Category Archives: 4.5 stars

The Immovable Mr. Tanner

I’m back to reading a novel from the The Meryton Mysteries series and this time Jennifer Joy’s pen is dwelling on an original character, Mr. Tanner. If you have read the first books in this series, you may remember that while Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy were solving mysteries in Meryton, new characters were introduced to us. One of the most important characters was Mr.Tanner who was now entitled to a story of his own. You can be assured that you will still see a lot of Elizabeth, Mr. Darcy and Georgiana in this book, but it is Mr. Tanner who will be at the center of the stage in this novel, and if you love Mr. Darcy, you will be enchanted by his older brother 🙂

In the 4th book of the series Jennifer Joy will focus on Mr. Tanner’s acceptance of who he is, where he stands in life and what role his family will have, but also on his relationship with  Arabella Annesley. This original character is just as proud and honorable as Mr. Darcy but he has some insecurities which make him more fragile and more lovable as a character. Behind his strong exterior lies a man who doubts his own worth and this particular feature made him more believable and lovable because even if Darcy is the perfect hero, Mr. Tanner brought more to this book as a character than Mr. Darcy usually brings. Mr. Tanner shows us that the circumstances of our birth do not define us and that we may become whom we want to be. It is our personality, our strength and our values that make us who we are, and Mr. Tanner is proof of that.

Tanner’s life journey, his strength, values and also his insecurities shape everything he does and even how he approaches love, making his romance with Arabella Annesley very touching. Plus their love story has a little angst, and I can’t resist to that 🙂

Of course this book will also have a mystery that needs to be solved, it is part of the Meryton mysteries series after all, but even this is closely related to these two characters and it also brings to light more information about Georgiana’s companion. We had seen Mrs. Annesley in the previous books, but on this one we will get to know her life story and I believe none of you would have guessed everything she went through! She is not a boring old widow, I tell you that!

Even if you prefer stories centered in Darcy and Elizabeth, I recommend this book because I’m sure you will soon forget about them and focus all your attention on Mr. Tanner and Mrs. Annesley, their love story is beautiful and these characters will drag you into the book. You will also enjoy seeing how Darcy and Elizabeth’s married life is. This book is both a  sequel and a secondary character novel, so I’m sure it will appeal to all readers.

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The Unforgettable Mr. Darcy Review & Giveaway

The Secrets of Darcy and Elizabeth is my favourite book from Victoria Kincaid and one of the reasons why I loved it so much was the setting. In it, she takes our dear couple into an adventure in France, so when I heard that The Unforgettable Mr. Darcy would also take place in Napoleon’s country I was very excited.

I don’t want to tell you much about the premise because I believe that not knowing increases the pleasure of reading the first chapters, but I can tell you that the shock of what will happen associated to an incredible writing, will make you stop breathing for a while and then cry as you share Mr. Darcy’s pain.

As all of Victoria Kincaid’s books, The Unforgettable Mr. Darcy is a true page turner that is easily read and enjoy, it has an adventurous but also very romantic plot that will grab your attention from he first page until the last.

This is a particularly difficult review for me to write because by not mentioning the storyline, I’m unable to give you many details as to why I loved the book, but I can assure you that the main characters are as lovable as all of Ms. Kincaid’s characters, particularly Mr. Darcy who is a true romantic hero. I loved the way Ms. Kincaid made him suffer, but also the happy moments she presented him with. His character is romantic and passionate and I loved that! Towards the end of the book we see him pronounce the most endearing words possible and again my heart ached for him. His speech and attitude towards the lady who will not have him is so moving and touching that I could not stop reading until he found his happiness. Some of the secondary characters also add to the story, namely someone from Darcy’s past who will make us see a different side of him.

The storyline advances very fast so there isn’t one single boring moment in the entire book, and even if sometimes the plot seemed to be a bit rushed, I enjoyed the pace of the novel.

As always Victoria Kincaid wrote a romantic light novel that will touch people’s hearts and I recommend it to readers looking for a fast paced romance full of adventure. You will not regret reading this book, or spending your time with this enchanting Mr. Darcy 🙂

 

You can find The Unforgettable Mr. Darcy at:

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His attention wandering, Darcy’s eye was caught by a bookcase opposite his chair. There were several volumes of poetry, plays of Shakespeare’s, and books about English history.  The doctor and his wife were well read.

