Apr 142014
 

The Companion of His Future LifeMary and Mr. Collins – It Just Works!

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

Have you ever felt that Mr. Collins ended up with the wrong character in Pride and Prejudice? He is attracted to Jane’s and Elizabeth’s beauty and Charlotte’s agreeable nature, but he completely overlooks plain Mary, who, with her preference of sermons, serious nature, and fondness for counseling others, would perhaps be the ideal candidate. I’ve always wondered if Mr. Collins ever thought of Mary Bennet, if he even noticed her. Did he see their compatibility and ignore it? In Jack Caldwell’s newest novel he explores what happens when Mr. Collin’s sees Mary and proposes to her instead of Elizabeth…

So how does Mary marrying Mr. Collins change the story for the other characters, you ask? Well, the Netherfield party still departs to London, but because her sister is soon to be married, Jane Bennet doesn’t venture there herself. She instead accompanies Elizabeth on a long visit to Hunsford Parsonage (that’s right, no Maria Lucas!). Where we learn that Mary and Anne de Bourgh don’t remain indifferent acquaintances with each other, but instead become fast friends.  Continue reading »

Apr 072014
 

Mr. Darcy Came to DinnerMr. Darcy is Confined to Longbourn!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Variation

TIME FRAME: A couple of days after Jane’s and Elizabeth’s stay at Netherfield

MAIN CHARACTERS: Elizabeth Bennet, Mr. Darcy, Jane Bennet, Mr. Bingley, Colonel Fitzwilliam, and all the usual suspects…

THE SYNOPSIS: Mr. Darcy is thrown from his horse by a near-collision with Elizabeth’s errant cat, Cassandra, and breaks his leg. Unable to be transported, Mr. Darcy must spend the next 4-6 weeks convalescing in Longbourn’s parlor. What will the Bennet’s do with such an august and unpleasant guest under their roof?

WHAT I LOVED:

  • A Mad-Cap Romp: The first couple chapters of this story are pure comedic genius! Such a hullabaloo! First Darcy is injured, then the Bingleys arrive for dinner and Caroline faints from the sight of blood. Darcy is given brandy and then later laudanum for the pain, and some interesting things happen as a result… Then not more than forty-eight hours later the Bennet household is besieged by Darcy’s concerned relatives, including Mr. Collins’s very esteemed patroness…Lady Catherine de Bourgh! Oh! The havoc! The humor! Very Heyer-like!  Continue reading »
Mar 222012
 

Three Brave Colonels and the Strong Women Who Love Them

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Publisher

Leaving behind stetsons, western ranches, and cowboys, Austenesque author Jack Caldwell picks up his pen to compose a sequel for two of Jane Austen’s most beloved military men, Colonel Fitzwilliam from Pride and Prejudice and Colonel Brandon from Sense and Sensibility. Included in this integrated sequel is a character of Mr. Caldwell’s own creation, the knighted and reputed bad boy Colonel Sir John Buford. What do these three men all have in common? Obviously…they are all colonels. But they also have the distinction of being in love with Austen women, some of which may surprise you! In addition, all three men are good friends (or related to) the Darcys. (Yes, readers will see a little bit of Darcy and Elizabeth in this novel!) And lastly, all three of these brave men are called to serve their country and their king in the Battle of Waterloo.

I must admit, even though I adored Jack Caldwell’s Pemberley Ranch, I was a little anxious that this novel would be all battles scenes and fighting, and not enough romance. Boy, was I wrong! The hopeless romantic in me was most assuredly satisfied with this exhilarating and engrossing saga! There was so much more than war going on; there were estate wars, adulteress wives, newborns, lovers who want to rekindle the past, weddings, murders, and the constructing of lifelong friendships. In addition, I love how Mr. Caldwell related this story! With three heroes to follow, readers were constantly traveling from Delaford, to Rosings, London to Belgium, Newcastle to Vienna, and Pemberley to Longbourn. I appreciated seeing action from all the lead characters’ perspectives and took pleasure in every single one of the exciting and cleverly crafted subplots – even the one for Lydia and Wickham! Continue reading »