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The Siren of Sussex by Mimi Matthews – Review & Giveaway

The Siren of Sussex by Mimi Matthews 20214 stars

The Siren of Sussex is an historical novel that brings novelty to the genre. In this book the reader will witness the perseverance of Miss Maltravers, a lady who is set on finding a husband as a means to support her family, and the talent of Mr. Ahmad Malik, an Indian dressmaker who does not give up on his dreams easily.

The main characters circumstances in life are so different that we would not imagine a love story occurring between them, but Mimi Matthews was able to bring much more to this story then a simple romance. These characters will not only have to struggle with the edicts of society, but also struggle with the possibility of poverty, the sense of belonging and family duty. All these aspects will have to be balanced with the love they feel for one another, and one of the aspects I loved the most in the book, was that once Miss Maltravers discovered what was more important to her, she decided that she couldn’t be a bystander when her own happiness was at stake. She wasn’t overly romantic and didn’t convince herself that love was enough to live happily ever after. She decided to take her fate into her own hands and make things happen. She was not missish, and she didn’t sit around and wait for her problems to miraculously go away, she fought for what she wanted in a rational manner, and I absolutely loved this about her. It was refreshing to see a woman unafraid to make plans that would devise her own happiness and who would focus on solutions instead of problems.

Another aspect I enjoyed in this book was the camaraderie that we witness between Miss Maltravers and her three friends. They were all misfits in their own way, but they always supported each other no matter what. Their devotion and friendship were as endearing as their peculiarities were fascinating. I loved these characters so much that I admit I was a little sad not to know more about their fates in the epilogue, namely with regards to Captain Blundt.

In fact, Mimi Matthews brought several eccentric characters and situations to the story, and that was simultaneously new and interesting because one cannot stop loving these characters. Despite their idiosyncrasies, they are all good people, and the reader wants to spend more time around them. The lack of a true villain is also an aspect I enjoyed tremendously in this book as I always find more enriching stories where characters have to fight their own demons then stories with an external party conniving to the make other people’s lives harder.

My only quibble with this story was the chemistry between the main characters. I never felt a great intensity in their romance, and I wasn’t enraptured with their scenes or dialogues. Even if I did like their individual stories and backgrounds, as a couple I couldn’t feel an electrifying love or connection.

Overall, The Siren of Sussex is an extremely well written book with a fluid prose that invites readers to continue reading. It focuses on interesting topics such as the feeling of belonging, and the impacts it may have in people’s happiness and above all in their behaviors. It is an exciting story and I recommend it to readers who enjoy well written historical romances.

You can find The Siren of Sussex at:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

and on Audible


NEW book blurb

Victorian high society’s most daring equestrienne finds love and an unexpected ally in her fight for independence in the strong arms of London’s most sought after and devastatingly handsome half-Indian tailor.


Evelyn Maltravers understands exactly how little she’s worth on the marriage mart. As an incurable bluestocking from a family tumbling swiftly toward ruin, she knows she’ll never make a match in a ballroom. Her only hope is to distinguish herself by making the biggest splash in the one sphere she excels: on horseback. In haute couture. But to truly capture London’s attention she’ll need a habit-maker who’s not afraid to take risks with his designs—and with his heart.
Half-Indian tailor Ahmad Malik has always had a talent for making women beautiful, inching his way toward recognition by designing riding habits for Rotten Row’s infamous Pretty Horsebreakers—but no one compares to Evelyn. Her unbridled spirit enchants him, awakening a depth of feeling he never thought possible.
But pushing boundaries comes at a cost and not everyone is pleased to welcome Evelyn and Ahmad into fashionable society. With obstacles spanning between them, the indomitable pair must decide which hurdles they can jump and what matters most: making their mark or following their hearts?


NEW author bio

USA Today bestselling author Mimi Matthews writes both historical nonfiction and award-winning proper Victorian romances. Her novels have received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Booklist, and Kirkus, and her articles have been featured on the Victorian Web, the Journal of Victorian Culture, and in syndication at BUST Magazine. In her other life, Mimi is an attorney. She resides in California with her family, which includes a retired Andalusian dressage horse, a Sheltie, and two Siamese cats. 

