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South Carolina 1948 Elizabeth Bennet is looking forward to a life of few surprises on her family's farm Longbourn is a place of comfort and uiet security a haven from the heartache of her past where she can sing to heart's content comfortable in the cage she’s built for herself When Charles Bingley buys the property neighboring Longbourn Farms his best friend Will Darcy sees an opportunity he can't miss The postwar economy is booming and the young ambitious tycoon is determined to reap the benefitsuntil a chance encounter in the Netherfield woods changes everything making him uestion the man he is and the man he wants to beIf Will can look beyond his own rigid expectations can Elizabeth learn to forgive and live fully free from her cage? Longbourn’s Songbird is a vivid reimagining of Jane Austen’s Pride Prejudice shining a spotlight on the opportunities and injustices of postwar America a spellbinding tale of loss of love and of letting go


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    A story set in the late '40's American South all by itself would have been enough to grab my britches but stir in Jane Austen's Pride Prejudice story and my interest rose to a fever pitch This was one of those stories that doesn't easy one in and let them get comfortable It grasps one by the senses I laughed I sighed I nearly cried and I had moments of despair and triumph I absolutely could not put this book down It was a romance and a re telling but it was also so much I felt like it was the story of several women that happen to have romantic entanglements or at least erotic encounters as they find their way clear to their own brand of happiness Not that the men don't play good interesting roles too but this was where my mind focused and how it processed the storySo I'm going to do a bit of something different with my summary I'm going to summarize the gals that caught my attention and made me feel oh so many things Bear with my quirksThere is Lizzie Bennet spitfire and non conformist who has lost her way She is content with her home on the farm her family and her simple life until one Fitzwilliam Darcy jostles her out of her fog and gets her good and angry enough to engage with life again particularly if it is sparring with the wealthy arrogant annoying jerk Just when she starts to heal her past rears up and shatters than one person's happinessNext there is Jane Bennet oldest and most beautiful of the Bennet sisters Jane carries a disease in her body that made no promises how long she would live This puts a death knell on a marriage and children as far as Jane is concerned Thus it nearly crushes her when she falls for the lively handsome Charles Bingley who buys Netherfield Plantation because it is close to his construction contracts with the military Charles is everything she could want in a man and she enjoys their time while knowing there is an expiration date on anything really developingCharles' sister Caroline accompanies him when he moves to Meryton She is snobbish and cruel conniving and set on having her way She settles for cheap tawdry encounters and dreams of a life of wealth to distance her from her dark past Something is broken inside her and the milk of human kindness just isn't there She will do whatever it takes to have Fitzwilliam Darcy the biggest catch of them allCharlotte Lucas mayor's daughter and best friend of Lizzie dreams of escape from her overbearing sometimes abusive mother who hides a cruel side behind her public face Charlotte wants out so badly that she latches on to the worst possible man for escape Lizzie suspects why Charlotte doesn't even try to find a compatible guy and it breaks her heart for Charlotte's future chances Charlotte must walk her own path and hopefully find a ray of happiness in the darkAnd finally there is Georgiana William's sister and a woman before her time because of a youthful mistake in love and in trusting old family friends to have her best interests at heart She has done her penance and now is emerging into the world shy and terrified that she can't judge characters and will make another big mistake It is the misery of her usually taciturn brother and the relapse of her mentally fragile and broken cousin that force her to step up and be there for the men in her life that were always there for herSo there were many threads in this story William and Lizzie had the main roles but everyone else had some pretty strong secondary parts I like what the author did with the modernization aspect of characters setting and plot Pride Prejudice's tale characters and scenes was clearly there while also the offering of something fresh and original I liked what the author did with Mr and Mrs Bennet along with Colonel Fitzwilliam Mr Collins and Anne deBourgh Again I knew them but yet these characters weren't pale copies of the originals but their own vibrant personages This Collins made the hair stand up on the back of my neck just as this Colonel Fitzwilliam's pain broke my tender heart Anne shocked the pants off me but then it really really worked and I was in awe of the brilliance Truthfully I could go on and on about each characterization because I felt this was where it was at This and the historical setting Honestly I love my romance but it wasn't the foremost aspect of the story for meThe story has an edgier tone and doesn't apologize for being set in the age its in I've not had much truck with the South other than week long visits from time to time but from what I've observed and heard from others this background felt authentic There were so many other elements in the mix that had their place in this time and place Jim Crow laws and attitudes PTSD women finding their place after the men came back from war women and children's recourse when in an abuse situation what was deemed cause to be institutionalized shudder for 'treatment' and the aftershocks of the Great Depression among other things Probably not the story for people with strong sensibilities to racier romance and activities taboos like homosexuality and triggers to child abuse and domestic violenceAs to that racy romance business for those looking for the payoff of the stormy sizzling romance full of passion and conflict? This is the book for you Past hurts misunderstandings outside interference former lovers and present complications make for a hard fought romance for a few couples but especially William and Lizzie That end feeling of hope triumph and rightness was so worth what it took to get thereTo wrap it up this was fantastic It is a standout read of the year for me I can easily recommend it to a wider audience range the Austenesque lover who wants for something grittier and spicier and in a different way to those who like their historical romance set in the nearer historical eras and to the women's fiction fan who enjoys seeing broken characters grow and triumph My thanks to Meryton Press for providing the book in exchange for an honest review