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The Giveaway Winners are…

Hello everyone,

Do you have any plans for the weekend? I already have lots of things planed but they will not be outdorsy so I won’t have many pictures to share with you. But I do hope I’ll have some spare time to read, so maybe next week I’ll be able to share some opinions on interesting books 🙂 I’ve started reading other genres but I always have P&P in the pipeline.

But I digress, the purpose of today’s post is to share the winners of some giveaways I hosted at From Pemberley to Milton this month. I was very lucky to have welcomed Leigh Dryer and Jenifer Joy to promote the release of their books The Flight Path Less Traveled and The Remarkable Miss Darcy.

The Flight Path Less Traveled is a sequel to The Best Laid Flight Plans, a modern P&P adaptation that is highly recommended by some trustworthy friends. I decided to interview the author, Leigh Dreyer, and we discovered that she is actually working on book three in the series, so this is a good time to start reading the first two.

The Remarkable Miss Darcy is the last book of A Meryton Mystery series which I absolutely love! This last book focuses on Georgiana, but Darcy, Elizabeth and their offspring are pretty much present, so this seems like the perfect way to end the series. My favourite book was the previous one, but I recommend reading them all in the correct order.

I would like to thank these ladies for their generosity, and all of you for sharing your thoughts with us 🙂 And now, without further ado, the lucky winners are:

 

The Flight Path Less Traveled

*** Mary***

 

The Remarkable Miss Darcy

*** Marie Jones***

*** Vesper***

*** Glynis***

*** Rellaenthia***

 

 

Congratulations ladies! I hope you enjoy reading these books 🙂 Can you please send me your addresses to ritaluzdeodato at gmail dot com so that your prizes may be sent to you?

Happy Reading!

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Perilous Siege – Cover Reveal

 

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Good Morning everyone,

Ya’ll know how much I love book covers so you can imagina how excited I am to be revealing the cover for C. P. Odom’s new book called Perilous Siege.

The cover is quite different from anything I have ever seen, and I believe that is because of the premise which is also something quite different and intriguing! Before revealing to you the cover, why don’t you take a look at the blurb?

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What is the Siege Perilous, and how does it affect the lives of everyone in the Regency universe of Pride & Prejudice?

When a man dressed in bizarre attire suddenly appears in a field on his Pemberley estate, Fitzwilliam Darcy has little inkling of the many and startling changes this man’s strange arrival will have on his life, his family’s lives, and indeed, his whole world.

Mysteriously sent to the Regency world of Pride and Prejudice, this refugee from a future Armageddon is befriended by Darcy. How will the presence of Major Edward McDunn influence the events of Jane Austen’s signature work, especially the tangled courtship between Darcy and the complex and endearing Elizabeth Bennet?

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Now that you know what the book is about, you are ready for this revealing and beautiful cover!

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What do you think about it? I loved everything about Darcy and who I am assuming is Colonel Fitzwilliam, they are just like I imagine them! And did you notice Elizabeth in the back next to the carriage? It may seem like a small detail, but I absolutely love how revealing this cover is, it makes me very curious about the book and if I saw this on Amazon without even knowing the author or the blurb I would have been drawn to it! The contrast between the soldiers clothes to the regency characters on the back makes me want to read it the book immediately! I also enjoyed the fact that the title’s font has a military backgroud, what do you think about that?

But it was not just the front cover that convinced me, look at the back cover. Isn’t it even more intriguing?

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Who is that other man on the back cover? He looks like a sorcerer doesn’t he? And what are they doing? I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely intrigued!

The blog tour should start next month and I’m looking forward to the guest posts that may tell us a little more about this book 🙂

In case this is the first time you have heard about C.P. Odom, you can get to know him a little better now by reading his first person author bio.

