Jun 192019

Hi readers! I hope you are enjoying a great week! I am so excited to be welcoming a brand new-to-me author to Austenesque Reviews today – Kelly Miller! I understand Kelly has been writing for a long time and I am so happy to see that she is debuting her first book this month – Death Takes a Holiday at PemberleyI’m not one to gravitate towards fantasy stories, but this one definitely has me intrigued! Poor Mr. Darcy escapes a near-death experience and now an angel of death is paying him a visit with lots of demands!

Pomfret Cakes

In Death Takes a Holiday at Pemberley, an ailing, elderly tenant at Pemberley is shown to have a preference for confections referred to as Pomfret Cakes. The lady is quite appreciative when Mrs. Darcy thoughtfully brings her a jar of them. Some readers might be confused at the true identity of a Pomfret Cake. Is it a cake or is it candy? A Pomfret cake is actually a small, round, piece of liquorice candy that was first produced in Pontefract, Yorkshire, England. They have also been called Pomfrey cakes and more recently, Pontefract cakes. (Pomfret is an old Norman word for Pontefract.)

As far back as ancient Egypt, a sweet liquid liquorice mixture was favored by prophets and pharaohs, who believed it had healing properties. Beginning in 1612, Pomfret cakes were being produced and stamped with the castle lodge emblem of Pontefract, along with the initials “G S,” which is thought to stand for Sir George Savile, a prominent local land-owner. These Pomfret cakes were used as medicine for people and horses, In fact, the flavinoids in the liquorice root have been proven to be effective in reducing stomach discomfort. Continue reading »

Apr 222019

A Sensational and Spellbinding Saga!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

TYPE OF NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Variation, Fantasy

TIME FRAME: Begins during Elizabeth’s stay at Hunsford Parsonage

SYNOPSIS: Taking us into a world were humans have magic (including Lizzy, Darcy, and Lord Matlock) and fae folk have existed for centuries (ruled by King Oberon and Queen Titania), Abigail Reynolds constructs a fascinating fantasy that entwines Jane Austen’s characters in an enchanted adventure filled with secrets, new prejudices, conflicts, corruption, and of course, magic. There is discontent rising in Faerie and a war against the humans is determined. Darcy and Elizabeth are caught in the middle of this dispute and it becomes their mission to end the unrest and violence. But family drama and new dangerous developments and cause no small amount of delays for them – (not to mention their own prejudices, fears, and personal struggles that get in the way.) Continue reading »

May 252018

Hi friends!  I love it when authors come up with creative twists and additions to our beloved Pride and Prejudice, don’t you? One author who really has a penchant for coming up with truly unique angles and alterations is Maria Grace. And as you might have already heard she has created a series that crosses Jane Austen’s characters with dragons!!! I know! I know. I was a little wary at first about this idea, but having read the preview of the first book, Pemberley: Mr. Darcy’s Dragon I see how fascinating it all is! I already know I’m going to enjoy this completely original take on Pride and Prejudice! On the fence yourself? Read how Maria came up with this idea and all the clever threads she has tied together!

The Myth and the Mashup

Meredith, thanks so much for hosting me today. It’s always such a pleasure to get to visit with you. Through the years I’ve developed a bit of a reputation for being willing to put very different spins on Jane Austen’s stories and characters. That hasn’t changed with my newest series. In fact, I think it kicks it up a notch.

And with that rather dubious introduction, I’m utterly tickled to announce that the Pride and Prejudice arc of my Jane Austen’s Dragons series is complete with the release of Netherfield: Rogue Dragon. Now wait, I can hear you muttering and rolling your eyes, “Dragons? Really? Seriously—dragons? Why—just why?”

You’re not the first to roll their eyes at me and mutter that, expecting an answer like “Because zombies, vampires and werewolves have already been done.” And while that is utterly true, and the sort of thing I might say if you caught me at just the right—or wrong—moment, it isn’t a very good answer. Continue reading »