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NEW giveaaway time

Mimi Matthews has generously offered a fabulous giveaway package for readers who follow the blog tour.

The Giveaway Package:

1 winner (selected at random by Rafflecopter) receives the following:

Signed print copy of The Siren of Sussex

Horse scarf

Pewter sidesaddle brooch (made in Sussex, England!)

The Siren of Sussex tote bag

Three candles in scents: Fresh Hay, New Saddle, and Winter Ride

Box of Ahmad Tea (60 count, assorted flavors)

The Siren of Sussex bookmark

The giveaway is open to US residents who are 18 years old or older from the 4th of January to the 7th of February, and to apply to it you should follow the following Rafflecopter link.

The winner will be announced on Mimi’s blog – mimimatthews.com – at 8:00 pm Pacific time on 2/8/22.

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Giveaway Winners Announcement

Good afternoon everyone,

I hope you had a great weekend! Luckily, we had great weather in Portugal this weekend and I got to spend it at the beach reading, isn’t that great?! The Siren of Sussex was my first beach read of the year and the review will go live tomorrow, so if you’re interested in knowing more about Mimi Matthews latest book, stop by and check it out.

For now, I would like to thank Victoria Kincaid and Laura Moretti for stopping by with gifts to my readers, and to announce the giveaway winners, so without further ado, the winners are:

Mages and Mysteries

*** Sheilamajczan***

December Book Mail Giveaway

*** Cyndyhenry***

Pemberley

*** Karen O ***

*** Jen D. ***

*** TC ***

I would like to ask the winners to please send your email contacts and the amazon store you use to ritaluzdeodato at gmail dot com so that the prizes may be sent to you.

Happy Reading everyone!

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Nameless by Julie Cooper

nameless5 stars

Nameless is such an addictive book that once I started listening to the audiobook, I couldn’t get away from the story. Because I only listen to audiobooks while I am doing something else, and there isn’t that much to do around the house, I had to pick the paperback and continue reading it.

In this book we find older versions of Darcy and Elizabeth and that is something I always love to see, but their pasts made this story even more appealing to me! Elizabeth has become an orphan working as a companion for Mr. Darcy’s aunt, Lady Matlock, who has recently become widowed, and Darcy, well…lets say his past is a bit of a mystery, but it appears to be a little dark.

When Mr. Darcy visits his aunt at Rosings, he gets reconnect with Elizabeth and asks her to marry him, which she does, so the story quickly moves to Pemberley, where we witness these characters grow accustomed to each other and to married life.

The writing style and the tone of the book are certainly its selling features. I loved the dark tone of the mystery behind Mr. Darcy’s prior life and felt compelled to keep reading in hopes to discover what truly happened and what shaped him into a wounded and cold man. Mr. Darcy’s character was so involving that I constantly wanted to jump inside the book and comfort him.

I also enjoyed witnessing a more mature Elizabeth who doesn’t jump into conclusions without knowing the facts and who is set on trusting her husband above all. She faced many difficult situations, but her strength, maturity and perseverance allowed her to conquer all challenges and build a loving and strong relationship with Mr. Darcy.

Nameless focuses on the characters internal fears and demons, it shows the reader how it is possible to overcome grief and trauma, but it also has a lot of external conflict, namely towards the end of the book as part of the mystery unravels and the story picks up some action, which makes the book even more engaging.

The villains were truly mean and at times, hard to believe, but the story is so well built that I could only focus on what the characters were facing and feeling.

Summing up, Nameless is a book hard to put down due to the fluid writing style, the mystery and the growing intensity of the story. I highly recommend it to all readers.

 

Audiobook Narration:

Elizabeth Level

Elizabeth Bennet’s Level

Stevie Zimmerman’s narration of Nameless was simply perfect. She nailed every aspect of this story and truly got inside the characters making it hard to stop listening to the audiobook. I felt she truly understood the tone of the book and transmitted it in her voice, her narration pace and intonation. Highly recommend the audiobook version.