 

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By training, I’m a retired engineer, born in Texas, raised in Oklahoma, and graduated from the University of Oklahoma. Sandwiched in there was a stint in the  Marines, and I’ve lived in Arizona since 1977, working first for Motorola and then General Dynamics. I raised two sons with my first wife, Margaret, before her untimely death from cancer, and my second wife, Jeanine, and I adopted two girls from China. The older of my daughters recently graduated with an engineering degree and is working in Phoenix, and the younger girl is heading toward a nursing degree. I’ve always been a voracious reader and collector of books, and my favorite genres are science fiction, historical fiction, histories, and, in recent years, reading (and later writing) Jane Austen romantic fiction. This late-developing interest was indirectly stimulated when I read my late wife’s beloved Jane Austen books after her passing.  One thing led to another, and I now have three novels published:  A Most Civil Proposal (2013), Consequences (2014), and Pride, Prejudice, and Secrets (2015).  My fourth novel, Perilous Siege, should be published in the second quarter of 2019. I retired from engineering in 2011, but I still live in Arizona with my family, a pair of dogs (one of which is stubbornly untrainable), and a pair of rather strange cats.  My hobbies are reading, woodworking, and watching college football and LPGA golf (the girls are much nicer than the guys, as well as being fiendishly good putters). Lately I’ve reverted back to my younger years and have taken up building plastic model aircraft and ships (when I can find the time).

 

You can find Colin at:

Colin Odom’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/colin.odom

C. P. Odom’s Amazon page: http://www.amazon.com/C.-P.-Odom/e/B00BPT2BQQ/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1393834353&sr=1-2-ent

C. P. Odom Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7073904.C_P_Odom?from_search=true

C.P. Odom Meryton Press page : http://colinodom.merytonpress.com/

 


 

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A Meryton Mystery Series- Character Interview and Giveaway

Hello dear readers,

How are you today? Spring is finally here and today was sunny and warm in my part of the world but I didn’t go exploring the outside as I did last weekend, today, I decided to stay home with one of my favourite book series: A Meryton Mystery.

That’s right, Jennifer Joy released another book in this series called The Remarkable Miss Darcy, and even if these are great news, I am sad to inform this will be the last book in the series.

A Meryton Mystery series started with The Honorable Mr. Darcy, a romance full of mystery where Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth establish an incredible bond in the pursuit of the truth about a murder that occurred in Meryton.  It is currently FREE in Amazon to celebrate he release of The Remarkable Miss Darcy, so I suggest grabbing a copy to see for yourselves what I am talking about. There is also an excerpt available in the launch post we did here 3 years ago if you prefer to have a taste of it first.

I read it as soon as it came out and truly loved it. It was what Jennifer Joy does best, a clean romance spiced with adventure and mystery, what I didn’t know was that this would only be the first of many books I would devour!

After this book was released we had a sequel called The Indomitable Miss Elizabeth, and guess what? This book is also on sale for o,99$, so again, I would grab it if I were you 😉 In this one, the bond between Darcy and Elizabeth grows bigger, and the romance is accentuated 🙂 The thing is, this is not the last one, and after reading the first two books, I know you’ll want to read the third one which is called The Inseparable Mr. and Mrs. Darcy. In this book another murder will take place and Darcy and Elizabeth who are now closer than ever will have to join forces once more to uncover the murderer.

One would think that this series would be a trilogy, after all we had Darcy, Elizabeth and now both of them named in the title, so who could be next? The answer is Mr. Tanner! In what was actually my favourite book in the series, Jennifer Joy takes a risk by writing a book whose main character is an original one. Of course Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth are still in it, but Mr. Tanner will take a lead on the fourth novel called The Immovable Mr. Tanner. I say this is a risk because we all know most readers prefer to read novels about Darcy and Elizabeth, so they are usually more profitable, but trust my words, this one is not one bit less exciting than the others! I absolutely loved Tanner! If you read my review, you’ll know why 🙂

I loved him so much that I invited him and Mr. Darcy for a little conversation, I hope you like it!

 


 

I’ve grown rather attached to the Darcy in The Meryton Mystery Series and his older brother, Tanner. Since the series’ finale went live this week, I invited them to my writing studio for one last chat.

 

So, guys, are you as sad as I am that the series is over?

Tanner and Darcy exchange a look, and then burst into laughter.

Tanner: Are you kidding? Now I can devote my time to my family and the inn without you sending me off to chase after another murderous lunatic.

