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Darcy By Any Other Name by Laura Hile (Book Review & Blog Tour)

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Darcy By Any Other Name by Laura Hile

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Book Details 

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.

Click here to get your copy.

My Review 

I’m so happy that I discovered Darcy By Any Other Name by Laura Hile! One of my favorite parts of the hobby of book blogging is that it has brought me into contact with so many great indie authors. I truly believe that Darcy By Any Other Name is a hidden gem and I wish more people knew about it.

I’m a huge fan of Jane Austen and I love it when I find a unique take on one of my favorite stories. What I loved most about this book was the romance between the two characters. In all honesty, although Mr. Darcy is a very romantic hero in the original, in many ways I preferred the version of him that we find in this book!

I was surprised to find that I preferred Darcy  as Mr. Collins. Being Mr. Collins allowed Darcy to show his deepest and most true nature. It allows the reader to explore essentially why he is attractive. Yes- in the original he is handsome and wealthy- but in this version he is warm, genuine, brave, clever, and much more approachable.

The romance that develops between these two characters is such a sweet romance. I loved watching the tenderness grow between Elizabeth and Darcy.  Even though I had work the next morning, I stayed up reading long into the night. I just had to find out how the two would find their happy ending!

If you love Pride and Prejudice and enjoy Jane Austen retellings, I highly recommend Darcy by Any Other Name. 

For another Jane Austen inspired version of Pride and Prejudice that I highly recommend, be sure to check out Pride, Prejudice, and Personal Statements by Mary Pagones!

*I received a free copy of this book from Celebrate Lit in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 

About the Author

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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.

 

More from Laura

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 Stops

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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

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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

 

The author (not me!) is hosting a giveaway in order to promote her book!

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To celebrate her tour, Laura (the author, not me!) 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 link below to enter. The author is hosting this giveaway. For questions, comments, or concerns regarding this giveaway, please contact the author.

https://promosimple.com/ps/ef43/darcy-by-any-other-name-celebration-tour-giveaway

 

4 thoughts on “Darcy By Any Other Name by Laura Hile (Book Review & Blog Tour)”

  1. Rebecca, thank you for reading and reviewing Darcy By Any Other Name. I’m so glad you enjoyed him.

    In this busy, noisy world in which we live, time is a precious thing. Thank you for spending some of yours to share Darcy with your followers.

    Sincerely,

    Laura

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