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Indisposed by Alix James

Indisposed is the perfect short story for romance lovers who want to have all ingredients of an extraordinary novel condensed in few pages to be read in one hour.

In this story Elizabeth is already sick with a trifling cold in the Meryton Assembly, a fact that alters the interactions between her and Mr. Darcy, but the main variation in the plot is that she accompanies Jane to dinner at Netherfield, and it is her who ends up sick at Mr. Bingley’s estate.

Because the apothecary is out of town, Mr. Bingley call a physician from town to look into Elizabeth, and this man, who may very well be a disgrace to the profession, declares to all that Elizabeth is suffering from consumption and will eventually die.

Everyone in the story will know of this prognostic except Elizabeth, and this creates a series of delightful scenes! She is astonished about the reactions people are having towards her but cannot comprehend why people are acting so strangely, and everyone else just thinks she is a brave girl who is handling the situation very well.

The best reactions in my opinion were the ones of Mr. Bennet because he obviously brought some humour into the story, the ones from Mrs. Bennet, which revealed an interesting character development and Mr. Darcy’s, because obviously this was the base for the romance to be established.

Mr. Darcy is the only one to treat Elizabeth as a person and not as an invalid, and because of that, their interactions will be romantic, witty and enthralling. He is such a caring and loving man in this story that I doubt any reader will be able to resist his charms!

The novella is extremely well written, and as I said it has all the ingredients a book should have to keep the reader interested and hooked to the story. Despite the length, the narrative is never rushed, and even if this book is clearly a page-turner, which readers will not be able to let go until they finish it, it creates a feeling of cosiness and well-being that is extremely satisfying! This book is everything a novella should be and I highly recommend it!

I have read and enjoyed Love and Other Machines (which is currently FREE, by the way) from Alix James, but this novella surpassed any expectation I might have. This is definitely an author to look out for if you are interested in reading short, sweet and romantic novellas!

You can find Indisposed at:

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The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen by Shannon Winslow

Have you ever read a book several years after publishing date and wondered why you waited so long to read it? That’s what happened to me when I read The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen. Not only was this one of my favourite reads of 2019, but it also entered my list of all time favourite books!

In The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen, the main character is none other than Jane Austen and through the pages of her private journal, she reveals to readers not only her inner thoughts but also her most secret life events, events that remained until today hidden from her fans. It is through Austen’s own words that readers will follow the parallel stories of Jane Austen and Captain Philippe Devereaux and Anne Elliot and Captain Frederick Wentworth, whose story is biographical.

Through a writing style that reflects Austen’s narrative voice, we get to relive the best moments of Persuasion, while reading about Austen’s life and what inspired every scene in her last book. Jane Austen will also give us some glimpses of what influenced her to create characters such as Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth, which was a detail I also appreciated immensely. It was almost as if I travelled through time and had a conversation with my favourite writer who talked about all her writing choices and answered all my questions.

Jane Austen’s character was perfect and exactly as I imagined her to be, but I was equally enamoured of Captain Philippe Devereaux, he is just as charming as Wentworth, and even if I don’t want to spoil anything for you, I must say that he was the perfect man in the last chapters of the book.

Their love story is beautiful and Jane’s life kept me interested the entire time. I knew how it must end because everyone knows when she died, but I could not stop reading hoping that maybe, just maybe, she would have a different fate.

The story in this book is compelling and having both Jane and Anne’s story intertwine chapter after chapter made it a gripping book, but it wasn’t just the plot and the characters that made me love The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen so much, the writing style is absolutely exquisite! It is hard to believe this book was not written by Jane Austen herself. The witty remarks and humorous inputs in the story are so in line with Austen’s style that the reader feels she penned them herself.

The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen is a book that should not be missed by any Janeite. It has all the ingredients for success and I have no doubt every Austen fan will be rendered by it. The writing style is exquisite and will make you believe you are reading Austen’s journals; the details about Austen’s life and writing decisions are a dream come true to any fan who always wanted to know more about the characters and the scenes she developed; the story behind the story of Persuasion is one of the most beautiful love stories you’ll ever read about, and getting to relive the best scenes from Persuasion is marvelous. I could not recommend this book enough. It is definitely a must read.

Audiobook Narration:

Elizabeth Bennet’s Level

The narrator of this audiobook is an exceptional one whom I would recommend to any author. She is particularly good with accents and character differentiation and she did a magnificent portrayal of Jane Austen. It was really pleasant to listen to the audiobook and that is also due to the way Elizabeth Klett delivered this story

 

 

You can find The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen at:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

and on Audible

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Pride and Precipitation

Pride and Precipitation isn’t so much a Pride and Prejudice modernization but a P&P inspired story as both the characters and the storyline are quite different from Austen’s novel. There are some similarities for sure, but it certainly cannot be considered a modernization of the story.

In this chick flick novel the main character is Breezy Jones, a meteorologist who is the weathergirl for the news team at KWAC TV in Aspen Grove. She is kind, funny and everyone in town loves her but her life changes when Noah Drake, the new station manager, removes her from her position as weathergirl to have Pamela Gladstone, a sexier hollywodesque version replace her on that position.

Their relationship deteriorates even more after she hears him call her Pollyanna, a clear reference to the Meryton Assembly remark, and just like in Pride and Prejudice these two characters will have to get to know each other better, to leave the prejudice behind, and find true happiness. The road to happiness is long but less bumpier than Pride and Prejudice, especially because this is the epitome of a romcom novel.

It is a light entertaining read, with several movie references, that may be even more appealing to American readers, who may be able to identify with the characters lifestyle and habits.

I enjoyed the small town feel, the events and places we visited throughout the book, the girlish talk between Breezy and her friends and her parents personalities which resembled Mr. and Mrs. Bennet, but I wasn’t captivated by the main characters, especially Breezy, and because of that the book didn’t stand out for me.

It is a fun, sweet romance that readers may enjoy, especially if they are into chick flick lit. I would only recommend it to readers if this is a genre they love though, if not, I believe it will not meet the expectations.

 

You can find Pride and Precipitation at:

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Mr. Darcy’s Perfect Match by Kelly Miller – Cover Reveal

Good Afternoon everyone,

How are you this week? I am working in a different city this week, which means I have more alone time after I leave work and that obviously means more reading time, so my week is pretty good so far 🙂

I am also starting the week here at From Pemberley to Milton with a cover reveal, which is one of my favourite types of post because it means I can discuss beautiful covers with you.

