May 172019

An Unexpected Encounter Blossoms Into a Beautiful Relationship

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

Even though she has a sober disposition, a penchant for sermonizing, and can be a little vain about her accomplishments, I have always had a soft spot for Mary Bennet. Maybe it is because I feel sympathy for her loneliness and her family’s neglect. Or maybe it is because like Mary, I am fond of reading and playing the piano. Or maybe it is because I love it when an unlikely and unexpected heroine finds her happiness! For all these reasons combined I am always eager to read more about her character’s journey, and I happily seek out any Austenesque stories this feature the prudent and practical Bennet daughter. Continue reading »

May 152019

Answers All The Questions Surrounding Jane Fairfax and Frank Churchill

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

TYPE OF NOVEL: Prequel to Emma, Alternate POV

TIME FRAME: Begins 12 years before Jane Austen’s Emma

SERIES: Book 3 in the Highbury Trilogy (Book 1: Mrs. Bates of Highbury – introduces the Bates women soon after the death of Reverend Bates 30 years ago, Book 2: The Other Miss Bates – follows Jane Bates to Brighton where she serves as a companion and meets some familiar families) I would recommend reading each of these books in order even though they are standalone. Continue reading »

May 132019

Magic and Memories are Intertwined in This Modern-Day Romance!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Gift from Author

The Time and Again Antique Shop series is a collection of four novellas that tell the continuing story of modern-day Lizzy Bennet, Will Darcy, Doris Long, and their adventures with Doris’s antique shop – Time and Again Antiques. Filled with magic, history, and romance Cat Gardiner once again unites her passions for Jane Austen’s most cherished couple and the inspiring and pivotal 1940’s time period. Each novella takes place around a holiday celebration – Valentine’s Day, Memorial Day, Halloween, and New Years’ Eve – and depicts the developing relationships between our main characters. Continue reading »