The doctor’s eye followed Darcy’s.  “You read English?” he asked.  Only then did Darcy realize that every title on the bookshelf was in English.  He flinched.  I am a truly terrible spy.

Martin chuckled softly.  “Do not worry, my friend.  Many of us have studied English, even if it is not fashionable these days.”

Darcy covered his confusion with a sip of coffee.  What could he possibly say in response?  A simple laborer like Guillaume D’Arcy should not be able to read English.  Many men of that class would not read at all.  Richard would laugh at Darcy’s ineptitude.

“My mother was English,” he mumbled.  That was true enough.

“I say, do you speak English?” Martin’s eyes widened.

Nothing to do but continue the charade.  “Yes,” he admitted.

“I have a patient who speaks only English, and I cannot understand her.  I read English well, but my conversation leaves much to be desired.”

Darcy hesitated.  Revealing anything more about himself was dangerous, and he should return to Dreyfus’s house, but the doctor had been very hospitable.  Darcy could spare a few minutes to repay the man’s kindness.

“I would be glad to be of assistance.” Only belatedly did the request strike him as odd.  “How did you acquire a patient who speaks only English?”

“She is a bit of a mystery. She washed up on the beach some time ago, half drowned.  She has been quite ill, and we have been unable to communicate with her. We do not even have her name.”

Darcy froze.  Was it possible the doctor had found the Black Cobra?  No, surely the spy would be a native French speaker—and male. “She could not even tell you her name?” Perhaps the woman was touched in some way.

“When one of the fishermen found her on the beach, she had suffered a blow to the head and nearly drowned.  She wavered in and out of consciousness for many days; I feared for her life.  Then, just as she seemed to improve, she contracted a lung fever. Her moments of consciousness have been brief, and she does not seem to understand where she is.”

“Understandable,” Darcy murmured.  Poor woman.  Now Darcy wanted to lend assistance for her sake as well as the doctor’s.

“Indeed,” the doctor said.  “She is often feverish and incoherent.  But perhaps she will say enough that you may ascertain her identity.”

Darcy stood.  “Take me to her.”  He would not allow his mission to stand in the way of assisting someone so unfortunate.

The doctor led Darcy up the polished staircase and down a corridor to a room at the back of the house.  Mrs. Martin met them at the door.

“How does she fare?” the doctor asked.

His wife’s expression was grave. “Feverish again.  Sleeping or unconscious, I do not know which.”

Darcy felt a pang of regret.  If he could not speak with the woman, he could not be of much help to her.  “Perhaps I should return another time,” he said.

Martin considered.  “At least come into the room for a minute.  Sometimes she speaks in her delirium.”  He opened the door.

The room was dim, illuminated only by the sunshine peeking around the edges of the heavy curtains. Closed up as it was, the chamber was airless and quite warm.

On the bed, the woman lay very still, her hair a dark tangle over her face.  Even from a distance Darcy could discern that her complexion was not good—pale and waxy.  The covers were pulled up to her chin so that only her face was visible.

She moaned and shifted slightly as they entered, but her eyes remained closed.  “Come closer.” The doctor gestured to the bedside.  “Perhaps she will say something.”

Darcy joined the doctor reluctantly.  It was the height of impropriety to be in any woman’s bedchamber, particularly that of a stranger.  Of course, Darcy had no intention of taking advantage of the situation, and nobody need ever hear about it.

This close, Darcy could see that the woman was quite young; her skin was smooth and unmarked.

She moaned again, turning her head toward Darcy. A shaft of midday light struck her face, and he instinctively reached out to brush the hair from her cheek.

Darcy froze, unable to do anything but stare.

Briefly he catalogued what he could see of the woman.  Her hair was a jumble of dark brown curls, and her skin was slightly tanned under the pallor.  The nose…the sprinkling of freckles on her cheeks…was achingly familiar.  If she opened her eyes, he knew they would be a bright forest green.

Elizabeth was lying in the bed.

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What did you think of the this excerpt? This is one of my favorite scenes from this book because it is incredibly intense, and I could almost feel Darcy’s heartbeat in it. Also, this is a very marking scene because everything will change from this moment on, but I won’t say much more, I’m sure you will prefer to read everything yourself 🙂 Don’t forget, you can find The Unforgettable Mr. Darcy at:

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Victoria Kincaid would like to offer to one of my readers a copy of The Unforgettable Mr. Darcy in either ebook format or paperback (winner’s choice), and an audiobook of The Secrets of Darcy and Elizabeth, this way two of my readers may travel to France through her beautiful descriptions of the scenery. The giveaway is international and it is open until the 13th of September. To enter it please comment on this post and let us know what you think of this excerpt, or Ms Kincaid’s work.

