Mar 142018

What If Mr. Darcy Was Captain Darcy?

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Publisher

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Variation, Novella

TIME FRAME: Begins with the Meryton Assembly

SYNOPSIS: In this Pride and Prejudice variation two very significant aspects of Jane Austen’s beloved story are altered. Mr. Darcy is a second son who, after years of bravery and duty, has advanced to the status of Captain in the Royal Navy. Not close with his older brother, Captain Darcy has not returned to Pemberley in years and instead visits his friend Charles Bingley while he recovers from a recent malady. In addition, Mr. Bennet who contracted pneumonia, is not in the best of health and sadly, his family does not expect him to live for many more months. This changes things for Elizabeth and Jane. Their dreams of marrying for love are relinquished as they adopt more practical aspirations and focus on ways to ensure their family’s future security. Although it is in almost every way unpalatable, Elizabeth feels her only option may be to marry her father’s heir, Mr. Collins…but what if there was another way? Continue reading »

Feb 212018

Pride and Phonetics

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

In a most loverly debut, Riana Everly presents a delightful mash-up of Pride and Prejudice with George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion (which inspired the musical My Fair Lady.) In this clever composition, not only is Mr. Darcy a wealthy master of an estate, but also a renowned professor of phonetics and linguistics who tutors many pupils aspiring to better their situations. While seeking some much desired peace at his friend’s newly leased estate, Professor Darcy receives an unusual request from a country miss who wishes to take lessons to improve her accent and manners. Professor Darcy is not at all inclined to acquiesce to this young lady’s request – especially since he knows she is unable to afford the costs of his services, but his cousin, the good Colonel Fitzwilliam, comes up with an alternative means of payment that promises to be quite beneficial to all involved… Continue reading »

Feb 072018

What If Mrs. Bennet Did Indeed Never Speak to Elizabeth Again?

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Variation

TIME FRAME: Begins the day after the Netherfield Ball


  • Lizzy Brandon is a new author for me, and I’m always game to try new authors!
  • The excerpt I read on Amazon stopped at such a surprising cliffhanger and showed that this story was taking a new direction, I was curious to read more.
  • To be honest, I love the lyricalness of alliterative titles! 😉

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