Monday, February 17, 2020

#Giveaway Sophia Rose Reviews- 1932: Pride and Prejudice Revisited by Karen M Cox Blog Tour

Today is The Reading Frenzy's stop on the 1932: Pride and Prejudice Revisited blog tour featuring Sophia Rose's review, some book information and a fab #Giveaway too! So sit back relax take in all the details about the book and the tour, read Sophia Rose's review and don't forget to enter the giveaway.

1932 by Karen M. Cox
Historical Romance
Publisher:  Adalia Street Press
Published:  2.17.20
Pages:  280
Rating: 4.5
Format: eARC
Source:  author
Sellers:  Amazon

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GoodReads Blurb:
“…do anything rather than marry without affection.” —Pride and Prejudice

During the upheaval of the Great Depression, Elizabeth Bennet’s life is torn asunder. Her family’s relocation from the bustle of the big city to a quiet family farm has changed her future, and now, she must build a new life in rural Meryton, Kentucky.

William Darcy suffered family turmoil of his own, but he has settled into a peaceful life at Pemberley, the largest farm in the county. Single, rich, and seemingly content, he remains aloof—immune to any woman’s charms.

Until Elizabeth Bennet moves to town.

As Darcy begins to yearn for something he knows is missing, Elizabeth’s circumstances become more dire. Can the two put aside their pride and prejudices long enough to find their way to each other?

1932, Karen M Cox’s award-winning debut novel, is a matchless variation on Jane Austen’s classic tale.
Winner of the Bronze Independent Publishers Book Award in Romance, 2011

Praise for 1932:
“…1932 is a truly fresh take on this timeless tale.”
" of my favourite Pride & Prejudice inspired novels." - Babblings of a Bookworm


Sophia Rose's Review:

The Great Depression strikes the Bennett family and forces them to leave their life in Chicago and dreams of the future behind for a rural Kentucky farm and starting over providing the backdrop for an opposites attract romance that brings to life this modern historical retelling of Jane Austen's classic.

The biggest and most obvious difference between classic and retelling is this is a post wedding courtship romance.

The 1932 characters were edgier and more intense.  This William Darcy had a bit of Bronte's Rochester in him and this Lizzy is both more stubborn and more sensitive.  Together, they are a sultry couple both emotionally and physically.  They had all the difficulties of an arranged marriage pair even though William married her for love.  But, there are a few exquisite moments that foreshadow a deep love if they can just hang with it and grow past their mistakes.  I still picture the dancing scene and have those romantic songs playing as I type.

For much of the book, the conflict is mostly the romance with a little of it going to the Bennet's struggle financially.  It's only in the last third that a conflict that began before this book and thought to be in the past rears its ugly head and makes things rather exciting and culminating about the same time the romance crisis hits its peak, too.  The end really came on strong and I adored that epilogue that brought a few happy tears to my eye.

I've always appreciated the care this author takes over her characters and their inter-personal relationships including the romance.  This debut book in her career shows that this gift has always been there and I was glad to read this updated anniversary edition.

Whether one is familiar or unfamiliar with the classic upon which 1932 is based, it won't matter.  It will only matter if the reader enjoys an emotionally evocative sensual historical romance of opposites.

My thanks to the author for providing a copy of the book to be read in exchange for an honest review.

Author Bio:
Karen M Cox is an award-winning author of five novels accented with history and romance, a novella, and several short stories.
Karen was born in Everett WA, the daughter of a United States Air Force Officer. She had a nomadic childhood, with stints in North Dakota, Tennessee, and New York State before settling in her family’s home state of Kentucky at age eleven. She lives in a quiet town with her husband and works as a pediatric speech pathologist.

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Sophia’s Bio:
Sophia is a quiet though curious gal who dabbles in cooking, book reviewing, and gardening. Encouraged and supported by an incredible man and loving family. A Northern Californian transplant to the Great Lakes Region of the US. Lover of Jane Austen, Baseball, Cats, Scooby Doo, and Chocolate.
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1932 Tenth Anniversary Edition Launch and Birthday Party

To celebrate the 10th anniversary edition of 1932, Karen is giving away a signed copy of the book and some Jane Austen swag: fun notecards from The Quill Ink, What Would Jane Do? book of quotes, and Austen coffee mug (if US winner) or an ebook copy of the book and 25$ Amazon Gift Card (if International Winner - cause #shipping :) 

Feb 10      Karen M Cox
Feb 12      More Agreeably Engaged
Feb 15      My Love for Jane Austen
Feb 16      Diary of an Eccentric
Feb 17      The Reading Frenzy
Feb 17      From Pemberley to Milton
Feb 18      Olga: Author, Translator
Feb 19      My Jane Austen Book Club
Feb 20      Austenesque Reviews
Feb 21      Rosie Amber Book Reviews
Feb 21      Babblings of a Bookworm
Feb 25      So Little Time


  1. Sophia Rose what a fascinating idea putting Pride and Prejudice in the depression era. Great review and thanks for the #Giveaway!

    1. Yes, I thought it was interesting how the dynamics of a story set during the Great Depression would flow out. A new reason to cheer on the protagonists to finding their happy. :)

  2. In this world of constant competition, it is difficult to survive as a self-pub author. Every detail matters and getting reviews is a big part of my marketing strategy. I ordered a few reviews from to get more visibility and sales this Christmas season..

  3. I think this would be something I would like to pick up. It sounds really good!

    1. Yes, it was a great historical setting for the story. :)

  4. What a great book cover and I love the way you describe this story as sensual and evocative! Pride and Prejudice is my favorite classic, and I do enjoy the retellings. Wonderful Review! Thanks for sharing :)

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

    1. They were so slow burn and coming to love after fighting different personal conflicts which I enjoyed. It was a lovely retelling.

  5. This sounds really good and I'd most likely pick this up before I'd pick up Pride and Prejudice!

    1. Karen's characters are so complete and her plots draw the reader close. :)

  6. I will always love PP variations :D

  7. I love the setting and the P&P retelling is a plus!

    1. Same here. I don't read many Depression Era stories and this one really hit me strongly. :)

  8. Thanks, Sophia, for the lovely review, and thanks to the Reading Frenzy for hosting 1932: Pride and Prejudice Revisited. And to the readers and commenters: thank you for your interest and comments. This one was special to me, and I hope you enjoy it as well :)

    1. You bet, Karen! I was thrilled to get the chance to read it for its tenth anniversary year. :)


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