Aug 142017
 

Hi friends!  I’ve been waiting for this day for a long time and I’m so happy it is here!  Today I am welcoming one of the kindest and most genuine people in the Jane Austen community to Austenesque Reviews – author J. Dawn King!  Not only is Joy a wonderfully kind and supportive writer – she is an extremely busy one!  I am forever 3 books behind her! #NotComplaining.  I am so happy Joy is paying us a visit today to talk about writing Austenesque stories in alternate settings!  One of my favorite kinds of Austenesque stories!

Joy: Hello, Meredith! Thank you for inviting me to Netherfield. You have a lovely home. Is that cake for us?

Meredith: Yes, Joy, later. You mentioned when you called that you had something to ask me. Please feel free to do so at once.

Joy: Thank you, dear friend. (head bowed) Might I be seated?

Meredith: Absolutely! This sounds serious.

Joy: Oh, dear. I am sorry if I have worried you. But, indeed, yes. This is very serious. Continue reading »

Aug 112017
 

Courage and Love

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source:  Review Copy from Author

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Sequel

TIME FRAME: About 1-2 months after the close of Courage Rises

MAIN CHARACTERS: Mr. Darcy, Elizabeth Darcy, Georgiana Darcy, Colonel Fitzwilliam, Sophie Hawke, Evelyn Hawke

SYNOPSIS: After their harrowing adventures apart Darcy and Elizabeth are together again at Pemberley and preparing to celebrate the festive season. The Darcys invite the Fitzwilliam family and Hawk sisters to Pemberley for the celebration. But Elizabeth’s poor health and constant illness are causing great concern. How can she bring a baby to full-term if everything she eats makes her ill? Soon their company arrives and helps distract the Darcys from their worries, but unexpectedly their guests begin to cause some surprising drama of their own. With family contention, willful servants, and a perilous rescue this festive season seems to be more tense and eventful than anticipated!

SERIES: Courage (Book 2 of 2)

NOTE: Potential readers should read Courage Rises first to fully appreciate and understand all that is taking place in this second book of the series. Continue reading »

Aug 092017
 

Matching Treacherous Challenges Against Tenacious Characters!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Sequel

TIME FRAME: Begins four month after Darcy and Elizabeth are married

MAIN CHARACTERS: Mr. Darcy, Elizabeth Darcy, Georgiana Darcy, Colonel Fitzwilliam, Mr. Bingley

SYNOPSIS: After several months of connubial bliss, Darcy and Elizabeth are about to endure their first separation. Darcy is to London for business and only anticipates that he will be away two to three weeks. But that soon changes when he receives a request from his cousin, Colonel Fitzwilliam, to assist with a debt of honor… Meanwhile at Pemberley, Lizzy is hoping to make her husband proud by proving how capable she is as Mistress of Pemberley. But just as soon as her husband leaves many of families of the estate report serious illness… How can Elizabeth help them all and stop the outbreak from spreading elsewhere? How do Darcy and Elizabeth cope with their individual struggles and prolonged separation?

SERIES: Courage (Book 1 of 2) Continue reading »