Aug 262016
 

FullSizeRender 2Anne de Bourgh Moves On

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

Jane Gillespie may be a brand new Austenesque author to some of you, but she isn’t brand new. Her sequels (which according to Amazon and Goodreads, I believe number at 9) were published between 1984 and 1999 and all seemed to focus on very minor and obscure characters – like Lucy Steele’s older sister Nancy, Mrs. Weston’s daughter all grown up, or Maria Rushworth and Mrs. Norris! So unique, right? Maybe you can see why I wanted to hunt for copies of Ms. Gillespie’s works and read them for myself (I say hunt, because none of them are in ebook format and all are only available through third-party sellers since they are out of print.)

Even though this is the third book I’ve read by Jane Gillespie, this is the first time I am reviewing one of her works on my blog (the other books were read pre-blog and I haven’t reread them yet!) I noticed that there isn’t a full book blurb on either the Amazon or Goodreads pages for this book, so I thought it might be helpful if I copied it here in my review: Continue reading »

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 »