Sep 102017
 

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Hi everyone!  I’m so happy to announce a lucky winner today!

I’m so thankful to Nancy Lawrence for her lovely visit to Austenesque Reviews!  It was so great to meet her original character Captain Robert Bingley and to see his encounter with Mary Bennet in the library at Nethefield.  I cannot wait to spend more time with these characters and begin reading Mary and the Captain next week!

Also I’d like to say thank you to Nancy for sponsoring a very lovely giveaway of her Netherfield Library Prize Pack with her visit!  What a bevy of lovely treats including one signed copy of Mary and the Captain!

And a big thank you to everyone who stopped by and read and commented on Nancy’s post!  Your support and enthusiasm are greatly appreciated! Continue reading »

Sep 082017
 

Hi friends!  I am so happy to welcome author Maria Grace to Austenesque Reviews today!  As some of you know Maria has been dealing with Hurricane Harvey these past few weeks and it is amazing that she released her new book, A Less Agreeable Man at the same time!  Major applause to Maria for that – she is Wonder Woman with capital W!  Anyways, I am thrilled to share Maria’s post about secondary characters and a very beleaguered Colonel Fitwilliam!!

Writing Secondary Characters

Jane Austen gave us some amazingly memorable characters throughout all her books, characters we cannot get enough of. Darcy and Elizabeth make the most frequent appearance in adaptations of Austen for very good reason. But there’s something about the secondary characters that I find very compelling, as well.

A Less Agreeable Man is the fourth book I’ve written around secondary characters, and I’ve done almost as many short stories. There are just so many wonderful possibilities with these characters they are hard to resist.

Don’t get me wrong, they can be pretty challenging as well. Some of them show up as either bland or ridiculous in Austen’s works, unraveling the puzzle of what makes them so is a fascinating process that can result in a surprising, three dimensional character.

Lydia Bennet is a ridiculous, self-centered little flirt. Mary Bennet is bland and sermonizing. Harriet Smith (of Emma) is a ditzy little follower who does not think for herself. Elizabeth Elliot—or where to begin with that piece of work! The list goes on. But the delicious question is why are they that way? Is it possible that we have been presented with an unreliable narrator and only see them through the eyes of that opinion? What is going on underneath the surface of that character? Continue reading »

Sep 062017
 

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Hi friends!  I can’t tell you how much I look forward to doing this post each month!  I love hearing what is going on in your lives, and feel like it is our chance to catch up with each other a little! 😉

August is always a fun month for us – it is my birthday month and we usually go on vacation at the end of the month!  So I have a few reasons to love it. 🙂

For my birthday, I got some lovely Austenesque and bookish goodies…

Spoiled rotten, aren’t I?  I am very excited to own a lovely Jane Austen coin!  And I am so happy to own some childhood classics that I’ve never read like Anne of Green Gables and A Little Princess.  And I specifically wanted to get Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland so I can appreciate and understand Alexa Adams’s new tale Darcy in Wonderland all the better! 🙂 Continue reading »