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Mercy's Embrace: Elizabeth Elliot's Story Book 1- So Rough a Course Paperback – November 6, 2009
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"The world of Jane Austen's Persuasion fairly sparkles under Laura Hile's deft and humorous touch. While Elizabeth Elliot retains the abrasive edges of Austen's original, you'll be as delighted as I was to see her develop into a woman deserving of a good man's love." --Pamela Aidan, author of Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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These Laura Hile books are so good. Maybe, as another reviewer pointed out, they are anachronistic at times; it's not enough to bother me. I just love what a great job Ms. Hile does in showing Elizabeth's transformation from a self-centered, unfeeling shrew to a more thoughtful woman who's brought "Mr. Gill" into her confidence and in the process fallen in love with him. Could the mistaken identity really have been carried out as depicted in the book? Probably not! But who cares? :-) There's a lot more going on besides the Elizabeth/Mr. Gill story, and it makes for delightful reading.
I first read this story years ago, when author Laura Hile, was posting it a tantalizing chapter at a time. She's done a lot of rewriting since then, but it is still fresh and funny, well-written, and reflects Hile's respect for the original.
I say it's a sequel to Persuasion, but it isn't really, as it's the story of what I like to call The Other Elliot girl, Anne's older sister, Elizabeth. You might think of her as The Other Elizabeth :)
We all know that Elizabeth is one of the wicked sisters in the fairy tale that is Austen's Persuasion, devaluing the saintly Anne, wallowing in vanity and pretension, and sitting on the shelf while the years of eligibility slip by. There is virtually nothing to like about Austen's Elizabeth Elliot. She's even beautiful, not having lost her bloom due to heartbreak at a tender age.
Laura Hile has found a kernal in Elizabeth that isn't despicable and within the first couple of chapters has worked it so that Elizabeth is a fully realized, likeable in a snarky sort of way, plucky heroine. I ended up fearing and cheering for Elizabeth as she dealt with the financial morass that her feckless father, the uber vain Sir Walter Elliot, has gotten the family into while she attempts to find love and security and an actual life for herself.
Elizabeth is not perfect--believe me, she is no Anne Elliot--but she has spunk, and unlike Lou Grant from the Mary Tyler Moore show, I like spunk. Like the other Elizabeth (aka Elizabeth Bennet), Hile's Elizabeth Elliot has pluck, wit, beauty, and, she cultivates a sense of humility and loyalty you would never have thought possible without hearing Hile's version of her story.
I thoroughly enjoyed this romp through Austenland with Hile and Elizabeth Elliot and the very attractive Adm Patrick McGillvary, and look forward to reading books 2 and 3 when they come out. This is summer reading at its best.