May 182016
 

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Hello dear readers, just under a year ago Austenesque Reviews was paid a visit from first-time author, Sophie Turner, who was just celebrating the release of her Pride and Prejudice sequel, A Constant Love.  Today, Sophie is returning to Austenesque Reviews to share some interesting history and an enticing excerpt about her second release, A Change of Legacies, which is Volume 2 in her Constant Love series!  

If you’re like I was before I did the research for A Change of Legacies, you have a certain Sophie_Turnerimpression of how birth went for the upper classes during the Georgian and Regency eras: As soon as she was visibly pregnant, the lady would hide herself away from society. Eventually, the family would retire to their estate, and about a month before she was due, the woman would go to her bedchamber, all of the curtains would be drawn, and she would lie there quietly in that stuffy room until she had the child. The birth itself would take place in some giant ancestral bed, attended by a midwife, and the poor woman had better hope it did not become a choice between her life and that of her husband’s heir, because they would cut the child out of her, if necessary. Even if she lived, she would still have little contact with the baby – it would be given over to a wet nurse, and sent off to the nursery.

Some of this might have been true before this era, but for the Georgian upper classes, this is not the story of most births. I was fortunate to find two excellent sources, during my research – Judith S. Lewis’s In the Family Way: Childbearing in the British Aristocracy, 1760-1860, and Thomas Denman’s An Introduction to the Practice of Midwifery. Lewis’s book, especially, turned on its head most of what I had thought about childbirth during that time.

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May 042016
 

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Happy May to you, friends!  I hope you are enjoying some lovely weather and reading time this month!

Curious about what Mr. Bingley and I have been up to?  We’ve been pretty low-key since he was recovering from surgery and wasn’t allowed to be too active. 😉

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Since we loved The Hobbit trilogy so much we thought we’d try The Lord of the Rings (I know, completely late to the party!)  LOL!  We have been enjoying lots of snuggles on the couch while watching our new boxset of extended editions with 20+ hours of documentary! (such nerds!)  We are so hooked on LOTR, we talk about it daily! 😉

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I’ve also enjoyed a lovely morning of strawberry picking with my momma!  We’ve been enjoying having a daily dose of sweet and fresh strawberries in our diet! Continue reading »

Jul 132015
 

A Constant LoveAn All-Encompassing Pride and Prejudice Sequel!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Sequel, Historical Fiction

TIME FRAME: After the conclusion of Pride and Prejudice: March 1814 – Summer 1815

MAIN CHARACTERS: Elizabeth, Darcy, Georgiana Darcy, Kitty and Mary Bennet, Lord Alfred, Captain Ramsey, Captain Stanton

WHY I WANTED TO READ THIS NOVEL:

I’ll be honest…I was wary about this sequel – while I do enjoy P&P sequels, they aren’t my favorite type Austenesque literature (variations and moderns are!) But I read the first several chapters and appreciated the balance between major and minor characters, familiar friends and original creations, historical backdrop and character development…and was very interested in seeing what would happen! Continue reading »