Oct 232017
 

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Hello, dear readers!  I am very excited to welcome back author Suzan Lauder to Austenesque Reviews today!  And she is here to celebrate her newest release, A Most Handsome Gentleman, which features a #HotCollins, yes, you heard correctly, Mr. Collins is “incredibly handsome” in this latest tale.  What a fun twist, don’t you think?  I wonder if anyone will succumb to Mr. Collins’s charms now that he has a more pleasing face and figure?  Today Suzan shares a lovely “deleted scene” from her new release where Lady Catherine and Anne de Bourgh meet Mr. Collins for the first time!

This isn’t the first time I’ve written a brand new vignette for Meredith’s blog, and I hope to continue the tradition with future books.

My apologies to Leslie, Nina, Gail, and Ellen, as they did not beta or edit this scene, and there will be extra commas.

This particular vignette is the recruitment interview for the handsome Mr. Collins by Lady Catherine and Anne de Bourgh.

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A New Rector for Hunsford: Part One

The gentleman in front of Lady Catherine was tall and, judging from the manner in which his clerical robes hung loosely on his frame, a bit on the thin side. On the other hand, his posture was sturdy enough—rather like an old oak—though he was barely five and twenty. After a dauntingly complete set of questions intended to intimidate him into showing his flaws, he asked if that was all. Continue reading »

Oct 062017
 

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Hello friends!  Happy October to you!  Does it feel like Autumn where you are?

It started to feel a little cooler here October 1st!  I don’t think I’ll be venturing to the beach that much now.  No worries!  For those of you that remember my summer goal I set myself of bringing 20 different books to the beach!  I was able to complete it!  Just in time!  My last beach visit was on September 21st!

Here is the proof! (not in order)

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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 »