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Unmarriageable
Unmarriageable: A Novel | Soniah Kamal
In this retelling of Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice set in modern-day Pakistan, the five Binat sisters and their marriage-obsessed mother navigate a world where money trumps morality and double standards rule the day. A scandal and vicious rumor in the Binat family has destroyed their fortune and prospects for desirable marriages, but Alys, the second and most practical of the five Binat daughters, has found happiness teaching English literature to school girls. Knowing that many of her students won't make it to graduation without dropping out to marry and start having children, Alys teaches them about Jane Austen and her other literary heroes and hopes to inspire them to dream of more. When an invitation arrives for the biggest wedding their small town has seen in years, Mrs. Binat excitedly sets to work preparing her daughters to fish for eligible--and rich--bachelors, certain that their luck is about to change. On the first night of the festivities, Alys's lovely older sister, Jena, catches the eye of one of the most eligible bachelors. But his friend, Valentine Darsee, is clearly unimpressed by the family. Alys accidentally overhears his unflattering assessment of her, quickly dismissing him and his snobbish ways. But as the days of lavish wedding parties unfold, the Binats wait breathlessly to see if Jena will land a proposal--and Alys begins to realize that Darsee's brusque manner may be hiding a very different man.
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DGRachel
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😆😆 And on that note, I‘m calling it a day with just under 4 hours for #24b4monday. I won‘t get much reading done tomorrow because I‘m going to see Avengers: Endgame, but since Monday is a holiday, maybe I‘ll make #24b4Tuesday. 🤔

Caterina I was also thinking about making it #24B4Tuesday! 😂 I spent today with family and have church tomorrow, so I won't get much reading done either, and I REALLY wanted to hit 24 hours... We can do 24B4Tuesday together! 🙌👍 6h
DGRachel @Caterina It‘s a deal! 😊 6h
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GingerAntics Fair point. Very fair, solid point. 6h
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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It is a truth universally acknowledged, that few Pride & Prejudice retellings are allowed precious space on my All Things Austen. bookshelf. This was Library borrow that I will definitely buy a Print Copy for my Forever Shelf. P & P is, I think the hardest Austen to modernize. Whole 'you must marry or starve in the hedgerows' doesn't work in our Western society. Soniah Kamal brilliantly makes it work in Pakistan. 🤓
#allthingsausten

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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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Well-ReadNeck
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Pickpick

I enjoyed this retelling of Pride and Prejudice set in modern day Pakistan. This retelling hit every significant plot point of the original. Fun.

MallenNC It was fun! 1w
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DebinHawaii
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I read many Pride and Prejudice variations & while reading, I often wonder what Jane would think. I think she would have loved this one. All of the witty observations of the original, but set in Pakistan, it verges away from the original story just enough & had me smiling & even laughing out loud. I borrowed the library e-book but enjoyed it enough to want a print copy for my Austen shelves & I feel the need to rewatch my Bride & Prejudice DVD.🤗

llwheeler Yes to Bride and Prejudice! Love it. And I loved this book too. 2w
Joanne1 Sold! 2w
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MallenNC
Unmarriageable | Soniah Kamal
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I love a retelling, and a Pride and Prejudice retelling is irresistible to me. This one was great fun.

DGRachel Alright. That does it. I‘m dropping my other reads and starting this one! 😆 3w
MallenNC @DGRachel I hope you like it! 3w
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DebinHawaii
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It's all about the balance. I brought a Blueberry-Lavender Chia Seed Pudding Parfait & grabbed SBUX dark roast coffee for my breakfast and then my coworker brought in my favorite poi-mochi donuts from Liliha Bakery this morning. I had both. 🤗Purple-hued food makes for an excellent breakfast 💜😋along with a quick chapter of my library e-book before my day gets crazy. Happy Thursday! (aka Friday Junior) 🎉

BarbaraJean Looks tasty! I like “Friday Junior”! I always refer to Thursday as “Friday Eve.” 😁 3w
DebinHawaii @BarbaraJean My coworker calls it Friday Junior but I like Friday Eve as well! 🤣 3w
Cinfhen Yum!!!!!! Hi Deb 😘😘 2w
DebinHawaii @Cinfhen Hey There! 🤗😘🤗 2w
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DebinHawaii
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It is a truth universally acknowledged that I must work my way through as many Pride and Prejudice retellings & adaptations as possible--especially the ones from a different cultural perspective. One of my many current reads, this library e-book is being enjoyed with today's lunch & #soupersundays blog post: Jacques Pepin's Seafood Chowder.
(Link to recipe post 👇🏻)

Why do Sunday afternoons always go by so fast?! 😔

BookishMarginalia I have this one from the library. 4w
RealLifeReading Ooh I love chowder 4w
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MallenNC
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My current listen. I had this out from the library a while back but had to turn it back in before I got too far. The audiobook is fun. I love a retelling.

