Apr 252016

unfrontSpies and Speculation

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Publisher

CIA, the Cold War, counterintelligence spies? Doesn’t sound like your typical Pride and Prejudice retelling, does it? Oh no, my friends, it certainly is not!

Freshly minted officer Elizabeth Bennet, who specializes in linguistics, is assigned a covert mission to investigate the famous and memorably arrogant William Darcy. Chosen because of her fluency in Hungarian, Elizabeth travels to Budapest to be Darcy’s interpreter, all the while studying his actions to determine if he is indeed a double agent botching up missions and leaking information to the enemy.

Very true to their natures, Darcy and Elizabeth don’t think very much of each at their first meeting. Darcy assumes Elizabeth is too “wet-behind-the-ears” and Elizabeth believes he is an infuriating jerk with no heart. Now of course, Elizabeth’s opinion may be slightly colored by the incriminating tale she heard from fellow counterintelligence officer, George Wickham. Who was quick to share how Darcy’s actions (and inaction) in Prague, makes him believe Darcy might be going rogue… Will Elizabeth be able to discover the truth or is Darcy’s career in the CIA virtually over? Continue reading »

Nov 152013

ATEOTS14iA Young Man’s Coming-of-Age

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Publisher

Note: I know this book isn’t marketed or labeled an Austenesque novel, but I found it to be one. It isn’t a retelling or adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, but readers can clearly see that this story was inspired and influenced by Pride and Prejudice and it’s characters. Similar to Find Wonder in All Things, At the Edge of the Sea definitely felt Austen-Inspired.

In Pride and Prejudice,Darcy and Elizabeth are separated by social standing, upbringing, and wealth – in At the Edge of the Sea, Karen Cox creates an even bigger chasm between her principal characters by making Billy Ray the son of an evangelist preacher and Lizzy Quinlan the town’s “sadder but wiser girl” with a reputation for being “fast and loose.” Taking us back to the summer 1959, Karen Cox tells the story of a young man and how his decision to show compassion to another person changes him, changes her, and changes the course of their lives. Continue reading »

May 122012

Most Deserving of Praise!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

Did Laurel Elliot do the right thing when she decided against moving to Nashville, Tennessee to be with the man she loved? Would James Marshall still have become the successful millionaire he is today if she remained a part of his life? Would they have found their happily-ever-after living on love and a hand-to-mouth existence?

When she was just eighteen and halfway through her first semester at college, Laurel was faced with the most difficult decision of her life: follow the man she loves on an exciting and unknown adventure to a new town or pursue her college degree close to home where she is depended upon by her family. Even though Laurel desperately loved James and wanted a future with him, her fear and uncertainties made her balk. And instead of convincing Laurel to overcome her objections, James walks out, gives up, and closes his heart…or so he thought.

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