If Jane Austen were magically transported in time to late 20th-century America, what would she make of it? What stories would she tell? In An Obstinate, Headstrong Girl, she arrives in the Santa Ynez Valley of California in 1999 and discovers that the more things change, the more they stay the same for Fitzwilliam Darcy and the Bennet family!
The peaceful hamlet of Lambtown, in central California’s ranch country, is cast into disarray after the Bennet family appears on the scene. From Mrs. Bennet’s social climbing to her youngest children’s dissolute behavior, the newcomers provoke universal censure. Eldest daughter Lizzy, a landscaper, challenges decorum with a series of social experiments aimed at improving the lot of the Spanish-speaking poor. And her gentle brother John offends many by virtue of his romance with local entrepreneur Charlie Bingley.
Nobody is more outraged by the Bennets than thoroughbred breeder Catherine de Bourgh and her amanuensis, Morris Collins. While Collins at first imagines that Lizzy is a promising prospect, she will have none of him, attracted instead to the elusive Jorge Carrillo. Unbeknownst to Lizzy, she has also been noticed by Fitzwilliam Darcy, scion of the founding family of Lambtown. Darcy, tantalized by her spirit but disapproving of her social crusades, makes an awkward pass that is spurned.
How will hearts be healed and peace return to a divided community?
Who will move beyond their pride and prejudices to achieve lasting happiness?