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Elizabeth OHG Audiobook

Welcome back! So first off, I have a confession. I am not an audiobook lover. In the past when I have tried to listen to audiobooks, I am like the meme… Oh, LOOK!!! A Squirrel!!! I lose focus way too easily. However, Elizabeth OHG has been in my TBR pile for quite a while now so I decided to take a chance and give the audiobook a try.

I have nothing but praise for Elizabeth OHG! Before I get into the heart of the audio book. the narrator can really make or break the experience for me. Elizabeth Grace’s narration is superb. Her voice is calming with enough range to give feeling to each individual character. I was charmed a few sentences into the foreword.

What really hooked me on the idea of this particular audiobook was being able to listen to a story a day. I found myself actually looking forward to mindless chores in the morning because I knew I was going to be hanging out with Elizabeth and Darcy again. So, if you are like me and have a hard time focusing on a long drawn out audiobook. I highly suggest giving this one a go! The stories were fun, easy to listen to, and engaging.

I really enjoyed all of the stories, but my two favorite parts were actually the beginning and the end. Tessa Dare’s foreward is insightful and really sets the pace for the stories to follow. Christina Boyd’s story, which wraps up the collection, is powerful, thought-provoking, and tear-inducing. I found myself wiping away tears as though Elizabeth and Darcy had been life-long friends and I had been with them every step of the way. In one little story, Christina effortlessly shows why we keep wanting more of these stories -Because they are OUR Elizabeth and Darcy.

ELIZABETH: OBSTINATE HEADSTRONG GIRL
BY THE QUILL COLLECTIVE

Authors: Joana Starnes, Amy D’Orazio, Jenetta James, Karen M Cox, Christina Morland, Elizabeth Adams, Beau North, J. Croft, Leigh Dreyer, Christina Boyd

Narrator: Elizabeth Grace

Audiobook Publication Date: August 31, 2020
The Quill Ink, LLC

“Obstinate, headstrong girl!”

For over 200 years, the heroine of Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth Bennet has enchanted and inspired readers by being that “obstinate, headstrong girl” willing to stand up to the arrogance and snobbery of her so-called betters. Described by Austen as having a “lively, playful disposition,” Elizabeth embodies the perfect imperfections of strong-willed women everywhere: she is spirited, witty, clever, and loyal.

In this romance anthology, 10 Austenesque authors sketch Elizabeth’s character through a collection of re-imaginings, set in the Regency through contemporary times. In Elizabeth: Obstinate, Headstrong Girl, she bares her most intimate thoughts, all the while offering biting social commentary about life’s absurdities. Elizabeth overcomes the obstacles of others’ opinions, not to mention her own flaws, to find a love truly worthy of her – her Mr. Darcy – all with humor and her sparkling charm. “I think her as delightful a character as ever appeared in print…” wrote Jane Austen in a letter to her sister Cassandra, in January 1813, and we think so too!

Foreword by New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Tessa Dare.

Stories by: Elizabeth Adams, Christina Boyd, Karen M Cox, J. Marie Croft, Amy D’Orazio, Leigh Dreyer, Jenetta James, Christina Morland, Beau North, and Joana Starnes.

Each anthology in the Quill Collective series is a standalone book.

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Praise

“A wonderful collection for Elizabeth Bennet admirers everywhere.” –Mimi Matthews, USA Today bestselling author

“The Quill Ink has done it again, in a splendid anthology of new stories reimagining the most delightful creature ever to appear in print.” –Devoney Looser, author, editor, Guggenheim Fellow

“Austen fans, you are in for a treat.” –Marilyn Brant, New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of According to Jane and The Knight Before Christmas

“…enjoy following one of Jane Austen’s favourite heroines as she is superbly portrayed across a selection of tales set from the Regency era to the present day.” –Cass Grafton

“…all beautifully written. Each one feels true to the time in which it is set…a fun and interesting collection of stories that take a different look at characters we all know and love.” –Readers’ Favorite

“Edited by Christina Boyd, Elizabeth, Obstinate Headstrong Girl is an endearing and spunky anthology of short stories by a group of fine writers whose understanding of Elizabeth shines. Readers will fall in love with our obstinate, headstrong girl in all her many avatars including suffragette, a football expert and speech pathologist in training, a stage actress breaking into films at Pemberley Pictures, a teenage Elizabeth looking for love in the wrong places as well as much older and wiser Elizabeth who muses on the love of her life, Mr. Darcy. A cozy and heartwarming read, Elizabeth, Obstinate Headstrong Girl is a worthy companion to Boyd’s earlier anthology The Darcy Monologues.” –Soniah Kamal, award winning author of the novel Unmarriageable, Pride and Prejudice in Pakistan

About the Narrator

Originally from the East Midlands in the UK, Elizabeth Grace now lives in South London (via two years in Amsterdam). She is a full time actor, voice over artist, and narrator.

Elizabeth began her professional performing career a little later in life and has been studying at Identity School of Acting in London since 2019. Prior to that, she had a career agency side in Marketing which explains her penchant for client services.

Since 2019, she has been growing her professional portfolio on top of the amateur theatre work she began in her formative years. She has now been a part of many projects from short films and web series to audio dramas and audiobook narration.

https://www.elizabethgraceofficial.com/

From Christina Boyd

This Dream Team of authors–Elizabeth Adams, Karen M Cox, J. Marie Croft, Amy D’Orazio, Leigh Dreyer, Jenetta James, Christina Morland, Beau North, and Joana Starnes–joined me on another adventure with no promise of success but countless hopes. Like many journeys, we encountered unexpected turns, and even a few disappointments, but “it was our business to be satisfied” and prefer to “think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure.” I am forever indebted for their creativity, inspiration, great suggestions, and adherence to schedule. And for bolstering my own offering of an Elizabeth story. I can easily count you all as my friends. I am really proud of their work and how well this collection of stories came together.

