“Mister Darcy’s Dogs” by Barbara Silkstone is a lovely homage to Jane Austen’s work and characters. It uses the best elements of Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and transfers them into a contemporary London, a world of lingering sense of class society, dog shows, fox hunting and dress shopping. This is Silkstone and Austen at their best, a great combination of two talents, written with wit, humour and charm.
At the heart is the project to get Mr Darcy’s dogs to like his love interest, gossip columnist Caroline Bingley, a difficult undertaking for dog psychologist Lizzie Bennet since the dogs seem good judges of character. We are served great adaptations of the original characters.
The plot uses some elements of the original story but has enough new stuff added to make it an interesting and surprising read, while giving us what we came for: chemistry, back and forth between the couple and colourful supporting characters. Throw in iPhones, Versace and Lady Gaga and you have an inspired and entertaining novel.
Very enjoyable and highly recommended.