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The Happiest Couple in the World by Amy D’Orazio

the happiest couple in the world4.5 stars

When I heard about the premise of The Happiest Couple in the World, I could not wait to read it. This is a sequel of Pride & Prejudice in which Darcy and Elizabeth are having difficulties in conceiving an heir for Pemberley. After several years of marriage, the fact that they haven’t had a child is having an impact in their relationship, and we witness the couple going through a difficult time that only love can overcome.

I loved the premise because it centers on a very real subject we don’t always see approached in austenesque books. The norm is to focus on a standardized idea of happiness that society imposes upon us, and to have an epilogue telling us how many children the couple had, etc. That is obviously nice to read about, but it is not reality, it is a fairy tale that once more proliferates the idea that there is only one path to happiness which is equal for everyone. The Happiest Couple in the World also follows this pattern because the couple finds their HEA as would be expected in an austenesque book, but the author was very brave in approaching this subject and showing us that happiness is not always a given certainty that is acquired when people get married.

I love it when books are real, and when characters need to struggle with something to find happiness because only with that, they may evolve, so this book seemed absolutely perfect. I would have preferred for our couple to discover happiness in their lives without the extreme need to have children, it would have been nice to see them find happiness in their love alone before having babies, which I know they eventually had to have in an austenesque book. As it was, the idea that children were essential for them to be happy was propagated in the book, but I still found it satisfactory to read about their struggle and especially the way Darcy dealt with this issue.

I mainly enjoyed the fact that the characters in this book are three-dimensional and that they feel like they’re a part of our world. We were perfectly aware of their thoughts, concerns, and could tell they had strong beliefs. This makes it easier to connect with the characters, and consequently with the story in a manner that will make us read the book nonstop.

I also loved Darcy’s character in this novel. He was a true, honorable gentleman who never renounced his beliefs even when it appeared he had no choice. I loved the fact that he never gave up on Elizabeth and their love, and that he was willing to do everything in his power to make his wife happy, and therefore, bring back happiness into their marriage.

I also enjoyed seeing well known characters from Amy D’Orazio’s books in this story, Lord Saye is always the perfect addition to any book, and he brought humor to a tale that was in need of it to become lighter.

Summing up, The Happiest Couple in the World is a short novella that centers in a real problem for many people in the world, but instead of focusing on the problem, it focuses on the solution and the strategies the characters take to overcome their struggles and find happiness. It is a very endearing book that reveals a strong relationship and love between the main characters, and I am sure readers will love reading it. I recommend this book for those who love an HEA that is achieved through the development of three-dimensional characters.

 

You can find The Happiest Couple in the World at:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

and Kindle Unlimited


 

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An Affectionate Heart by Heather Moll

Affectionate Heart cover5 stars

An Affectionate Heart by Heather Moll is one of the most powerful austenesque books I’ve read.

In this story, Elizabeth and Lydia are the only Bennet daughters still unmarried after the death of their father, and despite the rumors circulating in Meryton, Elizabeth decides to show the mysterious Mr. Darcy and the young lady living with him some kindness. Her actions will trigger an interesting relationship between the 3 characters and allow a beautiful, yet heart wrenching story to develop.

The plot in this book deviates immensely from the original P&P storyline, and I have to admit that it was hard believing in some of the secondary characters attitudes. It didn’t make much sense for Elizabeth to be treated as a spinster when she was only 21, and it wasn’t plausible for Mary and Mr. Collins to treat Elizabeth so cruelly and in such a blunt manner in front of everyone, but the book is incredibly well written and engrossing since the initial pages, so I was able to forget about these details, and focus on the emotions that were being transmitted in the book’s pages. Once you suspend your disbelief in these details, An Affectionate Heart becomes an emotional and intense book filled with tension-built scenes that shake the reader to the core.

I loved the cozy setting of the book, and the proximity it brought to the characters. I loved the depth the author gave each main character, and the raw emotions that poured out of the book. I loved the pace and the fact that the characters were given time to grieve, recover, hope, and love. Nothing felt rushed, nor repetitive as the author took the time to explore the characters feelings in a believable manner. I loved the slow yet intense romance that Elizabeth and Darcy lived in this story. Their bond was unique and something other people (except the reader, of course) will never understand. The strenght of their connection in this book is what all austenesque books should aim to have. I loved Col. Fitzwilliam’s knowledgeable approach, and I loved Lydia and Mrs. Bennet’s kindness in the middle of a terrible situation. In fact, Lydia’s visit to Mr. Darcy was one of the most powerful scenes I’ve ever seen, and it literally made me cry. I don’t cry often with books, so this just proves the writer’s ability to transport me into the story and feel exactly what Darcy was feeling.

