Jul 122017
 

Hi friends!  I’m always so happy when authors come and pay a visit to Austenesque Reviews, especially when they are new authors!  🙂  Today I am very happy to have author Eliza Shearer as my guest!  Her new Pride and Prejudice sequel Miss Darcy’s Beaux was just released recently and I am so excited to read it because it is a continuation for Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, and Mansfield Park!  Plus I really like it when Miss Darcy has a little excitement with her romantic life and given the title it sounds like she has more than one suitor at least! 😉  We hope you enjoy Eliza’s post about heiresses in Jane Austen!

Show Me The Money: Jane Austen’s Female Characters and Their Settlements

The Regency was a time of dramatic socio-economic changes, and Jane Austen’s novels reflect their historical context through the ups and downs of their characters. Her books are full of details that show this upheaval, and she certainly doesn’t shy away from discussing money. References to wealth or a lack thereof are constant in her novels, and in many cases, we know a lot about the fortunes of those who pepper her pages.

An excellent example of Austen’s attention to what is happening around her is Anne Elliot from Persuasion. The Elliots are a textbook case of an old family in financial difficulties relative to their usual standard of living; although Anne and her sisters are the daughters of a baronet, their settlements are just £3,000. At the other end of the spectrum, we have the Misses Bingley from Pride and Prejudice. Their family has amassed a large fortune through trade, enough to provide each girl with a very generous dowry of £20,000. Continue reading »

Jul 102017
 

What If Elizabeth Was Compromised After the Netherfield Ball?

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

While indulging himself in a last glimpse of the unsuitable yet bewitching Elizabeth Bennet at the Netherfield Ball Mr. Darcy makes an observation about the newly introduced Viscount Billington, Lord Henry and the attention he is paying Elizabeth Bennet. Mr. Darcy suspects that the Viscount’s interest aren’t the most innocent or honorable and is pleased to see Elizabeth cleverly maneuver away from him. Despite the yearnings of Darcy’s heart, he leaves Meryton for London, and leaves Elizabeth to fall prey to the devious machinations of Lord Henry! When Darcy learns that Elizabeth’s reputation is ruined and that the Viscount is believed to have compromised her, he knows immediately how he must act. Forget reputation, society, and family – the only thing that matters is Elizabeth, and he must do what he can to save her and secure the happiness and futures of them both. Continue reading »

Jul 072017
 

Reggie Lends Mr. Darcy A Helping Hand…erm…Paw!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

At the tender age of fifteen, a grieving and motherless Fitzwilliam is brought to select a trusty companion of his very own from a litter of English Springer Spaniels. Due to his intelligent eyes and “lively and playful manner,” young Fitzwilliam chooses Reggie despite the fact that he is not of the highest breeding. Through the years Reggie and Darcy develop a wonderfully close bond. Reggie helps Darcy find happiness after his mother’s passing and prompts him to laugh and play, while his father keeps him at a distance and instructs him behave in a “more dignified manner.” But as the years go by, Reggie notices that his master doesn’t laugh and play as much as he used to and is burdened by his many cares and responsibilities. Reggie hopes that something or someone will soon bring some lightheartedness back into his master’s life. And when he meets the delightfully playful and friendly Elizabeth Bennet, Reggie feels that just like himself, she would be a perfect companion for his master…

Reggie has several encounters with the lovely Elizabeth Bennet, and while the two are quite fond of each other, Reggie senses that Elizabeth does not hold his master in any affection…although the same cannot be said for him! So what does Reggie do? He doesn’t have the power to speak Darcy’s language, but he is determined to help his master find happiness in any and every way possible! Continue reading »