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When the smoke has cleared from the battlefields and the civil war has finally ended, fervent Union supporter Beth Bennet reluctantly moves with her family from their home in Meryton, Ohio, to the windswept plains of Rosings, Texas. Handsome, haughty Will Darcy, a Confederate officer back from the war, owns half the land around Rosings, and his even haughtier cousin, Cate ...more
Paperback, 363 pages
Published December 1st 2010 by Sourcebooks Landmark
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Anna
Jan 09, 2016 Anna rated it really liked it
Recommended to Anna by: goodreads
Shelves: adventure-epic
This is a fabulous re-telling of Austen's classic with a western flair.

Beth Bennet and Will Darcy are the central characters with the secondary characters from P&P along with more characters borrowed from other Austen stories playing supporting roles.
Taking place during the final years of Reconstruction with Rosings as the town in Texas, Pemberley Ranch and the Bennet homestead, the story follows the essential points of the original and the twists are authentic to the place and time in his
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Georgiana 1792
May 13, 2015 Georgiana 1792 rated it really liked it
Orgoglio sudista, Pregiudizi nordisti

Per noi lettrici di Austen Inspired Novel abituate allo stile romance o chick-lit, in cui generalmente vengono scritti questo genere di romanzi, entrare nella prosa di Jack Caldwell non è facile: si sente subito lo stile mascolino, diretto, pulito, come un colpo di pistola. Anche gli elementi fondamentali della trama sembrano spostarsi e reggersi su un altro baricentro, legati meno ai sentimenti e più alle questioni pratiche e politiche.

In The Three Colonels
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Sophia
I completely agree with Sharon Lathan's cover quote on this one because it was Pride and Prejudice meets Gone With the Wind. It completely knocked me right out of the saddle (in a good way). Hard to believe that this was an emerging author's efforts.

In this Historical Western Romance retelling of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice which mostly takes place post-Civil War era, Elizabeth Bennet and her family hail as staunch Yankees from Ohio who migrate to Texas to start over again on a small farm
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Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Don your best gingham dress, dungarees, or Stetson and saddle up for a rip roarin' adventure with the gang from Pride and Prejudice!


Ever since her brother died while fighting for the Union, Beth Bennet has vowed to blame, suspect, and hate anyone associated with the Confederate Army. When her father moves Beth's family from Ohio to their own farm in Rosings, Texas, Beth finds herself surrounded by those she swore to forever hate. Although Beth eventually accepts and befriends southerners like h
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Laurel
Nov 28, 2010 Laurel rated it really liked it
Lizzy and Darcy the Wild West Legend

I have been patiently awaiting a Wild West rendition of Pride and Prejudice for some time, so when Pemberley Ranch rode into town, I was all anticipation. The blending of the two genres seemed like a natural to me; especially concerning two romantic archetypes – the Regency gentleman and the American cowboy. *swoon*

It’s really not surprising that so many elements from the Regency-era have transitioned neatly into Caldwell’s new adaption of Jane Austen classic
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Sheila Majczan
May 12, 2015 Sheila Majczan rated it really liked it
It was interesting to read the longer of the other reviews on Amazon, some being persons whose reviews I read over and over again and with whom I usually agree. I must mention that "Voracious Reader" made some significant remarks about the accuracy of the historical details. I am not an expert on history but while many stated that Mr. Caldwell's book reflected good research I wonder who has the history correct considering those remarks? That being said, I will now say that even if the historical ...more
Blodeuedd Finland
Plot:

The Bennet family moves from Ohio to Texas. Beth is still angry at the south because her brother died in the war, but her sister finds happiness with a Doctor. And so the book begins, she meets the rich rancher Will Darcy. There is dislike, and there is prejudice. And there is wicked George Whitehead with plans of his own for the area.


My thoughts:

I do like Pride and Prejudice re-tellings and this one was so fresh and original. This time the prejudice in the book comes from Beth being from t
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Angelc
Dec 14, 2010 Angelc rated it it was amazing
I was so excited to read a western retelling of "Pride and Prejudice" and let me say this book delivers! The author retains everything we love about the original, while still making the story different enough that you have to keep reading! He stays true to the characters and themes, but it's not a scene-for-scene rehash of the original, he mixes it up a lot.

I love reading about American history in historical novels and I feel like it's pretty rare to find an historical book set in America. It wa
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SheLove2Read
Jul 30, 2011 SheLove2Read rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011
A highly engrossing and inspired retelling of the classic Austen tale, Pride and Prejudice, set in a western story. Mr. Caldwell surprised me with his version that had me both crying and smiling. I absolutely recommend it to fans of the original and fans of western romance. A++
Karen
Mar 17, 2013 Karen rated it really liked it
Pride and Prejudice's characters re-imagined in post-Civil War Texas. Part Western, part romance, this was well-written, entertaining historical fiction.
Diane Wilkes
Sep 06, 2011 Diane Wilkes rated it it was ok
This is definitely a twist when it comes to the Austen fan fiction genre. Wild West Austen sounded too kicky for me to miss, so I picked up PEMBERLEY RANCH and read it to the end, despite wanting to put it down fairly early on.

