Friday, October 11, 2019

Review, Guest Post, and Giveaway: Darcy By Any Other Name by Laura Hile

About the Book

Book: Darcy by Any Other Name
Author: Laura Hile
Genre:  Historical Christian Romance, Regency
Release Date: May 13, 2016

Discover the Pride and Prejudice body-swap romance that has readers laughing in surprise and delight.

For most, this is 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.

If you enjoy a smart, sparkling Regency romp in the classic “Heyeresque” style, then you will love Laura Hile’s Darcy By Any Other Name.   

Click here to get your copy.

My Thoughts:

This was a very interesting read and take on Pride and Prejudice. Body swapping Mr. Darcy and Mr. Collins was a bold but intriguing notion. This is a rather large book, over 600 pages but it seemed to be a fast read as this unique plot unfolded with familiar characters and places.

Through a freak accident, Darcy and Collings swap bodies. Even today that would be something to get your head around, I cannot imagine what it would be like in the Regency period. But this story takes a hold of that line and we are immersed in the mind of Darcy for the most part. How his life changes in a instant and how will he cope with the reality he is now living? However, Darcy is still Darcy no matter and not only Elizabeth but others see the changes in Collins and even "Darcy", as he is acting a little crazy.

I felt this story was told in the spirit of Austen. I enjoyed it and even chuckled at it. I liked how Mr. Darcy's eyes were opened and that some of his prejudice and pride was shaved off as he saw others, even the bumbling Mr. Collins, in a new light.

I do recommend this new take on a classic and a bit of escape from real life. 

I was provided with a copy of this novel from the author. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.     

About the Author

My journey as a writer began with the Internet.  And with Jane Austen. 

How is that for an unlikely combination? 

I have always loved classic Regency romances. You know the kind – with a dashing, honorable hero and a lovely, intelligent heroine. Delicious banter, unexpected plot twists, humor, and a happy ending. If faith is woven into the story, so much the better. 

When I discovered an online forum for Jane Austen-related fiction, I was hooked. With Jane’s characters for inspiration, I began writing and posting serialized Regency stories. To keep readers coming back for more, I developed my signature style: intertwined plots, cliffhangers, and laugh-out-loud humor. 

The comedy I come by in my job as a middle school teacher—there’s never a dull moment with teens! 

I live in Beaverton, Oregon with my husband.   

More from Laura

I see that double-take you just did.  Darcy By Any Other Name is a what? A Pride and Prejudice body-swap romance? Seriously? 

Indeed yes. And it’s a really fun read. I blame my sense of humor. And the fact that I think too much.

Here’s the thing: we women are captivated by Jane Austen’s Mr. Darcy—we are! Handsome, aloof, and wealthy, he embodies the perfect male. By comparison, the ordinary guy has no chance. (And heaven help the fellow who is plain!) 

Yet we know that attraction involves more than good looks and a fat wallet. 

I began to play with this thought. Because Mr. Darcy is also honorable, intelligent, kind, and funny—qualities that transform an ugly man and capture a woman’s interest. The shared smile, the twinkle in the eyes, the finishing of her sentences. These are endearing! These are why we women fall in love!

Once the body swap idea showed up, I knew I had struck story gold. Will Darcy-as-Collins capture Elizabeth Bennet’s heart? 

No, wait! She cannot fall for him because he’s the wrong man—no, the right man! But he’s in that podgy body! She cannot love Mr. Darcy when he’s—ugly! Can she? 

Ah, but of course she can. Now what? 

Think of Darcy By Any Other Name as a happy roller coaster ride. And you know what they say about those: “Get in, sit down, and hold on.” 

Do leave a comment and enter the giveaway. I think you will enjoy this fun, romantic book. 

Blog Stops

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Remembrancy, October 5
Emily Yager, October 5
Bigreadersite, October 6
Rebecca Tews, October 6
Creating Romance, October 8
janicesbookreviews, October 9
By The Book, October 10
Moments, October 11
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Texas Book-aholic, October 12
A Reader’s Brain, October 12


To celebrate her tour, Laura is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


  1. The idea of this plot sounds quite interesting!

  2. I'm so glad you enjoyed Darcy By Any Other Name. As you can probably tell, I had way too much fun writing some of those fun scenes.

    I do appreciate the time it takes to read and review. Thank you for spending some of yours to share my book with your reading friends.



  3. This book sounds like a wonderful read.

  4. Great review! This book sounds like one I will enjoy.