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Morning Light

Morning Light [Kindle Edition]

Abigail Reynolds
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Artist Annie Wright likes her life free of complications, especially complications of the male persuasion. She has her dream job running a gallery in Woods Hole, her volunteer work rescuing abandoned dogs, her best friend Cassie Boulton Westing, and that’s enough for her. She doesn’t like to talk about her past, especially how she became a widow after just a few years of marriage. But one day her past walks right into the Cape Light Gallery in the form of her dead husband’s best friend Jeremy, the man who left the country because it was too hard to see Annie married to someone else. If this weren’t enough, Annie finds herself in charge of an abused and distrustful pile of fur called Bear, and increasingly entangled in the complicated Westing family politics while Cassie deals with some very unexpected developments.

About the Author

Abigail Reynolds is a lifelong Jane Austen enthusiast and a physician. In addition to writing, she has a part-time private practice and enjoys spending time with her family. Originally from upstate New York, she studied Russian, theater, and marine biology before deciding to attend medical school. She began writing Pride & Prejudice variations in 2001 to spend more time with her very favorite characters. Encouragement from fellow Austen fans convinced her to continue asking ‘What if…?’, which led to five other Pemberley Variations and her modern novel, The Man Who Loved Pride & Prejudice. She is currently at work on another Pemberley Variation and sequels to The Man Who Loved Pride & Prejudice. She is a lifetime member of JASNA and lives in Wisconsin with her husband, two teenaged children, and a menagerie of pets.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 542 KB
  • Print Length: 280 pages
  • Publisher: White Soup Press (20 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XJ4S5W
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #117,483 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Abigail Reynolds isn't good at following straight lines. Originally from upstate New York, she studied Russian and theater at Bryn Mawr College and marine biology at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole. After a stint in performing arts administration, she decided to attend medical school, and took up writing as a hobby during her years as a physician in private practice.

A life-long lover of Jane Austen's novels, Abigail began writing variations on Pride & Prejudice in 2001, then expanded her repertoire to include a series of novels set on her beloved Cape Cod. Her most recent releases are Mr. Darcy's Noble Connections, Mr. Darcy's Refuge, A Pemberley Medley, and Morning Light, and she is currently working on a new Pemberley Variation and the next novel in her Cape Cod series. A lifetime member of JASNA and a founder of the popular Austen Authors group blog, she lives on Cape Cod with her husband, her son and a menagerie of animals. Her hobbies do not include sleeping or cleaning her house.

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This is the second book in Abigail Reynold’s Woods Hole series, the first being The Man Who Loved Pride & Prejudice, which is a modern version of Pride & Prejudice, telling the story of Cassie and Calder. In Morning Light we meet a friend of Cassie’s, Annie Wright. Annie runs an art gallery. Her late husband Paul was an artist. He was brilliant, but also had real problems, with depression and manic episodes which would lead to him doing almost unforgivable things which she’d forgive because he was genuinely under the influence of his illness and incapable of self-restraint at the time. Her feelings towards her husband are a mixed bag, partly because of the emotional fall out of his illness, partly due to the fact he committed suicide, and partly because she had very strong feelings for somebody else for the entirety of their marriage.

