Jun 112019

A Duo (Trio) of Light-Hearted and Fast-Paced Romances

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

Note: This review is for an older edition (2011) of this release that only includes one bonus short story – “Mr. Darcy Steps In.” The newer edition (2014) includes two bonus short stories, the second being – “The Language of the Fan.”

A Walk in the Meadows at Rosings Park (Variation, Novella)

Rating: 3 stars

  • The Premise: Mr. Darcy leaves on business straight after the Meryton Assembly – meaning the only interaction between him and Elizabeth is his infamous overheard insult. No verbal sparring matches at Netherfield, no slandering disclosures from Mr. Wickham, and no attempts to sketch his character. Elizabeth encounters the reserved and scowling Mr. Darcy while at Hunsford Parsonage during her visit with recently married Charlotte Collins. And with unexpected apologies, unchaperoned walks, and undeniable chemistry their relationship travels a new and different course…

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Sep 192014

Dying to WriteDetective Sergeant Patrick Shea Meets Jane Austen

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

Besides crafting lovely historical Austenesque romances, variations, and tales of time travel, Mary Simonsen also pens a series of detective/crime mysteries featuring Patrick Shea, a thirty-something detective sergeant working for Scotland Yard. For the fourth installment of her Patrick Shea Mystery series, Mary Simonsen decided to throw a little Jane Austen into the mix. While we don’t see a mystery involving Mr. Darcy, the Bennets, or Jane Austen herself – we do see a Jane Austen conference become very grim when one of the conference speakers is found dead in her room…

I’ve always been a fan of Jane Austen-related mysteries; the series by Carrie Bebris, Tracy Kiely, and Stephanie Barron are amongst some of my favorite Austenesque reads. 🙂 However, Dying to Write is quite different from all those.  This is a series about a real detective who works with a police force team that gathers evidence and interrogates the suspects. Think less Nancy Drew and Miss Marple and more Law and Order or NYPD Blue. Continue reading »

May 022014

Another Place In TimeBack to the Regency Era!!! (Sorry… Attempting a  Back to the Future Reference) 😉

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy From Author

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Time Travel, Austen-Inspired Original

SETTING: Baltimore, Maryland in 2012 and London, England in 1812

MAIN CHARACTERS: Mr. Darcy, Christine (Chris) O’Malley, Georgiana Darcy, Colonel Fitzwilliam, Elizabeth Bennet

SYNOPSIS: When Elizabeth Bennet rejects his proposal at Hunsford Parsonage, rather than give up his dreams, Darcy decides to travel to the future to consult with an expert on Pride and Prejudice. (Darcy is aware of time travel and the science behind it due to his support and participation in science societies and lectures. And he is also aware of Jane Austen and the fact that his life is portrayed her novel.) Christine O’Malley (the Jane Austen scholar Darcy is advised to seek) offers to help Darcy get back on track with Elizabeth, and in order to save her beloved Pride and Prejudice, even agrees to travel back to 1812! Continue reading »