Apr 062018
 

Of Austen, Ancestry, and Adapting

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Gift from Author

Ever wonder what modern-day descendants of Jane Austen’s family think of her? What are their opinions on her work and celebrated fame? How does it feel to be related to one of the world’s most celebrated writers? How has it impacted or influenced their lives? If your answers are yes, here is a book for you.

Jane Austen’s fifth great-niece, Caroline Jane Knight, descendant of Jane’s brother Edward (who is responsible for bringing Jane to Chawton Cottage) candidly and courageously tells the story of her life in her memoir Jane and Me: My Austen Heritage. She shares in vivid detail the pleasures and delights of growing up in the ancestral home of Chawton House, an estate that has been in the Knight family for 400 years. But she also shares the heartbreaking account of how her family had to leave Chawton just after she turned seventeen and the uncertain and unexpected direction her life took after facing such an upsetting upheaval. This memoir tells of Caroline Knight’s journey – her memories, her successes, her challenges, and her discoveries. Continue reading »

Mar 212018
 

What If Mr. Bingley Fell For Elizabeth First?

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

What if Jane Bennet was away touring the Lake District with the Gardiners when Mr. Bingley first arrived?

What if Mr. Bingley first encountered Elizabeth alone while his sisters and Mr. Darcy were still in London?

What if Jane Bennet meets an attractive and eligible suitor while touring the Lake District?

Doesn’t this sound like a most intriguing and inventive scenario to explore?!? It is always fun to see stories that mix and match Jane Austen’s couples and bring about some new possibilities. And I especially love it when authors give Mr. Darcy some competition, whether it be Colonel Fitzwilliam, George Wickham, or an entirely new character! In this story we see a bit of unique romantic triangle forming as Mr. Bingley immediately shows a marked preference for the lovely and lively Elizabeth Bennet. And since Jane is not there to attract his notice first, it is plausible that Mr. Bingley would be drawn to Elizabeth – they both are very sociable, fun-loving, and active. But what happens when Jane Bennet returns? What about her gentleman suitor from the Lake District? What about Mr. Darcy? Continue reading »

Mar 162018
 

What If Mr. Darcy Wrote More Than One Letter?

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Gift from Author

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Variation, Novella

TIME FRAME: Begins the day after the Hunsford Proposal

SYNOPSIS: After receiving Mr. Darcy’s disastrous proposal and vehemently rejecting it, Elizabeth Bennet is quick to reflect on their exchange and cool down. Realizing that what Mr. Darcy said about her family (while painful to hear and offensive for him to say) was true and that Mr. Darcy’s reserved, private manner is similar to her sister’s Jane, Elizabeth engages Mr. Darcy in conversation instead of reading his letter. While the contents of the letter are revealed verbally, Elizabeth still hesitates to read the letter given to her. So Mr. Darcy writes her another one…and another one…What will Elizabeth do with all these letters from Mr. Darcy? Will they succeed in changing her heart? Continue reading »