Darcy: I’ve never slept better. You won’t hear me complaining.

 

Oh. I’ll admit that wasn’t quite the reaction I’d expected, but I’m happy you’re enjoying your Happily-Ever-Afters. They were hard-earned and well-deserved.

Would you like to tell readers what your favorite scene in the book was?

Darcy: The one with Ben and Nanny Kelly. You have no idea how difficult it was for me not to laugh aloud.

 

Me too! I always enjoy calling when the whole family is present. You are a lively bunch. However, it is not common for children to be present during social calls. How do you manage Society’s disapproval?

(Darcy gives me such a haughty look as to remind me with whom I’m speaking.)

Darcy: I care not for Society’s opinion. My family is more important to me than they could ever be.

 

Great answer. What about you, Tanner? Do you have a favorite scene?

Tanner: For me, it’s bittersweet, but I was never prouder of Georgiana than when she spoke with us in the study. It was then I knew she could stand on her own.

Darcy: Without us.

Tanner: (glares at Darcy) Don’t you start. I said I was proud of her, not that I was happy about her leaving us.

Darcy: Then why did you mention that scene? Isn’t breaking down doors and clobbering villains more to your liking? Why could you not choose the rescue scene?

Tanner: You make me sound like a heartless brute.

Darcy: No, that’s her. (looks at me) Have you no heart? Did you really have to put us through all that turmoil?

 

(Now, this, I had expected.) Don’t you think Georgiana deserves her own happy ending? Besides, you gained another brother.

 

Darcy: (grumbles because while he wishes Georgiana would stay a little girl forever, he really does like Michael)

Tanner: We could not have let her go for a lesser man.

 

(At this point, I decide it best to change the topic.) Since you’ve been so generous as to share your favorite scenes, I’ll share mine. Since I can’t pick just one, I’ll share two. First is the one with the curtain.

 

Tanner: That one was nice, even you have to admit, Darcy.

Darcy: I shall never look at draperies the same.

 

(Ignoring his sarcasm, I continue.) Second is the whole peacock kerfuffle.

 

Darcy: Only Lydia could scheme such a thing. You know, she expects you to write a complete novel with her as the main heroine. Her sudden popularity has gone to her head.

Tanner: She will make the most of it. As she always does. And we will make the most of our retirement. If you’ll excuse us, we must get back to our families.

(Darcy and Tanner rise to their feet, signaling the end of our discussion and leaving me to appreciate the strength of their family ties. They’re whole now, and I wish them happy together… ever after.)

 


 

 

Darcy sees a little girl. Tanner sees a princess. He sees a remarkable woman.

Georgiana Darcy has grown up — and she has two older brothers who take her protection so seriously, she fears she is doomed for a life of dull solitude. However, one chance encounter with a young man from her past could set her on a path of adventure and romance … if only her dear family would let her.

Michael Nelson is everything Georgiana remembers him to be: hard-working, honest, and handsome. He fills his days chasing after criminals and uniting divided families. Anything to avoid feeling the void of loneliness and his lack of family.

When Georgiana’s dearest friend is kidnapped at a crowded ball, Michael and Georgiana become partners in the search to find her and restore peace to Darcy House. But before calm, there comes a storm, and their discoveries do not go unnoticed by their unknown enemy…

The Darcys face the greatest test to their family bond yet in this fifth and final book in The Meryton Mystery Series, a sweet romance-suspense variation of Jane Austen’s timeless classic, Pride and Prejudice.

 

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You can find The Remarkable Miss Darcy at:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

and on Kindle Unlimited

 

 


 

 

Jennifer Joy would like to offer four ebook copies of The Remarkable Miss Darcy to readers. The giveaway is international and will end on the 27th of March. To enter it all you have to do is comment on this post. You know the drill, share your opinion with us and have fun! The winners will be announced here shortly after, so don’t forget to stop by to see if you were the lucky winner.

Good Luck everyone!

