Apr 172017
 

For Those Who Dream Of Playing Elizabeth Bennet

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

Note: This is the second book in Shannon Winslow’s time-travel/fantasy series, Crossroads Collection, but each book is stand-alone and does not need to be read in order.

In her daring and inventive new series, Shannon Winslow has created an organization that helps people have a second chance at life. The clients that come to Crossroads Center have had their lives cut tragically and unexpectedly short, and now they are presented with the choice of returning back to their old life (a little bit wiser about what lies ahead in their future) or change lives completely. In each book the story will focus on a new character and how they deal with this new and extraordinary opportunity.

In Leap of Hope we meet Hope O’Neil – college student, orphan, and devoted Jane Austen fan. And she finds herself quite delighted and intrigued by all she learns at Crossroads Center. Since she doesn’t have any family remaining, Hope is thrilled with the prospect of living out her fantasy of being a Jane Austen heroine! While she knows there are some drawbacks to life in the Regency era (hygiene, lack of rights or occupation), Hope is determined it is what she wants. And she chooses to have her second chance in the form of Kathleen Barrett, the second eldest daughter (of 4) in a genteel family living in Hampshire. Hope even entertains the notion that her life as Kathleen Barrett may follow the same footsteps as Elizabeth Bennet… you know with a household full of daughters, an entailed estate, and being the second daughter…. 😉 Continue reading »

Aug 242015
 

Miss Georgianna Darcy of PemberleyGeorgiana Darcy, A Sympathetic and Sensitive Heroine

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars*

Source: Review Copy from Author

In her latest release, Shannon Winslow circles back to her debut novel, a Pride and Prejudice sequel titled The Darcys of Pemberely, and retells the story from the perspective of Georgiana Darcy. While we do encounter Georgiana aplenty in The Darcys of Pemberley and witness a little of her first experience of being in love, the story’s main focus is Darcy and Elizabeth and the obstacles they overcome in the first year of marriage. Feeling that she perhaps didn’t do Georgiana enough justice, Ms. Winslow penned this companion novel to give Georgiana the page time and attention she so very much deserves! (The cool thing is that you can read both The Darcys of Pemberley and Miss Georgiana Darcy of Pemberley at the same time alternating chapters and have the complete story perfectly in sync!)

When it comes to Pride and Prejudice sequels, Georgiana Darcy is often a popular choice for authors to flesh-out and feature. For a character that receives so little page time, Jane Austen gives Georgiana an eventful and somewhat harrowing history. And as an unwed and shy sister with a romantic heart she is a character that easily ignites curiosity, interest, and compassion. There is often great variance in the directions authors choose to go with Georgiana – she’s been portrayed as painfully shy, playful and growing in confidence, immature, flirtatious, meek, spoiled, and sometimes resentful and jealous. But I think my favorite depictions of Georgiana are ones like Ms. Winslow’s – where she is portrayed as romantic and sensitive. Continue reading »

Sep 122014
 

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000037_00034]Jane Austen and Her Captain

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

What if, after spending years of creating unions of perfect happiness and “marriages of true minds,” Jane Austen decided to pen a novel that closely mirrored her own experience with love?

What if Jane Austen had a great love affair where she experienced both undying, all-consuming love and heart-wrenching pain and disappointment?

What if Jane Austen’s last completed novel about lost love and second chances was more than just a little bit autobiographical?

Could you imagine it?!? How wonderful would it be to learn that our beloved authoress had known such love! To discover that someone appreciated, adored, and ardently admired her genius and person! While we may never know for sure the details of Jane Austen’s love life, it is always a merry diversion to imagine the possibilities…Crafting an alternative reality from known events and people in Jane Austen’s life and blending it with events and characters from Persuasion, Shannon Winslow creates a fantastic fictional tale of Jane Austen’s love affair with her very own Captain Wentworth that satisfyingly “reveals” the unknown love life of Jane Austen. Continue reading »