Apr 242017
 

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Hi friends!  I am very excited to feature Reina Williams, author of several books including two Austenesque serieshere on Austenesque Reviews today! Reina has been a long time reader and friend to this blog (she has even sent me some books for my ARC giveaways!), but this is her very first visit to this blog to talk about her books! Today, Reina is sharing a little excerpt from her Pride and Prejudice sequel series, Love at Pemberley, to whet your appetite!  We hope you enjoy!

Thanks to Meredith for hosting me on her lovely blog and to all the amazing readers and writers who visit—you all have inspired me throughout my journey as a reader and writer! My writing journey began in earnest in 2009 after reading some Darcy-related fiction. My own ideas for Regency romance poured out and became my first series, A Gentleman’s Daughter, set in a world similar to Jane Austen’s, of the landed gentry and their trials and triumphs. In the midst of working on another series during the 200th anniversary year of Pride and Prejudice, a new idea tickled at me: the story of Kitty Bennet and Colonel Fitzwilliam. This idea became Most Truly, the first novella in the Love at Pemberley series. Three novellas followed, continuing the beloved story of Pride and Prejudice in sweet, light stories (I can’t and don’t try to match the style and wit of Ms. Austen). My latest Austen-inspired series, Rancho Valle (Jane Austen in California), is contemporary and set in the fictional “country village” of Rancho Valle, in Sonoma County, where the locals find family and love.

This excerpt is from the second book in the Love at Pemberley series, Miss Darcy Decides, wherein Georgiana must decide if Sir Camden Sutton, a neighbor of the Bingleys (in their new home closer to Pemberley than Netherfield), is worthy of her love—and if so, whether she can leave her beloved family, and Pemberley. Sir Camden has returned home, awaiting her decision, and visits with the Bingleys (had to have the Bingleys!). 🙂 Continue reading »

Apr 212017
 

Mr. Darcy Seizes His Second Chance

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Variation, Mature Audiences

TIME FRAME: Begins the day after the Netherfield Ball

SYNOPSIS: It’s the day after the Netherfield Ball and we all know what that means – Mr. Bingley has left Netherfield and Elizabeth is about to receive a very undesirable proposal from her cousin, Mr. Collins. Elizabeth is always quick to give Mr. Collins a firm ‘no’ to his proposal, but what is the one scenario where she would have to say ‘yes?’… After four years of an unhappy and emotionally abusive marriage, Elizabeth is set free by Mr. Collins’s thankfully early demise. And now that Elizabeth is once again free, there is a reserved and ardent suitor hoping to have his second chance. But the question is, does Elizabeth even want to be married again? Even if she falls in love? Continue reading »

Apr 192017
 

Hi readers!! I’m so excited to welcome back Sophie Turner to Austenesque Reviews today!  Sophie, is the lovely author behind the Constant Love series, a series of wonderful Pride and Prejudice sequels. But today Sophie is here to talk about her newest release, which is actually a variation!  Sophie has prepared a very special and thoughtful post about her characterization of Mr. Darcy.  We hope you enjoy!

Thank you so much for hosting me again here, Meredith! I always love visiting Austenesque Reviews, and I’m excited to tell readers more about the thoughts behind some of the characterizations in my latest book, Mistress: A Pride and Prejudice Variation, with Parts Not Suitable for Those Who Have Not Reached Their Majority.

I often look up words during my editing process to ensure that they’re actually period appropriate. Sometimes words that I would have thought were more modern surprise me and go back to the 14th or 15th century. Sometimes, I’m surprised to learn that words I would have thought in use during the Regency did not come in until much later.

One of the biggest surprises was “empathy.” which Merriam-Webster lists as having a first known use of 1909. This was a bit of a blow to me: ever since I’d learned the difference between sympathy and empathy, I’d always considered it important to distinguish between them, but now I had to use sympathy to encompass both.

But since we’re in the modern world and the word has been invented, it’s the concept of empathy I want to talk about, and how it applies to the two men who have the greatest influence over Elizabeth’s life in Mistress. I suppose I should say three men have a strong influence over her life, for it’s Mr. Bennet’s untimely death that first drives the plot.

The first of the two men I primarily want to talk about, though, is Mr. Collins, who times his proposal to Elizabeth after her father’s death in such a way that she cannot help but accept, for to do anything otherwise might force her family into genteel destitution. The timing is so bad that it shows a shocking lack of empathy, and yet it felt entirely in-character, for Collins. Continue reading »