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4.0 out of 5 stars Yippy ki-aye. Great fun at Pemberley Ranch, 1 Dec 2010
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I have been patiently awaiting a Wild West rendition of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE for some time, so when PEMBERLEY RANCH rode into town, I was all anticipation. The blending of the two genres seemed like a natural to me; especially concerning two romantic archetypes - the Regency gentleman and the American cowboy. *swoon*

It's really not surprising that so many elements from the Regency-era have transitioned neatly into Caldwell's new adaption of Jane Austen classic story set in post-Civil War Texas. Lizzy and Darcy are as spirited and arrogant as ever in any century, transformed into Beth Bennet, a poor Yankee farmer's daughter from Ohio relocated to Rosings, Texas where rich Johnny Reb William Darcy has a large cattle spread, Pemberley Ranch, and the local Darcy Bank. Caldwell does a great job of melding the plot to fit a western theme, changing enough of the story to make it original, yet harkening to all of the plot points that readers will recollect from the original narrative. There are some important exceptions. Given that this is a tall tale from the Wild, Wild West, Cate Burroughs (Lady Catherine de Bourgh), George Whitehead (George Wickham) and Lily Bennet (Lydia Bennet) can be "really" officious, dastardly and loose! Well maybe they were already, but in this setting the writer does not have to be as proprietous as Austen was obliged to be in the early nineteenth-century.

PEMBERLEY RANCH had some surprises. The Team Tilney fan-girls will be happy to know that Henry himself makes an appearance as a very "likable" high plains rector in a supporting role. Even pedantic Mary Bennet is under his charms. The dialogue is lacking Austen's wit and snappy retorts, but shucks, this is the Wild West where outlaws and lawmen talk with their guns. The story builds beautifully in the western theme of shoot-outs over the land as opposed to Austen's conflict of social decorum with witty words. However, some things never change as both plots have money struggles in common, and, the eventual humbling of Darcy's pride and dissolution of Beth's prejudice - culminating in a great romance as they ride off into the sunset. Yippy ki-aye.

Laurel Ann, Austenprose
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pemberley Ranch, 3 Jun 2014
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It takes a stretch of history as well as imagination for parts of this story but it was certainly different and very very readable. I really rate Jack Caldwell as an author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Entertaining, 26 Feb 2014
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When I first saw this book I was a bit sceptical, a P&P variation based on a western! However, having read another Jack Caldwell book, the Three Colonels, I decided to take the plunge. I am glad I did. This is an entertaining, exciting read, based on an old fashioned western. The premis works very well and it is amusing to see various Austen characters transfered to the wild west. It shouldn't work but some how it does. Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jack Caldwell does it again., 11 July 2013
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This book is one of my favourites and it is easy to see why. It is well written and well thought out. The story of Darcy and Elizabeth is again changed and manipulated to fit this post civil war setting. Great book and will be on my shelves for many years to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Wild West Comes to Pride & Prejudice, 3 Mar 2013
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I loved this wild west version of Pride & Prejudice. A great version set in the period just after the American Civil War. Another "what if" version that I could not put down and highly recommend. Well worth reading if only to see how Pride & Prejudice can be moved to a different era, a different time and different prejudices. Give it a try!
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