Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The Elizabeth Papers by Jenetta James - Book Review, Interview & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

Private investigator Charlie has accepted a new case. He's agreed to look into a trust started by Fitzwilliam Darcy. Fitzwilliam was happily married to Elizabeth, but was everything as it seemed in their marriage? Charlie is supposed to find out the truth about a relationship from the early nineteenth century. However, when he meets the person who could be affected by his research he doesn't find it so easy anymore to do what he's being paid to do. Evie is an artist. She's just starting to make a name for herself. After many tragedies finally something good is happening to her and Charlie is being asked to destroy this. Will he be able to do it?

Elizabeth is keeping a diary. She and Fitzwilliam are happy together and they've started a family. However, when after many years she still hasn't been able to do for her husband what she wanted to do for him the most Elizabeth is starting to feel uneasy. She writes down everything she thinks, sees and experiences, confident that nobody will ever read her words. Many years later these words can be of crucial importance for Evie's future. Do the diaries still exist and what is the secret Elizabeth uncovers in her private journal?

The Elizabeth Papers is a fantastic story set in both the past and the present. Jenetta James writes about the Darcys in a great inspiring way. It was fun to be taken back to the nineteenth century and read about the years after their marriage. She's definitely done them justice. I loved the idea of the impact of the secrets Elizabeth was keeping on the present and couldn't wait to discover the truth. I equally enjoyed reading about Elizabeth and Evie and couldn't turn the pages quickly enough to find out more about them. They're both strong, courageous and kindhearted women.

Charlie is a player. His business is doing well, he can date any woman he likes and he's living a pretty superficial life. Meeting Evie changes him. He immediately knows she's different and he loses his heart. He still has a case to solve though and it was interesting to see where his conscience would lead him. I kept hoping he'd find the endearing Evie important enough to switch sides and discovering more about the Darcy family mystery kept me on the edge of my seat. I kept hoping everyone would find their happily ever after.

Jenetta James has a wonderful warm writing style and I love her tone of voice. Her beautiful detailed descriptions of thoughts and feelings enchanted me from beginning to end. I loved the way she continues Elizabeth's story, she skillfully shows how well she knows the family dynamics. The Elizabeth Papers is a captivating story filled with surprising twists and turns. The main characters are intriguing to read about and they all have fabulous multilayered personalities. I love stories about family secrets and The Elizabeth Papers is definitely a good one. I highly recommend this amazing book.

Advice

If you love Jane Austen, like books about secrets and enjoy wonderful romance The Elizabeth Papers is an absolute must-read.

About Jenetta James


Jenetta James is a lawyer, writer, mother and taker-on of too much. She grew up in Cambridge and read history at Oxford University where she was a scholar and president of the Oxford University History Society. After graduating, she took to the law and now practises full time as a barrister. Over the years she has lived in France, Hungary and Trinidad as well as her native England. Jenetta currently lives in London with her husband and children where she enjoys reading, laughing and playing with Lego. She is the author of "Suddenly Mrs Darcy" and "The Elizabeth Papers".

Links

Website: http://jenettajames.merytonpress.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jenettajameswriter/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jenettajames

Interview

Thank you for having me Suze - it is a great honour to be here on your blog among so many great authors.

1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your writing?

Well, I’m 35 and I live in London with my husband and 2 little children. I have been a big reader all my life, always with my nose in a book. A few years ago, when my younger son was just a baby, I started writing a story when he and his brother were napping. It started as a silly thing I did to amuse myself and somehow, a year or so later became my first book, “Suddenly Mrs. Darcy”. After that, I wrote “The Elizabeth Papers” which came out nearly a year ago. Now, I can’t imagine not having a writing project on the go. Like reading, it has just become part of life.

Both of my books have been Jane Austen inspired romance - one pure Regency and one part historical and part modern. One of the strange things about my writing is that I don’t really know where it is going. I don’t have a plan to write a particular sort of story - I hope that I will be able to carry on just writing what comes to me. I read quite widely - so who knows where my writing will go in the long run! I hope to some interesting places.

This year, I have also contributed two short stories to two anthologies, both edited by Christina Boyd. I wrote a World War 2 era story for “The Darcy Monologues” and have a Regency short coming in the soon to be released “Dangerous to Know”, which is a compendium of stories based on the rogues and rakes of Jane Austen. I have written a story about William Elliot and I hope I have done him some justice. That anthology is out next month.

2. Do you write yourself into your female characters? If your family were asked, what Jane Austen character might they say you were like?

These are hard questions to answer about myself, but I’ll give it a go. I don’t think I have ever written myself into a story in a full way - but sometimes there are hints of me there. There is a maid who appears in both of my published books as a major character, and some of my family have speculated that she is me. Thinking about it there are aspects of truth in it, but it wasn’t intentional. Also, she is a very practical lady, which I’m not, so maybe I was idealising myself a bit! In “The Elizabeth Papers”, half of the story is set in contemporary London but I don’t have all that much in common with the female lead.

