Apr 172017
 

For Those Who Dream Of Playing Elizabeth Bennet

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

Note: This is the second book in Shannon Winslow’s time-travel/fantasy series, Crossroads Collection, but each book is stand-alone and does not need to be read in order.

In her daring and inventive new series, Shannon Winslow has created an organization that helps people have a second chance at life. The clients that come to Crossroads Center have had their lives cut tragically and unexpectedly short, and now they are presented with the choice of returning back to their old life (a little bit wiser about what lies ahead in their future) or change lives completely. In each book the story will focus on a new character and how they deal with this new and extraordinary opportunity.

In Leap of Hope we meet Hope O’Neil – college student, orphan, and devoted Jane Austen fan. And she finds herself quite delighted and intrigued by all she learns at Crossroads Center. Since she doesn’t have any family remaining, Hope is thrilled with the prospect of living out her fantasy of being a Jane Austen heroine! While she knows there are some drawbacks to life in the Regency era (hygiene, lack of rights or occupation), Hope is determined it is what she wants. And she chooses to have her second chance in the form of Kathleen Barrett, the second eldest daughter (of 4) in a genteel family living in Hampshire. Hope even entertains the notion that her life as Kathleen Barrett may follow the same footsteps as Elizabeth Bennet… you know with a household full of daughters, an entailed estate, and being the second daughter…. 😉 Continue reading »

Sep 122016
 

The Particular Charm of Miss Jane AustenAn Unexpected Journey with Jane Austen

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Authors

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Austen-Inspired Original, Jane Austen as a Fictional Character

SETTING: Bath, England present day (in September during the Jane Austen Festival to be more specific)

MAIN CHARACTERS:

Rose – a die-hard Janeite living in the basement flat at No. 4 Sydney Place.

Morgan – her American friend who she is meeting in person for the first time.

James – her boss who seems to have become besotted with her American friend.

Dr. Aiden Trevellyan – her longtime secret crush who doesn’t really know she exists.

Jane Austen – her favorite author with whom she goes on an unexpected adventure with!

SYNOPSIS:

In the midst of attending the Jane Austen Festival in Bath, devoted Jane Austen fan, Rose Wallace notices something a little peculiar about one of the festival’s attendees she keeps running into. Is she merely obsessed fan? Is she corrupt or crazy? When she finds out the answer, it is too incredible to believe! And Rose finds herself facing the question every Janeite has wondered – what would their life be like if Jane Austen never published her books… Continue reading »

May 112015
 

Forever YoursLove Knows No Time Barriers

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy form Author

(Note: Potential readers should be made aware that this the third book in the Yours by Design trilogy and that it is necessary to read Book 1: Accidentally Yours and Book 2: Sincerely Yours prior to reading this one.)

If you are unfamiliar with the Yours By Design trilogy by Robin Helm, it is a time/body swap series that illustrates what happens if a modern-day descendant of a Mr. Darcy were to swap bodies with the real Fitzwilliam Darcy of 1795 after he makes his ill-fated proposal to Elizabeth Bennet. All three books of this series follow both Darcys (yes, there are two!!) as they adjust to their new lives in different time periods and countries. Both men seek love and happiness, and both men fall in love with a woman named Elizabeth. Modern-day Will Darcy needs to convince Regency Era Elizabeth Bennet that he is an honorable man worthy of her love and completely different from his ancestor who treated her with arrogance, conceit, and disdain. And Regenecy Era Fitzwilliam Darcy, who encounters and falls in love with modern-day Liz Bennet, has the difficult task of overcoming his flaws and misconceptions and helping Liz move on from her painful past.

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