May 042018
 

What If You Fell for Someone Other Than Mr. Darcy?

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

Elizabeth Baker has bad luck when it comes to relationships. Since she was thirteen she has been in love with Mr. Darcy and holds hims as the ideal mate to measure all other men against. After a recent relationship disaster that did not end up with the marriage proposal she was expecting, Elizabeth decides to have an extended visit with her sister, Jane, in London to help get over her broken heart. However, Elizabeth’s holiday in London takes an unexpected turn as crashes a car into a ditch and winds up unconscious after trying to drive in England for the first time. The next thing she knows she is being addressed as Elizabeth Bennet of Longbourn… Continue reading »

Mar 162018
 

What If Mr. Darcy Wrote More Than One Letter?

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Gift from Author

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Variation, Novella

TIME FRAME: Begins the day after the Hunsford Proposal

SYNOPSIS: After receiving Mr. Darcy’s disastrous proposal and vehemently rejecting it, Elizabeth Bennet is quick to reflect on their exchange and cool down. Realizing that what Mr. Darcy said about her family (while painful to hear and offensive for him to say) was true and that Mr. Darcy’s reserved, private manner is similar to her sister’s Jane, Elizabeth engages Mr. Darcy in conversation instead of reading his letter. While the contents of the letter are revealed verbally, Elizabeth still hesitates to read the letter given to her. So Mr. Darcy writes her another one…and another one…What will Elizabeth do with all these letters from Mr. Darcy? Will they succeed in changing her heart? Continue reading »

Feb 262018
 

A Summer Sojourn to Northanger Abbey 20 Years Later

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source:  Purchased

If you are a long-time reader of this blog, than you may have noticed that I am often drawn to older and rarer Austenesque sequels – ones that nowadays are out of print and only available through third party sellers. These stories that were published pre-1995 often focus on Jane Austen’s secondary and tertiary characters, avoid Jane Austen’s main heroes and heroines, and are more often sequels than variations.  Back before the great rise in self-publishing and JAFF popularity, these types of books were very little loved. Many Jane Austen fans were not impressed by other writers who dared to write about Jane Austen’s characters and in Jane Austen’s style. Since I love Jane Austen’s secondary characters and love hunting for rare books, I try to read any older Austenesque book I can find.

Jane Gillespie is the author of several sequels (which according to Amazon and Goodreads, appear to total 9). I’ve read four of her stories so far (but only reviewed one other on my blog). In Uninvited Guests she takes readers back to Northanger Abbey about twenty years after the close of Jane Austen’s tale. And while we don’t see Catherine or Henry, readers do see more of some other characters. I noticed that the full blurb is missing on Amazon, so I thought it would be helpful if I copied it here in my review: Continue reading »