DGRachel I bought this one in print and can't wait to get to it! 4w
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Expandingbookshelf
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So here‘s my question-if the book “Pride and Prejudice” exists in your “Pride and Prejudice” retelling and your characters reference “Pride and Prejudice” constantly, then shouldn‘t they REALIZE they‘re in a “Pride and Prejudice” retelling? 🤯🤕 If you know about Mr. Wickham and then a copy of Mr. Wickham shows up in your world WHY would you leave your sister alone with him??

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bookandbedandtea
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Pickpick

This was so funny! It was also touching at times and contained quite a bit of social commentary- much like the original. It also contains the most wonderful descriptions of foods, clothing, and customs. I found myself googling frequently which enhanced my enjoyment. I think it improved on the original by showing genuine love between the sisters. And the glimpses we got of Qitty's and Mr & Mrs Binat's futures made me happy. 👍😁

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TheBookBabes
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It might just be that this book was written just for me, but I absolutely loved it. A marriage of Pride and Prejudice + Pakistani culture?! It was so perfect and lovely. Hilarious. And honestly, the concept couldn‘t have fit together in any better way. It was such a refreshing way to compare and contrast women‘s rights in modern times.

Full review at http://tinyw.in/bWaY

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suzisteffen
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A definite pick, with a Pakistani family that mirrors the Bennets but not exactly - though the plot is familiar, some of the geography and reasons must change, of course. Most very enjoyable. “Lady”/Lydia‘s treatment of her sister Qitty is unpleasant, as is everyone else‘s attention to Qitty‘s weight, though she has a few surprises in store. I liked the anticolonial, feminist, and literary themes on every page. Worth the wait! #library 4.5⭐️

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suzisteffen
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“Can any amount of good ever merit the interference of empire? Do we never speak English again? Not read the literature? Erasing history is not the answer so how does a country put the lasting affects of empire in proper context?” - Alys (~Lizzy) in this Pakistani retelling of #PrideandPrejudice

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suzisteffen
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Omg, have had this on hold for MONTHS & it just came through. #prideandprejudice #retelling #novel

TheEllieMo Ooh, looks interesting! 1mo
suzisteffen @TheEllieMo I‘m always up for a good (or even mediocre) P&P retelling. 😊 1mo
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bookandbedandtea
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Only a couple chapters in and I've highlighted something on almost every page. 😊

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Librarybelle
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I fell in love with this cover when I saw it advertised through the Jane Austen Centre in Bath‘s online store. Plus, signed by the author. A few clicks later, and this book made its way to me in the states. So excited to read this!

tracey38 Beautiful cover. Love the peacocks. 2mo
readordierachel Wow, that is gorgeous 😍 2mo
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llwheeler
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Finished this a few days ago and I'm still smiling when I think of it, so it's a completely successful P&P retelling for me. It's also one of the most faithful retellings I've read--so many cut out Mary and/or Kitty and Col. Fitzwilliam. This not only keeps them all but takes the time to show their characters in the Pakistani setting. Of course the Elizabeth/Darcy (Alys/Darsee) arc is key in any P&P story and that worked for me here too. 👇

llwheeler I recommend this if you like Pride and Prejudice retellings or Austen retellings. I'd love to see a movie or miniseries adaptation of this too. 2mo
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kitteh_reads
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I love pride and prejudice! It's my favorite book of all time! So I always read any adaptation I can get, especially one set in Pakistan. The beginning was rough and I wish there was a glossary. There were many words I wasn't familiar with and I think it would have helped me immerse even more so into this story. Especially with the food and clothing which is heavily mentioned. Basically, once I reached my favorite part it was a done deal for me 😻

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sammisho
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Mehso-so

Pride and Prejudice in Pakistan? I wanted to love this book much more than I did. PnP retellings are always hit or miss, and this one was almost a miss. This adaptation was a very obvious, on the nose one, which I found to only detract from the Pakistan setting. I did enjoy the cultural references, and the most thing it had in common with the original; satire about ridiculous social standards. #pop19 A book involving a wedding

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sammisho
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It's soccer season AKA reading on the "sidelines" season! This is where I will be most evenings from now until October.

Amiable I miss those days with my boys! 😔 2mo
sammisho @Amiable I have to remind myself that I will miss it! Between him and his sister I am all over town! But I do love seeing them do things they love! 2mo
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Zelma
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I have been behind on any posting on Litsy, especially reviews, but at least I‘m still reading. Am curled up with this one on a Sunday morning and enjoying it so far.

