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review 2017-02-21 04:27
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE SEQUELS by Cheryl Bolen
Pride and Prejudice Sequels: 3 Jane Aust... Pride and Prejudice Sequels: 3 Jane Austen Inspired Novellas - Cheryl Bolen

Three stories that occur after the wedding of Darcy and Lizzie.  The first is Miss Darcy's New Companion.  Georgiana thinks her brother wants her to marry their neighbor who has eyes on her companion, Lucy.  I enjoyed this story.  I liked how Georgiana knew her own mind and knew that she and Lord Fane would not work.  I also liked how Lucy is attracted to Lord Fane but knows he needs an heiress and tries to stay away from him.  Mr. Collins, of course, is a pain in the behind and almost ruins everything.

 

The second story is Miss Darcy's Secret Love tells of Georgiana's secret love from childhood.  Captain Farrington is the brother of Lord Fane.  He wants to marry a Spanish lady but his troth is not accepted by the lady's father.  Home on leave he realizes where is heart truly is.  I like the easy familiarity between Georgiana and the Captain.  I also like how she tries to do what she thinks her brother wants her to do but eavesdroppers never get it right and, once again, Mr. Collins is in the middle of the action which helps resolve it all.

 

The final story is The Liberation of Miss DeBourgh which tells of Anne's marriage to Lord Seaton.  He does not treat her as an invalid and she discovers that she is stronger than she suspected.  I liked their mutual like of thoroughbreds.  I liked that Anne could talk intelligently about horses and racing and that Lord Seaton respected her opinion.

 

The characters were good.  The stories remained in the voice of Austen's time.  Very enjoyable read.

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review 2017-02-08 01:10
SEDUCING MR. DARCY by Gwyn Cready
Seducing Mr. Darcy - Gwyn Cready

This is my favorite book of hers. The geography is correct about Pittsburgh. I loved it! I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is fun and funny! I could not put it down and read it in two days (I had to sleep.) Mr. Darcy is in it and there are twists and turns that keep it lively and rollicking.

Flip gets a massage and is told to think of any book she wants. She tells the masseuse one book but thinks of Pride and Prejudice and ends up there where things go topsy-turvy. Now she must correct her mistake and she takes a visiting professor of Jane Austen with her, to help her talk sense into the characters back then. Add her ex-husband and his current girlfriend and what more could go wrong?

I enjoyed the characters both modern and Austen time. I loved the time travel. The story was so much fun! I also liked Flip's revenge. Could not have happened to a better man. Flip is funny and her interactions with Magnus are a delight. She's not sure whether to kill him or love him.

Let's just say this is a keeper so I don't ruin it for others.

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review 2017-01-10 00:00
Eligible: A modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice
Eligible: A modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice - Curtis Sittenfeld Eligible is described as a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice and that is exactly what it is. I picked it up on Audible for my ride to work and hoped for the best. It did not disappoint. I really liked it and the narrator was perfect for the story.

The characters were all perfect and I have to give a special shout out to Mrs. Bennett. She was portrayed perfectly in both style and narration and I know this because she drove me nuts every time she spoke. I literally wanted to cover my face in my hands, but of course I couldn't because I was driving. Just like in the classic, her main interest was to marry off her daughters. However, in this version, she was the sheltered wife, still mentally living in an age overly concerned with proper etiquette and not adapting to modern culture and ways of living. I give this character the most kudos in that she made me wince (or laugh) with compassion for her daughters almost every time she opened her mouth.

The Bennett sisters were also written extremely well. Their stories were interesting and just like in the original, their paths to happiness were riddled with obstacles but ultimately, they all found what they were looking for in life, even if it wasn't exactly what their mother was hoping for.

Not usually a fan of the romance genre on its own, I would tell almost any fiction to pick this book up. I thoroughly enjoyed it and may even reread it in the future. Really engaging and a lot of fun to read.
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review 2016-09-28 04:32
Eligible
Eligible: A modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice - Curtis Sittenfeld

This is a retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, but honestly, if that sounds intimidating to you, or too high-school-reading-assignment-ish, I will say that it is a fun, well-written book. I am a fan of Jane Austen, but I would suggest that if you have not read any of her books, that should not deter you from reading Eligible. (In fact, if the Box Office sales from Bridget Jones’ Diary are any indication, then most people already know the basic premise.) I am guessing the fact that Eligible in the title refers to a show not unlike The Bachelor will have a draw all its own anyway.

