Drive and Determination

Drive and Determination In this modern day variation of Jane Austen s Pride and Prejudice Elyssa Barnett is an aspiring interior designer who clashes with William Denton president of Pemberleo Coffee at her sister Janet s

  • Title: Drive and Determination
  • Author: Kara Louise
  • ISBN: 9781430317920
  • Page: 133
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this modern day variation of Jane Austen s Pride and Prejudice, Elyssa Barnett is an aspiring interior designer who clashes with William Denton, president of Pemberleo Coffee, at her sister Janet s wedding to Chad Two years later, Elyssa and Will meet under tragic circumstances that she wholly blames him for and doesn t think she can ever forgive him As she is unwitIn this modern day variation of Jane Austen s Pride and Prejudice, Elyssa Barnett is an aspiring interior designer who clashes with William Denton, president of Pemberleo Coffee, at her sister Janet s wedding to Chad Two years later, Elyssa and Will meet under tragic circumstances that she wholly blames him for and doesn t think she can ever forgive him As she is unwittingly thrown into his presence, she discovers, much to her dismay, that he may have a heart afterall To read other stories by Kara Louise, visit her website, Jane Austen s Land of Ahhhs.

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    1. Sheila Majczan

      I bought this book on 11/2/08 and have read it twice or more over the years. I found it to be quite the page turner. This is a modern take-off of our beloved P&P but the characters’ parallel to canon is easily recognizable due to not only their behaviors but also the similar names. Elizabeth, Jane, Darcy, Bingley, Lady Catherine, Aunt and Uncle Gardiner, Colonel Fitzwilliam and Georgina are represented along with perpetual bad boy, Wickham. Even friend, Charlotte, makes a cameo appearance. [...]

    2. Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)

      First I must say that I loved this book. Of course it is not written in the style of Jane Austen but it was written with the same outline as Pride and Prejudice. I fell in love with all the characters and enjoyed seeing the parallels with Pride and Prejudice and it made you really think that there is such a thing as a modern day Pride and Prejudice. The Scenario: Elyssa Barlett has every reason in the world to think ill of Will Denton: at her sister's rehearsal dinner he announces that as Presid [...]

    3. Ceri

      This is a modern version of Pride and Prejudice with some differences. The first noticeable one is that the characters names have changed somewhat, e.g. Elyssa Barnett instead of Elizabeth Bennet, William Denton instead of Fitzwilliam Darcy etc. the second change is a big change, with a tragedy happening very early on.William Denton runs a successful coffee company which sources coffee beans from Guatemala. The company also has offices there, and Elyssa's brother in law, Chad gets promoted to wo [...]

    4. January

      fun story, but I was put off by some of the dialog that seemed to force a more obvious connection to P&P. The tone and phrasing just didn't work in those passages.

    5. Jakki

      I love modern retellings of Pride and Prejudice. While there are some differences in events between Louise’s novel and Austen’s it does not take away from the novel. I seriously could not put down this book and read it in a day! Louise’s spin on events is creative and captivating. From William’s ingenious way of handling Elyssa’s anger towards him to his oh-so-romantic proposal the reader is taken in and events seem to come full circle. One thing I love is when an author takes events a [...]

    6. Mindy

      So, reading this book was like watching a chick-flick that had a very loose plot with a few okay actors that did an okay job, but nothing remarkable, let alone remember-able. It was "okay" to watch (read), but it didn't add anything to any part of my life. It was like flipping through the tv channels and nothing good is on so you just pick one and watch because you want to waste time and veg - you don't really care what you're watching - you just want to watch something.I've really enjoyed Louis [...]

    7. Angie

      Drive and Determination is yet another in the ever growing list of modern day takes on . Of those that I have read this was definitely one of my favorites. Elyssa and Will, the "Elizabeth and Darcy" characters in this story, are likable and true to the nature of the originals they were based on. In fact, unlike other variations out there, the supporting characters in this story had their own spin, but were also pretty much how I would expect their modern day personalities to be. They did not dis [...]

    8. Staciel

      So, chances are if you are considering reading this book it is because you like reading modern Jane Austen 'adaptations', as I doIn 2013, I read 12 of them, and this is my second one in 2014, and I'm glad I found it.To be fair, though, I love several things- among them: Jane Austen retellings (as stated above), and the country of Guatemala, which figures heavily into this bookoh, and my hubby loves, loves, loves coffee, particularly from Guatemala, so that could play into my rosy feelings for th [...]

    9. Gingub Gravette

      kara you had me at tragedy, tropical locals and torrential downpours - who doesn't love a good flash flood to rush passion in with. but then you lost me when you had eliza (i refuse to call her elyssa) win like top design or HGTV's next design star with her class project. huh? couldn't she have worked for it a bit, taken on other jobs with charlotte's sleazy L.A. friends first? weak segueway to get our pair together, in my opinion. i do recommend this over pemberley's promise, but really wish yo [...]

    10. Victoria

      Part of me feel like I am far too "hard" on modern versions of Pride and Prejudice, but another part of me feels like this one was more of attempt at having the classic story "fit" into modern times.I had a harder time accepting Elyssa overcoming her very hard feelings for William within just one week. It seemed to be that William was always wonderful, and that it was Elyssa's "fault" for being so prejudiced against him. He didn't really seem to have any disdainful feelings towards her sphere or [...]

    11. Pemberleyaddict

      I really like Kara Louise, and she is definitely one of the better Jane Austen fan fiction writers. I purchased this a few years ago and since it was self-published, it was pricey. The writing was okay, not extraordinary. It helped me realized that while I enjoy JA fan fiction and all its variations, I really do not care for modern retellings. "Drive and Determination" is a present day Darcy/Elizabeth love story set in the backdrop of interior design and coffee. As in "Pemberleo Coffee". It just [...]

    12. Jenny

      It took me a bit to get into this book. I do enjoy Kara Louise's books. This is a modern Pride and Prejudice and is a fun story

    13. Deborah Vespo

      I really liked the story and I loved William Denton, he was such a sweet character. I didn't like some the obvious similarities that were pointed out in the book. It felt a bit silly to me.

    14. Kiki

      Cute re-make of Pride and Prejudice for the twenty-first century. If you can't get enough of Darcy and Elizabeth I would recommend this book.

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