“Haunting Mr Darcy” by KaraLynne Mackrory

A hilarious yet utterly romantic Pride and Prejudice variation in which Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy fall in love in a rather unconventional courtship. 

Have you seen the movie ‘Just like Heaven’ starring Reese Witherspoon and Mark Ruffalo? In this Hollywood adaption of a novel by Mark Levy from 2005 Mark Ruffalo’s character David rents an apartment that’s being haunted by Liz, who portraited by Reese Witherspoon. She is a doctor that has been in a car accident and is currently in a coma. She doesn’t know that though. The thing is he is the only one that can see her. 

Now transfer a similar scenario on our favorite couple Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. Now remember etiquette in the Jane Austens time and place them in the time after the Netherfield ball. Uh oh…. 

So through mystrious ways Lizzy is tied to Darcy, assumimg it’s all a dream if a rather odd one. Because why would she dream of the proud and annoying Mr. Darcy? But she doesn’t have another explanation for it. 

Darcy on the other hand thinks he is mad. Why else would his subconciousnes summon Elizabeth Bennet. To follow him to a gentlemen’s club and his bedroom no less! The situation in light of the periods propriety is hilarious. I laughed my head off at that point.

Their attitude towards this rather odd situation leads to them behaving in a manner they wouldn’t even consider under normal circumstances. They get to know one another and understand each other. 

Soon Darcy’s unusual behaviour attracts the alarm of his servants who inform his sister Georgiana and his cousin Colonel Fitzwilliam who in turn try to inquire the reason behind it. Try explaining a situation you can’t even explain to yourself…yet. 

They eventually figure out what happened to Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy travels to Herfortshire to unite Elizabeth with her body. How is that to be accomplished? He cannot tell her family that she has been with him for a fortnight in less then ideal circumstances. How does he know her so well and how will he gain access to her bedroom of all places? It is amusing yet sad at the same time. And funny and romantic, too. A spirited courtship indeed. 

I’ll not tell you how they accomplish it. Just let me hint at the movie reference I started this review with and you’ll get a rough idea. I can only recommend this unconventional variation to you. 


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