Jul 072017

Reggie Lends Mr. Darcy A Helping Hand…erm…Paw!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

At the tender age of fifteen, a grieving and motherless Fitzwilliam is brought to select a trusty companion of his very own from a litter of English Springer Spaniels. Due to his intelligent eyes and “lively and playful manner,” young Fitzwilliam chooses Reggie despite the fact that he is not of the highest breeding. Through the years Reggie and Darcy develop a wonderfully close bond. Reggie helps Darcy find happiness after his mother’s passing and prompts him to laugh and play, while his father keeps him at a distance and instructs him behave in a “more dignified manner.” But as the years go by, Reggie notices that his master doesn’t laugh and play as much as he used to and is burdened by his many cares and responsibilities. Reggie hopes that something or someone will soon bring some lightheartedness back into his master’s life. And when he meets the delightfully playful and friendly Elizabeth Bennet, Reggie feels that just like himself, she would be a perfect companion for his master…

Reggie has several encounters with the lovely Elizabeth Bennet, and while the two are quite fond of each other, Reggie senses that Elizabeth does not hold his master in any affection…although the same cannot be said for him! So what does Reggie do? He doesn’t have the power to speak Darcy’s language, but he is determined to help his master find happiness in any and every way possible! Continue reading »

Jun 242015

Mr. Darcy's RivalWhat if Another Nephew of Lady Catherine’s Came to Visit?

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy form Author

It is well known that Lady Catherine is “particularly attached” to her nephews, and according to her ladyship, they are just as attached to her. But what if this grouping of nephews included one more…a nephew from Sir Lewis de Bourgh’s side of the family, his sister’s son Matthew Rickland?

If such a nephew did exist, we can be sure that Lady Catherine would take a prodigious concern in all his affairs, give her superior council on many matters of his life, and demand his attendance at Rosings every so often. In this lovely new variation by Kara Louise we explore the possibility of Lady Catherine’s nephews coming to visit all at the very same time. What if Elizabeth met Mr. Rickland and found him handsome, charming, and amiable? What if Mr. Darcy arrived in Kent and found himself, not only staying a short distance away from Elizabeth Bennet, but residing under the same roof as someone who seems to greatly admire her? Let the battle begin… Continue reading »

Jun 222015


Interview with Matthew Rickland

The Scene:  While flying back from a little holiday for her husband’s birthday, Meredith Esparza begins reading the latest book from Kara Louise, one of her favorite authors.  Meredith is only a couple chapters in when weariness from her travels (and the early wake-up call for the plane) catch up with her and she gives in the need to take a nap.  While slumbering at thirty-thousand feet in the air, Meredith has a dream that she is in a lovely, but artificially manicured garden in England with a pleasant-looking gentleman (in Regency clothing) with smiling blue eyes.  As the gentleman approaches, Meredith realizes he looks just like the new original character described in Mr. Darcy’s Rival, the book she was enjoying moments before.  With a little uncertainty (and a lot of curiosity!) Meredith approaches the gentleman and strikes up a conversation with him!

This is a record of their conversation…

[blurry,wavy image and harp music]

Mr. Darcy's RivalMeredith: Good day, sir.  Are you by any chance, Lady Catherine’s nephew, Mr. Rickland?

Rickland: I most certainly am! (with a slight bow) But have we been introduced before? I fear my memory has lapsed if we have already met, for a gentleman always remembers a lovely face like yours.

Meredith: (after blushing a bit makes an attempt at a curtsey)  No, we have not met, but I am a little bit familiar with your character.  I understand you are Lady Catherine’s nephew on the de Bourgh side of the family.  (with a smile)  Would it be impertinent of me to ask how you like having Lady Catherine as an aunt?  Do you visit her often? Continue reading »