On the eve of their wedding Annie and Paul went out with a group and Paul went home early. One of Paul’s college friends, Jeremy, had flown in especially for the wedding. He got to the bar after Paul had left and started talking to Annie, not realising she was the bride. Annie and Jeremy had an immediate strong connection, but Annie put down these feelings to cold feet. Jeremy has a bit of a case of love at first sight and he is heartbroken the next day to see Annie marrying Paul. Since Jeremy works abroad it is easy for him to avoid the couple, but when he visits a few years later he realises that he didn’t imagine his feelings for Annie and he stops contacting Paul because it's just too painful to see them together.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read 4 April 2013
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Enjoyed this book but not as much as 'The Man Who Liked Pride and Prejudice'. I think maybe this was because it was switching between two stories but I did enjoy it on the whole
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reader's Delight 26 April 2011
By Ruth A. Meacham - Published on
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If there is a better writer of the Romance genre than Abigail Reynolds, I have yet to find that writer. Whether it is spinning "what if" stories off Jane Austen's beloved "Pride and Prejudice," at which she is unequalled, or taking her readers to today's political-scientific world that revolves around the Massachusetts Bay area with "The Man Who Loved Pride and Prejudice" and "Morning Light," she is unequalled in the craft of romantic story telling. In "Morning Light" her readers are introduced to Anne, who runs an Art Gallery and Jeremy,a D.C. based environmental lobbyist and the best friend in college of Anne's deceased husband Paul. The two, who had met ten years earlier on the night before Anne's wedding to Paul, and again two years later when Jeremy spent two days at Anne and Paul's apartment in New York where the Art World had just begun to recognize Paul's genius. On both occasions, Anne and Jeremy experienced an instant and deeply felt attraction to each other but honor and loyalty prevent either from acting upon or revealing to the other their feelings at these times. When the story opens Anne and Jeremy meet accidentally on the Bay, and after learning that Anne is now a widow, Jeremy seeks her out and the dinner they share to "catch up" with each other quickly turns into a torrid three-day affair. Reality sets in when Jeremy returns to work and Anne learns of Jeremy's engagment to be married in a mere two weeks. The disappointments, misunderstandings and soul-searching that follows in the several months that follow before the couple are reunited comprise the masterful story-telling at which Ms. Reynolds excels and the integration of some of the most interesting characters from The Man Who Loved Pride & Prejudice adds a dimension for her followers even though the work stands on its own. "Morning Light" was indeed a "Reader's Delight"
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Art is the metaphor behind a beautiful love story 29 May 2011
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With the strong symbolism of art as a backdrop to this gentle modern romance, Abigail Reynolds treats us again to her bold descriptive prose, as well as narration and dialogue that move the story along well. This book is a sequel to The Man Who Loved Pride and Prejudice that stands up to the high quality of the previous novel.

It is a great tribute to the author that she manages to make a deceased person with many flaws into a likeable major character, and she does so with Paul. Paul's art piece called Troika was a metaphor for the relationship between Paul, Annie, and Jeremy. It made a bold statement, and was well-described visually. Annie's poignant pair of works depicting Jeremy in the morning light when their romance seemed simple and content, and then herself in despair in the same setting, was also wonderfully descriptive in so many ways.

Annie and Jeremy's longtime mutual attraction through the period where Annie was married to Paul is shown through a flashback early in the novel. Once they met again, they have the typical romance novel lapses in communication. They each misunderstand the other's intentions, in spite of a long-enduring love. While there is definitely sexual content, we need no convincing that they are deeply in love. The one criticism I have about this novel is that although there are multiple scenes of heartaches in the first half of the book, the hero and heroine resolve all their issues rather easily by 60% through the story. This results in much lower level of angst in comparison to that of Cassie and Calder in the previous book.

The backstory with Calder and Cassie from The Man Who Loved Pride and Prejudice was tied into the main story with themes of art, small-town friendships, pet rescue projects, and parenthood. There was no villain this time; Senator Westing makes an appearance but he is more human this time. You can tell that Abigail Reynolds loves Cassie and Calder in the way she keeps them true to the characterizations she has developed before; these are her friends.

I have read elsewhere that this novel is a modern retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion, but I would disagree. Her main characters, Annie and Jeremy, are split up for many years, but this story starts at their reconciliation where Persuasion ends with the reconciliation. No big deal, because this story is original and stands very well on its own.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chocked full of complex themes that rival any Nicholas Sparks novel. 18 July 2011
By Christina Boyd @xtnaboyd - Published on
Abigail Reynold's latest self-published offering, Morning Light, is all about second chances, (maybe even thirds). Escaping complicated city life, and all the muddled baggage that it entails, widow Annie Wright is finally living her dream of running her own art gallery on Cape Cod and free of any male persuasion. The locals let her keep her past life private, especially the details of her famous husband's death, and that is how she likes it. Then one day, her past in the form of her dead husband's college friend Jeremy, walks back into her present, setting Annie's life into a whirlwind... or tailspin.

Annie first met Jeremy ten years prior on the eve of her wedding to Paul. Even though they felt an instant, almost cosmic connection, once Jeremy realized who the bride was, they did NOT act on their feelings. Rather than see Annie married to someone else, Jeremy left the country - and and walked out of her life.

