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Feb 102016
 

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Hello readers!  I am so very excited to welcome back author, Karen Cox to Austenesque Reviews!  If you aren’t familiar with Karen Cox’s work, I entreat you to rectify that immediately!  She writes some brilliant, inventive, and award-winning Austenesque literature!  At the moment she is celebrating her newest IMG_2711release, Undeceived (which I am dying to read!)  Today, Karen shares with you a fun and informative list of what she learned while researching Undeceived!

Thanks, Meredith, for inviting me to Austenesque Reviews! I always love coming here to connect with other fans of Jane.

On my author blog, I have a feature called “The 5 Best…” The 5 best what, you ask? It could be anything: 5 Best Men’s Voices, or Songs that Tell Stories, or Internet Venn Diagrams, or the 5 Best Things about Mr. Darcy.

The writing of “Undeceived” was a steep learning curve, and I learned a lot—about writing, most definitely, but also about history, geography, cultures, and the world. So here are the…

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Nov 152013
 

ATEOTS14iA Young Man’s Coming-of-Age

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Publisher

Note: I know this book isn’t marketed or labeled an Austenesque novel, but I found it to be one. It isn’t a tradition retelling or modern-day adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, but readers can clearly see that this story was inspired and influenced by Pride and Prejudice and it’s characters. Similar to Find Wonder in All Things, At the Edge of the Sea definitely felt Austenesque.

In Pride and Prejudice,Darcy and Elizabeth are separated by social standing, upbringing, and wealth – in At the Edge of the Sea, Karen Cox creates an even bigger chasm between her principal characters by making Billy Ray the son of an evangelist preacher and Lizzy Quinlan the town’s “sadder but wiser girl” with a reputation for being “fast and loose.” Taking us back to the summer 1959, Karen Cox tells the story of a young man and how his decision to show compassion to another person changes him, changes her, and changes the course of their lives. Continue reading »

Nov 152010
 

What if Elizabeth Contemplated a Marriage of Convenience?

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author 

In this delightful and originative variation of Pride and Prejudice we travel to new time period, the 1930’s – a time of economic depression, poverty, Nazism, jazz music, and motor cars. The Bennet family resides in Chicago where Mr. Bennet earns a living as a English professor at Northwestern University. Unfortunately, due to the increased number of students drop outs, Mr. Bennet is let go from his position. The Bennet family is left with no other recourse except to retreat to their Uncle Gardner’s abandoned farmhouse and work his neglected land in Meryton, Kentucky.

William Darcy, at thirty years of age, is the owner of a prosperous farm in Meryton and the devoted uncle/father-figure to his sister’s children, yet he feels lonely and unsatisfied. After he meets Elizabeth Bennet, he finds himself constantly thinking about her, and it’s not before long that the idea of marriage pops into his head. However, Darcy’s reasons for marriage are more about practicality and improving each others circumstances than about love and affection. In his opinion, Elizabeth would fit in perfectly with the Darcy family; she is kind, intelligent, sensible, and gets along wonderfully with his sister and nieces. But can Elizabeth marry a man who only admires and appreciates her? Can she marry for any other motive than love? Would she sacrifice herself for her family, who is struggling to make it through the winter?

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