Feb 222019

Viewing Pride and Prejudice Through a New Lens

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Publisher

TYPE OF NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Modern-Day Retelling

SETTING: Pakistan 2000-2001

SYNOPSIS: Due to their families reduced circumstances and disgraced reputations all five daughters of the Binat family remain unmarried. Although, perhaps for second eldest daughter Alysba (Alys) it is also her choice not to marry. In Pakistani culture, where marrying well and achieving VIP status are the primary objectives, Alys Binat, instead pursues her own educational and professional aspirations. Working as an English-literature school teacher brings Alys a lot of joy, and she isn’t about to trade in her independence and happiness to become someone’s obedient and subservient wife. Even if she is 30 and her mother continuously badgers her about marriage. Continue reading »

Feb 182019

What If Mr. Darcy Didn’t Leave Lizzy Without Hope at the Inn in Lambton?

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

TYPE OF NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Variation

TIME FRAME: Begins with Elizabeth’s Tour of Pemberley


Instead of assuming Elizabeth has “been long desiring his absence” and traveling to London in secret to search out Wickham and Lydia himself, Mr. Darcy stays and shares his plans with her, making sure she understands that she has not lost him as a friend. With the Gardiners, Mr. Darcy, Elizabeth, and Mr. Bennet all working together to salvage Lydia’s reputation and patch up her scandalous affair, what kind of changes does this development produce between them all? What does Mr. Bennet and Mr. Gardiner think as Mr. Darcy involves himself with their family’s affair? What does Elizabeth think when after the chaos and anxiety of securing Lydia’s future, Mr. Darcy suddenly renews his addresses to her? Continue reading »

Feb 152019

What If Elizabeth Met Mr. Darcy and Georgiana Through Their Aunts’ Charity Work?

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

TYPE OF NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Variation

TIME FRAME: May-October 1811, London

SYNOPSIS: The two eldest Bennet sisters are in London for a lengthy stay with their Aunt Gardiner and all become heavily involved with charity work to support and build a much-needed hospital extension for wounded soldiers. Through their charity projects they become closely acquainted to Lady Matlock and eventually make the acquaintance of Miss Darcy and Mr. Darcy. Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy form a much more favorable opinion of each other away from Meryton, the other Bennets, and Caroline Bingley. But Darcy, aware of his duty to his family, knows he must marry from the upper echelons of society. And Elizabeth’s aunt is cautioning her to carefully guard her heart and not give into romantic expectations…What happens when their attraction and connection cannot be denied? Continue reading »