Monday, January 28, 2013

Review & Giveaway: Attempting Elizabeth by Jessica Grey


Amazing! That’s the word I would use to describe Attempting Elizabeth! I truly loved this story! I felt it had a fun uniqueness about it. I loved the whole novel jumping aspect of the story, but there was much more to it than that...I don’t know if I can say anything about it without giving anything away. But I will give it a try!

Kelsey Edmundson is going through a rough spot in her life. She recently broke up her with boyfriend and would rather stay home and read her favorite novel, Pride and Prejudice, but her best friend Tori Mansfield has different ideas. Tori drags Kelsey to a club for the evening where she meets Mark Barnes, a hot Aussie with an amazing accent. Unfortunately, Kelsey is stand-offish, bordering on rude to Mark. After that night, they are thrown together a couple of times and Kelsey is always awkward, and the two cannot have a conversation that doesn’t end up badly. Kelsey is really attracted to Mark and wonders why she can’t just act normal around him!

Feeling like a total idiot, Kelsey retreats back home and to her favorite book where the strangest thing happens, she falls asleep reading and wakes up in Pride and Prejudice as Georgiana Darcy! She is there quite a bit before she learns how to get back out of the book. Soon, Kelsey begins jumping in and out of Pride and Prejudice hoping to become Elizabeth Bennet.
  
I could really identify with Kelsey. I loved her experiences while she’s in the book, and how she grows from them. I also liked how Mark questions her, and how he pushes her to think about herself; whom she is. And in the end she finds herself and maybe even love.

I found it so interesting that the roles were reversed here, Kelsey is more like Darcy with her awkwardness and stand-offish ways and Mark was more like Elizabeth, smart, fun and gorgeous! Ok, Elizabeth has fine eyes, but I couldn't resist saying gorgeous because that describes Mark.  

Grey has a gift for storytelling! Attempting Elizabeth is a fun, cute modern Austenesque novel. This is the second book I have read of hers. In Awake, she put a unique spin on Sleeping Beauty (read my review here).

5 out of 5 stars.

I was provided a copy of this book for my honest review.

Buy a copy here. (Disclaimer: Link to Amazon. Should you purchase a copy of the book through the link I will receive a small commission.)



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Attempting Elizabeth completes my second selection on the P&P Bicentenary Challenge! 





* * * GIVEAWAY * * *

In honor of the 200th anniversary of the publication of Pride and Prejudice, Jessica Grey is giving away 2 e-book copies of Attempting Elizabeth! Yay! To be the winner of 1 copy you need to fill out the Rafflecopter form below! The last day to enter is February 3, 2013. 
 Good luck! 



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26 comments:

  1. I've read the first chapter of this and it was really entertaining. She's very like Darcy isn't she! I'm not sure how I feel about her trying to get into Elizabeth's shoes, I couldn't finish Becoming Elizabeth Darcy for that reason, it felt almost like he was being unfaithful to her, if you know what I mean.

    I trust you though Candy, it's already on my wishlist but might be a while before I get there!

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    1. Hi Ceri, Kelsey is trying to getting into Elizabeth's shoes to become more like Elizabeth, more confident, witty; all the things we love about Elizabeth. It doesn't have that feeling of unfaithfulness on Darcy's part. I think you will like the romance Attempting Elizabeth has in it.

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  2. I just brewed myself a celebratory cup of coffee for Pride and Prejudice-day :). I hop around blogs and spend waaay too much time on the internet. I have the day off work, so no worries, but I have cleaning an dishes to get done. Laundry waiting, etc. :D
    I might start doing some housework now and treat myself later to my favourite P&P DVD moments.

    I loved Jane Odiwes Searching for Capt. Wentworth, which too has the time-hopping between Regency and our time. Very well done! And the cover of Attempting Elizabeth is wonderful. I love it.
    If I could jump into a novel I´d jump into P&P too, though, I think. To be looked at by Mr. Darcy...

