Apr 182018
 

Pride and Prejudice from Mr. Bennet’s Perspective

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

Instead of retelling Pride and Prejudice from the hero’s point-of-view as many authors have done before, Mark Brownlow opts to share another character’s unique perspective. While not present for much of the action in Jane Austen’s tale and often described as indolent and apathetic, Mr. Brownlow shows us there is much more to Jane Austen’s sardonic and bookish gentleman farmer and father of five In the first book of this series (not sure how many books are planned at the moment), readers will see Mr. Bennet’s thoughts as Mr. Bingley, Mr. Collins, and the militia come into town, learn more about his past and early adulthood, and encounter several new characters, including the young John Barton who seeks Mr. Bennet’s help. In order to help his friend’s son, Mr. Bennet becomes embroiled in speculation, schemes, strategies, and thankfully copious amounts of sponge cake! Continue reading »

Jan 262018
 

A New Protagonist for Mansfield Park!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Alternate Point-of-View of Mansfield Park

TIME FRAME: Begins with the Crawfords’ arrival at Mansfield Parsonage

SYNOPSIS: Many Austen fans find it hard to love Fanny Price, her timid meekness and unerring morality perhaps make her a bit unlikable to readers. Author Kyra Kramer has decided that another character from Mansfield Park deserves a chance to have their story told – the worldly and witty, Mary Crawford. In this tale we see Mansfield Park from Mary Crawford’s point-of-view, and witness first-hand her thoughts and feelings of all that takes place during and after her visit to Mansfield Parsonage. Continue reading »

Jul 072017
 

Reggie Lends Mr. Darcy A Helping Hand…erm…Paw!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

At the tender age of fifteen, a grieving and motherless Fitzwilliam is brought to select a trusty companion of his very own from a litter of English Springer Spaniels. Due to his intelligent eyes and “lively and playful manner,” young Fitzwilliam chooses Reggie despite the fact that he is not of the highest breeding. Through the years Reggie and Darcy develop a wonderfully close bond. Reggie helps Darcy find happiness after his mother’s passing and prompts him to laugh and play, while his father keeps him at a distance and instructs him behave in a “more dignified manner.” But as the years go by, Reggie notices that his master doesn’t laugh and play as much as he used to and is burdened by his many cares and responsibilities. Reggie hopes that something or someone will soon bring some lightheartedness back into his master’s life. And when he meets the delightfully playful and friendly Elizabeth Bennet, Reggie feels that just like himself, she would be a perfect companion for his master…

Reggie has several encounters with the lovely Elizabeth Bennet, and while the two are quite fond of each other, Reggie senses that Elizabeth does not hold his master in any affection…although the same cannot be said for him! So what does Reggie do? He doesn’t have the power to speak Darcy’s language, but he is determined to help his master find happiness in any and every way possible! Continue reading »