Hi readers! I am happy to welcome author Don Jacobson to Austenesque Reviews today. As you may have noticed, Mr. Jacobson has been hard at work publishing books in his The Bennet Wardrobe series. So far, there are 5 works in total for this series that spotlight secondary characters from Pride and Prejudice and include a bit of time travel (sounds interesting, doesn’t it?). I haven’t read any…yet, but I’ve heard a lot of great things from readers who have read this series. Mr. Jacobson is currently celebrating the release of The Exile: The Countess Visits Longbourn and I am excited to have him here today to share more about the creation of this series and a colorful excerpt from The Exile: The Countess Visits Longbourn. We hope you enjoy!
From Whence Came The Bennet Wardrobe?
Guest post by Don Jacobson
I have been deeply involved in reading JAFF since the latter part of 2013. Over the past three-plus years, I have probably read over 400 Pride and Prejudice/Regency variations. To say that I have immersed myself in the genre would be quite accurate.
In late 2014, I was going through a very difficult time as my 88-year-old mother began to fail. During that “last trip to see Mom,” my family had flown to Connecticut to attend her at the nursing home. She was in and out of reality. She knew who we were—at times—and who the kids were—at times. There were moments, though, when she would look at our 27-year old son and call him by my name.
My mother, as Kurt Vonnegut wrote, was unstuck in time.
And, I think that disturbed me on a subconscious level. Continue reading »