Mistaken by Jessie Lewis | Blog Tour, Review, & Giveaway

Mistaken by Jessie Lewis | Blog Tour, Review, & GiveawayMistaken by Jessie Lewis
Published by Meryton Press on September 18th, 2017
Genres: JAFF, Pride and Prejudice, Historical Romance
Pages: 461
Format: eARC
Source: Blog Tour Host
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four-half-stars

Fitzwilliam Darcy is a single man in possession of a good fortune, a broken heart, and tattered pride. Elizabeth Bennet is a young lady in possession of a superior wit, flawed judgement, and a growing list of unwanted suitors. With a tempestuous acquaintance, the merciless censure of each other’s character, and the unenviable distinction of a failed proposal behind them, they have parted ways on seemingly irreparable terms. Despairing of a felicitous resolution for themselves, they both attend with great energy to rekindling the courtship between Darcy’s friend Mr. Bingley and Elizabeth’s sister Jane.

Regrettably, people are predisposed to mistake one another, and rarely can two be so conveniently manoeuvred into love without some manner of misunderstanding arising. Jane, crossed in love once already, is wary of Bingley’s renewed attentions. Mistaking her guardedness for indifference, Bingley is drawn to Elizabeth’s livelier company; rapidly, the defects in their own characters become the least of the impediments to Darcy and Elizabeth’s happiness.

Debut author Jessie Lewis’s "Mistaken" invites us to laugh along with Elizabeth Bennet at the follies, nonsense, whims, and inconsistencies of characters both familiar and new in this witty and romantic take on Jane Austen’s beloved "Pride and Prejudice."

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

It seems Elizabeth Bennet is not the only one whose “defect” is to willfully misunderstand people, as seen in Mistaken, a wonderfully weaved debut novel by Jessie Lewis.

I will try to give as little about the story to give you the chance to experience the whole story for yourself. The story starts after the Hunsford proposal, and upon reflection, Mr. Darcy talks to Mr. Bingley about his mistake in telling him Jane Bennet has no feelings for him. This persuades Mr. Bingley to go back to Hertfordshire to finally court Jane.

Jane, having been heartbroken by his leave, does not receive his addresses as enthusiastically as Mr. Bingley imagined. She has been left too long to stew in her bitterness and has become jealous of Elizabeth’s ability to charm a crowd, and it seems, Mr. Bingley.

Soon enough our beloved couple finds their way to each other and into matrimony. While they try to enjoy wedded bliss, Bingley and Jane, who exchanged vows the same day Darcy and Elizabeth did, are already on rocky terrain. This attracts trouble to Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth’s lives.

I loved how the author managed to weave a new story out of a few characters’ traits. Using Mr. Bingley’s tendency to be easily swayed and Jane’s heartbreak when B left Hertfordshire, two unlikely antagonists are born.

This also shows the strong contrast between the two lead couples in Pride and Prejudice. While in the original, J and B love story is seen as a more sweet and placid tale compared to E and D (not that J & B did not have their fair share of heartbreak, but you know), in Mistaken, we see a darker contrast between two couples. While one blames the world for their misfortunes, the other takes it to heart and come out better for it.

I can tell you that my heart was beating so fast and my hands were cold in indignation, heartbreak, fury, and shock over the things that happened in the story. And this is all to the book’s credit. Mistaken also made me grin, laugh, blush, and swoon. Mr. Darcy is just as devoted to Elizabeth as Elizabeth is to him.

Darcy is devoted, loyal to the core, and absolutely besotted. Elizabeth is brave, outspoken, but still so kind. I also love how their relationship as a married couple was written realistically. As in love as they were, they still had arguments just like any other couple.

I’ve read a few stories that have painted Jane and Mr. Bingley in a less agreeable light, but I believe Mistaken was fresh yet still loyal to the essence of Pride and Prejudice. I can honestly see this happening to them in a darker alternative universe.

The story is told in different perspectives, jumping not just from one character to another, but timeframes as well. While I know that can be confusing and annoying in other stories, I think the author managed to successfully use it as a way to hook readers and show us the most important details and emotions. Overall, I enjoyed reading this story and was diverted the whole way. This is longer than some variations I’ve read, but I’m glad for it. For me, each page was valuable to the story.

There are some suggestive themes, so I recommend this to a more mature audience.

One a side note, I absolutely love the cover!

POV: Third Person
Standalone: Yes

 

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A winner may win ONLY 1 (ONE) eBook of Mistaken by Jessie Lewis. Each winner will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter and the giveaway is international.

