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Presumption and Partiality

(Vintage Jane Austen #5)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  48 ratings  ·  37 reviews
Among the cotton fields and farmland of Gilbert, Arizona in the early years of the Great Depression, Mr. and Mrs. Bailey live a simple, but happy life with their five daughters on a cotton farm. When the wealthy Richard Buchanan moves to town, bringing his family, a friend, and a desire to learn about cotton, Matilda Bailey is convinced that he is the perfect candidate to ...more
Kindle Edition, 354 pages
Published November 27th 2017 (first published November 2017)

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Chautona Havig
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
One could argue that the reason I loved this book was simply because it’s a familiar story. Who doesn’t love Pride & Prejudice? Elizabeth, who goes by Eloise in this book, Darcy (Sidney), and the gang all appear, and you easily recognize every one of them.

But that’s not why I loved it. I loved the book because every single one of those people stayed true to their original characters while, at the same time, were original as shown by Miss Jones. The behavior and the attitudes remained the same fo
Amanda Tero
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
This makes the fourth book of the Vintage Jane Austen series. “Pride and Prejudice” is probably the Jane Austen with which I am most familiar. I have watched various movies (repeatedly) and have read the book. I was very interested not only in seeing how Rebekah Jones retold it, but also in reading my first book by this author.

As a Christian book, I liked it. Alice (“Jane”) especially, stood out to me as a strong Christian who was striving to live by the Bible. She was very cautious to guard her
Kelsey Bryant
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I knew the Pride and Prejudice retelling for the Vintage Jane Austen series was in capable hands, but Partiality and Presumption actually exceeded my high expectations (which is saying a lot, because I know what a fine writer Rebekah Jones is!).

The faith element in this book is strong. I appreciated how many Biblical principles are woven seamlessly into the story. I love what Ms. Jones does with the characters—the story is told from many different perspectives, mainly those of Eloise (Elizabeth
With this book, this series is drawn to a close. That would be sad, but it is hard to be sad when the final book is so amazing. I think that those who might worry that the final book might not live up to their expectations can stop worrying because this was amazing.

Jones did an amazing job waving Jane Austen's original stories into farm life in Arizona. I think out of the whole series; this had to be the most creative setting. The farm life, fit the story so well and gave it so much depth.

I was
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
“It is better to never presume upon another’s secret thoughts.”

While I do love Pride and Prejudice, I actually find I love the retellings even more. Mostly because I love seeing how an author takes such a beloved story and adds their own flavor – in a variety of other settings and time periods. In Presumption and Partiality, Rebekah Jones takes Elizabeth and Darcy and the whole slew of vivid characters from Austen’s original story and transplants them into Depression-era Arizona – while making t
Suzie Waltner
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
For some, rereading a story over and over is unheard of. For the most part, I read books only once but there are some exceptions. The biggest: Jane Austen. I love reading the classic Jane Austen stories but I also enjoy adaptations, modernizations, re-imaginings, or even Austen-adjacent reads. So of course, I was more than happy to pick up Rebekah Jone’s attempt at Pride and Prejudice.

Set in the 1930s, there are some social differences between the original and this one, yet Jones handles the nua
Given my love for Jane Austen and retellings it should come as no surprise that I’ll be reviewing a “Pride and Prejudice” retelling today. The book in question is called “Presumption and Partiality” by Rebekah Jones. I can’t wait to share about this book!

Ms. Jones has a great writing style and I appreciate how she incorporates Austen-like wit into her story. She does a great job with the setting as well, incorporating many historical details to transport the reader into the early years of the Gr
Nechet Hudelson
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great retelling of a classic. Definitely captures the feel of dusty Arizona. Great worldview as well. Don’t worry about this being sappy, or insipid; it’s not.
Kendra Ardnek
The problem with a multi-author series ... is that each book is written by a different author. Thus the tone and charm of one book won't necessarily carry over from one to the next.

I read and adored Suit and Suitability by Kelsey Bryant last year, and so when I saw that the author of P&P was offering signed copies for sale via Facebook, I snatched up a copy of my own.

