Bargain with the Devil by Enid Wilson is a Pride and Prejudice what if story. For those who are not well-versed in Pride and Prejudice or forgot major characters and plot points (that would be me) might I suggest going here to get acquainted with the plot, because Enid story sort of starts in the middle after some major events and while it is a great way to jump into a story, it also makes one wish to read the original to understand or remember how Enid got to the part that she did.
With that said, I quite enjoyed the ride through history as Enid has captured the essence of Jane Austen's world. The story is rich in detail, and while it is an homage to Pride and Prejudice, the story does take turns and twists not envisioned in the original. I could not stop reading. The story pulled me in and held on until the last page, which in this reviewer’s estimation makes this a damn fine book!
This is the second book by Enid Wilson that features Mr. Darcy and The Bennets’. You can read my review of it here. That first book was such a different piece of writing that is more magical and science fiction infused, whereas this second book is more traditional historical romance with a spicier side that Jane Austen probably could not have written.
In this tale, Mr. Darcy ask what Miss Bennet will do for his help. She makes a bargain with him, not knowing specifically what he wants, but wanting to help her sister and her family in anyway she can. Through one mishap after another, the bargain they made never came to light, yet these two love each other and in the end Miss Bennet gives Mr. Darcy what he has been craving for.
Bottom line this book gets a 4. While it is the basic Pride and Prejudice story, it is definitely not Jane Austen’s story. There is sex between the two and it is not tame. It is good, with many twists that are resolved, and with the some of the same basic plot from the original. Don’t let this one pass you by.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Bargain with the Devil gets 4 stars from San Diego Examiner Acquanetta Ferguson. Yah! Here is the review: