Darcy in Wonderland
by Alexa Adams
Formats available: Paperback, Electronic
Pub Date: 7.15.17| Pages: 208
REVIEWER: Sophia Rose
Trade Paperback provided by author for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
Twinkle, twinkle, amber cross!
For a chain, it’s at a loss.
Heavy links or simple loop,
Do not dunk it in your soup.
The worlds of beloved authors collide as Fitzwilliam Darcy, Jane Austen’s immortal hero, finds himself thrust into the topsy-turvey world of Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland.
Many years have passed since Elizabeth Bennet became mistress of Pemberley, and the Darcys’ six children are a testament to their enduring love. As the eldest prepare to enter the world, the youngest, Alice, makes sure that life at Pemberley never grows dull. She stands out as the most intrepid of the brood, and while beloved by all the family and staff, her curious mind and penchant for mischief often proves rather inconveniencing. Never is this truer than when her father follows her down a mysterious rabbit hole, disrupting his orderly world in ways never before imagined. A treat for the young and the old, Darcy in Wonderland is both an adventure and an homage to two of literatures (sic) greatest minds.
From the moment I heard of Darcy in Wonderland, I was drawn to it. I thought it exciting that the talented author was turning her attentions to writing a mash-up of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice and Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. Full of curiosity and anticipation, I began and I only set it down twice before finishing it on a note of complete satisfaction.
Whether one wishes to read a delightful and heartwarming Pride & Prejudice sequel or a fun new retelling of Alice in Wonderland, the reader is given both.
As I said, this one is a sequel and a retelling. It reads swiftly, but the pacing is steady. The first several chapters begin at Pemberley with Jane Austen’s beloved P&P couple. Darcy and Lizzy have been married many years with their oldest at university, their second child about ready to make her social debut, and the other four ranging in age down to the precocious six year old, Alice, as the youngest. I was privy to life with the Darcy’s at home and incidental updates of their extended family and friends from the original story.
The transition to the Wonderland portion of the story was cleverly done, meshing well. This was the center portion of the book and shone as the whimsical retelling of a favorite story. The final transition led to a nice long denouement that left me well satisfied both for this unique mash-up, but the visits with both stories that I thought got just the right balance of both.
It was a sweet story that could be read by all ages just as the classics they were based upon. Darcy in Wonderland is gently-paced and full of laughter and heartwarming scenes. I recommend it to those who enjoy either or both classic stories and would appreciate a clever blend of the two.