Aug 022017
 

Not My Favorite YA Austenesque

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

The Dashwood sisters are having a bad year – first their dad divorces their mom (leaving her broken-hearted) and marries another woman, Pandora (a self-absorbed nightmare that spends their dad’s money and makes him change everything about himself). Then, their dad suddenly and tragically passes away from a stress-induced heart attack. But that isn’t all…Mr. Dashwood was stressed because of some heavy financial losses, and now all he left his family with are his debts. Due to the legalities of their father’s will and recent business transactions the Dashwood sisters are forced to leave their ancestral home, school, and friends to relocate to an available cottage far from all they knew and loved.

But the sisters have some distractions in the love department to help them cope with these new changes. Ellie, who is never really one to have crushes, finds herself drawn to her step-mom’s artsy and kind nephew, Blake (Edward). Abby seems to have caught the eye of two guys in her new village and finds herself in a bit of a double love triangle. And although Georgie would much rather go on thrilling adventures and ride her skateboard, she finds that having boys interested in her as a girl may not be so bad after all… Continue reading »

Jun 212017
 

She’s Persuaded She Can’t Have It All

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Modern-day Persuasion

SETTING: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago Present-day

MAIN CHARACTERS:

– Emma Shaw (Anne): an editor for a big New York City publishing house

– Frederick Wentworth: a screenwriter who is publishing his first book through Emma’s publishing company

– Emma’s Friends and Family

– Frederick’s Friends and Family

SYNOPSIS:

After earning her degree from Northwestern University, Emma was faced with a big decision – marry her boyfriend of two years and follow him to LA, or break up with him and remain in NYC where her family is and her career can launch and prosper. Knowing that oftentimes relationship don’t last forever, Emma went with the more practical route and stayed in NYC. Eight years later Frederick is brought back into her life and his reappearance induces Emma to reflect upon the decision she made eight years ago. Does she regret it? Was her sacrifice worth it? Would she have found a career and happiness in LA? Continue reading »

May 192017
 

One of The Best YA Jane Austen Adaptations I’ve Read!

Rating: 5 out 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Modern, Young Adult retelling of Mansfield Park

SETTING: Present-day Chicago

MAIN CHARACTERS:

  • Finley Price: A shy sixteen-year-old with a broken home life. Is very grateful for her godparents, the Bertrams, who have taken care of her these last two years.
  • Oliver Bertram: Eighteen-year-old second son of Finley’s godparents. Her closest friend and fiercest protector.
  • Harlan Crawford: Popular movie star who acts like an insincere and cocky jerk, but maybe there is more to him than meets the eye.

SYNOPSIS:

Even though she has spent the last two years with her godparents (a much better situation than with her mom), Finley still is finding it hard to stand up for herself and feel worthy. But there is one person who has always been there for her and sees her as more than worthy, her best friend, Oliver. Oliver is starting to feel something stronger than friendship for Finley, but he is afraid to act on it. Thinking it would betray Finley’s trust in him and take advantage of her situation. But what happens when two famous movie actors move in next door??? Continue reading »