Jun 132018
 

Four Ladies, Four Points-of-View

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

Anne de Bourgh, pale, sickly, and rich, with a desirable inheritance and the promise of a brilliant betrothal, seemed to have a blessed future ahead of her. Or at least she did until Miss Elizabeth Bennet walked into her life and changed everything. With no expected betrothal, no marriage prospects, indifferent health, and her mother’s severely disappointed hopes Anne is left wondering what path her future will take… Will her mother find another auspicious suitor for her to marry? Will she be forced to settle for a marriage of convenience? Or will she find a chance of romance?

While there are many Pride and Prejudice sequels that share what becomes of Georgiana Darcy, Kitty Bennet, and Mary Bennet, Shannon Winslow has instead decided to focus her lens on some secondary characters that are not usually given a large spotlight (although one of them often demands to have her share of it!) In this charming sequel, readers will see parts of Pride and Prejudice from the point-of-views of Anne de Bourgh, Lady Catherine, Charlotte Collins, and Mrs. Jenkinson, as well as learn what becomes of them all after the close of Jane Austen’s beloved tale. Readers will not only be privy to the astute observations and inner thoughts of these ladies, but also witness their private feelings and emotions. 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 »