Pride and Persistence: Review & Giveaway

May 12, 2014 by

Pride and Persistence: Review & Giveaway

A retelling of Pride and Prejudice must be really unique to grab my attention these days, and fortunately, Jeanna Ellsworth’s latest novel, Pride and Persistence fits the bill.  Ellsworth picks up the story after Elizabeth Bennet refuses Mr. Darcy’s disastrous proposal.  Right after delivering the letter that explains his role in separating Elizabeth’s sister, Jane, from Mr. Bingley and reveals Wickham’s true character, Mr. Darcy is injured in an accident with his horse.  Elizabeth witnesses the accident and plays an instrumental role in saving his life.

Mr. Darcy is too injured to be moved from the Hunsford parsonage, where Elizabeth is staying with her friend, Charlotte, and the odious Mr. Collins.  Feeling guilty about the harsh words she said to him in rejecting his proposal, Elizabeth agrees to read to the unconscious Darcy, who is calmed by her presence.  It’s soon obvious that his memory has quite literally taken a hit, as he does not recall the accident or his previous proposal and subsequent rejection — and proceeds to propose again, with the same arrogance…and the same result.

This latest refusal causes a setback in Darcy’s condition, so Colonel Fitzwilliam — with the help of the local doctor, Mr. Cummings, and Darcy’s nurse, Madeline — convinces Elizabeth not to reject him outright if he proposes again, in the hopes that he will continue to recover and eventually remember what happened before the accident on his own.  Watching Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy navigate the challenges of his memory loss makes for a hilarious and sweet take on Jane Austen’s beloved novel.

Ellsworth brilliantly works in several original characters, my favorite being Mrs. Wilkinson, the Collins’ horrible cook and Elizabeth’s new friend and confidante.  She also expands on the secondary characters, and I couldn’t help but chuckle at Colonel Fitzwilliam’s efforts to outwit Lady Catherine — who is hellbent on Darcy marrying her daughter — using battlefield tactics.

Pride and Persistence

Pride and Persistence is definitely a story of, well, persistence, and Ellsworth’s humor makes it a must-read for fans of the Austenesque.  If you didn’t think Mr. Collins could be more repulsive, think again.  If you never imagined Lady Catherine having deep, dark secrets, then you’ll be gasping and laughing at the same time.  Ellsworth’s retelling of Pride and Prejudice is fresh, imaginative, fun, and especially difficult to put down.  4 out of 5 stars.

 

*****

Jeanna is a mother of three daughters, all of whom are well versed in all things Pride and Prejudice. She most definitely would say they are her best friends. She shares her best and worst days with them and they share theirs with her. She also proudly states she is the eighth of thirteen children. When she isn’t scrapbooking, quilting, or cooking, she is thoroughly ignoring her house for a few hours at a time in order to read yet another fan fiction novel. Somewhere between being a mom, a sister, a cook, and a best friend, she squeezes in three 12 hour shifts a week as a Registered Nurse in a Neurological ICU. She raises chickens, helps her daughter run a rabbitry, and gardens as much as she can. In all her still-under-forty years, she has never claimed to be as happy as she is now. Out of this mindset came a surge of creativity that simply had to be written down. Since she finished Mr. Darcy’s Promise, she has stated several times that she has gained something no one can take away from her; hope for her own Mr. Darcy. More than anything, she hopes to prepare her three best friends to look for their own Mr. Darcy and to settle for nothing less.

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17 Comments

  1. Ceri

    This is such an original idea for a variation, it really stands out as something different. I have it on my huge TBR list, hopefully will get to it soon!

  2. Stephanie Carrico

    I love the cover…would pick it up and take it home..
    the story is intriguing…Lizzy stuck with Darcy in a
    sort a Groundhog Day repeating his proposal over and
    over til he gets it right.And I really want to know
    Lady Catherine’s deep dark secret.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  3. Sophia Rose

    I like the idea because its just different with the medical issue being what gives them more time and a change of the plot path. New characters are always fun to meet too.

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

  4. Maria

    I loved the first book by Jeanna and I’m so curious to read this one! Sounds so fun and entertaining :) Thanks for the chance!

  5. Lora

    A very original and interesting p&p variation. Can’t wait to read this one. I read the review on Jeanna’s blog and have been looking forward to finish reading this book.

  6. Patricia Finnegan

    The cover is gorgeous!

  7. That does sound like a good variation and somehow it reminds me of Groundhog Day.

    Good review.

  8. Debbie C

    Sounds wonderful! going on my to be read list!

  9. Anji

    I really like this concept. It’s totally different to anything I’ve yet come across in JAFF. Like Ceri, I’ve a huge TBR list and this is already on it. It’d be great to win a copy as I’d get to read it a lot sooner.

  10. I love this premise, and I’m looking forward to seeing not only this Darcy and Elizabeth but also the much talked-about, dastardly Mr Collins and Lady Catherine! :)

  11. Theresa m

    Sounds fun..on my tbr list for sure!

  12. Carol Hoyt

    This sounds so good!
    Appreciate the giveaway ! Good luck everyone!!

  13. Dung

    The premise reminds me of the movie 50 First Date with Drew Barrymore & Adam Sandler… Looking forward to reading it.

  14. Chiara

    I Like this new Development. It is an unique Pride and prejudice variation. I can not wait to read it.

  15. This sounds so fun…I love the idea of navigating memory loss, especially when Darcy declares himself horribly more than once.

  16. Deborah

    I truly enjoyed reading this ebook. As much ass I have so little time for reading now I read it straight through, depriving myself of sleep.It had me chuckling, especially when I realized….Ooops, can’t say more.

  17. Oloore

    I like variations where the circumstances force Lizzy and Darcy to spend more time together. Such premise gives them opportunity to communicate more (as all their misunderstandings stem from the lack of communication) and have lots of romantic tender moments. That’s why this book piques my interest (that and many good reviews of it:)))

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