Mar 112013

A Mature Coming of Age Story for Charlotte Collins

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

Of all the women in Pride and Prejudice, Charlotte Collins must be one of the most challenging and intricate characters to reshape into an admirable and lovable heroine. Practical, pragmatic, and plain – she isn’t a character that easily inspires the reader’s love. And with Jane Austen marrying her off to Mr. Collins, it seems her unhappily-ever-after fate is already sealed. How will Charlotte ever find the love and happiness she deserves?

Well…we all know that if adventures (or in this case happiness and romance) will not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad.” And that is just what author Skylar Hamilton Burris does, she sends Charlotte…and Mr. Collinsabroad. After several years Lady Catherine becomes weary of Mr. Collin’s incessant and obnoxious presence in her life and desires a momentary respite from his obsequious attentions (can you blame her?). Using her wealth and power she arranges for Mr. Collins to serve as a missionary in India for an undetermined length of time to “expand his clerical education.” Which opens the door for an abundance of new and exciting possibilities for Charlotte. Continue reading »

Jan 112011

Three Little Gems Rescued From the Editing Room Floor!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Gift from Mom 🙂

The Strange Marriage of Anne de Bourgh is an anthology encompassing three Pride and Prejudice related scenes that were once apart of Skylar Burris’s novel An Unlikely Missionary. In the Introduction, Ms. Burris explains that while revising An Unlikely Missionary, it became necessary for these scenes to be cut. But because they were some of her favorite scenes, she opted to tweak them a little and publish them in this compilation. These three scenes are scrumptious little morsels that will be sure to stave off your hunger for some Jane Austen!


In this forty page novelette, the Darcys meet Mr. Jonson, Mr. Collin’s successor and Lady Catherine’s new parson. Even though the attractive and charming Mr. Jonson makes every effort to be agreeable to the Darcys, they cannot help but feel uneasy and apprehensive about his presence at Rosings Park. Especially when they catch Lady Catherine frequently gazing upon Mr. Jonson with considerable pleasure! But who is the duplicitous and grasping Mr. Jonson really trying to seduce, Lady Catherine or her daughter, Anne de Bourgh?

As always, Ms. Burris’s representation of Austen characters is flawless and her new additions are well-drawn and intriguing. I greatly enjoyed the twist at the end of this story, it caught me completely off-guard! (5 stars) Continue reading »

Apr 052010

Georgiana Darcy is an Admirable and Worthy Heroine

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

The wealthy and accomplished Georgiana Darcy has made her debut into society and has attracted quite an abundance of suitors. Some of these suitors are mostly attracted to her fortune and connections while others find her sweet and innocent disposition the main attraction. Under Mr. Darcy’s watchful and protective eye, Georgiana is courted by a variety of men, from politicians and abolitionists, to clergymen and soldiers. Mr. Darcy better be on his guard because Georgiana seems to have blossomed under the attention and admiration from one gentleman in particular, but is he the right man for her?

What I enjoyed most about this book is how Ms. Burris’s Georgiana Darcy flourishes! She truly becomes a heroine that readers cannot help but admire. She emerges out of her shy and demure shell and under the influence of her sister-in-law, Elizabeth Darcy, gains some courage and confidence. I greatly enjoyed the relationship between Elizabeth and Georgiana in this novel, as I always believed that they would become close sisters. Georgiana is portrayed with a strong inner spirit, a keen and independent mind, and a romantic heart. She desires to find a love than is not just based on attraction and esteem, but based on a true meeting of minds and souls. I just simply adore her! Continue reading »