Feb 012017

The Dangers of Marrying with Unequal Affections

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

I’ll be honest, the minute I heard a new book by Joana Starnes was coming out I was immediately beset with eager anticipation. And it wasn’t the book description, premise, or shared excerpts that brought on my excitement. It was the fact that this story was written by Joana Starnes, an Austenesque author who has continuously impressed me with her heartfelt, emotionally turbulent, and expressively romantic stories. I’m afraid I went into this reading experience with nothing but high expectations. I’ve loved all I read by Joana Starnes and oftentimes feel it is impossible to choose which of her wonderfully-crafted stories is my favorite. (Now even more so!) Continue reading »

Aug 122016

Miss Darcy's CompanionWhat If Elizabeth Worked for Mr. Darcy?

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Variation

TIME FRAME: Several months before Mr. Bingley signs a lease for Netherfield Park

MAIN CHARACTERS: Elizabeth Bennet, Mr. Darcy, and Georgiana Darcy

SYNOPSIS: What if there was no Ramsgate, no overheard insult, and no surprise encounter in Kent? What if Darcy first met Elizabeth Bennet as a nursemaid/stand-in governess for his cousin’s children? And what if Georgiana expressly wished for Darcy to hire Elizabeth as her companion? With her father passed away and Longbourn taken over by the odious Mr. Collins, Elizabeth happily accepts this position, even though she has no experience. Will she find her new employer to be haughty and high-handed? Or will she see him as kind and generous? Continue reading »

Oct 232015

The Unthinkable Triangle_Final cover“How Do I Live Without You?”

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

What if, despite his need for an heiress with a large fortune, Colonel Fitzwilliam proposes to Elizabeth Bennet, unknowingly a day before Darcy intends to, and is accepted?

What if Darcy’s hesitation cost him his dearest desire and he must now witness the joyful and affectionate union of the woman he secretly loves to his closest male relation?

It would be unthinkable…wouldn’t it?

In a very courageous and compelling variation, Joana Starnes illustrates what happens when there is a greater impediment to Darcy’s and Elizabeth’s happily ever after than misinterpreted pride and misguided prejudice. And that impediment is affable and likable Colonel Fitzwilliam. Readers are placed in a quandary because our hearts tell us that Elizabeth can only marry Darcy, yet we like Colonel Fitzwilliam and see how happy Elizabeth is with him. Their romance isn’t one of contention and misunderstandings. Their courtship is one of joy and devotion; and with their lively personalities, congenial spirits, and similar inclinations, readers must admit – Fitz and Liz make sense. But how can this end happily? Even though we are Team Darcy all the way, we don’t want to see our dear colonel terrible hurt and unhappy…Ahh what are you doing to us, Joana Starnes? Continue reading »