Even though I did have a quibble with how Elizabeth was treated, not because I don’t like to witness that, but because it was not very believable, this book left such a mark in me because of the intense feelings it created, that I have to give it 5 stars.

Some books are merely enjoyable and allow the reader to have a good time, but often get erased from our memory or mixed up with previous stories; other books are memorable, and you’ll remember them years after having read them. An Affectionate Heart falls into the second category.

Summing up, An Affectionate Heart is a powerful, intense, and well written book that is not easily forgotten. The reader is transported into the story and cannot help to feel the raw emotions that the characters are feeling. It has character development, depth, and it is a tale that approaches the many different shapes of love, grief, hope and respect. I highly recommend this book to all readers and consider it a must read for austenesque fans.

 

You can find An Affectionate Heart at:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

and Kindle Unlimited


 

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Bloomsbury Girls by Natalie Jenner

Bloomsbury Girls. Final Cover4 stars

Bloomsbury Books transports the reader to 1950 and shows him what life in London was like for a myriad of characters with different backgrounds, different nationalities, and different expectations towards life. It brings back Evie Stone, a sweet girl introduced in Natalie Jenner’s debut book, The Jane Austen Society, but it also presents us with other characters who work at the bookshop in Lamb’s Conduit Street, namely Vivien Lowry and Grace Perkins around whom the main story will be centered.

As we are introduced to the bookshops many rules, the narrative connects those rules to the stories of the various employees who share a love for literature despite their many differences. This was one of the aspects I enjoyed the most about this book. I mean, what’s not to love in a book about books and literature? The setting was perfect! I loved to witness the events that were organized at the bookshop, follow the participants discussions, and to have well known authors like Daphne du Maurier, Samuel Beckett and George Orwell present in the story in one way or the other.

I found the diversity of characters and especially the diversity of their lives, their position in society and expectations very interesting as it demonstrated that everybody is unique and has their own struggles to face, but I also found it difficult to connect with all these characters because the book was somewhat descriptive and we were introduced not only to many different characters, but also to many details about their lives, thoughts, feelings and even the people connected to them, which created a distance towards the characters, and was at times distracting to me.

Even though this is a women-centric novel, and Grace was the person who captivated me the most, there were a few male characters such as Alex or Lord Baskin that I truly enjoyed and would have liked to get to know better. They were essential to get the Bloomsbury Girls where they needed to be in, and I really liked their contribute to the tale.

As the story progressed, I started to get more interested to know if the Bloomsbury girls would indeed overcome their fears and achieve their goal. I liked the fact that these women found a way to support each other, and that their common goal was also liberating with regards to their own personal struggles. Each one of these characters had something they felt they needed to overcome to be happy with their life, so I enjoyed seeing that books were the answer to their desires.

Summing up, Bloomsbury Girls in an immersive novel that transports the reader to the post World War II London society where the reader will find stories of lost hope and disappointment, but also resilience, friendship, strength and success.

You can find Bloomsbury Girls at:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

and Audible


 

NEW author bio

Natalie Jenner is the author of the instant international bestseller The Jane Austen Society and Bloomsbury Girls. A Goodreads Choice Award runner-up for historical fiction and finalist for best debut novel, The Jane Austen Society was a USA Today and #1 national bestseller and has been sold for translation in twenty countries. Born in England and raised in Canada, Natalie has been a corporate lawyer, career coach and, most recently, an independent bookstore owner in Oakville, Ontario, where she lives with her family and two rescue dogs. Visit her website to learn more.

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The Barrister’s Bride by Suzan Lauder – Excerpt & Giveaway

Good Afternoon everyone,

I am very happy to welcome Suzan Lauder at From Pemberley to Milton today to close the blog tour of The Barrister’s Bride. Suzan decided to bring with her an exciting excerpt that depicts a scene I haven’t read in a long time and that made me want to read the book immediately! I’m kind of cursing my TBR right now because this story has apparently everything I enjoy, especially a rival to Mr. Darcy who appears to be none other than his older brother! But I will let you read it for yourself so you may understand my excitement about this excerpt

I would like to thank not only Suzan for visiting, but also Meryton Press and Janet Taylor for allowing me to spread the word about this story 🙂 Thank you all!


