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In Want of a Wife

(Pemberley House #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  204 ratings  ·  41 reviews
He calls her The Annoying One.

Liz overheard him say it to his friend, and that's just fine. She doesn't like him anyway. Vince Darcy is cold, arrogant, and detached from genuine feelings, and he's become her closest rival in the local antiques market. He might be her new neighbor, and Liz's sister might be falling for his best friend, but that doesn't mean Liz cares what V
Kindle Edition, 166 pages
Published March 26th 2019
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I’ve never met a Noelle Adams book that I didn’t like. And this one was no different.

Competative by nature, Liz’s job makes her doubly so. It is up to her to claim and purchase the very best items available at estate sales. She studies the inventory in advance, checks the layout of the property/home, and devises a plan of attack once she enters the door. But her main strategy is to be number one at the door before it begins. When she has a couple of paintings that she absolutely must aquire, she
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ive always loved Jane Austin, especially watching the movies and tv series that have been made out of her books.
This one is inspired by one of her novels. I really enjoyed it. It was sweet and a "tiny" little bit angsty (nothing overly bad).
It has great characters and Im looking forward to read about the other girls at Pemberley House.
Maria Rose
Lovely start to this new series! Pemberley House is an old mansion now separated into condo units, and this series is about the women (and men) who live there, with Jane Austen's stories as inspirations (in this case it's Pride and Prejudice). We are quickly introduced to our heroine Liz Berkley, who lives with her sister Jane at Pemberley, and her best friend Em who has one of the more luxurious suites with her aging father. Liz works for her parent's antique shop and she has quite a competitiv ...more
Apr 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: retellings
Cute Pride and Prejudice retelling
May 06, 2019 rated it liked it
”Each book in the Pemberley House series is inspired by a particular Jane Austen novel, but the books aren’t not Austen retellings. They are original contemporary romance novels featuring characters with (mostly) modern sensibility—including language and ideas about sex.”

So Vincent Darcy... I read about “The Suit” (they called him) in the Loft series so naturally was curious to see who he was and what kind of woman he’d end up with, and of course Liz Berkeley would be that girl. He was made out
Bette Hansen
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you love Pride and Prejudice then you will really enjoy this one. The characters are great with Liz all warm and fuzzy and all about family while Vince is all about family but comes across as cold and rigid. Turns out Vince has more heart than Liz first though and it seems that he may be losing it to her.

This book is nicely written with a nice steady pace to the story. I definitely recommend this one.
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This Austen-esque book starts off a new series and one that seems to hold great promise after reading book one. It introduces us to the main characters of the story, the 3 very different sisters, Liz living at Pemberley House which is perfectly dreamy. Her two best friends, the family business and the men who orbit the story. This is Liz's story, she works for her families antique business and her job is to procure antiques and other items of value to sell in her families struggling business. Th ...more
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks, arcs, 2019-rrrc
I've read a few other books by this author and I liked them. When I saw this on netgalley, I told myself not to request it because my ARCs are getting out of control. I told myself again not to request it when I saw the publish date was so soon, I already had a few books I 'had' to read before the end of the month and didn't think I'd get to it.... and then I saw the title and read the synopsis and it was all over red rover. I cannot resist anything P&P related, and from an author I've alrea ...more
Maree Repa
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Five Amazing Stars

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I was absolutely thrilled to receive book one, Pemberley House. Such a wonderful most brilliant, romantic and historic/modern tale. Which I have always enjoyed and loved. Written by one of my most favourite authors, Noelle Adams. I absolutely enjoyed this magnificent tale. I simply didn’t want to put this book down. Now I’m so excited about book two now!!

Waking up so early, Liz Berkeley was determined to be the first person to arrive at the huge antique selling. Q
I’ve read the majority of the author’s books and always loved them. She tends to have a variety of writing styles and subjects and always masters them. Unfortunately, this one didn’t work for me and lacked energy with the characters and plot.

The pace took its time and was slow. At times I thought I forgot to turn the page when it went in circles stretching and repeating conversations. I did skim quite a bit but it picked up around the 75% mark when it reached the climax.

