Book Review: Pemberley Ranch

Pemberley RanchPemberley Ranch
By Jack Caldwell
Sourcebooks Landmark, 2010

I love Jane Austen fan fiction. Good or bad, I generally plow through to the end. This is the first of the Jane Austen fan fiction where I thought to myself, you know, I would have liked 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 from Austen’s Pride & Prejudice, and would have been interesting if the character names hadn’t constantly reminded me that this was supposed to be a retelling of Pride & Prejudice in the Old West.

As it was I felt like I was intruding on the Darcys, Bingleys, Bennets, and Lucases as they played a game of Cowboys and Outlaws in the Old West at a Pride & Prejudice family reunion and I was kind of embarrassed for them.

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About Shala Howell

Writer of things ranging from optical network switching white papers to genetic testing patient education materials to historical fiction set in an 1880s asylum. When I’m not scratching my head over pesky characters who refuse to do things how I want them done or dreaming of my next book (which will of course be much easier to write than the current one), my writerly self can be found blogging about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at, or musing about books and the writing life at
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