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 292017
 

Happy Memorial Day, readers! Today, Austenesque Reviews is paid a visit from an author who may be new to some of you – Sara Marks, who just recently published a Persuasion modern-day retelling titled Modern Persuasion!  A new release that I’m looking forward to reading soon!  While chatting with Sara through emails, we discovered that we are both fond of making lists!  Since Sara is a list-maker, I asked if she would make one for dear Anne! 🙂  We hope you enjoy!

Top 10 Things I Love About Anne Elliot

1. Anne is not your typical middle child.  Instead of trying to grab any attention she can, she is thoughtful and measured.  I always felt she was more like the eldest child, Mary the middle child, and Elizabeth the spoiled youngest.

2. She sees and judges people on what she can observe about them, not on their status in society.

3. She loves Mary and tries to give her sister the attention she thinks Mary craves.

4. She sees Lady Russell as the next best thing to her mother, recognizing that sometimes you need a parent (especially when your living one refuses to act the role).

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Feb 242017
 

Post-Apocalyptic Jane Austen!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Persuasion Retelling, Young Adult, Sci-fi, Dystopian

SETTING: A post-apocalyptic world, several generations after “The Reduction”

MAIN CHARACTERS:

  • Elliot North: Only member of the North family that does any actual work. Cares for all who are dependent on the estate for survival.
  • Kai or Malakai Wentforth: Elliot’s childhood friend who ran away four years ago because he wanted more with his life than to be an indentured servant.
  • The Luddites: Social class of people who are wealthy, privileged, and own estates. They are pure and believe technology and genetic modification is what caused The Reduction.
  • The Reduced: Social class of people who are lowly and work as servants. They are considered fallen and helpless, and bear the sins of their ancestors.
  • Posts: Social class of people who have the same capabilities of the Luddites but were born from Reduced lineage. Still considered tainted by the Reduction and work as upper servants.

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