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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Nov 172017
 

For Many Of Life’s Woes, Escaping into Jane Austen is an Infallible Cure!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Publisher

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Austen-Inspired Original

SETTING: Modern-day Austin, Texas and Bath, England

MAIN CHARACTERS:

  • Mary Davies: an industrial engineer for WATT who is introverted, processes things internally, is pragmatic, and thinks with a mathematical mind.
  • Nathan Hillam: an intelligent consultant hired by WATT that has worked close with Mary this past year. Doesn’t know Mary is in love with him.
  • Isabel Dwyer: Mary’s childhood friend who is completing her dissertation on Jane Austen by going on a two week “costumed Austen-style adventure” in Bath, England. Isabel has a terrible father, whose negligent behavior and indifference has left some scars.

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Nov 062017
 

First Impressions and Football

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Gift from Family

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Austen-Inspired, Young Adult

SETTING: Temple Sterling, Florida – modern day (fictitious, smallish town)

MAIN CHARACTERS:

  • Dev: a spectacularly ordinary high school senior that doesn’t have her future figured out
  • Foster: Dev’s 14 year old cousin who has come from California to live with them
  • Cas: Dev’s outgoing, football playing best friend whom she has unrequited feelings for
  • Ezra: All-American football star of the school, most people think he is an arrogant jerk

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