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Book Review: Pemberley Ranch by Jack Caldwell

, by Mystee


Book Description

 December 1, 2010
When the smoke has cleared from the battlefields and the civil war has finally ended, fervent Union supporter Beth Bennet reluctantly moves with her family from their home in Meryton, Ohio, to the windswept plains of Rosings, Texas. Handsome, haughty Will Darcy, a Confederate officer back from the war, owns half the land around Rosings, and his even haughtier cousin, Cate Burroughs, owns the other half.

In a town as small as Rosings, Beth and Will inevitably cross paths. But as Will becomes enchanted with the fiery Yankee, Beth won't allow herself to warm to the man who represents the one thing she hates most: the army that killed her only brother.

But when carpetbagger George Whitehead arrives in Rosings, all that Beth thought to be true is turned on its head, and the only man who can save her home is the one she swore she'd never trust...


Product Details

  • File Size: 899 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1402241283
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (December 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004DCB2T4

Rating: 4/5

Review: This book had me when it said "Pride and Prejudice meets Gone With the Wind" on the cover of this book. I'll also admit, with that on the cover, this book had a lot to live up to. 

I'm definitely not into westerns. The word cowboy used to make me run (now if it's romance, I'm there).. But I have to admit, I had to read this because it's a new take on a classic tale. I also was really curious because this one is written by a male author. I was hoping for a different view. 

He wonderfully illustrates location and time. He does an equally well job with his characters and brings them to life. The part I think I really appreciated was he further developed some of the characters that had rather small roles in the original writing of Pride and Prejudice. 

Was a Wild West location appropriate? I'm not entirely sure. Did Jack Caldwell give this old story a twist of it's own? Most definitely. Would I call it Pride and Prejudice meets Gone With the Wind? No. But, as I mentioned earlier, that's a lot to live up to {Gone With the Wind being one of my all-time favorites ever}. 

What I did like was this just didn't real tell the same Pride and Prejudice story. This added a new direction. If you enjoyed the original Pride and Prejudice or of you're a fan of the western genre, pick this book up. It's a great addition to your Jane Austen book shelf.



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