A few years ago,I decided it might be fun to retell Pride and Prejudice as an American Western. My Darcy became an Eastern businessman who moves to a small town in the SouthWest, but instead of calling him Darcy, I named him Destry after the hero in the old Western movie Destry Rides Again. I grew up in Virginia, but spent many summer weeks on my grandparents’ ranch in Arizona, so it wasn’t hard for me to imagine some fun scenarios for an Easterner to have on a cattle ranch. Lizzy became Rosie, a lovable rancher who collects animals no one else wants. Somewhere, along the way to creating this retelling, though, my imagination took over, and many of the subplots changed. I can’t really call it a Pride and Prejudice retelling any more, but you’ll see many similarities, as well as a few surprises.
Here’s the book description:
Her mother named her Hurricane, but she prefers Rosie, the name her grandparents gave her when she came to live with them on their ranch.
Now an adult, Rosie’s found the ordinary life she craves, teaching science at Lone Spur High School, rescuing animals on her grandfather’s ranch, and dating the safest guy in town. When millionaire-entrepreneur Destry Steadman moves next door with plans to build a resort, she takes it in stride. He may be handsome and athletic, but he can’t even ride a horse. How much harm can he do?
She soon finds, however, that Destry’s plans affect her more than she realized. In fact, they may threaten the safety of the whole community. What’s more, he has a knack for weaving himself into her life, and she enjoys his flirtatious banter more than she wants to admit.
Now she has to decide whether her heart is with her steady boyfriend and her beloved ranch or with her swoon-worthy neighbor.
Chemistry Lessons brings to life two opposites—a crazy Western cat lady and an Eastern businessman—and tells the joy-filled story of what it means to be in love.
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