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This is a really adorable Pride and Prejudice / My Fair Lady mashup! I wouldn't go into it expecting a traditional Pride and Prejudice variation, this book borrows the characters' names but throws them into a whole new setting. The characters aren't exactly true to the original, and the gap between Lizzy and Darcy is even wider, but it's a sweet story I'd recommend.
When the book begins, Lizzy and Jane are running Longbourn Flower Basket for their father. They're struggling to earn enough to support the Bennet family, but their efforts are hampered by their low status and cockney accents. When Bingley and Darcy enter the shop in search of an exotic flower, Bingley is immediately attracted to Jane. Bingley makes a bold dare, if Darcy can pass Lizzy off as a sophisticated lady to Aunt Catherine, he'll acknowledge Darcy as the foremost expert on the English language.
This was a sweet story with some funny moments, especially when Caroline Bingley was involved. I loved seeing the proper Darcy combined with Higgins' posturing, and it was fun to watch Bingley outfox Darcy. Lizzy had plenty of spunk, but also a very quick temper, and watching her match wits with Darcy was a treat. It was a fun listen, and had me smiling through most of the book.
This is the sort of book that needs to be listened to rather than read, as Jannie Meisberger's talented voice acting brings the cockney accents to life. It really added something I would have missed if I'd read it. It was a great performance. I requested a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review.
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Jannie Meisberger wonderfully narrated this sweet Darcy ad Elizabeth story. I loved the cockney accent she used for the characters. It is a wonderful what if the Bennets owned a flower shop, and guess who is the landlord. To gain better clientele Elizabeth takes up Darcy on the offer to learn to speak proper English. Caroline and Wickham team up to try to discredit the Bennet sisters. I love how this story is told and narrated and recommend it for anyone who loves JAFF as well as My Fair Lady.
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I love reading pride and prejudice variations and this is slightly more different then the others that I have read/listened too. But it was still a great read and the narrator who I have listened to before does a great job of voicing the characters. Her voice suits this type of story.
I would highly recommend it.