As the final stop on the blog tour for The Barrister’s Bride, I have a short, exclusive excerpt for the readers of “From Pemberley to Milton,” a favourite blog of mine since Rita is an excellent host. In this scene, Darcy is ruminating while he waits to speak to Elizabeth late on the night before they are to be wed. 

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With nerves on edge, Darcy tapped his fingers on the top of the grand pianoforte expecting a quiet thrumming. He startled when a far more majestic sound than anticipated echoed through the room, prompting him to flinch and stop without delay. The hour was far too late for the disruptive noise, which would penetrate into the bedchambers on this floor and those above it. To wear off his nervous energy, he spun and paced a small area between the instrument and the window a few times, swinging his arms in tandem. Perhaps this bit of exercise would settle the frenetic beating of his heart, which was certain to be causing a loudness in the corridors itself.

That organ had burst to life sometime in the past week and had insisted upon his notice this morning when Elizabeth took his hand and asked to take on the role of mistress by visiting tenants, proving she was invested in their marriage. Or perhaps his heart had succumbed when she showed compassion towards an intelligent farmer and his children, standing beside him as a partner before they were even married. He was not sure of the exact moment, but his passion for Elizabeth had bloomed into a strong sense of love by the time he closed the door to his bedchamber upon their return home from the excursion.

How could he have waited so long to know he loved her? When Darcy had recognised the sensation within him, he had reviewed her letters from when they were separated in July, and was shocked. How had he not fallen for her over several instances in the past? Every sentence upon the page now sparked tenderness within him—those words elicited even greater feelings due to the recent realisation of his attachment. He stopped pacing and sat in a chair near the window.

The friendship she had begun to forge with his family members in London and now at Pemberley caught his notice. She was nothing but magical in her ability to enchant them all and to make shy Georgiana befriend her. Even they were close to loving her as if they were family.

He loved Elizabeth Bennet, who was upon the morrow to become Mrs. Darcy. Except, tied into that situation was a problem—the promise had not been hers, and he could not know what she would have chosen had she been consulted. In truth, had she a choice in the matter, practical considerations would lead one to conclude that he would not be her selection. They had little knowledge of each other beyond that of casual acquaintances, and although they liked each other, he had not pursued her as a potential wife. The possibility existed that she had not considered him as a potential husband at any point either. No, his brother had been the catch.

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NEW book blurb

A pact that will change their lives forever…

Fitzwilliam Darcy is a successful young barrister with a bright future. His late uncle has guided his career, made him his heir, and even selected a bride for him—sight unseen—whom he’ll meet and marry upon her majority. Who could have predicted that making the acquaintance of Miss Elizabeth Bennet in Meryton would throw those careful plans into disarray?

Elizabeth Bennet doesn’t know what to make of “Fitz” Darcy, who intrigues and draws her notice like no other. Despite Fitzwilliam’s warnings, she allows Mr. George Darcy, Fitzwilliam’s older brother and master of Pemberley, to charm her. Little does she know that she, too, has been promised in marriage by her late father—to an unknown barrister, no less. What is she to do when her hopes to marry for love disappear in the blink of an eye?

Is George Darcy’s suit in earnest? Can this mysterious bridegroom of her father’s choosing become the husband of her dreams? With the danger of duels and deceit, what will come of the initial attraction between her and Fitzwilliam? Will she become the barrister’s bride?

Note: contains scenes with adult content.

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You can find The Barrister’s Bride at:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

and Kindle Unlimited


NEW author bio

A lover of Jane Austen, Regency period research and costuming, yoga, fitness, home renovation, design, sustainability, and independent travel, cat mom Suzan Lauder keeps busy even when she’s not writing novels based on Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, all of which are published by Meryton Press.

She and Mr. Suze and their rescue tabby split their time between a loft condo overlooking the Salish Sea and a 150-year-old Spanish colonial casita in Mexico. Suzan’s lively prose can be found on her Facebook author page, www.facebook.com/SuzanLauder; on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest as @SuzanLauder; and on her Meryton Press blog, road trips with the redhead www.suzanlauder.merytonpress.com.

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You can reach out Suzan Lauder through the following media:

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Meryton Press blog, road trips with the redhead.

