Mar 192018
 

Hi friends! Not too long ago I interviewed the lovely Riana Everly as she was celebrating her debut release, Teaching Eliza! Today Riana has kindly stopped by again for a visit as she is yet again celebrating another book release – The Assistant.  I’m so excited to learn more about this tale as it centers upon the Gardiners!!  I hope you enjoy this lovely post Riana put together!

Edward Gardiner – who is he, and how did he become the man he is?

Thank you, Meredith, for hosting me today. I am particularly thrilled to stop by Austenesque Reviews today, because this is the release day for my new novel, The Assistant: Before Pride and Prejudice. (Insert huge grin here!)

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I love all the Lizzy and Darcy stories —who doesn’t, after all—but I also love the stories that feature other members of the extended Bennet family and their friends. I have read some lovely continuations, or variations that focus on Lizzy’s sisters or her friend Charlotte. There are also stories that recount life in the Darcy household after the couple marry, and I’ve read some wonderful tales that propose some alternate histories for Mr. Bennet and his two eldest daughters. What there is not a lot of, however, is JAFF about Lizzy’s favourite aunt and uncle. I can only think of one other such offering: The Courtship of Edward Gardiner, by the amazingly talented Nicole Clarkston. (As a disclaimer, I first wrote The Assistant before she published her novel, so any similarities between these tales are purely coincidental!)

Well, as the saying goes, Edward Gardiner needs some love! In Pride and Prejudice, although Caroline Bingley disparages the Bennets’ London relations as “such low connections, when Mr. Darcy sees them at Pemberley, Elizabeth notes that “he takes them now for people of fashion,” and is relieved that “she had some relations for whom there was no need to blush.” She goes on to listen to her uncle, whose every sentence “marked his intelligence, his taste, or his good manners.” Continue reading »

Jan 112016
 

The Earl's ConquestThe Courtship of Darcy’s Grandmother!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

In her most recent Pride and Prejudice variation, An Unwavering Trust, author L.L. Diamond introduced readers to Darcy’s grandmother, the Dowager Countess of Matlock, Rebecca Fitzwilliam. I’m sure I am not the only reader who found the Dowager Countess – with her no-nonsense manner, compassionate heart, and sharp wit – a An Unwavering Trustwonderfully fascinating addition to the story. She is the type of character that must be universally adored and admired. I’m so glad that Ms. Diamond created a prequel to An Unwavering Trust that illustrates more of Rebecca’s character and her marriage to her husband.

This sweet novella begins with Elizabeth on the brink of giving birth to their second child. The midwife has been called for and Elizabeth is looking to distract herself from the labor pains. In comes grandmamma (Rebecca Fitzwilliam) and Elizabeth begs her to tell the story she has yet to hear – the story of how she came to marry Gerald Fitzwilliam, Earl of Matlock… Continue reading »

Nov 232015
 

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Hello readers!  Are you a fan of original characters?  I am!  And when I read An An Unwavering TrustUnwavering Trust by L.L. Diamond earlier this year – Darcy’s grandmother, Rebecca, The Dowager Countess of Matlock stole the show!  I’m so happy that Ms. Diamond decided to give her a story of her own in her newly published The Earl’s Conquest!

Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down and speak with Rebecca, The Dowager Countess of Matlock (née Rebecca Fairchild) for the first time since she told me her amazing love story. I’d never interviewed someone before, so I requested questions from readers who submitted some very insightful inquiries for the impertinent grandmother of Fitzwilliam Darcy.

L.L. Diamond: Thank you for agreeing to speak with me once more, Lady Matlock.

12197462_507733122729715_893024082_oLady Matlock: It is my pleasure. I cannot pretend to understand why you wished to know so many particulars of my and Gerald’s story, but I do hope you were pleased with the tale.

LLD: I was, and I enjoyed writing it immensely. I have had a few favourable comments and reviews from readers as well.

LM: (Blushes) I understand they have questions for me. Continue reading »