This is the ultimate question, for me. Obviously both have their character flaws. Darcy is obscenely proud (but that is not necessarily his fault, but perhaps the society that he grew up within). Wentworth is … quick to jump the gun. As soon as Anne starts hanging out with Mr Elliot, “Oh, she must be head over heels in love with him, I’m doomed for ever and ever!”
… I digress.
My fourth read of the year was Victoria Connelly’s The Perfect Hero which discusses, not exactly Darcy vs. Wentworth but what the components are that make “The Perfect Hero”. And Wentworth even makes a showing. How delightful.
The Perfect Hero – Victoria Connelly
Acquired From: Own collection (bought from an independent second-hand English bookstore somewhere in the midst of Budapest)
Setting: Lyme, UK
Synopsis: An artist named Kay, wanting to publish her Persuasion collection into a book, moves to Lyme for extra inspiration – the very place where Austen set her classic Persuasion. Little does she know that she is getting more inspiration than she bargained for, having moved to the town where the latest film adaptation of Persuasion is being filmed. Meeting the actor who plays Wentworth, has her weak at the knees, but the screenwriter, Adam, is the one she has more in common with …
Impressions: This is my second Victoria Connelly book, and my second Jane Austen inspired Victoria Connelly book. I have to say, she is fantastic at what she does. I am a massive fan of Jane Austen and most adaptations of her work – I’m still not that sure of what I think of zombies mixed with Austen, but I think I liked it. In The Perfect Hero, my heart was uplifted by this simple love triangle story with hints (and explicit references) of Austen thrown in. Honestly, for me, as soon as you add Austen to a modern day love story, I’m sold.
Recommended for: Anyone who loves a good love story, and wants something light-hearted and easy to read. If you love Austen and a warm and fuzzy romance, this one is for you!