2015 Diary of an Eccentric Honorable Mention
2015 Austenprose Best Austenesque Historical Novel
“Seldom, very seldom, does complete truth belong to any human disclosure; seldom can it happen that something is not a little disguised, or a little mistaken.”
It is always the completely unforeseen events that lead to the most unexpected consequences, and such is the case in this variation on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. One of the crucial points in Austen’s novel is Miss Elizabeth Bennet’s fiery and passionate refusal and denunciation of the equally passionate but infinitely more repressed Fitzwilliam Darcy. What might eventuate if the robustly healthy Elizabeth falls prey to illness for almost the first time in her life just when Darcy comes to call? Bemused by her illness, she hardly comprehends what Darcy is asking, and her simple nod of acknowledgment is misinterpreted as acceptance of his suit by a joyous Darcy. By the time Elizabeth regains her health, it seems that every one of her acquaintance and many outside of it accept that she has become engaged to the last man in the world she would ever have considered marrying. Can she openly demand her engagement to the amorous but prideful Darcy be broken, a course fraught with hazards in the social milieu of Regency England? In a maelstrom of confusion, choices have to be made and disclosures closely considered. Elizabeth knows that nothing in her life will ever be the same, and the consequences will likely spread further than she can imagine.
Creative, imaginative, and well-characterized, Odom has a sure hit on his hands with Pride, Prejudice, and Secrets. If you’re already a fan or if you’ve never had the pleasure of reading any of his prior work, do yourself a favor and pick this one up.
5 out of 5 Stars
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The twists and turns that follow this disastrous engagement, make for a rather wonderful read. I was engaged from beginning to end!!
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I’ve read a lot of sweet and enjoyable Pride and Prejudice variations, but this was the first one in a long time that really wowed me and made me stay up late to find out what would happen next.
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Odom’s manner of writing is quite entertaining, and I look forward to seeing how things will develop with his version of Austen’s characters.
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Fans of Austeneque will definitely want to pick this up. Lovers of sweet historical romance with a large cast of characters, character-driven plotting and bonus romances included should give it a try too.
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This was another “my Kindle must not leave my sight!” kind of story.
This is a rich, all encompassing story with secondary plots I was eager to get back to, history I found meaningful and interesting and most importantly further evidence, Regency JAFF just keeps getting better!
Read the full review at My Kids Led Me Back to Pride and Prejudice