Wednesday, December 15, 2010

'Pemberley Ranch' by Jack Caldwell

Genre: Jane Austen Variation/Historical Romance Fiction
Author: Jack Caldwell- let's hear it for a man writing Austen variations!!!
About (from Sourcebooks)
In the aftermath of the Civil War, the Bennet family has just moved from Ohio to the town of Rosings, Texas, set on creating a fresh start. But their daughter Beth still prefers the familiarity of Ohio to the plains of Texas-that is, until she encounters Will Darcy, the reclusive owner of Pemberley Ranch. Will and Beth are instantly smitten, but pride, prejudice, and a gang of villains determined to take over Rosings threaten to keep them apart. This fresh idea in the world of Jane Austen re-tellings brings together the world of Pride and Prejudice with the struggles of the antebellum South.

1.) Reasons you chose this book

It's no secret...I love Jane Austen and never turn up the opportunity to rediscover her characters in an unique and original story.  Plus, I think Sourcebooks pretty much rocks when it comes to Austen re-tellings and they've rarely have steered me wrong.

2.) Reasons you liked or disliked this book

  • This was an absolute refreshing and original take on Pride and Prejudice. Who would have thought that I would totally fall for it hook, line, and sinker? Especially because it takes place in the United States and after the Civil War. Not exactly my romanticized England, but let me tell you it WORKS!!!
  • I found that I actually liked his pairing of couples more than the original ones from Pride and Prejudice. 
  • The plot of the story was very well thought out. There was nothing contrite or predictable . 
  • I was very impressed with Caldwell's steamy romantic scenes...loved them!!!
  • The only thing I found that I didn't like was the way Fitzwilliam came across...he sounded a bit dumb and just a tad stereotypical of southern talk.
3.) Reasons for recommending
  • It's so original....and fresh! You get to see a different side of some characters and the setting really blew me away. I loved the way Caldwell blended in the Civil War, the grievances of the North and the South, the truly evil bad guys, and of course, the wonderful romance of  Will (Darcy) and Beth (Elizabeth).
Rating: 4.5/5 

Thank you to Danielle @ Sourcebooks for sending me a review copy. I was not compensated for my review.
My thoughts on this book were in no way influenced by the author or publicist.
They are my personal reflections based solely on MY experience while reading this novel.SourceDanielle @ Sourcebooks, Inc Publicity
Author: Jack Caldwell
Published: December, 2010
Publisher:  Sourcebooks
Pages: 384
Genre: Jane Austen Variation/Historical Romance
ISBN: 9781402241284
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  1. Yay, I love your review :-) I may have to read this before the end of the year (I bought it last week!).

  2. This sounds like a blast! I love the genre name too!

  3. Sounds like a great one that is going on my TBR list.

  4. This sounds AWESOME Staci! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  5. I am so reading this book now. Both you and Blodeudd loved this book. I can't believe this plot line would work but I trust your fab judgement. Thanks for the recommendation and review.

  6. I really need to get to reading all these retakes on the original. They all sound like such fun. Glad you loved it Staci.

  7. It worked so well, he truly chose the right period to put this book in.

  8. I'm glad you really enjoyed it. I love these really unique takes on Austen when they work as well as this one did.

  9. Aww your enthusiasm is contagious, this one sounds delightful. Thanks for the great review :)

  10. The wild west and Jane Austen who would have thunk. Loved the review and might just have to check this one out.Thanks

  11. Very happy to hear that you enjoyed this one and going to add it to my read list. Austen in any form is enjoyable and when the writer does it succesfully, it's all the more reason to jump on the wagon to read more.

    great review Staci, very excited to get this one next.

  12. The fact that you liked these pairings better than the original makes me want to check it out!

  13. This one just went on my list. I love Jane Austen and I'm looking for Civil War era books for a challenge. And, it's a 4.5 rated book, which makes it even better.


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