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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Attempting Elizabeth Blog Tour: Review

Welcome to my tour stop of Attemption Elizabeth blog tour by Xpresso Book Tours. Click HERE for the full schedule.

Attempting Elizabeth by Jessica Grey

Publication date: January 24th 2013
Genres: New Adult, Romance

Kelsey Edmundson is a geek and proud of it. She makes no secret of her love for TV, movies, and, most especially, books. After a bad breakup, she retreats into her favorite novel, Pride and Prejudice, wishing she had some of the wit and spirit of Elizabeth Bennett.

One night at a party Kelsey meets handsome Australian bartender Mark Barnes. From then on, she always seems to run into him when she least expects it. No matter how Kelsey tries, she always seems to say the wrong thing.

After a particularly gaffe-filled evening around Mark, Kelsey is in desperate need of inspiration from Jane Austen. She falls asleep reading Darcy’s letter to Lizzy and awakens to find herself in an unfamiliar place that looks and sounds suspiciously like her favorite book. Has she somehow been transported into Pride and Prejudice, or is it just a dream?

As Kelsey tries to discover what’s happening to her, she must also discover her own heart. Is Mark Barnes destined to be her Mr. Darcy? In the end, she must decide whether attempting to become Elizabeth is worth the risk or if being Kelsey Edmundson is enough.


Kelsey is a Literature major completely in love with Mr Darcy. After having her heart crushed, her best friend forces her to go to a party where she meets Mark. Mark is a big mass of muscle with chocolate eyes, reddish hair and an Australian accent. Kelsey can't seem to say or do anything right around Mark. Right away she insults him and then caves into herself. The next morning she finds him in her apartment and once again she makes herself look like a fool. 
After a disaster of a night of seeing Ashley (the cause of her break-up) draped all over Mark, Kelsey goes home and falls asleep reading Pride & Prejudice. The problem is she wakes up as Georgina Darcy. After several failed attempts and having to deal with the infamous Wickam, she finally figures out how to get out of the book. She continues to have run ins with Mark that lead to a complete disaster brought on by Kelsey's mouth. They go on a blind date with only ends with them screaming at each other and Kelsey goes running back to Pride & Prejudice. She just wants to be Elizabeth Bennett and fall madly in love with Mr Darcy but she ends up in other bodies each time. In her real world she finally gets the courage to confront Mark and lay her cards out which leads to several amazing dates. They becomes so enraptured with each other that he begins to invade her thoughts while she is in Pride & Prejudice. One night when she confesses to Mark about her Darcy world, things blow up and she goes running back to the book to finally end up as her favorite character. The problem is she can't get Mark out of her head. On the day of the infamous first proposal, she realizes something is wrong. Mark ends up being sucked into Darcy's body and they have no clue out to get themselves back into reality. 
Kelsey and Mark are funny to watch. In the beginning, any steps they made forward always ended tragically after something Kelsey would say. Her geekery is so funny! I related a lot to her character so watching some of the things she said and did were like watching myself. Kelsey's obsession with Pride & Prejudice was alarming. That is coming from a huge Darcy fan. It was pretty awesome to have a modern comparison to what he looked like. I always pictured him tall, dark, handsome and brooding. I love how everyone in this book as described. I had a perfect picture in my head of each character and they were lovely. 
This story was not one of those books where its a play by play of Pride & Prejudice. You could see the characteristics from the characters in Kelsey or Mark but as they grew and found love, you were able to see them alter into other characters. I recommend this book to all Austen lovers. You will not regret it!

Jessica Grey is an author, fairytale believer, baseball lover, and recovering Star Wars fangirl. A life-long Californian, she now lives in Montana with her husband and two children where she spends her time writing, perfecting the fine art of preschooler-wrangling, and drinking way too much caffeine.

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  1. Kelsey and Mark's relationship sounds very entertaining! I'm glad you liked it, Jess! It sounds like a fun read with easily relatable characters!

  2. Thank you for the great review! I'm glad you enjoyed the character descriptions, creating my very own Mr. Darcy was fun ;)

  3. Thanks I really really enjoyed it!

  4. The characters were awesome. I definitely suggest it.