Feb 142018
 

Hi readers!  I am happy to welcome author Don Jacobson to Austenesque Reviews today.  As you may have noticed, Mr. Jacobson has been hard at work publishing books in his The Bennet Wardrobe series.  So far, there are 5 works in total for this series that spotlight secondary characters from Pride and Prejudice and include a bit of time travel (sounds interesting, doesn’t it?).  I haven’t read any…yet, but I’ve heard a lot of great things from readers who have read this series.  Mr. Jacobson is currently celebrating the release of The Exile: The Countess Visits Longbourn and I am excited to have him here today to share more about the creation of this series and a colorful excerpt from The Exile: The Countess Visits LongbournWe hope you enjoy!

From Whence Came The Bennet Wardrobe?

Guest post by Don Jacobson

I have been deeply involved in reading JAFF since the latter part of 2013. Over the past three-plus years, I have probably read over 400 Pride and Prejudice/Regency variations. To say that I have immersed myself in the genre would be quite accurate.

In late 2014, I was going through a very difficult time as my 88-year-old mother began to fail. During that “last trip to see Mom,” my family had flown to Connecticut to attend her at the nursing home. She was in and out of reality. She knew who we were—at times—and who the kids were—at times. There were moments, though, when she would look at our 27-year old son and call him by my name.

My mother, as Kurt Vonnegut wrote, was unstuck in time.

And, I think that disturbed me on a subconscious level. Continue reading »

Dec 182017
 

Colonel Fitzwilliam Learns There Is Something About Mary!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy From Author

(Note: This book is the third book in Maria Grace’s The Queen of Rosings Park series. And while it is a stand alone novel, it is better to read this series in order because as fans of Maria Grace may already know, she has a penchant for altering situations and personalities!) 😉

What readers need to know before starting this story is that Mr. Bennet is a physician, the Bennet family lived in Kent while Mr. Bennet served as Lady Catherine’s physician, Anne de Bourgh recently passed away and bequeathed Rosings to Colonel Fitzwilliam in her will, and Rosings is in serious debt and practically near ruin.

In her third installment ofThe Queen of Rosings Park series, Maria Grace shines her spotlight on two secondary characters who, on the surface, seem like an unlikely pairing – the plain and priggish Mary Bennet and a sociable soldier from His Majesty’s Army, Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam. Colonel Fitzwilliam trying to save his crumbling and debt-ridden estate and Mary Bennet is currently living at Hunsford Parsonage while she waits to be married to Mr. Michaels, who serves as steward of Rosings. Since Lady Catherine’s disillusions and madness have grown steadily worse after her daughter’s passing, Colonel Fitzwilliam seeks out Mary’s help with her care. At first glance, all Colonel Fitzwilliam sees about Mary is that she is capable, efficient, and unremarkable. But he soon learns there is much more to Mary than he first surmised… Continue reading »

Nov 202017
 

What If a Head Injury Stole Eleven Years of Memories from Elizabeth Darcy?

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

After almost eleven years of wedded bliss, Elizabeth Darcy wakes up from a head injury not remembering anything beyond the Hunsford proposal. Darcy’s offensive and arrogant proposal and her vehement rejection is the last encounter she remembers with the loathsome man she apparently married many years ago. With four children in their household and one on the way, Elizabeth’s injury and memory-loss are taken very seriously. She is forced to submit to bedrest to protect her unborn baby and ensure her strength during its delivery. Elizabeth has much to learn about all the events of her life in the past eleven years, but the event she finds most unfathomable is how she became married to the last man in the world she “could ever be prevailed upon to marry”… Continue reading »