May 092018
 

What If Mr. Darcy Was Forced to Hide From Society?

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

It is 1814 (many events from Pride and Prejudice never took place) and for several years Mr. Darcy has lived in seclusion, away from his family and home and desperately hoping no one recognizes him as Mr. Darcy of Pemberley…

In an effort to dispel his loneliness and at the same time help out a friend very much in need, Mr. Darcy agrees to travel to Hertfordshire and assist Mr. Bingley, who is leasing an estate for the very first time. Since the scandal was years ago and Meryton is a small village, Mr. Darcy feels it might be not so dangerous for him to rejoin society in this setting. Especially as he plans to be known as the insignificant Mr. John Darcy, Mr. Bingley’s impoverished friend. But it turns out people are still curious about Mr. Darcy, even without knowing he has an estate in Derbyshire and is worth ten thousand a year. His evasive replies and lack of details pertaining to his past, his family, and where he lives invite intrigue and speculation. And who is the most intrigued by the mysterious Mr. Darcy? Why the young lady he insulted, of course…Elizabeth Bennet! Continue reading »

Apr 162018
 

Howdy friends!  Hope you are enjoying a lovely Monday so far!  Today I’m very excited to welcome back author Rose Fairbanks, who is at the moment celebrating her newest release – The Secrets of Pemberley!  Today Rose is showing us her hidden talent as an actress as she channels Elizabeth Bennet expressing her thoughts in her diary!  We hope you enjoy! 

Thanks so much for hosting me, Meredith! The Secrets of Pemberley is told entirely from Mr. Darcy’s perspective. In the book, Elizabeth’s diary becomes important, and as a long-time fan of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, I decided to do video entries for each of diary entry I’ll be sharing on the blog tour. I hope you enjoy as we get a bit of insight on what Elizabeth Bennet felt after Darcy’s worst nightmare comes true.

#1 — After the proposal
#2 — After the Letter
#3 — Meeting Darcy in London
#4 — Shopping with the Darcys
#5 — Elizabeth meets Lady Aurora
#6 — After the ball

Vignette: Outtake, Elizabeth Bennet’s Diary #7 Fearless

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Mar 282018
 

Hello readers!  I am so very excited to welcome back author, Jan Hahn to Austenesque Reviews!  If you aren’t familiar with Jan Hahn‘s work, I entreat you to rectify that immediately!  She writes some brilliant and inventive Pride and Prejudice variations (The Journey and A Peculiar Connection are my particular favorites so far!)  At the moment she is celebrating her newest release (one that I understand has been a fan favorite for years!!!) – The ChildIn this tale it looks like Darcy something very dramatic after Elizabeth’s refusal in Kent, I can’t wait to learn more about what happens between these two!!

Thank you so much, Meredith, for hosting me on your blog today. I’ve loved your posts for so long. Checking in with you several times a week is an absolute must at my house!

Many authors, myself included, will tell you of a strange phenomenon that often takes place while creating a story. A plot may be carefully organized in the writer’s mind when suddenly the characters seem to develop a mind of their own. Not only will they say and do things unintended by the author, but at times they even strike out on a different path than originally planned. It’s like following Alice down the rabbit hole.

When I began The Child, I thought I was writing a sympathetic tale of a misunderstood man. Darcy has always wanted to do the right thing. When he proposed to Elizabeth at Hunsford in Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, he did not intend to insult her. Despite her family and relations, Darcy thought he was fulfilling Elizabeth’s dreams, but instead he almost ruined any chance of making her his wife. Thank goodness, he knew how to write a letter or Austen wouldn’t have had a happy ending. Continue reading »