Tuesday, December 6, 2016

The Houseguest: A Pride and Prejudice Vagary by Elizabeth Adams

Star Rating : 5 out of 5


Content Rating : MODERATE

Back Cover :
 When Georgiana Darcy travels to Netherfield to visit her brother, she becomes friends with a neighbor, Elizabeth Bennet. After Miss Darcy returns to town, she invites her new friend to stay with her at the Darcy home in London while her brother is away. Mr. Darcy returns unexpectedly and is trapped under the same roof with Elizabeth Bennet for three weeks.  

Will this change in circumstances lead to a change in affections? Can Elizabeth see past his hauteur to the man underneath? Filled with familiar faces and new characters, you will fall in love with Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy all over again.

My Thoughts :

Ok, so first I LOVE Pride and Prejudice. I have started a collection of different versions of P&P. Every time I go to a bookstore I look for another edition. So I really really like Pride and Prejudice, the characters, and the story. And I have to say…I LOVE THIS BOOK! Seriously, love it. It’s like fanfiction on steroids (and I love a good fanfiction). I’m gave it 5 stars because this is one of the books that I can see myself rereading over and over again. And I actually bought the physical book, which is huge for me (I have to have already read the book and super love the book to buy it). 

I rated this MODERATE due to a few fantasies and talk of sex. They are not overly explicit.

What I liked : 

  • The Plot It is such an interesting concept: what if Elizabeth and Georgiana had become friends? Jane Austen alludes to the friendship in the original, but we never get to see the relationship fully formed. The plot doesn’t stray too far from the original, as in everyone marries who they were written to marry, save one person. I feel like the story becomes as much about the other characters in the world as it does about Elizabeth and Darcy. As a side note, Darcy’s initial surprise at Elizabeth being in his house is amazing.
  • Elizabeth and Georgiana’s Relationship I think this is the sweetest thing about this book. Georgiana clearly needs some female guidance and companionship closer to her age and latches on to Elizabeth. Darcy says in the book that it is a huge deal that Georgiana invited Elizabeth to stay with them and I really like how Elizabeth becomes like a big sister to Georgiana before she becomes a sister-in-law. 
  • Relationship Development I love how all the relationships develop throughout the book, but especially Darcy and Elizabeth’s. Darcy is trying so hard to forget about Elizabeth and wham! She is thrown back into his life, very intimately. The little scenes between them are so sweet and real. The relationship is believable, as Darcy is head over heels almost immediately and Elizabeth kind of wakes up one day and realizes that she doesn’t want him out of her life.
  • Darcy I love that we get to see more of his internal struggles. He tries so hard to forget about Elizabeth but he cannot succeed in this endeavor. It’s amazing to see how love changes him. He notices things about Elizabeth, he wants to like what she likes, but he is still prideful in some ways. It’s beautiful, really, to see his love for her.  

What I didn’t like : 

  • Historical Inaccuracies Honestly, there’s not much I didn’t like. I love this book. The only thing might have been the historical inaccuracies. There are just some things I don’t think people in that time period would do; but, I am also not a historian so I cannot really judge that accurately.  

Meet the Author :

Elizabeth Adams loves sunshine and a good book, hates asparagus, and often laughs at inappropriate moments. She has a slight chocolate addiction and can swim four laps on a good day, but makes up for it by being a great dancer.

'The Houseguest' is her first book. Find more info, outtakes, and short stories at www.elizabethadamswrites.wordpress.com

Reviewed by Lydia Jones

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