Jun 262017
 

A Delightfully Terrible Bad Day!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Gift from Author

In an attempt to avoid Caroline Bingley, Mr. Darcy thought indulging in a long ramble outside would be pleasurable and beneficial…Well, several moments later finds him lathered into a pique and sitting in a puddle of muddy water with a twisted ankle. Frustrated at how un-refreshing and unsatisfying his walk had been, Mr. Darcy determines it is all Miss Elizabeth Bennet’s fault. Because the idea of finding pleasure in long rambles came from her. And just when his day couldn’t get any worse, Mr. Darcy is found in his lamentable predicament and brought help by the one person he is determined to be upset with…Elizabeth Bennet! Continue reading »

Jun 232017
 

Happy Friday readers!!  I am so excited to welcome the lovely and kind, Cassandra Grafton to Austenesque Reviews (for her first official visit!)  You may have heard that Cassandra’s newest book – A Quest For Mr. Darcy released YESTERDAY!   Woot woot!  And we thought it would be fun to sit down and have a little chat about her writing and her new release!  We hope you enjoy!

Hi Cassandra!  Thank you so much for this lovely visit to Austenesque Reviews!  As you well-know from my reviews and frequent mentions, I am an ardent admirer of your novels – the introspective A Fair Prospect Trilogy and the inventive The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen, which you co-wrote with Ada Bright!   I am so excited to have you here in celebration of your new release, A Quest for Mr. Darcy

I understand A Quest for Mr. Darcy is a Pride and Prejudice variation that begins soon after Mr. Darcy returns from Kent and realizes he cannot forget Elizabeth Bennet, even though she’s rejected him…and so he plans to do something a little drastic!  I always love hearing how authors come up with their ideas, do you mind sharing your inspiration behind this new variation?

It’s so lovely to be here, Meredith, and I’m delighted to talk about the origins of my new story!

It’s been a long time in finishing, because I had the initial idea back in 2010. It was put aside after I started it, and I only picked up my pen to continue back in the autumn of last year.

The inspiration first came to me when I was lying on a beach (though there’s no beach in the story) sunbathing (ditto) in Portugal (nope) and, much to my husband’s mild annoyance, I then spent the next couple of hours lying still for a few minutes, then sitting up suddenly and grabbing my pencil and notebook. Then, I’d lie down again only to sit up soon after to add more notes, and so it continued! Continue reading »

Jun 092017
 

What If Elizabeth Bennet Had A First Love?

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Publisher

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Variation

TIME FRAME: Just before Bingley and Darcy come to Meryton

MAIN CHARACTERS: Our usual Pride and Prejudice cast plus Henry and Francis Warren, Elizabeth’s deceased husband and his brother

SYNOPSIS: Taking a sizable step away from the Pride and Prejudice canon, Ms. D’Orazio tells a story of Elizabeth Bennet experiencing a whirlwind romance and marrying Henry Warren, the Earl of Courtenay, at the age of seventeen. Unfortunately, happily ever after doesn’t last long as Elizabeth’s husband is killed by a group of radicals. In order to protect herself and her unborn child Elizabeth must hide her identity and leave her husband’s ancestral home until all those involved with the murder are apprehended. Two years later finds Elizabeth in Meryton, where everyone publicly acknowledges her as Elizabeth Bennet, unmarried daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bennet. And when a wealthy, reserved man from Derbyshire comes to town he believes that is who she is… a country maiden with no wealth or consequence, and therefore, sadly, not for him. (Even though his heart wishes it were otherwise!) Continue reading »