Feb 012019

What If Mr. Darcy Came to Meryton In Mourning For His Cousin?

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

TYPE OF NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Variation

TIME FRAME: Begins with Mr. Darcy’s arrival in Netherfield

SYNOPSIS: Mr. Darcy’s cousin, Anne de Bourgh has unexpectedly passed away, and in order to escape his gloomy and guilty thoughts, Mr. Darcy accepts several invitations to visit friends at their estates this summer – one being his good friend Mr. Bingley. In addition to enjoying a respite from mourning, Mr. Darcy – realizing that life can be cut short – plans to seriously start searching for a wife. Although he doesn’t hold out much hope for finding a wife in Meryton… But what happens when Lady Catherine’s gossiping parson precedes Mr. Darcy’s arrival to Meryton and spreads a story about Mr. Darcy losing his betrothed – Anne de Bourgh? What will the people of Meryton think when this supposed “Grieving Groom” is caught smiling in the company of Elizabeth Bennet or seen dancing at a ball? Continue reading »

Sep 242018

An Emotive and Sensitive Tale of Love!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Modern Adaptation, Mature Audiences

SETTING: Present day, New York


A modern-day retelling of Pride and Prejudice where Elizabeth Bennet is a grad student and striving to establish her career in the literary world and Fitzwilliam Darcy is the ultra-reserved, unhappy-looking friend of her sister’s new boyfriend. Thrown together often by the happy couple – Jane and Bingley, Darcy finds himself intrigued by Elizabeth and surprised at how he easily opens up to her. And Elizabeth begins to feel some sparks for Darcy too (or maybe that’s just the Vicodin), but sadly mistaken assumptions and a lack of communication drive these two apart before something develops. What happens when they continue to encounter each other? And what happens when Elizabeth learns the truth about Darcy’s past? Continue reading »

Sep 172018

Passion Verses Duty

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Publisher

In the second installment of her Dare to Defy series, author Syrie James takes readers on another beatific sojourn to rugged and romantic Cornwall in the late 1880s. Our heroine in this tale is another American heiress in the Atherton family, the middle daughter – Madeleine, who at the age of twenty-four is a proud college graduate that dreams of becoming a published author. But as we saw in the first book of this series, Runaway Heiress, Madeleine’s ambitious mother plans to see her daughters married to titled aristocrats with impressive estates. Pleasing her social-climbing mother, Madeleine receives a very desirable proposal from the Marquess of Oakley, eldest son of the Duke of Courtenay. But since she is a true romantic that wants to marry for love, Madeleine defers accepting Lord Oakley’s proposal until she knows her own heart. Continue reading »