Feb 102017
 

Sensitive and Thoughtful Snapshots

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

To be terribly cliché, I’m going to borrow the box of chocolates analogy from Forrest Gump because I feel anthologies truly are like a box of chocolates! One box contains several petite, individual pieces that are distinctive, delectable, and filling if you eat more than one. Oh and yes… “you never know what you’re gonna get.” 😉  And that is why I love them so much!  I was so happy to see that Elizabeth Adams put together an anthology of her own and I love that many of the stories focus on secondary characters from Pride and Prejudice. There are six short stories in total and they range from seven to eighteen pages in length, with the last story being the longest (thirty-seven pages).

I hope you find this breakdown helpful!

MISTRESS OF LONGBOURN

Type of Story: Sequel focusing on Charlotte Collins

My Thoughts: I never thought of what it would be like for Charlotte to return to Meryton as mistress of Longbourn! How her new position in her hometown might present some awkwardness, and how it felt to be moving into her best friend’s childhood home! I enjoyed Charlotte’s reflections, seeing her interact with her children, and her attempt to make a good impression with her neighbors. Continue reading »

Feb 012017
 

The Dangers of Marrying with Unequal Affections

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

I’ll be honest, the minute I heard a new book by Joana Starnes was coming out I was immediately beset with eager anticipation. And it wasn’t the book description, premise, or shared excerpts that brought on my excitement. It was the fact that this story was written by Joana Starnes, an Austenesque author who has continuously impressed me with her heartfelt, emotionally turbulent, and expressively romantic stories. I’m afraid I went into this reading experience with nothing but high expectations. I’ve loved all I read by Joana Starnes and oftentimes feel it is impossible to choose which of her wonderfully-crafted stories is my favorite. (Now even more so!) Continue reading »

Jan 272017
 

Honor and Peculiar Engagements

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Variation

TIME FRAME: Begins with Mr. Darcy’s arrival in Hertfordshire + prologue and epilogue

MAIN CHARACTERS: The Bennets, The Darcys, Lady Catherine, Anne de Bourgh, Colonel Fitzwilliam, and James Hamilton (original character)

SYNOPSIS: Throwing Pride and Prejudice and its beloved characters on their ear, Anngela Schroeder has crafted a variation where at the start of the novel both Darcy and Elizabeth are engaged (or assumed engaged) to someone else. What happens when they meet and feel some stirrings in their heart? What happens when they wish to declare their love for each other, but can’t? Continue reading »