Aug 282017
 

Hi friends!  I hope your Mondays are off to a great start!  As you might already beware, the talented, award-winning author Karen Cox has a new book about to release and it is a retelling of Jane Austen’s Emma!  I can’t tell you how excited I am about this – I love Emma, I love Mr. Knightley, and I love Karen Cox’s writing!  Karen has prepared IMHO an amazingly insightful and astute post about Emma Woodhouse.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Emma Woodhouse: Jane Austen’s gift to you, the modern woman.

At first glance, it seems impossible that a 200-year-old character from Regency England could speak to me, a modern-day reader, but Jane Austen’s Emma Woodhouse is, in my opinion, a heroine for modern times.

A lot of readers aren’t too thrilled with Emma, and it’s easy to see why. It’s all about her (except it really isn’t—more on that later.) For heaven’s sake, even the novel itself is named after her! From the first phrase of the book, we are primed to envy her when we learn she is “handsome, clever, and rich.” She’s the kind of heroine that sparks a reader’s resentment—for what she has and for the blessings conferred on her by birth and good genes, through no effort of her own. In the little town of Highbury and on her estate, Hartfield, she is privileged with a capital P.

And then there’s her behavior during the novel. A gentleman’s daughter with a limited view of the world, she comes off as vain about her own intelligence and her dubious importance. She’s nosey. She’s a snob. She’s wrong-headed, self-deluding, and headstrong. No wonder Austen called her “a heroine whom no one but myself will much like.” Continue reading »

Aug 142017
 

Hi friends!  I’ve been waiting for this day for a long time and I’m so happy it is here!  Today I am welcoming one of the kindest and most genuine people in the Jane Austen community to Austenesque Reviews – author J. Dawn King!  Not only is Joy a wonderfully kind and supportive writer – she is an extremely busy one!  I am forever 3 books behind her! #NotComplaining.  I am so happy Joy is paying us a visit today to talk about writing Austenesque stories in alternate settings!  One of my favorite kinds of Austenesque stories!

Joy: Hello, Meredith! Thank you for inviting me to Netherfield. You have a lovely home. Is that cake for us?

Meredith: Yes, Joy, later. You mentioned when you called that you had something to ask me. Please feel free to do so at once.

Joy: Thank you, dear friend. (head bowed) Might I be seated?

Meredith: Absolutely! This sounds serious.

Joy: Oh, dear. I am sorry if I have worried you. But, indeed, yes. This is very serious. Continue reading »

Jun 022017
 

An Unattached Frontiersman in Possession of Property in the Pacific Northwest Must be in Want of a Mail-Order Bride!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars!

Source: Gift from Author

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Retelling

SETTING: Oregon, 1869

MAIN CHARACTERS: Elizabeth and Jane Bennet, Mr. Darcy, and Mr. Bingley

SYNOPSIS: Through her Uncle Gardiner, who has just recently returned from the Pacific Northwest, Jane Bennet receives a letter requesting marriage from an unknown Charles Bingley. Needing help with her reply, Jane turns to her sister Elizabeth who is happy to lend a hand.  But after several more exchanges Elizabeth finds herself more than charmed by Mr. Bingley’s correspondence. Oh no! Is she losing her heart to her sister’s suitor!?! Jane isn’t the only one who asked for help, Charles friend, Mr. Darcy, is providing the same service!  And it seems he may have fallen for ‘Jane’ Bennet, so much so that he sent a marriage proposal to Jane’s sister!  Mr. Darcy secretly hopes Charles will fall in love with Elizabeth at first sight, and that he will be able to claim his heart’s desire…his perfect companion, Jane Bennet…! Continue reading »