Dec 032018

What If Elizabeth Jilted Mr. Darcy?

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Variation

TIME FRAME: Begins 1 year after Elizabeth visits Pemberley


Darcy and Elizabeth were blissfully engaged for nine days when Elizabeth sends a letter regretfully terminating their engagement. Now the two are about to re-encounter each other for the first time while attending house part at Netherfield, and they both are prepared to suffer torture of the acutest kind! Poor Mr. Darcy is torn between anguish and anger, he doesn’t know or understand Elizabeth’s reason for breaking their engagement and despises her for now twice ripping his heart out and destroying it. And poor Elizabeth is suffering too, she is carrying a secret pain that no one – not even Jane knows about – and now she must watch as the man she loves vehemently despises her and interacts with other eligible females. Continue reading »

Nov 192018

Happy Monday, friends!! What better way to start your week than meeting a brand new Austenesque author and learning about her new Pride and Prejudice inspired release!?! I am so excited to welcome Jennifer Altman to Austenesque Reviews today! She is here to share about her debut novel, To Conquer Pride – which sounds fantastic and is available for preorder now! We hope you enjoy this special reveal and introduction to Jennifer and her debut release!

Hi Meredith! Thanks so much for hosting the cover reveal for my debut novel, To Conquer Pride.

I stumbled across my first Pride and Prejudice retelling several years ago when I was browsing through a bookstore—and while I don’t remember the title, I know that once I read it, I was immediately hooked. After purchasing everything I could find in print form, I got myself an e-reader and was soon devouring Austen-related fiction at the rate of a couple of books per week. I still remember the thrill of discovering a great debut, or the rush of happy anticipation when a favorite author released a new book. But all too soon, I began to run out of variations to read. The authors writing in the genre simply weren’t publishing fast enough to keep up with my growing addiction. So, to keep myself entertained, I decided to write my own!

~ Book Description ~

The course of true love never did run smooth…

When Fitzwilliam Darcy departs Hunsford after his disastrous proposal to Elizabeth Bennet, he does not expect their paths to cross again. Indeed, knowing the lady’s true feelings for him, he makes every effort to see that they do not. But when a chance encounter leaves him stranded in an abandoned cottage with the one woman he can never have, Darcy quickly realizes there is more at risk than just Elizabeth’s reputation.

Elizabeth Bennet knows Mr. Darcy is the last man in the world whom she could ever be prevailed on to marry. Until the morning he hands her a letter, his countenance as dark and forbidding as the windswept sky. Now, trapped in a snowstorm with the one person she was certain she despised, Elizabeth is startled to discover that her feelings are not at all what she expected.

But is one night alone together enough to alter the course of their future?

Can any man as proud as Mr. Darcy be expected to offer for the same woman a second time?

In this tale of serendipity and second chances, the world’s unlikeliest couple must conquer pride, prejudice, and faulty first impressions in the elusive quest for their own happily ever after. Continue reading »

Nov 162018

What If Mr. Darcy Left England Soon After Elizabeth Rejected His First Proposal?

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Variation

TIME FRAME: Begins more than two years after Darcy’s Hunsford proposal

SYNOPSIS: With a broken heart and great need to get away, Mr. Darcy leaves for an extensive tour of the Mediterranean with Mr. Bingley the summer after his disastrous proposal to Elizabeth Bennet. And in this variation we see what happens when the encounters at Pemberley and Mr. Darcy’s assistance with the Lydia/Wickham debacle don’t take place. Instead, we see what happens when Mr. Darcy, after being away from England for two years, unexpectedly crosses path with Elizabeth on the streets of London and observes her tending to a small child. Is the child hers? Is she married? Where is the father? These are answers Mr. Darcy is desperate to know! The reader as well… 😉 Continue reading »