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What Would Lizzy Bennet Do? (The Jane Austen Factor #1)

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When your name is Lizzy Bennet, and the object of your affections just happens to have the surname Darcy, it seems fitting that life should imitate art, and you should end up together – right?
So when a film crew arrive to shoot Pride and Prejudice’ at the Darcy estate next door to the Bennet home, and Hugh Darcy arrives home after 8 years away, Lizzy knows that their time
Kindle Edition, 376 pages
Published January 15th 2016 by Carina
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Jan 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Katie Oliver seems to have made it her authorly mission to bring Jane Austen into the twenty-first century. She's written seven novels up to now, and all have revolved around Jane Austen in some way. In her newest trilogy, she's taken the names of Austen's characters and made them her own, in a very confusing manner, since there's also a Jane Austen adaptation being filmed next door to the Bennet house, in the Darcy Manor. To be perfectly honest, the novel would have worked just as well with sim ...more
Carole (in Canada)
Jul 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: JAFF, Romance
Rating: 3.5*
This modern tale is Book 1 in the Jane Austen Factor series. It is a mashup of her books mostly focusing on Pride & Prejudice & Persuasion but also Emma and Sense & Sensibility. However, you will also notice there are names that are used that reflect on the actors who played parts in the movie versions as well. I quite enjoyed picking that up and there is one name which I thought reflected on the current Royal family. I could be wrong on that though.

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Jan 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, chick-lit
Published by: Carina UK (13th January 2016)


Source: Netgalley

Rating: 3*


When your name is Lizzy Bennet and Mr Darcy lives next door, romance is anything but simple…

Especially since a film crew has just arrived to shoot Pride and Prejudice at the Darcy estate! And when Hugh Darcy, the one who got away, arrives home after 8 years absence, Lizzy can’t help but think it’s fate. Until, that is, he introduces her to Holly – his fiancée…

What can Lizzy do but try not to feel too p
Suze Lavender
Aug 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Bennets and the Darcy family are neighbors. Lizzy is living at home again after many years of being on her own. Her older sister Emma is also still there and her youngest sister Charlotte is eighteen years old and hasn't left yet. After a long period of absence Hugh Darcy is back at Cleremont, his family's estate. Lizzy can't wait to see him again as she's always loved him, but he has a surprise that will break her heart. Hugh is engaged. His fiancée Holly is a woman she should hate, but Hol ...more
Rachel Gilbey
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
What Katie Oliver has achieved with this book is very impressive. What Would Lizzy Bennet Do? is a contemporary take on Pride and Prejudice, but the majority of the dialogue is Austen-esque (for lack of a better word). It's like reading a brand new story but with the obvious parallels to the book that inspired this.

It's hard to explain but although I was unsure as I was reading it, by the end I was far more interested in the story, than bothered that the turn of phrase, wasn't quite what I woul
Paula  Phillips
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Growing up with the name Lizzy Bennet and living in the same town as a wealthy family called "The Darcy's" has to mean something doesn't it ? For Lizzy Bennet - the middle sister , for the past eight years she has been head over heels in love with Hugh Darcy - the older of the Darcy Boys. Lizzy is excited as she has recieved news that Hugh is finally coming home and what perfect timing to come home as currently a film set is using their property as a backdrop for a Pride and Prejudice remake. It ...more
Meredith Schorr
May 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm not a big Jane Austen fan. (I know! I'm ducking for cover right now.) But I am a big fan of Katie Oliver and so I didn't hesitate to download the first in her new series. I LOVED it. Rather than comparing it to a Jane Austen novel, I read it for what it was: a humorous, charming, engaging, and romantic story in its own right. I adored the characters in the novel and found myself flipping through the pages quickly in anticipation of what would happen next and how everyone would be paired off. ...more
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
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Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016-releases, 2016

I had a pleasure to read some books written by Katie Oliver before, and while they are not life - changing, I can remember them as nice, entertaining reads. Each book by this author has something in common with Jane Austen's books, and while I am not such devoted fan of Ms Austen, thousand years ago I've read and enjoyed almost all of her novels, and so why not to read a light interpretation of them? "What Would Lizzy Bennet Do?" is the first book in the author's new trilogy about three sisters,
Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
Confession time, when I first started reading this book I hated it. Well maybe not quite hated but I did worry that it wasn't for me. I was expecting a straight re telling of Pride and Prejudice (one of my favourite stories) and as a result was initially disappointed to find that What Would Lizzy Bennet Do? is not that. However, as I kept reading I realised that wasn't necessarily a bad thing.

