New Year, New Books to read…


Hello everyone,

And welcome to From Pemberley to Milton’s first 2016 post!

For the first post of the year, instead of the usual reviews, I thought it would be best to share with you some of my favourite books from 2015 and my plans for 2016. But don’t worry, I’ll never stop reviewing, and my next post will definitely be a review 🙂

2015 was a great year for me in terms of JAFF reading due to the diversification. Usually I prefer regency variations, and before this blog those would be the only JAFF books I would read, but the contact with other readers, writers and editors opened my eyes to many other types of JAFF books that I came love. I loved Longborn’s Songbird which occurs in the post WW II, I fell in love with Then Comes Winter which was my first Anthology, and I now look at novellas with another perspective.

So, it is nice to see that some books in my top 10 are not canon variations as they would certainly be in previous years 🙂 It’s hard to choose between so many good books I read last year, but if I had to choose, my top 10 would be:


The Unthinkable Triangle by Joana Starnes

Ardently by Caitlin Williams

The Madness of Mr. Darcy by Alexa Adams

Sketching Mr. Darcy by Lory Lilian

Earning Darcy’s Trust by Jennifer Joy

A Peculiar Connection by Jan Hahn

Then Comes Winter – Edited by Christina Boyd

The Secrets of Darcy and Elizabeth by Victoria Kincaid

Suddenly Mrs. Darcy by Jenetta James

A Will of Iron by Linda Beutler


Have you read any of them? Are they among your favorites as well?

I’m glad I started diversifying, but the downside of starting to read other types of books is that my TBR pile just doesn’t stop increasing. It is literally out of control!

I used to have a hard time finding good JAFF books to read but now, I hardly have the time to read all I want to and often disregard my TBR pile when something new and alluring comes along. I can honestly say I buy more books than I read 🙂

I though the best way to stay on track would be to publish my TBR list, or part of it anyway. This way, you dear reader, will be able to keep me on track every time I begin to astray.

That being said, this year I am really looking forward to read:


Remembrance of the Past by Lory Lilian

Pride Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith

Accusing Elizabeth by Jennifer Joy (to be released this month)

Sun Kissed: Effusions of Summer edited by Christina Boyd

Undeceived by Karen M. Cox (to be released in the beginning of the year)

No such thing as Luck: A North and South Variation by Nicole Clarkston

The Darcys of Pemberley by Shannon Winslow

And to re-read:

The Falmouth Connection by Joana Starnes

Mr. Darcy’s Promise by Jenna Elsworth

Haunting Mr. Darcy by Karalynne Mckrory


What about you? Do you have a TBR pile waiting for you? Any suggestions you would like to make?

Looking forward to hear from you 🙂


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29 responses to “New Year, New Books to read…

  1. Glynis

    I’ve read most of the books on your 2015 list and enjoyed them all especially Sketching Mr Darcy. I have Remembrance of the Past and Sun Kissed Effusions of Summer and am sure you will enjoy those plus your ‘re-reads. I have just finished Bluebells in the Mourning by KaraLynne Mackrory which was lovely. I am eagerly waiting for the sequel to Rainy Days by Lory Lilian and hoping that Linda Wells will finish Keeping Calm sometime this year. I look forward to more posts thank you.

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  2. Thank you for your comments Glynis! I have yet to read Rainy Days, but it is also in my TRB pile. I had no idea that it would have a sequel, thanks for letting me know! I guess I’ll have to read it before the sequel comes out, especially because everyone seems to love that book 🙂
    I will also take a look into Keeping Calm, thanks!
    I also liked Bluebells in the Mourning, and Falling for Mr. Darcy from KaraLynne Mackrory, but my favourite was definitely Haunting Mr. Darcy 🙂


  3. I’m doing the happy dance because I made the list! Yippee skippy! Thank you, Rita, and I look forward to adding many more of your recommended books to my own reading list 🙂

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  4. Sophia Rose

    Yay, I’ve read five on your list. Makes me feel like I accomplished something with my reading pile last year. LOL.

    So tickled to see Then Comes Winter and Sun-Kissed on your lists. Hope you like our summer stories to keep you warm this winter.

    I have a huge pile to read, too. I need to get to Ardently. I’ve heard such good things about it.

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    • I’m glad we’re reading the same books Sophia! That means we can discuss several of them 🙂
      I’m saving Sun-Kissed to when it’s a bit warmer here, but after Then Comes Winter, I’m sure I will love it as well 🙂
      Ardently deserves to be on top of any TBR pile. It is really very, very good!


  5. Thank you so much!

    Denise Stout (THEN COMES WINTER)

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  6. beaunorth

    Both lists are great! And thank you for the shout-out to Longbourn’s Songbird!

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    • Thank you for stopping by Beau! Longbourn’s Songbird deserves to be on that list 🙂 I still wonder about the name Skinner and the mention of Milagro in it 😉 But maybe, I’m just establishing connections that aren’t there 😉


  7. Christina Boyd

    What a great to read list! Some f my favorites!
    And again, I’m thrilled THEN COMES WINTER changed your opinion of short story anthologies. 2016 is going to be a great year! Thanks again for the support of JAFF reads.

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  8. Jan Hahn

    Thank you so much for including my book as one of your favorites for 2015! I’m honored to be found among such a talented group of writers. Wish I had more time to read JAFF. There’s such a wealth of choices out there.

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    • It is well deserved Jan! Truly of the best books I’ve ever read!
      I agree with you, there is a wealth of choices out there. Some of my friends ask me how I do not get tired of reading about the same thing over and over again. Clearly they have no idea of how many and how diverse JAFF books are 🙂


  9. Thanks so much, Rita, for adding TUT to your list of favourites for 2015!! I’m over the moon, you’re SO very kind!! Ever so sorry I haven’t seen this sooner. Have a wonderful 2016, and I hope it brings you everything you wish for, and more! Hugs and all the best,

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    • It is deserved Joana! It was one of those I was eagerly waiting to read and it did not disappoint! In fact, it made me even more eager to read a new release from you 🙂 Maybe 2016 will satisfy my need for another passionate book and give me what I wish for 😉
      Thank you for your kind words, as always and a great 2016!


  10. Thank you for including me in your list. I feel honoured to be named amongst some of my favourite authors.

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  11. Thank you for including the Secrets of Darcy and Elizabeth! I’m honored to be included in such wonderful company.


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  13. I loved the Unthinkable Triangle. Even though I pretty much read only JAFF right now my TBR pile is also growing faster than I can keep up.


  14. I loved The Unthinkable Triangle. Although I m9stay stick to JAFF my TBR file is growing faster than I can keep up.


  15. Hi Rita – Happy New Year! I’m so glad you’re diving into other JAFF eras. I do love Regency, but ‘moderns’ (20th century is starting to look a bit historical now) can be refreshing. I hope you enjoy ‘Undeceived’ 🙂


  16. jenettajames

    Hi Rita – thank you very much for your mention of Suddenly Mrs Darcy, i am honoured – thank you and happy reading in 2016:-)


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