Aug 202018
 

Happy Monday, readers! I hope you enjoyed a lovely weekend! I am excited to welcome a new author to Austenesque Reviews today, Carolyn Miller! Carolyn, has written several Regency romances and is a fan of both Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer. (She is definitely our kind of people!) Today Carolyn shares with us a little about her writing journey and how we can see some Jane Austen influences in her novels. 🙂

I like to think I’ve always been a fan of Jane Austen, but it’s not really true. (How scandalous!) But in fairness, I have to say I don’t think encouraging high schoolers to study Mansfield Park in necessarily the best introduction to appreciating the joys of Jane Austen. Fortunately, my librarian’s mother’s persistence in ensuring her daughters watched the films and TV adaptations of the 1990s helped bring Jane Austen’s books and the Regency era alive, and as I grew older I gained a new appreciation for the wit and mastery of the language, the way so much could be said in just a glance, and a love for the manners and general swoon-worthiness of big houses (!), fancy gardens (!), and heroes of good looks and great amiability. (Apart from Mr. Darcy’s initial frostiness, of course, but he is – and always will be – the exception!)

As someone who perhaps longed to live in these times a little too much I suppose it was inevitable that I would one day write a story based in the Regency era. My writing journey started with contemporary stories, after I watched the closing ceremony of the Vancouver Winter Olympics and wondered why an Australian girl was walking into the arena holding hands with a US athlete. What was their story? Despite my best efforts, I couldn’t find out, so I made it up. Thus began a very long journey to publication as I honed my craft through entering online writing contests and taking on feedback, among which came the realization that US publishers aren’t so interested in stories with Australian characters or settings, so perhaps I should write something they were interested in: historical romance. Continue reading »

Aug 162018
 

Witty Repartee At It’s Best!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

TYPE OF NOVEL: Regency Romance, Historical Fiction

SETTING: Bath, 1816

SYNOPSIS: At the age of twenty-eight, Abigail Wendover remains an unmarried spinster of independent means. In the last few years she has been setting up house with her older unmarried sister, Selina, in Bath and raising their young orphaned niece, Fanny. Even though Abby isn’t at all opposed to marriage and would gladly entertain changing her situation for the right man, she has a bigger dilemma that is preoccupying her greatly at the moment – her beloved niece, at the inexperienced age of seventeen, imagines herself “violently in loves” with a fortune-hunter dandy in deep debt. Abby is determined to protect her niece’s heart and reputation at all costs! Continue reading »

Aug 082018
 

Secrets, Bargains, and Escaping Cages

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Birthday Gift

TYPE OF NOVEL: Traditional Regency Romance

TIME FRAME: Lancashire and Yorkshire England, 1820

MAIN CHARACTERS:

  • Kate Worthington: Doesn’t want to marry, would rather travel to India with her unmarried aunt
  • Henry Delafield: Kate’s childhood friend who will one day inherit his Grandfather’s estate, Blackmoore

SYNOPSIS: Every summer Kate’s best friend Sylvia and her older brother Henry travel to Blackmoore for a month-long holiday. For years Kate has been desperate to be invited so she can see the ocean and moors for the first time in her life and discover if there are indeed smugglers and ghosts that haunt the area. Finally when Kate is seventeen, she receives her first invitation to visit Blackmoore. And if Kate has her way, after her sojourn in the north she will meet up with her aunt and travel to India. However, Kate’s mother refuses to consent to her traveling to India unless she proves she is serious about not marrying – by receiving and rejection three marriage proposals. About to embark to Blackmoore and enjoy its pleasures firsthand, Kate now has difficult mission to accomplish… Continue reading »