Monday, June 20, 2016

BLOG TOUR: The Coming of Age of Elizabeth Bennet ~ Review

I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

Book Blurb: The very worst has happened. Mr Bennet has died, leaving his wife and five young daughters bereft. The family estate, Longbourn, is now lost, entailed away and fifteen-year-old Elizabeth Bennet is to go two hundred miles away to live with strangers. George Darcy, repaying a debt of gratitude, has offered to take her to Pemberley, to live under the mantle of his care and be raised alongside his own daughter, Georgiana.

But on the day she is to leave Longbourn forever, young Elizabeth, grieving and confused, runs off into the Hertfordshire countryside. Fitzwilliam Darcy gives chase, telling his father he will have her back in an hour or two. Luck and fate, however, are not on his side and capturing Elizabeth Bennet turns out not only to be more difficult than he could ever have imagined, but events conspire to turn her little adventure into his worst nightmare.

The prideful man and the girl prejudiced against him, meet much earlier in this rethinking of Jane Austen’s masterpiece. Elizabeth grows up under the ever-watchful eye of Mr Darcy, from fifteen to twenty-one. She errs and falters, there are stumbles and trips, but could this ‘disobedient little hellion’ one day become mistress of Pemberley and the keeper of his heart?

My Review: So a good portion of this book I made myself read because Darcy was a jerk and Elizabeth was a brat but looking back at it their behavior does make since. Darcy was nursing a broken heart over a traitorous female and Lizzy is a impulsive fifteen year old with high emotions. I have to say that I definitely hated Emma Balcombe. I started to enjoy this book about the time that Darcy goes to the Indies and Lizzy actually starts taking an active role at Pemberley. I do think that Darcy was a fool to leave Lizzy for almost all of their marriage.

Don't you hate when two of your favorite literary characters can't decide that they want to be together.  It seems to me that just from the way that Richard and Elizabeth got along that they were a more likely couple than her and Darcy. I really loved Ardently but this book I just didn't enjoy as much.

Rating: 3½ stars out of 5

Author Bio: Caitlin Williams lives in Kent, England, with her family. She fell in love with all things Regency as a teenager, but particularly admires the work of Jane Austen and the way she masterfully combines humour and romance, while weaving them through such wonderful stories and characters.

Pride and Prejudice is Caitlin’s favourite novel and she finds Mr Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet so deliciously entertaining that she likes to borrow them from Ms Austen and enjoys the challenge of putting them in different places and situations.

Her debut novel, Ardently, was written as a hobby, usually with her laptop balanced on the kitchen worktop, typing with one hand, a glass of wine in the other, while she also attempted to cook dinner and keep her children from killing each other. The success of Ardently was as much a surprise to her, as it was to anyone else, and she has been thrilled and genuinely thankful for the positive responses and reviews it generated.

Her second novel, The Coming of Age of Elizabeth Bennet, is a portrait of a much younger Elizabeth, who is thrown into an extraordinary set of circumstances due to the premature death of Mr Bennet, and she hopes you all enjoy it very much.

Blog Tour Schedule

June 13/ My Jane Austen Book Club/Launch Post/“Happy Birthday Fanny Burney & The Coming Of Age Of Elizabeth Bennet” & Giveaway
June 14/ So Little Time... / Book Excerpt & Giveaway
June 15/ Just Jane 1813/An Exclusive Interview with Caitlin Williams
June 16/ Pemberley to Milton/Book Review & Giveaway
June 17/ Margie's Must Reads/ Book Excerpt & Giveaway
June 18/ The Calico Critic/Book Review & Giveaway
June 19/ Babblings of a Bookworm/“The Education of a Young Lady” Guest Post & Giveaway
June 20/ Half Agony, Half Hope/Book Review
June 21/ More Agreeably Engaged/ Book Review & Giveaway
June 22/ My Kids Led Me Back to Pride and Prejudice /Book Excerpt & Giveaway
June 23/ Liz's Reading Life / “A Nod and A Wink to Austen” Guest Post & Giveaway
June 24/ Diary of an Eccentric/Book Review
June 25/ Laughing With Lizzie/ “The Young Master” Guest Post & Giveaway
June 26/ A Covent Garden Gilflurt’s Guide to Life/ “A Most Scandalous” Guest Post


  1. I love the blurb! I would like to read it and make my own opinion about it!

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    1. Um... I'm not doing a giveaway for the book on this blog. But enjoy the book when you get to read it.

    2. That´s what happens when you have two tabs open about the same book!!

      Anyway, I still want to read it because your review made me think and as I said I would like to have my ownopinion.

  2. It is a pity that you did not come to enjoy the book fully. I have not yet read the book myself but from the excerpts provided during the tour and on amazon I believe it should be a great read. Indeed, young Lizzy and young Darcy are not what we are used to in Austen canon, but that's the peculiar fun of this book, which allows us to see how they grow up and mature to become our Lizzy and Darcy:) As I understand from your review and posts of other reviewers, Darcy will be absent a lot, and that's probably a pity as well, but then again I am not certain I would welcome any serious romantic developments with Lizzy who is just fifteen or sixteen, so maybe it is good that he travelled a lot while Elizabeth grew comfortable of Pemberley and blossomed into our beloved heroine.

    1. I have read numerous JAFF books where Lizzy and Darcy are younger and develop a romance and they are done so well. The one that sticks out in my mind the most is Linda Well's Memory series.

  3. Thanks for such an honest opinion, Tina. It would be a very dull world if we all liked the same things in the same way all of the time.

    I'm looking forward to reading this book and deciding on my own point on view.

  4. Too bad you didn't love it, but it's bound to happen from time to time. Thanks for the honest review!

  5. "You can't please all of the people all of the time." Sorry you weren't so kind keen, Tina, but thanks for participating in the tour.

  6. I really enjoyed this book. It's a first of it's kind where you see Elizabeth growing up and maturing into a lady that we are used to. We also see a younger version of Darcy as well and seeing his maturity progress too.