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grumpygirlbooks
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Four ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - I‘m biased though, because I do love Pride and Prejudice. This is essentially a very very close retelling if the story in terms of the plot, but the characters are really different in a lot of interesting ways. The love story is important to the book, but it‘s really a story of the sisters and the family more than anything else. I really enjoyed it! Longer review on my blog soon!

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Floresj
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I have never read pride and prejudice, and this one I was hopeful as it was a Pakistani retelling of the classic. I just didn‘t care for a book that focused on getting the family‘s daughters married off. I liked reading about the Pakistani wedding ceremonies, but didn‘t really connect with the main characters. If you do like P&P, you might really like this as well.

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I was just talking about how much I love a good retelling. So I was delighted when this book became available from my library hold. I have always loved Pride and Prejudice so I am interested in this adaptation. I have heard very good things about it. Perfect for a rainy and cold day in!

RealLifeReading Ooh sounds good! 3mo
HardcoverHearts @RealLifeReading I really liked it. Now it‘s a straight up retelling, with some of the names made to fit a Pakistani spelling. But I found that charming and I think it helped to illustrate the Pakistani cultural elements more succinctly. If you love Pride and Prejudice, then you may love it. 3mo
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frenky_muller

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that girl in possession of a good bunch of P&P retellings, must be in want of more P&P retellings.
Like this book.

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ReadingMeagan
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Mehso-so

Finished reading Unmarriageable this afternoon. And it inspired me to watch this film adaption.
It took me a while to get into the story but once I did I enjoyed seeing how the story would be updated to life in 2000 in Pakistan.

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FairyHighRoad
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A great retelling of Pride and Prejudice set in modern day Pakistan. This book stays very close to the original story, but I love Jane Austen's story so I didn't mind. #netgalley

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Preciouz29
Pickpick

I loved this book so much, I had to read this all in one shot! I love P&P, but this one was so much more....insightful about itself? Also, the heroines are all older than the heros. And, everyone is mostly not as obnoxious as the og version and really seemed to get a happy ending!

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BookInMyHands
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Set in Pakistan in 2000-2001, Alys is the second of five daughters, 30 years old, unmarried and a teacher. According to her mother she‘s failed at the “grab-a-husband” game. Full of witty social commentary in keeping with Jane Austen, this is a retelling that pays homage to the classic while celebrating Pakistani culture.

#readingwomenofcolor2019

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cinann
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I started this book last night and am a quarter of the way through it. I read Pride and Prejudice years ago but I remember enough of it to see the similarities between them.

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mdemanatee
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It‘s always kind of weird to have characters discussing Pride and Prejudice while they are in a beat for beat retelling of Pride and Prejudice without acknowledging their life is paralleling this book they love

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Mindelan
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Finished this before work today during plant care. Really enjoyed this retelling. It sticks closely to the original novel but is full of commentary on class, marriage and how colonialism still impacts culture in Pakistan. It manages to be a delightful retelling while being more substantial and less fluffy. I also really enjoyed the author‘s narration, though I may have benefitted from a hard copy to help me look up new words/idioms.

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Graciouswarriorprincess
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Unmarriageable is a well-written & enlightening, retelling of the classic novel, Pride & Prejudice.
The story follows the Binat daughters, their heartaches, humiliations, and joys, as well as the men who captured their hearts. I found the story captivating, and the author‘s descriptions of Pakistan‘s culture fascinating, and educational. The many different personalities in this book are well depicted & add depth to the story. A fascinating read.

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Mindelan
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Alys (the main character) teaches english at a high school that deals with high class families who are mostly expecting their daughters to marry (often without finishing school). It seems like half the stories about Alys at work are about parents pushing to fire her for introducing challenging/inappropriate books and ideas to her students. And she and her best friend (/Charlotte Lucas) talk about sex. I love her and I am loving this retelling.

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Mindelan
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Downloaded on audible this morning, and I am having a hard time not racing through! I‘m only about an hour in total, but I‘m really enjoying Alys‘ analysis of P&P in her english class and her thoughts about her own experiences with class and pressure to marry. The book is also read by the author, who is doing a wonderful job! Ripley has been helping me with chores by trying to climb my leg and destroy my headphones.

LiteraryinLititz How very helpful, Ripley! 3mo
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I am starting this book today on a cold, rainy day.

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Graciouswarriorprincess
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Beautiful Chippewa Square at the Savannah Book Festival.

