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Pride and Papercuts: Inspired by Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice (The Austens Series Book 3) by [Staci Hart]

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"The antidote for 2020!" -Top Reviewer Lisa Jayne

"Real talk-Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorite books of all time. I believed in Staci, but I didn't know how I'd feel about this book. To me, the classic is the pinnacle of the romance genre. Retelling this story is a Herculean task- often done, rarely well.
But this is the best, and most creative, reimagining of this beloved tale I've ever read. Hands down one of my favorite reads of 2020- the perfect balance of originality and nostalgia. If you haven't discovered the brilliance of Staci Hart yet- pick this magical story up. You'll be swept away into a love story reminiscent of one of the most celebrated love stories of all time knowing that this version more than does it justice." -The Romantic Rush

"One word: 
GIDDY. This book made me giddy. Staci Hart's retelling of the classic Pride and Prejudice was A) worth the wait & B) everything I ever needed. It was different enough to be fresh and new, but familiar enough to tug at the corners of my heart reserved only for Austen's venerable masterwork. Once I started reading, I couldn't put it down... I was unreservedly swept up in the magic of Laney & Liam!" -Hannah grace

"Consider this the crown jewel on an already beautiful, poignant, and impressive stack of Staci Hart's unforgettable novels. Pride and Papercuts is THE romance book of 2020, and
every obstinate, headstrong girl needs this one -- to steal their heart, to charm their soul, and to live on their bookshelf forevermore." -Bestselling Author Kandi Steiner

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I am completely and utterly taken by this book. It is my fave read of 2020 and is definitely one of my now all time fave books." Carly Wilson

"This book
absolutely hit the mark with me, and listen, I read literally ALL OF THE VARIATIONS. It's my most read genre; JA variations. If you're a Austen fanatic like I am, this series will not let you down. It gave me all the same feels I get when thinking about my beloved characters and left me with tears in my eyes because the love story never fails to hit me right in the heart." Crazy reader Chicks

"I don't think I can formulate words with how much this book blew me away. Pride and Prejudice is one of my all time favourite books and
Staci Hart knocked her spin on it out of the park, like way way wayyyy gone. I loved everything, every single word written. " Blue Haired Chick

"Pride & Papercuts is a contemporary version of Jane Austen's novel in which Staci Hart presents the characters with a story that is at once bound to Austen and also changed and made new into something
vulnerable, raw and incandescent with feeling." -A Grand Romance

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0867LQVK4
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ October 13, 2020
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1078 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 290 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.2 out of 5 stars 958 ratings

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I was the kid who stayed inside to read.

As a four-eyed nerd with a bad perm, I was no one’s dodgeball pick, but I had a lot of friends. Frodo and Bilbo, for instance. Kristy, Stacey, Claudia and the gang (iykyk). Once, in the third grade, I wrote a teen murder mystery inspired by Christopher Pike. On solving my mystery in twelve pages, I decided I was a terrible writer and should never, ever do that again.

Fortunately, I didn’t take my own advice.

I write romance for that feeling you get at the end, like you’re standing on top of a mountain with a backpack full of hundred dollar bills. I write romcoms because is there anything better than banter and grand gestures? I write because I love to create and I love words. I love books, and I love stretching my imagination. I love love, and if you do too, bring your coffee and have a seat. I think we’re gonna be friends.

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5.0 out of 5 stars This perfect re-imagining of the greatest romance of all time stands beautifully on its own!
By The Romantic Rush Blog on October 12, 2020
With every book I read, I fall more and more in love with the magic that is Staci Hart. Pride and Papercuts was PERFECT. We have all of the chemistry and nostalgia of the original Pride and Prejudice layered with the Staci Hart magic we love- the quirky wit, clever humor, the emotional depth, nuanced characters, charming chemistry, and a loving but sharp thematic meaning. I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH. I literally was sighing and awwwing out loud. I’m simply obsessed.

