Welcome to the Celebrate Lit Blog Tour for Darcy by Any Other Name by Laura Hile! Mr. Darcy….. in Collins’ body…..seems like a recipe for disaster, right!? I found it to be cleverly funny 🙂
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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Let me start by saying that having Mr. Darcy in Mr. Collins’ body was not only a clever story twist, but an amusing one to read! The way Hile wrote almost made the story feel like an extension of Pride and Prejudice. I was a little unsure of how I would feel about this story line, with Mr. Darcy being one of those characters you just can’t mess with. That being said, I rather enjoy reading this!
It doesn’t take long into the story for the body swap to happen, and so you really get to enjoy Darcy and Collins learning about each other, their lives, and the people around them. Even more intriguing was Darcy (in Collins’ body) having interactions with Elizabeth. Those are the scenes I was racing to read, because I was anxious to see how the author played it out. She did not disappoint, although I would have liked more of them in the last part of the book (can’t say why due to spoilers).
I can imagine Jane Austen herself reading this book and chuckling. I think fans of her will do the same when reading. Don’t be intimated by the size of the book when you see it (yes it’s over 600 pages long!). The reading is pretty quick and easy, and honestly I was so entranced by the story that I read it in about the same length of time as a 300 page novel. Austen fans beware – you might have a new tale to love!
I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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.
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.
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To celebrate her tour, Laura is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card!!
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