Aug 242016
 

IN

Happy Wednesday, readers!  So you may remember that a couple weeks ago I read Hope for Mr. Darcy by Jeanna Ellsworth, right?  And that in my review I mentioned one of my favorite parts of the story was Colonel Fitzwilliam?  (Just wait until you meet him!)  Well, Jeanna was so kind to pen this lovely interview between the Colonel and me!  How I would love to meet and interview Colonel Fitzwilliam!  I’m pretty sure if I ever did, I would lose the power of speech or the ability to form a sentence! 🙂  lol!

Interview with Colonel FitzwilliamJeanna Ellsworth Lake Author Photo

Meredith: Good morning, Colonel. What a pleasure it is to have you on Austenesque Reviews! I am not sure I have ever interviewed a member of His Majesty’s Army.

Colonel Fitzwilliam: Certainly not one that is willing to be interviewed on an American Blog, am I not mistaken?

Meredith: (Laughs) Ah no, but England and the United States are no longer enemies.

Colonel Fitzwilliam: I am not sure we ever really were. We both sought to have pride in our individual countries, the freedom to live as we desire, and for our families back home to truly never know the horror the soldier encounters in their behalf. I would say we fought for the same thing. Continue reading »

Jun 272016
 

The Forgotten Sister“Poor, Obscure, Plain, and Little” Mary

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Alternate Point-of-View, Minor Character

TIME FRAME: From Mary Bennet’s early childhood to 3-4 years after the close of Pride and Prejudice

MAIN CHARACTERS: The Bennet Family, The Long Family, The Lucas Family, George Rovere, Peter Bushell, George Wickham, Mrs. Knowles

WHY I WANTED TO READ THIS NOVEL:

I’ve read a couple of novels that placed Mary Bennet in the spotlight and loved them! I know many might find Mary to be dull and priggish, but I’ve always had an affinity for her and felt myself able to understand her feelings of awkwardness and isolation. Continue reading »

May 022016
 

The Trouble to Check HerLydia Bennet Improves Upon Acquaintance

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

(Note: Potential readers should be made aware that this is the second book in Maria Grace’s The Queen of Rosings Park series. And while it is a stand alone novel, it is better to read this series in order because as fans of Maria Grace may already know, she has a penchant for altering situations and personalities!) 😉

So yeah…I was so eager to read this book that I didn’t realize it was the second book of a series! oops! 😉 (Oh well, wouldn’t be the first time this has happened!)  While I had some questions about what happened in book 1, what I did know and understand quickly was that Lydia’s attempted elopement with Wickham was unsuccessful, Mr. Bennet has disowned Lydia (and apparently has a harsh and hurtful nature!), and the newly married Darcys thought it was in Lydia’s best interest for her to attend a boarding school for young women who have lost their virtue. Continue reading »