May 052017
 

Promises, Poignancy, and Passion

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Gift from Author

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Sequel

TIME FRAME: 5 years after the close of Pride and Prejudice

MAIN CHARACTERS: In addition to Mr. Darcy, Elizabeth Bennet, the Bingleys, and the Fitwilliams, we are introduced to Lady Markham (Mr. Darcy’s childhood friend who is now a widow), Mr. Howton (Mr. Bingley’s troublesome and lazy cousin), Lord Van Lynden (a dangerous man from Lizzy’s past), and Emily (who is extremely adorable!).

SYNOPSIS: Mr. Bingley is in desperate need of some help and Mr. Darcy is the only person he can turn to, even though they have not spoken or seen each other in five years. After years of loneliness and heartache, Darcy is finally in a place where he is moving on with his life. He has even proposed to his childhood friend, Lady Markham, whom he cares for and loves…as a friend. But while assisting the Bingleys, Darcy finds out what has become of Elizabeth Bennet, the woman who will forever claim every inch of his heart, and her reappearance in his life begins to wreck havoc with all his carefully laid plans… Continue reading »

May 012017
 

A Sweet and Fun Look at Mrs. Darcy’s and Mrs. Collins’s Children

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice sequel

TIME FRAME: 25 years after the close of Pride and Prejudice

MAIN CHARACTERS: While there is numerous progeny from the Darcy, Bingley, Fitzwilliam, and Collins families mentioned in this tale, the main characters seem to be these sibling pairs – Henry and Juliet Darcy and Jonathan and Eliza Collins.

SYNOPSIS: “The romantic attachments of one’s children are a constant distraction” for Mrs. Darcy. While her eldest son is very nearly engaged, it is her two younger children that cause some grief. Her second son, Henry, seems to have lost his heart to Eliza Collins after three days, and her daughter, Juliet, is mad for a roguish and wild lieutenant by the name of Gerard Churchill. So what does Mrs. Darcy do? She gives a grand ball at Pemberley in hopes of broadening their acquaintances with young people their age… Continue reading »

Apr 262017
 

A Rollicking Romp of Intrigue and Revenge

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

TYPE OF NOVEL: Georgian Romance, Historical Fiction

SETTING: 1750’s France and England

MAIN CHARACTERS:

  • Justin Alistair, Duke of Avon “Satanas”: a debauched rake who has earned the nickname “Satan” for all the scandalous and dishonorable deeds he commits. Age 40
  • Léon Bonnard: a poor and abused child running away from his brother who beats him and forces him to work in his tavern. Age 19
  • Comte de Saint-Vire: Justin’s mortal enemy. Twenty years ago the Comte refused Justin’s petition of marriage for his sister and humiliated him throughout all of Paris. (There is a lot of bad history between these two)

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