Jun 232017
 

Happy Friday readers!!  I am so excited to welcome the lovely and kind, Cassandra Grafton to Austenesque Reviews (for her first official visit!)  You may have heard that Cassandra’s newest book – A Quest For Mr. Darcy released YESTERDAY!   Woot woot!  And we thought it would be fun to sit down and have a little chat about her writing and her new release!  We hope you enjoy!

Hi Cassandra!  Thank you so much for this lovely visit to Austenesque Reviews!  As you well-know from my reviews and frequent mentions, I am an ardent admirer of your novels – the introspective A Fair Prospect Trilogy and the inventive The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen, which you co-wrote with Ada Bright!   I am so excited to have you here in celebration of your new release, A Quest for Mr. Darcy

I understand A Quest for Mr. Darcy is a Pride and Prejudice variation that begins soon after Mr. Darcy returns from Kent and realizes he cannot forget Elizabeth Bennet, even though she’s rejected him…and so he plans to do something a little drastic!  I always love hearing how authors come up with their ideas, do you mind sharing your inspiration behind this new variation?

It’s so lovely to be here, Meredith, and I’m delighted to talk about the origins of my new story!

It’s been a long time in finishing, because I had the initial idea back in 2010. It was put aside after I started it, and I only picked up my pen to continue back in the autumn of last year.

The inspiration first came to me when I was lying on a beach (though there’s no beach in the story) sunbathing (ditto) in Portugal (nope) and, much to my husband’s mild annoyance, I then spent the next couple of hours lying still for a few minutes, then sitting up suddenly and grabbing my pencil and notebook. Then, I’d lie down again only to sit up soon after to add more notes, and so it continued! Continue reading »

Jun 052017
 

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Happy Summer, everyone!  With daily temps in the 80s it feels like summer is officially here in North Carolina!

There are some other signs that summer is here…

1. I’m reading more outside!  During the summer I try to go to the beach every couple of days. I love the water, the sand, and the sun!  This year I’ve made it a goal to bring 20 different books to the beach this summer!  So far, I’ve brought 4! 😉

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Sep 122016
 

The Particular Charm of Miss Jane AustenAn Unexpected Journey with Jane Austen

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Authors

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Austen-Inspired Original, Jane Austen as a Fictional Character

SETTING: Bath, England present day (in September during the Jane Austen Festival to be more specific)

MAIN CHARACTERS:

Rose – a die-hard Janeite living in the basement flat at No. 4 Sydney Place.

Morgan – her American friend who she is meeting in person for the first time.

James – her boss who seems to have become besotted with her American friend.

Dr. Aiden Trevellyan – her longtime secret crush who doesn’t really know she exists.

Jane Austen – her favorite author with whom she goes on an unexpected adventure with!

SYNOPSIS:

In the midst of attending the Jane Austen Festival in Bath, devoted Jane Austen fan, Rose Wallace notices something a little peculiar about one of the festival’s attendees she keeps running into. Is she merely obsessed fan? Is she corrupt or crazy? When she finds out the answer, it is too incredible to believe! And Rose finds herself facing the question every Janeite has wondered – what would their life be like if Jane Austen never published her books… Continue reading »