Engraçado e muito carioca 🙂
I have been a few months going after this book by Moira Bianchi as I would have loved to get the paperback in Portuguese, however I eventually bought the ebook as it was easier for me to get it. (You can get the English version as well: 45 days in Europe with Mr. Darcy)
As some of you know I am Spanish but half Portuguese and reading a modern variation of Pride and Prejudice in Portuguese was a great inducement for me. I know it is written in Brazilian Portuguese and I am not used to it, but I found it very entertaining and fresh.
However, you would like to know my opinion of 45 days in Europe with Mr. Darcy instead of me jabbering about how awesome Portuguese is 😉
Lizzy Bennett (yes, two ts) is a Brazilian-English student of tourism and she has a very popular blog where thousands of people follow her advice when it comes to travelling. She has drawn the attention of a big hotel chain thanks to her dear friend Charlotte who is working now for them.
Will Darcy is a young heir who is having one or two gap years before facing the “adult” world and take control of the foundation that her mother created among other businesses.
Lizzy travels to Amsterdam and while having dinner with her angelical sister Jane and her dear friend Charlotte and some other friends, they meet some “British” who apart from one, are a bit too snob. First impressions normally are not correct but we tend to follow them.
This Darcy is very similar to Jane Austen’s Darcy but with the big difference of the centuries in between. For instance when Lizzy appears in her sport outfit sweaty and with “sparkling eyes” at the main reception of the luxurious hotel, Caroline Bingley says that Darcy will never let Georgie appear like that in public and Darcy answers: “It’s impossible to control other people’s actions” (what a change!).
During the book we can see how their relationship or non-relationship evolves and how Darcy eventually is always there when she may be in need of “rescuing”, for instance in the park in Amsterdam, or after eating something in a coffee shop that may not be legal in other places, or in Italy when some wellies are needed, etc.
Lizzy is against Darcy because he is always looking grumpy around her and he is normally staring at her. She also discovers that he is the “insufferable brother” who split George Wickham and Georgie… Georgie does not answer her emails and texts and she starts being confused not for what Darcy did but for what she is not able to admit to herself.
Then Wickham is back on scene when he “goes with” Lydia to Germany to a rave, just remember that Lizzy and her family live in Brazil, so it is not a two-hour flight. As it happens in P&P, Darcy is there to help.
She is sooo stubborn! yes, he is a bit snob but this Lizzy is annoying… until they cannot fight more against themselves and finally get together. However, not everything ends here, we have to remember that he lives at Pemberley (an awesome house with hidden passages *wink wink*) and she lives in Ipanema… there is a whole ocean in between.
Moreover, even when they are together and their love is very powerful, there are still misunderstandings and jealousy, this Darcy is very jealous and Lizzy keeps confounding Darcy’s meanings.
There is HEA ending and it is very nice.
FYI: there are erotic/sexual scenes and I know that not everyboy likes them.
As I normally do, I will leave you some questions to intensify your curiosity: what if Georgie is not exactly who you think the character is? What if Mrs. Bennett is not crazy about marrying her daughters? What if Italy is so amazing and romantic as I know it is? What if Wickham has some preferences you have never though about? What if this book makes you want to travel to all those countries? What happens if you can even like a bit Lady C.?
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