The artist behind the cover I am revealing today is the talented Janet Taylor, and you all know how much I love her work. We are showing you today the cover for Mr. Darcy’s Perfect Match, Kelly Miller’s second novel, and a work that proves that Janet Taylor cannot get it wrong.

I believe Mr. Darcy’s Perfect Match will be very different from Death Takes a Holiday at Pemberley, Kelly Millers debut book, but I’ll let you read the blurb and take your own conclusions 🙂


 

When secrets are revealed and a family agenda works against him, can Fitzwilliam Darcy recover his damaged spirits and find happiness?

Following his disastrous proposal to Elizabeth Bennet, Fitzwilliam Darcy returns to London from Kent broken-hearted and dejected. One bright spot penetrates his sea of despair: his sister, Georgiana, has finally recovered her spirits from the grievous events at Ramsgate the previous summer. She has forged a new friendship with Miss Hester Drake, a lady who appears to be an ideal friend. In fact, Lady Matlock believes Miss Drake is Darcy’s perfect match.

Upon Elizabeth Bennet’s arrival at the Gardiners’ home from Kent, she finds that her sister Jane remains despondent over her abandonment by Mr. Bingley. But Elizabeth has information that might bring them together. She convinces her Uncle Gardiner to write a letter to Mr. Bingley providing key facts supplied to her by Mr. Darcy.

When Mr. Bingley discovers that his friend and sisters colluded to keep Jane’s presence in London from him, how will he respond? Given the chance, will Darcy and Elizabeth overcome their past misunderstandings? What will Darcy do when his beloved sister becomes a hindrance towards winning the lady he loves?


The blurb is a little evasive and it doesn’t give us many spoilers does it? Do you think you can find any hints regarding what will happen in the cover?

 

What do you think? This time, I couldn’t find any hints in the cover regarding the story itself but I was mesmerised with the lady’s eyes because they are full of vivacity. Janet Taylor told me she didn’t change their coulour but that she did give the painting some touches here and there that could have an impact in the eyes, and I think she was very successful in giving them the intensity that compels people to check out the cover twice.

I believe the covers’ intent is always to call readers attention to a book, and she certainly achieved this with her care and good taste. I also loved the jewellery in the portrait, especially the necklace and the different grades of colours in the background. I believe the final result is a cover that captures peoples attentions, which I am sure is exactly what this book deserves.

 

I don’t know much about the back cover, but I loved the feeling of peace that emanates from it. What do you think?

Knowing Janet was the one doing this cover I am sure that the back has some significance in the book, which is also another appeal in these covers. I always want to read the books to see if I can figure out the link of one scene to something that is present in the cover 🙂

I hope you liked the cover and that you share your opinion with us, but I also know you value a good excerpt that can give you a taste of a book, so here it is 🙂


Friday, 17 April 1812
Rosings Park, Kent

Where was she? After forty minutes of fruitless pacing, Fitzwilliam Darcy’s steps had become mechanical and laborious. While the morning sun smiled upon the adjacent meadow, he was well cloaked in the shady grove of beech trees, embellished by their fuzzy, tassel-like flowers, one of the many harbingers of spring. The location was ideal for the view it afforded—the two major points of confluence for the paths traversing the grounds of Rosings Park were to his right and his left. She must venture within his prospect unless she opted to take the road, a busy and much less pleasant alternative.

A flurry of deliberations occupied Darcy’s mind in his frenetic search for comprehension. How had he arrived at this wretched circumstance? He was a man of good breeding who had been given the best advantages, been afforded the finest education, and travelled the continent. How had he allowed a lady of such humble origins to lodge within his affections, dominate his every thought, and disturb his life?

Moreover, how could he have been so blind? He had succumbed to his affections, maintaining a wilful ignorance of the fact that the lady, whose mere presence provided a heretofore unknown, giddy joyfulness, viewed him as an offensive person—one to be avoided at all costs.

And how was it that, after the injurious and erroneous diatribe she directed at him last night, the consuming nature of his feelings for her had not diminished a whit? Of all the cruel injustices, this had to be the worst. Despite her cutting speech, she might reconsider. No—why torture himself with baseless suppositions when the lady’s feelings were far from undecided and could not have been made more explicit?

He stopped short, his every muscle taut. A flash of movement darted along the boundary of his visual field. He turned towards it: a glimpse of colour gliding between the box hedges on the path skirting the northern edges of the estate. He narrowed his eyes until Miss Elizabeth Bennet’s familiar form, wearing a blue pelisse, came into focus. In an instant, a vigorous, purposeful energy fortified his limbs, and his wayward heart surged with an avidity he was powerless to constrain. With his object in sight, his legs covered an expanse of ground with each stride.

The precise instant the lady spotted him was unmistakable—she halted, spun around, and walked at an increased pace in the opposite direction. Her action incited a stinging twinge deep within his chest that hindered his breathing, but he remained tenacious to his purpose.

“Miss Bennet.” At his call, which to his chagrin had a plaintive quality, she froze in an unnatural, tense position, as if awaiting an atrocious punishment. Perhaps punishment was the best word for his actions. Was he not forcing his company, for however short a time, upon a person who despised him? As he neared her, each step, each breath, grew more arduous.

Her alluring floral fragrance, though faint, stirred his blood and drove his pulse to a turbulent beat. The lady’s eyes did not rise towards him. Her entire rigid presence evidenced unease, and her hand crushed the cloth portion of her bonnet into a small ball. Her glaring discomfort in this grove, a place she otherwise would have been content, was all due to him—his oppressive, unwelcome proximity. His earlier resolve not to stare at her was abandoned; it might be his final view of her.

A picture of effortless beauty, her dark, curly locks framed her countenance in a free, unfettered pattern, though her attitude remained stiff and unnatural. The facial features he had learned to cherish now seemed drawn and weary, lending her an air of fragility. Even her dark, expressive eyes lacked their usual glimmer this morning. Was this, too, his doing? For her sake, he would leave as soon as possible. “I have been searching the grove in the hopes of finding you. I shall impose upon you but for a moment.” A wisp of her dark hair was blown in front of her eyes by a wind gust, and his hand lifted to move it aside before he stopped himself and withdrew. Thanks to her continued refusal to look towards him, his blunder escaped her notice.

He groped in his pocket for the missive, the product of many hours spent writing and re-writing. “Would you do me the honour of reading this letter?” When her small, gloved hand accepted it, he released his breath. With a bow, he turned to leave her.

