May 262017
 

Soak Up the Sun and Fun of Summer!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Authors

Summer is my favorite time of year, I love warm weather and being in the water! I couldn’t think of a better way to start the summer season off than to read the summer-themed anthology in the Holidays with Jane series! There are six short stories in this anthology (one for each Jane Austen novel) and each story takes place in present-day. In this collection readers witness various summer activities such as traveling on a Caribbean cruise, attending sleep-away camp, and hanging out with friends home from college.

I hope you find this breakdown helpful! Continue reading »

May 222017
 

Hello readers!!!  Super excited to be sharing in the celebration of The Darcy Monologues again with a special post about author J. Marie Croft!  As you probably are already aware, Joanne is one of the 15 very talented authors that give Mr. Darcy his say in The Darcy Monologues. I’m thrilled to share an informative interview with J. Marie Croft and a lovely introduction from Caitlin Williams!

Caitlin Williams Shares Falling in Love at First Slight with J. Marie Croft 

 

I clearly remember the first time I came across J.Marie Croft’s writing because it left me seething with jealousy. You see, I had one of those ‘Damn! I wish I’d thought of that’ moments. The book was Love at First Slight, and I was staggered by its inventiveness. What an amazing idea to have the roles reversed! In this ingenious re-telling we meet Elizabeth Darcy, a daughter of Pemberley, complete with younger brother and a great fortune to protect. How proud, aloof, and pernickety she is, unwilling to accept her overwhelming attraction to William Bennet, a middle son from Longbourn destined for the church. It’s a wonderful, memorable book, written with great humour and there are lots of laugh out loud moments, but J.Marie Croft’s observations on human nature and her characterisations are just as sharp as her wit. With simple, beautiful words, she delivers poignant and touching romantic scenes that will make you sigh.

In A Little Whimsical In His Civilities, she gives us a portrait of a cross, frustrated, but humbled, post-Hunsford Darcy as he works his way across what is his own personal social nightmare – the Meryton Assembly Rooms; hating everyone who blocks his path back to Elizabeth.

I love J.Marie Croft’s writing because her Darcys are always real, rounded human beings, with flaws, scars and failings, and that is a brave way to paint him, in a world where he is so often, more commonly offered up to us as the great romantic hero who can do no wrong. In J.Marie Croft’s imagination he’s a real man, and a damn sexy one to boot. I can’t wait to read her story, ‘From The Ashes’ in The Darcy Monologues. Continue reading »

May 192017
 

One of The Best YA Jane Austen Adaptations I’ve Read!

Rating: 5 out 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Modern, Young Adult retelling of Mansfield Park

SETTING: Present-day Chicago

MAIN CHARACTERS:

  • Finley Price: A shy sixteen-year-old with a broken home life. Is very grateful for her godparents, the Bertrams, who have taken care of her these last two years.
  • Oliver Bertram: Eighteen-year-old second son of Finley’s godparents. Her closest friend and fiercest protector.
  • Harlan Crawford: Popular movie star who acts like an insincere and cocky jerk, but maybe there is more to him than meets the eye.

SYNOPSIS:

Even though she has spent the last two years with her godparents (a much better situation than with her mom), Finley still is finding it hard to stand up for herself and feel worthy. But there is one person who has always been there for her and sees her as more than worthy, her best friend, Oliver. Oliver is starting to feel something stronger than friendship for Finley, but he is afraid to act on it. Thinking it would betray Finley’s trust in him and take advantage of her situation. But what happens when two famous movie actors move in next door??? Continue reading »