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This is the last stop in the blog tour but you can still check the previous posts 🙂 

May   9 My Jane Austen Book Club

May 10  Babblings of a Bookworm

May 11 The Literary Assistant

May 12 My Vices and Weaknesses

May 13 Interests of a Jane Austen Girl

May 16 Austenesque Reviews

May 17 From Pemberley to Milton

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Meryton Press is giving away six eBooks of The Barrister’s Bride by Suzan Lauder. There is a swag giveaway by Author, Suzan Lauder, and it includes a personalized signed copy of the book, a Suzan Lauder reticule, an embroidered handkerchief, and a fan. Both giveaways are in this Rafflecopter link.        

Good luck everyone!

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Born to Be a Heroine by Christine Combe – Excerpt

Good Afternoon everyone,

I’m very happy to welcome back author Christine Combe to From Pemberley to Milton today. Ms Combe is celebrating the release of her newest book, Born to be a Heroine, in which characters from Pride & Prejudice will meet and befriend characters from Northanger Abbey! I always love the idea of mash ups, and this sounds like an intriguing one 😊

Ms Combe has brought an excerpt from Born to be a Heroine to share with you. I hope you like it! And if you do, there are more excerpts being shared in the other blog tour stops, so you can always read more 😊

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NEW excerpt

Greetings, fellow Austenians! I’m so excited to be visiting From Pemberley to Milton again. Today I’m here to brag about my newest release, Born to be a Heroine. Now, the title might bring to mind Northanger Abbey, but this is actually a Pride and Prejudice story with Northanger characters in it!

Blurb

Now that you have some idea what’s going on, here’s a sneaky-peek at chapter 2:

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“Lizzy, you made it!”

Elizabeth Bennet smiled and held out her hands to her dearest friend. “Now Charlotte, you know very well that Mamma would not pass up the chance to meet the mysterious Mr. Bingley and his friends.”

Charlotte Lucas laughed as she glanced to where Elizabeth’s mother now stood talking to her own. “How much do you want to wager that they are discussing the fortunes of the gentlemen at Netherfield?”

Elizabeth feigned shock and gasped dramatically. “Charlotte Lucas, I am surprised at you! Gambling is an unladylike activity—whatever would Lady Lucas say if she heard you?”

Charlotte snorted softly—also an unladylike thing to do—before she replied, “I have no doubt my mother would not only make a point of saying how extraordinarily fortunate I would be should I catch the eye of one of the single gentlemen, but also the unlikelihood of my actually being so fortunate because I am a plain old spinster next to the likes of Jane and Elizabeth Bennet.”

Jane Bennet, Elizabeth’s elder sister, stood nearby and turned at the sound of her name. “Oh, dear Charlotte—how I wish you would not disparage yourself so! You are as handsome as any of us and you know it.”

Charlotte smiled. “It is most kind of you to say so, Jane, but I am seven-and-twenty and have not had a single offer of marriage.”

Elizabeth frowned. “If only ‘wife and mother’ weren’t the only respectable occupations for a young woman of genteel birth,” she groused. “Then those of us with more intelligence than the average society debutante could be appreciated for more than our ability to bear children and host dinner parties.”

“Lizzy!” cried Jane. “How can you say such things?”

“Very easily, Jane,” Elizabeth rejoined. “I would much rather be recognized for who I am and what I can do to better my community than simply as Mrs. Edward Smith.”

Jane only shook her head in apparent dismay; Elizabeth grinned and returned her gaze to scanning the room for their younger sisters. Mary, who was next after Elizabeth, sat primly in a chair by the wall, while the two youngest girls—Catherine and Lydia—were already engaged in dancing, each one paired with a young officer from the militia that had recently encamped in Meryton for the winter. 

Elizabeth suppressed a sigh. Ever since the militia had come to town, there had been nothing but red coats and officers in her sisters’ heads. Kitty and Lydia were wild about them, always running off to talk to one or the other of the militia anytime they went into Meryton. And their mother! Rather than curb such inappropriate behavior, she encouraged it!

She was just considering going to have a word with Lydia about her forwardness when the atmosphere in the ballroom changed perceptibly. Conversation all but stopped entirely, leading even Elizabeth to turn her head in the direction much of the crowd was now looking.

A large party had just entered, and she knew instantly they must be the new residents of Netherfield, for she had seen none of them before. There were an equal number of men and ladies—four of each—though one of the latter was a matronly lady dressed in a dark lavender gown trimmed with black lace that hinted of her being still in mourning.

Leaning close to Charlotte, whose father was now approaching the group with a wide, welcoming smile, Elizabeth asked in a low voice, “Your father was to meet Mr. Bingley this morning, was he not Charlotte?”

Her friend nodded. “He did, yes—and returned with a very thorough report.”

“Can you tell us who they are?” asked Jane.

