Friday, May 4, 2018

Review, Guest Post, and Giveaway: Presumption and Partiality by Rebekah Jones

About the Book

Title: Presumption and Partiality
Author: Rebekah Jones
Genre: Historical Christian Fiction
Release Date: November 27, 2017
Among the cotton fields and farmland of Gilbert, Arizona in the early years of the Great Depression, Mr. and Mrs. Bailey live a simple, but happy life with their five daughters on a cotton farm. When the wealthy Richard Buchanan moves to town, bringing his family, a friend, and a desire to learn about cotton, Matilda Bailey is convinced that he is the perfect candidate to marry her eldest daughter, Alice.
Richard is cheerful, friendly, and likable. His friend Sidney Dennison doesn’t make such a good impression. Eloise Bailey decides he’s arrogant and self-conceited, but when Raymond Wolfe comes to town, accusing Sidney of dishonorable and treacherous conduct, Eloise is angered at the injustice of the situation.
When the Buchanan household leaves town, Alice must turn to the Lord and face, perhaps, her most difficult test in trust, while Eloise takes a trip to visit her friend and may well discover a web of deceit that she doesn’t really want to believe exists.
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My Thoughts:
What an interesting twist to the well beloved story of Pride and Prejudice. In Presumption and Partiality we have a retelling that takes place in depression era Arizona. I found the locale and the time period to both be an exotic change to this already masterful story. I enjoyed reading this novel and picking out the Austen scenes and characters. The characters do have different names, and for just for a little awhile they threw me off.

My biggest surprise is that she made the Darcy character, Sidney Dennison to be part Native American. That just sealed the deal on my wanting to read this retelling. Christianity plays a big part in this story and faith is played out in the actions of the two older sisters as they help those less fortunate then themselves.

This is the fifth story in the Vintage Jane Austen series, and they are all by different authors. It was nice to revisit some beloved characters even if their times and names have changed. If you like Austen retellings this was a very unique one.
I received a complimentary copy of this novel. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.

About the Author

Why is he a Navajo?
I’ve had more than one person ask me why I chose to make Sidney Dennison, the “Mr. Darcy” of my novel Presumption and Partiality, a Navajo Indian.
When I commenced planning and research for placing a retelling of Pride and Prejudice in the 1930’s United States, I found myself drawn to the desert of Arizona rather early on. Specifically, the tiny farm town of Gilbert. I knew, however, that few rich people lived in that area; certainly not enough to create social rifts large enough to recreate the social differences of the original novel.
I experimented in my head with a few different ideas, but the idea of Sidney as a Native American came to me one day and just clicked. I knew that I couldn’t fully pull off a Navajo who lived on the reservations. As much as I researched, I couldn’t quite get the feel. Yet, a man whose ancestry included a white man as a grandfather, who lived outside the reservations, though with relatives who clung to some of the old traditions, I thought I could do.
I used to wish I were an Indian, in part because I wanted to have great tracking skills, live in a tee-pee, possess superb bow and arrow abilities, and I wanted to ride a horse. True, most of that did not enter a 1930’s novel, despite my Navajo cowboy, because the eras are different. Though, Sidney did get a horse. Or technically, several.
Further, something about the silent, good-looking Indian appealed to me, much as I tend to shy away from writing about handsome and beautiful people, since they feel so common in fiction. The minute I began imagining the man with his Navajo ancestry, he just felt perfect.
By the end, Sidney turned out to be one of my favorite characters. (I can’t ever pick just one in my novels.) I think I made a good choice and I hope my readers will agree!

Blog Stops

Karen Sue Hadley, April 25
Remembrancy, April 26
Mary Hake, April 29
A Greater Yes, April 30
Carpe Diem, May 3
Simple Harvest Reads, May 5 (Guest post from Mindy Houng)
Artistic Nobody, May 6 (Spotlight)
By The Book, May 7


To celebrate her tour, Rebekah is giving away a grand prize of the complete set of the Vintage Jane Austen Collection!!
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!


  1. What an interesting twist to one of my favorite books. I definitely want to read this retelling. I didn't realize there was a series so it looks like I have more titles to fill my reader for the lazy days of summer. Thank you!

  2. I loved this book. She kept it the same while making it uniquely hers at the same time. It takes great skill to pull that off!

  3. Thank you for your review on " Presumption and Partiality" by Rebekah Jones which reaffirms my desire to read this book on my TBR list. Appreciate you being part of the book tour as well.
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  4. I love Austen retellings. P&P and Persuasion are my favourites.