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A Weekend With Mr. Darcy

A Weekend with Mr. Darcy is the first book of the Austen Addicts series first published in 201o but that I have only discovered last year. Sometimes I wonder how I have missed some books and this is clearly one of them.

It is a modern Austen inspired romance that will bring together several Janeites at a Jane Austen Conference in the English countryside, and it describes my perfect holidays (if we consider time travel is not yet possible).

Can you imagine a country manor full of Janeites attending the most diverse events dedicated to Jane Austen? Wouldn’t that be a dream? I absolutely loved the entire scenario this author created; the conference with all the events, the estate descriptions, the conversation the characters had, their discussions, etc. I felt I was in that manor with my fellow Janeites having the conversations we frequently have online, and part of me wished I could one day participate in an event such as the one Victoria Connelly created.

At this conference we are introduced to two main female characters, Katherine Roberts, a professor at Oxford University with whom I connected immediately and  Robyn Love a hopeless romantic trying to figure out who the perfect companion should be, her high school boyfriend Jace or Dan a dashing young man she meets at the conference.

In a Weekend with Mr. Darcy we are transported into a Jane Austen conference where not only we will relate to many of the discussions taking place but also accompany the romances of these two main characters.

I mentioned earlier that I related immediately with Katherine and she became a favourite of mine along with Warwick, her love interest. I liked their love story and their interactions even if I was a little a disappointed at him for taking so long to make the right thing. But I cannot say the same regarding Robyn. To be honest, this character bored me and I couldn’t like her. I didn’t dislike the character, I just could not like her. I think that one of the purposes of having two main characters in this story was precisely to be able to reach a broad audience and to capture the attention of everyone, and that worked out for me because even if I didn’t love Robyn I was always eager to read more about Katherine. While I didn’t love Robyn, I’m sure many readers will prefer her character to Katherine’s and will be more interested in her love story with Dan. This is particularly interesting, and it reminds me a little of the differences between Elizabeth and Jane. I prefer Katherine’s stronger character, but I’m sure other readers will related more to Robyn’s insecurities and dilemmas.

I really enjoyed this book and considered it a fun, light romance that will appeal to all Janeites.

My only quibble with A Weekend With Mr. Darcy is the fact that the author repeats the expression “she said” constantly throughout the book which distracted me from the story, and it is one of the reasons why I couldn’t give it 5 stars. Nonetheless I recommend this book to every Janeite, I’m sure you will all relate with it 🙂

You can find A Weekend with Mr. Darcy at:

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Modern Love Review & Giveaway

Modern Love is more than a romance between two complex characters, it is a novel that explores human insecurities and inner struggles of real people with what some may consider unconventional backgrounds and lifestyles, but is in fact a true portrayal of our society and the people in it.

While listening to the audiobook narrated by the talented Becca Martin I kept having a feeling of familiarity, as if I was speaking with my best friend. The writing style is fluid and modern and it was like a breath of fresh air. I am already used to Beau North’s compelling writing style but this story surprised me by being both profound and light at the same time. The author approached sensitive topics that could bring a darker side to the book, but she kept the story light, fresh and natural, a tone that Becca Martin captured perfectly in her narration, doing justice to the quality of Beau North’s writing.

The chapters in the book alternate between both characters’ perspectives and that kept the narrative appealing but also allowed us to better understand Alice and Will whom I really loved.

Alice is a modern girl recovering from a bad breakup and some addiction issues, she’s brave, strong, intelligent and even though I liked her and what she represents, my favourite character was Will, her love interest. Will is the epitome of perfection to me, intelligent, sexy, mysterious, caring and rich. Alice may bring more depth into the story, but Will captured my heart, and I think their love story will capture yours 🙂

I highly recommend Modern Love to mature audiences who are interested in a fresh and unique approach to love and life. In it you will find a real love story without embellishments that will take you into an adventurous roller coaster of emotions.

