Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Blog Tour Stop and Review: Attempting Elizabeth by Jessica Grey

Book & Author details:

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.


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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My Review:

This was a very cute book! It’s so refreshing sometimes to read a book where you can turn off your brain and just be taken away on a fun journey. I loved the concept of being able to live out your wildest fantasies and realizing the real thing is so much better.

Kelsey was very dramatic and I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it her at first. She’s easily embarrassed and some of her reactions were a little over the top. Once she started jumping into different characters in Pride and Prejudice, she grew on me and I liked her fumbling attempts to fit in with Austen’s characters.

I’m a sucker for Pride and Prejudice adaptations and this one was no exception. Fans of the book will love the fantasy of being able to interact with Wickham, Darcy and Elizabeth. I liked that the story was broken up with a plot in the “real” world involving a very charming bartender/teacher named Mark. Since it did jump between worlds, Mark could’ve been fully fleshed out a little more.

Attempting Elizabeth is a very sweet and clean. Even if you haven’t read Pride and Prejudice or at least seen a movie version (MacFayden vs Firth lol) the author provides enough background to enjoy the story.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

I received a copy of this novel as part of the Attempting Elizabeth blog tour. 


  1. Sounds like a really fun book! I haven't read P&P though *gasp* I know I fail lol. Glad you liked it, Heather! :)

  2. I freaking read P&P every year. I'm always so torn up over the story. Then, I go around writing like Austen for weeks. Needless to say, I can't read it while I'm working on a book :) hehe This sounds like a super fun read. I'll have to check it out. Thanks for the awesome review, Heather. WRITE ON!