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The Flight Path Less Traveled – Author Interview and Giveaway

Good Afternoon dear readers,

Today I am welcoming Leigh Dreyer, and author who reflects what Jane Austen Fan Fiction is all about! Leigh started out as a reader, but her love for Austen’s characters, and the need for more time with them, turned her into an author who is now delighting us with wonderful new stories. She has just released her second book, The Flight Path Less Traveled which is a sequel to The Best Laid Flight Plans, and today not only will she talk talk to us about the writing process for her, but also about this new release.

I hope you enjoy the questions we put together, and don’t forget to comment to enter the giveaway 🙂


 

Welcome Leigh,  first of all, can you tell us when you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

Interestingly, I never really did. I do other art: musicals, singing, etc., but I hadn’t really thought much of writing until after I had kids and found I was going a little crazy staying home with people who don’t talk. I found that writing was a great way for me to tap into my creative energies and still take care of my little ones. Writing has also allowed me to grow a lot closer to my sisters-in-law, one of whom is a writer and one who is an editor.

How long does it take you to write a book?
About a month and a half for the first draft. When I’m really writing, I do about 1600 words a day and both of my novels are right around 75-80,000 words.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
Well, I have three jobs. I am a speech pathologist at a school in California and I work using teletherapy (therapy over video conferencing software), at a school here in Las Vegas, and then at a Long Term Acute Care hospital in Vegas as well. My schedule is pretty crazy most days. Did I mention I have two kids and am currently in a musical? Crazy. So, I write whenever I can. Mostly when kids are napping or in bed. If I’m doing well, I can hit my day’s goal in about an hour.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I have to eat. I constantly snack while writing. Currently I am eating a chicken flatbread melt. I try hard to eat something like grapes or blackberries that I can snack on and feel healthy at the same time.

What does your family think of your writing?
They think its great. My dad is one of my main technical advisers and its been fun bonding with him over flying stuff. He’s given me the last line of the series…we’ll see if I use it.

As a child what did you want to do when you grew up?
I wanted to be an astronaut so bad it hurt. I wanted to be Sally Ride. Honestly, most of Elizabeth’s childhood dreams are really just mine through a different lens.

This book is part of a series, tell us a little about it.

The Flight Path Less Traveled is book two in a series of three planned books: The Best Laid Flight Plans, The Flight Path Less Traveled, and Came a Flight Gently. The first book is a P&P variation whose story line closely follows the events of P&P. The next two are original continuations although you will definitely see other favorite Austen characters and events as the story continues. Each book is an altered line from a poem that I find meaningful and that I feel speaks to the tone of book I wanted to write.

What about your main character in this series. What does he/she do that is so special?

Elizabeth Bennet has just gone through tremendous trauma at the end of The Best Laid Flight Plans and now she has to get back up, brush herself off, and push forward. In the original Pride and Prejudice Elizabeth faces a lot of invisible enemies (marriage or lack thereof, the entailment, etc.), but I wanted to see where she would take me when her enemies were very much physical. Would she be strong and fight?

You know I love covers, can you tell us about the cover/s and how it/they came about?

The photoshoot was done in Utah by Monica Cook, a military spouse, who runs Joyous Reflections Photography and Portraiture, at the Air Force museum at Hill Air Force Base. It was important to me to highlight Elizabeth as a female officer. Females are so rare in the pilot world that I wanted to be able to see Elizabeth as I see her, a strong woman who is willing to work harder than anyone else to achieve what she sees for herself. I made the choice to have the little ringlets and her hair up in a kind of braid Mohawk, because I thought it was a fun throwback to the Regency hairstyles. Of course, after the events at the end of The Best Laid Flight Plans, she is pictured out of a flight suit and in her blues, but I wanted to continue to present that strong image as she fights to recover.

Who designed your book covers?

My amazing friend Alishia Mattee. She is a military spouse and my next door neighbor when we were stationed together at Hickam Air Force Base and she is so talented.

What are you working on at the minute?

Book three, Came a Flight Gently and a short story about how Mr. and Mrs. Bennet meet and get married. I’m also working on outlining a time-travel story.

What’s it about?