 

You can find Modern Love at:

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and an Audible.com


 

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Beau North is giving away 10 e-book copies of Modern Love, so if you haven’t read this beautiful story yet, now you have a chance to read it for free. To enter this giveaway please comment on this post until the 31st of July and let us know why you would like to read Modern Love.

The giveaway is international and winners will be chosen randomly and announced here at From Pemberley to Milton in the beginning of August.

Good luck everybody!

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Being Mrs. Bennet Review & Giveaway

Alexa Adams is an author who never ceases to surprise me with unexpected yet incredibly well achieved plots, and Being Mrs. Bennet showed me once more how creative and talented this author is.

I’m not sure how to categorise this book in terms of sub-genre, but in it you will find a fellow janeite, Alison Bateman, who has a regular 21st century life until she suddenly becomes one of the characters of her favourite novel, Pride and Prejudice.

Sounds familiar doesn’t it? But unlike most books or movies where this happens, she doesn’t become the heroine, she becomes none other than Mrs. Bennet!

Being Mrs. Bennet is the first book I’ve read where this type of plot is developed in a realistic and intelligent manner (if we consider this plot would be possible at all, of course). What I mean to say is that the know how of regency manners that Alison Bateman acquired while reading regency books her entire life doesn’t disappear when she becomes Mrs. Bennet, on the contrary, she doesn’t make a fool of herself because she knows how to behave, and discreetly learns the regency ways she is not yet familiar with. She doesn’t use modern language that could raise suspicions, she avoids activities that would reveal she is not the real Mrs. Bennet, like dancing at an Assembly, and the faux pas she makes, such as telling Lydia to wash her hands after dancing with someone who is sick, are perfectly understandable. This behaviour is exactly what I would expect from a fellow janeite, and not that horrible display we see Amanda Price doing in Lost in Austen, a story I hate precisely because I cannot believe someone so addicted to Austen’s work would make so many basic errors as that character does.

Alison Bateman, the main character in Being Mrs. Bennet, is a very likeable character who is intelligent and kind and with whom I believe most readers will relate. When faced with this new situation in her life, she does what every janeite would probably do, she tries to curb the unruly behavior of the youngest Bennet daughter and improve the attitudes of Kitty and Mary. What she doesn’t realise when she starts doing this with her motherly skills is what every JAFF author already knows, every small change in the characters or plot will have consequences on the romance of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth! When she realizes that her meddling may have consequences in that love story, she tries to do everything in her power to set things right, and that’s when everything starts leaving her control, however, unlike Lost in Austen, this character does not ruin the entire story, she is actually successful in leaving Pride and Prejudice just as it should be.

Apart from the main character, whom I really loved, the other aspect of this book I really enjoyed was the attention to details the author showed. I would expect someone who goes from our time to regency to notice some of the most obvious things, but Alexa Adams did a great job with the details such as the smell of people due to the lack of bathing, the effect of candles burning in a room, how uncomfortable regency clothes are, etc. These details made the story much more realistic and honest, it is not embellished to make us think everything is dreamlike, it is a real portrait of an era.

Another detail I enjoyed in this book was the reference to the Moonlight Sonata from Beethoven, which is my favourite classic music and I always love it when an author mentions it.

With Being Mrs. Bennet I realised how incredibly tiresome Mr. Bennet can be! I never thought about it because it was very funny to see him mock Mrs. Bennet, but when we see him do it to someone else (after all Allison perfectly understands his mockery), it appears to be very disrespectful, and now I understand Mr. Darcy’s opinion of him a little better. But I also realised with this book how one behaviour from one person can trigger a certain behaviour from someone else. In fact,  I believe this is what this book is all about, it delves on the impact people’s behaviour have on other people, and it was very interesting to see how small changes made the difference in the Bennet family.

I also loved the fact that JAFF is mentioned in this book, it’s not everyday that we see JAFF mentioned within JAFF!! It was thrilling to read that.

The second half of the book did not hold the same energy as the first one but the end is as unpredictable as it is perfect! I did not see that coming and I loved it! I cannot say much more because I don’t want to spoil it for you, but I think you will also be surprised to see a certain character appear in this novel 🙂

I would certainly recommend this book to all janeites looking for an entertaining and funny book which focuses on family bonds, people’s behaviours and how our actions may affect others in unpredictable ways, but I have to warn you that there isn’t a lot of romance in it, so if you want to read a romance novel, this book is not for you. It is true that we see some romance between Darcy and Elizabeth, but that’s not the main focus of the book.

