Jul 112018
 

Leaving the Regency Era Behind!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Publisher

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I’ll read whatever Syrie James writes. After adoring her biographical fiction novels about Jane Austen and Charlotte Brontë, I did not hesitate to read her two vampire-inspired novels, even though vampires were not (and are still not) my thing! And wow, did I love those epic and passionate tales! Now once again, Ms. James is bringing me into new territory – a Victorian-era romance set against the fascinating backdrop of England during the late 1880s! A time where titled aristocrats with crumbling family estates were bankrupt and happily marrying American heiresses eager to join the aristocracy. Continue reading »

Jun 132018
 

Four Ladies, Four Points-of-View

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

Anne de Bourgh, pale, sickly, and rich, with a desirable inheritance and the promise of a brilliant betrothal, seemed to have a blessed future ahead of her. Or at least she did until Miss Elizabeth Bennet walked into her life and changed everything. With no expected betrothal, no marriage prospects, indifferent health, and her mother’s severely disappointed hopes Anne is left wondering what path her future will take… Will her mother find another auspicious suitor for her to marry? Will she be forced to settle for a marriage of convenience? Or will she find a chance of romance?

While there are many Pride and Prejudice sequels that share what becomes of Georgiana Darcy, Kitty Bennet, and Mary Bennet, Shannon Winslow has instead decided to focus her lens on some secondary characters that are not usually given a large spotlight (although one of them often demands to have her share of it!) In this charming sequel, readers will see parts of Pride and Prejudice from the point-of-views of Anne de Bourgh, Lady Catherine, Charlotte Collins, and Mrs. Jenkinson, as well as learn what becomes of them all after the close of Jane Austen’s beloved tale. Readers will not only be privy to the astute observations and inner thoughts of these ladies, but also witness their private feelings and emotions. Continue reading »

Apr 132018
 

When Disguise, No Matter How Abhorrent, Is a Necessity!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Not exactly a modern-day P&P, this is more like a Darcy and Elizabeth inspired contemporary romance.

SETTING: Modern-day, Manhattan, New York

WHY I WANTED TO READ THIS BOOK:

  • So many reasons – modern-day romance, Elizabeth Adams, forced/marriage of convenience scenario!
  • Made me think of The Proposal – which I adored!

SYNOPSIS:

In her modern-day romance, Green Card (first edition published in 2014), Elizabeth Adams tells the story William Harper, who is desperate to remain in the US and not be deported back to England, and Elizabeth Barrett, the short-on-funds-full-time student, who agrees to play the part of Will’s wife for the next couple of years in exchange for some hefty financial benefits. In order to stay above suspicion for Immigration Services, Liz and Harper must look like the real deal. And because William Harper is an eligible and wealthy bachelor in the public eye they must act like the real deal too. This marriage of convenience is supposed to be fake, but what happens when in starts to feel real? Continue reading »