Mar 142018

What If Mr. Darcy Was Captain Darcy?

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Publisher

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Variation, Novella

TIME FRAME: Begins with the Meryton Assembly

SYNOPSIS: In this Pride and Prejudice variation two very significant aspects of Jane Austen’s beloved story are altered. Mr. Darcy is a second son who, after years of bravery and duty, has advanced to the status of Captain in the Royal Navy. Not close with his older brother, Captain Darcy has not returned to Pemberley in years and instead visits his friend Charles Bingley while he recovers from a recent malady. In addition, Mr. Bennet who contracted pneumonia, is not in the best of health and sadly, his family does not expect him to live for many more months. This changes things for Elizabeth and Jane. Their dreams of marrying for love are relinquished as they adopt more practical aspirations and focus on ways to ensure their family’s future security. Although it is in almost every way unpalatable, Elizabeth feels her only option may be to marry her father’s heir, Mr. Collins…but what if there was another way? Continue reading »

Mar 092018

Happy Friday, readers!  Are you ready to start your weekend?  I know I am!  But I’m real excited to kick off my weekend sharing this lovely chat I had with author Samantha Whitman.  As you might have seen, Samantha has released a new book titled Ditching Mr. Darcy (such a provocative title, right?), and today she is answering my questions about Jane Austen, her writing, and her new release.  We hope you enjoy!

Welcome, Samantha! Thank you so much for visiting my blog! Since you are a new author to me and some of my readers, how about we start off with you telling us a little bit about yourself. How long have you been writing? When did you first encounter Jane Austen?

Thank you so much for having me, Meredith – I am so excited to be here! I am a mom of five young kids, as well as a photographer with my own business. I have loved writing for as long as I can remember, but it was only about a year ago (during a bout of insomnia), that I endeavored to make the nights feel shorter by writing a novel. I fell in love with Pride and Prejudice after watching what is now my all-time favorite movie, You’ve Got Mail, when I was fifteen years old. When I finished reading it I moved on to the rest of her novels, and thus began a lifelong obsession with all things Jane Austen.

I love how you turned the negative aspect of suffering from insomnia into something wonderful like writing a novel!! And how great that you turned to Jane Austen! I LOVE You’ve Got Mail! One of my faves too! What are some other movies you enjoy?  Do you have any favorite Jane Austen movies?

I would have to say Austenland is definitely in my top five – I could watch it every single day!! I also love the Pride and Prejudice 2005 movie, Northanger Abbey, the Emma miniseries with Ramola Garai, and Lost in Austen – Tom Mison’s Mr. Bingley was definitely the inspiration for the one in my book – he is just so dreamy!! And speaking of dreamy, the Mr. Darcy in Bridget Jones is my favorite of Colin Firth’s characters. Continue reading »

Mar 072018

What If Bingley and Jane Also Misunderstood Each Other?

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Publisher

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Variation

TIME FRAME: Begins the day after the Hunsford Proposal

SYNOPSIS: Elizabeth and Darcy are not alone in their misunderstandings in this Pride and Prejudice variation. Mr. Bingley and Jane have their fair share as well, and their misunderstandings manifest some unexpectedly new contention and drama! What happens when Mr. Bingley returns to Meryton, believes Jane is indifferent, and reads a different type of meaning into Elizabeth’s friendly encouragement? What happens when one of Jane Austen’s most harmonious sibling relationships faces turbulence, acrimony, and intense jealousy? Continue reading »