That being said, Being Mrs. Bennet is a compelling book that once more proves the author’s talent and ability to engage readers in an endearing novel with character development and introspection in the middle of a funny and light narrative. I took great pleasure in reading this book and certainly recommend it to my janeite friends.

You can find Being Mrs Darcy at:

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Alexa Adams would like to offer one copy of Being Mrs Darcy to one of my readers. To participate in the giveaway all you have to do is comment on this post until the 22nd of July and let us know what you think of this story.

The giveaway is international so all my friends across the globe can participate.

Good Luck everyone!

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The 26th of November Review & Giveaway

Good Afternoon everyone,

I am very pleased to open today the blog tour of 26th of November, Elizabeth Adam’s latest release.  Elizabeth Adams is not only a remarkable author but also a friend and when she told me about the premise of this book I was immediately captivated by it. I personally love this premise, and I think she could not have picked a better timing in the story’s narrative to develop it, so it is with great joy that I tell you today what I love the most about it! But first, I’ll share with you the book blurb, and hopefully you’ll get as excited as I was when I first heard about it.

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The Netherfield Ball: Classic. Predictable. Immortalized.

But, what if Elizabeth were forced to relive it over and over and over again? Night after night after night?

Elizabeth: Clever. Witty. Confident.

Suddenly, her confusion and desperation make her question things she long thought she knew.

Mr. Darcy: Proud. Unapproachable. Bad tempered.

In this world where nothing is as it seems, Elizabeth must learn to see through new eyes.

Including a man she thought she hated.

Let the hilarity ensue.


As you may have guessed by now this book is a bit of a mashup of Groundhog Day with Pride and Prejudice with Elizabeth reliving the day of the Netherfield Ball over and over again.

As I mentioned earlier, I can think of no better time for this particular premise to take place because not only the day is full of events that make it interesting to read, but also it has numerous variables that will allow the chain of events to change which will make your reading experience exciting and unexpected despite the repetition of events.

I loved seeing Elizabeth going through a state of confusion, trying to understand how to stop this event from happening, attempting to change the course of the day, and finally relaxing and just trying to enjoy herself on the way to a self discovery path she never imagined she would go through. After all, there is nothing more liberating that being able to do what one wants without any consequence coming out of it is it?

After some time I started desiring that she would change everything, prevent Lydia from making a fool of herself, make Mary more desirable, get Mr. Collins attention to shift to someone else, controlling Mrs Bennet tongue, getting Mr Bingley to see Jane loved him, making Darcy realise how much he loved her etc, but if that were to happen, it wouldn’t be Pride and Prejudice would it? So Elizabeth Adams did the smart thing and stopped this day from repeating itself precisely when there wasn’t a big change in it except one very significant detail…which I will not reveal as it would be a major spoiler! Sorry, you’ll have to read the book to know what it was that could have stopped this madness.

This premise, and Elizabeth Adams writing, allowed us to see Elizabeth getting to know Darcy with each passing day, after all, he always asked for the fourth set and they must have some conversation. It was endearing to see how her own behaviour could make him share more of himself, and there was a point where I could not wait for another day to occur to see what would happen next and what they would talk about. Even though Darcy’s personality remained pretty much the same he did surprise me with a few stories.

As always Elizabeth Adams wrote something completely different from her previous works. That’s one of the things I love about her, she always comes up with different ideas and we never have a feeling we have read that before. This book is much smaller than her previous works and can be read in one afternoon, but I guarantee it will be a very entertaining afternoon as the 26th of November is incredibly funny and fast paced. I laughed out loud with some scenes but the book also made me sight with the tenderness of others. Above all I found this to be a page turner book! I could not wait to see what would happen next.

