Dec 092016
 

Family PortraitsA Riveting Sequel with Our Dearest Friends!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

(Note: This is a sequel to Pamela Lynne’s Pride and Prejudice variation, Dearest Friends, and it is recommended you read that story prior to reading this one.)

In Dearest Friends, Pamela Lynne shows readers what happens when Darcy and Elizabeth lose the trust, friendship, and support of those closest to them. Darcy and Elizabeth are hurt badly by the betrayal and selfishness actions of those they love, but by chance become reacquainted in London and find friendship, compassion, and something infinitely more dear…true happiness and marital bliss!

And some of Darcy’s and Elizabeth’s friends and family members find happiness in marriage as well. But some do not. One couple is forced to go their separate ways (even though both are in love and wish to marry each other!) and another finds themselves living in an unhappy marriage filled with marital strife and misery. It is these two couples we spend the most time with in Family Portraits. But similar to Dearest Friends, this story includes a large cast with many subplots and switching of storylines. Both books are a rather encompassing and epic family saga! Continue reading »

Aug 262016
 

FullSizeRender 2Anne de Bourgh Moves On

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

Jane Gillespie may be a brand new Austenesque author to some of you, but she isn’t brand new. Her sequels (which according to Amazon and Goodreads, I believe number at 9) were published between 1984 and 1999 and all seemed to focus on very minor and obscure characters – like Lucy Steele’s older sister Nancy, Mrs. Weston’s daughter all grown up, or Maria Rushworth and Mrs. Norris! So unique, right? Maybe you can see why I wanted to hunt for copies of Ms. Gillespie’s works and read them for myself (I say hunt, because none of them are in ebook format and all are only available through third-party sellers since they are out of print.)

Even though this is the third book I’ve read by Jane Gillespie, this is the first time I am reviewing one of her works on my blog (the other books were read pre-blog and I haven’t reread them yet!) I noticed that there isn’t a full book blurb on either the Amazon or Goodreads pages for this book, so I thought it might be helpful if I copied it here in my review: Continue reading »

Aug 242016
 

IN

Happy Wednesday, readers!  So you may remember that a couple weeks ago I read Hope for Mr. Darcy by Jeanna Ellsworth, right?  And that in my review I mentioned one of my favorite parts of the story was Colonel Fitzwilliam?  (Just wait until you meet him!)  Well, Jeanna was so kind to pen this lovely interview between the Colonel and me!  How I would love to meet and interview Colonel Fitzwilliam!  I’m pretty sure if I ever did, I would lose the power of speech or the ability to form a sentence! 🙂  lol!

Interview with Colonel FitzwilliamJeanna Ellsworth Lake Author Photo

Meredith: Good morning, Colonel. What a pleasure it is to have you on Austenesque Reviews! I am not sure I have ever interviewed a member of His Majesty’s Army.

Colonel Fitzwilliam: Certainly not one that is willing to be interviewed on an American Blog, am I not mistaken?

Meredith: (Laughs) Ah no, but England and the United States are no longer enemies.

Colonel Fitzwilliam: I am not sure we ever really were. We both sought to have pride in our individual countries, the freedom to live as we desire, and for our families back home to truly never know the horror the soldier encounters in their behalf. I would say we fought for the same thing. Continue reading »