Don't get me wrong - Presumption and Partiality was not a bad interpretation of Pride and Prejudice - it wasn't even a bad book.
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I took advantage of being sick to read this all in one day. It was 100% worth it.
At first I was a little unsure about how Cotton fields of Arizona and Navajos were really going to work in a Pride and Prejudice retelling, but it did. It all worked together perfectly!
I loved the characters, they were all presented perfectly. The author did tone down the Bailey just a bit, but I think it worked to the advantage of the book!
The author did an amazing job of changing enough that it still felt differe
Fiction Aficionado
It’s hard to pass up a Pride & Prejudice retelling, and I loved that this retelling takes place during the Great Depression. While the characters and basic plot will be recognisable to anyone with a passing knowledge of the original, the 1930s setting gives the story a new flavour. For example, the Baileys are cotton farmers, Sidney Dennison (Mr. Darcy) is a Native American, and the youngest of the five Bailey sisters is obsessed with Hollywood actors rather than militia men (and ecstatic becaus ...more
Angie Thompson
Well, this was definitely like no Pride & Prejudice retelling I've ever imagined! :D

To be honest, at the beginning of the story, I was a bit surprised at how much certain bits deviated from the original--often unimportant pieces, which might be part of why I was surprised--but toward the middle, it began to feel much closer to the original, often scene for scene. There were still some twists I wasn't expecting, (view spoiler)
S.G. Willoughby
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
*happy sigh* This book was beautiful. Arizona was a very unique setting for a Pride and Prejudice story, especially since I live here. But I liked it. The best part about this book was the characters. I shall always be a Pride and Prejudice fan, and it was great to a new take on the characters (but still loyal to the original book of course). Mr. Darcy (ahem, Dennison) was so much more relatable and even more likable. His faults felt softened quite a bit. At first, I wasn't sure what to think. M ...more
Mar 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Since I haven't read Pride and Predjudist Im not sure how many retellings this story can go through.
Im not overall find of classic novels but I thought I'd give this one a try.
As I was reading this book I did notice was that there was a lot of deceit and other things that went on in this book that I didn't approve of.
I hate that once a lie or deception is made against the person that it is very hard to prove that you are innocent until proven guilty.
I've had that happen to me and I didn't like
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
What an interesting twist to the well beloved story of Pride and Prejudice. In Presumption and Partiality we have a retelling that takes place in depression era Arizona. I found the locale and the time period to both be an exotic change to this already masterful story. I enjoyed reading this novel and picking out the Austen scenes and characters. The characters do have different names, and for just for a little awhile they threw me off.

My biggest surprise is that she made the Darcy character, Si
Jeanette Fallon
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Proverbs 3:5-6 New International Version (NIV)
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.[a]

This story is one where I see how important to trust in the Lord. He has a plan for each one of us. It is difficult at times to do this- to sit back and remain calm- confident it will work out. Prayer was a constant throughout the book. It made me reflect on prayer in my daily life.

Every parent want
Christianna Hellwig
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
With the sheer number of Jane Austen adaptions which have been created over the years, especially of Pride & Prejudice, Miss Jones set up quite a challenge for herself in writing this book. I see such an adaption as having three main challenges to overcome if it is to be successful.
1. It remains true to the nature of an "adaption" while remaining its own story.
Too many book adaptions fall into either one of two very dissatisfying tropes: either they change so much that one wonders why it was e
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Presumption and Partiality by Rebekah Jones

"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single author in possession of a good plot, must be in want of imitators."

Phyllis Helton

Please forgive my silliness in that jumbled quote from the book. It is in no way intended as an insult to those who love to retell Jane Austen’s stories. I have read many retellings of Pride and Prejudice, one of my favorite stories of all time. Some are blatant copies where they change the time and place in an attempt
Deana Dick
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was very fascinating reading how hard it was for people during the early 1930s. It was hard to rely on cotton and other crops to help keep families fed. Oh how it must have been heart breaking for families to work so hard in the fields hoping their crops would get them hard times. The Bailey's seemed to have a good life and the mother was very interested in getting her daughters married off to wealthy men.

