Feb 252019
 

What If Sweet Jane Began to Suspect Caroline’s Duplicity?

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

Broken-hearted Jane Bennet still clings to some hope of encountering Mr. Bingley when she travels to London and stays with the Gardiners. Although after her first call and Miss Bingley’s belated return call, Jane discovers that she was “entirely deceived in Miss Bingley’s regard” for her. What if Jane analyzed Miss Bingley’s behavior a little more objectively during this time? What if she began to suspect some dishonesty on Miss Bingley’s part? And her suspicions lead her to question some of Miss Bingley’s claims. Is Mr. Bingley actively pursuing Miss Darcy? That would be odd since she isn’t out in society yet. Did he really know of Jane Bennet being in town these past few months and not have that decency to pay a call? Or was that another falsehood…

After discussing Miss Bingley’s actions with both Mrs. Gardiner and Maggie – Mrs. Gardiner’s maid – Jane daringly seizes an available opportunity to encounter Mr. Bingley and determine the true leanings of his heart… Continue reading »

Feb 222019
 

Viewing Pride and Prejudice Through a New Lens

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Publisher

TYPE OF NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Modern-Day Retelling

SETTING: Pakistan 2000-2001

SYNOPSIS: Due to their families reduced circumstances and disgraced reputations all five daughters of the Binat family remain unmarried. Although, perhaps for second eldest daughter Alysba (Alys) it is also her choice not to marry. In Pakistani culture, where marrying well and achieving VIP status are the primary objectives, Alys Binat, instead pursues her own educational and professional aspirations. Working as an English-literature school teacher brings Alys a lot of joy, and she isn’t about to trade in her independence and happiness to become someone’s obedient and subservient wife. Even if she is 30 and her mother continuously badgers her about marriage. Continue reading »

Feb 182019
 

What If Mr. Darcy Didn’t Leave Lizzy Without Hope at the Inn in Lambton?

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

TYPE OF NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Variation

TIME FRAME: Begins with Elizabeth’s Tour of Pemberley

SYNOPSIS:

Instead of assuming Elizabeth has “been long desiring his absence” and traveling to London in secret to search out Wickham and Lydia himself, Mr. Darcy stays and shares his plans with her, making sure she understands that she has not lost him as a friend. With the Gardiners, Mr. Darcy, Elizabeth, and Mr. Bennet all working together to salvage Lydia’s reputation and patch up her scandalous affair, what kind of changes does this development produce between them all? What does Mr. Bennet and Mr. Gardiner think as Mr. Darcy involves himself with their family’s affair? What does Elizabeth think when after the chaos and anxiety of securing Lydia’s future, Mr. Darcy suddenly renews his addresses to her? Continue reading »