Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Book Review: Attempting Elizabeth

Media Type: Ebook
Title: Attempting Elizabeth
Author: Jessica Grey
Publisher: Tall House Books
Pages: Kindle
Release Date: January 24, 2013
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Genre: Contemporary Romance

HDB Rating: 3 Keys to My Heart

Recommended to: Readers who enjoy light, romantic stories with a witty female character

Add it on: Goodreads / Shelfari / Amazon / B&N
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.

Let it be known that I'm a sucker for anything related to Pride & Prejudice. I too swooned over Darcy in my teens and, to this day, have a dog-eared copy of the book that I devour every now and then. Is it any wonder then that I'd want to see where Jessica Grey took me? I couldn't wait to see how Kelsey's story would mesh into Austen's world.

I was instantly drawn in by Kelsey and her friends. They acted exactly as I hoped. Teasing one another, making movie references, and trading the best kind of snarky remarks. When Mark wandered into the picture, I was smitten. Tall, dark, handsome and Australian? That should be an illegal combination. I loved watching the battle of wits between these two at the beginning.

Then the Austen aspect came into play and, initially, I loved it. Watching Kelsey bumble her way through a character's life, and try to spice things up, made me giggle out loud. However the further the story progressed, and the deeper she sank into Mr. Darcy's world, the harder time I had not skimming pages. I love Pride & Prejudice, but I've read it. I wanted more Kelsey and less Elizabeth.

The ending made up for it a bit, as happy endings often do. I'm just not sure how I feel about the last third of the book. If you're an Austen fan, you'll definitely get some enjoyment out of this book. If you've ever wondered what takes place "off screen", between the big scenes of the book, you'll see. Pick this up if you're looking for a lighter read with a happy ending.

FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.


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