Several months ago, I featured several novels from the Vintage Jane Austen collection (which, *spoiler alert* is the giveaway later on in this post!!).
This makes the fourth book of the Vintage Jane Austen series. “Pride and Prejudice” is probably the Jane Austen with which I am most familiar. I have watched various movies (repeatedly) and have read the book. I was very interested not only in seeing how Rebekah Jones retold it, but also in reading my first book by this author.
As a Christian book, I liked it. Alice (“Jane”) especially, stood out to me as a strong Christian who was striving to live by the Bible. She was very cautious to guard her heart and to live by the Scriptures. Eloise (“Lizzie”), however, though she quoted Scripture, there didn’t seem to be much actual daily devotion in her life—her thoughts didn’t tend toward the Lord much. I think she was supposed to be a character who was growing in her faith, but it was a small growth, not much.
I did really like the addition of Alice and Eloise's work with the poor, and the many discussions that induced.
There were a few surprises, but overall, it felt like I was reading “Pride and Prejudice” in a different era. I knew what was coming up next and I could almost quote the phrase that was coming (though the dialogue was not verbatim, so much of it was very close to P&P original). As I’ve already indicated in my retelling reviews, I like a retelling to surprise me. If I want to read “Pride and Prejudice,” then I’m going to read “Pride and Prejudice.” It’s just my preference. So, as far as a retelling goes, I was a little disappointed with a lack of originality.
I had a hard time feeling the era. There were facts about cotton and hot weather, but I just had a hard time getting sucked into it. Part of that may also be because I have spent several summers working at a Navajo/Ute camp, so the Native American aspect did not at all feel real to me. It’s a completely different culture, even if you have Christian Native Americans. I tried to read it objectively, but I had to constantly remind myself that Sydney was Navajo. He didn’t seem like one.
It is, though, quite clean. The “Lydia” (Junie) instant went a little more into the penalties and consequences of her flippant choice, and I did like the way that this thread resolved. Still, because of it (her running away with a guy), I would say maybe girls 16+ should read it?
*I received this book from Celebrate Lit for my honest review, which I happily provided*
About the Book
Title: Presumption and Partiality
Author: Rebekah Jones
Genre: Historical Christian Fiction
Release Date: November 27, 2017
Among the cotton fields and farmland of Gilbert, Arizona in the early years of the Great Depression, Mr. and Mrs. Bailey live a simple, but happy life with their five daughters on a cotton farm. When the wealthy Richard Buchanan moves to town, bringing his family, a friend, and a desire to learn about cotton, Matilda Bailey is convinced that he is the perfect candidate to marry her eldest daughter, Alice.
Richard is cheerful, friendly, and likable. His friend Sidney Dennison doesn’t make such a good impression. Eloise Bailey decides he’s arrogant and self-conceited, but when Raymond Wolfe comes to town, accusing Sidney of dishonorable and treacherous conduct, Eloise is angered at the injustice of the situation.
When the Buchanan household leaves town, Alice must turn to the Lord and face, perhaps, her most difficult test in trust, while Eloise takes a trip to visit her friend and may well discover a web of deceit that she doesn’t really want to believe exists.
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Rebekah Jones is first and foremost a follower of the Living God. She started writing as a little girl, seeking to glorify her King with her books and stories. Her goal is to write Bible-Centered, Christian Literature; books rich with interesting characters, intricate story lines, and always with the Word of God at the center. Besides writing, she is an avid reader, songwriter, pianist, singer, artist, and history student. She also loves children. She lives with her family in the Southwestern desert.
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