Mar 102017

Hello readers!  I am very happy to welcome the lovely Shannon Winslow back to Austenesque Reviews today!  Shannon is the author of several fantastic Austenesque stories (The Darcys of Pemberley, Return to Longbourn, The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen) to name a few!  And today Shannon is here to talk about her newest series, Crossroads Collection, which has some fantastical elements in it!  I hope you greatly enjoy her post!

Fulfilling the Fantasy

What Jane Austen fan hasn’t at least once entertained a fantasy about waking up in Regency England, another Lizzy Bennet destined for her own Mr. Darcy? I have! That’s sort of what my new book, Leap of Hope, is all about and why it was so much fun to write! It became my risk-free, wish-fulfilling, vicarious romp through the pages of Jane Austen’s novels, primarily Pride and Prejudice and Mansfield Park. I hope it will do the same for you.

Hope O’Neil is an incurable optimist, and she jumps at the chance for an Austen kind of life, leaving everything she’s ever known to start over in Regency England. All she can take with her is the sum total of her knowledge of that time period, mostly acquired from the Jane Austen novels and movies she’s half-memorized. So she’s always looking at her new world through that lens, seeing Jane Austen characters and situations wherever she turns and applying a What-would-Elizabeth-Bennet-do? rationale to every problem.

Not that it takes much of a stretch of her imagination. After all, Hope has chosen a family that very much reminds her of the Bennets of Pride and Prejudice, slipping into the place of the second daughter, Kathleen Barrett, just as the original Kate slips away, victim of a fatal fall from a horse. (Trust me, it all makes perfect sense in the book!)

Here’s Hope as Kate (her recently acquired Regency identity), relating her first private conversation with her new sister after arriving on the scene, written in her own words: Continue reading »

Oct 142016

The Elizabeth PapersUncovering the Important Truth of the Darcys’ Marriage!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

What if Mr. Darcy, being the responsible and magnanimous man he is, decided to set up a Darcy Trust to endow his future female descendants so they wouldn’t have to fear poverty or dependency on their relations?

What if in 2014 one of those modern-day descendants believed there was some truth to the rumor that one of the original Mr. Darcy’s daughters wasn’t actually his daughter?

What if this descendant hired a private investigator to find the answers about Victoria Darcy and discover if Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth Darcy truly were her parents? Continue reading »

Sep 192016


Hi Readers!  I am so happy to be reading (rereading!)  The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen together with you!

Today is a discussion of CHAPTERS 7-14, so if you know anything that happens beyond those chapters, we ask that you don’t mention it here!  NO spoilers, please! 

*Participating in today’s discussion earns you an entry towards our Group Read Giveaway (you can earn 5 entries in all!)

Without further ado, here are some questions I thought of to get the discussion going, feel free to add your own!

1. What did you think of the twist (Mr. Ashford’s secret)?  Did you see it coming?

2. There are a lot of nods to Sense and Sensibility and a bit of fiction regarding some decisions Jane Austen made while writing/revising this work.  What are your thoughts on Sense and Sensibility?  Do you think there are any connections with Jane Austen’s life?

3. What do you think of Mr. Ashford and the Churchills now?  What do you speculate the reason is for Mr. Ashford’s engagement?  Do you think the Churchills should have done more to interfere between Mr. Ashford and Jane?

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