Elizabeth: Obstinate, Headstrong Girl
by Elizabeth Adams, Christina Boyd, Karen M Cox, J. Marie Croft, Amy D’Orazio, Leigh Dreyer, Jenetta James, Christina Morland, Beau North, Joana Starnes
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With timeless verve, the heroine of Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth Bennet, bares her intimate thoughts while offering biting social commentary through a collection of romantic re-imaginings, sequels, and prequels, set in the Regency to present day by ten popular Austenesque authors. “I think her as delightful a character as ever appeared in print…” wrote Jane Austen in a letter, January 1813―and we think so too!
Foreword by NY Times & USA Today bestselling author Tessa Dare.
Stories by: Elizabeth Adams, Christina Boyd, Karen M Cox, J. Marie Croft, Amy D’Orazio, Leigh Dreyer, Jenetta James, Christina Morland, Beau North, and Joana Starnes
It’s time to welcome Sophia Rose to the blog for a guest review. Today she has a delightful anthology: Elizabeth: Obstinate, Headstrong Girl. Fans of Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice and Austen fans gather round….
Sophia Rose’s Review
When I learned this anthology was in the works, I was
ecstatic. One might wonder how I could
be excited about several stories about the same woman and, at times, the
retelling of the same story. By the time
these talented authors were finished, the collection of stories was more like
several facets on one cleverly cut gem catching the light in different ways so
that some shone with inner fire and some dazzled with light from without –
Elizabeth across the eras in all stages of her life.
I would be lying if I said I loved them all the same. However, I more than liked them all and would
eagerly take up books from any of these authors and have done so with
most. How could I not thoroughly
appreciate each when one is talking about different styles, different settings,
and different circumstances?
The ten stories ranged from Regency England to the present. The Regencies are mostly variations that begin at differing points in the original story, but there is also a prequel of a young Lizzy and a sequel of an aged Elizabeth. This match was as deeply developed as the rest in characters and plots, but I would say that I did feel a stronger appreciation for them because I am familiar with the original story. In addition to the regency historicals, there are also retellings from other eras. Elizabeth was at an Edwardian country house party, acting in the Hollywood of the 30’s, attending college in the 80’s and grad school in the present.
All in all, this collection was exactly what I was expecting while still delivering sparkling surprises that captured my fancy staying true to the nature of the indomitable Elizabeth that, though fictional, is a woman in history who is still a captivating story heroine centuries later.
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