Feb 112019
 

Happy Monday, everyone! I’m happy to start my week off by welcoming back authors J.L. Ashton and Justine Rivard as they begin their blog tour for The Most Interesting Man in the World (you may recall their visit and lovely cover reveal last month!) Today, these ladies bring with them a vignette to share with you all. We hope you enjoy!

Thank you so much for hosting us here at Austenesque Review, Meredith. I was here with my previous two books. A Searing Acquaintance and Mendacity & Mourning, and it’s great to visit again with my friend and partner in crime, Justine Rivard. We’ve only met once in person and we write across the miles, sharing the same love for Jane Austen and a quirky sense of humor. In The Most Interesting Man in the World, we explore the friendship between Darcy and Bingley.

Among the characters mentioned but never actually appearing in The Most Interesting Man in the World is Caroline Bingley, sister to one of our protagonists. She, in fact, is the only female voice ever heard within the book’s pages. Her “Hallooo!” called through the window of a carriage is the lone moment her voice is heard, but her presence permeates the book as Bingley recoils not only from her voice and looming arrival, but from the memories of her as a child and her behaviour as one of his dreadful sisters.

But, unsurprisingly, she would like her share of the conversation and, more particularly, her share of Mr Darcy. A few days before the double wedding in Hertfordshire, we had that lady and gentleman sit down together in the drawing room at Netherfield, the Hursts sitting nearby and a footman standing ever vigilant by the door, so Caroline could explore the whys and wherefores of the man both she and her brother consider the most interesting man in the world. Continue reading »

Feb 042019
 

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Hi friends! I hope you have been enjoying a great 2019 so far! I’ve felt like it took me all month to get my act together! LOL! 😳 With holidays, family visits, and returning to work – I was perpetually behind on everything!

In January, we took the month off from traveling – not sure if it was intentional or unintentional. And instead enjoyed some fun activities and guests!

Our first guests were Mr. Bingley’s cousins who we met up with in NYC. 🗽

We enjoyed some extra time with them, and being able to take them to our favorite places and have them meet our friends. 🤗 Continue reading »

Feb 012019
 

What If Mr. Darcy Came to Meryton In Mourning For His Cousin?

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

TYPE OF NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Variation

TIME FRAME: Begins with Mr. Darcy’s arrival in Netherfield

SYNOPSIS: Mr. Darcy’s cousin, Anne de Bourgh has unexpectedly passed away, and in order to escape his gloomy and guilty thoughts, Mr. Darcy accepts several invitations to visit friends at their estates this summer – one being his good friend Mr. Bingley. In addition to enjoying a respite from mourning, Mr. Darcy – realizing that life can be cut short – plans to seriously start searching for a wife. Although he doesn’t hold out much hope for finding a wife in Meryton… But what happens when Lady Catherine’s gossiping parson precedes Mr. Darcy’s arrival to Meryton and spreads a story about Mr. Darcy losing his betrothed – Anne de Bourgh? What will the people of Meryton think when this supposed “Grieving Groom” is caught smiling in the company of Elizabeth Bennet or seen dancing at a ball? Continue reading »