Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld, publisher The Borough Press is available NOW in ebook, hardcover and audio download format.
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The Bennet sisters have been summoned from New York City.
Liz and Jane are good daughters. They’ve come home to suburban Cincinnati to get their mother to stop feeding their father steak as he recovers from heart surgery, to tidy up the crumbling Tudor-style family home, and to wrench their three sisters from their various states of arrested development.
Once they are under the same roof, old patterns return fast. Soon enough they are being berated for their single status, their only respite the early morning runs they escape on together. For two successful women in their late thirties, it really is too much to bear. That is, until the Lucas family’s BBQ throws them in the way of some eligible single men . . .
Chip Bingley is not only a charming doctor, he’s a reality TV star too. But Chip’s friend, haughty neurosurgeon Fitzwilliam Darcy, can barely stomach Cincinnati or its inhabitants. Jane is entranced by Chip; Liz, sceptical of Darcy. As Liz is consumed by her father’s mounting medical bills, her wayward sisters and Cousin Willie trying to stick his tongue down her throat, it isn’t only the local chilli that will leave a bad aftertaste.
But where there are hearts that beat and mothers that push, the mysterious course of love will resolve itself in the most entertaining and unlikely of ways. And from the hand of Curtis Sittenfeld, Pride & Prejudice is catapulted into our modern world singing out with hilarity and truth.
I won a copy of a proof of this novel via social media. I was first drawn to the book via the gorgeous but quite simple cover. I was also intrigued by the synopsis of a modern day Pride and Prejudice.
I have to be honest this book was a slow starter for me and it took me a little while to get into the characters and storyline. That being said, I am glad I persevered as I found I was wanting to know what happened next for the sisters and at the end I quite enjoyed the story.
Mr and Mrs Bennet are the parents of 5 girls aged between 39 and 23, they live in an 8 bedroom Tudor house in Cincinnati. Mrs Bennet is concerned that the girls’ body clocks are ticking away and wishes to marry the girls off as soon as possible.
Chip Bingley is a handsome ER Dr and recent reality TV star and is very much still eligible. Mrs Bennet believes Chip would make a very good suitor for either Jane or Liz and has set the ball rolling for an intervention between her girls and Mr Bingley. Chip’s best friend is a rather arrogant but equally handsome, Fitzwilliam Darcy. His attitude towards the women residing Cincinnati riles Liz and Darcy has definitely ruffled her feathers.
All is not what it seems in the Bentley household. Following her father’s recent health scare all the girls have been summoned to help out with his recovery. During her stay in the family home Liz discovers that their parents are actually broke. Whilst Liz’s mother is matchmaking and topping up the girls’ ‘bottom drawers’ Liz is on a mission to help her parents out of the debt hole they’ve dug themselves in.
The story has moments of fun and quirkiness at times. I loved the old fashioned romance idealism that was brought bang up to date. Liz’s character was the most endearing. She is an independent woman, working for a successful magazine in New York but thinks nothing of jetting off across the country to help her family when in need. Liz had a relationship but it was one of convenience, more convenient for the other partner mind you, Liz was missing out on the true details of a loving partnership. I loved her sparring with Darcy.
I would recommend this book and urge you to give this wonderful, modern version of an old fashioned romance a chance. However, as it was a slow starter I’ve marked my score down slightly. 3.5/5*
I’d like to share a quote from the novel that I particularly loved:
“Plenty of men don’t want children. Mr Bennetttook a sip of coffee. I’m still not sure that I do.”
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