It’s told in dual POV’s
Emily (Mrs B's Books)
**My thanks to the author for providing me with a free copy for an honest review**

Although i liked this book and the fact that it was a very modern telling of Pride and Prejudice, it also fell a little flat for me. To be honest, i struggled to relate or connect to Vince Darcy.

I like Liz, her sister Jane and their friends and the supporting characters, it was just Vince i had a problem with and therefore the story was pulled down.

Liz is a lovely character. She loves her family and loves the famil
Mar 30, 2019 rated it did not like it
DNF 20%

I just didn't care about their romance.

I need something to set them apart from everyone else. Being normal and boring just doesn't do it for me when reading a romance.
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
In Want of a Wife by Noella Adams is the first book for in the Pemberley House series, which are loosely based on Jane Austen books. In Want of a Wife is based on my favorite Jane Austen, Pride and  Prejudice. I really enjoyed this book, it was a lot of fun to ready this modern version. The characters were well written. If you enjoy a sweet and sexy romance, give this book a try.

I reviewed a digital arc provided by NetGalley and the publisher. Thank you.
Mar 29, 2019 rated it did not like it
This was such a disappointment :( I was really looking forward to reading this and had also purchased other books by this author before. The writing really threw me off and the characters acted like immature teenagers with so much over the top drama because of miscommunication... (my pet peeve...ugh).

The "telling and not showing" really bothered me. We are told several times how Liz has an "inexpensive" Sedan (as if it's not enough to describe Vince Darcy's Mustang in same sentence) and Vince h
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
In Want of a Wife is a modern re-telling of Pride and Prejudice, but very loosely. If you love that book, you will most certainly love this, and if it is not your fav, go on and jump in anyway. This book is fun to read!

Liz works for the family's antique shop and spends her days finding worthy treasures to resell. One morning she meets a new man, Vince, at an estate sale. They are instantly rivals-going after the same pieces. Who is this man and why is she feeling all prickly around him??

Vince re
Jessica Wannamaker
Vince is a quiet man, mostly an introvert who comes off as aloof rather then just shy or unsure of himself. He wants to do better but he doesn't know how to invest that deep with his emotions until moving to another town to help his mom and meeting Liz.

Liz is the middle child, smart and in charge of buying antiques for her families struggling business. Meeting her competition the Darcys makes her even more competitive but meeting Vince tops it all. These two are magnets but sometimes instead of
Sharon Redfern
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am always on the lookout for variations of Jane Austen‘s works and was happy to find this book. Liz Berkeley is an antique dealer who runs into Vince Darcy when she is looking for paintings at an estate sale. When she tries to chat him up, he basically ignores her. Then, he snags one of the paintings she wants which just makes him less likable in her eyes.

Vince has returned home to help out at his parent’s antique business. He is happy to support his family but has mixed emotions about returni
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
This one took a while to get me hooked. The first two chapters or so, I wasn’t really taken by this story. Liz Bennet is a social young woman, while Vince Darcy is very introverted and feels socially awkward. In the very beginning of this story, I didn’t like either of them much. Liz came across as slightly spoiled and a bit too pushy. Vince Darcy just seemed a snobby jackass to me.
But then came the good parts. And boy, were they good! Slowly but surely, I warmed up to Liz and Vince. It became
Apr 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Liz shows up at an estate sale early enough so she could be the first person into the house, only to find a man already there. She attempts a conversation with him, but it was like pulling teeth. So, she knows her game plan to make her way through the sale for the pictures she wants, only to then realize that he is after the same things. Fast forward to her hoping to never see him again and of course, he ends up moving into the same house that she lives in. Pemberly house is an old mansion that ...more
Ana Paula
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love Jane Austen and Pride and Prejudice.

