Jan 112016

The Earl's ConquestThe Courtship of Darcy’s Grandmother!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

In her most recent Pride and Prejudice variation, An Unwavering Trust, author L.L. Diamond introduced readers to Darcy’s grandmother, the Dowager Countess of Matlock, Rebecca Fitzwilliam. I’m sure I am not the only reader who found the Dowager Countess – with her no-nonsense manner, compassionate heart, and sharp wit – a An Unwavering Trustwonderfully fascinating addition to the story. She is the type of character that must be universally adored and admired. I’m so glad that Ms. Diamond created a prequel to An Unwavering Trust that illustrates more of Rebecca’s character and her marriage to her husband.

This sweet novella begins with Elizabeth on the brink of giving birth to their second child. The midwife has been called for and Elizabeth is looking to distract herself from the labor pains. In comes grandmamma (Rebecca Fitzwilliam) and Elizabeth begs her to tell the story she has yet to hear – the story of how she came to marry Gerald Fitzwilliam, Earl of Matlock… Continue reading »

Oct 192015

Mrs. Bennet Has Her SayThe Price of Marrying Without Affection...

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Publisher

What prompted Mrs. Bennet to marry Mr. Bennet? Was their marriage always one of disinterest and little affection?

These are just some of the things I sometimes wonder about Bennets. Jane Austen paints their marriage as one of unhappiness, inequality, and discontent.  Was there ever a time of happiness and hope?  I was so glad when I discovered that someone published a story about Mr. and Mrs. Bennet. I was even more pleased when I discovered that the story was fully comprised of letters and diary entries. And not only does Mrs. Bennet have her say in this book, but Mr. Bennet does too, as the diary entries are from him! With Mrs. Bennet’s letters to her sister and Mr. Bennet’s diary entries readers can observe their honest thoughts, candid feelings, and private experiences. But readers should be warned that the content of these letters are at times very shocking, bawdy, and a bit unseemly. It would appear that the act of physical congress is often the topic of choice in both Mr. and Mrs. Bennet’s communications… (Recommended for Mature Audiences) Continue reading »

Jun 302014

Follies of the PastA Tale of Three Heroines Prior to Pride and Prejudice 

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Publisher

In this charming and praiseworthy debut novel, author Melanie Kerr pens a prequel to Pride and Prejudice that surprisingly is not centered on Mr. Darcy or Elizabeth Bennet! Instead she chooses to flesh-out and fill in the histories of Caroline Bingley, George Wickham, and Georgiana Darcy. (Not one Bennet will you find here!) And while we do see our reserved and illustrious Mr. Darcy on the page quite a bit, this prequel focuses on other characters, especially three women: Caroline Bingley, Georgiana Darcy, and Clare Langford, Georgiana’s dearest friend from school.

Since I felt three distinct story-lines with three different heroines in this novel, I thought I’d break down my review in a similar fashion. Continue reading »