Came a Flight Gently will start where The Flight Path Less Traveled ends and will continue the story in New York and feature the Reno Air Races (National Championship Air Races), the last of the great pylon races.

Thank you so much for visiting today Leigh! I really enjoyed having this “conversation” with you. I hope my readers enjoy getting to know you it as much as I did!

 


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Leigh Dreyer is a huge fan of Jane Austen variations and the JAFF community. She is blessed to have multi-generational military connections through herself and her husband, who she met in pilot training. She often describes her formative years in this way: “You know the ‘Great Balls of Fire’ scene in Top Gun (‘Goose, you big stud!’), where Goose and Meg Ryan have their kid on the piano? I was that kid.” Leigh lives with her pilot husband, a plane-obsessed son, a daughter who will one day be old enough to watch romantic movies with her, and another little one expected in September 2019.

You can contact her through the following media:

Facebook: Leigh Dreyer

Facebook Page: @leighdreyerauthor

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/leighdreyer

Website: http://www.leighdreyer.com/


 

In this modern Pride and Prejudice continuation and sequel to The Best Laid Flight Plans, 2nd Lieutenant Elizabeth Bennet and Captain William Darcy are facing trials after the events of Elizabeth’s last flight. Darcy’s proposal lingers between them as Elizabeth becomes almost single sighted to her rehabilitation and her return to pilot training. A secret is revealed to Elizabeth about Mr. and Mrs. Bennet’s past that throws all she has known to be true into a tail spin. The romance between our hero and heroine begins to blossom through military separations, sisterly pranks, and miscommunications. Can Darcy and Elizabeth come together or will flying in the Air Force keep them apart?

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You can find  The Flight Path Less Traveled at:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

 

 

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Leigh Dreyer would like o offer one ebook copy of The Flight Path Less Traveled to one of my readers. The giveaway is international and will end on the 27th of March. To enter it all you have to do is comment on this post. You know the drill, share your opinion with us and have fun! The winners will be announced here shortly after, so don’t forget to stop by to see if you were the lucky winner.

Good Luck everyone!

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The Giveaway Winners are…

Hello everyone,

How are you today? I hope you are enjoying your weekend so far. Mine has been great, today I decided to do a picnic at the beach with my hubbie and we had an incredible time at Serra da Arrábida! We did some hiking, saw incredible beaches and enjoyed the green scenery of the mountains behind us.  I hope we can repeat this experience soon 🙂

To end the day, I’m posting the winners of two audiobooks and one ebook. I have hosted at From Pemberley to Milton two lovely ladies whose work I really enjoy and they came bearing gifts, so today we are announcing the winners of the The Unforgettable Mr. Darcy and President Darcy audiobooks that Victoria Kincaid is kindly offering, and the winner of Inspiration, Maria Grace’s latest release. I have really enjoyed all these books, I hope you do too! I would like to thank these authors for once more thinking of my readers, and I hope you can join me in congratulating the following ladies:

 

The Unforgettable Mr. Darcy Audiobook

*** Evamedmonds***

 

President Darcy Audiobook

*** ForeverHis***

 

Inspiration ebook

*** Dung***

 

Congratulations girls! I hope you enjoy listening and reading these books 🙂 Can you please send me your addresses to ritaluzdeodato at gmail dot com so that your prizes may be sent to you?

Happy Reading!

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Inspiration Review & Giveaway

I have been avoiding reading regency stories but when Maria Grace told me the plot of her latest work, I could not resist reading it! Firstly because I was very impressed by the last to books I read from her,  Snowbound at Hartfield and Pemberley: Mr. Darcy’s Dragon, and secondly because what could be more romantic than having an artistic Darcy whose muse is commanded by Elizabeth?

