Oct 162017
 

Hello readers!  We are very excited to welcome a new author, Jessie Lewis, to Austenesque Reviews today! As you might have seen and heard, Jessie is celebrating her debut release with Meryton Press, entitled Mistaken!  (Which sounds like such a unique and fun story with some interesting twists!)  I cannot wait to read Mistaken, especially after reading this lovely vignette Jessie is sharing with us today!  

Thank you so much, Meredith, for inviting me to end my blog tour here at Austenesque Reviews. For this last post, I’ve saved one of my very favourite deleted scenes to share with your readers—one that didn’t quite make the final edit but which is still very close to my heart.

It might be considered somewhat of a spoiler, since it features Darcy and Elizabeth together, but I don’t mind admitting that I’m a complete D&E-aholic and couldn’t have written a story without their HEA if I’d tried! In any case, I wanted to end the blog tour with a promise of happiness for our favourite couple.

Thank you, everyone, for stopping by. Please feel free to ask me any questions in the comments, or you can contact me via my social media links or blog page (links below). I’d love to hear from you!

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Oct 022017
 

Hi readers!  I was very excited to welcome author Nicole Clarkston to Austenesque Reviews to celebrate and chat about her new release These Dreams.  But sadly, it looks like Nicole is unable to make it today due to a tragic coffee shortage in her house.  However, the good news is that one of the characters from her new story is available to take her place in our interview!  And so, please help me welcome Mrs. Lydia Wickham to Austenesque Reviews.

Meredith:  Hello, Mrs. Wickham, it is so lovely to meet you.  Thank you so much for agreeing to this tête-à-tête!

Lydia: Oh, laws, I would not have missed it! This creme pastry is simply divine!

Meredith:  I believe my first order of business is to congratulate you on your recent marriage and ask how married life is treating you?

Lydia: (Swallows her pastry before answering.) Well, it was a good deal better before I was married, if you must know. It seems my husband has slipped his leash, but he did leave me a charming remembrance of himself. (Pats her belly.) Continue reading »

Sep 202017
 

Hi my lovely reader friends!  I am very excited to welcome Sharon Lathan to Austenesque Reviews today!  Sharon is one Austenesque author who doesn’t need an introduction, with so many celebrated Austenesque works to her name!  I personally am very excited about Sharon’s new release, Darcy and Elizabeth: Hope of the Futurebecause it completes her Darcy Saga Prequel Duo, which I have not read yet, but hope to soon!  We hope you enjoy Sharon’s post about one of the most important features of any wedding day (no matter the time period!) – the wedding dress!

My sincerest thanks to Meredith for hosting me on Austenesque Reviews today. It is an honor to be here, and a great pleasure to share a bit of my research with your readers, as well as my latest novel. Darcy and Elizabeth: Hope of the Future is the second book in the two-volume Darcy Saga Prequel Duo, which began with Darcy and Elizabeth: A Season of Courtship. These two novels perfectly fit with my Darcy Saga Sequel to Pride and Prejudice, the series now including nine lengthy novels and one novella.

With the theme of the Prequel Duo focusing on wedding preparation for our two loving couples, a thought a bit of history about the wedding gowns would be appropriate. Here we go!

Regency Era Wedding Gowns

The vast majority of our modern-day wedding extravagances emerge during the Victorian era, including the bridal ensemble. The generally understated and simplistic decades surrounding the Regency meant that wedding gowns were similarly modest and unassuming. Of course, when it comes to a lady’s special day, females in every culture and time period fret over their appearance and desire a beautiful dress. Continue reading »