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 »

Feb 132019
 

Hi dear friends! I hope you are enjoying a great week! We’ve been busy hosting lots of wonderful authors here this past week and we are thrilled to continue that trend today by welcoming the lovely authors of Austen Variations to Austenesque Reviews!! These authors are here to celebrate the very special (and much anticipated release!!!) of their latest collaborative effort titled Persuasion: Behind the Scenes! We love these sorts of projects that share some hidden scenes and spotlight some new vignettes from other character’s POVs! We hope you enjoy this post put together by the authors of this collection!

Thank you so much for having us, Meredith! All of us at Austen Variations are so excited to finally release Persuasion, Behind the Scenes and we’re thrilled to have you kick off our release celebration.

We have some fun posts lined up for the next couple of weeks, but for today, we thought to share with everyone why each of us contributed to this amazing project and a short scene. We hope you enjoy it!

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I know Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is the hands down favorite of her books. But to be entirely honest *whispers* I like Persuasion better.

Whew, that’s a load of my chest, to have finally fessed up to that.

Mind you, I love Pride and Prejudice—it’s fantastic, brilliant, amazing. But, at the end of the day, I’m far more of an Anne Elliot than an Elizabeth Bennet. Where I admire Elizabeth, I get Anne. I understand her; I feel like I know what she’s thinking and why; I feel like I’ve been in her shoes. I really relate to her. Continue reading »

Feb 112019
 

Happy Monday, everyone! I’m happy to start my week off by welcoming back authors J.L. Ashton and Justine Rivard as they begin their blog tour for The Most Interesting Man in the World (you may recall their visit and lovely cover reveal last month!) Today, these ladies bring with them a vignette to share with you all. We hope you enjoy!

Thank you so much for hosting us here at Austenesque Review, Meredith. I was here with my previous two books. A Searing Acquaintance and Mendacity & Mourning, and it’s great to visit again with my friend and partner in crime, Justine Rivard. We’ve only met once in person and we write across the miles, sharing the same love for Jane Austen and a quirky sense of humor. In The Most Interesting Man in the World, we explore the friendship between Darcy and Bingley.

Among the characters mentioned but never actually appearing in The Most Interesting Man in the World is Caroline Bingley, sister to one of our protagonists. She, in fact, is the only female voice ever heard within the book’s pages. Her “Hallooo!” called through the window of a carriage is the lone moment her voice is heard, but her presence permeates the book as Bingley recoils not only from her voice and looming arrival, but from the memories of her as a child and her behaviour as one of his dreadful sisters.

But, unsurprisingly, she would like her share of the conversation and, more particularly, her share of Mr Darcy. A few days before the double wedding in Hertfordshire, we had that lady and gentleman sit down together in the drawing room at Netherfield, the Hursts sitting nearby and a footman standing ever vigilant by the door, so Caroline could explore the whys and wherefores of the man both she and her brother consider the most interesting man in the world. Continue reading »