Aug 212019

What If There Was Another Explanation For Mr. Darcy’s Social Idiosyncrasies and Discomfort?

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

TYPE OF NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Variation

TIME FRAME: Begins with Elizabeth’s first dinner with Mr. Darcy at Rosings

SYNOPSIS: Mr. Darcy’s confession of not having the talent “of conversing easily with those I have never seen before” sparks a new realization in Elizabeth. His insulting words at the Meryton Assembly, his supposed haughty and aloof demeanor, and his newly discovered confusion with figures of speech all lead Elizabeth to believe that Mr. Darcy suffers from the same condition that her young cousin does. After making this new revelation, Elizabeth offers her assistance to Mr. Darcy to help him be more comfortable in society by improving his understanding of social cues and interpreting facial expressions. But what if Elizabeth’s time with Mr. Darcy gives her new understanding as well…? Continue reading »

Aug 192019

Happy Monday, friends! I’m thrilled to share this post with you today because it is from a brand-new-to-us author, Kay Bea! And because it is a cover reveal for another lovely new release from Quills and Quartos! We love all these new books coming onto the scene!

Such a great way to start the week, don’t you agree?

~ From the Author ~

Thank you, Meredith, for hosting the cover reveal for Letters from the Heart and for this opportunity to share with your readers.

I have been in and out of the Jane Austen community for five years. I started off voraciously reading every variation I could get and then hesitantly published my first online short story. It’s been an incredible journey. Letters from the Heart started as little more than a vague idea and almost didn’t make its way out of my many stacks of paper.

When I first saw the cover, I had tears in my eyes. It was beautifully, sublimely perfect and more than I could have imagined. Ellen Pickels did an amazing job with this design. I adore everything from the sumptuous colors to the half-forgotten quill in Elizabeth’s hand.

When we first started discussing ideas for the cover, I didn’t have an image in mind, but I knew the feeling I wanted to capture. Ellen made that happen. The Elizabeth in this cover is pensive, and a bit lonely despite the richness of her surroundings. I was telling my own Mr Darcy that if Inkheart’s Silvertongue read my Elizabeth into existence, she would have dropped from the sky in exactly the attitude Ellen created for the cover of Letters from the Heart. Continue reading »

Aug 162019

The Gamesters Have Met Their Match

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

What happens when a twenty-year-old young buck falls in love with and proposes marriage to Deborah Grantham, a beautiful faro dealer?

What happens when the outrageously wealthy, yet “abominably close” Max Ravenscar, who is determined to protect his cousin from an untenable match to a “harpy,” pays a visit to the lovely Miss Grantham and offers her a bribe to relinquish “all pretensions to [his] cousin’s hand and heart?” and gravely insults the lady?

What can Deborah do when she wants to marry for love and is not inclined to take advantage of the young puppy who has proposed to her but is burdened by her aunt’s financial troubles while being pursued by a lord with dishonorable intentions??? Continue reading »