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Source: Purchased
Rating: ★★★★★

Fitzwilliam Darcy was having a bad day and, as far as he was concerned, it was all Miss Elizabeth Bennet’s fault.

(from Mr. Darcy’s Bad Day)

Mr. Darcy’s Bad Day is a delightful, hilarious novella by Christie Capps (the pen name of J. Dawn King). Based on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, the novella finds Mr. Darcy having fallen and injured himself in the mud while on a walk near Longbourn. Elizabeth Bennet finds him in his distress and helps him back to her home, where things go from bad to worse as he must contend with Mr. Collins, Mrs. Bennet, Lady Catherine, you get the picture.

One thing follows another, then follows another, and Mr. Darcy has had a very bad day indeed. I couldn’t help but laugh at his misfortune because seeing the events unfold from his point of view was just so darn funny! Capps does a fantastic job piling on problem after problem but keeping it light and fun throughout. She has no qualms about upending the story and making readers go from laughing out loud to gasping out loud.

Mr. Darcy’s Bad Day is short enough to be read in one sitting, as it should be to avoid interrupting the flow. The drama is high in this one, but that makes it all the more hilarious and deliciously sweet in the end. Brava, Christie Capps!

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Source: Author
Rating: ★★★★☆

He confused her. He irritated her. He pleased her and he thrilled her. She was going crazy, and William Darcy was the cause.

(from The Perfect Gift)

The Perfect Gift is a sweet novella by Christie Capps (the pen name for author J. Dawn King) and a modern-day take on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. It was just the right book for me now when I’m swamped with work and family commitments, as it’s intended to be read in about an hour or so. If it hadn’t been for the fact that the only reading time I’ve had lately is right before bed when I’m really sleepy, I would’ve devoured it all at once. But it was nice to savor this one over a few days.

Elizabeth Bennet is still smarting from William Darcy’s insult to her at Meryton’s pizza hangout when he asks for her help in dealing with his soon-to-be teenage sister, Gianna. Darcy doesn’t know how to handle a young girl going through puberty, what she wants and needs for clothes, or the perfect gift to commemorate her 13th birthday. Elizabeth is the perfect person for the job, given that she has four sisters, and she and Gianna hit it off right away. She still isn’t sure what to make of Darcy; he seems so serious sometimes, but when it’s just the three of them, she can almost see his charm.

For a short and sweet novella, Capps does a great job building the tension, with the infuriating Caroline Bingley and the Darcys’ impending return to their home in New York City. There’s the right balance of drama, humor, and passion, and despite the fast pace given that it’s a novella, I was completely satisfied with the ending. I have three other novellas by Capps waiting patiently to be read, and since my busy schedule doesn’t seem to be letting up any time soon, I will turn to them in the brief moments when I can escape the real world.

Disclosure: I received The Perfect Gift as a gift from the author. Thank you, Joy!

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