Jun 032019
 

Our Brinshore Friends Journey to Bath!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

(Note: Potential readers should be made aware that this novel is a sequel to Brinshore, which is a sequel to Emma and Elizabeth, and while it is standalone, more pleasure may be derived from reading all novels in their intended order.)

For those that may be unfamiliar with Ann Mychal and her series – The Watson Trilogy – they are a set of books that take inspiration from Jane Austen’s finished and unfinished works: Emma and Elizabeth (Book 1) is a captivating and compelling development of Jane Austen’s abandoned manuscript – The Watsons. Brinshore (Book 2) continues with the next generation and their adventures in the seaside resorts of Brinshore and Sanditon.

In Laura Place (Book 3) readers are taken back to Bath a couple years after Sir Walter Persuasion concludes. Lady Dalrymple and her daughter Miss Carteret are still making Bath their home in fashionable Laura Place and just happen to be neighbors to the newly arrived Allershams and Mrs. Beresford (Lady Allersham’s aunt). The two titled families are thrown together often and develop a relationship with each other. Lady Allersham – who has attempted and blundered terribly with her matchmaking efforts before – is very intrigued by Miss Carteret. She thinks Miss Carteret might be hiding a secret and is torn between wanting to discover what it is and wanting to find Miss Carteret a worthy suitor to marry… Continue reading »

May 232019
 

What If Mr. Darcy’s Passion Overcame His Propriety?

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

TYPE OF NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Variation

TIME FRAME: Begins with the Netherfield Ball

SYNOPSIS: At the Netherfield Ball Mr. Darcy makes the unexpected realization that Elizabeth Bennet despises him, and decides to find out why…His actions lead to them being caught unawares in a seemingly compromising situation, and subsequently Mr. Darcy needs to protect Elizabeth’s honor… How does Mr. Darcy feel knowing he is marrying a woman who doesn’t at all like him? Can their marriage be a happy one? Or will they both keep their distance in order to maintain a peaceful union? Continue reading »

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 »