Oct 222018
 

Hi friends!! Did you have enough Austenesque Angst last week?

Are you ready for PART 2?

Well… unlike PART 1 of this list which covers the span of 7 years, PART 2 covers the span of just 2 years! Because apparently Austenesque Angst exploded in the years 2015 and 2016 (#NotComplaining)

In case you missed the first part of this list, here are my favorite Austenesque Angst stories from the years 2007-2014. This list focuses on those Austenesque book that pull hard at the heartstrings, bring tears to our eyes, and overall make the reader feel anguish, anxiety, and intense emotions.

And since there are so many fantastic stories that do that, this list is broken into separate lists (more to enjoy, right?😉

Today’s list is for my favorite Austenesque works with high angst published from 2015-2016 – and for those who are good at math, yes this list has 13 books on it not 10. 😉

*I’ve included only books I’ve read on these lists, if you think a book is missing, it may be because I have not read it yet. 🙂

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A Peculiar Connection

Author: Jan Hahn

Type of Novel: Variation

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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“Jan Hahn once again pushes the envelope and fearlessly takes on a most challenging and almost inconceivable plot with her latest variation, A Peculiar Connection. Her skilled story-telling and thoughtful, emotive prose are definitely something to marvel and admire! A thoroughly poignant, heart-wrenching, and memorable tale! I highly recommend!”

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Oct 152018
 

Hi readers, it has been over a year since my last Austenesque Top Ten list, and I’m really happy to be sharing a new list (and a new list category!) with you today! I thought it would be fun to make some new categories besides favorite sequel, favorite variation, etc. I hope you like it!

Just like with my Pride and Prejudice Variations Top Ten lists, it is impossible for me to settle on just 10 books that feature amazing Austenesque angst! IM-POSS-I-BLE!!!!!

Do you know how many stellar emotionally turbulent Austenesque tales are out there!?!

And while most stories have some level of angst (light, moderate, heavy) this list focuses on those books that are on the heavier end of the spectrum. Stories that pull hard at the heartstrings, bring tears to our eyes, and overall make the reader feel anguish, anxiety, and intense emotions for these characters.

I am not talking about stories that have needless melodrama or that just keep throwing obstacles and misunderstandings around like they are going out of fashion. I am talking about the stories that deliver high levels of angst with plausibility and skill.

And since there are so many fantastic stories that do that, this list is broken into separate lists (more to enjoy, right?) 😉

Today’s list is for my favorite Austenesque works with high angst published from 2007-2014 – and for those who are good at math, yes this list has 14 books on it not 10. 😉

*I’ve included only books I’ve read on these lists, if you think a book is missing, it may be because I have not read it yet. 🙂

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A Fair Prospect Trilogy (Volumes I-III)

Author: Cassandra Grafton

Type of Novel: Variation

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (for all three!)

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“If you are an ardent admirer of Pride and Prejudice variations, then you need to do yourself a favor and devour this expressive and eloquent trilogy, if you haven’t already! Filled with soul-searching, slow-paced exhilaration, and sweeping romance, Cassandra Grafton’s A Fair Prospect is definitely one of my favorites!” Continue reading »

Oct 112017
 

Hi readers, I’m excited to share another of my Austenesque Top Ten lists with you today!

While many Austenesque stories take place in the Regency era and many take place in modern times, there are a handful that are set somewhere in between.  These stories take Jane Austen’s beloved characters and bring them to new time periods and/or settings.  Sometimes these stories are referred to as ‘alternate universe,’ but I like to use the term – Retellings.  Often times in these stories the setting feels like a character in and of itself.  And I love seeing how authors immerse Jane Austen’s characters and the reader in these unique and diverse settings.

The amount of Austenesque Retellings (that are not modern-day retellings) published may be small, but many of them are such sensational reads I thought it would be fun to highlight my favorites!

Here are 10 fabulous Austenesque retellings that are so deserving of praise and recognition!

* These lists are based only on the novels I have read and reviewed on this blog and are my top ten favorites.

**These lists are subject to change.  

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1932

Author: Karen M. Cox

Type of Novel: RetellingMature Audiences

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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“Ms. Cox’s writing style is captivating and charming. I love the time period she chose, the new predicaments she gave the Bennet family, and the intrigue she created about Georgiana.”

 

At the Edge of the Sea

Author: Karen M. Cox

Type of Novel: RetellingMature Audiences

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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“I was utterly charmed and enthralled by this novel! Having read the other two superb Austenesque novels by Karen Cox, I knew I could expect a high-caliber story rich with dynamic characters, intelligent insights, and evocative prose. At the Edge of the Sea is a poignant and expressive love story that should not be missed!”

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