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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Jul 052017
 

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Hello friends!  I hope you are all doing well!  I hope those readers in Canada and the US enjoyed some lovely Independence Days! 😉  I can’t believe 2017 is half over!  The year is going so fast!  I wish time would slow down!

June was busy for me.  But strangely I got a lot of reading done! 😀  Besides reading…and reviewing….

 

I spent an evening reorganizing my bookshelves (I loved it!  It’s been over a year since I’ve done this.)

  

I went to a Jane Austen inspired concert with my brother (who I’ve now decided I will refer to as Henry Austen on this blog, because just like Jane was very close with her brother Henry, I am very close with mine! And he is a little bit of charmer sometimes!) Continue reading »