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Product Details

  • Paperback: 636 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1470045346
  • ISBN-13: 978-1470045340
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,210,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Beth Massey lives in Chicago with her husband of forty plus years. Her first love as child in Chattanooga, Tennessee was the theatre. She spent her youth preparing for a creative life on the stage. A voracious reader, she devoured plays and novels with an eye toward imagining how she would play certain characters. Beth joined the Chattanooga Little Theatre’s youth troupe at age eight. She was awarded a work study scholarship to Monticello College in Godfrey, Illinois in the theatre department. While there, she played numerous roles—from Shaw to Shakespeare. After transferring to Barnard College in New York City as a junior in 1967, she switched her major to literature. But, ‘the times they were a changing.’ She threw herself into the struggle against war, racism and the emerging women’s liberation movement that had broken out all over the United States. One of her first acts of expressing her convictions was to participate in the Columbia University student strike in the spring of 1968. It was during this time, she met her husband Bill. Together the two—first as friends and then as partners—have devoted their lives to political activism. Beth spent her working hours as a payroll manager. In 2008, her job of seventeen years was outsourced. Given a compensation package that allowed her to stay home with an already retired Bill, she embraced the opportunity that working ‘9 to 5’ had made a challenge for most of the years of their marriage. Though Bill’s ability to be active has been curtailed by AMD, COPD and a debilitating essential tremor, his wit and knowledge are as sharp as ever. Ms Massey now spends her days in the company of her well-informed best friend and the two are free to engage in a great deal of conversation. Jane Austen would approve. Beth may have left a life in the theatre behind, but the desire for a creative outlet and a need to sketch the human character is still fervent. Goodly Creatures is the first endeavor of her new found leisure time.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Beth Massey lives in Chicago with her husband of forty plus years. Her first love as a child was the theatre. A voracious reader, she devoured plays and novels with an eye toward imagining how she would play certain characters. Beth was recruited to the Chattanooga Little Theatre's youth troupe at age eight. At Barnard College in NYC, Beth threw herself into the struggle against war, racism, the emerging women's liberation movement and the Columbia University student strike of 1968. While there, she met her husband Bill. Together they have devoted their lives to political activism.

Now that both are retired from their day jobs, Ms Massey spends her days in the company of her well-informed best friend and the two are free to engage in a great deal of conversation. Jane Austen would approve, and Beth is quite certain that like Dawsey and Juliet they have had a discussion that encompassed Jonathan Swift, pigs and the Nuremberg trials.

Beth may have left a life in the theatre behind, but the desire for a creative outlet and a need to sketch the human character is still fervent.

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I love Pride and Prejudice continuing stories.
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I found this book to be very enjoyable, It made me laugh and cry.
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I look forward with anticipation to Beth's next book.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mark on June 28, 2012
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Yes, another positive review from me - everyone is going to think I am softening in my old age. Actually, I did read one that was complete crap recently, but I'm getting tired of having to defend my negative reviews (I much prefer defending my positive ones) and clearly the author has dear friends who would certainly castigate me should I go against all of those 5 stars.

To begin, I like to support new writers, so I am willing to overlook the odd grammatical/spelling/punctuation error that would be caught by an editor, so long as it doesn't distract from the story. Yes, this one did have a few minor errors, but unlike the majority of self-published authors, she had actually read it before publishing.

Secondly, this author does not do the horrid "head hopping." Yes, we are given multiple points of view, but they are divided into sections. Well done there.

I have seen the other reviews that complained about the use of P&P characters, either that they were used in this traumatic storyline or they were not at all like Darcy and Elizabeth. Although I do not post reviews for them all, I do read most P&P variations, and this is often a problem. Well, it is true here as well - but wait!

From almost the very beginning, I had to throw P&P out the window. Other than names, this book and its characters have nothing to do with it really at all; HOWEVER, I was pulled in by about 4% into it.

Since reading "The Journey," which I enjoyed a great deal, I have come to realize that our beloved Jane Austen has inspired some authors to write really good books, and I don't know if it is devotion to Austen that makes them call their characters Elizabeth and Darcy or it's the only way they think they can sell them.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By C. E. Davis on April 4, 2012
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I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I would classify it as a Historical fiction combined with our beloved "Pride and Prejudice". It's historical because the writer delves into the landscape of the times and raises issues to the forefront.
In this alteration the story starts out 6yrs earlier. Darcy is married and he meets Elizabeth at the theater. He is with his wife and Viscount Wolbridge(col F's older brother). The Tempest is being played out and this definitely sets the stage for the book. The unthinkable happens to 15 yr old Elizabeth and to keep her out of harms way her family procede to protect her. This involves Darcy and Anne Debourge Darcy.
The story is quite intricate and we learn alot about the characters. The author does a fabulas job keeping the characters we love the way they should be and she adds a few characters that are dispicable but also some characters you will grow to love. I won't lie, the journey this book takes is long and full of angst but well worth it. Our favorite characters are better off for it. And I just love how in the epilogue we learn everything that ougt to be!! Really enjoyed this book. A definite read for ALL the JAFF readers out there.

Oh by the way this author inserts Jane Austens words very adeptly. You will recognise them imediately. They may not becoming out of the mouths of who you expect, but it is done so perfectly you will love reading it. Also you will find references to Jane Austen's other novels
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By mathilda on October 19, 2012
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Although I agree that this fan fiction was more well written and edited than many, the basic premise is difficult to accept. I did not enjoy reading a scene where one of my favourite characters from literature is raped, or did I want to read about Darcy having another wife. The story changes the characters too much, and while this is an imaginative retelling of where those characters may have gone if their beginnings were different, it is not a "what if" scenario I enjoyed.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Indie Jane on August 15, 2012
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The other day, Indie Jane tweeted a link to book recommendations for different kinds of Janeites [...]. There they described three types of Janeites: Purists who read only the original works and other letters and unfinished works written by Jane Austen, Free-for-Alls who read anything related to Jane Austen, and the Inbetweeners who read adaptations, sequels but want to stay loyal to the original works. Depending on which type of Janeite you are, there are some stories which you will or will not tolerate.

In Goodly Creatures, Beth Massey writes about a series of events that happen years before Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth, events that forever change the fate of all the characters from Pride and Prejudice. In this book, we see some of the more negative circumstances often not talked about in light-hearted Regency romances, such as rape and murder. And that is the main problem with this book, that while other stories have included pre-marital sex or children born out of wedlock, we do not often see it to the extremes of portraying the rape of a girl so young that she is basically a child nor a young teenager committing murder with very little afterthought. A good portion of the book is spent on re-telling the horrible events that happened so long ago and we get to see inside the thoughts of a man who has become a pedophiliac. If you were looking for a lighthearted adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, you will not find it here.

However, later in the book we start to get the redemption that many of the characters needed. We see punishment come to those who deserve it but at the cost of being faithful to the characters portrayed. This is another problem I have with the book, some characters change without explanation.
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