“If I have Papa’s descriptions correct, I believe the young one at the front with the older lady on his arm to be Mr. Bingley, and the lady must be his great aunt, a Mrs. Allen—who I understand lost her husband very unexpectedly earlier this year.” 

Elizabeth nodded, having guessed as much. “And the others?” she queried. 

“The tall fellow should be Mr. Bingley’s friend, Mr. Darcy. Beside him are Mr. Morland and his sister Miss Morland, whose family are very close friends of Mrs. Allen; in fact, their father is the vicar at Fullerton, where they are from. Next is Miss Bingley, Mr. Bingley’s younger sister, and Mr. and Mrs. Hurst, who are Mr. Bingley’s brother-in-law and elder sister.”

Mrs. Bennet was bustling over then, and almost pushed her way between Charlotte and Elizabeth as she said to them, “Girls, girls! You’ll not believe what Lady Lucas has just told me. That tall gentleman has a greater fortune than Mr. Bingley—ten thousand a year!

Embarrassment flooded through Elizabeth—not only was her mother gossiping about Mr. Darcy’s fortune, but she was “whispering” quite loud enough for the whole of the Bingley party to hear. 

“Now, here is what the two of you must do,” her mother was saying. “Jane, as the eldest—and the most beautiful girl in the county—you must do everything you can to secure Mr. Darcy, for he has twice the fortune of his friend and a grand estate in Derbyshire. And you, Elizabeth, ought set your cap at Mr. Bingley.”

“Mamma, please,” said Elizabeth, trying to keep the exasperation out of her voice. “You know very well I’ve no interest in matrimony at present.” 

It was a statement that could turn into an argument—and had, several times. And though she knew the risk of bringing it up in the midst of a crowd of people, Elizabeth could not help herself reminding her mother she just wasn’t ready to be married.

“Oh, Lizzy, don’t be ridiculous,” admonished her mother. “You just haven’t met the right young man, but you will have once Mr. Bingley is introduced to us.”

“Which I believe he will be, presently,” spoke up Charlotte. “Papa is even now leading the gentleman this way.”

She was right—Sir William Lucas, smiling widely as he perpetually did, was escorting Mr. Bingley and the lady Charlotte believe to be his aunt over to them. They were followed by the two believed to be Mr. and Miss Morland. 

“Mrs. Bennet, how do you do this evening?” asked Sir William.

“Oh, very well, Sir William, very well indeed!” replied Mrs. Bennet with a flutter of her fan. “And you, sir?”

“Oh, I am quite well, as you can see,” the gentleman replied. “Now, I beg your pardon for interrupting, but our newest neighbor has asked for an introduction to your family. May I present Mr. Bingley of Netherfield, his aunt Mrs. Allen, and their friends Mr. and Miss Morland.”

Each person bowed or curtsied as they were introduced. “We are very pleased to meet you, Mr. Bingley,” said Mrs. Bennet. “All of you are most welcome to the neighborhood. Might I introduce my daughters to you?”

Bingley blinked, and Elizabeth was forced to temper the brilliance of her smile, for his eyes had fallen on Jane the moment the party walked up, and had not moved from her sister’s face. 

“Of course, ma’am,” he managed. “Please do.”

In moments, Mrs. Bennet had introduced her and Jane, and pointed out their younger three sisters. 

“Five daughters in one family!” cried Mrs. Allen. “I could scarcely imagine it, were I not so intimately acquainted with my dear friends the Morlands.”

Elizabeth looked to the Morlands and asked, “Is yours a large family then, Mr. Morland?”

He looked to his sister and the two shared a smile. “I should say, Miss Elizabeth. Catherine and I are two of ten children—I was born first and she fourth.”

Mrs. Bennet’s fan fluttered faster. “Good heavens. Ten children? I wonder your mother had the constitution, for I barely survived five!”

She leaned closer, peering at them with narrowed eyes. “How old are you, sir?”

Mr. Morland grinned. “I shall be two-and-twenty in December, ma’am.”

“And I turned eighteen only yesterday,” added Miss Morland. “Our youngest brother is four years.”

Elizabeth laughed. “Well, a belated happy birthday to you, Miss Morland. I am sure yours is a fine family, when you have heads and arms and legs enough for the number.”

“Oh indeed!” cried Miss Morland. “I very much love all my brothers and sisters, though I must admit that at times they do try my patience—especially the younger girls.”

Here Elizabeth shared a knowing look with Jane. “In that, Miss Morland, Jane and I can very much empathize.”

