Nov 212014
 

The Madness of Mr. DarcyWhat if Mr. Darcy Went Mad?

Rating:  5 out of 5 stars

Source:  Review Copy from Author

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Variation

TIME FRAME: 21 years after Elizabeth and the Gardiners visit Pemberley

MAIN CHARACTERS: Elizabeth Bennet, Mr. Darcy, George Wickham, Lord Matlock (Colonel Fitzwilliam), Lady Matlock (Anne de Bourgh), Sir Frederick (a.k.a. Dr. Wilson, master of Ramsey House)

THE SYNOPSIS:

  • What if Darcy, no matter how hard he tried, was not successful in recovering Lydia and saving the Bennets from scandal?
  • What if nine months after her flight from Brighton, Lydia finally returned to Longbourn, in tatters and mentally disturbed?
  • What if twenty years later finds Darcy, suffering from severe melancholia and an eccentric recluse battling insomnia and alcoholism?

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Oct 152014
 

Author Guest Post

Hello readers!  I’m so excited welcome back Alexa Adams to Austenesque Reviews!  I’ve “known” Alexa for several years now online, I think we both started reviewing around the same time and I always love to compare thoughts with her over what we both have read.   After thoroughly enjoying Alexa’s lovely trilogy series, Tales of Less Pride and Prejudice, I’m super The Madness of Mr. Darcyexcited that she is here again to celebrate another new release – The Madness of Mr. Darcy!  I’ve read several excerpts of this novel awhile back and can’t wait to see what Alexa does with poor, tortured, Mr. Darcy!

Thank you, Meredith, for inviting me back to Austenesque Reviews to discuss my new book, The Madness of Mr. Darcy. This story takes place in 1832, twenty years after the events of Pride & Prejudice – enough time for Mr. Darcy to have so lost his path that he finds himself at Ramsey House, an asylum for the gently unhinged. I wrote the first draft of the story during NaNoWriMo 2013, and it was in a moment of writer’s block that I began to populate my little madhouse with characters from Austen’s other novels. In the final draft, I still have three original Austen characters amongst the inmates. I think it was Meredith’s comprehensive Austenesque lists, which includes a category for books containing cross-novel character development, that inspired me to reintroduce these familiar creations to her readers. The twenty year span gave me ample opportunity to imagine circumstances that might disrupt even the most orderly mind. Continue reading »

Oct 062014
 

Austenesque Agenda

A very happy October to you, friends!  Happy fall!

How was your September?  Mine was very eventful….perhaps more eventful than I wanted it to be.  School is back in session here and we have been very busy with lessons and new students. 🙂  So my weekdays are pretty full…which means I can sneak off to the beach as much unless it is the weekend.  Which I tried to do when it wasn’t raining!

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and we’ve tried to enjoy a few visits downtown too!

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