Jul 072017
 

Reggie Lends Mr. Darcy A Helping Hand…erm…Paw!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

At the tender age of fifteen, a grieving and motherless Fitzwilliam is brought to select a trusty companion of his very own from a litter of English Springer Spaniels. Due to his intelligent eyes and “lively and playful manner,” young Fitzwilliam chooses Reggie despite the fact that he is not of the highest breeding. Through the years Reggie and Darcy develop a wonderfully close bond. Reggie helps Darcy find happiness after his mother’s passing and prompts him to laugh and play, while his father keeps him at a distance and instructs him behave in a “more dignified manner.” But as the years go by, Reggie notices that his master doesn’t laugh and play as much as he used to and is burdened by his many cares and responsibilities. Reggie hopes that something or someone will soon bring some lightheartedness back into his master’s life. And when he meets the delightfully playful and friendly Elizabeth Bennet, Reggie feels that just like himself, she would be a perfect companion for his master…

Reggie has several encounters with the lovely Elizabeth Bennet, and while the two are quite fond of each other, Reggie senses that Elizabeth does not hold his master in any affection…although the same cannot be said for him! So what does Reggie do? He doesn’t have the power to speak Darcy’s language, but he is determined to help his master find happiness in any and every way possible! Continue reading »

Jan 252017
 

Move Over, Emma Woodhouse, There Is a New Matchmaker In Town!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: A Pride and Prejudice Variation from the perspective of Georgiana Darcy

TIME FRAME: Begins during the Bennet sisters stay at Netherfield Park through a few weeks later + epilogue

MAIN CHARACTERS: Georgiana Darcy, Mr. Darcy, the Bennet family, the Bingley family, George Wickham, Mary King, Mrs. Annesley, Captain Jacobs (original character)

WHY I WANTED TO READ THIS NOVEL:

  • A new author for me that has already published 3 previous works.
  • I love the idea of Georgiana playing matchmaker for her brother.
  • I sampled the first 2 chapters and found the premise engaging and our heroine charming! I definitely wanted to read more!

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Jun 272016
 

The Forgotten Sister“Poor, Obscure, Plain, and Little” Mary

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Alternate Point-of-View, Minor Character

TIME FRAME: From Mary Bennet’s early childhood to 3-4 years after the close of Pride and Prejudice

MAIN CHARACTERS: The Bennet Family, The Long Family, The Lucas Family, George Rovere, Peter Bushell, George Wickham, Mrs. Knowles

WHY I WANTED TO READ THIS NOVEL:

I’ve read a couple of novels that placed Mary Bennet in the spotlight and loved them! I know many might find Mary to be dull and priggish, but I’ve always had an affinity for her and felt myself able to understand her feelings of awkwardness and isolation. Continue reading »