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Returning to Mr. Darcy*

Odd Mix of Regency and Modern JAFF

This story takes place in both the modern-day present and Regency past. I was surprised how much of it took place in the present. Modern-day Elizabeth Bennet is in a relationship with a man who doesn’t appreciate her and puts her second or third to everything else in his life. One of her boyfriend’s clients is a William Darcy, who for some reason doesn’t like the way his business associate treats his girlfriend. Modern-day Elizabeth is a big fan of Pride and Prejudice, as one might imagine. Suddenly, she finds herself back in Regency England with Mr. Darcy calling her his wife. How will it all turn out for Elizabeth and her Mr. Darcys?

As one who is accustomed to reading regular Jane Austen fan fiction that takes place solely in Regency times, I will admit it was a little jarring to read the sections about Elizabeth in modern times. I’m used to a certain gentleness in Jane Austen fan fiction, but these contemporary scenes reflected our more harsh reality. Frankly, I didn’t enjoy the modern sections. Elizabeth did seem to be a bit of a doormat in them. Her modern-day boyfriend is a cad and doesn’t treat her well. I think the cover should have reflected both the modern and Regency aspects of this story, not just the Regency ones.