Jul 212017
 

Hi readers!  I am so excited to welcome the lovely Caitlin Williams to Austenesque Reviews today!!  Caitlin’s Pride and Prejudice variations (Ardently and The Coming of Age of Elizabeth Bennet) are amongst some of the most beloved and widely read in the genre and I am so incredibly glad she is gifting us with a third book this month!!  (Can I get a woot woot?!?)  Judging from the book blurb, it looks like this story may have a bit of tension in it between Elizabeth and Jane!  That is something we don’t see very often!  I’m so happy to be taking part in the blog tour for When We Are Married!  I hope you enjoy Caitlin’s thoughtful and moving post about Jane and Cassandra.

Thanks Meredith for inviting me onto your blog today to launch When We Are Married.

This is a book which is as much about Elizabeth and Jane and their relationship, as it is about Darcy and Elizabeth. In Pride and Prejudice, those sisters love each other dearly. but in this variation, I have examined what might happen if there was a discord between them. And tried to imagine a case where a person’s normally loving disposition is corrupted by the crushing pain of rejection.

And because of that, I wanted to write something about sisters today. In particular, Cassandra and Jane Austen. Theirs seems to have been a devoted, loving, close relationship. They were together for most of their lives, bar the odd visit elsewhere, and Cassandra was a great support and a tower of strength to Jane. Cassandra was clearly devastated upon Jane’s death.

My friend, Christina Boyd posted this quote from a letter Cassandra wrote after Jane had passed away. Continue reading »

Jul 172017
 

Hi readers!  It is a significant week in the Jane Austen world – a week where we remember Jane Austen’s death (July 18th, 1817) and acknowledge that her life ended too soon.

And this year the recognition and acknowledgement is even greater as it marks 200 years since Jane Austen’s passing.

That means that it has been 200 years since a new Jane Austen novel came out, but lucky for us her stories and characters have continued to live fruitful and long lives (and it looks like that won’t be changing any time soon!)

I know many of us are so grateful for Jane Austen and all the many ways her works have brought joy, comfort, and happiness to our lives. I thought it would be interesting to wonder what our lives would be like without Jane Austen.

So if you don’t mind, dear friends,  take a moment and ask yourself…

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Jul 142017
 

Love Has Found Them At Pemberley!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

Send your unmarried daughters to Pemberley, for that is where they shall find husbands! 😉 In her charming collection of four novellas, Reina Williams explores what happens to some of the unmarried females at the end of Pride and Prejudice – Kitty Bennet, Georgiana Darcy, Mary Bennet, and Maria Lucas. Each story is around 70-80 pages in length and takes place over a short period of time.

I hope you find the following breakdown helpful!

MOST TRULY

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

The Premise: While staying at Pemberley, Kitty Bennet encounters Colonel Fitzwilliam after his return from war. Both instantly start to feel something strong for each other, but Colonel Fitzwilliam battles with his family’s expectations and Kitty convinces herself to have no hope… Continue reading »