Kaye Wow. That is so pretty ! 3mo
Graciouswarriorprincess @Kaye. I love Savannah anyway and the book festival is held between these squares in the churches that border them. 3mo
Kaye That might be my goal someday. I‘ve always wanted to see Savannah after reading Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Add a southern book festival to it ? Perfect. 3mo
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Graciouswarriorprincess @Kaye. YES!!! I went on a tour of Bonaventure Cemetery last year because of that book! You should think about it next year! 3mo
Kaye “Celestial Navigator . Destination Unknown “. I always remember the inscription on the tombstone mentioned in the book. So pretty. 3mo
BookNAround My parents live in Savannah and I‘m only 4 hours away and yet I have never made it to the book festival there. I really ought to plan my life better! 3mo
Graciouswarriorprincess @BookNAround You should attend next year. It‘s small but wonderful. This was my second year and it‘s becoming an annual girls weekend. 3mo
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Graciouswarriorprincess
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With Soniah the Savannah Book Festival.

Schlinkles Looks like you‘ve had a good time this year. I met George Saunders, I can die happy! 3mo
Graciouswarriorprincess @Schlinkles I am jealous! I wish that I could have come down on Thursday for that. Sorry that I missed you this year! 3mo
Schlinkles Sorry I missed you too! Are you going to be down for the Rock and Roll Marathon again? 3mo
Graciouswarriorprincess @Schlinkles I am not sure yet but will let you know. 👍🏻😃 3mo
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Graciouswarriorprincess
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Next is Sonia Kamal. #savannahbookfestival

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LauraBeth
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If you‘re a P&P fan, you‘ll adore this. It‘s very similarly structured to the original with the fresh spin being a Pakistan setting.

If you don‘t care for Austen and stories that scrutinize the institution of marriage and social class - this may not be your cup of tea.

I found this book to be delightful. Although, in hindsight, I may have been better served at having spaced this out further from the last P&P re-telling I read (Zoboi‘s Pride).

mrsmarch “Cup of tea” lol I see what you did there 3mo
Cinfhen This is probably an easy pass for me 😂😂 3mo
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LauraBeth Just keep it moving @Cinfhen! You‘d hate it! 😂😂 3mo
Cinfhen I do appreciate the cover design 😂😉💜 3mo
KarenUK @cinfhen @laurabeth whereas I am stacking it immediately! 😂 3mo
Librarybelle Stacking! 3mo
Melissa_J I‘m looking forward to reading this one 😊 3mo
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howjessreads
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Pickpick

I really liked this! #howjessreadsin2019

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Panpan

2/5⭐️

Bookwormjillk Too bad, because the cover is so pretty 3mo
Naj Oh, I was looking forward to reading this. Will lower my expectations now. 3mo
a.bookish.byrd You gals may still like it...it just wasn‘t for me. 😘 3mo
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ThatBookishGal
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Love, love, love, I absolutely loved this Pakistani retelling of P&P!!! It had all the charm and relevance of the original without the cheesiness that other retellings oftentimes have.

Bookish_B I've had my eye on this... glad to see you liked it! 4mo
iread2much I bought this the day it came out, P&P retelling are my favorite candy books, but I haven‘t been able to get to it. I‘m so glad you like it, now I‘m more excited to read it 3mo
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ThatBookishGal
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Having a Lorelai-sized cup of coffee on this cold, windy, and rainy day.

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Lauren.Archer
Mehso-so

As an avid Jane Austen fan I was super excited for this one to come out. The book started off very promising, I liked the writing style a lot and it was extremely easy to read. However, as I got more into this book I started to get bored because I found this exactly the same story as the original. I was looking forward to a new spin and I found it lacking in that area. Don't get me wrong it is fun, light read, just wanted a little sparkle.

MelissaS I started this one but got stalled. I‘m not encouraged by your disappointment ☹️ 4mo
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As a Jane Austen fan, I'm pretty skeptical of modern retellings, as I don't feel they often do Austen justice. However, this one is wonderful and brilliant. It became available to the public last week. Here is my full review: https://greatmorrisonmigration.wordpress.com/2019/01/29/book-review-unmarriageab.... I definitely recommend it. #NetGalley #ARC

LoverofLit @sammisho One to add to your list 😘 4mo
sammisho Ooooooooohhhhhhhh!!!! 4mo
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Moray_Reads
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There are some interesting parallels in the Pakistan-set rewrite and it was a nice enough read but Alys's (Lizzie's) sudden change of heart never seems to translate well out of its original era. Worth a read for the experience of women in early 2000s Pakistan. And I read it (accidentally) on the anniversary of P&P's publication so that's a bonus

saresmoore Happy little accident! 4mo
saresmoore (Just like my firstborn.) 4mo
Moray_Reads @saresmoore 😂😂 My mother would say the same of me 4mo
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Purrfectpages
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This book redeemed itself a bit in the second half, but I had a hard time getting into the story at first due to keeping all the characters names straight. The story itself wasn‘t so hard to follow though. It‘s based on the likes of Jane Austen‘s Pride and Prejudice, a story remixed at least a thousand times over. This is perhaps another reason I remained barely impressed, as it has been done before.