Feb 182018
 

Hope everyone is enjoying a lovely weekend!  We are about to go see Black Panther in the theater, but before we leave I just wanted to announce some lucky winners!  Woot woot!

First I want to thank the wonderful ladies of Indie Jane Press for not only writing 6 amazing anthologies with clever updates of Jane Austen’s characters, but for always giving me the opportunity to spotlight and share these terrific books on my blog!  I’m such a fan of this series (and if you didn’t already know that, check here, here, here, here, here, and….here!) and I have thoroughly enjoyed celebrating so many wonderful seasons and holidays with Jane Austen and her characters.  I’m very happy to have read Holidays with Jane: Will You Be Mine? earlier this month and I’m so thankful to share such a lovely giveaway opportunity with my review. 😉

In addition, thank you all for the wonderful response to the recent ARC giveaway contest!  I’m always so glad to see some lovely previously owned Austenesque books find new homes! 😉

A special thank you to Jean and Reina for contributing many of the lovely books featured in this giveaway! Thank you so much for your generosity!

Without further ado… the randomly selected winners are…  Continue reading »

Feb 162018
 

What If Mr. Darcy Disappeared the Day Before Lydia’s Wedding?

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Variation

TIME FRAME: Begins the day before Wickham marries Lydia

SYNOPSIS: Just at the pivotal moment where Mr. Darcy begins to hope that all is not lost between him and Elizabeth Bennet, he is taken from London and presumed missing. What becomes of Lydia and Wickham – do they still marry? What about Georgiana and Pemberley – who will take care and guard both from greedy opportunists? What about Elizabeth Bennet – will she ever move on and forgive herself? But perhaps the most pressing question needing to be answered is who has taken Mr. Darcy and what do they want from him… Continue reading »

Feb 142018
 

Hi readers!  I am happy to welcome author Don Jacobson to Austenesque Reviews today.  As you may have noticed, Mr. Jacobson has been hard at work publishing books in his The Bennet Wardrobe series.  So far, there are 5 works in total for this series that spotlight secondary characters from Pride and Prejudice and include a bit of time travel (sounds interesting, doesn’t it?).  I haven’t read any…yet, but I’ve heard a lot of great things from readers who have read this series.  Mr. Jacobson is currently celebrating the release of The Exile: The Countess Visits Longbourn and I am excited to have him here today to share more about the creation of this series and a colorful excerpt from The Exile: The Countess Visits LongbournWe hope you enjoy!

From Whence Came The Bennet Wardrobe?

Guest post by Don Jacobson

I have been deeply involved in reading JAFF since the latter part of 2013. Over the past three-plus years, I have probably read over 400 Pride and Prejudice/Regency variations. To say that I have immersed myself in the genre would be quite accurate.

In late 2014, I was going through a very difficult time as my 88-year-old mother began to fail. During that “last trip to see Mom,” my family had flown to Connecticut to attend her at the nursing home. She was in and out of reality. She knew who we were—at times—and who the kids were—at times. There were moments, though, when she would look at our 27-year old son and call him by my name.

My mother, as Kurt Vonnegut wrote, was unstuck in time.

And, I think that disturbed me on a subconscious level. Continue reading »