At Netherfield, a glorious evening of music and dancing… But out in the garden, two men are arguing, while a ferocious rainstorm swirls round. And then the unthinkable happens: a lightning bolt from heaven strikes. In that instant everything changes. Jane Austen’s heartthrob hero becomes the bumbling Reverend Collins. Shorn of his fortune, his social standing, and his good looks, Mr. Darcy is trapped in Mr. Collins’ body. And Mr. Collins wakes up to discover that he is master of Pemberley. Could there be anything worse? But the inner man is still Darcy. He is in love with Elizabeth Bennet. And now he is living in her house.
“Ms. Hile managed to take a very modern idea (Freaky Friday) and interject it into a familiar setting and all without making it seem hokey or ridiculous. She made me believe things that just don’t fit.”
“I loved everything about this book. The writing is tight and sharp, the premise is very interesting, the characters are well-drawn, the plot is well-developed, and the ending is satisfying.”
Author note: Handsome, aloof, and wealthy, Jane Austen’s Mr. Darcy is every woman’s idea of the perfect male—the ordinary guy has no chance! (And heaven help the fellow who is plain!) Yet attraction involves more than good looks and a fat wallet. So I began to play with that. Once the body swap idea showed up, I knew I’d struck story gold. Because Mr. Darcy is also honorable, intelligent, and funny—qualities that transform an ugly man into something more. The shared smile, the twinkle in the eyes, the finishing of her sentences. Will Darcy-as-Collins capture Elizabeth Bennet’s heart?