Welcome J.L. Ashton as they discuss The Pemberley Mix Tape
with their book A Searing Acquaintance.
Take it away J.L.!
My modern take on Pride & Prejudice winds through the four seasons of weather and the many stages of love, like, disdain and regret. It’s on the beach, in the Park, on the sidewalks of New York and New Jersey, and pop culture references “pop” out, familiar to Elizabeth and to readers but less so to the privileged and sheltered Darcy, son of a British father and an American mother. His mother loved music, and her mix tapes of pop music (e.g., Simon & Garfunkel, Beatles, Mazzy Star, Roxy Music, Beatles) from the 1960s-80s are played at Pemberley and help bring Darcy and Elizabeth together, at last.
Visits to Pemberley means walks through the heather, Bingley and Jane embarrassing themselves in the hot tub, and lots of strolling on the beach, not to mention a clambake and sailing with the Gardiner kids. And did I mention a beach wedding? Mimosas, mai tais, Champagne, and really anything cold and potent will do (although cousin Rich prefers artisan brews).
A Searing Acquaintance
“I don’t know why I ever thought we made sense.”
Smart, educated people are fools in love, especially when they are mired in denial and misunderstanding.
In this modern spin on Jane Austen’s classic tale, Elizabeth Bennet, a grad student with literary aspirations, has found her big career break—and broken up with yet another forgettable boyfriend. While grateful for the professional lifeline thrown by sports agent George Wickham, she is intrigued by the man she calls Mr. Noir.
Fitzwilliam Darcy, marked by tragedy, is a man accustomed to living his life in the spotlight even as his heart dwells on the dark side of loneliness. When he first meets Elizabeth, he thinks she looks like “a bloody pumpkin,” but he soon sees so much more. She, however, can’t even decide what to call him. Mr. Noir? Nurse Darcy? Sleazy British playboy? Ferdinand?
“So, it’s Fitzwilliam, right? That’s an amazing name, you know. Which came first—the name or the accent?”
He looked at her.
“Oh, come on. It’s like the name of a subdivision or a sofa at Pottery Barn. `Please note the extra firm cushions on The Fitzwilliam.’”
“So, do you have extra-firm cushions? Do you carry extra padding?” She smirked at him and waggled her eyebrows. “Or are your springs sprung?”
Can an accidental encounter that leads to shocking intimacy change the course they’ve both set and bring them into love’s light? Or will they stay mired in cold words and angry misunderstandings, overshadowing the deep connection they each feel? Getting beyond their own mistakes to find each other again is one thing; they also have to heal the wounds of their pasts. Can they do that together?
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