As opposed to Austen's bit of ivory, Caldwell has chosen a wide swath, combining civil war and post-civil war history with a retelling of the classic PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. While the first is probably done well (I'm no expert in the field), the second is wide of the mark. VE
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Kathleen Kelly
Dec 30, 2010 Kathleen Kelly rated it really liked it
Pemberley Ranch by Jack Caldwell is a story that mixes the Pride and Prejudice story and the aftermath of the American Civil War. This historical romance is set in 1863 Vicksburg, Mississippi and 1870 Rosings, Texas and it has most of the characters of Jane Austen's novel. Names are changed a bit, circumstances mostly the same, Elizabeth (Beth) who is from the North, despising William (Will) Darcy, a Southerner and Will falling in love with Beth and her eventual capitulation of her feelings towa ...more
Sue
Jul 04, 2011 Sue rated it really liked it
I usually have a hard time with this kind of Austen related work but after awhile this book grew on me. I'm not usually one into much Civil War history. I did however come to really enjoy the characters in this book based on Pride and Prejudice characters. I loved the map in the front of the book. I enjoyed the characters for the most part: Catherine Burroughs (B&R Ranch) bad gal, Anne Burroughs (likeable and surprising romance), William Darcy good guy, Gaby Darcy (sweet), Jose' Estrada (goo ...more
Elisabetta
Sep 18, 2013 Elisabetta rated it really liked it
Inizialmente non ero rimasta favorevolmente colpita da questa versione texana di Orgoglio e Pregiudizio principalmente per il fatto che qui Lizzy viene chiamata Beth.. Eh, lo so, ho i miei pregiudizi anch'io!! Però ho appreso il messaggio che O&P trasmette, pertanto non mi sono soffermata sulla prima impressione e ho proseguito con la lettura.. Devo dire che ho fatto proprio bene!!
Un altro fatto che mi aveva lasciato inizialmente interdetta è il matrimonio di Jane che avviene immediatamente
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Todd
When Kim first asked me to read Pemberley Ranch by Jack Caldwell, it was at the bequest of a commenter who asked what my take on the novel would be, considering it is one of the few pieces of Jane Austen fan fiction (that we know of) written by a man. To be honest I didn’t really expect it to be all that different from the other fan fiction novels that Kim reviews. I can honestly say that I was definitely wrong.

Pemberley Ranch, or Pranch as I called it informally when I was reading it around our
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Chele
Sep 15, 2012 Chele rated it liked it
I'm a sucker for P&P AUs/fanfic/modern adaptions/novels, etc., etc., etc. and "Pemberley Ranch" caught my eye immediately as a Civil War historian. It's ... P&P and the Civil War! I COULDN'T RESIST.

There were moments throughout the book when dialogue/the story felt a little bit awkward or stilted, but not enough to ruin the flow of the book for me. Admittedly, there were parts of the book that I had to force myself to get through, but other parts (especially within the last part of the b
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Laura
Dec 06, 2010 Laura rated it it was amazing
Pemberley Ranch is a wonderful new western starring my favorite literary couple, Mr. Darcy (known as Will in this book) and Elizabeth Bennet (referred to as Beth).

The novel starts with William Darcy and Charles Bingley in the thick of action during the American Civil War. After an altercation with crooked Yankee officer George Whitehead, Darcy and Bingley are shipped off to a prison camp for the rest of the war. Afterwards, Darcy goes back to his ranch, Pemberley, near the small town of Rosings,
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Charlene
Apr 18, 2013 Charlene rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone that loves romance with intrigue
This a second read for me. I read this book when it came out first and was a little new to the fan fic but since than I've come to appreciate the great stories told by the aceptional writers and one of them is Jack Caldwell. This book was wonderful the first time around but the second was amazing. I rated this story 4 stars before and now if I could I would rate it 6. I never appreciated how intricately Jack wove in all of Jane Austens characters into the story line and Darcy and Beth(Lizzy) wer ...more
Mel
Mar 25, 2011 Mel rated it really liked it
"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife." However, when that man is a former Confederate soldier and Elizabeth Bennett a newly arrived Yankee in a formerly Confederate state, sparks fly. However, what I liked about this novel is that it wasn't just a re-hash of Austen's P & P (although I do love that story, many retelling seem to fall flat in the re-write); instead, it's the story which deals with the setting of the ...more
Phoebes
Jan 13, 2014 Phoebes rated it really liked it
Un retelling davvero ben fatto, che mescola a mio parere nella giusta misura affinità e differenze con l’originale, aiutato da un’ambientazione molto accattivante. Il fatto di averlo letto in lingua originale ancora una volta aumenta il mio gradimento :), ma obiettivamente si tratta secondo me di un buon romanzo, scontato nel punti “giusti”, che riesce comunque a sorprendere e ad un certo punto anche a tenere col fiato sospeso! Proprio una bella lettura!

