Jun 252014

Ask EleanorInspired by Sense and Sensibility, But with Quite A Few Twists

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Authors

In their latest collaboration, Ask Eleanor, authors Laura Briggs and Sarah Burgess pen a contemporary tale about two diverse sisters, inspired by Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. The story focuses on Eleanor Darbish, a successful and nationally syndicated advice columnist (similar to Miss Darcy in Dear Miss Darcy). Practical, efficient Eleanor doling out common sense? (I could totally see that.) And Marianne? – she is an artist that attends poetry sessions and lives life passionately. (What else?) Both sisters currently live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and as you might imagine (given what you know of Sense and Sensibility) they are about to experience some romance…and some heartache.

Even though it took awhile for me to get into the story (the business about the newspaper merger was a little uninteresting and took up too much page time), I found a lot of the new twists these authors created to be inventive and fun to explore. I loved being inside Eleanor’s head more and being privy to her private feelings and thoughts about Edward, and I thought it was hilarious that Lucy was Eleanor’s newly appointed, overly opinionated, and overbearing assistant. In addition, I felt the closer friendship between Eleanor and Brandon was a unique and interesting twist, but more about that later… Continue reading »

Oct 112012

Could a Love Advice Columnist Help a Modern-Day Darcy?   

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Austen-Inspired, Jane Austen Chick-Lit

MAJOR CHARACTERS: Olivia Darcy (a descendant of Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam), Christopher Stanley, Mr. Collins


  • Austenland, Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict, Austentatious – I just cannot get enough of contemporary Austen-Inspired fiction. I like to call them “Jane Austen Chick-Lit” – they are so accessible, fun, and light!
  • Olivia Darcy is a descendant of Darcy and Elizabeth, how awesome is that!
  • The idea of a love advice columnist being romantically challenged sounded very intriguing to me!

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