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About Jessie Lewis

I’ve always loved words—reading them, writing them, and as my friends and family will wearily attest, speaking them. I dabbled in poetry during my angst-ridden teenage years, but it wasn’t until college that I truly came to comprehend the potency of the English language.

That appreciation materialised into something more tangible one dark wintry evening whilst I was making a papier-mâché Octonauts Gup-A (Google it—you’ll be impressed) for my son, and watching a rerun of Pride and Prejudice on TV. Fired up by the remembrance of Austen’s genius with words, I dug out my copy of the novel and in short order had been inspired to set my mind to writing in earnest. I began work on a Regency romance based on Austen’s timeless classic, and my debut novel Mistaken is the result.

The Regency period continues to fascinate me, and I spend a good deal of my time cavorting about there in my daydreams, imagining all manner of misadventures. The rest of the time I can be found at home in Hertfordshire, where I live with my husband, two children, and an out-of-tune piano. You can check out my musings on the absurdities of language and life on my blog, Life in Words, or you can drop me a line on Twitter, Facebook, or Goodreads.

This blog tour would not be possible without Janet Taylor and Jessie Lewis. Thank you for inviting me and introducing me to another lovely Pride and Prejudice variation! Check out the full blog tour schedule below:

10/03   My Jane Austen Book Club; Vignette, Giveaway

10/04   Darcyholic Diversions; Author Interview, Giveaway

10/05   Just Jane 1813; Review, Giveaway

10/06   Diary of an Eccentric; Guest Post, Excerpt, Giveaway

10/07   My Love for Jane Austen; Character Interview, Giveaway

10/08   Of Pens and Pages; Review, Giveaway (this is me!)

10/09   From Pemberley to Milton; Guest Post, Giveaway

10/10   Half Agony, Half Hope; Review, Excerpt

10/11   Savvy Verse and Wit; Review, Giveaway

10/12   So little time…; Guest Post, Giveaway

10/13   Babblings of a Bookworm; Vignette, Giveaway

10/14   Interests of a Jane Austen Girl; Review, Giveaway

10/15   Laughing With Lizzie; Guest Post, Excerpt, Giveaway

10/16   Austenesque Reviews; Vignette, GA

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24 responses to “Mistaken by Jessie Lewis | Blog Tour, Review, & Giveaway

    • Thanks Vesper! The Bingley’s certainly tread a different path that they do in canon – but then, that’s the joy of JAFF 🙂 Thank you for joining in the blog tour!

  1. Glynis

    I love the idea of Darcy and Elizabeth being happy but trouble between Bingley and Jane. I so look forward to reading this book. It’s at the top of my wish list in case I don’t win a copy

    • Ah, thanks Glynis. The benefit of writing a ‘post-Hunsford’ story is that much of the angst between Darcy and Elizabeth can be put to bed (as it were 😉 ). Best of luck with the draw and I hope you enjoy the book 🙂

  2. Kath P

    I thoroughly agree with this excellent review. It was so good to see a reviewer who did not give away any spoliers yet still managed to make the reader want to read the book. Having done just that I would also like to say the new characters that the author has created are just as good as her D & E,

    • Thank you, Kath, I’m really glad you enjoyed the new characters as well as the familiar ones. D&E are hard to live up to! And yes, many thanks also to Nissa for a thoughtful and insightful review 🙂

  3. Mary

    Nissa,what a wonderful review! I loved the fact that you didn’t provide exact details thereby spooling it for potential readers, although you did supply us with just enough details to whet our appetite for more!
    Have heard all good things about this book and I look forward to reading it.
    Thanks for such a lovely post!
    Best of luck with this book,Jessie.

    • Thanks so much Mary! Hasn’t Nissa done a wonderful job of expressing her thoughts without giving too much away? No mean feat! Best of luck with the draw 🙂

  4. KateB

    I loved your review Nissa, and I loved the story on AHA. I’m looking forward to reading the polished version.

  5. Jan Ashton

    Wonderful, insightful review! You really captured what makes Jessie’s writing and her inventive insights into the characters so fantastic.

  6. Dung

    Congrats on your debut release! I’ve heard so many great things about this novel. I’m looking forward to reading it!

  7. Good review, Nissa. You did a great job of telling us about it without telling us too much about it! 🙂 I liked that! Congratulations on another great review, Jessie!

    • Thanks for organising the blog tour, Janet. It’s been great having the chance to share a few extra insights into the story with other JA fans. And thanks Nissa for having me here at Of Pens and Pages!

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