Sep 102018

What if Mrs. Bennet Died Before Her Daughters Were Grown?

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Variation, Paranormal (in some parts)

TIME FRAME: Begins around 6 years before Mr. Bingley first comes to Netherfield

SYNOPSIS: What would happen if, despite her oft-lamented fear, Mrs. Bennet suffered a premature death first instead of Mr. Bennet? How would Mr. Bennet manage with rearing five daughters by himself? Would he remarry? Would he be more responsible? And what alterations would take place when Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy come to town?

In Joana Starnes’s latest Pride and Prejudice variation there are quite a few unique twists changing the course of Jane Austen’s beloved classic. In addition to Mr. Bennet being a widower, Mr. Darcy senior and his wife are specter-like beings that continue to dwell at Pemberley during the afterlife. What will they think of their son’s battle between his heart and his duty? Continue reading »

Jul 042018


Happy 4th of July to those who are celebrating! And to my friends in Canada, I hope you enjoyed a lovely Canada Day!  Anyone doing anything fun to celebrate? We are off to the beach for the whole day – yay! I know it will be mad-busy, but I don’t care! Should be fun.  🙂

As for what we’ve been up to in June…so much! Lots of traveling, lots of camping, lots of family. 🙂  At the beginning of the month we had our first camping trip on our beloved Carolina Beach for Mr. Bingley’s birthday.

And from there we traveled to Atlanta, Georgia, Charleston, South Carolina, and Charlotte, North Carolina for more gig/camping trips. (Whenever Mr. Bingley has a wedding to play for out of town, we’ve decided to turn it into a little bit of a weekend trip!) Continue reading »

Jul 022018

Happy Monday, friends! Hope you are all enjoying a great start to your week! As you might have seen there were some lovely books that released over the weekend – The Darcy Legacy by Joana Starnes and Son of A Preacher Man by Karen Cox! How wonderful, right?!

Today I’m thrilled to welcome Joana Starnes – one of my favorite authors and travel companions (aside from Mr. Bingley!) – to Austenesque Reviews to learn more about her new release, The Darcy Legacy

Thanks ever so much, Meredith, for welcoming me here today to talk about my new book, The Darcy Legacy, only just released a few days ago.

I’d like to start with a line from one of your emails – it was spot-on and gave me a good giggle. I wrote and told you that one of my reasons for writing The Darcy Legacy was that I realised I’ve been terribly unfair to Mr Bennet in three books out of seven, and I really owed him a novel where he didn’t meet with an untimely end, and was more central to the story. For once, I thought he might leave his library now and then and take steps to influence his daughters’ future. His wonderful relationship with Elizabeth deserves more than a footnote, and besides it would be great fun to imagine Mr Darcy being forced to deal with a disconcerting father figure who’s not in the least intimidated by him and his position in society, but is quick to join ranks with Colonel Fitzwilliam and take Darcy down a peg or two if he deserves it.

So what if Mr Bennet were to remain hale and hearty, and it would be Mrs Bennet who met with an untimely end instead?

To that, you replied that my not killing Mr. Bennet off was very fair treatment, and that you could only imagine one person who would complain about the different plot – Mrs. Bennet herself! “LOL She would give you an earful,” you said.

I bet she would! Besides, how would the story unfold without her mortifying Lizzy on a regular basis and making Darcy wary of any association with such an indecorous family? Continue reading »