Fun and Flirty Pride and Prejudice Retelling

A fun and flirty retelling of Pride and Prejudice.


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TitleMr. Malcolm’s List | Author: Suzanne AllainRating: 3/5

It is a truth universally acknowledged that an arrogant bachelor insistent on a wife who meets the strictest of requirements–deserves his comeuppance.

A surprisingly fun and flirty retelling of Pride and Prejudice! What an almost modern twist (still set in the 1800s), but a much more fun feel to the story. There’s a light heartedness I wasn’t expecting and, not quite a quirkiness, but certainly a flavor I haven’t come across in other P&P retelling.

The Honorable Jeremy Malcolm is searching for a wife, but not just any wife. He’s determined to elude the fortune hunters and find a near-perfect woman, one who will meet the qualifications on his well-crafted list. But after years of searching, he’s beginning to despair of finding this paragon. And then Selina Dalton arrives in town…

I had fun reading this, and thought Mr. Malcolm (Mr. Darcy), Julia, and Selina (Lizzie Bennet) were all totally different, and yet the same, as the original characters.

I loved the relationships, the plot “twists,” the changes to the original story, and the original idea of taking the characters but making them something more.

I wouldn’t call this a true-to-the-story retelling, but it’s it’s own story, and I enjoyed it much because of that.

Mr. Malcolm has a list of qualifications for the “proper woman” for him, and when the story begins with Julia, an admirer of Mr. Malcolm, fails to meet his list, Julia decides to enact revenge against him…using her beautiful friend Selina. But Julia’s plan backfires, and what ensures is an almost ridiculous (in a good way) story of mothers, and lovers, and friends, and circumstances all getting in the way of each other in the name of love.

Certainly a lighter rom-com, and worth a night curled up with it, if you want something quick and easy set in the Regency era. And even better, it’s being made into a film!

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