;

3) the insinuation that to add any cream or sugar in coffee amounts to over-indulgence and gluttony;

4) the use of the Epilogue. This is a pet peeve of mine. The epilogue was actually the real resolution. The last chapter ended way too quickly. Only the last sentence could be considered resolution. The epilogue was a necessary part of the book and should be a regular chapter.

But other than these minor things, I absolutely adored it!

I especially loved the extra faith thread woven throughout. Though Austen praises morality and true piety, her novels cannot be classified as Christian fiction. Darcy By Any Other Name, however, I would classify as Christian fiction. It has several Bible verses quoted directly, as well as several allusions to Biblical characters, the duties of clergymen, and the belief in divine miracles. I really loved the added punch that this gave to the theme of pride and humility, as it was a parody of Austen’s Pride & Prejudice.

Favorite quotes:

Chapter 7, Location 1080: “Hill sat down on the end of the bed, and Darcy heard her give a long sigh. 'Something's not right,' she said at last. 'I feel it in my bones. The Mistress, bless her, has no notion of what's what, and the Master indulges the girls.'” I thought it highly interesting to give such perception to a character who has nary a speaking line in the original Austen.

Chapter 19, Location 3560: “It was all Darcy could do not to skip and cavort. For he was limed, a ready prisoner to Elizabeth's blushing admiration. And glory be, the roads were yet impassible.”

Chapter 20, Location 3687: “He gave her hand a squeeze. 'Poor and content is rich, and rich enough.' Shakespeare, Darcy realized, was quite a wise fellow.”

Chapter 43, Location 7128: “His voice was surprisingly compassionate, and somehow this was familiar. But that could not be right. Mr. Darcy was never kind.”

Chapter 48, Location 7954: “'Your job as best man,' he added, 'is to keep Mr. Collins standing upright.' 'May the best man win,' murmured Darcy, before he could stop himself. Collins gave him a dark look.”

(I received this book for free. The decision to write a review, as well as the opinions expressed in it, are all my own. I was not compensated for this review.)

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