Oct 172018
 

Women of Sense, Strength, and Substance

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Editor

OVERVIEW:

With two brilliant and beautifully-crafted short-story anthologies – one devoted to Mr. Darcy and one all about Jane Austen’s bad boys – already under her belt, editor Christina Boyd has decided to create a collection that solely spotlights some of Jane Austen’s female characters. And instead of focusing on just one character, like Elizabeth Bennet, or the main heroine of each tale, this collection spotlights sixteen different female characters from various Jane Austen works. Some of the characters featured are well-known and beloved heroines like Anne Elliot and Marianne Dashwood, some are less favored heroines like Fanny Price and Emma Woodhouse, some are popular secondary characters such as Charlotte Lucas and Elinor Tilney, and some are more unexpected choices like Louisa Musgrove, Penelope Clay, and Lady Susan (love that Lady Susan is included!). But what unites all these characters (and their stories in this collection) is that they are women of sense (sometimes lately developed or hidden), strength (although they may doubt it at times) and undeniable substance.

“In Austen’s fictional world, a single woman in possession of good intellect, must be in want of a man who recognizes its value.” – Devoney Looser (Foreword to Rational Creatures) Continue reading »

Feb 022018
 

6 Sweet Stories Filled with Heart, Humor, and Happily Ever Afters!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Authors

The sensational and celebratory Holidays with Jane series would not be complete without an anthology about Valentine’s Day – a holiday that celebrates romantic love and affection! As with each of the previous collections, there are six short stories in this anthology (one for each Jane Austen novel) and each story takes place in present-day. With the assistance of cupid, fate, and other forces six couples find love on Valentine’s Day this year…

I hope you find this breakdown helpful!

DESIGN BY CHANCE – Rebecca M. Fleming

  • The Premise: While hired by the Crofts to renovate her childhood home into an art gallery, Gracie Elliot gets roped into planning a Valentine’s Gala that features her ex-fiancé and now-famous ring designer, Derek Worth…
  • What I Loved: How Derek and Gracie both had artsy/creative professions and how they met during college. I also enjoyed how Ms. Fleming cleverly tied in some characters from her previous stories and Derek’s sentimental and sweet declaration at the end.

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Jan 262018
 

A New Protagonist for Mansfield Park!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Alternate Point-of-View of Mansfield Park

TIME FRAME: Begins with the Crawfords’ arrival at Mansfield Parsonage

SYNOPSIS: Many Austen fans find it hard to love Fanny Price, her timid meekness and unerring morality perhaps make her a bit unlikable to readers. Author Kyra Kramer has decided that another character from Mansfield Park deserves a chance to have their story told – the worldly and witty, Mary Crawford. In this tale we see Mansfield Park from Mary Crawford’s point-of-view, and witness first-hand her thoughts and feelings of all that takes place during and after her visit to Mansfield Parsonage. Continue reading »