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Entrevista a Moira Bianchi + Giveaway

moira bianchiMoira Bianchi é uma arquitecta brasileira, nascida e criada no Rio de Janeiro, que vive apaixonada por Mr. Darcy.

Essa sua paixão levou-a a querer saber mais sobre as personagens de Orgulho e Preconceito e a escrever vários livros de Jane Austen Fan Fiction.

From Pemberley to Milton convidou-a para nos falar um pouco do seu percurso, dos seus livros e do seu mais recente lançamento, 45 dias na Europa com Sr. Darcy.

 

 

From Pemberley to Milton: Antes de mais, bem-vinda a From Pemberley to Milton Moira! Eu gostaria de começar por perceber, como surgiu a sua paixão por fan fiction. Como descobriu que existia e como se apaixonou pelo género?

Moira Bianchi: Acho que a primeira que li foi de Harry Potter. Li enquanto saiam os livros, achei sem querer na internet cartas de Sirius Black para Harry Potter. Achei legal, li outras coisas, algumas de Twilight, mas só pirei mesmo com Orgulho & Preconceito.

 

FPTM: E como descobriu Orgulho & Preconceito?

MB: Uma amiga (que eu tinha viciado em Harry Potter) me desafiou a ler ‘os clássicos’ e foi me dando tarefas. Wilde, Tolkien, Balzac até que chegou Austen. Ela me deu Razão e Sensibilidade e eu odiei.

Queria que Elinor fosse mais combativa, que não aceitasse tudo calada. Reclamei muito, aí minha amiga disse: “Você precisa de Elizabeth Bennet.”

 

FPTM: E apaixonou-se de imediato pela Lizzie, certo? E Mr. Darcy?

MB: De cara. Logo que Austen me contou o que se passava na cabeça dela e dele, logo no início da visita dela a Netherfield.

 

FPTM: E como uma arquitecta brasileira passa de leitora a escritora de fan fiction em inglês?

MB: Estudei inglês dos 8 aos 18 anos, dei aulas, a língua faz parte da minha vida desde sempre. Li no original todos os clássicos. Na verdade, tenho o costume de só ler livros no original em que foram escritos. Sou chata, desconfio de traduções. Quero ler o que o autor pensou, o termo que usou. Daí, quando procurei mais, ainda no meio do livro, procurei Pride and Prejudice e não ‘Orgulho & Preconceito’. Achei a série da BBC com Colin Firth, as anteriores, filmes antigos e um site chamado ‘Mrs Darcy’.

Passei a ler fanfics em inglês, fiz amigas pelo mundo. Quando me atrevi a escrever, era em inglês. Pareceu simples.

 

FPTM: Mas o que a motivou a ir mais além, a deixar de ser apenas leitora de fan fiction, e a torna-se escritora de fan fiction?

MB: Foram anos de leitora, lia na Palm! Tinha uma Palm Zire que amava e ‘descarregava’ mil livros lá. Passei a ‘descarregar’ fics. Lia muito mesmo, então era muito íntima com as fics de Pride & Prejudice.

Quando meu filho era novinho e tiramos a grade do berço para virar caminha, ele descobriu que poderia sair da sua ‘prisão noturna’. Ele que já dormia a noite toda passou a acordar para passear pela casa. Ia para minha cama. Eu levantava e recolocava ele na caminha. Ele saia de novo. Na terceira vez, não conseguia dormir mais. Se não dormia, tinha que achar o que fazer. Daí resolvi dar voz ao que Darcy e Lizzy viviam repetindo da minha cabeça

Resolvi escrever essa cena no escuro, na sala, no Iphone. Para minha surpresa, escrevi fácil. Li de manhã e gostei. Na noite seguinte, escrevi mais uma, assim escrevi ‘Friendship of a special kind’ 60% no Iphone.

 

FPTM: Escreveu 60 % do seu primeiro livro num Iphone?

MB: Ainda escrevo… mas não tanto assim.

 

FPTM: Como surgiu a ideia desse primeiro livro? Era alguma coisa que já vinha surgindo na sua cabeça há muito tempo?

