Aug 092017
 

Matching Treacherous Challenges Against Tenacious Characters!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Sequel

TIME FRAME: Begins four month after Darcy and Elizabeth are married

MAIN CHARACTERS: Mr. Darcy, Elizabeth Darcy, Georgiana Darcy, Colonel Fitzwilliam, Mr. Bingley

SYNOPSIS: After several months of connubial bliss, Darcy and Elizabeth are about to endure their first separation. Darcy is to London for business and only anticipates that he will be away two to three weeks. But that soon changes when he receives a request from his cousin, Colonel Fitzwilliam, to assist with a debt of honor… Meanwhile at Pemberley, Lizzy is hoping to make her husband proud by proving how capable she is as Mistress of Pemberley. But just as soon as her husband leaves many of families of the estate report serious illness… How can Elizabeth help them all and stop the outbreak from spreading elsewhere? How do Darcy and Elizabeth cope with their individual struggles and prolonged separation?

SERIES: Courage (Book 1 of 2) Continue reading »

Aug 022017
 

Not My Favorite YA Austenesque

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

The Dashwood sisters are having a bad year – first their dad divorces their mom (leaving her broken-hearted) and marries another woman, Pandora (a self-absorbed nightmare that spends their dad’s money and makes him change everything about himself). Then, their dad suddenly and tragically passes away from a stress-induced heart attack. But that isn’t all…Mr. Dashwood was stressed because of some heavy financial losses, and now all he left his family with are his debts. Due to the legalities of their father’s will and recent business transactions the Dashwood sisters are forced to leave their ancestral home, school, and friends to relocate to an available cottage far from all they knew and loved.

But the sisters have some distractions in the love department to help them cope with these new changes. Ellie, who is never really one to have crushes, finds herself drawn to her step-mom’s artsy and kind nephew, Blake (Edward). Abby seems to have caught the eye of two guys in her new village and finds herself in a bit of a double love triangle. And although Georgie would much rather go on thrilling adventures and ride her skateboard, she finds that having boys interested in her as a girl may not be so bad after all… Continue reading »

Jul 262017
 

Interactive, Inviting,  and Informative

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Gift from Brother

This attractive coffee-table sized biography has long caught my eye for many reasons. One, being the superb and striking color of the cover (I love purple!), Secondly, because it is by Janet Todd, who is well-known for her many scholarly works on Jane Austen and other female authors. And finally, because it comes with removable memorabilia! In recognition of the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s passing this month, I thought reading about Jane Austen, her life, her times…and her novels would be a most apropos way to remember and commemorate her. 😉 Continue reading »