There are a lot of similarities and a lot of references to Pride and Prejudice but there are a lot of d
Petra "Pippa" Q
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was very much looking forward to reading the first book in Katie Oliver's brand new series The Jane Austen factor. The storyline of the first book, (What would Lizzie Bennet do?) is centered around The Bennet family, especially Lizzie and her two sisters. I must say these series is funny, heartwarming and properly English! I love Jane Austen books but for the young generation, the style of language can be a bit intimidated so I think, if you love Jane Austen you will love Katie Oliver's take o ...more
Jan 19, 2016 rated it liked it
As winter begins to bear down with rain and snow, you're probably already dreaming of summer reading by the beach (or pool). If you're like me, you don't want a heavy novel to peruse seaside. Instead you want something light and uncomplicated. Something with just enough drama to keep you guessing, and not so much romance that you feel nauseous just reading about the PDA.

If you're that kind of reader then “What Would Lizzy Bennet Do?” by Katie Oliver is a good choice. The Darcys are hosting the c
Feb 09, 2016 rated it really liked it

Updating Jane Austen is a task that’s been repeatedly attempted throughout media - television, film and even comics. Not to mention the “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” homage that’s due to hit theaters soon. But creating a new Austen universe where all the characters interact? What a novel idea!

At first, I couldn’t help but notice the glaring issues. There are only three Bennet sisters - Emma, Lizzy and Charlotte. Mr. Bennet is now a widow and a retired vicar. (I did miss Mrs. Bennett and her
Heather Wood
Jan 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Sometimes I just need a book that leaves me with lots of warm and fuzzy feelings. I picked up What Would Lizzy Bennet Do? because I wanted to turn my brain off for the night and just go along with a sweet, silly romance. Although the book worked for me on some levels, I didn’t love it as much as I had hoped.

I adore anything and everything Pride & Prejudice related. Although the setup for this novel was a little corny, I still went with it. I immediately liked the two Darcy brothers and Lizzy
EJ Reads
Aug 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I’ve read by Katie Oliver and it won’t be my last. I absolutely love the author’s voice. Love it! There is a good amount of dialogue, which makes the book a very fast-paced and engaging read. I am a huge Jane Austen fan but you wouldn’t have to be to enjoy the book. There are references to Pride and Prejudice but the characters and the plot are unique to this story. The plot has several intertwining stories and a few times I wasn’t sure how one of them was going to end. I ...more
Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
What would Lizzy Bennet Do? Is a modern retake on the classic couple Elizabeth Bennet and Hugh Darcy. It has all the elements of posh behavior, snobby characters, stolen glances and love. A love which is visible to all except Darcy and Lizzy's efforts to be proper yet dying to win Darcy is a fun ride. The rest of the cast makes it a fun, flirty and enjoyable read. The young Darcy is my favorite , if only the center of Lizzy's attention, senior Darcy would smile and have more fun. But that's the ...more
Mar 18, 2016 rated it liked it
This book was fun. I'm glad there was a lightness to it, as that's what I expected based on the cover (I know, I know). The only beef I have with it was that it doesn't pretend like Pride & Prejudice doesn't exist (it's referenced liberally) and yet too many of the names of characters and places were the same. It felt odd. I think it works better if you change the references while owning fan fiction or leave all the references and pretend like the original novel didn't happen. That aside, I ...more
Apr 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
There were things I liked about this book but there were more things I didn't. I had a hard time getting into the story. The way the love story played out was not believable. I couldn't connect with the characters. Also, this book is a spoiler for Oliver's book Love & Liability. I don't think that is clear enough from the book descriptions. I was disappointed when I realized this because I wanted to read L&L. The book is not poorly written so my problem with it may be a case of it's me a ...more
Zee Monodee
Oct 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Fresh, fun, funny, sparkling, quirky, and with that peculiar 'Britishness' about it - I loved this story. It read a lot like a rollicking fun ride through the area and the families. Think funny soap opera with some over the top moments, but the fun and lightness always win over any/too much drama, and you have this book. It was also lots of fun drawing the correlations between the original P&P and this book, because it wasn't a template of P&P transposed to the modern world, but Katie Ol ...more
Colette Kebell
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a lovely way to bring a classic up to the modern day. I fell into this story and just didn't want to leave. It may have taken me a while to read it, as I only read at bedtime, but it was well worth it. This is a charming story with a more than idyllic setting and I would highly recommend reading it, whether you are a Jane Austen fan or not. Thank you Katie Oliver for sharing your talent in this book.
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
An entertaining read for Jane Austen fans!

I received an ARC from NetGalley.
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Katie Oliver loves romantic comedies, characters who "meet cute," Richard Curtis films, and Prosecco (not necessarily in that order). She currently resides in South Florida with her husband, two parakeets, and a dog.

Katie has been writing since she was eight, and has a box crammed with (mostly unfinished) novels to prove it. With her sons grown and gone, she decided to get serious and write more (
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