Goodly Creatures: A Pride and Prejudice Deviation
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Goodly Creatures: A Pride and Prejudice Deviation

3.45 of 5 stars 3.45  ·  rating details  ·  55 ratings  ·  15 reviews
A life altering event inextricably links a fifteen-year-old Elizabeth Bennet to Fitzwilliam Darcy while simultaneously creating an almost insurmountable divide. This Pride and Prejudice deviation takes the reader on a journey through a labyrinth filled with misunderstandings, bias, guilt and fear - not to mention, laughter, animal magnetism and waltzing. As Elizabeth says,...more
Kindle Edition, First Edition, 637 pages
Published March 2nd 2012 by BookBaby (first published March 1st 2012)
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Recently I was offered the opportunity to review Goodly Creatures by Beth Massey for Austenprose. I knew this book was generating a good deal of discussion in the JAFF world. I’m always up for books that are labeled “controversial” as they are great conservation starters. What could be more interesting than a book that stimulates discussions and sparks minds?

Publisher’s description from Goodreads: A life altering event inextricably links a fifteen-year-old Elizabeth Bennet to Fitzwilliam Darcy w
A Note from Indie Jane:

The author was informed in advance that this review would not be positive and elected to go forward with the publication. Indie Jane fully supports Patty Marq and her balanced review of Goodly Creatures.


The other day, Nancy tweeted a link to book recommendations for different kinds of Janeites ( There they described three types of Janeites: Purists who read only the original works and other letters and unfinished works written...more
Dec 17, 2012 Stefani marked it as not-even-if-you-paid-me
Book status updates are NOT stalking.

Neither are blog posts on a PUBLIC website the author's private journal about their hurt feewings. This horrible "personal attack" was a very thoughtful and detailed critique of the book, and the reviewer didn't even give it a star ratings because they DNF! The blog post also seems to suggest that a reader shouldn't be disturbed by the rape of a teenager because it wasn't explicit.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I would classify it as a Historical fiction combined with our beloved "Pride and Prejudice". It's historical because the writer delves into the landscape of the times and raises issues to the forefront.
In this alteration the story starts out 6yrs earlier. Darcy is married and he meets Elizabeth at the theater. He is with his wife and Viscount Wolbridge(col F's older brother). The Tempest is being played out and this definitely sets the stage for the book. The...more
I am in awe of this book and the author. When putting up my five stars I had to suppress a brief urge to go back to all my other read P&P novels and lower their rating just to make this book shine out some more.

Not everyone will be happy with the main trigger for this "deviation". It is certainly a very difficult topic and Jane Austen purists may feel it is too much of an imposition. And because the circumstance of the story is so extreme, by necessity some of the propriety of behaviour must...more
This Pride & Prejudice variation deals with a very hard issue...rape, based on this I was leary to read it, but I was happy to find the details of the rape were not expounded upon and as I read on, I found the story very good! I loved how Lizzy deals with the situation, how very strong and brave she is. How she is able to go on and help her family. There was a level of angst throughout most of the story that kept me wanting to read more! I had many late nights reading this, as it is a rather...more
Sep 03, 2012 K rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: kindle, own
While this book is very well written and quite engrossing, I cried throughout almost all of the book. It should have a warning for victims of rape.
Anna (Yoda Is My Spirit Animal)
OH. MY. GOD! I cried so hard at the end. Now I have to decompress and figure out how to review this one.
Laura Hartness
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Erlynn (BooksHugBack)
This variation of Pride and Prejudice was long, creative, and thought provoking. It begins with Elizabeth as a young girl of barely fifteen who visits the Gardiner's in London. Darcy already dutifully married to Anne de Bourgh, is memorized when seeing Elizabeth at the theater and becomes cautious of his feelings. Unfortunately Elizabeth is viciously introduced to the ton and the Darcy/Fitzwilliam family when she is attacked by the Colonel's elder brother the Viscount.

As a result of the attack,...more
From the time I picked up Beth's book until I laid it aside three days later, I was all but obsessed. It isn't often that I have been so emotionally drawn into the lives of fictional characters. In this case, I found myself truly sensing the thoughts and emotions of Lizzie as she lived out this personal tragedy. Beth did such an amazing job of describing the rape scene;......describing Lizzie's behavior at the time of the rape (not screaming, unbuttoning her own dress, etc) as well as her thinki...more
I really enjoyed this book despite this subject, and I can honestly say that I probably would have never read a book with rape as the main subject had it not been a P&P variation. Certainly it was rather disturbing. The opportunity to explore this subject is legitimate and my having the ability to separate Jane Austen's original characters and not allow them to be tarnished no matter how they are changed in these books makes me willing to read such a story. It was well written, and the deep...more
It took me sometime to accept lizzy's ordeal and why the author would want her to suffer so. It was heartbreaking yet warming to know that no matter what their love was stronger than all the obsticles put before them.
The kind of book you enjoy reading quietly.
I read it from one evening to the next, I couldn't put it down! I had been put off reading this for some time because I knew that an incident of rape was the main plot point in the story, and sexual violence is something I tend to purposely avoid when choosing my novels. Thankfully it was not overly detailed, which made it much easier to read. I was not expecting the story to develop the way it did from there, and I found it refreshing among so many other variations.

I found the last few chapter...more
At this time, I feel unable to write a review on this book. My rating will have to do, but I can say it is truly worth reading.
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