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Reviewed by Stephanie Dagg for Readers' Favorite
Jane Austen’s novels in general, and "Pride and Prejudice" in particular, are some of the works of literature that have been rewritten the most. Author Collette Saucier offers her contribution with "Pulse and Prejudice" and makes a brilliant substitution. Instead of an honorable and custom-stifled gentleman, Fitzwilliam Darcy is now a relatively honorable vampire with a complicit valet. This depiction of Darcy is a stroke of genius! Now he is not just after Elizabeth Bennet’s hand in marriage but her blood too. He is not the only vampire. The roguish Wickham is a much less pleasant fellow bloodsucker that Darcy has to keep a close eye on. How will Elizabeth cope with this? She is one of the feistiest and most confident heroines ever depicted but could this be too much for even her? Could Mrs Bennet, always eager for grandchildren, welcome a dhampir?
This is a very imaginative and clever novel. Faithfully following the main events of Austen’s work, Saucier inserts her paranormal element and creatively relates the consequences of this. She also injects a large dose of sensuality which is sexy and fun. Saucier is also mainly true to the atmosphere, language and mannerisms of Austen and her times. The anonymous shires that are referred to and the obsession with how many thousand a year someone is worth keep their place. What would Jane Austen have thought? It is well known that she had a sharp, dry sense of humor, so I think she would have loved this book. She might even have written it herself had she lived in a less constrained age.