Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Source: Review Copy from Author
TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Not exactly a modern-day P&P, this is more like a Darcy and Elizabeth inspired contemporary romance.
SETTING: Modern-day, Manhattan, New York
WHY I WANTED TO READ THIS BOOK:
- So many reasons – modern-day romance, Elizabeth Adams, forced/marriage of convenience scenario!
- Made me think of The Proposal – which I adored!
In her modern-day romance, Green Card (first edition published in 2014), Elizabeth Adams tells the story William Harper, who is desperate to remain in the US and not be deported back to England, and Elizabeth Barrett, the short-on-funds-full-time student, who agrees to play the part of Will’s wife for the next couple of years in exchange for some hefty financial benefits. In order to stay above suspicion for Immigration Services, Liz and Harper must look like the real deal. And because William Harper is an eligible and wealthy bachelor in the public eye they must act like the real deal too. This marriage of convenience is supposed to be fake, but what happens when in starts to feel real?
WHAT I LOVED:
- A Captivating Premise: I love that both Will and Liz are virtual strangers and that their relationship starts off with a contract and a secret. While there is no animosity or infamous insults between the two – they do recognize right away the differences in their upbringing, status, and personalities. And instead of having time to warm up and get to know each other, they are forced to become engaged and marry all within ten days of meeting each other. I enjoyed witnessing how Will and Liz coped with these abrupt changes in their lives and the challenges they faced when they merged their lives together (like all married couples do!).
- Not Exactly P&P: I loved that the premise didn’t really resemble the plot for Pride and Prejudice in anyway. It left a room for new possibilities and I enjoyed not knowing what to expect. However, there are many characters in this story that resemble characters from Jane Austen’s tale, such as: Elizabeth, Darcy, Jane, Bingley, Charlotte, and Mr. and Mrs. Bennet. It was fun to spot some recognizable personalities!
- Well-Drawn and Engaging Characters: You know the characters are interesting and well-crafted when four hundred pages doesn’t feel like enough. I adored Elizabeth Barrett from the very first page – she is fun-loving, warm, quirky, and has a spirited. I want to be her best friend! And while Will at first seems like detached and business-like, he has some hidden layers and a caring heart. I loved how he was willing to change and go out of his comfort zone for Liz. I admired how real both characters felt, how real their relationship felt. It wasn’t a fairy-tale or overly melodramatic, it struck the perfect balance.
- An Emotional Journey: I loved seeing how things developed between Liz and Will. How they grew from business partners to roommates, from friends to lovers. It was quite lovely to witness. In addition, I enjoyed observing how both characters dealt with some personal/family issues throughout this story. There is a surprising amount of emotional healing and growth in this tale.
- Memorable Moments: I love those scenes that stay with you long after you finish reading and this story is full of them – their first public date, the first night at the cabin, when Liz comforted Will, the talent show… *sigh*
WHAT I WASN’T TOO FOND OF:
- Such a small quibble, but I thought there were perhaps too many extended family members introduced. Especially since many of the cousins, aunts, and uncles don’t play an integral part in the story and appear only once.
Fresh and enthralling – Green Card is a beautifully expressive tale of finding love, happiness, and home when and where you least expect it. I adored the romance, the characters, their journey, the trips they went on, and the food they ate! (Bonus: there are 6 delectable recipes in the back of the book to try!)
NOTE: Due to a few brief intimate scenes and uses of strong language I’d recommend this book for Mature Audiences
SECOND NOTE: According to the author this second edition of Green Card has undergone some major edits and there is whole new chapter that isn’t in the first edition.