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    1. Hey Katrin! I hope you have a wonderful day, enjoying P&P's Anniversary! Sounds like a prefect way to spend a day off!

      I haven't read Searching for Capt Wentworth. I need to get after that! :)

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, Patricia! :)

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  4. I agree about Jessica being a good storyteller. I read her Awake book and loved it. I look forward to reading this one and I am excited that its up for a giveaway opportunity. TY!

    Today, I have my old BBC movie version of P&P slated for a go around and for on-going enjoyment I am participating in Austenprose's P&P Reading Challenge.

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    1. Hi Sophia Rose! I'm sure you know, but Indie Jane is also having a giveaway today. You can go over there for another chance to win an e-copy of Attempting Elizabeth, also chance to win an e-copy of Nancy Kelley's new novel Loving Miss Darcy!

      Sounds like a great day! Have fun blog hopping!

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  5. Thank you for the great review, Candy! I am so glad you enjoyed it!

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    1. Hi Jessica! It was my pleasure!! Loved every minute of it! Happy P&P Day! :)

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    1. Hi Cynthia! I think you'll love Attempting Elizabeth, too!

      BTW, I picked up a copy of your book Echoes of Pemberley today for my kindle! Thanks!

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  7. This book seems like such fun and I really really want to win it! If not, it's one I will surely buy. I would love to jump into P&P just to get a glimpse of Mr Darcy, if nothing else! My luck I'd end up as Charlotte, stuck in a room with Mr Collins and Lady Catherine! lol

    Great review, and thanks so much for the giveaway! Happy P&P Day! I've spent the day (after work) blog-hopping but don't have anything else special planned.

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    1. Hi Monica! I'm pretty sure you'll love Attempting Elizabeth! It's a fun book! I loved everything about it!

      I've been busy most of the day, so I haven't been able to hop much yet. Still have the dishes to do, then I should be able to! :D

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  8. I'm enjoying celebrating along with all the bloggers on the hop, and then plan to curl up with some version of Darcy... so many fantastic Austenesque books in my TBR pile right now!

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    1. Hello Nicole! I'm like you, I have so many Austenesque books to read! I love that they just keep coming! I really can't get enough! :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. Having my celebratory cuppa here & knowing I'd jump right into P & P ! It never grows old!

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    1. Hi Monja Blue! I would have to agree with you! It never grows old!

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  10. Like you Candy, I'm participating in Alyssa Goodnight's blog hop party. Here's my post on my story (http://forloveofausten.blogspot.com/2013/01/pride-and-prejudice-200th-anniversary.html) of how I found P&P + a giveaway of an Austenesque novel. I'm also joining the P&P challenge hosted on Austenprose and so far I have completed one book.

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    1. Hi Luthien, I went to your site yesterday, but missed your post and giveaway. Thanks for pointing it out to me. I entered your giveaway! When I was at your site yesterday I saw all the lovely giveaways and free books you listed. Thank you for having me on your list! :) And I picked up a couple of books I didn't already have. :D

      Oh, yes! I was so caught up in the celebration I forgot to post that this is my second book completed for the challenge! I'll have to update my post. Thanks again!

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  11. Going to watch P& P the A&E version with Colin Firth (of course) this weekend to celebrate. It's also my birthday tommorrow so I'll be opening a bottle of wine to and say a toast for Jane.

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    1. Happy Birthday, Margaret! I hope your day is wonderful, and enjoy the wine! Sounds like a nice weekend you have planned also. Have fun!

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  12. Great review, Candy! This book sounds like so much fun! And I just love the cover! Thanks for the giveaway!!=)

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    1. Hi Kelli! Thank you! It is a fun book! I think you will love it. Yes, great cover!

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  13. I was up till 2 in the morning finishing it. Very original - loved it!

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    1. Hi Angie! Wasn't it wonderful! I agree, it's very original!

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