“Miss Bennet!” said Mr. Bingley, perhaps louder than he intended, as his cheeks grew rosy. “May I have the pleasure of the next dance? That is, if you are not already engaged.”

Jane’s smile was warm as she replied, “I am not engaged, sir.”

“Excellent!” said Bingley with enthusiasm. He turned to the young man next to him and said, “Morland, are you going to dance?”

Mr. Morland blinked. “Um, I should be delighted, as soon as I have myself a partner. Miss Elizabeth, are you engaged for the next dance?”

Elizabeth was delighted to be asked, for she’d been longing to dance and there never seemed to be enough partners—Meryton’s monthly assemblies always drew more young ladies than young men. 

“I am not, sir. Thank you, Mr. Morland,” she replied. 

“I want to dance, too!” cried his sister. “But I’ve not been introduced to any young men yet—perhaps I’ll go and talk Mr. Darcy into dancing.”

Bingley laughed. “I wish you luck, Miss Morland, for you shall need it. I’m afraid my friend Darcy doesn’t dance unless he is already intimately acquainted with his partner.”

Elizabeth was amused by the other young lady’s wide grin. “I accept your challenge, Mr. Bingley,” said Miss Morland, before she twirled away and headed over to where Mr. Darcy stood in brooding silence next to Mr. Bingley’s sisters.

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Oh boy! Do you think Catherine will succeed and convince Darcy to dance? Check out the next stop o the tour to find out — or better yet, pick up a copy of theook to read  the whole story! Born to be a Heroine is available in eBook, paperback, and hardcover at Amazon!

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NEW author bio

Christine, like many a JAFF author before her, is a long-time admirer of Jane Austen’s work, and she hopes that her alternate versions are as enjoyable as the originals. She has plans to one day visit England and take a tour of all the grand country estates which have featured in film adaptations, and often dreams of owning one. Christine lives in Ohio and is already at work on her next book. 

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When Charlotte Became Romantic by Victoria Kincaid – Review & Giveaway

when charlotte became romantic4.5 stars

Charlotte Lucas is known for not having romantic pretensions, but why is that? Is it really in her personality to be a practical person, or did something happen in her past to make her this way? And if that is the case, is she really devoid of romantic ideals, or is she just trying to convince herself?

In When Charlotte Became Romantic the reader will learn about events that took place in 1810 in Bath intertwined with the events that occur in Pride and Prejudice in 1813 after Mr. Collins’ proposal to Carlotte Lucas. As the story progresses, we come to understand why Charlotte considers herself as someone practical and not inclined towards romance, but we also understand she wasn’t always like that.

Charlotte Lucas is one of my favorite secondary characters in Pride and Prejudice because I believe she has the potential for many different stories, and Victoria Kincaid did a beautiful job developing this Charlotte and giving her a more romantic nature.

As a reader I could easily connect with Charlotte Lucas and I personally loved the fact that the heroine is 27 years old in this novel. As I grow older it becomes a little harder to enjoy stories where the heroine is only 20 or 21. I find the maturity necessary for some of the stories more believable in someone who is a little older. Also, this gives characters more luggage and the additional life experiences make them more interesting and challenging as characters. This is exactly what Victoria Kincaid did with Charlotte Lucas, she created an unknown past tale for this character, and gave her more depth through it.

The male hero in the book is James Sinclar who was an original character I absolutely loved. I enjoyed his profession, the way he sees the world, the way he treats people and his honesty. In fact, one of my favorite parts of the book was a conversation he had with Mr. Collins where he pretty much told him what everyone would like to at some point.

Sir William and Lady Lucas are not the sweet parents we usually see in other variations, and their coldness towards their daughter took some time to get used to, but it was the perfect driver to make the story move forward, so it didn’t bother me much.

This book is not long, and it is very fast paced as Victoria Kincaid focuses on what is relevant for the story without the need to add unnecessary scenes or dialogues. She gives the reader many romantic and passionate moments between James and Charlote, which was something I found very satisfying.

I loved the small appearances Elizabeth Bennet made in this book and the connection between Mr. Sinclair and Mr. Darcy. In fact, I would truly love to read a sequel to this book where the Sinclair’s would play matchmakers in their first easter as a couple.

Summing up, When Charlotte Became Romantic is an absorbing and fast paced romance with the perfect length for readers who enjoy getting to know other characters apart from Darcy and Elizabeth. It is very romantic, and I highly recommend it to readers looking for a balanced quality romance.