A retelling really well done, blending in
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Shala Howell
Dec 10, 2013 Shala Howell rated it it was ok
I love Jane Austen fan fiction. Good or bad, I generally plow through it to the end. This is the first of the JA fan fiction where I thought to myself, you know, I would like this book a lot better if Caldwell hadn't used the character names from the original Austen texts. I just don't think Austen's characters belong in Civil War/Reconstruction era Texas. I mean really, "Doc Bingley"? Mr. Darcy saying things like "Saddle 'em up, boys. Let's ride!"?

The storyline is necessarily quite different f
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Melissa
Apr 23, 2014 Melissa rated it liked it
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Caitlin
Apr 24, 2013 Caitlin rated it really liked it
Pride & Prejudice re-imagined during and after the Civil War. Beth Bennett is a Yankee farmer's daughter, moved to Texas with her family after the war. Will Darcy owns Pemberley Ranch, and fought for his state and country in the war. Beth believes she knows what kind of people Southern land owners were, and the handsome and charming carpetbagger George Whitehead confirms her beliefs.
However, loyalty and the war are more complex issues than Beth realizes, with both sides of the fighting havin
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Kimberly
Mar 28, 2011 Kimberly rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick-lit
Really, I'd give this book 2.5 stars, but I rounded down because of all the four and five star reviews it's receiving. Pemberley Ranch is not a four or five star book; three stars at the most would suffice. It's obviously a first novel; the writing is horrific at times and so are some of the characters. And, Pemberley Ranch was obviously written by a man. (view spoiler) ...more
Rebecca
I really enjoyed this book. It was a little slow to get into at first, but then the pace really picked up. The only thing I had a problem with was that there were too many "Uhhs" and "Ummms" throughout the book. It broke the pace of the language and didn't seem to fit in with the Civil War and post-Civil War setting. I enjoyed reading about Will and Beth's story, even though I kept calling them "Darcy" and "Lizzie" in my head! I thought this book was an interesting twist on Pride & Prejudice ...more
Tina
May 23, 2015 Tina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So what happens when you mix Pride and Prejudice and western romance? You get this book. And what a book this was. I have had this book for about a year or so I believe and I have never read it. But the other day after I had finished A Matter of Chance I decided to take a chance on this book (so cliche right?). This book does not disappoint. The story was good and so was the conclusion. I believe my favorite scene in the book was when Will peeked on Beth (Elizabeth) taking a dip in a hidden pool ...more
Susanne
Jun 10, 2015 Susanne rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the different setting: post Civil War Texas in which the Bennet family from Ohio relocates after the death of their only son who fought for the North. But the Darcy family on Pemberley Ranch had fought for the Confederate side, and Beth isn't the forgiving sort after the death of her beloved brother. The Bennets quickly befriend George Wickham who had been an officer in the Yankee prison camp where Darcy and Bingley were held after Vicksburg, and after Wickham and Darcy clashed ...more
Anastasia
Jul 30, 2013 Anastasia rated it really liked it
A really interesting reinterpretation of P&P. I liked that other characters from Jane Austen's novels were mentioned, even in passing. It was a little odd trying to hear the characters speak in a Southern accent rather than a British one, which made the use of American slang jarring at times. But the transition of the plot to another country and another time was excellent.
Sheryl Gordon
Oct 28, 2015 Sheryl Gordon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
History and Heart

A thrilling ride commencing at the end of the civil war, utilizing JA's most memorable characters. Great page turner, filled with passion. A glimpse into a less glorious era of our nation and an honorable acknowledgement to the spirit that moved our country over the hurdles. Full, flag waving Five Stars.
cloudyskye
Feb 05, 2015 cloudyskye rated it liked it
I enjoyed the western-romance-adventure mix enough to overlook the uneven language (use of tenses?) and style. Nothing mysterious about the characters, the hero is handsome and noble, the bad guys are evil through and through. Some juicy scenes, racism, rape, and quite a bit of (spilled) blood too, life at the time seems to have been rather cheap. (As it still is in some places ... mostly east of here.)
One thing I found hard to swallow is how one young lady converts to Catholicism at hardly more
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Jack Caldwell is an author, amateur historian, professional economic developer, playwright, and like many Cajuns, a darn good cook. Born and raised in the Bayou County of Louisiana, Jack and his wife, Barbara, are Hurricane Katrina victims who now make the Suncoast of Florida their home.

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