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

WHY I WANTED TO READ THIS:

  • 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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Dec 182017
 

Colonel Fitzwilliam Learns There Is Something About Mary!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy From Author

(Note: This book is the third book in Maria Grace’s The Queen of Rosings Park series. And while it is a stand alone novel, it is better to read this series in order because as fans of Maria Grace may already know, she has a penchant for altering situations and personalities!) 😉

What readers need to know before starting this story is that Mr. Bennet is a physician, the Bennet family lived in Kent while Mr. Bennet served as Lady Catherine’s physician, Anne de Bourgh recently passed away and bequeathed Rosings to Colonel Fitzwilliam in her will, and Rosings is in serious debt and practically near ruin.

In her third installment ofThe Queen of Rosings Park series, Maria Grace shines her spotlight on two secondary characters who, on the surface, seem like an unlikely pairing – the plain and priggish Mary Bennet and a sociable soldier from His Majesty’s Army, Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam. Colonel Fitzwilliam trying to save his crumbling and debt-ridden estate and Mary Bennet is currently living at Hunsford Parsonage while she waits to be married to Mr. Michaels, who serves as steward of Rosings. Since Lady Catherine’s disillusions and madness have grown steadily worse after her daughter’s passing, Colonel Fitzwilliam seeks out Mary’s help with her care. At first glance, all Colonel Fitzwilliam sees about Mary is that she is capable, efficient, and unremarkable. But he soon learns there is much more to Mary than he first surmised… Continue reading »