Jun 242019

Happy Monday dear readers! I hope you are enjoying a wonderful start to your week. I am excited to start my week with announcing some lucky giveaway winners! ✨

We’d like to start by thanking the kind authors that have made these giveaways possible –  Nicole Clarkston, Sophie Turner, and Brenda Webb.

Nicole, thank you so much for visiting our blog! We are so happy to learn more about Nefarious, and loved the enticing excerpt you shared. 📝

Sophie, thank you for writing such a magnificent series about the Darcy and Stanton families and their friends – I was so happy to read about their adventures in A Season Lost. 🌧

Brenda, thank you so much for sharing your special Cover Reveal and Book Release Day celebration with us! We are so happy your new book – Taking Another Chance – is now out! Best wishes, Brenda! 💜

We are so grateful for everyone’s kind generosity!! 🤗

My dear readers, thank you so much for all your participation and thoughtful comments during these reviews and giveaways!!!

Without further ado… the randomly selected winners are… Continue reading »

Jun 212019

What If Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Kept Missing and Misunderstanding Each Other?

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

TYPE OF NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Variation

TIME FRAME: Begins around seven months after the Hunsford Proposal

SYNOPSIS: With Mr. Darcy coming home to Pemberley one day later and purposely avoiding Mr. Bingley’s and Jane Bennet’s nuptials, our dear couple has not crossed paths for quite some time. Both have reflected much on what took place that day in Hunsford Parsonage and both feel have had some moments of despondency and dread. But due to a coincidentally coinciding visit to Kent, unexpected delays, and a threatening snowstorm Darcy and Elizabeth once again cross paths at a coaching inn, and Mr. Darcy gallantly comes to Elizabeth’s aid (read: forces her to begrudgingly accept his aid). But even after after some time together (and some delicious moments alone) Darcy and Elizabeth continue to misconstrue each others’ feelings… Continue reading »

Jun 192019

Hi readers! I hope you are enjoying a great week! I am so excited to be welcoming a brand new-to-me author to Austenesque Reviews today – Kelly Miller! I understand Kelly has been writing for a long time and I am so happy to see that she is debuting her first book this month – Death Takes a Holiday at PemberleyI’m not one to gravitate towards fantasy stories, but this one definitely has me intrigued! Poor Mr. Darcy escapes a near-death experience and now an angel of death is paying him a visit with lots of demands!

Pomfret Cakes

In Death Takes a Holiday at Pemberley, an ailing, elderly tenant at Pemberley is shown to have a preference for confections referred to as Pomfret Cakes. The lady is quite appreciative when Mrs. Darcy thoughtfully brings her a jar of them. Some readers might be confused at the true identity of a Pomfret Cake. Is it a cake or is it candy? A Pomfret cake is actually a small, round, piece of liquorice candy that was first produced in Pontefract, Yorkshire, England. They have also been called Pomfrey cakes and more recently, Pontefract cakes. (Pomfret is an old Norman word for Pontefract.)

As far back as ancient Egypt, a sweet liquid liquorice mixture was favored by prophets and pharaohs, who believed it had healing properties. Beginning in 1612, Pomfret cakes were being produced and stamped with the castle lodge emblem of Pontefract, along with the initials “G S,” which is thought to stand for Sir George Savile, a prominent local land-owner. These Pomfret cakes were used as medicine for people and horses, In fact, the flavinoids in the liquorice root have been proven to be effective in reducing stomach discomfort. Continue reading »