Amelia Elkins Elkins (A comment)

with borderAmelia Elkins Elkins, my newly released retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, is free for Kindle on July 6th and July 7th. [CLICK HERE to download a copy]

Recently, Vickie Lester of Beguiling Hollywood made my day by saying: “With wit, depth, and keen modern detail this updated retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion captivates… #greatread #summerread #icouldntputitdown.”

My hope is that it’s a fun read for those who love Jane Austen’s classic as well as for those who haven’t yet read it.** If you decide to give Amelia Elkins Elkins a chance, I’d love to hear what you think about it.

Thank you!

Here’s the description:

In 1817, if childbirth didn’t kill a woman, then there were good odds that a “miasma” would. Now, thanks to modern medicine, a woman’s demise at the prime of her life is uncommon enough to deserve an investigation. That is what two lawyers at the Harville Firm promise to do when Amelia Elkins Elkins, a member of a prominent family with more baggage than money, contacts them in the wake of her mother’s untimely death.

In this retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, Amelia and her sisters turn to the American court system to seek justice for their mother’s death.

It’s too bad that their conceited, silly father is doing everything he can — inadvertently, of course — to hinder their success.

**PS. Persuasion is my favorite of Austen’s novels, all of which are now in the public domain. It’s easy to find inexpensive or free e-book copies of it, but not all versions are equal! Remember this likely rip-off of Wikipedia in the modern introduction to Austen’s classic work?

14 thoughts on “Amelia Elkins Elkins (A comment)

    1. Thanks, Katie! I’ve pretty much memorized Persuasion, my favorite Austen. It was so much fun to update her characters and plop them into my hometown. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Stephanie! I hope you enjoy it. I wrote it hoping that people who aren’t familiar with Persuasion could enjoy it, but it’s really best for those who love Austen’s novels as much as I do. Each chapter title is a quote from the original novel (which, obviously, is better than any retelling could ever hope to be!).

      For now, the novel is only available on Kindle, but I hope to make it available for Nook eventually. Sorry!

      1. Ok thanks for the info! I just got finished with a re-read of a Pride and Prejudice re telling and am starting a re-read of a Persuasion retelling (both by Ophelia London) and got the audiobooks of Persuasion and Northanger Abbey for vacation later this week so I’m definitely on a Jane Austen kick and this will be a nice addition.

    1. I really enjoyed For Darkness Shows the Stars! Here are my thoughts on it: https://misfortuneofknowing.wordpress.com/2013/05/23/living-under-a-rock-and-loving-it/

      For Darkness Shows the Stars is a post-apocalyptic retelling of Persuasion, which is quite different from Amelia Elkins Elkins, which is contemporary fiction/ legal fiction. In Persuasion, we start the novel knowing that Anne’s mother died, leaving Anne and her sisters with their silly, conceited father. To update Persuasion, I started with the idea that there would be more of an explanation for Anne’s mother’s death today than there would have been 200 years ago.

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