You can find When Charlotte Became Romantic at:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

on Kindle Unlimited


NEW giveaaway time

Victoria Kincaid would like to offer an ebook copy of When Charlotte Became Romantic to one of my readers. The giveaway si international and open until the 14th of May. To apply to it, all you have to do is leave a comment in this post. Let us know if you’re team Charlotte, of if you’d like to read any other secondary character novels from Victoria Kincaid. Did you know she also released When Mary Met the Colonel (one of my all time secondary character favorites) and When Jane Got Angry?

Good Luck Everyone!


 

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Books on sale

Hello everyone, 

I didn’t notice many books on sale this week so this isn’t the typical Books on Sale post, but it has come to my attention that Jadie Brooks books, which are currently at 1,99$, will go up to a regular price on the 13th of may, so I though it would be helpfull to let you know before the prices go up, in case you’re interested in getting them. Also, I spotted a freebie 🙂

As always, if you’re aware of any book on sale, please feel free to share with the rest of us 🙂

 

 

Book Blurb: 

An unexpected encounter between Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth is the beginning of a deeper relationship between the two. It also causes Mr. Darcy to re-examine many of his lifelong beliefs about friend and foe alike. With Elizabeth’s encouragement, Mr. Darcy discovers that much of what he thought was true in the past was a web of deceit. How will he react to this knowledge as it is unveiled? Will he be able to right the wrongs he caused in believing the lies? Will what he uncovers damage the blossoming romance between him and Miss Elizabeth?
This story contains a non graphic scene of attempted sexual violence.

Currently at 1,99$ on Amazon.

 

Book Blurb: 

This story asks several questions. What if Mr. Darcy came into Meryton with the idea of seeking a wife and was first attracted to Jane Bennet? What if Jane Bennet was not a sweet, kind young woman everyone thought she was? How would things play out for Darcy and Elizabeth when he found out his error after he was engaged to Jane?

Currently at 1,99$ on Amazon

 

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William Collins, rector of Hunsford parish, was well-known for his obsequious manner and famous for his servile deference to his betters in social standing. However, he possessed one hidden, secret talent. He could smell trouble — literally

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This story is inspired by Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. The course of the relationship between Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy takes a sharp turn when Elizabeth is viciously attacked. Mr. Darcy comes to her rescue even though she is devastated and does not wish to be helped by anyone. This non-graphic tale follows the pair through the pain, anguish, and fear follows the beloved characters for Austen’s novel as Elizabeth heals and Mr. Darcy tries to come to grips with the consequences of the assault on Elizabeth. Some of the characters show themselves in a different light and help in the journey while others remain the same or worse to try to cause more trouble along the way.
This non-graphic tale follows the pair through the pain, anguish, and fear that follows the beloved characters of Austen’s novel as Elizabeth heals and Mr. Darcy tries to come to grips with the consequences of the assault on Elizabeth.
Some of the characters show themselves in a different light and help in the journey while others remain the same or worse to try to cause more trouble along the way.

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Charlotte Lucas is considered plain and quite on the shelf, but she is clever and practical. Understanding her own situation better than most, she is ready to face an unmarried life. However things change when at the Meryton assembly in April of 1811, she meets the newest members of their society, who includes Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam.

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Can Darcy and Elizabeth set aside their prejudices long enough to avoid the hangman’s noose?
Elizabeth Bennet values goodness and charm — both qualities Mr. Darcy blatantly lacks.
Fitzwilliam Darcy values wit and strong opinions — qualities with which Miss Elizabeth is generously armed.
A refused proposal turns into a battle of wills when Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth are forced to endure each other’s company at the beautiful estate of Rosings. When an unlikely enemy reveals herself — and ends up dead — fingers are eager to point at Elizabeth. With the residents of Rosings conspiring against her, will Elizabeth’s clever mind secure her freedom? Or will her prejudice against Mr. Darcy poison her against her greatest ally?
As suspicions rise and the evidence mounts, Elizabeth learns the value of a loyal friend and the forgiveness of love … but will it be too late?
Darcy would sacrifice his good name, worldly possessions, and family’s expectations to save the woman he loves … if he can win her heart before he loses it all.
The Elizabeth Conspiracy is a standalone novel set in England’s captivating Regency era — when a gentleman’s manners were regarded as highly as a lady’s reputation and a happy marriage was the ultimate prize (although a fortune was never frowned upon).
If you like falling in love with Mr. Darcy and Miss Elizabeth as they fall for each other, then you’ll love this sweet romance-mystery variation of Jane Austen’s timeless classic, Pride and Prejudice.
Read The Elizabeth Conspiracy to satisfy your craving for a heartwarming, wholesome romance interwoven with a fast-paced mystery today!

