Jun 272019

A Dangerous and Romantic Adventure for Mr. Edward Gardiner

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

TYPE OF NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Prequel, Secondary Character

TIME FRAME: Begins around 11 years before Pride and Prejudice

SYNOPSIS: A young Mr. Gardiner comes across an injured boy (named Matthew) in the woods in Derby in need of some aid. After spending some time with the boy and learning his circumstances and remarkable gift with numbers, Mr. Gardiner decides to bring on the young man as his assistant. However, Matthew has some odd quirks about him and offers very little information regarding his past. But what puts Mr. Gardiner perhaps more at ease is when Matthew’s friend Miss Grant sends Mr. Gardiner a letter…and that letter progresses into a relationships of sorts. One that embroils Edward in an unexpected and dangerous adventure! Continue reading »

May 172019

An Unexpected Encounter Blossoms Into a Beautiful Relationship

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

Even though she has a sober disposition, a penchant for sermonizing, and can be a little vain about her accomplishments, I have always had a soft spot for Mary Bennet. Maybe it is because I feel sympathy for her loneliness and her family’s neglect. Or maybe it is because like Mary, I am fond of reading and playing the piano. Or maybe it is because I love it when an unlikely and unexpected heroine finds her happiness! For all these reasons combined I am always eager to read more about her character’s journey, and I happily seek out any Austenesque stories this feature the prudent and practical Bennet daughter. Continue reading »

May 152019

Answers All The Questions Surrounding Jane Fairfax and Frank Churchill

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

TYPE OF NOVEL: Prequel to Emma, Alternate POV

TIME FRAME: Begins 12 years before Jane Austen’s Emma

SERIES: Book 3 in the Highbury Trilogy (Book 1: Mrs. Bates of Highbury – introduces the Bates women soon after the death of Reverend Bates 30 years ago, Book 2: The Other Miss Bates – follows Jane Bates to Brighton where she serves as a companion and meets some familiar families) I would recommend reading each of these books in order even though they are standalone. Continue reading »