If you are looking for a light comedy romance, I highly recommend this book! You will not regret reading it, and be prepared for an unexpected and loving ending 🙂

 

You can find the 26th of November at:

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This is just the first post of the blog tour, so please do not forget to follow it for more reviews, guest posts, excerpts and a chance to win one of the many prizes Elizabeth Adams is offering 🙂

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July 9 / From Pemberley to Milton / Book Review & Giveaway

July 13 / From Pemberley to Milton / Guest Post & Giveaway

July 19 / Of Pens & Pages / Book Review & Giveaway

July 20 / Babblings of a Bookworm / Book Review & Giveaway

July 21 / My Love for Jane Austen / Character Interview & Giveaway

July 25 / More Agreeably Engaged / Book Review & Giveaway

July 28 / Just Jane 1813 / Book Review & Giveaway

August 2 / Diary of an Eccentric / Book Review & Giveaway

August 6 / Austenesque Reviews / Excerpt Post & Giveaway

August 8 / My Vices and Weaknesses / Book Review & Giveaway

August 9 / Margie’s Must Reads / Book Review & Giveaway


 

 

Elizabeth Adams is offering five copies of The 26th of November, 5 audiobook codes, each one is good for one of her audiobooks and two autographed paperback copies of one of her books, readers’ choice from her catalog.

Readers may enter the drawing by tweeting once a day and daily commenting on a blog post or a review that has a giveaway attached for the tour. Entrants must provide the name of the blog where they commented. If an entrant does not do so, that entry will be disqualified.

Each winner will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter and the giveaway is international, to enter it, click here.

Good luck everyone!

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Pemberley: Mr. Darcy’s Dragon Review & Giveaway

 

Have you ever imagined a Jane Austen novel happening on an alternative reality? On a world that is not exactly as we know it? Pemberley: Mr. Darcy’s Dragon will not develop the idea on an alternative reality but you will need to have an open mind and accept that England is overrun by dragons of all shapes and sizes and that some people can not only hear, but also talk to them. These special people with what is called a preternatural hearing, work along with the dragons, who may take the shape of a bird or a cat, in order to maintain the Pendragon Treaty that keeps the peace between human and dragon kind, but that treaty is at a risk when the first firedrake egg laid in a century is stolen from Pemberley. In an attempt to recover it Mr. Darcy travels to Heartfordshire where he will meet a keeper that will enchant him and his dragon: Elizabeth Bennet.

If you are willing to accept this premise, I promise you will not let go of this book until you finish the trilogy! I had it on my TBR pile for ages but I was a little afraid of what I might find considering the original premise, however, as soon as I started reading it I got immersed  in the story and all my fears disappeared.

Pemberley: Mr. Darcy’s Dragon is so well written, and the characters so well-developed, including the several dragons in it, that I immediately felt transported into this world, and what may seem a strange reality was all of a sudden the only possible one.

The character development is in fact one of the aspects I cherished the most in this book. Elizabeth is what every heroine should be in a story such as this, smart, intuitive and brave; Mr. Darcy has more to him than what people give him credit for in this first book and I am looking forward to see him surprise everyone in the second volume; each dragon was very different from the other and incredibly similar to their own keeper, I enjoyed the traits each one of them revealed and I am a little curious to learn more about Longbourn (Dragons are named after their estate); and Mary was the best surprise I had in this book! Maria Grace gave Mary the well deserved relevance she never had in Pride and Prejudice and made her one of the most important and loved Bennet sisters in this novel. I think Mary deserves the role the author gave her and once again I truly hope that we will see more of her in the next volumes.

In this book you will find an original and compelling story that will grab your attention from the beginning and whose adventure and mystery is addicting.

My only quibble with this book was the small amount of romance between Darcy and Elizabeth. I’m sure this is something that we will see more developed in the next books, but I would have liked to see them more in love in this first volume.

If you are trying to get away from the same stories for a while and feel the need for something a little different, I highly recommend this book. It will require an open mind but the characters are true to themselves, even Mr. Bennet who got to my nerves, and you will find yourself completely rendered to it.

Pemberley: Mr. Darcy’s Dragon is not like anything I have ever read and you will not regret reading it.

 

You can find Mr. Darcy’s Dragon at:

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Maria Grace has just released Netherfield: Rogue Dragon, the third volume in the Jane Austen’s Dragons series, and to celebrate it she is offering the reader’s choice of one of the three books. To enter the giveaway comment on this post and click on this link to formalise your entry. Don’t forget to visit From Pemberley to Milton next Thursday for a guest post from Maria Grace where she will talk a little more about this series, and another chance to win one of these books 🙂

Good Luck everyone!

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A Most Handsome Gentleman Review & Giveaway

After the angsty variation Letter From Ramsgate, Suzan Lauder decided to venture into comedy and developed an unthinkable premise based on Mr. Collins character. She didn’t go so far as to make him witty and interesting, but she made him A Most Handsome Gentleman, or as everyone keeps saying in the social media #HOT Collins.

