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Mercy's Embrace by Laura Hile
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Dec 27, 13

bookshelves: fan-fiction, 2010, 2013, 2012, books-i-own-ebook
Read in October, 2010 — I own a copy, read count: 3

I began this series with apprehension. Elizabeth Elliot had always seemed such selfish and uncaring sister to Anne Elliot (Persuasion). I could not imagine enjoying a book where she was turned into the heroine.

I really enjoyed this story. The author did a such a wonderful job with her heroine Elizabeth. Rather than reinvent her character erasing all her flaws, she helped us to see a different woman underneath a very hard shell. I very quickly came to love Elizabeth Elliot almost as much as Anne, Emma and the Bennett girls (though never as much as Katharine).

I am not sure that a trilogy of books was absolutely necessary, after all Jane Austen manage to write her books in a single volume. Regardless of this I still enjoyed all the books.

I applaud the author for successfully telling the story of one of the most unloved of Austen's characters, and telling it well.

Anne and Wentworth are treated a little bit roughly in this book, but I just ignore that bit and pretend they are talking about someone else, I think this is a freedom that is allowed when reading fan fiction written about classic books.

ETA: I wrote this review three years ago, since then I have reread this trilogy several times. The redemption story of Elizabeth Elliot is by far my favourite piece of fan fiction.
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Cass I began this series with apprehension. Elizabeth Elliot had always seemed such selfish and uncaring sister to Anne Elliot (Persuasion). I could not imagine enjoying a book where she was turned into the heroine.

I really enjoyed this story. The author did a such a wonderful job with her heroine Elizabeth. Rather than reinvent her character erasing all her flaws, she helped us to see a different woman underneath a very hard shell. I very quickly came to love Elizabeth Elliot almost as much as Anne, Emma and the Bennett girls (though never as much as Katharine).

I am not sure that a trilogy of books was absolutely necessary, after all Jane Austen manage to write her books in a single volume. Regardless of this I still enjoyed all the books.

I applaud the author for successfully telling the story of one of the most unloved of Austen's characters, and telling it well.


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