Jun 092017
 

What If Elizabeth Bennet Had A First Love?

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Publisher

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Variation

TIME FRAME: Just before Bingley and Darcy come to Meryton

MAIN CHARACTERS: Our usual Pride and Prejudice cast plus Henry and Francis Warren, Elizabeth’s deceased husband and his brother

SYNOPSIS: Taking a sizable step away from the Pride and Prejudice canon, Ms. D’Orazio tells a story of Elizabeth Bennet experiencing a whirlwind romance and marrying Henry Warren, the Earl of Courtenay, at the age of seventeen. Unfortunately, happily ever after doesn’t last long as Elizabeth’s husband is killed by a group of radicals. In order to protect herself and her unborn child Elizabeth must hide her identity and leave her husband’s ancestral home until all those involved with the murder are apprehended. Two years later finds Elizabeth in Meryton, where everyone publicly acknowledges her as Elizabeth Bennet, unmarried daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bennet. And when a wealthy, reserved man from Derbyshire comes to town he believes that is who she is… a country maiden with no wealth or consequence, and therefore, sadly, not for him. (Even though his heart wishes it were otherwise!) Continue reading »

Jun 072017
 

Reputation and Redemption

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

TYPE OF NOVEL: Regency Romance, Historical Fiction

SETTING: 1814, Whitmore, England

SYNOPSIS: Mariah Aubrey is no longer welcome in her father’s house, and therefore must move to an abandoned gatehouse on her aunt’s estate. Happy to have a roof over her head, Mariah strives to make her new life a success. But after a few months it is looking a little bleak, and Mariah doesn’t think they will have the funds to continue living there much longer… Her aunt’s estate is soon leased by a Captain Bryant, who is on a mission to impress the woman (and her father) who rejected him four years ago. His plans don’t include befriending the girl in the gatehouse, but it seems he is inexplicably drawn to her even though scandal surrounds her… Is it just friendly compassion or something more? Continue reading »

Jun 022017
 

An Unattached Frontiersman in Possession of Property in the Pacific Northwest Must be in Want of a Mail-Order Bride!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars!

Source: Gift from Author

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Retelling

SETTING: Oregon, 1869

MAIN CHARACTERS: Elizabeth and Jane Bennet, Mr. Darcy, and Mr. Bingley

SYNOPSIS: Through her Uncle Gardiner, who has just recently returned from the Pacific Northwest, Jane Bennet receives a letter requesting marriage from an unknown Charles Bingley. Needing help with her reply, Jane turns to her sister Elizabeth who is happy to lend a hand.  But after several more exchanges Elizabeth finds herself more than charmed by Mr. Bingley’s correspondence. Oh no! Is she losing her heart to her sister’s suitor!?! Jane isn’t the only one who asked for help, Charles friend, Mr. Darcy, is providing the same service!  And it seems he may have fallen for ‘Jane’ Bennet, so much so that he sent a marriage proposal to Jane’s sister!  Mr. Darcy secretly hopes Charles will fall in love with Elizabeth at first sight, and that he will be able to claim his heart’s desire…his perfect companion, Jane Bennet…! Continue reading »