Oct 202017
 

A Compassionate and Compelling Tale of Conquering the Past

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Sequel, Minor Character

TIME FRAME: Takes place four years after Particular Intentions, Georgiana is 20 years of age

SERIES: Book 2 of the Particular Intentions Series (while stand alone, I would recommend reading Particular Intentions first to enhance enjoyment and understanding)

SYNOPSIS: It has been five years since Ramsgate and Georgiana Darcy has still not made her debut. Because of what transpired with Wickham (which is sadly much worse than what happens in P&P), Georgiana has decided to eschew London society and has determined that she will not marry. Ever. But in order to spend the holidays with her brother’s family, Georgiana has decided to return to London after all this time. Georgiana’s time in London begins pleasant enough, but she soon encounters some people from her past – a childhood playmate whom she always found insufferable and a person guilty of causing her great harm and suffering… Will Georgiana overcome her past? Will her secrets cause her ruin? Continue reading »

Sep 252017
 

My New Favorite Man in a Redcoat!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

Since her plans for a grand match for Charles fell through when he married Jane Bennet, Caroline Bingley turns to her other brother, Captain Robert Bingley, to achieve a brilliant marriage and fulfill the connections and elevation she feels the Bingley family needs (and deserves!) And she has just the girl in mind…her dear friend, Miss Helena Paget. Charming, beautiful, delicate, and witty – Helena Paget is an ideal choice, not to mention she is already besotted with Robert, besties with Caroline, and the niece of an earl! Up to her usual machinations, Caroline has decided Jane and Charles must invite Miss Paget to their small holiday gathering at Netherfield when Robert has two weeks leave from the army. It will be the perfect setting for him to court Miss Paget and eventually propose! What could go wrong…

Mary Bennet is very disappointed to hear that several strangers are joining their family party at Netherfield. She doesn’t feel comfortable around people she doesn’t know, and she is fully aware that she has “never mastered the art of social niceties.” Fortunately for Mary, she finds Miss Helena Paget to be very kind (not at all like Caroline, phew!) and Captain Bingley quite handsome. But it is immediately clear where Captain Bingley’s affections lie, so Mary knows that there is no prospect for her (or Kitty) in that quarter (which is fine, because marriage frightens her). But it looks like Mary’s heart has other ideas, and poor Mary suffers because she knows it cannot be… Continue reading »

Sep 132017
 

Hi readers!  I am so happy to welcome back author L.L. Diamond to Austenesque Reviews today!  Leslie is here to celebrate the release of Particular Attachments which is a sequel to her Pride and Prejudice variation, Particular Intentions.  Particular Attachments has definitely caught my eye (and not just because of the stunning cover) but because it is about Georgiana Darcy – I love stories that feature Georgiana and her path to finding love!  Leslie brings with her today a lovely outtake that shows Georgiana and Nathaniel at the young ages of eight and twelve.  We hope you enjoy!

Thank you so much, Meredith! It was a long road writing Particular Attachments, but I’m so excited about sharing Georgiana and Lord Sele’s story with everyone. I only hope everyone comes to care for Georgiana and love she and Nathaniel’s story as much as I do!

I always set some sort of challenge for myself with each book. With Particular Intentions, I wanted to keep to strictly Darcy and Elizabeth’s point of view. With Particular Attachments, we only previously knew Georgiana, so I narrowed everything to strictly from her perspective. It was challenging to try to cover everything in that way, but it reminded me a bit of Jane Austen in that she didn’t write scenes between men. She would never have been privy to those conversations, so did not write them because she didn’t know the dynamics. Anyway, I wrote this outtake just for fun to get an idea of Lord Sele’s (Nathaniel’s) perspective. I hope you enjoy it! Continue reading »