“Wait!”

He spun around, his lungs empty of air.

Miss Elizabeth’s eyes, sparking with anger, fixed upon him. She spoke in a harsh undertone as she held the missive out to him. “I cannot accept this. You know very well that it is improper.”

He made no move to retrieve the epistle, though her obvious distress, like a crushing weight upon his chest, hindered his ability to focus. He took several moments to gather his thoughts. “I apologize for making such an unorthodox request, yet I must. Therein is vital information. I gave the letter to you here to ensure privacy. Once you have read it, you may burn it, and all evidence will be gone.”

She glanced around them before dropping her hand back to her side. “Very well.”

With a nod, he left her. Not until he had entered the shelter of the woods did he turn his head in her direction. She had taken a seat upon a bench amidst a cluster of buttercups and was reading the letter; he could take some small comfort in that. Faced with the growing temptation to linger where she was in view, he forced himself to leave.


 

Kelly Miller is a native Californian and Anglophile, who made her first visit to England in 2019. When not pondering a plot point or a turn of phrase, she can be found playing the piano (although like Elizabeth Bennet, she is errant when it comes to practicing), singing, and walking her dogs. Kelly Miller resides in Silicon Valley with her husband, daughter, and their many pets.

Mr. Darcy’s Perfect Match is her second novel published by Meryton Press. Her first was the Regency novel Death Takes a Holiday at Pemberley, a Pride and Prejudice romantic sequel with a touch of fantasy. Her third novel, Accusing Mr. Darcy, will be released later in 2020.

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The blog tour for this book will start next week at Austenesque Reviews, so please follow it for more information about this new book and a chance to win one of the 8 e-books that will be offered. The schedules will be the following:

January 27 Austenesque Reviews

January 28 My Jane Austen Book Club

January 29 Austenprose

January 30 So Little Time…

January 31 Babblings of a Bookworm

February 3 More Agreeably Engaged

February 4 Savvy Verse & Wit

February 6 Donadee’s Corner

February 7 Diary of an Eccentric

February 10 From Pemberley to Milton

February 11 My Vices and Weaknesses


Thank you Kelly for visiting once more, and thank you Janet for giving me the opportunity to share your work! I hope you all return on February 10 for an interview with author Kelly Miller and another wonderful excerpt of this story 🙂

And if you can’t resist until then, you can pre-order the book now! It’s already available for pre-order on Amazon, and it will be delivered to your kindle on January 25th 🙂

Until then, Happy Readings!

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Strong Objections to the Lady – Guest Post & Giveaway

Hello everyone,

It is my pleasure to welcome once more Jayne Bamber to From Pemberley Milton with a very dynamic and interesting post about Strong Objections to the Lady, her latest release.

Ms Bamber choose her favorite moments in the story and brought to you a glimpse of each one of them, which will give you all a very good perspective of what you’ll find in it. I hope you enjoy this guest post and share with us the one moment that made you more curious about the book 🙂

And this is the last post of the blog tour, so if you haven’t tried your luck with the giveaway, this is your last chance!


It’s great to be back at From Pemberley to Milton! This is the last stop on my blog tour for my new release, Strong Objections to the Lady. I have shared a lot of excerpts along the way, but today in addition to today’s excerpt, I’d like to share a few more snippets of my favorite moments in the story.

For those of you who have missed the other blogs, Strong Objections to the Lady features a very different Anne de Bourgh, and this light-hearted romp in Kent is not short on laughs. I had a wonderful time writing this tale and getting to know the characters better along the way, and so today I would like to share my top ten favorite moments in the story….

#10 – Anne throws shade at her mother’s garish taste….

Anne was speaking with the local upholsterer in the north-facing parlor, which had been much neglected, when Lady Matlock entered the room. One look from the countess was enough to prompt the man to take his leave and fairly skitter from the house, and when he had gone the countess accosted her niece directly. “For Heaven’s sake, child, do you know what today is?”

Anne made a great show of looking about her. “Forgive me, Aunt Susan, but I do not see any children in the room – nor calendars, either.”

“Insolent girl!” Lady Susan crossed her arms and glared at Anne, who maintained a cheerful expression. “Do not smirk at me, young lady!”

“I do not smirk, Aunt.”

“You must think it very amusing, sacking your companion and threatening to burn pianos, but your mother has not been remiss in putting it about that you are mad. You hardly do yourself any favors, consulting with an upholsterer at the hour of your mother’s funeral! It is most unseemly! What were you thinking?”

Anne waved her hand dismissively at the garish décor she had long despised. “I was thinking perhaps a bright, warm blue with hints of lilac and pale yellow – something that suggests spring, renewal. All this red and gold everywhere is most unseemly, and I shall be glad to be rid of it.”

#9 – Colonel Fitzwilliam finds a kindred spirit in Mr. Bennet….

“You see, Lizzy,” her father teased her. “Your mother would be extremely vexed to learn that we dined with an earl and countess without her, and therefore I am greatly looking forward to it.”

Colonel Fitzwilliam broke into a wide smile. “There, now, Miss Elizabeth, I will not be deprived of such charming dinner company, at a time when it would be such a great comfort.” He placed a hand on his heart dramatically.

“Splendid, splendid,” Mr. Bennet chortled.

“And you may tell your wife, sir, that the viscount will also be in attendance.”

“She may require her smelling salts,” Mr. Bennet drawled.

#8 – Anne also comes to appreciate Mr. Bennet’s wry wit….

Suddenly, another notion struck Jane. “The countess asked about Longbourn – was the entail much talked of?”

Elizabeth rolled her eyes and smiled. “Oh yes – Papa informed the countess that Mr. Collins’ younger brother had gone on some missionary work in Timbuktu, and subsequently defected into a tribe of natives, therefore leaving you, his beloved eldest, as the undisputed heiress.”

“He did not say that!”

“He absolutely did. At least Mr. Darcy did not hear any of his nonsense, and have occasion to lower his opinion of our family even further. And in some ways, I think it tempered Anne’s proclivity to say shocking things herself – she and Papa are quite in league together.”

#7 – Colonel Fitzwilliam takes a jab at his mother, the Countess….

There was a lull in conversation after the second course was served, and Colonel Fitzwilliam seized the opportunity to address the entire table. “I have something I would like to say,” he began, turning to exchange a sly look with Anne. “I am very happy to say that I have spoken with Cousin Anne this afternoon, and she has agreed to put me – and many others, I think – out of our misery. She has decided….”

