Monday, May 11, 2020

Taken by Mary Anne Mushatt ~ My Review

Hello, my friends! I hope you are doing well! Below is my review for Taken!

by Mary Anne Mushatt

Publication Date: April 13th, 2020
Publisher: Quills & Quartos Publishing
Pages: 476 (Kindle)
Received: I received Taken from the publisher for my honest review.
Rating: 2.5 stars

About the book: 

Taken from her home as a young child, Elisabeth Bennet’s sense of self is shaken when the mystery behind her true identity is unraveled.  Discovering her place as the daughter of a duke, she confronts reclaimed memories of her brutal abduction, while tackling the alien world of Regency England’s high society.  Facing the ton is the least of her concerns as her kidnappers remain determined to keep her from Fitzwilliam Darcy – the man who showed his love by first proposing she become his mistress.  Humbled by her refusal, he returns to win her love and respect. 

Together with her reunited family, Elisabeth faces her greatest challenges to both her life and her heart — reclaiming herself and finding her happiness.

My Review

Taken is a Pride and Prejudice Variation. Although, I would call it a retelling because it is not close to canon. It is its own story containing most, if not all, of the wonderful characters from Pride and Prejudice

Elisabeth is taken from her home at the age of four. She was beaten and left on the side of the road to die. Fortunately, she was found by the Bennet’s, not Thomas and Frances, but Thomas’s brother, Edwin. When Edwin’s wife dies, he and his two little girls (Jane and Elisabeth) move to Longbourn to live with Thomas, Frances, and their girls, Mary, Kitty, and Lydia. After Edwin dies, Frances has no qualms about disparaging Elisabeth - telling her she will never amount to anything, and no one will ever marry a foundling. 

The story begins when Jane is set to marry Mr. Bingley, and Elisabeth will then move to London to live with her Aunt and Uncle (not the Gardiners). She meets Darcy for the first time at Jane and Bingley’s wedding. 

I didn’t like Darcy at the beginning of this story. He was influenced too much by his Matlock family. He had only met Elisabeth three or four times before he felt he must have her (much too soon, in my opinion). He, of course, makes a huge blunter and insults Elisabeth. But like Elisabeth, he does become a much better man and earns my trust. 

At 476 pages, it’s a long story and has too many plot-lines. The main storyline is good, and I felt like it wrapped up nicely about halfway through the book. The second half of the story had too much going on. The author could have written a separate book for Jillian (Elizabeth’s biological brother) or Caroline Bingley with a happier ending for her. I know we love to hate her, but she could be redeemed.

I did like what happened to Caroline! It was pretty funny, and she got her just rewards. I would have liked to see her grow into a sympathetic person on her grand adventure. (I’m not saying more because...spoilers)

I was sad that Darcy and Colonel Fitzwilliam were not close friends. And I could do without Anne de Bourgh’s storyline altogether. 

I did like Mary Bennet. She was very kind to Elisabeth. She and Jane would often protect Elisabeth from Mrs. Bennet. 

If you like a story that just keeps on going, Taken might be the story for you! Sadly, this story wasn’t for me. I hope if you read it, you will like it much more than I did.  

2.5 stars.

FTC Disclaimer: I received an ARC of the story from the publisher for my honest review.

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About the Author

Mary Anne Mushatt, a life-long writer, relocated to New Orleans last century, where she earned an MFA and created a documentary of oral histories in the African-American and Native American communities along Louisiana’s River Road.  When the levees failed, exiling her family from their home, she discovered the community of Jane Austen acolytes and began writing novels placing Pride and Prejudice’s beloved characters in innovative situations.  Taken is her second published novel.  As a result of one of her earlier novels, she works with a multi-disciplinary team aiding victims of human trafficking to become survivors.

She lives in New Orleans with her husband, two sons, and two dogs.

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Many thanks to Quills and Quartos Publishing for the opportunity to read Taken

Any thoughts? I'd love to hear from you!


  1. Glad you liked Mary Bennet in the story, but I am not sure the book will be for me

    1. Thanks, Vesper! As I said, the main storyline was really good! If some of the other storylines were fleshed out and separate, I think that would have been much better.

  2. I've read a few books where it felt complete and yet the story kept on going. LOL Interesting Cinderella-style story.

  3. Hey, Sophia Rose! Your right! I hadn't thought of it like that. It is a sort of Cinderella like story! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! I do have this on my list so will no doubt be reading it myself at some point. I admit I do prefer it when Darcy and the. Colonel are friends but have read quite a few others. My main must have is of course a happy ending for Darcy and Elizabeth so it should be ok.

    1. Thank you, Glynis!! I agree, Darcy and Elizabeth must have a happy ending!! I've read other books that Darcy and the Colonel weren't friends in, and it usually doesn't keep me from liking the rest of the story! But like you, I prefer them friends. I hope you enjoy the story!!


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