Upon re-entry, Annie and Jeremy cannot but follow through on the inevitable, and a hot and heavy affair ensues. Just when it seems their stars are lining up, Annie discovers a secret about Jeremy - and rather than confront him, she breaks off any contact - only to discover she has become pregnant. Annie's complications further increase as we are re-introduced to our hero and heroine from Book One in the Woods Hole series, The Man Who Loved Pride & Prejudice, Cassie and Calder Westing... and all the drama from their politically powerful family comes into play. (Regrettably as much as I lerved those characters in that first book, Calder seems to have been reduced to a rich Cape Cod hermit who wants nothing more from life than to be with his wife. "Calder needed a lot of quiet time, and he was used to having his house to himself all day long. He ended up hiding out in his study frequently. He was accustomed to having Cassie to himself as well, and missed his time alone with her. page 132") But I digress...

Although it says right on the cover "inspired by Jane Austen's Persuasion" - I believe it really has VERY LITTLE to do with Persuasion, its characters, or story. Sure, second chance at love. But that's it. However, Reynolds readily defends that it...

"started out in my mind as a Persuasion story, but I ended up having to make changes because certain parts of the story - most importantly why Anne rejects Frederick the first time - really don't update well. I don't see modern families persuading girls that their choice of a man is beneath them unless it's about religion or race, and I didn't want to touch either of those. So I moved the Persuasion theme to Annie's family where her father insists on breaking off ties with her stepmother. Also it's hard to write a modern Frederick who would just accept Anne's dismissal without trying to argue her out of it; hence Annie's marriage to prevent Jeremy from pursuing her."

Further Reynolds believes she "kept the Persuasion themes fairly well, like the changing ideal of the gentleman - Annie moves from being attracted to men with artistic talent and fame to choosing a man for his personality. The theme of the missing mother fit in easily with Annie's mother and then stepmother disappearing, leaving her to raise herself. I worked in class consciousness through the Westing connection." Also Reynolds explains that "most readers look for a plot replay, not a replay of themes," so she originally thought not to market it as a Persuasion-related book. However, after writing eight Pride and Prejudice variations, and after receiving feedback from various cold readers, she worried that readers would assume this one would be as well. Hence the clarification on the cover art of "inspired by Jane Austen's Persuasion."

Despite the questionable link to Persuasion (Austen purist might easily argue that there isn't one at all) Morning Light is still a page-turner that really deserves to stand on its own. It is this humble reviewer's opinion and recommendation that readers discount the entire Persuasion reference, or better yet, ignore it all together. You will enjoy it so much more simply reading the story for what it is - a continuation of The Man Who Loved Pride and Prejudice (originally self-published as Pemberley by the Sea), and not confusing yourself by trying to connect the dots to Persuasion. Chocked full of complex themes that rival any Nicholas Sparks novel, Morning Light has plenty of romance and steam for a sizzling, summer read.

From my review at Austenprose.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars stupid heroine ruins the book 21 Mar 2012
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'Persuasion' is my 2nd most favorite book by Jane Austen so I read 'Morning Light' by Abigail Reynolds with eagerness and high hopes, especially after she did a good job with "Pemberley By The Sea'. Alas, my eagerness quickly dimmed and morphed into frustation and impatience due to the stupid heroine (Annie) and the even more stupid misunderstanding that could've been resolved with a short dialogue.

I dislike stories that use unnecessary and dragged-on misunderstanding as their main plot. I think that's a lazy way to write a book. So I find Annie's insistence on not explaining her decision to Jeremy, despite Jeremy's repeated attempts to communicate with her and her friends' advise to clear up the situation with him, is simply frustrating (and did I mention stupid?). Her decision to keep 'the secret' from Jeremy until the decision is taken out of her hands has pretty much made her unredeemable in my view. I really wonder what Jeremy sees in her.

That's my first beef about the book. The other is the second story line about Cassie and Calder. Don't get me wrong, the main reason why I bought this book was because I wanted to read more of Cassie and Calder. But as much as I enjoyed the relief of escaping from reading more of Annie's stupidity, I thought the second story deserved its own book because frankly, the drama that's going-on in Calder's family was simply distracting and added nothing to the main story line at all. Oh, another thing: did anyone notice Calder's weird behaviour in this second book? It's like he has Asperger syndrome or something.

So fans of Persuasion, be warned. Don't bother comparing the two because you'll be disappointed.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I don't get the high rates 7 Jan 2013
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This is the first book of this author that I didn't like, I only finished reading it because it had so much about Cassie and Calder and I loved their story, but this book is supposed to be about Annie and Jeremy and I have to say that I totally hated Annie is such an stupid character that I had a lot of trouble trying to read it (don't get me wrong it started ok, just got really bad after a few pages)
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