Dec 282017

Happy last days of 2017, friends!  I cannot believe how fast this year has gone…it seems insane!  It truly does feel like just a few weeks ago I was making this post for 2016 and looking forward to starting a new year!  And now the year is over…what?!?  I guess we have had a lot keeping us busy this year.  Here are some highlights:

1. New developments with our jobs have kept us busy… Mr. Bingley has started some new projects, and my studio went through a remodel and a little bit of an expansion.

Celebrating 11 years with my first student, you can see a bit of my studio room in the background.

2. Mr. Bingley had surgery again… Poor Mr. Bingley had his gallbladder removed after we discovered it was “super inflamed” and “super irritated.” Continue reading »

Jan 022017

For over 13 years now I’ve been a reader and admirer of Austenesque literature and for the past 7 years Austenesque/JAFF novels have been the bulk of what I read.  I’m so grateful that there are so many authors who are continuously supplying this small, niche of a sub-genre with so many wonderful and beautiful stories!  They truly are a special gift to us readers!

For me this year, the happiness these books brought was, indeed, a very special and timely gift.  2016 was a little bit of a challenging year in someways due to Mr. Bingley’s surgery and recovery and some work challenges I faced.  Some days I would come home pretty dejected and worn.  Reading these happy stories of Jane Austen’s characters became a big solace and comfort to me throughout these harder days and weeks.

I imagine this might be true for a lot of us at some point in our lives.  Thank you so much authors for helping us through tougher times!!

I loved so much of what I read in 2016!  62 were new reads for me and I thought it would be fun to recognize some of my special favorites!

Which to be honest…was really hard because I read sooooo many superb stories this year!

Here are my 12 (ahem…technically 14!) Austenesque Reviews’ Favorites for 2016!


…and the awards go to… Continue reading »

Dec 282016

Hello friends!  I can’t believe how fast 2016 went, can you?  It feels like one of the fastest years I’ve ever experienced!  I hope yours was an enjoyable year!  It was a pretty eventful year for Mr. Bingley and me.  Here are some highlights:

1. We became extreme homebodies in our new home…where we spend most our nights and weekends in pajamas cooking and eating and snuggling on the couch!

Mr. Bingley looking like Mr. Darcy! O_o

2. Netherfield Nook has been built at last… and I couldn’t be happier for my lovely books to have such a lovely home!

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