The changes in his appearance, along with his own foolish character, were sufficient to change the behaviour of many P&P characters towards him, which created the funniest dialogues and situations you can think of. Can you imagine the impact of a good-looking man coming to Longbourn in search of a wife?

I confess I was impressed with Mr. Collins because I can imagine some situations that would render Mrs. Bennet speechless but none that would have the same effect on Lydia, and that my friends, was Mr. Collins greatest achievement in this book! Well…maybe not the greatest. His impact on Lady Catherine’s behaviour was both unexpected and hilarious, so the first place in the podium may go to that feat.

Both scenes made me laugh really hard, but they were not the only ones. The verbal discussions between Mr. Collins and Mr. Bingley, Mr. Collins comments on Elizabeth’s skinny appearance, his attraction to Charlotte and the scenes Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth see on the fields behind Longbourn are amongst my favourite moments in this book, but it’s hard to highlight only some scenes because the entire book is incredibly funny. I could not put it down!

I also enjoyed the fact that despite all the craziness that involved Mr. Collins’ presence in Meryton, Elizabeth remained true to herself and was not easily taken by her cousin’s good looks. He may be good-looking, but he’s still a fool, and if I may say, an even more annoying one, so I was really glad that to see that Suzan Lauder didn’t include Elizabeth in the group of ladies who would faint at the sight of Mr. Collins.

I had a great time reading A Most Handsome Gentleman and could not recommend it enough for those who want to relax and enjoy a good comedy. It is a highly entertaining book that will make readers laugh out loud from the first page until the last.

Suzan Lauder took a risk by venturing into this new subgenre but she nailed it! Congratulations!

 

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A lover of Jane Austen, Regency period research and costuming, cycling, yoga, blogging, and independent travel, cat mom Suzan Lauder is seldom idle.

Her first effort at a comedy, A Most Handsome Gentleman is the fourth time Lauder has been published by Meryton Press. Her earlier works include a mature Regency romance with a mystery twist, Alias Thomas Bennet, a modern short romance Delivery Boy in the holiday anthology Then Comes Winter, and the dramatic tension filled Regency romance Letter from Ramsgate.

She and Mr. Suze split their time between a loft condo overlooking the Salish Sea and a 150-year-old Spanish colonial home near the sea in Mexico.

Suzan’s lively prose is also available to her readers on her blog, road trips with the redhead www.suzan.lauder.merytonpress.com, on her Facebook author page https://www.facebook.com/SuzanLauder, and on Twitter @suzanlauder.


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10/20   My Jane Austen Book Club; Character Interview, Excerpt, Giveaway

10/21   My Love for Jane Austen; Guest Post, Giveaway

10/22   Obsessed with Mr. Darcy; Review

10/23   Austenesque Reviews; Vignette, Giveaway

10/24   Tomorrow is Another Day; Review

10/25   Babblings of a Bookworm; Guest Post, Giveaway

10/26   From Pemberley to Milton; Review, Giveaway

10/27   Just Jane 1813; Guest Post, Giveaway

10/28   Darcyholic Diversions; Author Interview, Giveaway

10/29   My Vices and Weaknesses; Character Interview, Giveaway

10/30   Half Agony, Half Hope; Review, Excerpt

10/31   Laughing With Lizzie; Vignette, Giveaway

11/01   Diary of an Eccentric; Review, Giveaway

11/02   So little time…; Guest Post, Excerpt, Giveaway

11/03   Margie’s Must Reads; Review, GA

 

 

Suzan is offering 8 ebook copies of A Most Handsome Gentleman on this blog tour.

Readers may enter the drawing by tweeting once a day and daily commenting on a blog post or review that has a giveaway attached for the tour. Entrants must provide the name of the blog where they commented. Remember: Tweet and comment once daily to earn extra entries.

A winner may win ONLY 1 (ONE) eBook of A Most Handsome Gentleman by Suzan Lauder.

Each winner will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter and the giveaway is international.

To enter the giveaway click here.

Good Luck everyone!

 

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On Equal Ground Review & Giveaway

Meryton Vignettes was a statement that Elizabeth Adams is trying to go beyond one-dimensional characters and the simple love story we may find in some Pride and Prejudice variations. On Equal Ground is the proof that she has what it takes to build a solid, mature book that will inspire readers who believe in real life and second chances. This book marks her literary signature, she is not afraid to risk controversial stories and executes them beautifully!

