Jul 212017

Hi readers!  I am so excited to welcome the lovely Caitlin Williams to Austenesque Reviews today!!  Caitlin’s Pride and Prejudice variations (Ardently and The Coming of Age of Elizabeth Bennet) are amongst some of the most beloved and widely read in the genre and I am so incredibly glad she is gifting us with a third book this month!!  (Can I get a woot woot?!?)  Judging from the book blurb, it looks like this story may have a bit of tension in it between Elizabeth and Jane!  That is something we don’t see very often!  I’m so happy to be taking part in the blog tour for When We Are Married!  I hope you enjoy Caitlin’s thoughtful and moving post about Jane and Cassandra.

Thanks Meredith for inviting me onto your blog today to launch When We Are Married.

This is a book which is as much about Elizabeth and Jane and their relationship, as it is about Darcy and Elizabeth. In Pride and Prejudice, those sisters love each other dearly. but in this variation, I have examined what might happen if there was a discord between them. And tried to imagine a case where a person’s normally loving disposition is corrupted by the crushing pain of rejection.

And because of that, I wanted to write something about sisters today. In particular, Cassandra and Jane Austen. Theirs seems to have been a devoted, loving, close relationship. They were together for most of their lives, bar the odd visit elsewhere, and Cassandra was a great support and a tower of strength to Jane. Cassandra was clearly devastated upon Jane’s death.

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Jul 192017

A VERY big thank you to Eliza Shearer for making a special visit to Austenesque Reviews, it was so great to learn more about her unique sequel to Pride and Prejudice and discuss how some Jane Austen’s female characters brought a lot of wealth to their marriages and some did not!  I’m now looking forward even more to reading Miss Darcy’s Beaux next month!

Also, thank you to Eliza for her generosity in sponsoring this giveaway!

Thank you to all of you who stopped by to read Eliza’s post and share your thoughts.  We loved hearing your opinions!  Your enthusiasm is awesome!

In addition, I was bowled over with the lovely tributes and comments everyone left on my Our Lives Without Jane Austen post early in this week.  It is hard to express in words how much Jane Austen means to me and how grateful I am that she has so impacted my life.  I was really touched to read all the responses and I appreciated what everyone shared and said.

I thought I would add a double giveaway to that post as a surprise!  One winner who commented on that post will receive a pair of fun Jane Austen socks and one winner will receive any book they want from the Book Depository (limit $15).

I think one of the best ways Jane Austen has changed my life is that she brought all these readers and authors and friends into it!  My life is richer for our relationships and I am so thankful for everyone in this community! xoxo 😀

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Jul 172017

Hi readers!  It is a significant week in the Jane Austen world – a week where we remember Jane Austen’s death (July 18th, 1817) and acknowledge that her life ended too soon.

And this year the recognition and acknowledgement is even greater as it marks 200 years since Jane Austen’s passing.

That means that it has been 200 years since a new Jane Austen novel came out, but lucky for us her stories and characters have continued to live fruitful and long lives (and it looks like that won’t be changing any time soon!)

I know many of us are so grateful for Jane Austen and all the many ways her works have brought joy, comfort, and happiness to our lives. I thought it would be interesting to wonder what our lives would be like without Jane Austen.

So if you don’t mind, dear friends,  take a moment and ask yourself…

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