 

The Bennet family is rife with unmarried women, and they are actually in need of more than one Darcy. They are an odd bunch, some mildly ambitious, others with no apparent ability or will to work; in fact, they were often more annoying than endearing. Astonishingly, this did not distract or disturb me, and, at times, I found myself rooting for even the most unlikely of scenarios. The parents are complicit, sheltering their daughters from reality as they have lived their own lives, until the whole of it comes crashing down, demanding immediate attention and sacrifices, much to the shock of their comfortable, lazy children. As men and women alike lose their sense of reason and fall victim to the vagaries of love, the world of the Bennets is remade, all because of a couple of eligible bachelors. The world of Eligible is truly an interesting place to visit… but, as they say, I wouldn’t want to live there.

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review 2016-08-25 09:46
Eligible: A modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice - Curtis Sittenfeld

Mr Bennet has had a heart attack so Lizzy and her elder sister Jane return to the family home in Cincinnati. There she finds her younger sisters caught up in a Crossfit health craze, but doing little to provide for themselves. Her middle sister Mary is doing yet another degree, and again failing to work in the process. As for Lizzy's mother, it would appear she is busy trying to match make Jane with Chip Bingley, Doctor and star of Eligible, a reality TV series. But with Chip comes his best friend Darcy. A man Lizzy can't help but loathe....

 

Eligible is the latest instalment in Borough Press' The Austen Project, which sees each of Jane Austen's novels reimagined in the modern day by a litany of well known and well respected novelists. This time it's the turn of Pride and Prejudice which has emerged as Eligible under the pen of Curtis Sittenfeld.

 

Lots of things are different in the novel. Lizzy and Jane are older and absent from the family home, though both still have their rent paid for by Mr Bennet. Lady Catherine De Bourgh for example is now a rather pleasant aged feminist, rather than the snobby harridan in the original. George Wickham has a different name and role in the story and there are new characters, for example Ham, who take over pivotal roles in the narrative. There are some things that haven't changed. The younger Bennet sisters are highly annoying, spoilt and often down-right rude. Mrs Bennet is still highly strung, but now exhibits not so latent racist, bigoted views with undercurrents of anti-Semitism and a side helping of shopping addiction. She is still obsessed with getting her daughters married off. Mr Bennet is still slightly absent and amuses himself with the foibles of his wife and children, and seemingly abdicates responsibility for finances to the detriment of the family.

 

I had issues with the book. I was unsure at first if I was enjoying it. I found Lizzy to be annoying, more so than in Pride and Prejudice (in which she tends to be more sanctimonious than annoying) for example and Willie Collins not nearly as sycophantic and obsequious as the original Mr Collins and therefore a little harder to dislike and I did spend some time wondering how the story was going to retain the key points of the original when it appeared to be deviating.  Despite being aware of how the story would play out the book seems to draw you in, compelling you to read despite being aware of the origins of the story and making the inevitable comparisons. I read 300 pages in one evening (don't be phased by its 510 pages for it is surprisingly easy to read), so drawn in by the story was I, helped by the short chapters that lend themselves to the justification of 'just one more...' I realised that I was enjoying the novel, wrapped up in the modern day lives of the Bennets of Cincinnati. It was interesting to see how Curtis Sittenfeld would make all the storyline of Pride and Prejudice fit into the modern day and the scenario she had opened with. It is a novel that doesn't take itself too seriously and it would appear that the author had fun imagining the Bennets in the 21st Century.

 

There are inevitably going to be comparisons with the original. Pride and Prejudice is a classic for many reasons. It was an insight into the social norms and idiosyncrasies of the time, of societal standings and ridiculing the prejudices and norms of the time. In some instances Eligible does the same, dealing as it does racial and sexual issues, with the invasion of reality TV, of the trashy television, the desire for publicity and the media's intrusion into our daily lives. It is done perhaps with a tongue more firmly in cheek and a little more modern comedy, though Jane Austen was not adverse to wit in her novels.

 

This is my first encounter with Curtis Sittenfeld's novels. I'm now keen to see what her other novels contain.

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