would you like to celebrate with me and a bit of pink wine? We are celebrating the first book of Audrey Ryan: All the Things I know. A very nice modern variation of our beloved Pride and Prejudice.
Let’s then know a bit more about her: Audrey Ryan.
Audrey Ryan is the nom de plume of Andrea Pangilinan: daydreamer, wife and step-mother, and obsessive story consumer. She studied writing in college, dreamt about becoming a novelist and slowly forgot about it when real life took over. With a particular affection for contemporary retellings, adapting Pride & Prejudice to modern day has always been a dream. When she’s not reading and writing, Andrea is a marketing slave to the internet industry. She enjoys talking crazy to her weirdo cat, consuming copious amount of wine and coffee with her girlfriends, and record shopping with her husband. Oh yeah, and there’s that small Jane Austen obsession. That doesn’t take up any time at all.
You can follow her and her work on:
Audrey’s Goodreads is just as a reader, but it’s here: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/3797528-audrey-ryan-andrea-pangilinan
Here you have the blurb of the book, enjoy!
Lizzie Venetidis is confident in her decisions. Moving to Seattle with her sister Jane after she graduated from Stanford, for instance, was a no-brainer. Adult life, however, turns out to be more difficult to navigate than she expected.
What career should she pursue with a bachelor’s degree in art history and no marketable experience amongst a tech-heavy job market? How responsible is it to drink that fourth cocktail while out with friends? And what should she do about Darcy—the aloof yet captivating guy she met her first night in town?
All the Things I Know is a one-mistake-at-a-time retelling of Pride & Prejudice, set against the backdrop of modern-day techie Seattle. Full of wry observations, heartache, and life lessons, All the Things I Know shares the original’s lessons of correcting ill-conceived first impressions and learning who you really are.
I have enjoyed the book very much and I recommend it as it is a read that I could not leave until I finished it. You will see a Lizzie with more fears than you may have seen before but with the same wit. Darcy is still aloof and very protective with the ones he loves. They really need to work on their conversational skills and they eventually do it after a lot of… steam!
The family relationship is surprising, Mr and Mrs Venetidis are not exactly what you expect but it is well written and all the feelings are well explained. Some names are changed but not many, however, I do not like the character who is called Colin! Andrea, why??? 😉 I don’t mind if it’s closer to the surname! :p
I will review the book as soon as I get a bit of time, until then: buy it and read it or try the giveaway and then you read it.
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Now, what you were waiting for… the character interview.
For this character interview, I thought I would jump into Darcy’s head and fill in his version of the Proust Questionnaire. Lizzie’s version of the same Questionnaire was shared on Babblings of a Bookworm earlier in the blog tour. It is also featured in a scene early on in All the Things I Know — an excerpt of that scene was shared on My Jane Austen Book Club. Enjoy!
– What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Taking care of the people I love
– What is your greatest fear?
– What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
I wish I was better in large social gatherings
– What is the trait you most deplore in others?
– Which living person do you most admire?
Is it cliche to say President Obama?
– What is your greatest extravagance?
My car. No one needs a brand new Tesla, but I love mine.
– What is your current state of mind?
– What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
– On what occasion do you lie?
Very rarely. I hate disguise. I would only ever omit the truth out of necessity instead of telling an outright lie.
– What do you most dislike about your appearance?
I haven’t really thought about it, honestly. I’m not really a self-conscious person.
– Which living person do you most despise?
I have very complicated feelings about this question. Can I pass?
– What is the quality you most like in a man?
– What is the quality you most like in a woman?
– Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
I’ve been told I overuse “um”s
– What or who is the greatest love of your life?
My family. I wish I would have cherished my parents more while they were still around. My mom’s art is my haven in that sense.
– When and where were you happiest?
Quiet summer vacations with my family at my grandparents’ lake house when my parents were still alive and Georgie was young.
– Which talent would you most like to have?
Telepathy. Does that count?
– If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I wish I were more sociable
– What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Continuing to build on my mom’s art collection. I feel like I could almost have my own museum at this point.
– If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?
An evergreen someplace peaceful like Mount Rainier
– Where would you most like to live?
I think one day I would like to move back into the house I grew up in, but not till I’m ready to start a family. I think about it a lot though.
– What is your most treasured possession?
My mom’s art
– What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
– What is your favorite occupation?
Running along the Burke-Gilman as the sun rises
– What is your most marked characteristic?
Probably my height (I’m 6’3).
– Who are your favorite writers?
– Who is your hero of fiction?
– Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Edsel Ford (son of Henry Ford)
– Who are your heroes in real life?
My dad will always be my hero
– What are your favorite names?
I like the idea of naming kids after family members, like my parents George and Anne.
– What is it that you most dislike?
– What is your greatest regret?
See the answer to the living person I despise.
– How would you like to die?
I haven’t thought about it. I suppose peacefully and not alone.
– What is your motto?
“Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.” – Albert Einstein
So? Do we understand him a bit better? Maybe… but he is Darcy!!
Blog Tour schedule
Follow the book tour if you are not doing it already because you have great entries. Below you have the schedule:
03 Dec Austenesque Reviews; Author Interview, Giveaway
04 Dec My Jane Austen Book Club; Guest Post, Excerpt, Giveaway
05 Dec Babblings of a Bookworm; Character Interview, Giveaway
06 Dec From Pemberley to Milton; Guest Post, Giveaway
07 Dec Night Owl Reader; Review, Excerpt
08 Dec Just Jane 1813; Review, Giveaway
09 Dec My Love for Jane Austen; Vignette, Giveaway
10 Dec Darcyholic Diversions; Author Interview, Giveaway
11 Dec Of Pens and Pages; Review, Excerpt, Giveaway
12 Dec Margie’s Must Reads; Review, Excerpt, Giveaway
14 Dec My Vices and Weaknesses; Character Interview, Giveaway
15 Dec Diary of an Eccentric; Guest Post, Excerpt, Giveaway
16 Dec More Agreeably Engaged; Vignette, Giveaway
It finishes on the 16th December, what a day!!
Time to Give Away
Andrea is giving away several ebooks during the whole blog tour. In order to participate click the link below. Do not forget to read the terms and conditions to be able to get one of this ebooks of All the Things I Know.
Readers may enter the drawing by tweeting once a day and daily commenting on a blog post or review that has a giveaway attached for the tour. Entrants must provide the name of the blog where they commented. Remember: Tweet and comment once daily to earn extra entries. Each winner will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter and the giveaway is international.