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Don Jacobson – Austenesque Reviews
Jul 242019
 

An Upstairs/Downstairs Variation About Kitty Bennet and General Fitzwilliam

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

OVERVIEW: There are two novellas in this collection: Of Fortune’s Reversal and The Maid and The Footman (which were both published separately). These two stories portray the same events from two different perspectives with four main characters being central to both stories – Kitty Bennet, General Sir Richard Fitzwilliam, a maid by the name Annie Reynolds, and a footman/retired Sergeant named Henry Wilson.

Of Fortune’s Reversal, which highlights the events from Kitty Bennet’s and General Fitzwilliam’s perspectives, is 91 pages in length. The Maid and The Footman, which feature Annie Reynolds’ and Henry Wilson’s experiences during the same events, is 191 pages in length.

Since there are two novella-ish length stories in this collection, I thought I’d break down my review to look at them both separately and as a whole. Continue reading »

Mar 042019
 

Kitty Bennet Realizes Her Purpose

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

Note: The Exile: The Countess Visits Longbourn is the fifth installment in The Bennet Wardrobe series, and it is recommended that readers read The Keeper: Mary Bennet’s Extraordinary Adventure, Henry Fitzwilliam’s War, The Exile: Kitty Bennet and the Belle Époque, and Lizzy Bennet Meets the Countess prior to reading this book. This story does not work as a stand-alone. Continue reading »

Nov 212018
 

Precocious Young Lizzy Wanders Into the Future!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

Note: Lizzy Bennet Meets the Countess is the fourth installment in The Bennet Wardrobe series, and it is recommended that readers read The Keeper: Mary Bennet’s Extraordinary Adventure, Henry Fitzwilliam’s War, and The Exile: Kitty Bennet and the Belle Époque prior to reading the Lizzy Bennet Meets the Countess.

For those who are unfamiliar with The Bennet Wardrobe series, it is an inventive and engaging series filled with time-traveling Bennets, who are able to travel forward in time – thanks to the magical properties of a specially-crafted wardrobe that has been in the family since the late 1700s. In the first few books of the series there is a focus on Mary, Kitty, and Lydia Bennet and what happens to them post Pride and Prejudice.  However, this two-part novella focuses more on Elizabeth and features two significant times in her life. Continue reading »