MB: Muito tempo. Eles vinham falando comigo sempre, repetindo umas 2 ou 3 cenas na minha cabeça. Sabe aquele momento logo antes de pegar no sono, depois de rezar, já bem mais para lá do que pra cá? Era nessa horinha que Darcy e Lizzy apareciam e repetiam as falas, gestos, reações.

 

FPTM: Mas em fan fiction existem imensos géneros, prequelas, sequelas, variações. Porque decidiu escrever modernizações?

MB: Acho que é o que gosto mais de ler. Uma amiga me deu um livro muito bacana chamado ‘How to steal like an artist’. Ela me deu por causa da regra 3: ‘Write the book you want to read’. É isso, eu escrevo o que quero ler, releio o que escrevi e amo! Choro, rio, tenho hot flashes.

Eles são sempre modernos, hots, apaixonados. Minhas estórias são sempre 90% Darcy & Lizzy, não tenho muita paciência para coadjuvantes, Acho que Jane merece mais que Bingley que a abandona seguindo a opinião dos outros. Acho que Charlotte merece mais explicação.

 

FPTM: Esse é um ponto interessante, dentro da fan fiction há imensas perspectivas, inclusive histórias focadas nas personagens secundárias.

Quais as personagens que mais gosta de desenvolver e quais as que menos gosta?

MB: Sempre Dizzy. Conto o romance deles, os coadjuvantes vêm relacionados a eles, ou interagindo com eles. No meu próximo livro que será lançado agora em outubro – dia 23 que é aniversário da minha mãe – ‘The Prince of Pemberley’, Jane tem participação grande, tanto que ganhou um embrião de estória. É a primeira vez que tenho vontade de escrever sobre ela exclusivamente

 

FPTM: E qual é a história de Prince of Pemberley, já pode falar?

MB: Sim! Tenho um “what if” na cabeça faz um tempão: se Darcy não tivesse ido para Derbyshire com Bingley, Jane ou Elizabeth teriam aceitado Collins porque não teriam perspectiva melhor em vista. Digamos que fosse Lizzy para que Jane tivesse mais chance na vida – imagino que a personagem fizesse isso. Pois bem, imagine que Darcy tivesse aceitado Anne, por dever. Daí quando eles se conhecem em Kent na Páscoa, estariam os dois comprometidos.

O que aconteceria?

The Prince of Pemberley é isso: os dois são casados.

Foram amigos por carta na adolescência, mas perderam contato. Quando se reencontram, estão beirando os 40, casados, com filhos.

Muito felizes de se reencontrarem, a amizade recomeça como se não tivessem perdido contato, viram confidentes e … amantes.

 

FPTM: Gostei da história! Mas muito diferente da história do seu último lançamento, 45 dias na Europa com Sr. Darcy.

MB: Muito!

 

FPTM: Pode falar-nos um pouco desse livro?

Já tinha sido lançado em inglês, certo? Porquê traduzir agora?

MB: 45 é minha estória mais leve, mais fofa.

Costumo puxar por temáticas mais duras para conduzir o amor entre pessoas que querem muito ser felizes. Em 45, quis fazer uma adaptação certinha, linear de Austen.

Tem muita gente que me pede para escrever em Português. Leem as fics gratuitas que estão no meu blog, gostam, mas os livros são em Inglês. Sempre tive os planos de fazer as versões, mas faltava inspiração…

Agora veio tanta que escrevi um outro livro totalmente em Português – talvez nunca ganhe versão em Inglês: ‘Preconceito, Orgulho e CAFÈ’

 

FPTM: E esse livro será lançado quando?

MB: Em princípio no Natal.

 

FPTM : Moira, From Pemberley to Milton vai oferecer um 45 dias na Europa com Sr. Darcy aos seus leitores. O que podem esperar desse livro?

