My January book for the Pride & Prejudice Bicentenary Challenge is:
The Trials of the Honorable F. Darcy; Sara Angelini
As the cover says, this is a modern P&P: Darcy is a judge, Lizzy a lawyer, and Bingley and Jane are doctors. The characters seem largely true to the originals, despite their modern twists.
Bingley is still affable, outgoing, but a little clueless. Jane is still warm, loyal, and maternal. Darcy is still reserved to the point of seeming rude, and clueless about how other people see him. Lizzy is still lively, loves to laugh, prone to teasing, but a bit quick to judge.
Important details of the plot remain recognizable, too. The settings change–the ballroom becoming a courtroom–but Lizzy and Darcy’s sparring is familiar. Don’t expect the main plot of the story to be the same, however. The story is transformed by its setting–in America, for the most part–and the time–these characters are all independent, and successful at their careers. No one needs to marry in order to save their sisters from a life of poverty, and extramarital activities aren’t such a big deal.
I did wish I saw a little more of the minor characters–they were there, but it felt like less than in the original P&P. As a trade off, you get a lot more of Lizzy and Darcy’s relationship.