Apr 102019
 

One of Jane Austen’s Most Happily Married Couples!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

TYPE OF NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Prequel

TIME FRAME: Begins around thirteen years before Pride and Prejudice

SYNOPSIS: What circumstances brought Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner together? Was it love-at-first sight, a marriage that grew into love, or did they experience their own rocky road to a happy understanding? Perhaps it begins with Mr. Gardiner joining his brother by marriage as he travels north on family business… Accompanying the two men on this expedition are the two eldest Bennet daughters – Jane (age eight), and Elizabeth (age seven). But due to one of the sisters falling ill, the journey north is unexpectedly paused in the city of Lambton… Continue reading »

Apr 052019
 

A Spotlight on A Beloved Highbury Family

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

TYPE OF NOVEL: Prequel to Emma, Alternate POV

TIME FRAME: Begins 30 years before Jane Austen’s Emma

SYNOPSIS: In Jane Austen’s Emma Mrs. Bates does not play too active a role in either the plot of the story or the village of Highbury. She mostly serves as a readily available companion for Mr. Woodhouse, a grateful beneficiary of the kindness of her neighbors, and the primary recipient of Miss Bates’s ceaseless chatter…I guess it is good that she is a “little deaf!” But we can imagine that as the wife of the vicar of Highbury, her role and participation in society used to be vastly different. What were those years like? What was Highbury like? In a new series that focuses on the Bates family, Allie Cresswell tells the story of Mrs. Bates, her daughters, and their experiences the years after Reverend Bates passes away. Continue reading »

Mar 232019
 

An Unsuspecting and Undistinguished Character Transforms into a Heroine!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

With three Bennet daughters marrying for love at the close of Pride and Prejudice, the two remaining unmarried daughters (Mary and Kitty) have always aroused curiosity and speculation. What kind of futures are in store for these ladies? Do they find their own happiness? Do they marry for love? Many writers have been inspired to pick up their pens and compose tales that flesh out these characters and continue their lives beyond what Jane Austen wrote. While there are dozens of stories that spotlight Mary Bennet, there are decidedly less that feature Kitty Bennet, who is famous for her coughing and for mindlessly being under Lydia’s influence. In Carrie Kablean’s debut novel she shines a spotlight on Kitty and reveals the events of Kitty’s life the year after her sisters marry. Continue reading »