MB: Uma boa homenagem a O&P, uma adaptação linear e carinhosa do clássico de Austen. Muita irreverência, lugares lindos, um casal apaixonado e apaixonante. Juntei coisas que amo: viajar, Rio de Janeiro, Darcy… Acho que podem esperar viajar na viagem de Lizzy rumo ao desconhecido mundo das paixões arrebatadoras.

 

FPTM: Obrigada pela visita a From Pemberley to Milton Moira! 45 dias da Europa com Sr. Darcy é mesmo apaixonante!

 

E From Pemberley to Milton quer partilhar este romance com os seus leitores premiando uma pessoa com um ebook através de um giveaway.

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Para participar neste giveaway basta partilharem o vosso carinho com a Moira Bianchi e deixarem um comentário ou questão nesta entrevista. Podem fazer as perguntas que quiserem, a Moira estará disponível para responder a todos os nossos leitores.

Para além do ebook que From Pemberley to Milton vai oferecer a um dos seus leitores, a Moira também quer oferecer um mimo aos seus leitores portugueses.

A Moira vai oferecer um pack de 45 dias na Europa com Sr. Darcy que incluem um ecobag e marcadores de livros de 45 dias na Europa com Sr. Darcy e Orgulho, Preconceito e Café autografados!

Para participar basta deixar também um comentário nesta entrevista.

From Pemberley to Milton vai selecionar aleatoriamente dois dos seus leitores. O primeiro leitor irá ganhar o ebook, disponível para os nossos leitores em qualquer parte do mundo, e o segundo leitor irá ganhar o pack 45 Dias na Europa com Sr. Darcy, disponível apenas para residentes em Portugal.

Poderão participar neste giveaway até dia 13 de Setembro e os vencedores serão anunciados dia 14 de Setembro.

 

Se quiserem saber mais sobre Moira Bianchi ou os seus livros, visitem o site da autora: http://www.moirabianchi.com/

Lá podem encontrar todos os livros disponíveis para venda, uma lojinha de souvenirs, e várias fan fics gratuitas!

 

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45 dias na Europa com Sr. Darcy

45 dias na europa4 stars

As modernizações de Orgulho e Preconceito nunca me entusiasmaram muito. Há algo na era da regência que me cativa e um dos maiores prazeres que tenho ao ler JAFF é poder mergulhar no século XIX. Mas quando soube que iria ser publicado um livro JAFF escrito em português não resisti! Apesar de ser uma modernização fiz a pre-reserva ainda antes de a obra ser publicada, e no dia em que saiu comecei a leitura. Após anos de leitura JAFF em inglês, um livro originalmente escrito na minha língua mãe foi irresistível.

Quando li a sinopse de 45 dias na Europa com Sr. Darcy achei o preâmbulo interessante, e após ler os primeiros capítulos, não pude deixar de admitir que renegar modernizações tinha sido um erro.

Continuo a preferir variações, mas as modernizações de Orgulho e Preconceito, quando bem feitas, demonstram-nos o verdadeiro génio de Jane Austen. Permitem-nos perceber que as personagens que ela criou são intemporais, que as suas idiossincrasias continuam a existir 200 anos depois. Que a caracterização da sociedade que a escritora inglesa tão bem desenvolveu continua actual.

Neste livro, Moira Bianchi conseguiu recriar as personagens na perfeição. Conseguiu transpor determinados comportamentos para a actualidade de forma deliciosa; Mr. Darcy do seculo XIX é considerado rude por ignorar a sua companhia ao estar constantemente virado para a janela num canto da sala, Mr. Darcy do século XXI não tira os olhos do telemóvel mesmo estando acompanhado! Elizabeth Bennet de Jane Austen adora caminhar, Lizzie Bennet de Moira Bianchi adora jogging. As personagens continuam as mesmas, os comportamentos continuam os mesmos, a única coisa que muda é a época.

Em 45 dias na Europa com Sr. Darcy vamos acompanhar as viagens de Lizzie, uma brasileira inteligente, divertida, independente e obstinada, a vários países europeus, onde vai encontrando Will Darcy, um inglês…bom, utilizando a expressão de Moira “prego”. Mas é um “prego” adorável. Eu adorei este Darcy, intenso, inteligente, cavalheiro, possessivo e ciumento.

