Sep 202017
 

Hi my lovely reader friends!  I am very excited to welcome Sharon Lathan to Austenesque Reviews today!  Sharon is one Austenesque author who doesn’t need an introduction, with so many celebrated Austenesque works to her name!  I personally am very excited about Sharon’s new release, Darcy and Elizabeth: Hope of the Futurebecause it completes her Darcy Saga Prequel Duo, which I have not read yet, but hope to soon!  We hope you enjoy Sharon’s post about one of the most important features of any wedding day (no matter the time period!) – the wedding dress!

My sincerest thanks to Meredith for hosting me on Austenesque Reviews today. It is an honor to be here, and a great pleasure to share a bit of my research with your readers, as well as my latest novel. Darcy and Elizabeth: Hope of the Future is the second book in the two-volume Darcy Saga Prequel Duo, which began with Darcy and Elizabeth: A Season of Courtship. These two novels perfectly fit with my Darcy Saga Sequel to Pride and Prejudice, the series now including nine lengthy novels and one novella.

With the theme of the Prequel Duo focusing on wedding preparation for our two loving couples, a thought a bit of history about the wedding gowns would be appropriate. Here we go!

Regency Era Wedding Gowns

The vast majority of our modern-day wedding extravagances emerge during the Victorian era, including the bridal ensemble. The generally understated and simplistic decades surrounding the Regency meant that wedding gowns were similarly modest and unassuming. Of course, when it comes to a lady’s special day, females in every culture and time period fret over their appearance and desire a beautiful dress. Continue reading »

Sep 062017
 

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Hi friends!  I can’t tell you how much I look forward to doing this post each month!  I love hearing what is going on in your lives, and feel like it is our chance to catch up with each other a little! 😉

August is always a fun month for us – it is my birthday month and we usually go on vacation at the end of the month!  So I have a few reasons to love it. 🙂

For my birthday, I got some lovely Austenesque and bookish goodies…

Spoiled rotten, aren’t I?  I am very excited to own a lovely Jane Austen coin!  And I am so happy to own some childhood classics that I’ve never read like Anne of Green Gables and A Little Princess.  And I specifically wanted to get Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland so I can appreciate and understand Alexa Adams’s new tale Darcy in Wonderland all the better! 🙂 Continue reading »

Nov 302010
 

Some Jane Austen Christmas Cheer!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Publisher

Ever wonder how the Darcy’s would celebrate Christmas? Are you interested in learning how Christmas was celebrated during the Regency era? Or have ever desired for an Austenesque novel to read around Christmastime? A Darcy Christmas just might be the book for you!

MR. DARCY’S CHRISTMAS CAROL – CAROLYN EBERHART
In her debut appearance, Carolyn Eberhart presents a clever and harmonious union between Pride and Prejudice and Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. In this novella, Darcy’s held back by pride and fear, and doesn’t renew his addresses to Elizabeth a second time. Therefore, he finds himself alone, morose, and dejected, come Christmas Eve. On this special night three Christmas spirits come to call and open Darcy’s eyes to the dreary and desolate future before him…

Darcy as Ebeneezer Scrooge? I love it! I felt this was a very plausible and satisfying integration of these two beloved classics. The three spirits who visited Darcy were ingenious, I especially delighted in the Spirit of Christmas Yet To Come! My one complaint is that some of the visions Darcy saw, while very nicely constructed, didn’t really seem to be appropriate or necessary to the story. (4 stars) Continue reading »