Oct 262015

BrinshoreClever, Enchanting, and Beautifully-Crafted!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

(Note: Potential readers should be made aware that this novel is a sequel to Emma and Elizabeth, and while it is standalone, more pleasure may be derived from reading Emma and Elizabeth prior to this work.)

In her second Austen-inspired novel, Ann Mychal brings us back again – twenty years later – to the dear friends we encountered and fell in love with before in her brilliant continuation of The WatsonsEmma and Elizabeth. In Brinshore, we find these two devoted sisters happy in their respective marriages and enjoying their roles as mothers and wives. Both Emma and Elizabeth have nineteen-year-old daughters, and both daughters are granted the splendid opportunity to spend their summer with their Aunt Harding at her new home she purchased in the incomparable seaside town of Brinshore! Continue reading »

Oct 072015


Hello dear readers!  I’m so very happy to welcome back author Ann Mychal to Austenesque Reviews today!  You may remember last year she came to visit and I reviewed her fantastic continuation for The Watsons, Emma and Elizabeth.  Well, here she is a year later with a special treat for us all – a 61Q2kPa70qL._SX336_BO1,204,203,200_sequel to Emma and Elizabeth, that is Sanditon inspired!


Brinshore, sequels, and heroines of a certain age

Thank you, Meredith, for the wonderful opportunity you have given me of writing my first ever author post. It is both a pleasure and a privilege, and just a little bit daunting. Right now, I’m sitting at home, looking out onto the garden. It is a sunny day and the leaves are turning. Autumn is here, and I’ve just made myself a cup of tea. There’s a list beside me of all the things I need to accomplish today, and first on the list is ‘Author Post for Meredith.’

It is reassuring to note that Jane Austen was familiar with the distractions, interruptions and obligations of everyday life. ‘Composition seems to me impossible, with a head full of joints of mutton and doses of rhubarb,’ says she, in a letter to Cassandra. It is an observation with which I fully concur, and I’d be surprised if I were the only author in the world for whom it is true. If only there were twice as many hours in the day! So, with a head full of joints of mutton and doses of rhubarb, I’ll see what I can do. Continue reading »

Oct 052015


Happy October to you readers!  Boy, did September just fly by!  It wasn’t very a very eventful month here for Mr. Bingley and me…just a lot of working (with school back in session, the music studio has been extra busy!)  Summer is officially over!

As I’m sure you saw, we had our share of celebrations here last month!  Thank you so much to all of you who shared such lovely thoughts and words during my blogiversary and participated in our Clueless Celebration Weekend!  Blogging is something I love and want to do because of the amazing and kind people I can connect with on a daily basis!  And I definitely plan on doing it for a long time!


On Saturday my brother and I went to our biannual library book sale and boy did I have luck on my side!  I feel like Lydia Bennet from the LBD saying this…but “check out my haul!”  I already own copies of the bottom two, but I grabbed them anyway to do some fun giveaways with!  Continue reading »