Dec 222017
 

Giving Up On Jane Austen and Mr. Darcy!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Publisher

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Contemporary Romance, Austen-Inspired

SETTING: Present-day California

MAIN CHARACTERS:

  • Emma Pierce: A savvy and intelligent CMO who has decided to renounce Jane Austen after years of waiting for a Mr. Darcy or Mr. Knightley to cross her path and being disappointed.
  • Blake Hampton: Emma’s wealthy and handsome boyfriend who she catches entertaining one of his female work colleagues at his family home.
  • Lucas Hampton: Blake’s younger brother who Emma meets minutes after breaking up with Blake, and then again later, when he is hired as a consultant by Emma’s boss to work closely with her on their expansion to the East Coast.

WHY I WANTED TO READ THIS:

  • The title immediately drew me in – I do love anything and everything Jane Austen related!
  • One of my all-time favorite Regency Romances, Edenbrooke, was published by Shadow Mountain Publishing – I was eager to read more from this company!

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Oct 132017
 

What If Elizabeth Didn’t Travel to Kent?

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

Can you imagine what would happen if Elizabeth didn’t travel to Kent? No interactions with Mr. Darcy and Colonel Fitzwilliam, no proposal, no letter revealing the truth about Wickham…? When Elizabeth encounters Darcy again while she is traveling in the north it has been seven months since they last saw each other. And instead of Pemberley, much of our story takes place at the neighboring estate of Chenowith, where Mrs. Gardiner and Elizabeth are invited to spend some weeks by Mrs. Gardiner’s dear friend, Mrs. Anderson. Mr. Darcy just happens to be at Chenowith as well – being the responsible and dependable person he is – he is helping a friend in need with the harvest. What happens when Lizzy and Darcy are unexpected thrown together and spend more time with each other…? Continue reading »

Sep 042017
 

Snark and Drama!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

Jasmin Field knows she is no actor; she is a journalist for a woman’s magazine. But on a lark she decides to tag along with her sister (who is an actress) to an audition for a fundraising adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.  But just before her audition she overhears the play’s director – the great and famous actor, Harry Noble – refer to her as an “Ugly Sister.” In response, Jazz (as she is known to her friends) gives him a rendition of Elizabeth Bennet refusing Mr. Darcy’s first proposal that perfectly embodies her very real emotions of disbelief, contempt, and abject fury.

As you might guess, Jazz, even with her nonexistent acting experience, lands the role of Lizzy Bennet in the play. And during her rehearsals and encounters with Harry Noble, her opinion of the arrogant and exacting director sink further and further. Especially when she learns that he prevented fellow actor William Whitby from making it big in Hollywood and discovers that he convinced another actor to focus on his career and not his relationship with her sister. Could she despise this loathsome man any more?!? Just when she thinks the answer is no, Harry tells Jazz what he really thinks of her… Continue reading »