Nov 072016

A Moment ForeverA Wartime Romance and The Enthralling Adventure to Discover What Became of It

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

TYPE OF NOVEL: non-Austenesque, Historical Fiction, WWII Romance

SETTING: Long Island, Manhattan, Florida, Alaska, Paris in the years 1942-43 and the summer 1992


  • William “Ducky” Martel: A Jewish, Army Air Forces pilot who is socially conscience and a true gentleman.
  • Elizabeth “Pistol” Renner: From an affluent family living on the Gold Coast of Long Island, Lizzy is a society debutante with a lively and effervescent personality.
  • Juliana Martel: A young writer who has a difficult time believing in true love, thanks to her narcissistic mother and several unhappy relationships.


Juliana is bequeathed Primrose Cottage from a great-uncle she has never met. The house remains just as he left it in 1950 – undisturbed, forgotten, and lonely, and the man has not been seen since that time. Upon perusing her new home Juliana finds a mantle full of vintage photographs, an abandoned engagement ring, and a fragment of a destroyed letter. Juliana is overcome with curiosity to discover the story of great-uncle and learn what happened to him and his wartime sweetheart, Lizzy… Continue reading »

Nov 042016


Hi readers!  I am so very excited to welcome Cat Gardiner back to Austenesque Reviews today!!!  You may have noticed I adore her novels (see here and here if this is brand new information for you), and one of my favorites of hers is Denial of Conscience, her Austenesque spy/thriller with motorcycles, CIA assassins, and traveling around the world.  I’m so elated to see that Cat is continuing the story of Iceman and his Lakmé !!!

Happily ever after … le sigh. If only life was that perfect. It’s why we read romance, right? We go through an entire novel, sometimes at the edge of our seats, enduring angst and obstacles leading to true love, and we’re always waiting with baited breath for them to kiss, say “I love you,” maybe even go to bed. Maybe it fades to black but the curtain always closes with the final act: Happily Ever After.


We had that in Denial of Conscience. The stone-cold, impenetrable Darcy who couldn’t trust a woman and swore off relationships (never having had a real one anyway.) And then there was Liz, so sheltered and inexperienced with men, virtual doormat to her father. Heck she was willing to sacrifice her deeply hidden dream of Prince Charming and was set to marry a man she didn’t love to save her family homestead. So, we put these two very different people―who have some commonalities―together, send them on a dangerous quest, and watch the relationship grow. Most likely we encouraged them a few times with each page turn: “Kiss her!” “Carry her off to bed!” “Run away together!” Continue reading »

Nov 022016


You have got to be kidding me…it’s November?!?  Already? Ack!

We had a very exciting October!  It started with Hurricane Matthew (which thankfully wasn’t as bad as predicted) and ended the month with a family wedding and mini-holiday to Vermont!  Which was a new state for Mr. Bingley and I to visit together!


The wedding took place in this charming village called Grafton and the inn is where all the events of the wedding took place and all the wedding guests could stay on site too.  It was so lovely!!!  Felt like we were in another time!

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