Another Splendid Historical Austenesque Romance!
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Source: Review Copy from Author
TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Alternate Path, Reimagining
TIME FRAME: Post Ramsgate, Summer of 1811
MAIN CHARACTERS: The Bennet Family, Fitzwilliam Darcy, Georgiana Darcy, Charles Bingley, Richard Bingley, Caroline Bingley, Dirck Storm
Ever since I “met” American Girl Felicity Merriman and devoured her books at the age of nine, I’ve been fascinated with Colonial America, and the time period of our nation’s birth.
It’s Mary Simonsen! I love the romance, humor, and historical content I find in every Mary Simonsen novel! This is the sixth book I’ve read and reviewed by Mary and I’ve loved every single one of them!
The Unique Setting: Newfound freedom, The Constitution, The American Revolution, War of 1812, such an exciting and dynamic time in our nation’s history. I found this new setting to be a refreshing change and I took pleasure in witnessing how these changes impacted the plot.
The History: With subtlety and dexterity, Mary Simonsen embellishes her novel with informative and relevant tidbits of social customs and early American history. I especially enjoyed the focus on Dutch colonization and traditions. I loved learning about customs I never heard of before, like bundling and corn husking frolics!.
The Bennets: Mary Simonsen definitely took a little creative license with her American versions of Mr. and Mrs. Bennet. I loved seeing a Mrs. Bennet that was strong, capable, and an excellent role model for her daughters for a change. And no one can accuse this Mr. Bennet of neglecting his duties with all his business ventures and various sources of income. However, one thing that hasn’t changed about Mr. Bennet is his dry wit and penchant for teasing!
Darcy and Elizabeth: An American Elizabeth and a British Darcy in the year 1811! Whoa! With the escalating tension between their countries, differing opinions on politics, and diverse cultures, Darcy and Elizabeth have much more than their pride and initial prejudices to overcome! I found it very interesting to observe Darcy and Elizabeth face these new challenges and conflicts in their relationship.
ummm…errr…well…I got nothing! I loved this book, there really wasn’t anything I didn’t like! Brava, Mary!
If you are looking for an Austenesque novel with just the right amount of historical content, Mary Simonsen is an author you simply must check out. With Austen-Inspired novels that take place after World War II (Searching for Pemberley), after World War I (Mr. Darcy’s Angel of Mercy), before the War of 1812 (Darcy on the Hudson), and during World War II (Darcy Goes to War), Mary Simonsen has proven numerous times over that she is quite proficient when it comes to entwining history and Jane Austen! I can’t wait to see where and when she will take us next!
GIVEAWAY!!! Mary Simonsen has kindly sent a brand new paperback copy of Darcy on the Hudson for me to give away!!
- To save your inbox from unwanted spam, please leave your email address with an [at] instead of @.
- (You could also leave a Twitter handle or Facebook username instead).
- This giveaway is open internationally.
- This giveaway ends October 22nd
BTW – this is my 500th post on this blog! I find it so apropos that my 500th post is about one of Mary Simonsen’s books since she was the person who suggested I start blogging and my very first follower and supporter! Hugs, Mary! 🙂