This book is inspired in Jane Austen's work but is is in the 21st Century and the characters behave like adults and it has steamy scenes. However, having said that I can honestly say that if Jane Austen was alive that is how her characters would behave. The book is so wonderful, Vince and Liz are adorable and very much like Darcy and Lizzie Bennett. Vince is withdrawn, shy but totally devoted to his family his friend Charlie and later to Liz. They have
Mar 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: t
Here we have Liz and Vince, they are rivals in the antique business and now they happen to be neighbors, so things get awkward, lol.

This was an all around entertaining story. The story shows itself as a ‘Pride and Prejudice’ retelling, but has its own thing going on that made it modern and appealing to me.

All in all I liked Liz and her sister, I liked how much she took care of her family and how tough yet gentle she was. As for Vince, he was a bit of a jerk sometimes, but he did have some redeem
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
I am always a fan of Jane Austen inspired stories, and one written by one of my favorite authors? Sign me up. This was a fun modern take, and I really enjoyed it. Liz is a great heroine--smart, friendly, determined, and strong. I really connected with her right from the beginning. It takes a bit longer to get to know Vince, but he is sensitive and vulnerable beneath the aloof exterior. The plot was great and took some turns I wasn't expecting. I loved their romance and just adored the ending! Th ...more
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing read! I am a huge fan of Noelle’s work and this book did not disappoint. Vince might be a bit shy and not know how to express himself or his feelings and Liz is the complete opposite of Vince. She is not afraid to tell you how it is or let you know what she thinks of you. I think that’s why the make such a great couple. They balance each other out which makes them the perfect couple. This is a must read!!! Can’t wait until the next installment of the Pemberley House series.

Mar 16, 2019 rated it liked it
This short, modern day retelling of Pride and Prejudice is a quick and fun read. Liz and Vince have some very cute banter and it is interesting seeing how the setup for future books is handled with Austen's characters all living in the same apartment complex and being friends. There are so many P&P Prejudice retellings that have been published recently and I am not sure if this one really offers enough to stand out from the pack.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
Melinda Swaine
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a great read, so much fun. The characters couldn’t be more oil and water and that makes the best coupling. Hot, steamy and sweet, with a slow build up that is perfect for their relationship. If you are looking for some snarky, romantic fun, this might be the one for you. Can’t wait for the next book in this fantastic series. Love this author!! Totally recommend
Elissa B
Apr 15, 2019 rated it did not like it
CNF 60%

I suppose if you love Pride and Prejudice, then you will love this book. Unfortunately, it reminded me exactly of why I don't like P&P. While the flat, non-emotional and "telling not showing" style may have worked for Austin 200 years ago, it doesn't work with a contemporary novel. And the misunderstanding driven plot cant save it.
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a great read, so much fun. The characters couldn’t be more oil and water and that makes the best coupling. Hot, steamy and sweet, with a slow build up that is perfect for their relationship. If you are looking for some snarky, romantic fun, this might be the one for you. Can’t wait for the next book in this fantastic series. Love this author!! Totally recommend
Becky Rendon
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
If Mr. Darcy in all his forms makes you giggle in glee then In Want of a Wife is just the quick read you need. Liz in all her stubborn glory is just the right match for Vince "stick up his butt" Darcy. This Pride and Prejudice revamp is fun and every bit as enjoyable as the original. It also teases you of what's to come. Look out for more Pemberley House stories!
Melanie Milburn
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shades of Austen

This P&P inspired romance pays homage to Austen’s classic, but it’s definitely a modern romance that bumps up the heat. Liz and Vince’s sparring sparks a secret relationship that neither one is ready to admit may mean much more. A truly enjoyable read that leaves one looking forward to the next in the series.
Mr A Brown
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Got better as it went on

I didn't like this at the beginning. It warmed up, I could feel the similarities between Jane Austen 's Pride and Prejudice but brought into the modern era,a d I got to grips with the characters.
It is worthy of a read.
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Noelle handwrote her first romance novel in a spiral-bound notebook when she was twelve, and she hasn't stopped writing since. She has lived in eight different states and currently resides in Virginia, where she teaches English, reads any book she can get her hands on, and offers tribute to a very spoiled cocker spaniel.

She loves travel, art, history, and ice cream. After spending far too many yea

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