Encontramos também na história as personagens de sempre: o coronel Fitzwilliam, que não é coronel; Anne De Bourgh, que eu adorei; o Sr. Collins, ridículo como sempre; Caroline, Bingley, Jane, Charlotte, e toda a família Bennet com uma divertidíssima Sra. Bennet que me fez rir várias vezes. Há até algumas personagens que vão surpreender, mas não vou adiantar muito para não estragar a surpresa 😉

O livro tem tudo: romance, aventura e muito Darcy e Elizabeth! Moira Bianchi fez um excelente trabalho e deixou-me curiosa em relação aos seus outros livros. Mas acho que vou saber mais sobre eles, e partilhar com vocês, muito em breve 😉

 

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Darcy’s Ultimatum

darcys ultimatum4.5 stars

When I started reading Darcy’s Ultimatum I thought I wouldn’t enjoy it because of the premise.

The book begins with Mr Darcy proposing to Anne because he is bound by honour and duty to his mother’s wishes. His father is still alive and I could not relate or identify this character as Mr. Darcy in the first pages.

But as I continued reading, I started to like this Darcy and to understand that the first pages were not an accurate description of the character. In fact, this first impression was only because of the first few pages, and I realised I was being prejudiced towards the character. Ironic isn’t it? I was reading a Pride and Prejudice fan fiction book and making the same “mistake” Elizabeth did!

I actually fell in love with this Darcy, and I really enjoyed the book. I started reading it before going to bed, and 6 hours later I was still reading it! I could not stop until I finished!

In this book we read the interactions of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth during the London Season, while both are facing their parent’s ultimatum to get married before the season is over, and we get to see them fall in love with each other. The plot is delicious, and their relationship lovely.

I really recommend this book, and my experience while reading it was so different and curious that I would also love to hear what other readers felt! Feel free to leave your comments and let me know what you thought of the book 🙂

In the meantime, I think I will read the authors second book: Anne’s Adversity which is a stand alone novel that is nevertheless connected to Darcy’s Ultimatum 🙂

Darcy’s Ultimatum is available at :

Amazon.com – Darcy’s Ultimatum

Amazon.co.uk –Darcy’s Ultimatum: A Pride & Prejudice Variation (The Cousins Book 1)

Amazon.fr –Darcy’s Ultimatum: A Pride & Prejudice Variation (The Cousins Book 1)

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The Gypsy Blessing

the gypsy blessing4 stars

The Gypsy Blessing has a very different storyline than the usual “what if” stories, and it requires some detachment from the original story. If you like and accept the premise of the book you will love it!

After helping an injured gypsy, Lizzie receives a blessing that will help her in her path to happiness.

She starts receiving mysterious drawings that show her events that will occur in the future. Elizabeth starts realizing she can change the future based on the information she is receiving from the drawings and because of that she travels to Ramsgate where she meets Mr. Darcy and Georgiana. After that event, the book follows the timeline and events Jane Austen created in Pride and Prejudice, but because of the drawings, Elizabeth’s perception is very different, and the story takes a different route. She doesn’t have prejudice against Mr. Darcy, and does not favour Whickam, but despite this change, the character remains very true to herself and we can still find a lot of angst and adventures in the book.

It is a surprisingly fresh and loving book. There is no lack of propriety, and the only intimate scene portrayed in the book is a kiss between Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth after they are married. But the love story is marvellous, I really enjoyed it and recommend it to those who want to read a good book.

The Gypsy Blessing is available at:

Amazon.com – The Gypsy Blessing

Amazon.co.uk – The Gypsy Blessing

Amazon.fr – The Gypsy Blessing

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Mr. Darcy and Mr. Collins’s Widow

mr collins widdow2.5 stars

What if Mr. Bennet died when Elizabeth was 15?

What if Mr. Collins came to Longbourn willing to marry one of his cousins and Elizabeth sacrificed herself to prevent her family to be “thrown into the hedgerows”?

