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POPSUGAR Reading Challenge 2021 Update: Week Seventeen

Good morning, everyone! I hope you’ve been having a great week so far, and that you are continuing to stay healthy.

It’s been a rather odd week, weather-wise. After several days of absolutely gorgeous weather, my hometown got hit by a snowstorm that dropped several inches of snow on us overnight. It was really pretty, but definitely unusual for the month of April.

This week for the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge, I decided to tackle one of the “Advanced” challenge prompts. The book I chose to read was The Wrong Mr. Darcy, by Evelyn Lozada and Holly Lörincz.

A book from your TBR list you associate with a favorite person, place, or thing…

The Wrong Mr. Darcy tells the story of Hara Isari, a small-town journalist who wants to become a sports writer.

After winning a writing contest, Hara is chosen to interview Charles Butler, a well-known player on the Fishers basketball team. It’s an opportunity she’s really excited about, and it could ultimately launch her dream career.

It’s at this point that Hara meets Derek Darcy, a rookie player who’s finally going to be seeing time on the court after an injury left him on the bench during the previous season. He’s drop-dead gorgeous, but Hara believes very strongly in the importance of first impressions, and Derek Darcy certainly doesn’t make a good one.

As the two find themselves thrown together in a wide variety of circumstances, Hara has to make a decision about what’s more important…the career she’s trying to launch, or her developing relationship with a man who she may have judged too quickly.

Contemporary romance isn’t a genre I typically read, but I just couldn’t resist picking up The Wrong Mr. Darcy when I came across it last year. I’m really glad that I decided to get a copy of this book, because I thoroughly enjoyed it. The Wrong Mr. Darcy is very fast-paced, and filled with romance, humor, and a tremendous amount of drama. I ended up reading most of the story in a single day, because I just could not put it down.

I think it would be appropriate to describe The Wrong Mr. Darcy as a modern re-imagining of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, rather than a re-telling. The book does focus on many of the same themes as Austen’s classic novel, and readers will notice the inclusion of some familiar moments and character traits, but the way in which Lozada and Lörincz chose to present Hara and Derek’s story ultimately makes The Wrong Mr. Darcy unique.

I do think it is important to mention that the novel does include content that might cause discomfort for some readers. Specifically, the book contains references to miscarriage and abortion, as well as attempted suicide.

If you are a fan of contemporary romance novels (especially ones involving sports), or you enjoy modern re-imaginings of classic titles, then you’ll definitely want to check out The Wrong Mr. Darcy for yourself. I certainly enjoyed reading it!

Next week’s POPSUGAR Reading Challenge update will be posted on Saturday, May 1st. In the meantime, I hope you will visit The Unapologetic Bookworm frequently next week for book reviews, and this month’s Beat the Backlist update.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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