Dec 232015


Hi readers!  I’m so excited to welcome back Jane Odiwe to Austenesque Reviews today!  If you are a long-time reader of this blog, then you know I’m a big fan of her writing!  I asked Jane to come visit today to celebrate her new release, Jane Austen Lives Again!  This story takes place in the 1920’s, has Jane Austen as a main character who becomes a governess and sounds completely fabulous!  I hope you enjoy the enticing excerpt share with us today.   Jane Odiwe

Thank you so much for hosting me on your blog today, Meredith, it’s always a pleasure to visit you and tell you a little something about the latest book I’ve been writing. In my new novel, Jane Austen Lives Again, Jane is given another chance to continue with her writing life when a descendant of her doctor brings her back to life. The only problem is that she finds she has returned to a different time and age – it is the 1920s, and she must get a job to support herself. Miss Austen has little opportunity for employment so when her doctor finds her a position as a governess she feels there is little she can do but accept the position. At least she’ll be able to use her free evenings to write all the books she wants… or so she thinks… Continue reading »

Dec 042015


Hi readers!  Sorry this monthly update is so brief…but Netherfield has been finished at last!!!!  If all goes well Mr. Bingley and I will sign the papers next week and then move in!

With the busyness of packing, house meetings, and buying some new items (bar stools, bookshelveswasher and dryer!), I’m afraid blogging and reading are pushed aside momentarily. :/

This past month was crazy and exciting, the house made a lot of progress in such a short amount of time!  Here are some of our recent photos!

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we are happy with our hardwood floors and carpet!

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my book nook looks so lovely!

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Dec 172014

Mr. Darcy's Christmas CalendarJane Austen Christmas Magic!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

What if a trip to the Jane Austen House and Museum and an impulse purchase of an Advent calendar at the gift shop led to an inexplicable and extraordinary phenomenon where you were brought back in time to 1811 and could meet Elizabeth Bennet, Mr. Darcy, and Jane Austen?!?

This is exactly what happens to Liz Benson. On a cold, snowy day she treks out to the village of Chawton and encounters a very rude and “cross-looking” young man and a bubbly and bustling matron in Regency attire. Liz is informed she must put on a costume, and before she can ask any questions she is instructed to open door one of the calendar and proceed to the drawing room. Not sure whether this is a special skit or if actors are paid to put on this “experience,” Liz complies and plays along. What she doesn’t know is that some magic is afoot and she has just slipped back in time to an alternate reality where Jane Austen is currently working on her manuscript, First Impressions, and the characters of that novel are “alive” and living in Chawton! But this version of First Impressions is very different from what we know as Pride and Prejudice. And it looks like Jane Austen might need some help finding her way with these characters. Continue reading »