In my previous anthologies, we were blessed to have such stellar Austen academics like Dr. Claudine DiMuzio and Dr. Devoney Looser write our forewords, and it was doubly important to find someone who really understood Austen, especially Elizabeth Bennet, for this project as well. I had heard that New York Times and USA Today bestselling Regency romance author Tessa Dare had once upon a time written Jane Austen fan fiction. When author Beau North suggested we ask her to write the foreword, there was a resounding “Yes!” You might say we were audacious to even ask but, in the temperament of Lizzy Bennet, our “courage always rises…” When she ardently accepted, you can imagine us: “What delight! What felicity!”–well, more like fangirl squeals! Tessa’s love of Elizabeth Bennet and her deft understanding for the scope of this anthology left me wholly gratified, knowing we asked the right person to introduce this fifth anthology of the QuillCollective series.

We hope this homage to one of Jane Austen’s best-beloved heroines will not disappoint, especially those that suggested an “Elizabeth” anthology back in 2017. Like Darcy, we “had never been so bewitched by any woman” and writing this collection has been diverting/gratifying/delightful. Please accept these stories in the same affectionate spirit they were written. Elizabeth:Obstinate Headstrong Girl is dedicated to “the Elizabeth Bennet in all of us” because I’d like to think she resides in our hearts, even if but a little spark of courage, wit, loyalty–and whether we reveal her to the outside world or not, she is there inspiring us to find our own felicity and dignity. –Christina Boyd, editor

Follow the Authors

Elizabeth Adams https://eadamswrites.com
Christina Boyd https://www.thequillink.com
Karen M Cox https://karenmcox.com/
J. Marie Croft https://jmariecroft.wixsite.com/j-marie-croft
Amy D’Orazio https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100030788056041
Leigh Dreyer https://m.facebook.com/authorleighdreyer
Jenetta James https://m.facebook.com/jenettajameswriter
Christina Morland https://christinamorland.wordpress.com
Beau North http://beaunorthwrites.com
Joana Starnes http://www.joanastarnes.co.uk/news
Tessa Dare https://tessadare.com

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, September 28
Review at Bookworlder

Tuesday, September 29
Excerpt at Novels Alive

Thursday, October 1
Feature at CelticLady’s Reviews

Saturday, October 3
Feature at Coffee and Ink

Sunday, October 4
Review at A Book and a Latte

Tuesday, October 6
Excerpt at Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen

Wednesday, October 7
Review at Probably at the Library

Thursday, October 8
Excerpt at Bitch Bookshelf

Friday, October 9
Review at Novels Alive
Interview at Books & Benches

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Thank you to Amy at Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for allowing me to be a part of this tour. Thank you to Christina Boyd for giving us more JAFF to love.

Melissa has been in love with books since she was a child. As a young girl, in her Holly Hobby decorated room, she would sit and tape scraps of paper to her books so that she could organize them by the Dewey Decimal System. She is a huge advocate for helping children learn to love reading. Along with hosting an online Regency based book club and a book club at her home, she started a book club for kids at her son’s school. These days, Melissa can be found at the library writing a book review or tucked in some quiet corner having a love affair with a newly discovered romance novel.

8 Comments

    • Elizabeth Grace

      Ditto! Thank you so much for your lovely review. I am thrilled you enjoyed the audio book – it was a pleasure to work on and it’s great to see this coming through in the listeners feedback.

  • Christina Boyd

    Your review has made my day! Thank you for your time in crafting this thoughtful review. And I agree—a narrator can absolutely ruin a book for me—and voice actress Elizabeth Grace is a remarkable talent! I too have found audiobooks to be my saving grace (no pun intended here!) to get me through tedious tasks or commutes. So glad you enjoyed our “obstinate, headstrong girl.”

    • melissamakarewicz@gmail.com

      Thank you, Christina! This audiobook brought me so much joy. I think I am going to give them another try. Do you have any recommendations? I’m looking forward to starting Dangerous To Know. I bought it over the summer and had not made the connection that you had edited it.

      • Christina Boyd

        I have four other anthologies that I obviously recommend:
        The Darcy Monologues, narrated by Harry Frost
        Dangerous to Know: Jane Austen’s Rakes & Gentlemen Rogues, narrated by Andre Refig
        Rational Creatures, narrated by Victoria Riley
        Yuletide: A Jane Austen Inspired Collection, narrated by Harry Frost (If I can offer you a code for any, I know a guy;))

        I loved “I Could Write a Book” by Karen M Cox. It’s an Emma reimagining in the 1970s. I was never an Emma fan until this. And her Knightley is fantastic. Also, our narrator Elizabeth Grace is soon to release Karen M Cox’s P&P inspired “1932”. That book… Swoon!

        I loved “Modern Love” by Beau North. It’s contemporary and if you love David Bowie at all, it’s a must read or listen.

        Joana Starnes always has fabulous Darcy & Elizabeth romance novels. I particularly loved “Mr Bennet’s Dutiful Daughter.”

        Elizabeth Adams has recently had Elizabeth Grace narrated her ‘Green Card” and her other contemporary love story “Ship to Shore.” I must recommend her novel “On Common Ground”–I can’t remember the narrator but that book is OUTSTANDING.

        And I also love all Jenetta James’s books. Currently listening to “The Elizabeth Papers”.

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