At the far end of the table, the Countess gave a premature whimper of delight. The colonel smiled at her, then turned and gave Elizabeth, or perhaps her sister, a quick wink. Finally, he looked back at Anne, and completed his speech by saying, “…to take a more active role in the running of the estate!”

Jane’s shaky breath was audible only to Elizabeth, for the countess’ reaction was much louder. “Richard, you wicked boy!”

“I thought you would be pleased, Mother – I am sure it is your advice that Anne has heeded.”

#6 – Mr. Collins’ appreciation for shelves in the closet transcends the grave….

While her sister was occupied, Elizabeth sought to pass the time in the library, and unwittingly stumbled upon Mr. Percy Fitzwilliam in some distress. The young cleric was seated near the windows at a table entirely covered in books and bits of paper, and he looked thoroughly perturbed. He hastily stood and bowed when she entered the room. “Good day, Miss Eliza – forgive me, I am quite at my wit’s end.”

Elizbeth hesitated, but her curiosity won out as she entered the room. “Whatever is the matter, sir?”

“I have but three days to prepare my first sermon for the parish – my first sermon ever, in fact. I had hoped to find some wisdom in all of Mr. Collins’ notes, but….”

“Oh dear.” Elizbeth approached the table and he gestured with frustration at the nearly illegible papers. The Bible was marked on in many places, though the passages that appeared to have been of particular interest to Mr. Collins were not likely to be of much edification for his parish.

“I cannot make sense of his methods,” Mr. Fitzwilliam sighed. “I started here, with some notes I found – at first it appeared to be a sermon half–written, which I might work from. It starts out strong, quoting Proverbs 31:10-31, and I thought it might be a fine thing for Anne that I extol upon the virtues of a godly and industrious woman. ‘She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness,’ and so on. But then, you see, what follows is… not entirely biblical. This note here in the margins, Ezekiel 43:17 – I looked up the passage and it is just about shelves.”

Elizabeth suppressed her laughter with little success, though she was heartily sorry for Mr. Fitzwilliam’s evident distress. “I wish I could help you, sir, but I am not at all familiar with my cousin’s… methods.”

#5 – Anne claps back at the Countess of Matlock….

After another unfortunate sneeze, the countess fixed Jane with a withering glare. “Miss Bennet, are you sure you are quite well? It was foolhardy enough to go chasing after the gentlemen, and in the rain, but to insist you are well when you are not is another kind of folly entirely, and I must remind you of the dire consequences should you think to conceal an illness for your own selfish purposes, and recklessly expose my family and your own sister.”

The colonel slipped his hand into Jane’s beneath the table, and Jane found herself too flustered to reply to Lady Susan; indeed, she could do nothing at all save for relishing the feel of his strong, warm hand around hers.

“Mother,” said he, “I appreciate your concern for dear Miss Bennet, but she is looking very well to me.”

Anne began to cough very loudly. “My goodness, I was not in the rain at all – I believe it grows drafty in here.”

Elizabeth looked up at Jane with eyes full of mirth, and she gave a little sneeze of her own. “Yes, I find I quite agree.”

Even Mr. Mason caught the scent of their mischief, and grinned as he looked back at Anne. “Achoo,” he deadpanned.

Anne chortled with laughter, and then stood and tossed aside her napkin. “The fireplace in the parlor beckons, I believe. A good blaze should be just the thing.”

#4 – I couldn’t resist….

Henry grinned at Anne as he addressed Charlotte. “Tell me, Mrs. Collins, did you not hear your friend’s manners toward Miss Bingley last evening? I must know, Anne; what is the manner of your disapproval of her?”

Every manner,” Anne giggled. “I find her far too self-important, and I have a violent aversion to every shade of orange.”

#3 – The time Anne spiked an entire dinner….

Before Anne could concoct any other superior schemes, Mr. Bingley had approached her with a knowing smile. “What an excellent dinner you ordered, Miss de Bourgh.”

“Thank you, sir – I hope I have not trespassed on your sister at all.”

“She appears far from offended at present,” he drawled. “Tell me, was everything soaked in alcohol?”

Anne laughed at having been found out, and swatted playfully at him, hoping she could charm her way out of any real trouble. “Not everything. The coq au vin and beef bourguignon, obviously, and I believe the roasted pheasant was glazed with brandy – the sherry trifle, of course….” She counted off on her fingers, wondering if she had missed anything.

“What can you mean by it? Everyone is quite in their cups!”

“In their plates,” she quipped.

Mr. Bingley chortled with laughter. “In their plates! But really, Miss de Bourgh, we may all come to some mischief. Surely there is excitement enough already.”

#2 – Inebriated Lizzy can still throw shade, too….

Darcy bit back a smile at Elizabeth’s delightful impertinence, and addressed Miss Bingley as calmly as he could. “Miss Elizabeth is unwell, and I have been urging her to retire early. She had an exerting walk about the grounds this morning, and I am sure she must need some rest.”

“Oh yes,” Miss Bingley said eagerly. “With Jane being ill so recently, perhaps Miss Eliza has caught some last remainder of the sickness. We must take every precaution, I am sure.”

Darcy stood and helped Elizabeth to her feet. “I shall walk you to your room,” he said. “Truly, you are not well, Miss Elizabeth.”

“I already told you that,” she whispered before turning to nod at Miss Bingley with perfect courtesy. “I expected no less than such exemplary compassion from you, Miss Bingley. Indeed, I was quite sure you would be willing to part with me early, for the sake of my own well-being – so entirely gracious….”

Darcy took Elizabeth by the arm and hastened her from the room at once.

#1 – Anne speaks her mind, and Darcy hurts his own feelings….

Anne groaned and stomped her feet, turning her back so that Darcy might not see her displeasure. She found herself wishing Elizabeth were there, with her wide eyes and soothing words of assurance. “Damn and blast, Darcy,” she sighed. “I am frightened and angry, and I do not wish to explain myself to anyone else.”

Darcy’s stern demeanor softened. “I do not mean to suggest that you have not the right to some sadness, but you must act with consistency and decorum. You cannot claim to be so stricken with grief that you cannot fulfill your responsibilities, and then crow over your delight, your determination to indulge yourself, regardless of the feelings of others.”

“The feelings of others?” Anne shook her head, hugging herself nervously. “It seems as though that is all that matters to you. What of my thoughts and wishes? The Fitzwilliams are here to manipulate me for their own purposes – I absolutely mean to indulge my own feelings, not theirs.”

