Feb 132018

Love in the Fast Lane

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copies from Author

In a modern-day adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, author Zoe Burton takes Jane Austen’s beloved characters to a new environment – the world of fast cars, race tracks, and pit crews! In this series, Will Darcy is a stock car driver and part of a renowned multi-car team run by his father, George Darcy. Other team members include Charles Bingley, Bill Collins, and former member George Wickham. Liz and Jane Bennet are long-time race car enthusiasts.

Since both books in this series are novella length and tie-in with each other so closely, I thought I’d review them together!

NOTE: This series should be read in order; what takes place in the first book is important to understanding the second book. 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 »

Oct 022015

16768728a876767593762525951444341587343Anna Weston – Heroine? I’m Not Sure…

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

It was with no small amount anticipation and curiosity that I picked up this rare sequel to Jane Austen’s Emma. I believe I first discovered Anna Weston at the sequels review page on the Republic of Pemberley, I must’ve read some favorable reviews to put it on my wish-list, but since that page is no longer posted I cannot be sure.

As we might assume from the title, this tale has more to do with the minor characters from Emma, and more specifically the Weston family and their daughter, Anna Weston. The book blurb (which I did post below since it is not posted on amazon or goodreads) informs that this book is indeed a sequel that features Anna Weston and takes place twenty years after the close of Emma. Continue reading »