Feb 172017
 

“She would not betray her trust.”

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

What if Elizabeth Bennet met and became friends with Georgiana Darcy in Ramsgate?

What if, after hearing about Georgiana’s attachment to Wickham and plans to secretly elope, Elizabeth wrote an anonymous letter alerting Mr. Darcy?

What if Darcy and Elizabeth meet later on in Hertfordshire with previous knowledge of each other and have a much better first impression?

In her second inventive and creative Pride and Prejudice variation, Suzan Lauder shows readers what happens when Elizabeth knows all about and secretly helps prevent Georgiana’s would-be scandal in Ramsgate. In this story Elizabeth accompanies her aunt Gardiner for an extended stay visiting a friend in Ramsgate (since Mr. Gardiner is detained in London) the same time Georgiana and Mrs. Younge are there. In this scenario, readers witness many scenes that take place before the start of Pride and Prejudice such as Mr. Darcy’s hiring of Mrs. Younge, Wickham’s romantic pursuit of Georgiana, and Darcy’s unexpected arrival and rescue. Post-Ramsgate Elizabeth and Georgiana remain friends and keep in touch through correspondence, and it is with a completely different mindset that Darcy and Elizabeth meet in Meryton. Continue reading »

Oct 262016
 

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Hello, dear readers!  I am very excited to welcome back author Suzan Lauder to Austenesque Reviews today! Last month you may remember we participated in a cover reveal for Ms. Lauder’s new release, Letter from Ramsgateand we enjoyed speculating about where this new scenario may lead Darcy and Elizabeth.  Today Suzan shares a lovely “deleted scene” from meryton-press-for-november-2015her new release!  We hope you enjoy this glimpse of Lady Cecilia/Lady Amelia!

Meredith has read so many Austenesque novels, I wonder if anything is new to her any more. (Well, I have read some of her latest five-star books, and new themes do exist!) However, no matter how many times we read it, we love to hate a catty love interest for Darcy, and I appreciate Meredith hosting this stop on the Letter from Ramsgate blog tour so I can share one that never made the book.

This cut scene is different in Letter from Ramsgate because I realized the story would be more effective if Darcy’s love interest weren’t another Miss Bingley. Instead, Lady Amelia in Letter from Ramsgate is not only pretty, rich, and well-connected, but also kind-hearted and interesting. However, in this early draft, she’s called Lady Cecilia, and she’s nasty! Her name was changed later so “Lady C” wouldn’t be confused with Lady Catherine. Amelia means “rival,” so it was a perfect substitute. Continue reading »

Oct 052016
 

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Hi readers!!  I hope you are doing well!  Anything new and exciting happening for you?

I don’t have much to report here.  Mr. Bingley has been playing in bands a lot and I’ve been busy with new students (we get a lot at this time of year.) 🙂  It looks like both of us have a busier work schedule now and it sometimes takes a little bit of time to adjustment to that. 🙂

We got quite use to our schedules from the summer and the amount of time we were able to spend together.  But now it is a little hard since Mr. Bingley might be working or traveling on the weekends when I’m off.  Happily though, I was able to come and see a couple of Mr. Bingley’s gigs this past month and that was fun!

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Other than that, the big events of this past month were my blog turning 7! (I still can’t believe how lucky I am to be doing this for 7 years!)

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And going to see Bridget Jones’s Baby with my mom. 🙂

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Which we loved!  Bridget’s opening lip-sync song was fab, Bridget was wonderfully adorable, and Mark was amazing!  I would definitely recommend!

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