Sep 062017
 

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Hi friends!  I can’t tell you how much I look forward to doing this post each month!  I love hearing what is going on in your lives, and feel like it is our chance to catch up with each other a little! 😉

August is always a fun month for us – it is my birthday month and we usually go on vacation at the end of the month!  So I have a few reasons to love it. 🙂

For my birthday, I got some lovely Austenesque and bookish goodies…

Spoiled rotten, aren’t I?  I am very excited to own a lovely Jane Austen coin!  And I am so happy to own some childhood classics that I’ve never read like Anne of Green Gables and A Little Princess.  And I specifically wanted to get Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland so I can appreciate and understand Alexa Adams’s new tale Darcy in Wonderland all the better! 🙂 Continue reading »

Sep 012017
 

Hello readers!  We are very excited to welcome back author Catherine Lodge to Austenesque Reviews today! A few weeks ago you may remember we participated in a cover reveal for Ms. Lodge’s debut release, Fair Stands the Wind, where we learned that our dear Mr. Darcy is actually a second son enlisted in the navy!! (Sounds so interesting, doesn’t it?) Today, Catherine shares some interesting little vignettes that feature the various ways her characters are spending a Sunday afternoon.  We hope you enjoy!

Sunday Afternoon

Mrs Bennet has always hated Sunday afternoons. Everyone is so slow and stupid after their midday meal and even her sister does not call. She glances at The Ladies Magazine in her lap. That gown would suit her to perfection, for even after five children she still retains much of her former figure, and the sleeves would drape so beautifully over her wrists and show off her hands, she is secretly very proud of her hands. At least she thinks it is a secret.

She wishes Lydia was still at home, she was such a cheerful girl and Kitty was driving her to distraction with that cough. Mary was hammering away at the piano in the parlour, she had half a mind to sell it and have a little peace and quiet in her own home. Only the fact that a gentleman’s home must have an instrument stops her. Continue reading »

Aug 132017
 

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Hello, dear readers!!  I’m so honored to share another exciting cover reveal with you today! (I love doing these!)

What’s being revealed today you ask?

I’ll tell you!  It’s this brand new debut novel by Catherine Lodge called Fair Stands the Wind, and it sounds fabulous!!!  (I’ve heard many many wonderful things about it!)

~ Fair Stands the Wind ~

Expected Release Date: late August 2017

We all know that in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Mr Darcy is proud and prejudiced because he is a wealthy landowner who believes himself above his company; and that Elizabeth Bennet can afford to be proud and prejudiced because she believes she has the freedom to make choices for herself.

But what if Mr Darcy is the second son, sent to sea at a young age? What if Elizabeth is trapped by circumstances, with an ill father on one side and an understandably desperate mother on the other?

Meet Captain Darcy of the Royal Navy, a successful frigate captain, with ample prize-money and a sister he needs to provide for while he is at sea. Meet Elizabeth Bennet, who needs a husband and is trying to resign herself to Mr Collins, the worst “least worst alternative” in the history of literature. Continue reading »