What if he died about a year later, Elizabeth inherited Longbourn and decided to run it without male help?

What if Mr. Darcy knew of this in the first assembly ball and decided to engage her into conversation?

What if they became friends and fall in love?

I have to say I hated the idea of Elizabeth getting married to Mr. Collins at the age of 15. Well, I would not like to see her married to him at any age. But I still decided to read the book due to some reviews I’ve read saying that Mr. Colins would not even appear. That much is true, he is dead when the story begins, so we do not have to see him married to our beloved Elizabeth, but we do have to read how Elizabeth suffered at his hands, and we do have to feel that she was once married to that man before Darcy.

Maybe I could I have dealt better with that if it weren’t such an important thing in the book, but it is! Elizabeth is traumatised with her first marriage and that is why she refuses Darcy’s first proposal. For me that was too much to bear.

Also, the characters are so different from the ones we knew in Pride and Prejudice, I could hardly recognise them. Darcy is not himself, and neither is Elizabeth. Unfortunately I did not fell in love with the book. The storyline did not convince me, but if you have nothing against the premise of the book, you could give it a try.

Mr. Darcy and Mr. Collin’s Widow is  available at:

Amazon.com – Mr. Darcy and Mr. Collin’s Widow

Amazon.co.uk – Mr. Darcy and Mr. Collins’s Widow

Amazon.fr – Mr. Darcy and Mr. Collins’s Widow

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The Madness of Mr. Darcy

the madness of mr darcy4.5 stars

I have read The Madness of Mr. Darcy twice and can truly say this is one of the most different storylines I’ve read in P&P fan fiction.

What if Mr. Darcy was unable to locate Lydia, and Wickham told him she had been sold to work as a prostitute?

What if Lydia were to return to Longbourn, months later, completely mad and in need to be institutionalised?

And what if Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth only met 20 years after the Lambton Inn episode? Would they still love each other?

The Madness of Mr. Darcy follows this path and it is the first book I’ve read starting the story so late in our beloved characters lives.

Their lives during these 2 decades makes the anguish in this book so big, the sadness surrounding all characters so intense that I would not believe the book would be this good if I had not read it.

Georgina dies shortly after getting married and Darcy isolates himself from the world, living a life of guilt and sorrow.

Elizabeth lives a life full of sacrifice and is employed in a mad house. Jane marries, and after her husband dies, has no other option but to live out of her sister in law’s charity.

Even Wickham has a terrible faith.

Among all this sadness, the intensity the author was able to bring to this book was unbelievable. It takes a long time before we actually see Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy have any interaction with one another, but unlike other books, this didn’t bother me. I really wanted to read how their lives had been, and what were their feelings and thoughts.

Even though Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy do not interact with one another in the first chapters of the book, I just wanted to keep reading to see when some of these characters were finally going to find some happiness. And they do, don’t think this book is only about sadness. It’s not! It’s about never giving up hope, never stop fighting and being faithful to your feelings.

The love Elizabeth has and shows for Mr. Darcy in this book is one of the most beautiful I’ve read. Their interactions are special and meaningful. And other characters from other Jane Austen’s books such as Maria Rushworth, Lady Elliot, and Mr. John Knightley are a delightful addition to the book.

The only thing I wasn’t too fond of was the ending. I understand it is the only possible ending for this book, but it does make me sad to know that Pemberley will no longer belong to a Darcy.

But overall, I really enjoyed reading it, so much I’ve done it twice.

The Madness of Mr. Darcy is available at :

Amazon.com – The Madness of Mr. Darcy

Amazon.co.uk –  The Madness of Mr. Darcy

Amazon.fr –  The Madness of Mr. Darcy

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Ardently

ardently 5 stars

I read Ardently last month and I haven’t read something this for a long time.

In fact, the book is so good that I could not stop reading it. I read in one day. Once I finished it, I could not go to bed; I had to write this review, because I could not stop thinking about the book and what it made me feel.

What if Lizzie does go to the Lake District instead of Derbyshire?

What if she never sees Pemberley or meets Mr. Darcy there?

