Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match by Marilyn Brant

Beth Ann Bennet is a single mother who isn't looking for love. She is finishing up her degree in social work and is using Lady Catherine's Love Match website to help her complete a sociology paper on sex-role stereotypes, which is why her profile states that she is a 22-year-old child psychology major named Charlotte Lucas.

Dr. William Darcy isn't looking for love either. He's looking to fund his new medical clinic to help single mothers, and to do that he has to win a bet he made with his wealthy cousin, Bingley McNamara. Will needs to find a woman, take her on at least 5 dates, and introduce her to his cousin by his birthday.

When Beth Ann meets Will she never expected to develop feelings for him, nor did Will expect to fall for Beth Ann. However after discovering Will's prejudices against social workers and dating single mothers, Beth Ann can't bring herself to tell the Will the truth behind her true identity. When their secrets are finally revealed, Will is left questioning everything he believed before he met Beth Ann and wondering if maybe his own prejudices are keeping him from his own happily ever after.

This was a fun little Austen inspired story. Those who go into it expecting a straightforward retelling of Pride and Prejudice will be disappointed, but the spirit of the story is there. What I liked most about this story is that there is a role reversal with Beth Ann (Elizabeth) and Will (Darcy). While Elizabeth is the one who must overcome her prejudices in the original, in this retelling it is Will (Darcy) who must face and overcomes his prejudices. The story switches perspectives which allows the reader glimpses into both characters' heads, something I always wish for when I reread P&P. It is a very quick read and the story at times moved almost too fast, glazing over events, which left it with a rushed, underdeveloped feeling at times. True to Austen, there is a happy ending and I found myself not at all unsatisfied having spent my afternoon with this book.

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