Dec 262018

An Informative Reference to Regency Christmastide Celebrations and Recipes

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Gift

Isn’t it wonderful when two things you love are combined? Like Jane Austen and Christmas? 🙂 I love reading Jane Austen-Inspired Christmas stories, and I am so happy that so many new ones are coming out each year! But in addition to decking the halls at Longbourn, sleigh riding at Pemberley, or seeing Mr. Darcy encounter the Ghost of Christmas Past, I love learning the real practices and traditions of how Christmas was celebrated during the Regency era. I’ve previously read two books that canvassed traditions of the Christmas season during Jane Austen’s time – Jane Austen’s Christmas: The Festive Season in Georgian England by Maria Hubert and A Jane Austen Christmas by Carlo DeVito, and both while enlightening in some aspects had a fair amount that disappointed or dissatisfied. Continue reading »

Dec 202018

Hi friends!! As you may have noticed, I’ve been enjoying my fair share of Christmas reads this month! I think it will become a new tradition for me! 🙂 Which is great, because there are some holiday reads that came out this year that I won’t be able to fit in this month, but most definitely want to read next December, like Anngela Schroder’s new holiday novella – An Unexpected Merry Gentleman! This sounds like such a charming and lovely story! Check out this cute interview Anngela put together! 

Meredith, thank you so much for having me on Austenesque Review today. It has been a whirlwind of a month, and I am grateful you found the time to squeeze me in to share my Christmas release with your readers. An Unexpected Merry Gentleman is a lighthearted read set at Netherfield for the Christmas holiday. Darcy and Georgiana are there by circumstances they can’t control, and he is forced to face his budding feelings for Elizabeth. I introduced a few new characters in the story, Mr. Bingley’s Aunt––Mrs. Taylor, and the most delightful additions––the Gardiner’s children, Miss Victoria Gardiner and Miss Emily Gardiner, both miniatures in both looks and personalities to their older cousins Jane and Elizabeth Bennet.

Darcy is charmed by the young girls, most noticeably by Emily, who returns the affection. I hope it’s alright, but I asked both the Miss Gardiners to join us today for a brief interview? They are on the way to the park with their Nanny, but were going to stop by to say hello. Oh, here they are. Continue reading »

Dec 172018

What If Elizabeth Went to London Instead of Jane?

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Variation, Novella

TIME FRAME: Almost one month after the Netherfield Ball

SYNOPSIS: What happens when Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth unexpectedly encounter each other again in London?

Telling himself he was merely showing proper manners by returning the obligatory call to Elizabeth and the Gardiners, Darcy turns up at Gracechurch Street ready to enjoy a few moments in the company of the woman he can’t get out of his head. However, when he calls he is alarmed to find his old adversary is there as well…and not only is he a frequent caller, but apparently he is a favorite of the Gardiners. What is Wickham’s purpose? Is he pursuing Elizabeth just to torture Darcy? And what will Darcy do if Wickham is successful in his pursuit? Continue reading »