What if Darcy marries Anne a few years later?

What if they meet in Bath 4 years after the Hunsford proposal?

Fear not with these what ifs! Anne dies a few months after the marriage and there are no children from that marriage (I can not conceive the idea of Mr. Darcy having children from someone other than Elizabeth). The romance and the love they feel for each other is not spoiled by this marriage, by the contrary, their past life is vital for them to see the strength of their love 🙂

In this book Mr. Bennet has a sister who is trying to re-establish a relationship with him and asks for one of her nieces to make her company after her husband dies. The niece that is sent to this aunt (Mrs. Mountford) is Elizabeth Bennet, and she discovers her aunt is a clever, witty and educated woman with some very respectful connections acquired by her marriage.

The story starts 4 years after the Hunsford Proposal. Mr. Darcy married Anne and Elizabeth has been living with her aunt who she adores.

They meet in Bath were the whole story will take place. I adore when stories happen in Bath! It is such a romantic, magical and idyllical place.

Well, as I was saying, they meet in Bath and 4 years later they are slightly different people, more mature and an with the weight of the last 4 years on their shoulders.

Mr. Darcy is absolutely charming! And Lizzie is an upgraded version of Jane Austen’s.

Mr. Darcy realises he never forgot Elizabeth Bennet, and that she still is the ideal woman for him. Elizabeth also falls in love with Mr. Darcy and suffers with fear he will not correspond that love. I must confess this is one of the things I most love in JAFF. I love that Elizabeth Bennet is fully aware of her love for Mr. Darcy, and I love that she fears he will not love her back.

But of course…he does and the ending of the book is just delicious.

This book is witty, well written, with great dialogues between Elizabeth and Darcy, intense, interesting and the characters are very true to themselves. The new characters are also very captivating and a plus to the story.

I sure hope this author writes more JAFF books.

Ardently is available at:

Amazon.com – Ardently

Amazon.co.uk –  Ardently: A Pride and Prejudice Variation

Amazon.fr – Ardently: A Pride and Prejudice Variation (English Edition)

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Unmapped Country

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I love Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South, and Unmapped Country was the first what if story I’ve read about it.

I bought my kindle just so that could read this book (only available on kindle at the time) and I do not regret it.

Unmapped Country creates an what if story starting with Margaret moving back to Milton after making her business proposition to Mr. Thornthon. The storyline is plausible and interesting, the characters are faithful to the ones Gaskell created and the author didn’t need to use sexual scenes to keep the love story appealing and to show the intensity of the feelings the characters had for one another. I believe Miss Gaskell would be proud of this book.

I’ve read this book twice and the first time I read it I felt everything about it was perfect, I wouldn’t change a thing.
The second time I read it, I felt a bit disappointed as I could not feel the same intensity I felt the first time, but it might have happen because it was no longer new to me and I had read some other fan fiction books of North and South by that time.

I still hope the author writes more of these books! I can not get enough of John and Margareth.

 

Unmapped Country is available at:

Amazon.com Unmapped Country

Amazon.co.uk – Unmapped Country: the story of North & South continues

Amazon.fr – Unmapped Country: the story of North & South continues (English Edition)

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Pirates and Prejudice

pirates and prejudice5 stars

Kara Louise is one of my favorite authors and I was eager to read something else from her when Pirates and Prejudice was released.

But, just as to many other JAFF readers, this storyline appeared to be too weird for me.

Fortunately I read a review that gave me the courage to read it and I do not regret it. It’s a great book! It’s unbelievable, but Kara Louise did again! Once more she created a completely different scenario and managed to make us love it!

The story is indeed very different and difficult to believe in the beginning : After the Hunsford proposal, and rejection, Mr. Darcy wanders in the streets of London for a few days being mistaken by a wanted pirate. Once it is clear who he is, he is asked, and accepts to impersonate this pirate to help authorities capture him.

In the meantime, Elizabeth and her father travel to the Isles of Scilly to visit Mr. Bennet’s sister and end up traped in a desert Island.

So it is in the middle of the ocean, and in a small island, that our beloved characters reunite.