I have asked around in my family about the Jane Austen character, and received some quite contradictory answers. One person, who shall remain nameless said “Marianne Dashwood meets Mary Crawford” - whatever that means. Nobody, sadly, said Elizabeth Bennet, who is my favourite!

3. When do you find time to write?

Lots of people ask me this, and truth is, I’m not sure. As well as my little munchkins, I work full time as a barrister, so finding time for writing is a massive challenge. I carry my laptop around everywhere and often squeeze in an hour here and there. The evenings are also a good time to write a few paragraphs. I don’t write in any particular place - my books have been patched together on trains and in cafes, at work (shh!) and with a glass of wine after dinner. I think about the stories all the time which enables me to sort of “splurge” them onto the page when I get a moment. I’m sure that my editor deserves a medal for picking up the pieces of this lack of continuous writing time though:-)

4. What are you writing now?

I am juggling two stories at the moment. The first one, which I have only just finished, is a Jane Austen inspired murder mystery story. I can’t say much except that I hope it will combine my twin loves of romance and a good puzzle. My other project is a non Jane Austen related full length

novel, part Victorian and part contemporary. This is a story which I started writing immediately after finishing “Suddenly Mrs. Darcy” and then put down. Let’s hope that one day it will be finished!

Giveaway

One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive a paperback copy of The Elizabeth Papers.

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The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. All of our giveaways are international.

39 comments:

  1. The Elizabeth Papers sounds like a fantastic story set in both the past and the present.

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    1. Thanks Solange, I love past and present stories:-)

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  2. Intriguing plot line. Would love to win this for my Mum, who reads a lot.

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  3. This sounds just like a book I would love...I love reading both historical romance and mysteries so this is perfect. Very nice interview!

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    1. Thanks Maria, I like combining mystery & romance too:-)

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  4. Thanks for a lovely review and for hosting me Suze, it is great to visit here:-)

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  5. Gorgeous review about one of my favorite books and favorite authors! Loved The Elizabeth Papers. That relationship between Elizabeth and Darcy--gah!!!!! So honest. I was near gutted then Jenetta James' masterfully reeled me back!

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  6. I loved this book - beautiful writing, great characters, and I loved the two time periods! So glad you liked it too, Suze :)

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    1. Thanks for your support Karen, I'm so glad you liked it

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  7. I love hearing how and when authors make time to writes. It's very impressive Jenetta James has two little ones and another job.

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    1. Ha! Thanks Brittany. The added complication at the moment is that I am currently 5 months pregnant with #3!

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  8. Loved this book, it's one that has really stayed with me and influenced the way I see Elizabeth and Darcy.

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    1. I'm very touched by that comment, and thrilled that you enjoyed and remembered it, thank you:-)

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  9. Great interview. This book has been on my TBR list and I’m hoping to get to it sooner rather than later. Thanks for contributing to the JAFF world with all that you do. Love your work and can’t wait to read more.

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    1. Thanks for your comment! I hope you read it one day - my own TBR is so tall that it fell over long ago:-(

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  10. Love the sound of the book! Thanks for the chance x

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    1. You're welcome - good luck in the giveaway

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  11. I have yet to read this book but after this review I am really looking forward. Thank you for the giveaway! :)

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  12. Great interview, thanks for sharing it :)

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    1. Thanks Judy - good luck in the giveaway!

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  13. This is a new author for me so thank you for your honest review!

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  14. Sounds pretty awesome. Going to add it to my wishlist!

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  15. I love the look of this, insteresting and absorbing!

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  16. What a fabulous review! This is one of my favorite stories of all time and it’s great to see it receive more attention for other readers to discover.

    Jenetta is such a talented writer. Her stories never disappoint!

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  17. Jenetta, I love time-slip novels! I'm excited to read yours.

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  18. Isn't it amazing how Jane Austen keeps inspiring readers and writers and film makers?

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  19. I love Jane Austen and I'm so glad that I saw this post. I'm so reading this.

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  20. I read this book on KU and I'd love to have a copy. I was hesitant to read it, because I was afraid that ODC had not been true to each other. But I was convinced by a friend, and I don't regret it. Great book, painful at times, but D&E's love as beautiful as ever. I left it in my review (no spoilers) not to miss this story because of the fear I had.

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  21. Interesting take on the Darcys; a family of whom I will never ever tire of reading about!
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    {in the contest I am Margot C__ on the Rafflecopter}

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  22. How did you come up with the title?

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  23. I love stories that are set in the past & present. Even better that this one involves The Darcys.

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  24. The story sounds really interesting. I'd love to read it.

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  25. This sounds so wonderful! Thanks for the give-away!

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