Elizabeth: Obstinate, Headstrong Girl Anthology

March 18th, 2020 Kimberly Guest Post, Review 25 Comments

18th Mar
Elizabeth: Obstinate, Headstrong Girl Anthology
Elizabeth: Obstinate, Headstrong Girl
by Elizabeth Adams, Christina Boyd, Karen M Cox, J. Marie Croft, Amy D’Orazio, Leigh Dreyer, Jenetta James, Christina Morland, Beau North, Joana Starnes
Genres: Anthologies
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With timeless verve, the heroine of Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth Bennet, bares her intimate thoughts while offering biting social commentary through a collection of romantic re-imaginings, sequels, and prequels, set in the Regency to present day by ten popular Austenesque authors. “I think her as delightful a character as ever appeared in print…” wrote Jane Austen in a letter, January 1813―and we think so too!

Foreword by NY Times & USA Today bestselling author Tessa Dare.

Stories by: Elizabeth Adams, Christina Boyd, Karen M Cox, J. Marie Croft, Amy D’Orazio, Leigh Dreyer, Jenetta James, Christina Morland, Beau North, and Joana Starnes

It’s time to welcome Sophia Rose to the blog for a guest review. Today she has a delightful anthology: Elizabeth: Obstinate, Headstrong Girl. Fans of Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice and Austen fans gather round….

Sophia Rose’s Review

When I learned this anthology was in the works, I was ecstatic.  One might wonder how I could be excited about several stories about the same woman and, at times, the retelling of the same story.  By the time these talented authors were finished, the collection of stories was more like several facets on one cleverly cut gem catching the light in different ways so that some shone with inner fire and some dazzled with light from without – Elizabeth across the eras in all stages of her life.

I would be lying if I said I loved them all the same.  However, I more than liked them all and would eagerly take up books from any of these authors and have done so with most.  How could I not thoroughly appreciate each when one is talking about different styles, different settings, and different circumstances? 

The ten stories ranged from Regency England to the present.  The Regencies are mostly variations that begin at differing points in the original story, but there is also a prequel of a young Lizzy and a sequel of an aged Elizabeth.  This match was as deeply developed as the rest in characters and plots, but I would say that I did feel a stronger appreciation for them because I am familiar with the original story.  In addition to the regency historicals, there are also retellings from other eras.  Elizabeth was at an Edwardian country house party, acting in the Hollywood of the 30’s, attending college in the 80’s and grad school in the present.

All in all, this collection was exactly what I was expecting while still delivering sparkling surprises that captured my fancy staying true to the nature of the indomitable Elizabeth that, though fictional, is a woman in history who is still a captivating story heroine centuries later.

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About Beau North

Beau North

Beau North is the author of three books and a contributor to multiple anthologies. Beau is a native southerner who now calls Portland, Oregon home with her husband and two cats. She attended the University of South Carolina where she began a lifelong obsession with Literature. In her spare time, Beau is the co-host of the podcast Excessively Diverted: Modern Austen On-Screen.

About Sophia Rose

Sophia Rose

Sophia is a quiet though curious gal who dabbles in cooking, book reviewing, and gardening. Encouraged and supported by an incredible man and loving family. A Northern Californian transplant to the Great Lakes Region of the US. Lover of Jane Austen, Baseball, Cats, Scooby Doo, and Chocolate. Associate Reviewer for Delighted Reader blog.

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25 Responses to “Elizabeth: Obstinate, Headstrong Girl Anthology”

  1. J. Marie Croft

    Thank you, Kimberly and Sophia Rose, for this review. What a lovely one it is, and what a way with words you have, Sophia Rose. “…the collection of stories was more like several facets on one cleverly cut gem catching the light in different ways so that some shone with inner fire and some dazzled with light from without…” Take a bow, Christina Boyd.

  2. Lorna

    Now would be the time to admit I’ve never read Pride and Prejudice. I’ve seen the movie and loved it however. I’m glad you enjoyed these even if you didn’t love them all. Perfect review for an anthology.

    • Sophia Rose

      LOL, you are not alone. I love that you still have it to look forward to for the first time, Lorna.

      Oh yes, it was great digging into the antho and enjoying each story for its unique flavor. 🙂

  3. Christina Boyd

    Thank you for this thoughtful review. So glad you enjoyed the collection of stories, Sophia.

    Btw I just saw that Amazon Kindle Unlimited is offering free subscriptions for two months. This and other great reads are in KU so it might be a good time to try KU if you aren’t already a subscriber.

    • Karen M Cox

      Oh, Claire – I so envy you the joy of reading Pride and Prejudice for the first time. I definitely agree that you will get something different out of it at a different age. Happy Reading!

    • Sophia Rose

      Oh yes, that would have been a tough age to get into the writing, but you’d probably appreciate the old-style wit and humor laced through it now. Hope you get the chance, Claire! 🙂