Dec 032018
 

What If Elizabeth Jilted Mr. Darcy?

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Variation

TIME FRAME: Begins 1 year after Elizabeth visits Pemberley

SYNOPSIS:

Darcy and Elizabeth were blissfully engaged for nine days when Elizabeth sends a letter regretfully terminating their engagement. Now the two are about to re-encounter each other for the first time while attending house part at Netherfield, and they both are prepared to suffer torture of the acutest kind! Poor Mr. Darcy is torn between anguish and anger, he doesn’t know or understand Elizabeth’s reason for breaking their engagement and despises her for now twice ripping his heart out and destroying it. And poor Elizabeth is suffering too, she is carrying a secret pain that no one – not even Jane knows about – and now she must watch as the man she loves vehemently despises her and interacts with other eligible females. Continue reading »

Nov 162018
 

What If Mr. Darcy Left England Soon After Elizabeth Rejected His First Proposal?

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Variation

TIME FRAME: Begins more than two years after Darcy’s Hunsford proposal

SYNOPSIS: With a broken heart and great need to get away, Mr. Darcy leaves for an extensive tour of the Mediterranean with Mr. Bingley the summer after his disastrous proposal to Elizabeth Bennet. And in this variation we see what happens when the encounters at Pemberley and Mr. Darcy’s assistance with the Lydia/Wickham debacle don’t take place. Instead, we see what happens when Mr. Darcy, after being away from England for two years, unexpectedly crosses path with Elizabeth on the streets of London and observes her tending to a small child. Is the child hers? Is she married? Where is the father? These are answers Mr. Darcy is desperate to know! The reader as well… πŸ˜‰ 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 »