“They want what is best for you, we all do. You are of age now, Anne, and you cannot be forced into anything that you do not desire. But neither can you make your own feelings known, in the right way, if you do not even come down to dinner.”

Anne looked at him thoughtfully, and then nodded her assent. “Very well, dinner. Tomorrow I will be there.”

“You will behave?”

She shrugged her shoulders. “I will try, so long as it does not interfere with making my sentiments known. By the by, we ought to go to the parsonage tomorrow, and pay a condolence call – I trust you heard about Mr. Collins?”

“I did. I was shocked, and very sorry for Mrs. Collins.”

“I sent the upholsterer to them, and I suppose I will need to ask Percy if he might assist with the funeral arrangements… I had – that is, the curate resigned abruptly.”

Darcy raised his eyebrows at her. “Yes, Richard told me.”

“Oh.”

“Percy has been made aware of the situation, and he will do his best to be of assistance, despite Richard’s frustration at how easily it might have been avoided. Percy can accompany us tomorrow, when we call at the parsonage. He will no doubt wish to speak with Mrs. Collins about parish matters, and her husband, of course.”

“Of course.”

“Richard also mentioned… I understand there was a particular disagreement….” He crossed his arms in front of his chest, radiating disapproval.

Anne sighed heavily, and turned away to pace along the windows that overlooked the garden. “Yes, I spoke candidly with him, with the best of intentions, but he did not appreciate the effort.”

“The best of intentions?”

“I will not marry him, Darcy,” Anne insisted. “Nor will I allow him to treat me like I am blind, backwards, and stupid. The ruse is over, finished. Now that I am mistress of Rosings, I think it is high time that everybody understands what I want, and accepts that I will have it – and nothing else.”

“Well, Anne, I sincerely hope that what you want so badly is help with running this estate, because that is what you need, and a lot of it,” Darcy burst with great energy. “Do not be so quick to flaunt your new independence in the face of those who would help you.”

“Is that it, then? Assistance is conditional on an engagement? Tell me I am wrong.”

Darcy flinched, and fell silent. “The countess is stubborn, but she cannot force you. Perhaps if you did not protest so vehemently, it would go easier for you.”

“Protest so vehemently? I have not yet begun to fight you on this, Cousin Darcy! I will not be bullied any longer.” Anne reached for a vase and hurled it across the room.

Darcy glowered at her, his appearance terribly imposingly, and she actually trembled as he approached her. He picked up another vase, plucked the flowers out, tossing them forcefully aside, and thrust the empty vase at her. Without breaking eye contact, Anne tossed this one, too. She reached toward the mantle, grasping for some other breakable object, and threw it as hard as she could, and then he handed her another one. She lifted her arm to throw it, but then hesitated, and put it back in its place. “Well, I feel silly now. I am sorry, Cousin – and please know, I mean that very sincerely, for I fully intend never to say I am sorry for anything I do not truly regret, as much as I have been made these last five years to apologize for things that did not merit it.”

“I can understand the sentiment, being pressed to apologize for a circumstance that you do not regret can be a bitter pill to swallow – one’s instinct is to resist. But you must endeavor to amend your behavior before any more damage is done. Your mother hurt you, but you can be the better person. I think it is what you truly wish, though you have not the clarity to see it.”

Anne felt her temper deflate at her cousin’s gentle advice, as if the anger was flushed from her entirely. “There is truth in that, I think.”

Darcy looked suddenly distressed, though Anne was trying to make amends. “I beg your pardon,” said he. “Have you ever given voice to some sudden thought, and in doing so, wounded your own sensibilities?”

“I cannot say that I have,” Anne stammered, astonished to see Darcy so perturbed now, more so than he had been even at the height of their argument.

He shook his head, as if to dislodge whatever thought had troubled him. “Forgive me. I am grown tired from my journey, and I ought to retire.”

Anne called out to him as he stalked wearily from the room. “Shall we walk to the parsonage at, say, eleven o’clock?”

“Yes – yes,” Darcy said with a strange groan.

Anne shook her head, bewildered that she had discomposed her stoic cousin, but mused that he was certainly right about one thing – she might accomplish a great deal more by attending a family dinner or two.

Strong Objections to the Lady is available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited now, as well as in paperback format.

There is an e-book giveaway you can enter by clicking here .

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Thaw – Guest Post & Giveaway

Good Afternoon everyone,

I am very happy to host a new author at From Pemberley to Milton today, her name is Anniina Sjöblom and she is here today to share an excerpt of her debut novel Thaw.

Approaching a forced marriage scenario, Thaw is definitely on my TBR list and I loved the excerpt Anniina Sjöblom brought us here today. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did and you share your opinion about it with us 🙂 Also, if you’ve already read this book, please do share your thoughts, I would love to know more about it.

I would only like to wish Anniina Sjöblom all the best with this new release, and hope this is only the first of many visits to From Pemberley to Milton 🙂

 


 

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Thank you, Rita, for inviting me to post an excerpt from Thaw at From Pemberley to Milton as a part of the blog tour! The following is a letter Elizabeth writes to her Aunt Gardiner early on in the story, when everything is still well and she has no idea that only a month later, she will be standing at the altar with the rather discourteous man she has encountered in Netherfield’s library.

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Netherfield, November 15, 1811

My dearest Aunt,

I am writing to you from the confines of one of the guest bedrooms in Netherfield. Jane has fallen ill during a visit to Miss Bingley and her sister, and we are under orders from the apothecary not to move her until she is feeling better. Do not be alarmed—it is a rather violent cold, but Mr Jones has assured us that there is no great cause for worry.

I arrived here two days ago after Jane sent us a note explaining that she was unwell. I found her weak and feverish, but quite well cared for. Mr Bingley’s sisters are remarkably adept at forgetting all about her when they are not in her immediate presence but, when they do attend to her, they do so with at least the appearance of affection and solicitude. The only thing the sisters lack in their efforts is sincerity; thankfully, their brother has an ample supply of it to make up for this deficiency.

The more I see of Mr Bingley, the better I like him. His might not be the most intricate of characters, but there is something quite beguiling about the transparent manner in which he expresses himself. When he says that he is full of concern for Jane’s wellbeing, there can be no doubt of his meaning exactly what he says. In his eagerness to please her, he encouraged me to choose any book from his library to read aloud to Jane during her waking hours. You know well my fondness for spying on other people’s libraries, so you can imagine how pleased I was with the prospect!

