Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Blog Tour Review: Attempting Elizabeth by Jessica Grey

Attempting Elizabeth by Jessica Grey
Publication date: January 24th 2013
Genres: New Adult, Romance

Kelsey Edmundson is a geek and proud of it. She makes no secret of her love for TV, movies, and, most especially, books. After a bad breakup, she retreats into her favorite novel, Pride and Prejudice, wishing she had some of the wit and spirit of Elizabeth Bennett.

One night at a party Kelsey meets handsome Australian bartender Mark Barnes. From then on, she always seems to run into him when she least expects it. No matter how Kelsey tries, she always seems to say the wrong thing.

After a particularly gaffe-filled evening around Mark, Kelsey is in desperate need of inspiration from Jane Austen. She falls asleep reading Darcy’s letter to Lizzy and awakens to find herself in an unfamiliar place that looks and sounds suspiciously like her favorite book. Has she somehow been transported into Pride and Prejudice, or is it just a dream?

As Kelsey tries to discover what’s happening to her, she must also discover her own heart. Is Mark Barnes destined to be her Mr. Darcy? In the end, she must decide whether attempting to become Elizabeth is worth the risk or if being Kelsey Edmundson is enough.

Like many, I am a lover of Pride and Prejudice.  It's a favorite classic of mine and I love when new authors bring it into their stories.  Jessica Grey takes a unique spin on the idea of falling into a book when her character, Kelsey, does just that - quite literally.  Kelsey falls asleep one day while reading and ends up right in the middle of her favorite story - but not as her favorite character.  Meanwhile, back in the real world, she has managed to make a fool of herself several times in front of the hot bartender, Mark.
As Kelsey flips back and forth between the world of Pride and Prejudice and her real life, there's times she thinks her little trips are much better - if only she could manage to jump into Elizabeth Bennet, then things might just be perfect.  When the unthinkable happens and she finds herself unable to get back to her real life,she has to use all her literary brain power to figure out what she needs to do to get back to herself.
Full of fantastic Austen references, and a very subtle look at being true to who you really are inside, this book was a winner on just about every level.  I think anyone who loves a good classic will love this glimpse into the life of an Elizabeth Bennet fan.

Jessica Grey is an author, fairytale believer, baseball lover, and recovering Star Wars fangirl. A life-long Californian, she now lives in Montana with her husband and two children where she spends her time writing, perfecting the fine art of preschooler-wrangling, and drinking way too much caffeine.

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  1. Glad you liked it, Jasmyn, it sounds like a fun read! :)

  2. Thank you for the fantastic review, Jasmyn! So glad you enjoyed it!