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William Harper has it all: looks, money, power. There’s just one tiny problem—he’s about to be deported. He needs a green card. Fast. An American wife is the easiest way to get one. But where will he find a woman to marry him on such short notice?
Elizabeth Barrett is a full-time student, part-time dog walker, and weekend tutor. With a roommate who just ran out on her and neck deep in tuition payments, she needs money. Now. Harper just might make her an offer she can’t refuse.
He thinks he’s worked out the perfect deal, she thinks she’s signed up for an easy job. Neither of them bargained for the ride of their lives.
**This book was inspired by Pride and Prejudice, but is not a retelling or a variation of P&P.**
This month I had the pleasure of reading the soon-to-be-released updated edition of Green Card by Elizabeth Adams, which proved once again why Elizabeth Adams is one of my favorite JAFF authors. I just love the way that she writes and Green Card is just another well written and beautifully crafted story that sheds a spotlight on Ms. Adams’ talents as a writer and as a Janeite! I am convinced that there isn’t a story she can write that I won’t just simply adore!
As I read Green Card, two words kept coming into my mind: comfort food. Simply put, reading Green Card was like enjoying the best comfort food that I could imagine, almost like treating myself to a delicious helping of extra creamy rice pudding. But before I explain why I felt this way about reading Green Card, I’ll begin with this definition of comfort food from the Urban Dictionary:
comfort food (n) Defined as food that gives emotional comfort to the one eating it, these tend to be favorite foods of childhood, or linked to a person, place or time with which the food has a positive association.
Of course, thinking about Green Card as comfort food led me to search some similar ideas regarding reading and I was gratified to find that yes, there are lots of other people that find that reading certain books can be a comforting experience and who see reading these stories as an experience akin to enjoying comfort foods.
So, you’re probably wondering how this relates to my experience with reading Green Card… not only does Elizabeth Adams write her stories in such a tight and engaging manner, which makes you feel like you are being submerged right into the midst of her characters’ lives, she also has a real gift for writing snappy and fast-paced dialogue that just makes her readers feel very connected to her characters and their situations. In this particular story, she also includes plenty of those oh-so-sweet moments between her leading couple, which was great fun to read because I loved her modern-day characterizations of her characters.
Elizabeth Adams accomplishes all of this within a story that reads like a modern-day variation on Pride and Prejudice while she artfully spins her own story centered around the lives of William Harper and Elizabeth Barrett; two people who have no business to be in one another’s lives, except for one minor detail. Alicia Winters, a jealous ex-girlfriend, has stirred up some trouble with immigration in regards to Will Harper’s status as a businessman working in the US under a visa, which now may be in jeopardy due to Alicia’s false claims of illegal activities and shady tax accounts on Will’s behalf while he’s been employed in the United States.
Thankfully, his friend and attorney, Andrew Jamison, has a solution… marry someone who is willing to help Mr. Harper out for a boatload of money and keep the marriage legit until things with immigration are under wraps once he’s acquired his own green card. Andrew also happens to know the perfect wife for Will; his girlfriend Jenny’s sister, Elizabeth, a graduate student at Columbia University, who would gladly love a way to pay her college bills so that she can soon pursue her own career without carrying the burden of any school loans.
Once Elizabeth accepts Will’s terms and he accepts a few of hers too, they take the plunge into “wedded bliss,” which also means lots of photo opportunities and socializing on the town in NYC until this high-profile couple has convinced the world that their relationship is an affair to remember. All of this “courting” means the couple winds up spending a lot of time together while appearing happily married, which of course they are and they aren’t. As they come to know one another better through this sham of a marriage, they both discover there is more than meets the eye when it comes to their “better halves.” Yet, this doesn’t change the fact that Harper plans to eventually marry a woman from the right circles, while Elizabeth is still pining for the one that got away, or does it?
William Harper is definitely one of my favorite modern versions of Fitzwilliam Darcy because not only is he willing to sit back and notice the little things about Elizabeth Barrett that make her so special, he’s also willing to take a good look at himself in an effort to realize what he also needs to do to be the best version of himself. When these two strong, smart, and independent people come to know one another through their numerous shared experiences, their relationship becomes one based on respect and admiration. The fact that they have amazing chemistry is also what allows the sparks to fly between them throughout the story and what makes the romantic tension so fulfilling in this story.
In the true fashion of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice, the Harper’s relationship is riddled with misunderstandings and miscommunications, with a dash of pride and a sprinkle of prejudice thrown in for good measure. These elements come together to create a story that’s humorous, endearing, and sizzling with romance, in and out of the bedroom. Once you read this story, you’ll understand my comparison to comfort food; this is a story that contained so many scenes that I loved! I laughed, I sighed, and I most definitely swooned several times, (I guess you’d call that having multiple swoons!) which provided me with the emotional comfort that is closely linked to enjoying time with the characters from Pride and Prejudice, which has for me, a most positive association!
Not only does this soon-to-be-released updated edition of Green Card contain new scenes from the originally published story, it also includes recipes for some of the delicious recipes mentioned in this book. Therefore, while you are reading this story and wondering how to enjoy some of the scrumptious food that Elizabeth whips up in the story, you can pull out a few stops of your own and prepare some of these dishes for the people you love too. However, I must warn you that you’ll have to find your own Will Harper to share these meals with because I hear the one from Green Card is more agreeably engaged elsewhere, wink wink.
I highly recommend this book for readers who enjoy modern JAFF stories inspired by Pride & Prejudice, with a side of sizzle and an abundance of feel-good moments because Green Card is the new comfort food when it comes to devouring JAFF stories! I am also willing to bet this story would be a terrific reread too.
Meet Elizabeth Adams
Elizabeth Adams is a book-loving, tango-dancing, Austen enthusiast. She loves old houses and thinks birthdays should be celebrated with trips – as should most occasions. She can often be found by a sunny window with a cup of hot tea and a book in her hand.
She writes romantic comedy and comedic drama in both historic and modern settings.
She is the author of The Houseguest, Unwilling, On Equal Ground, and Meryton Vignettes: Tales of Pride and Prejudice, and the modern comedy Green Card. You can find more information, short stories, and outtakes at elizabethadamswrites.wordpress.com
It’s Giveaway Time!
Elizabeth Adams is celebrating a big day tomorrow, and she’s kicking it off right here at Just Jane 1813! Not only is Green Card being released tomorrow, it’s also Elizabeth Adams’ birthday as well and to celebrate in style like Will Harper, she’s offering a spectacular giveaway for my readers!
Just Jane 1813 readers can comment on this blog post no later than midnight, ET on October 31, 2017, to be entered into a bookshelf giveaway which includes the eBook versions of every JAFF book written by Elizabeth Adams (shown above) while another winner will receive an autographed paperback copy of Green Card. Now you know why I call this a spectacular giveaway!
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I’d like to thank Elizabeth Adams for sharing her birthday celebration with my readers and for an eARC of Green Card in exchange for a fair and honest review.