I admit, however, that my enthusiasm was dampened somewhat as I entered the library. Not because the collection of books was quite meagre—which it was (but Mr Bingley is such an amiable man that I find it difficult to hold against him the fact that he is clearly not a great reader)—rather, it was because his odious friend Mr Darcy had chosen that exact same moment to occupy the library. He barely noted my arrival, so I determined to ignore him to the best of my ability. Oh, Aunt. It has only been a short acquaintance, but I cannot tell you how much I detest the man!

While he did not say a word, I could easily detect that he was staring at me whenever he thought I would not notice. It has been his exasperating habit of late to hover about, staring at me with a satirical eye but not uttering a word if he can help it. I do not understand what he means by it. He has already declared me tolerable—surely there is no need to always be investigating the matter for further proof of my faults!

My vanity told me to choose the most serious, tedious tome available to assure that I would offer him no further cause for reproof to add to my undoubtedly long list of deficiencies. But, as I am sure you can guess, my impertinence led me in another direction entirely. With some pride, I confess that I chose the most shocking novel I could find (from Miss Bingley’s personal collection, I have no doubt!) and, as innocently as I could muster, asked whether he had perchance read it. Oh, how I wish that you could have seen his reaction! His eyes widened in shock at my presumption, and the corners of his mouth turned down in such contempt that I found it very, very hard not to laugh. I must say, I have never heard anyone say ‘Most certainly not’ with such a great emphasis!

Of course, the episode cannot but make me sink further in his estimation. But I do not much care—let him despise me to bide his time in the country!

I shall close now, for Jane has awakened and requires my attention. I much expect to entice a smile out of her with a description of my encounter in the library.

We both send all our love and impatient wishes of seeing you, Uncle, and the children. I shall write to you again in a few days to let you know how Jane’s condition has improved.

Yours in affection,

E.B.


 

It is a truth universally acknowledged that one false step can involve a lady in endless ruin. On a rainy November day in 1811, Miss Elizabeth Bennet finds herself wondering why no one ever bothered to tell her about this.

A few blithe steps on a morning walk, taken after a succession of rain, lead to unexpected events that irrevocably change the course of Elizabeth’s life, placing her fate in the hands of the haughty and conceited Mr. Darcy – the last man in the world she had ever thought to marry.

As long winter days slowly pass, she writes letters to her loved ones, trying to come to terms with her new role as a wife and the Mistress of Pemberley. But can she ever learn to love her husband? Will he overcome his arrogant notions of rank and circumstance?

And most importantly – will the shades of Pemberley ever recover from being thus polluted?

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You can find Thaw at:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk


Anniina Sjöblom lives in the beautiful but cold Finland and works in university administration. She has an MA in History and enjoys a long-standing love affair with the works of Jane Austen.

Her previous works include titles such as Thirteen Days, Fix You and When He Comes Back, published in various online Austenesque forums under the pen name boogima. The new novella Thaw, expanded from the original version of the story first published online in 2011, is her first commercially published work.

When not writing, Anniina spends her time hanging out with friends, binge-watching TV dramas and re-reading her favourite books while the stack of new ones still waiting to be read piles higher on her nightstand. She can ride a unicycle, and once, after losing an unfortunate bet, ate a bowl of ice cream with green dish soap as dressing. She does not recommend attempting it to anyone.


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There are only 3 days left in the blog tour of Thaw but you can still go back and read the other posts. Here is the schedule if you are interested :

 


 

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Quills & Quartos Publishing is giving away one ebook of THAW per blog tour stop. All you need to do to enter the giveaway is comment on this blog post, and Quills & Quartos will randomly choose winners for the entire blog tour on January 22. So, make sure you join in the conversation!

Good Luck everyone!

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Find Wonder in All Things by Karen M Cox & Giveaway

Find Wonder in All Things is a beautifully written modernization of Persuasion that will appeal to readers who enjoy a tender story with a small town feeling to it.

I’ve always been afraid to read modernizations of Persuasion because I believe it is incredibly difficult to bring this story to modern times in a realistic manner, however, Karen M Cox excelled at this, and Laurel and James’ story fit perfectly in the 90’s. The secondary characters, along with the plot and the reasons for their separation, were well thought of and the story was crafted carefully so everything is perfectly plausible.

The book has a feeling of southern small town that captivated me from the first pages and, unlike Persuasion, it depicts the characters stories during their youth, which was necessary for the reader to understand them better and feel connected to them.

I have always been team Wentworth, and I’ve always considered him to be superior to Anne, however in Find Wonder in All Things my feelings are reversed. I believe James was too impulsive and Laurel was the one with the good sense, revealing a maturity that was not easily found in someone so young. I have also enjoyed their older versions, but once more Laurel was my favourite. I did like James, who was an attractive man, but I was expecting him to be more resentful and cold. He was actually a nice guy, and I think most readers who are not so fond of Persuasion because they dislike Wentworth, will love this trait in James Marshal.

One of my favourite parts of the book was the modernization of the letter scene, which was incredibly romantic and swoon worthy. Never have I seen music enter a story so well as it did in Find Wonder in All Things, and this particular act made me love James Marshall, who was the epitome of a romantic hero. The scene that followed it was equally perfect, and once more I was reminded of why I prefer Laurel to Anne, she is kind and with a sweet temper, but she always has a backbone when it comes to James, not refraining from telling him what he needs to hear.

The clear connection to both nature and arts were two aspects that made me enjoy this book even more and that made me feel engrossed with it. The descriptions made by Karen M Cox made me feel I was at the cabin in the mountains with the characters, or at the lake looking at the stars, and the music created a warm feeling that was very pleasing.

Find Wonder in All Things is a book that should not be missed by any Janeite as it brings an original and interesting take on Persuasion while keeping it in line with characters, and just as romantic as the original. I highly recommend it.

You can find Find Wonder in All Things at:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk


The blog tour is just beginning; please do not forget to follow it 🙂

Jan. 4 – Karen M Cox

Jan. 7 – So Little Time…

Jan. 9 – From Pemberley to Milton

Jan. 10 – Babblings of a Bookworm

Jan. 11 – My Love for Jane Austen

Jan. 12 – Austenesque Reviews

Jan. 13 – Delighted Reader

Jan. 17 – Margie’s Must Reads

Jan. 20 – From Pemberley to Milton

Feb. 3 – Diary of an Eccentric

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Karen M Cox is an award-winning author of five novels accented with history and romance, a novella, and several short stories.

