Jun 152018
 

Hi readers! I’m so very excited to welcome author Nicole Clarkston to Austenesque Reviews today! As I’m sure many of you are already aware, Nicole is celebrating her new recent release, a Pride and Prejudice variation titled London Holiday. Which sounds like such a fun and unique adventure! Today, Nicole is sharing some very interesting history about a famous public venue that existed during Jane Austen’s time. We hope you enjoy!

Setting a story in London’s famed Vauxhall Gardens is, at once, a delight and a daunting task. Unlike many of the historical locations we might try to visit from our 21st century armchairs, we do not have to invent facts about Vauxhall. The sheer wealth of information is overwhelming, so much so that a writer embarking on such a research project starts to get cold feet.

Why, you ask? Shouldn’t it be easier, if there is more information available? Not necessarily. One thing I discovered is that when there is a lot of information to be had, it doesn’t all match up!

For instance, take a look at these two maps I found for Vauxhall Gardens. At first glance, and even a second, they look virtually identical. However, imagine that you are trying to narrate a couple turning left there, walking several paces, and seeing a certain sight. The intersection points of walking paths and the details of the attraction placements become more important… and they are not the same. Continue reading »

Jun 082018
 

What If Elizabeth’s First Husband Was a Wealthy and Wonderful Earl?

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice variation

TIME FRAME: Begins 2 years before the events of Pride and Prejudice and takes a widely different course

SYNOPSIS: What if a twice-widowed earl (who is twice her age) found in Elizabeth a true companion that would bring him the marital happiness he has been searching for his whole life? What if at the time she first meets Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy, Elizabeth has been the Countess of Asheland for two years, happily marred to her beloved husband and mother to two adorable children? Elizabeth Bennet is no longer “a young woman without family, connections, or fortune,” in fact, her connections and fortune far exceed Mr. Darcy’s! In her latest Pride and Prejudice variation, Elizabeth Adams explores what happens when Darcy and Elizabeth are on more equal ground… 😉 Continue reading »

Jun 022018
 

Hi readers! I’m so happy to welcome back the lovely Caitlin Williams to Austenesque Reviews today! As I am sure you are already aware, Caitlin has just released her latest book, The Events at Branxbourne! I’m super excited about this for two reasons: I’m a big fan of Caitlin Williams (loved, loved, loved The Coming of Age of Miss Elizabeth Bennet!) and I’ve been hearing some terrific things about this newest release (some friends have been praising it REAL hard!) 😉 And I know they aren’t doing that without reason!!!

Thanks for hosting me, Meredith, for the launch of the blog tour for my newest book, The Events at Branxbourne. I’d thought I’d share a wee snippet from the book with your readers. I also want to thank everyone who has already bought a copy of this book for their support.  I really hope they enjoy the story.

I should explain that in this scene Darcy is visiting his cousin, Colonel Fitzwilliam, in London, and from his bedroom in Hanover Square he can see the comings and goings of the Viscount and Viscountess Lambert. This story is set four years after that disastrous proposal at Hunsford. Continue reading »