May 022018
 

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Hi friends! Do you know what happened to April?!? I swear, it was just getting started…did we only do half of April this year??? Oh boy, I hope May doesn’t do the same and go by in a blur! I love May because it is the start of warmer beach weather and I usually start going to the beach around this time. (Although now with Mr. Bingley’s truck we have been going to the beach whenever…even in January and February.)

Have I told you he named his truck Ernie?  Can you guess why? 😉

At first all I thought we did in April was catch-up on work after our England and Ireland trip and prepare for my studio’s student recitals (which were this past Saturday!) Continue reading »

Jul 242017
 

What if Darcy Held Onto His Resentment?

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Variation

TIME FRAME: Begins 4 months after the Hunsford proposal in London

SYNOPSIS: Still heated after Mr. Darcy’s disastrous and offensive proposal, Elizabeth reads only the beginning lines of his haughty letter the next day and decides she cannot bear any more. In her anger, Elizabeth returns to Darcy and tears the letter to pieces before his very eyes. Four months later Elizabeth has often felt terribly ashamed of her cruel actions and temper. While she doesn’t regret refusing Mr. Darcy’s marriage proposal, she regrets destroying his letter and the manner of her refusal. Even more so now, because Elizabeth finds herself in need of Mr. Darcy’s help. Her family has no one else to turn to and she hopes that his good opinion isn’t totally lost forever… Continue reading »

May 082017
 

Hello readers!  I am so excited to welcome back the lovely Lory Lilian to Austenesque Reviews today.  How many books have I read and loved by Lory Lilian, you ask?  So.  Many.  See photo below.  I am so glad that Lory is here to celebrate another new release!  A new release for which I share some blame in apparently! Oh no! 

Hello everyone,

Six years after my first visit here, I am very happy to be back with my latest book, for which Meredith is partially guilty. To be completely accurate, she shares the “blame” with Claudine–LOL–as they were the ones who introduced into my mind the idea that Elizabeth and Darcy in my books are a little “too perfect” and more angst would be welcome. Well, here it is.

I am not sure if you remember, but in my last guest post at Austenesque Reviews, I asked readers’ opinions about why we love Darcy so much and why we feel so strongly about him.

On that occasion, I shared with you that my latest Darcy (this one) will retain some important (and rather unpleasant) traits from the original, just as he described them in his own words. He has a resentful temper. His good opinion once lost, is lost (almost) forever. He has faults enough, but also many admirable qualities. And most of all, he is very much in love with Elizabeth.

As I expected, people feel very deeply about Darcy. My “Rainy Days” Darcy especially seems to be everyone’s favorite. LOL!  I confess I am pleased to see that my books get such strong reactions from my dear readers. On the other hand, I cannot but ask myself: Since we know so little about Darcy’s turmoil during “Pride and Prejudice,” which “kind” of Darcy is the true one? What is your favorite in JAFF stories: the one who easily admits his feelings and acts according to them earlier or the one who struggles with them, fights against them, and shows his bad temper and resentment before finally reaching his well-deserved happiness with Elizabeth? Continue reading »