Karen was born in Everett WA, the daughter of a United States Air Force Officer. She had a nomadic childhood, with stints in North Dakota, Tennessee, and New York State before settling in her family’s home state of Kentucky at age eleven. She lives in a quiet town with her husband and works as a pediatric speech pathologist.

If you would like periodic bits of authorly goodness delivered to your inbox, be sure to get Karen’s News and Muse Letter. Updates, sales, book recommendations, etc. are yours for the asking.

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It’s giveaway time! To celebrate the second edition of Find Wonder in All Things, Karen is giving away a signed copy of the book and some Jane Austen swag: fun notecards from The Quill Ink, What Would Jane Do? book of quotes, and Austen coffee mug (if US winner), or an ebook copy of the book and 25$ Amazon Gift Card (if International Winner 🙂

Each comment left on a Find Wonder in All Things blog tour post will serve as an entry.

Winner will be chosen by 11:59 pm EDT on 2.6.20 and announced on Karen’s website and social media (Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram).

Good Luck everyone!

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Speechless by Jessie Lewis

Speechless was the first book I’ve read from Jesse Lewis and when I finished it I wondered why I had never read her previous book, Mistaken. Speechless is one of the best books I’ve ever read. The characters are enchanting, the story gripping, and the writing style irresistible!

The story opens with Mr. Darcy seriously wounded and trapped at a country inn with no one but Elizabeth to take care of him. As the narrative progresses, we learn that he was injured while trying to help Elizabeth who had had a carriage accident on her way to London. He is immediately taken to the nearest inn but with the level of snow still very high, they are trapped with the inn owner and few other guests, leaving Darcy’s care to Elizabeth alone. Because Mr. Darcy got injured helping her, and she is the only one who knows him at the inn, she feels compelled to help Mr. Darcy and everyone assumes they are married, a fact that Elizabeth does not contradict to secure her reputation.

As you can imagine a big part of the story will occur on a very confined environment and that, in my opinion, the first ingredient for a magnificent story. I’m partial for this type of premise, and when the author is naturally talented, the book comes to live and transports me right into it. That’s what happened with Speechless and I could not stop reading it!

Because of his injuries, Mr. Darcy cannot speak and needs to either murmur or write what he intends to say, but that does not prevent these characters from having witty and wonderful dialogues, on the contrary. They are forced to spend a lot of time together “talking” and getting to know one another, and this closeness will not only be physical but also emotional as their deepest feelings are shared and discussed. Of course they will have misunderstandings, and arguments, but that is part of the appeal of the book. The characters are exactly as they should be and as Jane Austen described them. They are merely placed under different circumstances, a fact that I absolutely loved. I recognized these characters from Pride and Prejudice and loved them even more! Elizabeth is a strong, courageous, kind, compassioned and selfless character who sacrifices her own comfort to nurse Mr. Darcy, and he is as charming as ever, despite the limitations he is suffering. Once he leaves the inn, he has the chance to come forward as the commanding and honorable man we know him to be, and the way he defended Elizabeth from his family was heartwarming.

During the time they are trapped at the inn Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy develop an intimacy that is compelling and when they finally leave that place, their intimacy will be crucial for some of the most romantic scenes I’ve ever seen. The proposal is adorable, romantic and very different from anything you’ve ever read for sure. Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth will become as one and will transport the reader into a magical place.

I loved the dialogues, the characters, their attitudes, their speeches, and the cozy feeling throughout the entire story. Even after Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth leave the inn, the cozy feeling remains because even if they were amongst a dozen different people, the reader still feels only the two of them exist. It’s almost as if their love and understanding of one another blocks everyone else outside of their private world. They share a bond that few understand and even fewer will ever experience.

This is a very short book that readers can read over a weekend and I highly recommend it to those who seek a well written, romantic and absorbing story. It is a page turner book that can hardly be forgotten by those who read it, and that will warm everyone’s hearts. If you haven’t read it yet, you’re missing a pearl. There aren’t many books with this quality out there, so this is definitely a MUST read.

 

You can find Speechless at:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

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From Pemberley to Milton’s 2019 Favourite Books

Good Afternoon everyone,

A new year has just started and that means I get to publish one of my favourite posts, the one where I can share some stats of the books I read last year, and most importantly, where I can share with you my list of favourite books!

 

In 2019 I wanted to read 35 books and was able to surpass that objective by reading 42, which is not a high number, but it still leaves me proud. In 2020 I’m once again aiming at 35 because by now I can tell that’s very close to my limit. I love reading, but I also love going out, travelling, watching TV, creating manual postcards or bookmarks etc., so 35 seems about right for me and my lifestyle

This year my average of pages read per book was 241 with the shortest book read having 63 pages, and the longest 513. The longest book read was actually a re-read I did of A Heart for Milton, which I decided to read in Portuguese this year 🙂 This book was also the least popular of the 42 I read this year on Goodreads, and I believe that is only because it is the Portuguese version. A Heart For Milton is very popular and definitely a book I recommend to everyone who wants more of John Thornton and Margaret Hale.

Another curiosity is that I only read two books in Portuguese this year and they are both the least popular and the most popular on Goodreads. You may recognise the most popular as The Notebook from Nicholas Sparks, which I enjoyed but didn’t love as much as Message in a Bottle which made me weep for hours!

The highest rated book on Goodreads that I have read was Falling For Mr. Thornton which was the other North and South book I read this year. If you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend it!

 

The Goodreads stats this year was very peculiar because it showed books that were not the norm, but the exception.

I only read two books in Portuguese and two North and South books, and they are precisely the ones present in GR stats, so I decided to create a few charts of my own, to better understand my reading habits this year and how they influenced my favourite books.

It wasn’t much of a surprise to see that 50% of the books I read were variations because this is definitely my favourite sub-genre and it has been my trend since 2012, however, this year the percentage of other genres grew exponentially, reaching 26%. I believe this happened because of my need to read something different. I love JAFF, but after so many years reading so many JAFF books, I started to feel that something new was required. I love to read more then I love to read JAFF, so getting immerse in other type of stories this year felt really good. Modernizations came third on my breakdown per genre, and that is very curious because a few years ago I hated modernizations, however, the need for different things took me down this path 🙂

Obviously Pride & Prejudice is the novel I give preference to, 77% of the books I read this year were about P&P, but I also read a few related to Persuasion and Emma. Next year I’ll continue reading Persuasion books because that’s my second favourite novel, but I think I’ll stop reading Emma variations or sequels. I really dislike Emma… I tried, I really did, but it is my least favourite book from Austen.

