May 172019
 

An Unexpected Encounter Blossoms Into a Beautiful Relationship

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

Even though she has a sober disposition, a penchant for sermonizing, and can be a little vain about her accomplishments, I have always had a soft spot for Mary Bennet. Maybe it is because I feel sympathy for her loneliness and her family’s neglect. Or maybe it is because like Mary, I am fond of reading and playing the piano. Or maybe it is because I love it when an unlikely and unexpected heroine finds her happiness! For all these reasons combined I am always eager to read more about her character’s journey, and I happily seek out any Austenesque stories this feature the prudent and practical Bennet daughter. Continue reading »

May 062019
 

Reality and Relationships

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Gift from Author

TYPE OF NOVEL: Austen-Inspired, Sequel to Ditching Mr. Darcy

SETTING: Takes place in modern-day, England, several months after Ditching Mr. Darcy

SYNOPSIS: Last year Elizabeth Barker was in a terrible car accident that put her into a coma where (in her mind) she was transplanted into the body of Elizabeth Bennet. Now several months later, Elizabeth is out of her come and moving on with her life. Even though she fell hard for someone in the Pride and Prejudice world of her coma, Elizabeth finds someone just like him in her modern-day world (yay!). And things are going wonderfully for them until Elizabeth starts experiencing some dreams that take her back into Elizabeth Bennet’s body and their relationship is dealt a few walloping punches…Can Elizabeth find happiness in this world? Or only in her Pride and Prejudice dream-world?

NOTE: Potential readers should be made aware that even though the author often includes context of events that occurred during Ditching Mr. Darcy, this book is a sequel and it is recommended you read Ditching Mr. Darcy before reading this one. Continue reading »

Mar 202019
 

Darcy As A Passionate Artist Trying to Keep In His Muse’s Good Graces

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

In her creative and expressive Pride and Prejudice novella, Maria Grace makes one slight change to Jane Austen’s beloved tale: Mr. Darcy is an accomplished gentleman artist! *swoon* While Fitzwilliam Darcy is often kept busy with estate business and his many responsibilities, his one true passion and the activity that preoccupies much of his mind and soul is painting. But lately Darcy feels like his muse has left him. Is it because of what happened in Ramsgate that his creative well has run dry? Is it Lady Catherine’s increased insistence about announcing his engagement to Anne? Or is it because his muse wants him to enjoy a change of scenery… Continue reading »