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

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book will focus on science, and how parents without a science degree can answer their curious child's questions without enrolling in a college level refresher course. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Eleven-Year-Old at, chatting about books and the writing life at, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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