Jun 192017

A Mr. Bennet and Mr. Collins Bromance!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author


TIME FRAME: 1791 through early 1798

MAIN CHARACTERS: Mr. Collins and Mr. Bennet


In Pride and Prejudice, Mr. Bennet says “I would not give up Mr. Collins’s correspondence for any consideration.” What if that were true? It is quite conceivable to imagine they would continue to correspond, isn’t it? After all, Mr. Collins did initially have the desire to “heal the breach” and extend an olive branch to Mr. Bennet. Even though they didn’t become in-laws to each other, Rose Servitova shows readers that Mr. Bennet and Mr. Collins did indeed continue to correspond for many years, and that their relationship would develop, grow, and evolve in unexpected ways! Continue reading »

Jun 202016

Love and FriendshipLady Susan by “A Partial, Prejudiced, and Ignorant Historian”

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Publisher

(Note: This review is coming from the perspective of someone who has not yet had the pleasure of seeing the movie, Love and Friendship, but has previously read Jane Austen’s epistolary novel, Lady Susan.)

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Retelling, Epistolary Novel

SETTING: England, 1794 (Surrey, Kent, and London to be specific)

MAIN CHARACTERS: Lady Susan Vernon, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Vernon, Mr. and Mrs. Johnson, Miss Frederica Vernon, Mr. Reginald DeCourcy, Sir James Martin, The Spinster Authoress, and our narrator – Rufus Martin-Colonna de Cesari-Rocca Continue reading »

Jun 012015

Later Days at HighburyMrs. Goddard Tells All (The Sequel)

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Epistolary Novel, Minor Character, Sequel

TIME FRAME: September 1816 (two years after the close of Emma) – December 1816 (with some epilogue content)

MAIN CHARACTERS: Mrs. Goddard, her sister Mrs. Pinkney, Mr. Pinkney, Elizabeth Martin, Louisa Ludgrove, Captain Gordon, and Sophie Adams

WHY I WANTED TO READ THIS NOVEL: After being utterly enchanted by A Visit to Highbury, I had to seek out more from Joan Austen-Leigh! I love epistolary novels and definitely wanted to spend more time with Mrs. Goddard and her outspoken sister, Mrs. Pinkney! Continue reading »