I have to start by saying that in this book Elizabeth Bennet meets and marries an older man when she is but 18, she falls in love with her husband and bears him 3 children during a very happy marriage, this means readers will need to be able to cope with this premise if they want to enjoy the book.

The story starts in 1809 and will follow the lives of the characters for many, many years.

This is a detail I enjoyed immensely because it allowed me to accompany the characters, especially Elizabeth, while events made them grow from young people into mature men and women. The end of the book follows this logic as well, and we will be gifted with information on the lives of all Bennet sisters and most of the co-adjuvant characters. The fact that I could see what occurred to these characters throughout their entire lives made me feel more connected to them, and this proximity made me love the book!

Elizabeth Adams also creates some interesting original characters in this book and even has the audacity to make us love them (you know I’m talking about Darcy’s rival). The relationship these original characters will establish with the ones we already know from Pride and Prejudice will allow us to see a different side of them, and I enjoyed that immensely, particularly the fatherly characteristics we will see Darcy displaying with young Robert. Their conversation in  the end of the book has such a peaceful tone in it that it made me come to terms with the entire premise.

Darcy and Elizabeth are better versions of themselves and we can still see the sparks between them, but their love story is different from cannon so we never know what will happen next. I particularly loved Darcy in this book, he is everything a gentleman ought to be 🙂

On Equal Ground is a well written, clean and sound book that shows an impeccable taste from the author, I recommend it to those who like real life stories and characters, and particularly to those who like quality literature.

 

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Elizabeth Adams would like to offer 1 ebook copies of On Equal Ground to my readers.

ALL those who comment this post will be entered into the drawing! Let us know what you think of this book or Elizabeth Adam’s previous stories.

The giveaway is international and will end on the 10th of October.

Good luck everyone!

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A Quest For Mr. Darcy

A Quest for Mr. Darcy was a much-anticipated novel for me. I read A Fair Prospect a few years ago and ever since I’ve been wishing for the author to write another JAFF novel, so A Quest for Mr. Darcy was the answer to my prayers.

What if Mr. Darcy decided to leave the country after the Hunsford proposal and therefore was not in England to save Lydia Bennet from her fate?

What if there was a fire in the lodgings Wickham and Lydia were staying causing unthinkable consequences?

What if Elizabeth was once more in the path of Mr. Darcy but with even more reduced circumstances? Could they overcome all obstacles and find their happiness?

A Quest for Mr. Darcy will take us to Pemberley where we will face a journey full of mystery, misunderstandings, and romance, and where our beloved couple will reunite, reconnect and learn new aspects about each other that will make the love story even more interesting.

Cassandra Grafton was able to create a sweet and romantic story without much angst but that could still captivate angst addicts like me. Elizabeth will have her share of jealousy (which is something I always love), and their insecurities will promote some very touching moments. I particularly liked the scenes that involved either a piano or water such as their first encounter and the second proposal (no spoiler here, you know they’ll end up together right?).

I enjoyed the fact that this book was filled with suspense and original new characters as it brought vivacity into the story and kept me glued to it until the very ending. A Quest for Mr. Darcy is a long book but it didn’t feel like it when I was reading because of the liveliness of the characters. Some of the original ones will become as dear to you as any other supporting characters from Pride & Prejudice, and some of the most known characters will also take a special place in your hearts in the most unexpected manner.

Of course that naming some characters after Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South characters was an aspect I dearly loved and that put a smile on my face every time I read their names. I never thought I would be cheering for Miss Latimer to get her HEA with her love interest, but in this book I did, in fact, her love story is something I would dearly like to see developed in a novella one of these days 🙂

I believe the secondary characters are one of the best aspects of this book as they find their own place in the story and they shine as bright as the main characters. We will find ourselves curious about Jane’s decisions, we will have our heart divided between Bingley and Wentworth and we will want the Colonel to open his eyes and get the girl.

Summing up, do not let the length of this book scare you, it is a well-written story whose romance and mystery will make you want to keep reading until you reach the final words. You will fall for Darcy and Elizabeth, but also for the secondary characters that will make you laugh and smile throughout the entire story.

 

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More titles from the same author:

A Fair Prospect

The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen

The Darcy Brothers

 

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