May 012017

A Sweet and Fun Look at Mrs. Darcy’s and Mrs. Collins’s Children

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice sequel

TIME FRAME: 25 years after the close of Pride and Prejudice

MAIN CHARACTERS: While there is numerous progeny from the Darcy, Bingley, Fitzwilliam, and Collins families mentioned in this tale, the main characters seem to be these sibling pairs – Henry and Juliet Darcy and Jonathan and Eliza Collins.

SYNOPSIS: “The romantic attachments of one’s children are a constant distraction” for Mrs. Darcy. While her eldest son is very nearly engaged, it is her two younger children that cause some grief. Her second son, Henry, seems to have lost his heart to Eliza Collins after three days, and her daughter, Juliet, is mad for a roguish and wild lieutenant by the name of Gerard Churchill. So what does Mrs. Darcy do? She gives a grand ball at Pemberley in hopes of broadening their acquaintances with young people their age… Continue reading »

Feb 012016

9781402212376Echoes of Thornfield

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Giveaway Win

What if, after twenty-something years of marriage, Jane and Edward Rochester decided to travel abroad to the West Indies for several years?

What if they had a sixteen year old daughter they decided to leave behind in England with a guardian and companion in a Yorkshire estate close to her home?

While I’ve read and enjoy several novels that share the romantic life of Charlotte Brontë (my favorite being The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Brontë by Syrie James) and list her masterpiece, Jane Eyre, as one of my all-time favorite reads, this is my first time reading a sequel to Jane Eyre! Similar to many Jane Austen sequels, this story takes place many years later and revolves more around the offspring of the happily married couple than the couple themselves. I was happy to feel an immediate interest and sympathy for our heroine, Janet Rochester and loved her clear and open narrative voice. Continue reading »