Monday, February 01, 2016

REVIEW: Obsession by Jann Rowland

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Book Blurb: Banished from her home at the age of seventeen for refusing a marriage proposal from an odious man, Elizabeth Bennet moves to London to live with her aunt and uncle Gardiner. Though fighting feelings of hopelessness, Elizabeth attempts to be happy. The persistence of her unwanted suitor, however, upsets the balance she has achieved with her relations, leaving her fearful for her future.

An introduction to Mr. Gardiner’s new business partner allows Elizabeth to make a new acquaintance with a pleasant man and his family, bringing some much-needed variation to her colorless life. But when she is approached by a mysterious stranger who wishes to know more of her, Elizabeth can only allow herself to be caught up in the excitement of the moment and his apparent interest.

Unfortunately, her other suitor still lurks in the background, waiting for his chance to snare her. It soon becomes clear to Elizabeth that others see as interest, the reality is much more sinister, and takes all the appearance of an OBSESSION.

My Review: This book starts off way before the events for the original Pride and Prejudice. In fact Elizabeth is only seventeen in this book and Darcy is twenty-four. The only thing that bothered me is that Mr Pearce was thirty-five in this book. What man in his right mind wants a bride who is eighteen years younger than him? The man is old enough to be her father for heaven's sake.

I really enjoyed the premise for this book as I have never seen it done before. I really started to hate Mrs Bennet for trying to force Elizabeth to marry Mr Pearce. She even goes so far as to kick Lizzy out of Longbourn until she sees reason. Though Mr Bennet agreed with Mrs Bennet on the issue of Lizzy leaving the estate it was for the purpose of getting her away from her mother and her ranting. You have to commend Mr Bennet on that front at least.

The fact that Mr Bingley and Mr Darcy only became acquainted because of Darcy approaching Elizabeth in the park and through that Mr Gardiner was genius. They even allude to the fact had Bingley gone to Cambridge instead of Oxford they might have met sooner. Miss Bingley was her usual charming self in this novel. Through most of the book she is trying to get Darcy to marry her instead of Lizzy and she badmouths her whenever she can. I don't know how Miss Bingley can think herself above the Bennets when her family is in trade and the Bennets are landed gentry. She has serious issues that she needs to work through. What was most surprised me was that most of the Fitzwilliam family accepted Elizabeth even one that you wouldn't think that would.

In all this book was a delight to read. The only problem I had was that I had to put it down to go to work. Which by the way is something I hate doing but I need the money. I wish I could get paid to read books all day. That would be lovely. If you would like to see how one man's obsession for a Bennet daughter could affect her life and courtship to another man this is the book for you.

Rating: 4½ stars out of 5

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