Oct 212016
 

Holidays with Jane Trick or SweetFall Into the Season with Festive Austenesque Stories

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Authors

If you haven’t heard of Holidays with Jane, it is an anthology series of Austen-inspired holiday-themed short stories. There are six stories in each anthology (one for each Jane Austen novel) and each story takes place in present-day. The lovely ladies who collaborate on these anthologies have published four anthologies so far (Christmas Cheer, Spring Fever, Trick or Sweet, Summer of Love) and have a new one scheduled to release soon – Thankful Hearts). In this collection we see Halloween-themed parties and dances, fall festivals, and bit of magic…

I hope you find this breakdown helpful!

MUST BE MAGIC – Kimberly Truesdale

The Premise: As soon as Anne’s family puts their beloved home on the market, two people return to town – the man who Anne broke up with eight years ago and someone intent on finding the powerful talisman hidden in Anne’s home…

What I Loved: That this story infused a bit of magic into Persuasion! I liked how Anne’s reason for breaking up with Fareed (Captain Wentworth) wasn’t due to persuasion, but more to do with her wanting to learn about herself and her gifts. I loved all the talk of spells and seeing what Anne did with her magic as well as the trip to the apple farm and Halloween party. Continue reading »

Jan 082016
 

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“Happy those, who can remain at Highbury.”

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

It has become my tradition these last three years to read an annotated edition of a Jane Austen work during the holiday break. After thoroughly enjoying the experience with Harvard University Press’s Pride and Prejudice: An Annotated Edition in 2013, I decided to give another Harvard University Press edition a try. And this year my choice must definitely be Emma, after all we did just celebrate its bicentennial!

My rating of 4 stars is for the annotations and comments provided by Bharat Tandon, for Jane Austen’s novel alone my rating would be 5+ stars. I think Emma is a brilliant masterpiece and, depending on my mood, often designate it as my most favorite Jane Austen novel.

Here are some of the insights and understandings I learned while reading Bharat Tandon’s’ annotations: Continue reading »

Oct 022015
 

16768728a876767593762525951444341587343Anna Weston – Heroine? I’m Not Sure…

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

It was with no small amount anticipation and curiosity that I picked up this rare sequel to Jane Austen’s Emma. I believe I first discovered Anna Weston at the sequels review page on the Republic of Pemberley, I must’ve read some favorable reviews to put it on my wish-list, but since that page is no longer posted I cannot be sure.

As we might assume from the title, this tale has more to do with the minor characters from Emma, and more specifically the Weston family and their daughter, Anna Weston. The book blurb (which I did post below since it is not posted on amazon or goodreads) informs that this book is indeed a sequel that features Anna Weston and takes place twenty years after the close of Emma. Continue reading »