May 132019
 

Magic and Memories are Intertwined in This Modern-Day Romance!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Gift from Author

The Time and Again Antique Shop series is a collection of four novellas that tell the continuing story of modern-day Lizzy Bennet, Will Darcy, Doris Long, and their adventures with Doris’s antique shop – Time and Again Antiques. Filled with magic, history, and romance Cat Gardiner once again unites her passions for Jane Austen’s most cherished couple and the inspiring and pivotal 1940’s time period. Each novella takes place around a holiday celebration – Valentine’s Day, Memorial Day, Halloween, and New Years’ Eve – and depicts the developing relationships between our main characters. Continue reading »

Apr 162019
 

A Charming and Compact Compilation of Helpful Hints!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Publisher

There are have been many readers and writers who have turned to Jane Austen’s words for guidance. Through her characters, her quotes, and her letters Jane Austen has left us with a fair amount of wisdom mixed in with her satirical wit and depictions of Regency country life. Even though times have changed, and there are societal and cultural divides, Jane Austen’s words and gentle tutelage can be useful for modern-day heroines no matter what century they live in. I guess Jane Austen was quite proficient at sharing universal truths!

In this elegant and exquisitely handsome handbook, Sophie Andrews shares what lessons she has learned from Jane Austen – important lessons about being confident, having patience, and refraining from jealousy or impetuous behavior. The individual passages that highlight lessons of friendship, love, happiness, and the role of women are succinct and well-written. I really appreciated the concluding reminders at the end that truly helped the reader “Be More Jane.” While many of the lessons were not new for me, it was very satisfying to discover the ways I have already learned to be more Jane in my life. I firmly believe Jane Austen deserves large credit for shaping my behavior and outlook. 😉 Continue reading »

Mar 272019
 

Mr. Darcy Attempts Matchmaking!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Gift from Author

After twenty-five years of being happily married, Mr. and Mrs. Darcy are as in love and playful as ever. They are the adoring parents of four children – Alexander (age 23-24), Rebekah (age 19-20), and two twin boys – Gerald and James (age 12). They are on the brink of becoming grandparents (thanks to their daughter Rebekah), and they notice that perhaps their eldest son is in “want of a wife.” But similar to his father in many ways, Alex is reserved in company, not comfortable conversing with the fairer sex, and heavily pursued as a prime matrimonial prize. Both Darcy and Elizabeth decide to lend a helping hand to their son so he can find the forever kind of love they have had the good fortune to enjoy these past twenty-five years… Continue reading »