Nov 212014

The Madness of Mr. DarcyWhat if Mr. Darcy Went Mad?

Rating:  5 out of 5 stars

Source:  Review Copy from Author

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Variation

TIME FRAME: 21 years after Elizabeth and the Gardiners visit Pemberley

MAIN CHARACTERS: Elizabeth Bennet, Mr. Darcy, George Wickham, Lord Matlock (Colonel Fitzwilliam), Lady Matlock (Anne de Bourgh), Sir Frederick (a.k.a. Dr. Wilson, master of Ramsey House)


  • What if Darcy, no matter how hard he tried, was not successful in recovering Lydia and saving the Bennets from scandal?
  • What if nine months after her flight from Brighton, Lydia finally returned to Longbourn, in tatters and mentally disturbed?
  • What if twenty years later finds Darcy, suffering from severe melancholia and an eccentric recluse battling insomnia and alcoholism?

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Nov 272013

Holidays at PemberleyCharlotte Seeks a Husband at Pemberley

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

For those unfamiliar with this light-hearted and elegant Austenesque trilogy, A Tale of Less Pride and Prejudice, it first_impressions_cover_frontbegins with First Impressions, a Pride and Prejudice variation that asks the question: What if Darcy danced with Elizabeth at the Meryton Assembly rather than insult her? And proceeds to take our beloved couple on a much smoother course to true love, one with a bit less pride and prejudice.

In Second Glances, a sequel to First Impressions, the story continues with the adventures and
Second Glances
marriages of Kitty, Lydia, and Georgiana, while also illustrating life of all the newly married Darcys and Bingleys.

 The third book in this series, Holidays at Pemberley concludes with a happily ever after for Charlotte Lucasa as well as glimpses of some holiday seasons celebrated with the Darcys at Pemberley. Continue reading »

Apr 052013

A Kitty Bennet That We Can Admire and Love!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

Out of all the Bennet sisters, Kitty is perhaps the sister that is the least developed and defined by Jane Austen. Described as “weak-spirited, irritable, and completely under Lydia’s guidance,” she doesn’t seem to possess any unique characteristics or admirable marks of distinction (unless you count being an indiscriminate cougher!) And as far as Austenesque novels go, to date it would seem that both Mary and Lydia are more frequently chosen as heroines over poor, unpopular Kitty. Which is why I am so elated and thankful that Alexa Adams has penned a sequel to her Pride and Prejudice variation, First Impressions, that features Kitty Bennet as the heroine!

At the close of First Impressions with Kitty and Lydia being sent to a ladies school in Bath, it would seem that “two of the silliest girls in the country” were on the path to improvement! As one might expect, one sister made the most of this rare opportunity and worked hard with her studies, while the other remained preoccupied with flirting, frivolity, and fun. Because of Kitty’s remarkable progress with her accomplishments and manners, she is invited to London to accompany Georgiana Darcy during her season. As bosom friend and sister to the illustrious Darcys, Kitty anticipates a season full of entertainment, excitement, and elegance. What she doesn’t expect is to be plagued by one of the most presumptuous, eccentric, and eligible bachelors in town! Continue reading »