Jul 212017
 

Hi readers!  I am so excited to welcome the lovely Caitlin Williams to Austenesque Reviews today!!  Caitlin’s Pride and Prejudice variations (Ardently and The Coming of Age of Elizabeth Bennet) are amongst some of the most beloved and widely read in the genre and I am so incredibly glad she is gifting us with a third book this month!!  (Can I get a woot woot?!?)  Judging from the book blurb, it looks like this story may have a bit of tension in it between Elizabeth and Jane!  That is something we don’t see very often!  I’m so happy to be taking part in the blog tour for When We Are Married!  I hope you enjoy Caitlin’s thoughtful and moving post about Jane and Cassandra.

Thanks Meredith for inviting me onto your blog today to launch When We Are Married.

This is a book which is as much about Elizabeth and Jane and their relationship, as it is about Darcy and Elizabeth. In Pride and Prejudice, those sisters love each other dearly. but in this variation, I have examined what might happen if there was a discord between them. And tried to imagine a case where a person’s normally loving disposition is corrupted by the crushing pain of rejection.

And because of that, I wanted to write something about sisters today. In particular, Cassandra and Jane Austen. Theirs seems to have been a devoted, loving, close relationship. They were together for most of their lives, bar the odd visit elsewhere, and Cassandra was a great support and a tower of strength to Jane. Cassandra was clearly devastated upon Jane’s death.

My friend, Christina Boyd posted this quote from a letter Cassandra wrote after Jane had passed away. Continue reading »

Jun 282017
 

Hello readers!  I’m real excited to welcoming back author J. L. Ashton to Austenesque Reviews today!  Jan is here celebrating her second novel release –Mendacity and Mourning!! Woot woot!  Unlike A Searing Acquaintance, which takes place in modern-day, Mendacity and Mourning, takes readers back to the Regency Era for what sounds like a hilarious and fun ride!  We hope you enjoy this special vignette Jan created for this tour!

Thanks so much for hosting me and Mendacity & Mourning here at Austenesque Reviews, Meredith! I so appreciate the opportunity to share little bit more of the quirky universe of characters in the book, so here is an outtake with two of my favorite Bennets.

Lydia And Kitty, The Knowledgeable Twosome

“Weddings breakfasts are my very favourite gathering,” exclaimed Kitty. Her eyes swept around the room, taking in the merry assemblage of family and neighbours and the long tables covered with a feast of Cook’s best dishes. “All is so cheery and gay.”

Her attention was drawn in particular by one lady, fashionably dressed and standing stiffly among a group of Lucases and Gouldings. “Miss Bingley is not pleased by the day’s happy events,” she sighed. “She must pine for her own happily ever after.” Continue reading »

Jun 232017
 

Happy Friday readers!!  I am so excited to welcome the lovely and kind, Cassandra Grafton to Austenesque Reviews (for her first official visit!)  You may have heard that Cassandra’s newest book – A Quest For Mr. Darcy released YESTERDAY!   Woot woot!  And we thought it would be fun to sit down and have a little chat about her writing and her new release!  We hope you enjoy!

Hi Cassandra!  Thank you so much for this lovely visit to Austenesque Reviews!  As you well-know from my reviews and frequent mentions, I am an ardent admirer of your novels – the introspective A Fair Prospect Trilogy and the inventive The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen, which you co-wrote with Ada Bright!   I am so excited to have you here in celebration of your new release, A Quest for Mr. Darcy

I understand A Quest for Mr. Darcy is a Pride and Prejudice variation that begins soon after Mr. Darcy returns from Kent and realizes he cannot forget Elizabeth Bennet, even though she’s rejected him…and so he plans to do something a little drastic!  I always love hearing how authors come up with their ideas, do you mind sharing your inspiration behind this new variation?

It’s so lovely to be here, Meredith, and I’m delighted to talk about the origins of my new story!

It’s been a long time in finishing, because I had the initial idea back in 2010. It was put aside after I started it, and I only picked up my pen to continue back in the autumn of last year.

The inspiration first came to me when I was lying on a beach (though there’s no beach in the story) sunbathing (ditto) in Portugal (nope) and, much to my husband’s mild annoyance, I then spent the next couple of hours lying still for a few minutes, then sitting up suddenly and grabbing my pencil and notebook. Then, I’d lie down again only to sit up soon after to add more notes, and so it continued! Continue reading »