May 082017
 

Hello readers!  I am so excited to welcome back the lovely Lory Lilian to Austenesque Reviews today.  How many books have I read and loved by Lory Lilian, you ask?  So.  Many.  See photo below.  I am so glad that Lory is here to celebrate another new release!  A new release for which I share some blame in apparently! Oh no! 

Hello everyone,

Six years after my first visit here, I am very happy to be back with my latest book, for which Meredith is partially guilty. To be completely accurate, she shares the “blame” with Claudine–LOL–as they were the ones who introduced into my mind the idea that Elizabeth and Darcy in my books are a little “too perfect” and more angst would be welcome. Well, here it is.

I am not sure if you remember, but in my last guest post at Austenesque Reviews, I asked readers’ opinions about why we love Darcy so much and why we feel so strongly about him.

On that occasion, I shared with you that my latest Darcy (this one) will retain some important (and rather unpleasant) traits from the original, just as he described them in his own words. He has a resentful temper. His good opinion once lost, is lost (almost) forever. He has faults enough, but also many admirable qualities. And most of all, he is very much in love with Elizabeth.

As I expected, people feel very deeply about Darcy. My “Rainy Days” Darcy especially seems to be everyone’s favorite. LOL!  I confess I am pleased to see that my books get such strong reactions from my dear readers. On the other hand, I cannot but ask myself: Since we know so little about Darcy’s turmoil during “Pride and Prejudice,” which “kind” of Darcy is the true one? What is your favorite in JAFF stories: the one who easily admits his feelings and acts according to them earlier or the one who struggles with them, fights against them, and shows his bad temper and resentment before finally reaching his well-deserved happiness with Elizabeth? Continue reading »

May 052017
 

Promises, Poignancy, and Passion

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Gift from Author

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Sequel

TIME FRAME: 5 years after the close of Pride and Prejudice

MAIN CHARACTERS: In addition to Mr. Darcy, Elizabeth Bennet, the Bingleys, and the Fitwilliams, we are introduced to Lady Markham (Mr. Darcy’s childhood friend who is now a widow), Mr. Howton (Mr. Bingley’s troublesome and lazy cousin), Lord Van Lynden (a dangerous man from Lizzy’s past), and Emily (who is extremely adorable!).

SYNOPSIS: Mr. Bingley is in desperate need of some help and Mr. Darcy is the only person he can turn to, even though they have not spoken or seen each other in five years. After years of loneliness and heartache, Darcy is finally in a place where he is moving on with his life. He has even proposed to his childhood friend, Lady Markham, whom he cares for and loves…as a friend. But while assisting the Bingleys, Darcy finds out what has become of Elizabeth Bennet, the woman who will forever claim every inch of his heart, and her reappearance in his life begins to wreck havoc with all his carefully laid plans… Continue reading »

Apr 212017
 

Mr. Darcy Seizes His Second Chance

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Variation, Mature Audiences

TIME FRAME: Begins the day after the Netherfield Ball

SYNOPSIS: It’s the day after the Netherfield Ball and we all know what that means – Mr. Bingley has left Netherfield and Elizabeth is about to receive a very undesirable proposal from her cousin, Mr. Collins. Elizabeth is always quick to give Mr. Collins a firm ‘no’ to his proposal, but what is the one scenario where she would have to say ‘yes?’… After four years of an unhappy and emotionally abusive marriage, Elizabeth is set free by Mr. Collins’s thankfully early demise. And now that Elizabeth is once again free, there is a reserved and ardent suitor hoping to have his second chance. But the question is, does Elizabeth even want to be married again? Even if she falls in love? Continue reading »