I’ve never read Jane Austen’s Pride And Prejudice but according to other reviews, LONGBOURN’S SONGBIRD is a modern retelling set in the present day. Now that I’ve read this wonderful story I am going to go back and read the Jane Austen book as well. Once I started, I could not put this book down. I was instantly hooked on this heart wrenching tale and found myself on the edge of my seat wanting to know what was going to happen. This story deals with so many tough subjects and keep in mind that it takes place in the South in the 1940’s. It deals with domestic abuse, racism, PTSD, diabetes, as well as homophobia.
The unexpected twists and turns in LONGBOURN’S SONGBIRD will have you reading late into the night. All of the characters are well developed with pasts that seem to constantly haunt them. Elizabeth is fun and she captured my heart right away with her snarky and quick whit. I was on an emotional roller coaster while reading and the sadness and loss almost pushed me over the edge. I love when an author can do that to me. Near the end of the story, I slowed down quite a bit because I didn’t want it to end. Which wasn’t easy to do as I felt the build up all along and was just about holding my breath.
LONGBOURN’S SONGBIRD is the debut novel by Beau North and I can’t wait to see what she writes next. She is on my radar now and I will be checking regularly for her next book. The amount and variety of emotion she pulled out of me was just amazing.
ARC received from author for an honest review.