Reviewed by Meg Massey

In this modern-day adaptation of Austen’s classic Pride and Prejudice, Fitzwilliam Darcy is a wealthy business owner and philanthropist, and Elizabeth Bennet is a doctor working in Vietnam. Obsessive compulsive Darcy travels to Vietnam to support friends that are adopting a child from the region. When his friend Charles Bingley is hurt in an accident, he encounters Dr. Bennet in the Emergency Room. Just as it was in Austen’s novel, misconceptions abound; upon meeting Darcy, Dr. Bennet is appalled by his rude behavior, and believes that he and Charles are lovers. And though he knows Elizabeth’s first impression of him was less-than-fantastic, Darcy soon finds himself daydreaming about the beautiful dark-haired doctor, and wanting to know her more.

Darcy also worries that his obsessive compulsive tendencies will be a turn-off to the lovely young doctor, but soon finds that Elizabeth understands him in a way he never thought possible. Once initial misconceptions are cleared up, the sparks begin to fly between the two of them. Elizabeth must decide if she is willing to make a leap and change the course of her life to be with him. And when she discovers the many women from his past, will she be able to forgive him, or will it be the end of their relationship?

In Compulsively Mr. Darcy, author Nina Benneton has created a deliciously modern tale featuring our favorite characters from the novel. Lady Catherine becomes Aunt Catherine, and is just as overly involved in Darcy’s romantic future in this book as she was in Pride and Prejudice. The ill, quiet Anne of Pride and Prejudice is transformed into a conniving step-cousin that is obsessed with Darcy, and cousin Richard is a playboy who doesn’t trust Anne.

This novel does contain language and sexual content, and for that reason alone it may not be for everyone. While I enjoyed the modernization of these classic characters, I found myself a little surprised by some of the situations in which they found themselves. In all fairness, I think I’m too much a fan of the characters as they were originally written, and I sometimes have a hard time getting into more modern story lines. That said, this novel is certainly a different approach (I certainly don’t think I’ve read another Austen-esque novel that begins in Vietnam!), making this an interesting read for any fan of Austen-inspired fiction.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Meg lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, Ryan. Library professional by day, freelance writer by night, Meg writes about life, entertainment and everything in between on her blog.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Sourcebooks Landmark. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.