Oct 262015

BrinshoreClever, Enchanting, and Beautifully-Crafted!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

(Note: Potential readers should be made aware that this novel is a sequel to Emma and Elizabeth, and while it is standalone, more pleasure may be derived from reading Emma and Elizabeth prior to this work.)

In her second Austen-inspired novel, Ann Mychal brings us back again – twenty years later – to the dear friends we encountered and fell in love with before in her brilliant continuation of The WatsonsEmma and Elizabeth. In Brinshore, we find these two devoted sisters happy in their respective marriages and enjoying their roles as mothers and wives. Both Emma and Elizabeth have nineteen-year-old daughters, and both daughters are granted the splendid opportunity to spend their summer with their Aunt Harding at her new home she purchased in the incomparable seaside town of Brinshore! Continue reading »

Jul 242015

Sun-KissedSweet Scenes that Savor the Delights of the Summer Season!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Publisher

Summer is my favorite season, mostly because I get to read outside in a variety of settings – by the pool, in my hammock, at the beach. In addition, I love what summer represents – a time to go on holiday, to visit new places, to go somewhere scenic. I’m thrilled that Meryton Press, one of my favorite publishers, has published their first short-story anthology and that the theme of the anthology is summer romance. Since there are eight short-stories by eight different authors, I thought I’d briefly touch upon each story individually. I hope you find this breakdown helpful! Continue reading »

Mar 272010

A Brilliant Continuation of an Unfinished Novel

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

It is always regrettable when a great author, composer, or artist leaves an unfinished work, especially when that work has the potential to become a masterpiece. Jane Austen began penning the novel Sanditon or, “The Brothers” as it was originally titled, during the last few months of her life. It was unfortunately abandoned around chapter eleven due to her declining health. In these precious chapters we are introduced to a new seaside resort called Sanditon, an emerging community that offers seaside pleasures such as sea-bathing and picturesque walks. In addition, this fragment is brimming with Austen’s customary array of diverting characters along with her ironic and satirical tone which is more biting and burlesque than ever!

Fortunately for us Janeites, several authors have attempted to continue this remarkable and promising fragment and have fleshed it out into a complete novel. These authors include: Julia Barrett, Helen Baker, Juliette Shapiro, and the one this review is for “Another Lady.” Another Lady (presumed to be a Marie Dobbs) continues the story of Sanditon where Jane Austen left off. Ms. Dobbs is quite excelled at capturing the satire and wicked wit of Jane Austen. Furthermore, she brilliantly maintained Jane Austen’s cleverly crafted characters and the concluded it all as if it was predesignated by Austen, herself. Continue reading »