 

You can find Nameless at:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

Kindle Unlimited and Audible

 

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Much Ado In Meryton by Riana Everly – Guest Post, Excerpt & Giveaway

Good Afternoon everyone,

I am very pleased to welcome one more at From Pemberley to Milton author Riana Everly. If you’ve been around for a while, you already know that I truly adore her guest posts because they are always very interesting and informative, and today she has not dissapointed. Apart from a wonderful excerpt of Much Ado in Meryton, a P&P Mash Up with Shakespeare, Riana brought us a little more information about house parties in Regency, a topic I am particularly fond of. I hope you enjoy the post and the excerpt! And don’t forget, Riana is offering 5 ebook copies of her latest release Much Ado in Meryton so don’t forget to check it out. 

Thank you for visiting Riana, it is always a pleasure to welcome you here 🙂


A tale of friends, enemies, and the power of love.

“Thou and I are too wise to woo peaceably.” – Benedick, Much Ado About Nothing, 5.2

Mr. Darcy’s arrival in Meryton raises many people’s disdain, and Elizabeth Bennet’s ire. An insult at a dance is returned in full measure, and soon the two find themselves in a merry war of words, trading barbs at every encounter. Matters go from bad to worse when Elizabeth and Darcy find themselves living under the same roof for a time, and their constant bickering frays everybody’s nerves.

Will a clever scheme by their family and friends bring some peace to Netherfield’s halls? And what of Mr. Wickham, whose charming presence is not quite so welcome by some members of the party? When the games get out of hand and nastier elements come into play, will everybody’s chances for happiness be ruined forever?

This clever mash-up of Pride and Prejudice and Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing casts our beloved characters in fresh light, uniting Jane Austen’s keen insight into love and character, and Shakespeare’s biting wit.

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You can find Much Ado in Meryton at:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk


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I would like to wish everybody a happy 2022, with sincere hopes that it’s better than the last two years, and to thank Rita for hosting me here today. It is always a delight to visit this fabulous blog.

In my new novel, Much Ado in Meryton, poor Jane Bennet injures her ankle and is forced to stay at Netherfield Park for much longer than in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. To keep her entertained and amused while she is chair-bound, Mr. Bingley has a suggestion: Instead of Jane going out into Meryton for her amusement, Meryton should come to her. In other words, he arranges a prolonged house party.

The idea of a house party goes back centuries, if not millennia. One of the very first references to such an event is in the ancient Roman play Mostellaria (The Haunted House) by the playwright Plautus. This comedy tells the story of a young man who holds a house party while his father is away on business. For Austen fans who have read Mansfield Park, I’m sure this sounds familiar! 

Another famous house party of sorts, if not quite one that was planned as such, is the story told in Giovanni Boccaccio’s Decameron. This fourteenth-century work is a collection of short stories told by a group of young men and women as they shelter in a villa near Florence while the city is in the grip of the Black Death. I’m sure this also sounds familiar to a lot of people.

By the time we get to Regency England, however, house parties were less a matter of necessity and were more a matter of socializing and entertainment. One might invite close friends, business or political associates, potential matches for a son or daughter who really ought to be married by now, and possibly one or two somewhat scandalous people to keep matters interesting. 

While the guests were expected to keep themselves amused for part of the time, there were also a number of planned activities. Since house parties often took place in the late summer or early autumn when Parliament was in recess, a lot of time was spent out of doors. The men might go hunting or riding, or they might engage in some sports such as cricket matches. The ladies tended to keep closer to the house and in the gardens (all beautifully kept, of course), but might go into the village or out for a carriage ride.

As well as suitable outdoor activities such as archery or croquet, the gathered party might take an excursion to some suitably interesting site in the neighbourhood. Think of the ill-fated picnic in Emma or the aborted drive to Blaise Castle in Northanger Abbey. Perhaps the groups in these stories weren’t coming from a house party, but this type of outing would have been a perfect fit. 

If the weather was cold or rainy and the company had to keep to the house, they might have amused themselves with charades, fortune telling, tableaux, and a variety of card games. And, in the evenings after a long and elaborate dinner, the party might indulge in musical performances, informal dances, and home theatricals.

