Today we are excited to participate in the blog tour for Attempting Elizabeth by Jessica Grey. Attempting Elizabeth is a contemporary romance novel that was released January 24, 2013 by Tall House Publishing.
About the Book
Pub Date: 1/24/13
Tall Housing Publishing
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Kelsey Edmundson is a geek and proud of it. She makes no secret of her love for TV, movies, and, most especially, books. After a bad breakup, she retreats into her favorite novel, Pride and Prejudice, wishing she had some of the wit and spirit of Elizabeth Bennett.
One night at a party Kelsey meets handsome Australian bartender Mark Barnes. From then on, she always seems to run into him when she least expects it. No matter how Kelsey tries, she always seems to say the wrong thing.
After a particularly gaffe-filled evening around Mark, Kelsey is in desperate need of inspiration from Jane Austen. She falls asleep reading Darcy’s letter to Lizzy and awakens to find herself in an unfamiliar place that looks and sounds suspiciously like her favorite book. Has she somehow been transported into Pride and Prejudice, or is it just a dream?
As Kelsey tries to discover what’s happening to her, she must also discover her own heart. Is Mark Barnes destined to be her Mr. Darcy? In the end, she must decide whether attempting to become Elizabeth is worth the risk or if being Kelsey Edmundson is enough.
Attempting Elizabeth is yet another Pride & Prejudice themed book. It isn’t a retelling, but does spend a lot of time in that book’s world. To me, it was like a behind the scenes look at the world of P&P, with ties to the here and now.
Kelsey is a nerd, klutz, awkward girl (GO Awkward Nerdy Girls!) who hasn’t found her Mr. Darcy. I immediately related to her, as I too, am an Awkward Nerdy Girl. She meets a boy, who is A-Australian B-a red head and C-swoon-worthy. Of course, she makes a giant mess when she talks about him behind his back — and he hears.
After falling asleep reading P&P, she travels into the book. This is where the book diverges from the other retellings — she is going in and out of reality and the book, so she actually gets to be different characters from the story. This is why we learn a lot more of what was happening from other POVs besides Elizabeth Bennett. She also makes quirky references to nerd stuff (like Star Wars), which just makes her awesome in my book. We see a lot of hi-jinks and witty banter, especially when she is in the book world.
Kelsey, of course, is not a perfectly crafted person. She has a lot of change to go through, and this book really focuses on that change and growth. I do wish we could have spent more time in the reality world so we could get to know Mark better. He seems like a great character.
This is my second Pride & Prejudice based book in the last couple of months and I’m rather surprised to say that each one has brought something completely different to the table. It’s pretty facinating! I now want to read Austenland and maybe pretend that I too can live in the book.
Overall, this is a cute, fun, short read that won’t make you think to hard, but will leave you light-hearted and happy. If you are headed on vacation (or are on the other side of the planet and get to go summering at the beach), I definitely think this is a book to take. And of course, it will leave you wanting to break out your (probably worn out) DVD copy of P&P 2005 edition.
About the Author
Jessica Grey is an author, fairytale believer, baseball lover, and recovering Star Wars fangirl. A life-long Californian, she now lives in Montana with her husband and two children where she spends her time writing, perfecting the fine art of preschooler-wrangling, and drinking way too much caffeine.
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