Aug 092019
 

Love In All Forms

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

Note: The Colonel is a companion novel to the soul-stirring Pride and Prejudice retelling, Longbourn’s Songbird, but since this story revisits events from the past it can be read as a stand alone. (However, we do recommend you read LS for full context and understanding.)

In Longbourn’s Songbird, Beau North not only takes the beloved characters from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and transplants them to the Deep South, post World War II, but she recreates their history and their paths. Richard Fitzwilliam is still the charismatic and charming colonel that has been to war, but as we learn in Longbourn’s Songbird, he has suffered trials, disappointments, and heart-wrenching pain. In The Colonel, which is set in the year 2002, we learn what happened to our dear colonel after 1950. Richard’s story is unfolded and discovered by his son Ben, who, after surviving the events of 9/11 has made some changes in his life and has returned to his family home. It is there he finds the many unknown truths of his father’s life… Continue reading »

Jul 102019
 

Hello friends! Yesterday, author Beau North celebrated her long-awaited, much-anticipated release of The Colonel. Which is a companion novel to her magnificent, IPPY-winning Pride and Prejudice retelling – Longbourn’s Songbird – a story we think is just phenomenal, and is one of our favorites (see: HERE, HERE and HERE!)

Today Beau is sharing the fascinating real-life inspiration for some of the characters/relationships that appear in both stories. We hope you enjoy!

Hello Austenesque Reviews readers and a big thanks to you, Meredith, for hosting me today!

It’s so exciting for me to finally share my favorite elements of The Colonel after so many years of writing and rewriting this book! One aspect of both this book and Longbourn’s Songbird that I’m most proud of is one relationship in particular, so fair warning if you haven’t read Longbourn’s Songbird, spoilers abound!

Pride may be over for this year, but it’s never too late to discuss the queer love story that serves as the backbone for both books. Charlotte and Anne are probably my favorite couple, two women who both know their own mind, who move heaven and earth to get what they want and to make the other happy. They’re the other side of the Elizabeth/Darcy coin in Longbourn’s Songbird. Continue reading »

Jul 032019
 

Happy July, readers! Boy, did June go so fast! Did you enjoy your first month of summer?

We had an amazing trip that took place in June… ✈️

A trip that took us to see Paul McCartney in concert!!! AHHHHH! 🤗

We missed the boat on tickets when he was touring in our area, and when more became available we decided we had to go (I’m a big Beatles fan and Mr. Bingley has become one too since he married me!) no matter where. 👐🏼 Continue reading »