North & South has a low percentage, but that is simply because there aren’t that many books out there, and I’ve read most of the ones that already exist, so writers, please, please write more!

E-books are still the format I read the most, but Audiobooks are growing and I do expect to change this chart in 2020. I want to listen to more audiobooks and read more paperbacks! E-books are easier to obtain and more practical to read when travelling, but I do love paperbacks, and in 2020 I want to have the pleasure of turning a page more often 🙂

 

After all these pie charts I believe it is time to let you know which were my favourite books this year. I’m only considering for this list the books I read in 2019, regardless of their publication date, which means some were published in previous years but only read this year.

As you saw previously, a big percentage of what I read in 2019 was not JAFF and for the first time I’m including in my list of favourite books some that are not austenesque. If they hadn’t been sooooo good I would not add them, but the trilogy I’m including was truly mind-blowing and it is only fair to include them in my favourites list.

You’ll notice I haven’t reviewed some of my favourites, but rest assured, the reviews will be coming during this month. Now without further ado, here is my list of 2019 favourite reads 🙂

 

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The Keeper: Mary Bennet’s Extraordinary Journey – Don Jacobson

Publication year – 2017

Number of Pages – 354

Sub genre – Secondary Character

What I loved about it –The plot, the complexity of the story and the time travel element. This is a series I am definitely be reading in 2020.

Review coming soon Amazon.com  Amazon.co.uk

Available in Kindle Unlimited – Yes

Available in Audible – Yes

 

 

Nefarious – Nicole Clarkston

Publication year – 2019

Number of Pages – 482

Sub Genre – Pride & Prejudice Variation

What I loved about it – The writing, the intensity of the character’s feelings and relationship, and the witty dialogues.

Review coming soon Amazon.com  Amazon.co.uk

Available in Kindle Unlimited – Yes

Available in Audible – Yes

 

 

The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen – Shannon Winslow

Publication year – 2014

Number of Pages – 266

Sub Genre – Persuasion Inspired

What I loved about it –The writting, the romance, the ability to engage the reader and the hope of an happy ending.

Review coming soon Amazon.com  Amazon.co.uk

Available in Kindle Unlimited – No

Available in Audible – Yes

 

 

The Journey Home to Pemberley – Joana Starnes

Publication year – 2019

Number of Pages – 339

Sub Genre – Pride & Prejudice Variations

What I loved about it – The writing, the intensity of feelings it generates in the reader and the journey ODC took to happiness…oh, and chapter 16 🙂

My review      Amazon.com    Amazon.co.uk

Available in Kindle Unlimited – Yes

Available in Audible – Yes

 

 

Falling for Mr. Thornton – Several authors

Publication year – 2019

Number of Pages – 396

Sub Genre – North & South Anthology

What I loved about it – Mr. Thornton; Mr. Thornton and Mr. Thornton… And the diversity that I found in the stories which makes this an incredible tribute to N&S.

My review      Amazon.com    Amazon.co.uk

Available in Kindle Unlimited – No

Available in Audible – Not Yet

 

 

Fitzwilliam Darcy, Poet- Jennifer Joy

 

Publication year – 2019

Number of Pages – 342

Sub Genre – Pride & Prejudice Variation

What I loved about it – Darcy’s character, the simplicity yet engaging story and the romance.

My review      Amazon.com    Amazon.co.uk

Available in Kindle Unlimited – Yes

Available in Audible – Not yet

 

 

Speechless – Jesse Lewis

Speechless – Jesse Lewis

Publication year – 2019

Number of Pages – 166

Sub Genre – Pride & Prejudice Variation

What I loved about it – Can I say I loved everything about it? The cozy feeling of the story, ODC’s relantionship and their dialogues stand out, but trully, everything about it!

Review coming soon Amazon.com Amazon.co.uk

Available in Kindle Unlimited – Yes

Available in Audible – Not yet

 

 

Stargate SG-1 – Hostile Ground – Sally Malcom & Laura Harper

Publication year – 2014

Number of Pages – 298

Sub Genre – Sci-Fi; Post Apocalyptical; Stargate Variation

What I loved about it –The surprisingly exciting plot, O’Neill’s character development, how in line the characters were with the original and the pace of the adventure.

 Amazon.com    Amazon.co.uk

Available in Kindle Unlimited – Yes

Available in Audible – No

 

 

Stargate SG-1 – Exile – Sally Malcom & Laura Harper

Publication year – 2015

Number of Pages – 310

Sub Genre – Sci-Fi; Post Apocalyptical; Stargate Variation

What I loved about it – The ability to surprise the reader, the mix of SG-1 and Atlantis world and O’Neill and Carter’s relationship! If you are a shipper this is the book for you!

Amazon.com    Amazon.co.uk

Not yet available in KU or Audible.

 

 

 

Stargate SG-1 – Exile – Sally Malcom & Laura Harper

Publication year – 2016

Number of Pages – 241

Sub Genre – Sci-Fi; Post Apocalyptical; Stargate Variation

What I loved about it –The conclusion of a perfect trilogy which I could not recommend enough! Apart from everything that made this book perfect, the Carter/O’Neill relationship was taken into a whole new level that I haven’t found in any other book! Seriously, this trilogy was PERFECT in every way!

Amazon.com    Amazon.co.uk

Not yet available in KU or Audible.

 

Do you share any favourites with me? Have you read all austenesque books that are on my list? If you haven’t, I really recommend them. I have only read 42 books this year, but those 7 are the ones that truly stand out.

What about the Stargate novels, are they your cup of tea? I imagine they will only interest a very small niche of readers, but they have many characteristics that make them perfect for me, and I don’t seem to get enough of them lately. The 3 I mentioned in this post will have to be re-reads in 2020 🙂

Can you tell me which were your favourite books in 2019? I would love to hear your opinion and maybe get a few suggestions of great books to read this year, especially if they are books published a while ago. I’m really trying to go back and read all the great ones I missed.

This list is a little different from my previous lists, but you can still check my favourites from previous years on the links below, and you’ll see that some authors always find their way into my top 10.

 

2015 From Pemberley to Milton’s Favourite books

2016 From Pemberley to Milton’s Favourite Books

2017 From Pemberley to Milton’s Favourite Books

2018 From Pemberley to Milton’s Favourite Books

Wishing you all a lovely 2020, full of books and reading hours 🙂


 

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