Jun 252018

Insert Backbone [HERE]!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Publisher

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Variation

TIME FRAME: Begins in February, while Darcy, Bingley, and Jane are all in London

SYNOPSIS: A miserable and broken-hearted Mr. Bingley comes to the realization that perhaps he shouldn’t solely trust his friend’s and sisters’ assessments of Miss Bennet’s heart. After all, “when did Darcy ever engage in an extended conversation with Miss Bennet?” Deciding and acting for himself, Mr. Bingley makes a plan to renew his courtship of Jane Bennet. But the only problem is that Jane, after being rejected and publicly humiliated, is not so quick to forgive and forget his treatment of her. With such a poor beginning, can Mr. Bingley succeed and win Jane’s heart? Has Mr. Darcy’s interference in Mr. Bingley’s life caused an irreparable breach between the two friends? How does this all impact Elizabeth’s opinion of Mr. Darcy? Continue reading »

Sep 182015

A Will of IronSomething Is Rotten in The County of Kent!

Rating:  4 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Publisher

What if poor Anne de Bourgh’s sudden death brought Darcy and Colonel Fitzwilliam (and Georgiana!) back to Kent before Elizabeth Bennet left?

What if Anne de Bourgh was more aware and intelligent than expected and revealed all her thoughts and observations in her journals?

What if Elizabeth was instructed to remain in Kent because she was included in Anne de Bourgh’s Last Will and Testament?

Anne’s death not only brings Darcy and Elizabeth back into contact with each other immediately after Elizabeth’s vehement refusal of his disastrous proposal, but also brings about a dramatic change in circumstance for several characters in this story. It would appear that poor Anne holds more power and influence in death than in life. And Lady Catherine, who is most seriously displeased with her daughter’s secret plans to escape and exertion of control, does not handle these developments and revelations well…and what she does in retaliation is equally horrifying and hilarious! Continue reading »

Nov 012013

The Red Chrysanthemum Could Flowers (Not Poetry) Be The True Food Of Love?

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Publisher

What if Lydia and Wickham’s “elopement” took place a couple weeks later? What if Darcy and Georgiana invited Elizabeth, Jane, and Mrs. Gardiner to spend the month of August with them at Pemberley?

In this beautifully rendered Pride and Prejudice variation, Linda Beutler plays with the timeline of Jane Austen’s beloved novel and allows the seeds of love to germinate and bloom in the natural splendor that is Pemberley. With Caroline Bingley and Lady Catherine out of sight and Elizabeth and Jane at Pemberley, you might think that a tender love would easily thrive under such favorable conditions. But alas, doubts, insecurities, and misguided notions keep this love blossom from fully opening its petals… Continue reading »