Pride and Papercuts merges two amazing series- the Bennet brothers and the Austens/Wasted Words crew in this reimagined story. Staci keeps all the parts of the original story we’d want to see- that we are attached to and desperate to see play out. But she made them true to these characters, this version of the story- and most importantly, true to Staci Hart. Meanwhile other parts are updated- reimagined. Folks who already have read the Bennett brothers know the once vapid sisters are now charming and complex brothers. The meddlesome, but harmful mother is now meddlesome, but loving. And the boring, one-note Jane is the fantastic, charming brother Jett. Best of all, our modern day Lizze is just as outspoken and endearing, but reimagined as a talented, albeit a bit lost, career woman who still carries the weight of her family on her shoulders. Darcy is the same prideful, stoic and somewhat shy man, but we get to see his heart faster, and his sister is less fragile, more dimensional, and more important. I LOVED these characters, perhaps even more than the originals- and that is truly an exceptional feat. These characters all have the essence of what made them compelling in the classic, the bones of who they are, enough to make me nostalgic but to also recognize them as unique and evolved beings. Dare I say, we get more complexity here, a bit deeper because we’re in both of their heads. And SWOOOON, being in Darcy’s head is just as wonderful as you thought it would be. We have that same tense, longing-filled chemistry we love, but also something richer- more emotionally laden, more transparent, and certainly more modern.

This is what a classic-inspired story should be. It reminded why I loved the original, but also helped me see it with new eyes, while simultaneously telling a version of the story that stands on its own very strong legs, that has its own voice, its own style and point of view. `And that, dear friends, is in part why I love Staci Hart so much. Her books are wrapped in the sweet and inviting allure of her charm and wit, enjoyable and entertaining by those merits alone- but Staci’s books aren’t just a sweet love story. She has something to SAY about life and humanity, about the act of living and loving. I always leave her books pensive and emboldened- like I’m seeing something I thought I understood anew. Ironically enough- even before I read this series, it reminded me of a contemporary Austen - an author that has a distinct niche and who uses sweet and charming love stories not only to make us feel good but also to helps us examine and understand the artifices and realities of the world around us- subtly, kindly, and through the lens of in depth character journeys. And here, what Staci does is such genius, because she recognizes something that we might not recognize reading P and P- which is that our society, we as humans, still need the SAME message. We are still Lizzie and Darcy. Sure, class marriage limitations, arranged marriages, and the trappings of regency life aren’t our reality, but Laney and Liam grow in the same way as Lizzie and Darcy. The pride, the prejudice, the vanity, the first impression- sure, that’s part of it, but what this book, and the classic, REALLY speak to is self-awareness. Self -growth. Laney and Liam’s preconceptions, false narratives say way more about who THEY are than the person they have them about- and just like the classic, our characters see parts of themselves for the first time through the eyes of an “enemy.’ And that is the magic- Staci shows us the same trapping now as in the early 19th century. Shows that we need to be looking inward- examining our own hearts and minds. And learning from our faults, our judgement- GROWING. And y’all, given the current state of affairs we’re living in, I can’t think of anything more important. More poignant. Austen herself would be proud.

I can’t help but also just marvel at the TECHNICAL genius she has as a writer...no, that word feels not enough here. As a creator, as an artist. Because that is what she is. She has a prose style that is all her own- a writing really more akin to poetry- the way she plays with imagery, symbolism, the delightful dialogue, and the artful characterization- there is just something so distinctly graceful around how she constructs her words. Like describing Darcy as, “He was a vast darkness, a vacuum of power, and every molecule in the room raced towards him as if they were all his, simply by means of his presence.” I mean WOW- that image! She always makes me nostalgic for the romance writers of yore- but then we also get dialogue like this, “Oh, so he’s not made out of marble and disdain?” This nexus of vintage sentimentality with sharp, clever, and modern humor- it is just so amazing to read. I can’t think of any others who write in this way- and that’s why her stories are so arresting. You are swept away by these amazing worlds and characters that are so vivid, so creative that you’re envious that you can’t really live in them, to know them. She’s a dream to read.

Real talk-Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorite books of all time. I believed in Staci, but I didn’t know how I’d feel about this book. To me, the classic is the pinnacle of the romance genre. Retelling this story is a Herculean task- often done, rarely well. But this is the best, and most creative, reimagining of this beloved tale I’ve ever read. Hands down one of my favorite reads of 2020- the perfect balance of originality and nostalgia. If you haven’t discovered the brilliance of Staci Hart yet- pick this magical story up. You’ll be swept away into a love story reminiscent of one of the most celebrated love stories of all time knowing that this version more than does it justice.
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