Apr 192017
 

Hi readers!! I’m so excited to welcome back Sophie Turner to Austenesque Reviews today!  Sophie, is the lovely author behind the Constant Love series, a series of wonderful Pride and Prejudice sequels. But today Sophie is here to talk about her newest release, which is actually a variation!  Sophie has prepared a very special and thoughtful post about her characterization of Mr. Darcy.  We hope you enjoy!

Thank you so much for hosting me again here, Meredith! I always love visiting Austenesque Reviews, and I’m excited to tell readers more about the thoughts behind some of the characterizations in my latest book, Mistress: A Pride and Prejudice Variation, with Parts Not Suitable for Those Who Have Not Reached Their Majority.

I often look up words during my editing process to ensure that they’re actually period appropriate. Sometimes words that I would have thought were more modern surprise me and go back to the 14th or 15th century. Sometimes, I’m surprised to learn that words I would have thought in use during the Regency did not come in until much later.

One of the biggest surprises was “empathy.” which Merriam-Webster lists as having a first known use of 1909. This was a bit of a blow to me: ever since I’d learned the difference between sympathy and empathy, I’d always considered it important to distinguish between them, but now I had to use sympathy to encompass both.

But since we’re in the modern world and the word has been invented, it’s the concept of empathy I want to talk about, and how it applies to the two men who have the greatest influence over Elizabeth’s life in Mistress. I suppose I should say three men have a strong influence over her life, for it’s Mr. Bennet’s untimely death that first drives the plot.

The first of the two men I primarily want to talk about, though, is Mr. Collins, who times his proposal to Elizabeth after her father’s death in such a way that she cannot help but accept, for to do anything otherwise might force her family into genteel destitution. The timing is so bad that it shows a shocking lack of empathy, and yet it felt entirely in-character, for Collins. Continue reading »

Apr 172017
 

For Those Who Dream Of Playing Elizabeth Bennet

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

Note: This is the second book in Shannon Winslow’s time-travel/fantasy series, Crossroads Collection, but each book is stand-alone and does not need to be read in order.

In her daring and inventive new series, Shannon Winslow has created an organization that helps people have a second chance at life. The clients that come to Crossroads Center have had their lives cut tragically and unexpectedly short, and now they are presented with the choice of returning back to their old life (a little bit wiser about what lies ahead in their future) or change lives completely. In each book the story will focus on a new character and how they deal with this new and extraordinary opportunity.

In Leap of Hope we meet Hope O’Neil – college student, orphan, and devoted Jane Austen fan. And she finds herself quite delighted and intrigued by all she learns at Crossroads Center. Since she doesn’t have any family remaining, Hope is thrilled with the prospect of living out her fantasy of being a Jane Austen heroine! While she knows there are some drawbacks to life in the Regency era (hygiene, lack of rights or occupation), Hope is determined it is what she wants. And she chooses to have her second chance in the form of Kathleen Barrett, the second eldest daughter (of 4) in a genteel family living in Hampshire. Hope even entertains the notion that her life as Kathleen Barrett may follow the same footsteps as Elizabeth Bennet… you know with a household full of daughters, an entailed estate, and being the second daughter…. 😉 Continue reading »

Apr 132017
 

Desperate Proposals, Desperate Retaliations

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

TYPE OF NOVEL: Traditional Regency Romance

SETTING: Darbury, England 1814

SERIES: Whispers on the Moors #1

WHY I WANTED TO READ THIS:

  • I found Sarah E. Ladd’s books on a list for “If you like Jane Austen and Regency romances, you should try…”
  • The covers for this series are gorgeous! Yes, I do judge books by their covers sometimes! 😉
  • Julie Klassen, an author whose books I love, is quoted on the cover!

SYNOPSIS:

Amelia Barrett is in an interesting situation: she is an heiress who is engaged to be married and yet has made a vow to take care of her deceased friend’s infant baby. A vow she intends to never break, since she understands what it is like to grow up without a mother. Only thing is, the baby’s father is about to return home from the navy for a few weeks and Amelia’s fiancé has stated that she must give up the baby when they marry… What will Amelia do? Continue reading »