Feb 132019
 

Hi dear friends! I hope you are enjoying a great week! We’ve been busy hosting lots of wonderful authors here this past week and we are thrilled to continue that trend today by welcoming the lovely authors of Austen Variations to Austenesque Reviews!! These authors are here to celebrate the very special (and much anticipated release!!!) of their latest collaborative effort titled Persuasion: Behind the Scenes! We love these sorts of projects that share some hidden scenes and spotlight some new vignettes from other character’s POVs! We hope you enjoy this post put together by the authors of this collection!

Thank you so much for having us, Meredith! All of us at Austen Variations are so excited to finally release Persuasion, Behind the Scenes and we’re thrilled to have you kick off our release celebration.

We have some fun posts lined up for the next couple of weeks, but for today, we thought to share with everyone why each of us contributed to this amazing project and a short scene. We hope you enjoy it!

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I know Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is the hands down favorite of her books. But to be entirely honest *whispers* I like Persuasion better.

Whew, that’s a load of my chest, to have finally fessed up to that.

Mind you, I love Pride and Prejudice—it’s fantastic, brilliant, amazing. But, at the end of the day, I’m far more of an Anne Elliot than an Elizabeth Bennet. Where I admire Elizabeth, I get Anne. I understand her; I feel like I know what she’s thinking and why; I feel like I’ve been in her shoes. I really relate to her. Continue reading »

Feb 062019
 

Six Sweet Stories of Splendidly Satisfying Romances

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Authors

After a very successful collaboration together on their first anthology – A Very Austen Christmas, I was so delighted to see that these authors have set forth again to deliver another holiday-themed collection of stories! And what is even better is that they added two more authors to their ranks! In A Very Austen Valentine six authors share tales filled with hilarious matchmaking schemes, adorable meet cutes, and tender moments of affection.

There are six stories in this collection ranging from 54 to 121 pages in length. I hope you find this breakdown helpful! Continue reading »

Aug 132018
 

Can You Be Persuaded To Like Elizabeth Elliot?

 

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

Having read and utterly adored one series about Elizabeth Elliot, I was thrilled to see Melanie Stanford released a sequel novella to her clever modern adaptation of Persuasion, Sway that spotlights Elizabeth Elliot. (Side Note: Persuasion fans should definitely read Sway if they haven’t already – it is a wonderful adaptation of Jane Austen’s work that is fresh, creative, and filled with music!)

In this sequel, we meet up with Elizabeth who is running her own party planning business called Excessively Diverted (love it!), which isn’t exactly in the black quite yet. Of course, it doesn’t help that Elizabeth still goes to the spa weekly and must buy the latest designer handbag! While supervising the success of one her expertly planned parties, Elizabeth has the misfortune to overhear someone insulting her party (sounds like someone is about to make a spectacular first impression!) And being bold as brass, Elizabeth confronts this rude guest, who turns out to be Antonio Reyes, a wealthy CEO. Antonio has no problem clashing horns with Elizabeth at her party, but the next day he feels something like regret when he discovers that Elizabeth is the party planner his daughter wants him to hire for her Sweet Sixteen! Yikes! And even though Elizabeth loathes the ill-manner, arrogant jerk entirely, she might be persuaded to take him on as a client because she is in need of some funds to pay her mounting bills… Continue reading »