Aug 142019
 

Tea, Texas, and Team Marianne!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

Source: Gift from Family

TYPE OF NOVEL: Sense and Sensibility Modern Adaptation

SETTING: Present Day San Fransisco, CA and Austin, TX

SYNOPSIS: Between their mother passing away when they were young and their dad fleeing the country because he was caught embezzling, the Woodward sisters have been through a lot! Now their kind-hearted landlord passed away and his selfish and manipulative son and daughter-in-law are forcing them out of their beloved tea shop and apartment. Finding it hard to stay in San Fransisco (for several reasons), the sisters seize the chance to begin anew in Austin, Texas. But new beginnings aren’t always easy, especially when finding a new location for your tea shop is impossible, your relatives are extra-nosy, and your sister is growing distant… Continue reading »

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.

β€œIn 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 »

Jun 182018
 

What If Colonel Brandon Fell in Love with the Other Dashwood Sister?

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

While Pride and Prejudice variations are in plentiful supply with dozens of new releases coming out each month, stories inspired by Jane Austen’s other novels are a bit more rare. Especially stories that are variations (not sequels or modern adaptations). As an ardent reader of variations (I love wondering ‘what if?’), I was most excited to see that Virginia Kohl’s debut release was a variation on Sense and Sensibility (so unique, right?)! And I loved learning that with this variation, quite a significant change takes place. True Love Comes to Delaford story poses the question: What if Colonel Brandon’s and Elinor Dashwood’s easy camaraderie and growing mutual respect and admiration for each other developed into something more? Continue reading »