Oct 072016
 

The Rainbow PromiseThe Sequel Fans Asked For!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

(Note: Potential readers should be made aware that although this is a standalone novel, more pleasure and understanding may be derived from reading Rainy Days prior to this work.)

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: A sequel to Lory’s Pride and Prejudice variation, Rainy Days

TIME FRAME: The day after the Darcys’ wedding through their first 4 months of marriage (+ epilogue)

SYNOPSIS:

The newly married Mr. and Mrs. Darcy currently reside in town in anticipation of the Season. While Elizabeth may want to escape to the beautiful environs of Pemberley, she can’t. It is important for her to be accepted as Mrs. Darcy, and in order for that to happen she must dress impeccably, be seen at society events, and attend her first ball at Almack’s. Lucky for Lizzy she has the fervent love of her devoted husband, the guidance of Lady Matlock, and the support of many of her closest relations as she makes her debut. Continue reading »

Oct 122015
 

Sketching Mr. DarcyA Most Splendid and Compelling Forced Marriage Situation!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Variation, Mature Audiences

TIME FRAME: The day after the Netherfield Ball and about 2 months later

MAIN CHARACTERS: Elizabeth Bennet, Mr. Darcy, Georgiana Darcy, Mr. Wickham, Lady Catherine, James Darcy, Lady Stafford, Colonel Fitzwilliam, Mr. Bennet, Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner

WHY I WANTED TO READ THIS NOVEL:

  • I’ve read and loved every published work by Lory Lilian
  • Pride and Prejudice variation + forced/arranged marriage scenario = that’s my jam! ūüėČ (well, one of them!)

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Aug 132014
 

The Perfect MatchA Satisfying and Sweet Sequel to Pride and Prejudice 

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

Even though I adored all of Lory Lilian’s splendid Pride and Prejudice variations and am a fan of her romantic portrayals of Darcy and Elizabeth, I must admit, I had some reservations about her newest release, The Perfect Match. Partly because sequels that focus on Darcy and Elizabeth aren’t my favorite type of Austenesque novels, (I tend to gravitate more towards variations and minor characters stories) but also I was a little apprehensive about this book because of the title. Like Jane Austen, I’m not too fond of ‚Äúpictures of perfection,‚ÄĚ I like me some tension, misunderstandings, and obstacles. However, I’m so very glad I did read this charming sequel novella, it did not make me ‚Äúsick and wicked‚ÄĚ at all, or portray numerous repetitions¬†of idyllic bliss ‚Äď to be honest, it suited my tastes quite perfectly!

This one hundred and ten page novella was the ideal length for the author’s purpose, which was to illustrate Darcy and Elizabeth in the midst of their first year of marriage – how they are getting on with each other, how Elizabeth is adjusting to her new roles, and how relationships are developing between their two families. Through the course of the novella we see Darcy and Elizabeth celebrate their anniversary and the Christmas holidays. In addition, we witnessing Elizabeth’s ‚Äúproper introduction‚ÄĚ into society and the momentous occasion of her hosting her first grand ball. Even with an absence of tension and misunderstandings between our beloved couple, there was plenty to captivate and entertain. Continue reading »