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 182014

Haunting Mr. DarcyPhantasmal and Fantastic!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

With over 80 reviews on amazon – at least 60 of them 5 stars, I don’t think you need me to tell you this is one excellent and praiseworthy Pride and Prejudice variation…But I’ll tell you anyway. 😉 Haunting Mr. Darcy is brilliant, masterfully executed, and most deserving of all the praise it has received. So far, it is my favorite Pride and Prejudice variation I’ve read in 2014.

Both Darcy and Elizabeth make a wish on New Years Eve and fate surprises them by granting these wishes, but perhaps in a manner they both didn’t expect. After a carriage accident on an icy road, Elizabeth wakes up in Mr. Darcy’s library with some strange new capabilities (and limitations). She believes herself to be in a dream. Mr. Darcy, depressed, dejected, and overtired is able to see, hear, and converse with this vision of his lady-love but attributes it to his long-suffering heart and exhausted mind. Surely he is going mad! Poor Lizzy, tethered to the last man in the world she could ever be prevailed upon to marry! And poor Darcy, his staff and family are really starting to question his sanity! 😉 Continue reading »

Oct 282013

Mr. Darcy, VampyreBeware…Mr. Darcy is Cursed, Tortured, and Immortal

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Source: Paperbackswap

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Sequel, Paranormal

TIME FRAME: Begins the morning of Elizabeth and Darcy’s wedding in October 1802

MAIN CHARACTERS: Elizabeth Darcy and Mr. Darcy


  • I’m much more into vampires and paranormal novels than I was in 2009 when this novel came out (never read any vampire novels until Dracula, My Love by Syrie James)
  • It is the only Austenesque novel by Amanda Grange I haven’t read.
  • It is October! I’m in the mood for something gothic and dark. Continue reading »