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The Blog Tour for Caitlin Williams's The Coming of Age of Elizabeth Bennet, makes a stop here today. I am reviewing the book and must say, I enjoyed the read very much! Thank you, Caitlin Williams, for sharing your talent with us.
Book Review: The Coming of Age of Elizabeth Bennet by Caitlin Williams
This is the first book that I have read by Caitlin Williams. I have Ardently, and hope to read it soon, especially now that I have read this release. The Coming of Age of Elizabeth Bennet begins after the death of Mr. Bennet. It is much earlier in time than canon as Elizabeth is only fifteen years of age. Her father has arranged for her to go live with his long-time friend, Mr. George Darcy of Pemberley and be raised with Georgiana. When Mr. Darcy, his son, Fitzwilliam Darcy and the governess, Miss Temple, arrive to meet Elizabeth and take her home, Lizzy is nowhere to be found. Confused and angry, not understanding why her father would want her to live so far away from Jane and her sisters, she has donned a disguise and run away from Longbourn. When it is time for all to leave, Fitzwilliam Darcy stays behind to find the young Miss Bennet and deliver her to Pemberley. This begins a journey, part good, part misunderstanding, that will forever change the lives of Darcy and Elizabeth.
The twenty-three-year-old Fitzwilliam has been disappointed in a relationship and is a touch bitter. That bad boy, George Wickham, is at it again! The woman of interest, Lady Emma Balcombe, could rival Caroline Bingley in manner and behavior. She will continue to make problems for the young Mr. Darcy and his charge. Miss Williams wrote Lady Emma well. She created in me a strong dislike for this ‘lady’ but also a soft spot for her sister, Lady Constance, who was a gentle and kind soul. Their portrayal and the incidents involving them, add greatly to the plot.
Among the many things that I liked about this book were members of the Darcy family. Mr. Darcy, the father, was a nice man and his relationship with Elizabeth became one much like a father and daughter would have. It was a touching bond that I enjoyed seeing grow. I loved Colonel Fitzwilliam. He played a very significant role as did Georgiana. The governess, Miss Temple, had a subtler guidance but one that was just as important. These were people in Elizabeth’s life that helped her become the Elizabeth Bennet of canon and it was neat to see their influence and shaping of her.
One of the things that I was not as fond of was the length of time that Fitzwilliam Darcy stayed away from home. I felt he was a little out of character with some of his behavior. I do not believe he would have left Georgiana and Elizabeth for such long periods. I think I understand the purpose of these absences to the storyline but I could not feel quite comfortable with them.
Overall, I very much enjoyed The Coming of Age of Elizabeth Bennet. It was a book that I had trouble putting down! I found the tone of Ms. Williams’s writing to be excellent and her story-telling delightful. Her plot was different and her Regency language good. This is a book I highly recommend to anyone who loves Jane Austen Fan-fiction!
Well done, Caitlin Williams. I look forward to more from you.
The very worst has happened. Mr Bennet has died, leaving his wife and five young daughters bereft. The family estate, Longbourn, is now lost, entailed away and fifteen-year-old Elizabeth Bennet is to go two hundred miles away to live with strangers. George Darcy, repaying a debt of gratitude, has offered to take her to Pemberley, to live under the mantle of his care and be raised alongside his own daughter, Georgiana.
But on the day she is to leave Longbourn forever, young Elizabeth, grieving and confused, runs off into the Hertfordshire countryside. Fitzwilliam Darcy gives chase, telling his father he will have her back in an hour or two. Luck and fate, however, are not on his side and capturing Elizabeth Bennet turns out not only to be more difficult than he could ever have imagined, but events conspire to turn her little adventure into his worst nightmare.
The prideful man and the girl prejudiced against him, meet much earlier in this rethinking of Jane Austen’s masterpiece. Elizabeth grows up under the ever-watchful eye of Mr Darcy, from fifteen to twenty-one. She errs and falters, there are stumbles and trips, but could this ‘disobedient little hellion’ one day become mistress of Pemberley and the keeper of his heart?
Caitlin Williams lives in Kent, England, with her family. She fell in love with all things Regency as a teenager, but particularly admires the work of Jane Austen and the way she masterfully combines humour and romance, while weaving them through such wonderful stories and characters.
Pride and Prejudice is Caitlin’s favourite novel and she finds Mr Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet so deliciously entertaining that she likes to borrow them from Ms Austen and enjoys the challenge of putting them in different places and situations.
Her debut novel, Ardently, was written as a hobby, usually with her laptop balanced on the kitchen worktop, typing with one hand, a glass of wine in the other, while she also attempted to cook dinner and keep her children from killing each other. The success of Ardently was as much a surprise to her, as it was to anyone else, and she has been thrilled and genuinely thankful for the positive responses and reviews it generated.
Her second novel, The Coming of Age of Elizabeth Bennet, is a portrait of a much younger Elizabeth, who is thrown into an extraordinary set of circumstances due to the premature death of Mr Bennet, and she hopes you all enjoy it very much.
The Coming Of Age Of Elizabeth Bennet Blog Tour Description
A coming-of-age story told in four volumes between Austen’s infamous couple; savor the story of the prideful man and the girl prejudiced against him, as they meet much earlier in this rethinking of Jane Austen’s masterpiece, Pride & Prejudice. Could this ‘disobedient little hellion’ one day become mistress of Pemberley and the keeper of his heart?
Caitlin Williams, author of the highly-praised book, Ardently, tours the blogosphere from June 13- June 26, 2016 to share her newest release, The Coming Of Age Of Elizabeth Bennet. Fourteen book bloggers, specializing in Austenesque fiction and romance stories, will share excerpts, guest posts, an exclusive interview with the author and book reviews from this highly awaited Austen-inspired novel. Eight ebooks are also being included in our giveaways and entry is available to anyone who participates in this blog tour.
Blog Tour Schedule
June 13/ My Jane Austen Book Club/Launch Post/“Happy Birthday Fanny Burney & The Coming Of Age Of Elizabeth Bennet” & Giveaway
June 14/ So Little Time... / Book Excerpt & Giveaway
June 15/ Just Jane 1813/An Exclusive Interview with Caitlin Williams
June 16/ Pemberley to Milton/Book Review & Giveaway
June 17/ Margie's Must Reads/ Book Excerpt & Giveaway
June 18/ The Calico Critic/Book Review & Giveaway
June 19/ Babblings of a Bookworm/“The Education of a Young Lady” Guest Post & Giveaway
June 20/ Half Agony, Half Hope/Book Review
June 21/ More Agreeably Engaged/ Book Review & Giveaway
June 22/ My Kids Led Me Back to Pride and Prejudice /Book Excerpt & Giveaway
June 23/ Liz's Reading Life / “A Nod and A Wink to Austen” Guest Post & Giveaway
June 24/ Diary of an Eccentric/Book Review
June 25/ Laughing With Lizzie/ “The Young Master” Guest Post & Giveaway
June 26/ A Covent Garden Gilflurt's Guide to Life/ "A Most Scandalous" Guest Post
Thank you for stopping by and please be sure to visit the other blogs for a chance to win one of the eight eBooks that are up for grabs. I would love to hear your thoughts so leave a comment if you feel inclined.