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Margaret of Milton by Elaine Owen

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What if Mr. Hale died shortly after his wife and on his deathbed asked John Thornton to take care of Margaret? What if there was no one else to help her after her father’s dead, and marriage to Mr. Thornton was the only option? Can a marriage without love grow into one of the most epic love stories of all times?

Margaret of Milton is a beautiful and poignant story that I could not stop reading. It starts with the marriage of Margaret and John, and through several flashbacks we start to understand how that came to happen. The initial chapters of the book are full of intensity and grabbed my attention immediately, but the events that kept occurring and the development of the relationship between the newlyweds kept me glued to it until the last page.

I absolutely love stories where the couple is already in love with one another but unaware that their feelings are reciprocated, so this book was simply perfect for me as both Thornton and Margaret are clearly already in love with one another when they both believe to be entering into a marriage of convenience .

I loved to witness their relationship develop, and I loved how John handled his jealousy throughout the entire book! He proved to be a true gentleman who puts the happiness of his loved ones above his own. He was kind, patient, and passionate just as a true romantic hero should be. Margaret was also a very interesting character in this book and through the eyes of Mrs. Thornton we can see how Margaret’s strength of character allied with her compassion is perfect for someone with Mr. Thornton’s personality and station in life. Mrs. Thornton was also a nice surprise and I loved to see her help the couple reach an understanding instead of antagonizing their relationship.

Margaret of Milton is a beautiful and well written book that offers readers a love story built out of mutual respect, and which can overcome sorrow, misery, and jealousy. It is an emotional book where the main characters are there to support one another in their worst times, but where love, and little bit of luck, overcome everything. There wasn’t anything I disliked in this book, even if the ending was a little anticlimactic, and I highly recommend it to everyone who loves Ms. Gaskell’s North and South.

 

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Happy by Accident…or Not? by Michelle D’arcy

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What if prior to the Netherfield Ball Mr. Bingley is thrown off his horse and ends up being rescued by Elizabeth Bennet? What if she lets him know her true opinion about Mr. Darcy? Or what if Mr. Bingley decides to host the ball despite his injuries and invites a few more guests to it? Could these guests change the outcome of the story?

In Happy By Accident… or Not? the Netherfield party must remain in Hertfordshire due to Mr. Bingley’s injuries, and the part Elizabeth Bennet had in his rescue will change the dynamics of her relationship with Mr. Darcy. This is a small and simple novella that can be read very quickly but that has it all, and given the length of the book, I was amazed with how much the author was able to convey without ever rushing events.

I truly enjoyed the writing style of this book because it focuses on dialogues and shows the reader without telling him what is happening and what the characters are thinking or feeling. It goes straight to the point without unnecessary minutiae that would otherwise make it a lengthier but tedious book, and is able to accomplish everything in a lighter and interesting manner. Because of this appealing writing style, the book is also very fast paced and I was able to read it in one single sitting which is not very common for me.

Happy by Accident…or Not? is a low angst story, but it is capable of generating strong feelings in the reader because of its strong dialogues. I loved the interchanges between Darcy and Elizabeth and the complicity they developed with one another. I always love books where this couple is surrounded by other people, but are still able to share a look or a private joke between them without anyone realizing it, and that is precisely what happens in Happy by Accident…or Not?.

Another aspect I enjoyed in this book was the fact that it centers around Darcy and Elizabeth, even though other characters are present in the book, and namely Mr. Bingley and Mr. Bennet have interesting developments, I never felt their interventions where occupying too much page time. I love both main characters, but Darcy was my favorite in this novel. He was true to himself, but with the different circumstances he had to face, he was able to question his own opinions earlier in the story which means he was a charming, strong and irresistible gentleman during the entire novel. I also have to mention that I particularly liked to see the changes in Mr. Bennet and the way he handled issues after his first conversation with Darcy.

Even if in some situations the discourses were a little too blunt, I didn’t have any quibble with this book, and to be honest, the only issue I have with it is its title because I don’t believe it is as catchy as the book deserves. If this is the author’s debut book, I cannot wait to see what Michelle D’arcy will present us with next. I highly recommend Happy by Accident…or Not? to readers who like lighter romances and do not have time for lengthier stories.

 

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