Aug 262016
 

FullSizeRender 2Anne de Bourgh Moves On

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

Jane Gillespie may be a brand new Austenesque author to some of you, but she isn’t brand new. Her sequels (which according to Amazon and Goodreads, I believe number at 9) were published between 1984 and 1999 and all seemed to focus on very minor and obscure characters – like Lucy Steele’s older sister Nancy, Mrs. Weston’s daughter all grown up, or Maria Rushworth and Mrs. Norris! So unique, right? Maybe you can see why I wanted to hunt for copies of Ms. Gillespie’s works and read them for myself (I say hunt, because none of them are in ebook format and all are only available through third-party sellers since they are out of print.)

Even though this is the third book I’ve read by Jane Gillespie, this is the first time I am reviewing one of her works on my blog (the other books were read pre-blog and I haven’t reread them yet!) I noticed that there isn’t a full book blurb on either the Amazon or Goodreads pages for this book, so I thought it might be helpful if I copied it here in my review: Continue reading »

May 232016
 

Northanger AbbeyModern-Day Carbon Copy

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Modern Adaptation of Northanger Abbey

SETTING: Dorset, England and Edinburgh and Borders in Scotland

WHY I WANTED TO READ THIS NOVEL:

  • It’s the Austen Project!: 6 best-selling contemporary authors are tackling and updating the 6 major works of Jane Austen! And I haven’t read any of them yet!
  • NA Won: In the vote I held at the beginning of the month, Northanger Abbey was the most voted for option, over Sense and Sensibility by Joanna Trollope. But aside from that, Northanger Abbey inspired novels are definitely scarce and I’m always wanting to read more!

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Sep 142015
 

Pride and Prejudice-Disdain and DeceptionWhat If Mr. Darcy Was Injured Before the Wedding?

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Source: Gift from Author

What if, while on his way to Longbourn to visit with his betrothed, Darcy’s horse threw him and he was gravely injured in a horrific accident?

What if Lady Catherine saw Darcy’s extensive injuries and weakened state as an excuse to take control and separate him from Elizabeth?

What if Elizabeth took desperate measures to see her fiancée and ensure herself of his well-being?

Sounds like a pretty interesting premise, doesn’t it? In this Pride and Prejudice variation novella, Denise O’Hara derails these beloved characters from their traditional course a mere two days before their wedding. Poor Darcy and Lizzy! To be so close to their happy marriage! With Darcy unconscious and immobile, their wedding doesn’t take place as planned. And no one dares oppose Lady Catherine when she demands that Darcy be moved to Rosings and declares that no visitors, save Georgiana, will be permitted. But a despondent yet determined Lizzy doesn’t give up hope! She finds a way to be reunited with her beloved even if does involve a bit of disguise and deception… Continue reading »