There were 2 premises in the book that I found hard to belive before reading it. If like me you are still suspicious, let me tell you how Kara Louise pulled it of.

First premisse – Mr. Darcy portraying a pirate? Yes, it sounds strange, but the book explains how this could happen very well, and it is actually charming. It is not that strange as it might appear. Mr. Darcy is not actually a pirate, he is just impersonating one to help authorities capture him.

Second premisse – Elizabeth does not recognize the man who purposed to her only 2 months ago? Again, it sounds strange, but it is very easy to believe it. When she sees Mr. Darcy impersonating a pirate, he has long hair, long beard, and an injury above his eye which is completely covered. Apart from that, he speaks as a commoner (something he learned before) and is in an island, so it is not obvious that it could be Mr. Darcy.

Also, she always thinks something is wrong, that he appears to be familiar, and discovers his true identity only after a couple of days.

So if you’re thinking about not reading the book just because of these 2 premises, give it a shot. The author is very good and did a great job explaining everything.

The book is very well written, very romantic, intense without any lack of propriety, and witty. The characters are very true to themselves, and I loved the fact that Elizabeth realizes she is in love with Mr. Darcy in the middle of the book. I always like when I read a story where she is also in love with him in the book and not only in the end.

If you’re expecting a lot of sex scenes, this book is not for you. It does not have a single one. If you’re looking for something intense and romantic, then this is perfect.

It’s for sure one of the best JAFF books I’ve read…but then again, it is from Kara Louise, so that was expected  🙂

 

Pirates and Prejudice available at:

Amazon.com –  Pirates and Prejudice

Amazon.co.uk – Pirates and Prejudice

Amazon.fr – Pirates and Prejudice

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The Subsequent Proposal

subsequent proposal5 stars

When I first read the plot of this book I could not believe how perfect it was! All I could think was how I never thought about it myself considering it has the characters from my 2 favourite Jane Austen books: Pride & Prejudice and Persuasion. Getting them together the way Joana Starnes did makes perfect sense! The idea could not be better!

After Elizabeth’s refusal in Hunsford, Darcy meets Miss Anne Elliot and believes she would be the perfect wife for a marriage based on contentment. She is amiable, kind, intelligent and her family is perfect for Darcy’s family standards. On the other hand, Captain Wentworth meets Elizabeth Bennet and also believes she could be a perfect wife if he can not have Anne’s love. At a certain point in the book the four of them meet and they are forced to face their true feelings. Even though Anne appears to be (in the eyes of society) perfect for Darcy, she is obviously not his perfect match. She is not his other half, and the same applies for Captain Wentworth and Lizzy.

The book is extremely well written, and it’s truly passionate, with deep feelings and no excessive dramas or incredibly bad villains. It’s a believable story, perfectly situated in the era. There is no lack of propriety, and that does not prevent us from reading a truly romantic story. We read the book from Darcy’s perspective and for me, one of the best things about the book is that Darcy is not seen as the only one at fault. The author really understands and develops both characters just like Jane Austen created them and not as a version of Darcy and Lizzy as many authors do.

Unlike many books, Darcy is not seen as someone full of faults who changes completely just to please Elizabeth. In this book Elizabeth understands she was also prejudiced and realizes that even though Darcy was not at his best while proposing to her, he had his reasons to do it as he did. She understand his background and how that influenced his behaviour. I do not believe I have ever read a book more true to the real Darcy and Elizabeth as The Subsequent Proposal.

I really enjoyed reading this book and did so in one day. I was only sad that the book was so short. I believe the author could have developed the story a little bit more. The idea was really good and deserved more scenes, more dialogue, and maybe even more Wentworth and Anne, but I do recommend it!

 

The Subsequent Proposal is available at:

Amazon.com – The Subsequent Proposal

Amazon.co.uk – The Subsequent Proposal: ~ A Tale of Pride, Prejudice & Persuasion ~

Amazon.fr – [(The Subsequent Proposal : A Tale of Pride, Prejudice & Persuasion)]

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