Tuesday, August 23, 2016

BLOG TOUR: Second Impressions by Amy George ~ Review

I received an advanced copy of this novella in exchange for an honest review.

Book Blurb: Once, Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet were foes, then tenuous friends. After Elizabeth discovers Darcy is engaged to another woman, she flees to Boston to seek solace with her cousin, the brash and worldly Emeline Poston.

When she returns to England after years spent abroad, Elizabeth must face the man who shattered her heart, and is shocked to find the proud man she once knew drastically altered. Does she have the courage to seek out the man with whom she fell in love –whatever the cost?

Fitzwilliam Darcy has spent his days regretting what might have been and his nights being tormented by the decisions he has made. His life in tatters, he can barely face the once respectable man in his mirror or the baby girl in Pemberley’s nursery. Now that Elizabeth has returned, will he atone for his mistakes and win her heart for good?

This alternate path reimagining of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice is recommended for adult readers.

My Review: Okay, so this is a novella that takes place two years after Pride and Prejudice with some events changed. Darcy never went back to Netherfield after Bingley went back to court and marry Jane. Elizabeth flees to America because she thinks that Darcy doesn't love her anymore and to nurse her broken heart. Of course after two years of living with her cousin Emeline they decide to return.

The thing that gets to me is that Emeline falls in love almost instantly with a rake and he with her. But Emeline won't be with him because Elizabeth and Darcy haven't reconciled yet. Where does that make since? And Emeline acts more like a modern woman rather than a woman of the Regency era. I get that she's supposed to be a strong heroine figure but there are limits for that era. The book leaves out certain details in characters lives until they become a barrier for another character. Plus a lot of the characters seem out of character from Miss Austen's original work. This novella seems very rushed and I wish it was fleshed out more.

Rating: 3½ out of 5

Author Bio: Amy George is a middle-aged woman who hates her "old lady/grown-up" car and refuses to listen to its radio at a reasonable volume, especially when the Beastie Boys or the Violent Femmes are playing. She lives in a town in the middle of the country where the county fair is one of the biggest social events of the season and everything is fried. Her household consists of a dog, a cat, a man, a hermit, and stubborn soap scum.

She has been writing since she was a child and was a frequent contributor to the Hyacinth Gardens, a popular but defunct JAFF site.

Author Links
Twitter: https://twitter.com/authoramygeorge
Blog: http://amygeorge.merytonpress.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authoramygeorge/?fref=ts

Second Impressions Blog Tour Schedule
8/15: Review at Margie’s Must Reads
8/16: Excerpt & Giveaway at Romance Novel Giveaway
8/17: Guest Post & Giveaway at My Jane Austen Book Club
8/18: Guest Post & Giveaway at Skipping Midnight
8/19: Review at Tomorrow is Another Day
8/20: Review at Liz’s Reading Life
8/22: Excerpt & Giveaway at More Agreeably Engaged
8/23: Review at Half Agony, Half Hope
8/23: Excerpt & Giveaway at So Little Time…
8/24: Review at My Kids Led Me Back to Pride and Prejudice
8/25: Guest Post & Giveaway at From Pemberley to Milton
8/26: Review at Diary of an Eccentric
8/27: Review at Just Jane 1813
8/28: Author Interview & Giveaway at Babblings of a Bookworm

2 comments:

  1. Such a pity that the story felt rushed and the characters lacked development.

    The premise of this story sounds wonderful,yet of essential elements fail to make sense,the reader may well be left feeling slightly adrift and a little disappointed. Would,nevertheless love an opportunity to read it myself!

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  2. maybe better as a novel rather than a novella, I have read a couple of those

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