Dec 282011

Can Someone Do a Redo for this Please

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Gift from Mom ūüôā

In between reading Austenesque Christmas novels and purchasing Austen-Inspired gifts for their loved ones, the only thing needed to complete your Janeite Christmas (besides Mr. Darcy under the tree) is discovering how our beloved authoress celebrated the Christmas season. Did she deck the halls? Exchange gifts? Sing carols? We know that over the years customs have changed and new traditions have developed, but are there any similarities between Jane Austen’s festive season and ours?

Included in this compilation are the excerpts from Jane Austen’s novels, letters, and Juvenilia in which Christmas is mentioned. Most of these are obscure references where Christmas is casually mentioned, often not providing much enlightenment of Georgian Christmas traditions. This dearth of material unfortunately makes Maria Hubert’s compilation about Jane Austen’s Christmas a brief and uninformative one. To supplement the lack of material from the Austen family, Ms. Hubert includes excerpts of poems, letters, and diary entries from poet Robert Southey and clergyman William Holland amongst others. While I did enjoy Southey’s poems, I felt Reverend Holland’s diary entries a little bit ill-fitting and uninteresting. Poor Reverend Holland seems a glum person and his diary entries reflect little joy or excitement for the holiday season. Continue reading »

Dec 172011
Darcy and Elizabeth as Newlyweds!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

As most married couples will tell you, the first year of marriage is not only a time of love, happiness, and romance, but also a time of adjustment, discovery, and compromise. For some people, the first year of marriage is challenging, for others it is like being on an extended honeymoon. For Darcy and Elizabeth, it is a time of establishing traditions, making memories, and melding their two diverse lives into one.

In Kara Louise’s lovely Pride and Prejudice sequel Pemberley Celebrations readers will find thirteen short stories that illustrate how Darcy and Elizabeth celebrate their first year together. We witness familiar celebrations, such as: Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day, Easter, All Hallows’ Eve, and their Anniversary, and some not so familiar, such as May Day, Midsummer’s Day, and Michaelmas, (which looked like fun, I think I should initiate a Midsummer’s Day celebration in my town!) Continue reading »

Dec 142011

I’d like to extend a big thank you to¬†Barbara Tiller Cole¬†for¬†so kindly participating in my Austenesque Christmas Season and answering my numerous¬†questions! It was a special treat to have you here Barbara, thank you for taking the time to visit my blog.¬† I also want to thank Barbara for her wonderful generosity in contributing TWO copies of Fitzwilliam Ebenezer Darcy¬†for me to give away!

Thank you to all of you who stopped by to read Barbara’s lovely¬†interview and my review of Fitzwilliam Ebenezer Darcy!!!

Without further ado… the randomly selected winners of¬†Fitzwilliam Ebenezer Darcy¬†are… StilettoStorytime and Faith Hope & Cherrytea!!!

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