Oct 132017
 

What If Elizabeth Didn’t Travel to Kent?

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

Can you imagine what would happen if Elizabeth didn’t travel to Kent? No interactions with Mr. Darcy and Colonel Fitzwilliam, no proposal, no letter revealing the truth about Wickham…? When Elizabeth encounters Darcy again while she is traveling in the north it has been seven months since they last saw each other. And instead of Pemberley, much of our story takes place at the neighboring estate of Chenowith, where Mrs. Gardiner and Elizabeth are invited to spend some weeks by Mrs. Gardiner’s dear friend, Mrs. Anderson. Mr. Darcy just happens to be at Chenowith as well – being the responsible and dependable person he is – he is helping a friend in need with the harvest. What happens when Lizzy and Darcy are unexpected thrown together and spend more time with each other…? Continue reading »

Oct 112017
 

Hi readers, I’m excited to share another of my Austenesque Top Ten lists with you today!

While many Austenesque stories take place in the Regency era and many take place in modern times, there are a handful that are set somewhere in between.  These stories take Jane Austen’s beloved characters and bring them to new time periods and/or settings.  Sometimes these stories are referred to as ‘alternate universe,’ but I like to use the term – Retellings.  Often times in these stories the setting feels like a character in and of itself.  And I love seeing how authors immerse Jane Austen’s characters and the reader in these unique and diverse settings.

The amount of Austenesque Retellings (that are not modern-day retellings) published may be small, but many of them are such sensational reads I thought it would be fun to highlight my favorites!

Here are 10 fabulous Austenesque retellings that are so deserving of praise and recognition!

* These lists are based only on the novels I have read and reviewed on this blog and are my top ten favorites.

**These lists are subject to change.  

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(in alphabetical order)

1932

Author: Karen M. Cox

Type of Novel: RetellingMature Audiences

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

My Review   I   Add to Cart   I   Add to Shelf

“Ms. Cox’s writing style is captivating and charming. I love the time period she chose, the new predicaments she gave the Bennet family, and the intrigue she created about Georgiana.”

 

At the Edge of the Sea

Author: Karen M. Cox

Type of Novel: RetellingMature Audiences

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

My Review   I   Add to Cart   I   Add to Shelf

“I was utterly charmed and enthralled by this novel! Having read the other two superb Austenesque novels by Karen Cox, I knew I could expect a high-caliber story rich with dynamic characters, intelligent insights, and evocative prose. At the Edge of the Sea is a poignant and expressive love story that should not be missed!”

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Oct 092017
 

What If, One Year Later, Mr. Darcy Had Moved On?

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Variation

TIME FRAME: July 1813 (around one after Elizabeth’s visit to the Peak District)

MAIN CHARACTERS: Elizabeth and Jane Bennet, Mr. Bennet, Mr. Darcy, Georgiana Darcy, Mr. Bingley, Olivia and Viola Bingley, Colonel Fiztwilliam

SYNOPSIS: What if, instead of returning home to Pemberley and running into Elizabeth and the Gardiners at Pemberley, Mr. Darcy traveled to the continent for a year with Georgiana? And if Mr. Darcy doesn’t encounter Elizabeth at Pemberley, that means he doesn’t find out about Wickham’s flight with Lydia and come to the rescue… What becomes of the Bennets when their family name is disgraced and more than tragedy takes place within the year? Continue reading »