The fact that Darcy was a painter ended up being one of my favourite aspects of this book because if felt completely into character. This book was written from Darcy’s perspective and we could see how his analysis of the world and what surrounded him was influenced by the artist in him. When he stared at people, he did it to study their features, and sometimes got immersed in his own thoughts which also explained his aloofness, so this was definitely one of Maria Grace’s greatest achievements in this book, she brought a new element into the story that felt completely natural. I have loved this Darcy and I’m sure most readers will love him too 🙂

The story is quite short and can be read very quickly so I recommend it to readers who need a quick romantic getaway. It will follow the events of Pride and Prejudice making it a familiar story and therefore very easy to read. The only changes are related to Darcy’s muse which will have an impact on how you see Darcy. I personally would have liked a bigger change in the storyline, so my favourite scene in the book was one involving Darcy and Elizabeth at his studio in Pemberley where they were amongst his paintings, which for obvious reasons, we did not see in Pride and Prejudice. That scene was the best moment in the entire book for me, and I believe it will be for most readers too because in that scene Elizabeth gets to see the real Darcy without any need for words. In one single scene, and by describing his many works and how they evolved, Maria Grace was able to show us exactly how Darcy’s love for Elizabeth grew and how their interactions changed him. It was beautifully done! Plus, his dialogue with Elizabeth got me shivering with excitement, and if there was a book where I got mad at Mrs. Reynolds, this was the one because she interrupted my favourite scene!

Summing up, Maria Grace brought us another beautiful Sweet Tea Novella which I recommend to readers who want a short story to light up their Saturday afternoon. It will be a familiar story which follows canon very closely but adds a trait to Darcy’s character that is hard to resist 🙂

 

You can find Inspiration at:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

 

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Maria Grace is offering one e-book copy of Inspiration to my readers. To enter the giveaway all you need to do is comment on this post and share your thoughts and opinions with us.

I shared an excerpt of this book on the 28th of February and at the time I had established as deadline for the giveaway the 9th of March, however, my real life got in the way and I could not post the review of the book sooner, so I’m extending the giveaway until the 14th so readers can still comment on both posts.

I hope you can all forgive me for the delay and take advantage of the extension 🙂 There is still time to comment on both posts to have a double entry in the giveaway and winners may be announced on the 15th of March.

Good Luck everyone!

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My Own Mr. Darcy

My Own Mr. Darcy is not so much a modern retelling but an Austen inspired novel. In it, the main character is taken by her mother to the movies to see the 2005 movie Pride and Prejudice film when she is sixteen years old and becomes obsessed with Matthew Macfadyen’s Mr. Darcy. She decides that she will settle for nothing less than her own Mr. Darcy and six years later she is still holding to this belief, so obviously, she hasn’t had a very active love life. That is when her roommate forces her to give the next interested guy ten dates before dumping him.

Because of that agreement Elizabeth finds herself dating Chad, a really nice, kind and thoughtful science teacher and swim coach. However, things get a little more complicated when out of the blue she meets Matt Dawson, a wealthy bookstore owner who looks and acts like her Mr. Darcy. Because she cannot dump Chad she becomes conflicted about the best course of action and continues to develop her relationship with both of them. I wasn’t a big fan of the main character and I could never relate to her, but don’t let my previous description put you down because the book is very clean and the relationship she has with them is mostly a friendship relationship.

I found it very interesting that none of these two male characters is a villain because it made the lead character rethink what she really needed for herself without the easy way out in front of her. The similarities of this book to the real life of an Austen addict is impressive, I mean, we all dream about Mr. Darcy, but would we love him that much if he was in front of us? Is Mr. Darcy the perfect match for all of us, or are some of us meant for Mr. Bingley? Elizabeth is faced with this dilemma and the need to find an answer will take her on the road for self-discovery which was really interesting.

Apart from that, there isn’t much more depth into the book, it is a rom com after all, and as all rom coms it is fresh and light. At times it even seemed too much of a young adult type of book for me, so if this is a genre you do not appreciate, this is not the book for you. If on the other hand you are into YA, then give this a try as it is a very sweet story.

My Own Mr. Darcy is an entertaining Austen inspired novel that I did enjoy reading, but I didn’t find anything particularly exciting about it. Being a young adult book, I believe it is a good one for mothers who want to read and discuss a book with their teenage daughters. It is clean and appropriate to younger audiences, plus it does have a moral that may be more relevant for young girls.

 

You can find My Own Mr. Darcy at:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

and on Audible.com

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