May 262017

Soak Up the Sun and Fun of Summer!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Authors

Summer is my favorite time of year, I love warm weather and being in the water! I couldn’t think of a better way to start the summer season off than to read the summer-themed anthology in the Holidays with Jane series! There are six short stories in this anthology (one for each Jane Austen novel) and each story takes place in present-day. In this collection readers witness various summer activities such as traveling on a Caribbean cruise, attending sleep-away camp, and hanging out with friends home from college.

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Oct 212016

Holidays with Jane Trick or SweetFall Into the Season with Festive Austenesque Stories

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Authors

If you haven’t heard of Holidays with Jane, it is an anthology series of Austen-inspired holiday-themed short stories. There are six stories in each anthology (one for each Jane Austen novel) and each story takes place in present-day. The lovely ladies who collaborate on these anthologies have published four anthologies so far (Christmas Cheer, Spring Fever, Trick or Sweet, Summer of Love) and have a new one scheduled to release soon – Thankful Hearts). In this collection we see Halloween-themed parties and dances, fall festivals, and bit of magic…

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MUST BE MAGIC – Kimberly Truesdale

The Premise: As soon as Anne’s family puts their beloved home on the market, two people return to town – the man who Anne broke up with eight years ago and someone intent on finding the powerful talisman hidden in Anne’s home…

What I Loved: That this story infused a bit of magic into Persuasion! I liked how Anne’s reason for breaking up with Fareed (Captain Wentworth) wasn’t due to persuasion, but more to do with her wanting to learn about herself and her gifts. I loved all the talk of spells and seeing what Anne did with her magic as well as the trip to the apple farm and Halloween party. Continue reading »

Sep 112015

Mary BennetListen to Your Heart, Mary!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Gift from Friend 🙂

I’ve long ago determined that one of my favorite types of Austenesque novels were ones that focused on minor characters. Jane Austen created characters that are interesting, accessible, likable, and full of personality. It is no wonder that readers find these characters so memorable and captivating. Even Jane Austen’s own family would press her with questions about the Bennets, Knighleys, and other characters. And she would in turn divulge the fate of these characters and the unknown particulars of their lives.

What did Jane Austen say about Mary Bennet? Merely that she “obtained no higher than one of her uncle Philip’s clerks, and was content to be considered a star in the society of Meriton [sic].” Skilled Austenesque author, Jennifer Becton, has decided to flesh-out a story about Mary Bennet from this little quote shared by Jane Austen’s nephew, James Edward Austen-Leigh in his Memoir of Jane Austen. And after reading her fabulous works that highlighted Charlotte Collins and Caroline Bingley, I was most eager to see what she would do with poor, forgotten Mary. Continue reading »