Aug 132018
 

Can You Be Persuaded To Like Elizabeth Elliot?

 

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

Having read and utterly adored one series about Elizabeth Elliot, I was thrilled to see Melanie Stanford released a sequel novella to her clever modern adaptation of Persuasion, Sway that spotlights Elizabeth Elliot. (Side Note: Persuasion fans should definitely read Sway if they haven’t already – it is a wonderful adaptation of Jane Austen’s work that is fresh, creative, and filled with music!)

In this sequel, we meet up with Elizabeth who is running her own party planning business called Excessively Diverted (love it!), which isn’t exactly in the black quite yet. Of course, it doesn’t help that Elizabeth still goes to the spa weekly and must buy the latest designer handbag! While supervising the success of one her expertly planned parties, Elizabeth has the misfortune to overhear someone insulting her party (sounds like someone is about to make a spectacular first impression!) And being bold as brass, Elizabeth confronts this rude guest, who turns out to be Antonio Reyes, a wealthy CEO. Antonio has no problem clashing horns with Elizabeth at her party, but the next day he feels something like regret when he discovers that Elizabeth is the party planner his daughter wants him to hire for her Sweet Sixteen! Yikes! And even though Elizabeth loathes the ill-manner, arrogant jerk entirely, she might be persuaded to take him on as a client because she is in need of some funds to pay her mounting bills… Continue reading »

May 112018
 

Moon Wine and Magic

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

What if the guests at Rosings drank some potent wine that made them switch bodies?

What if Mr. Darcy woke up looking like Mr. Collins and found himself in bed with Mrs. Collins, who apparently is really Elizabeth Bennet? Does that mean Mr. Collins is in Mr. Darcy’s body? This is quite a mix-up indeed! And it can be all laid at the door of Colonel Fitzwilliam, who purchased some delicious wine from a Romani woman in Bromley that warned him it had special powers when drunk during a full moon. (To read this scene, click here as it is not in the book.) Continue reading »

Apr 232018
 

Happy Monday, friends!  I’m so very excited to finally (I’ve been waiting for this day!!) welcome Jennifer Redlarczyk to Austenesque Reviews today as a featured author!  Jennifer has been one of the kindest and most supportive friends to my blog (and many other Austenesque sites and blogs) for years, I’m so happy that she is publishing her stories!  If you haven’t yet heard, Jennifer has just published a novelette titled – A Very Merry Mix-up.

Meredith, thank you so much for hosting me on Austenesque Reviews today!
I have been a longtime follower of your blog and am thrilled to be featured with my first publication in the world of JAFF, A Very Merry Mix-up. My story was originally written for a theme challenge presented on DarcyandLizzy.com. Like Lizzy, I dearly love to laugh and couldn’t resist making a little mischief on a few of our beloved P&P characters. Just for fun, here is a little backstory to my novelette.

Prelude

It all began when Fitzwilliam Darcy and his cousin Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam stopped at the posting station in Bromley on their way to Rosings Park for their annual visit. Thus far, the day had been fairly warm for late March, and the gentlemen were happy to vacate the carriage for a short time. Wanting a bit of diversion, the colonel took a quick look around the area and spied an older Romani woman seated off to the side where she was selling an assortment of wine.

Cousin, if you do not mind, I should like to take a quick look at what some of the locals are selling today.”

Go right ahead,” Darcy responded. “I shall join you directly.” Continue reading »