Mr. Darcy’s Journey is here! — 3 Comments

  1. Hi, Abigail! I really enjoyed this book, and will be reviewing it on my blog in a few weeks because of its connection to science. Do any of your other books have a connection to science or industry? If so, I could review another one at the same time.
    Blessings, and thanks for a fun read!

  2. So glad you enjoyed it, Brenda, and thanks for reviewing it! None of my other Regencies have a particular science connection apart from some medical in-jokes in Mr. Darcy’s Obsession, where all the medical treatments sound completely barbarous, yet are all techniques we still use today, like using maggots to clean out gangrene. My modern, The Man Who Loved Pride & Prejudice, has a lot of science since the heroine is a biologist and it’s set at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, but it’s a bit problematic these days. In P&P, the social gap between Darcy and Elizabeth is huge, much bigger than many modern readers think, and for a modern P&P, I think there needs to be more of a divide between them than simply rich/poor. When I wrote The Man Who Loved P&P in 2002, I chose politics as the divide, with the Darcy character from a wealthy Republican political family and the Elizabeth character as a liberal. I chose that split for 2 reasons: (1) marine biologists tend to be Democrats, and (2) if you write a book set on Cape Cod with a character from a wealthy Democratic political family, everyone assumes it’s the Kennedys. However, I didn’t foresee a day when Americans would be so politically divided that it would be hard for readers to believe there could be reasonable, decent people on both sides, and this has led some readers to be angry over the politics in it. I had no intention of writing a book to promote one side over the other, but it often gets read that way. Sigh.

    • Thanks, Abigail! I’ll take a look at those two books.
      You can’t please everybody, can you? And it’s very sad when we can’t respect each other’s opinions. 🙁
      Blessings to you.

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