I was a bit upset to hear how unattractive Eloise is. For some in the story looks seems
Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
A retelling of Pride and Prejudice? Um, yes please! I don't know many people that would pass that up. With such a famous background, you have high expectations going in. I mean, you can't help it really. In a lot of ways, the author met my expectations in this retelling. The characters were alive, vibrant, and fun. The setting was wonderful, and the theme touched my heart. The way Alice and her sisters tried to care for the poor and sick was inspiring to read about. Especially when they went on ...more
Apr 22, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoy “retelling” books and thought the premise of Presumption and Partiality (love the title) being set during the Great Depression was interesting and unique. The author kept very close to the original Pride and Prejudice plot points, which gave the book credibility, but I was disappointed at some of the execution of the story. In the beginning I struggled to keep up with which character in the retelling was supposed to be which character in the original, but it got easier as the story progr ...more
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the first book by Rebekah Jones that I have read. It is book #5 in the Vintage Jane Austen books but this is not necessarily a part of a "series" as we usually see it. The series is a collection of books written by different authors that loosely base the plot on different Jane Austen novels. So if you haven't read any other books in the Vintage Jane Austen line, no need to read the previous books since each novel is a stand-alone. The story takes place in mid-1930s in a small town of Gil ...more
Janell R.
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’ve been seeing the Vintage Jane Austen collection around Goodreads for a while now and was certainly interested to read one when I got the chance, so when CelebrateLit sent in a notification for the opportunity to review it, I gladly signed up!

I have read a fair amount of Jane Austen fan fiction, but this was one of my first re-tellings, and I very much enjoyed it!

I will say first off that the setting was the thing I struggled with the most. Because I’ve seen the movie many times, I just had a
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Presumption and Partiality" by Rebekah Jones is a retelling of Jane Austen's" Pride and Prejudice" in the 1930s in Arizona. It is also the 5th novel in the (Vintage Jane Austen) series, but it is a stand alone novel.
I really liked this novel and want to read the other four in the series.

This novel has it all, Indians and rich and poor people, children, and jealously among sisters, love and loyalty among friends and family and a matchmaking mother and Hollywood actors and an unplanned pregnancy
Beckie Burnham
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
For fans of Jane Austen, particularly Pride And Prejudice, Presumption And Partiality will make a welcome addition to their libraries. This retelling of the beloved Austen classic follows closely to the original story, yet has its own unique twist. The setting is Depression-era Arizona and the Bailey family is the center of the story. As with the original, this novel has all the twists and turns and family meddling in the love lives of Alice (Jane) and Richard (Bingley) and Eloise (Elizabeth) an ...more
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
It took me a little while to get into this story. While I am familiar with the classic version, I can't say I'm one of those who knows it inside and out. However, once the story took off, I enjoyed reading the book.
The characters were well written and entertaining. I loved the spiritual aspect to the story also, especially how Alice took great care with her thoughts, and her choices, thinking of what honors God. Mrs. Bailey got on my nerves a bit, but I suppose she fit the part. Mr Bailey, was a
Jennifer  J.
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rebekah Jones’ Presumption and Partiality is written in a comfortable style that makes for smooth and engaging reading. This story progressed nicely, included well done but not over the top Christian characters and themes, and was brought to a highly satisfying conclusion.

As this is number 5 in the Vintage Jane Austen series, those familiar with Austen’s original Pride and Prejudice will find much to enjoy in this clever and highly readable version set in 1930s Arizona. There are sufficient plo
May 09, 2018 rated it liked it
The Baileys have a simple and happy life as cotton farmers during the early years of the Great Depression. When Richard Buchanan, a wealthy single man with an interest in growing cotton moves nearby, Mrs. Bailey believes this is the perfect opportunity for her eldest daughter, Alice to marry. After Richard leaves town, Alice turns to God to help her overcome her unhappiness. Eloise learns of a secret when she goes to visit a friend and she struggles to believe the authenticity. Will Alice and R ...more
Karen Hadley
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It takes remarkable talent to take a classic and write it in a new way. Rebekah Jones has

that talent. I loved this story. If Alice, Eloise and Richard were real people I know we would

all be friends. Their love for God and for helping others is beautiful. I loved Sidney Dennison, his quietness, his loyalty to his friends and sister, the way he takes responsibility and fulfill his duties as a ranch owner. But, most of all, the way he conducts himself even in rejection.

You will keep turning the
Abigail Harris
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My Review

My Rating: 5 Stars.

Recommendation: Anyone who reads Jane Austen, Historical Fiction, and books set in the Great Depression.

My favorite character/s:
Alice is very Jane like yet I enjoyed her character more because of her faith in God.

My Verse for Alice is Romans 8:28
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. King James Version.

I loved how Sidney treated everyone ... even the George Wickham of the book! I
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My name is Rebekah. First and foremost, I am a Bible believing, born again Christian. Currently, I am in the midst of writing and editing several books and short stories. I also love to read and will, LORD willing, post reviews of many of the books that I read. Besides reading and writing, I also enjoy studying homemaking, music, herbal medicine and history.

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