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Chosen (Leaving Bennet Behind) (Volume 1) Paperback – May 10, 2014
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About the Author
Sarah Johnson is a freelance writer and longtime lover of the written word. Her love of the classics began early, with Jane Austen becoming a clear favorite by her early teen years. When the world of fan fiction was introduced to her, she was happy to find so many wonderful stories based on the dearly loved characters. It was a few years before a new writers challenge, posted at one of the Jane Austen Fan Fiction forums, drew her to put pen to paper and begin creating the stories that have always unfolded in her mind. What began as a picture has become a muse that will not stop forming ideas for more stories. After fifteen years of military life, she and her husband, along with their six children, have now settled in Texas, where she continues to write of an era gone by and of characters that will forever live in the hearts of Jane Austen’s admirers.
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I couldn't figure out the purpose of the book in general. It has the same characters as in P&P but they are all bland and everyone is nice and gets along great. The snark and wit of Austen's work is completely missing from this. Lizzie and Darcy are sweet on each other from the beginning and there doesn't appear to be any 'pride' or 'prejudice' in this book at all. Imagine if all of the characters were sweet and mild like Jane from P&P and you'll quickly see how boring that becomes. Plus, the action is the book takes FOREVER and the pacing at the beginning is painfully slow.
The thing I love about Austen's work is the realistic and funny characters she creates. Mrs. Bennet is missing her 'nerves' and never nags Mr. Bennet. Mr. Bennet gives his daughters equal attentions and all the sisters get along with each other. Kitty and Lydia aren't 'out' so they never get into any interesting trouble. The only character with any personality is Caroline Bingley and she's just a whiny jerk.
I think if the book was taken completely out of context of Austen's work in general, it would fair better. It's basically a sweet sappy bland love story where everyone gets along. If that's your cup of tea, then this book would be great for you. I personally love snarky, head-strong women that drive their own stories and this book doesn't have that. I kept waiting for Mrs. Bennet's nerves, Mr. Bennet's eye rolling, Lizzie mocking Darcy, Mr. Wickham's charms, and Mr. Collins' everything. All of it was missing from this.
I feel like Sarah Johnson doesn't appreciate what made Jane Austen the amazing author that she was. I don't even know if Sarah Johnson even really likes P&P or if she just used the characters because she knew it would help her sell some books. I wish the author had just created her own characters set in regency times instead of relying on P&P's characters and I would have probably liked the book more. As it is, none of the characters resemble themselves in this version and I think that sets up the book for failure. There are so many spins on Pride and Prejudice out there that you can't make a bad version and expect people to read it just because it's in the Austen universe.
So, in conclusion, if you like sappy romance novels you'll probably like this book. If you don't, you should totally skip this and try something else.
Even though I may be interested in learning about others written about in the Novel, I do not feel that I Have to read the other books unless I just want to because I do feel that this Novel did end. For it to continue, would take a much much larger book.
I will also say that anytime -whether in real life- OR in Fiction Novels, there will always be 'stories' within of other people -even though the Novel (or life) has 2 Main Characters & that is how I see this book.
I have enjoyed all of Sarah's books. She has such a beautiful touch in her development of characters that are fighting physical or emotional issues in their lives and how they slowly overcome them to find the happiness they deserve. Check out her other books as well as this saga.