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These are some of the ideas that Mr. Bingley mused over in his attempts to keep Jane happy while she recovered enough to travel home. What would you enjoy doing at a house party? Have you ever been to such an event? Did you have fun, or do you prefer more solitary activities?

Here is an excerpt from my novel, Much Ado in Meryton.


“Lizzy dear!” Jane called from the chaise where she half-reclined. Her leg rested on the long seat and Elizabeth could see the white bindings of the bandage about Jane’s delicate ankle. “I had not thought that you would take the trouble to come so soon.”

Elizabeth nodded her greeting to Mrs. Nicholls, who bobbed a curtsey and slipped from the room, and then hurried to sit at Jane’s side. “Oh, my sweet, how could I not? I cannot leave you to the Bingley sisters’ ministrations. I see they have quite forgotten you already in favour of their toast and chocolate.”

“They have been very kind to me. I can only be pleased by their concern. And even before hearing this news, they have insisted that I must stay until I am well enough to walk.”

Mister Bingley insisted, you mean,” Lizzy teased, “and his sisters merely had to agree with him, for it is, after all, his house. But a sprained ankle will heal in days; a broken one will take weeks.”

“Then weeks she shall stay. Or until Mr. Jones declares her strong enough for the carriage ride back to Longbourn.” Mr. Bingley stood at the doorway. “May I come in?”

Jane nodded, and he entered, taking a chair and placing it beside the one where Elizabeth sat. His usual wide grin was gone and he spoke with all care and attention.

“Mr. Jones has left. He feels strongly that you should not travel, even so short a distance as to Longbourn, until your ankle has begun to heal. The rattle of the carriage might cause further injury to your leg. And I would not hear of it! You shall most certainly stay as long as is needed. Caroline is talking to the housekeeper to set up a suite for you on this very storey as we speak, and if Miss Elizabeth wishes, she may have the adjoining room. It shall be a merry party…” He paused and his eyes widened. “By gum, yes! That is the very thing! A party it shall be.” His accustomed grin began to make itself known once more upon his face. “As long as Miss Bennet is laid up and cannot move through Meryton, then Meryton shall come to her! We shall invite your sisters and friends and the officers to come and keep your spirits up whilst your ankle heals. It is the very thing!” 

Elizabeth had to speak up. “You are most kind, sir, but we cannot importune your sister in this way. Let me call for the carriage, to see what kind of support we may contrive for Jane’s foot. She can rest well enough at her own home, and with less trouble by far for you.”

“You do hurt me, Miss Elizabeth!” She thought he was jesting. “I had hoped to arrange a party soon enough to regale my new neighbours, and this is the perfect thing for it. Indeed, by remaining here as my guests, you shall be helping me! I beg of you, for your sister’s sake, to stay.”


Riana Everly was born in South Africa, but has called Canada home since she was eight years old. She has a Master’s degree in Medieval Studies and is trained as a classical musician, specialising in Baroque and early Classical music. She first encountered Jane Austen when her father handed her a copy of Emma at age 11, and has never looked back. 

Riana now lives in Toronto with her family. When she is not writing, she can often be found playing string quartets with friends, biking around the beautiful province of Ontario with her husband, trying to improve her photography, thinking about what to make for dinner, and, of course, reading!

Riana’s novels have received several awards and citations as favourite reads of the year, including two Jane Austen Awards and a Discovering Diamonds review.

You can follow Riana’s blog at https://rianaeverly.com/blog/, and join her on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/RianaEverly/) and Twitter (@RianaEverly). She loves meeting readers!


The blog tour is coming to an end but you can still check the previous posts 🙂 

January 7 ~ Babblings of a Bookworm
January 10 ~ Interests of a Jane Austen Girl
January 11 ~ A Novel Sentiment
January 13 ~ So Little Time… So Much to Read
January 14 ~ Austen Authors
January 17 ~ From Pemberley to Milton
January 22 ~ My Love for Jane Austen
January 27 ~ Austenesque Reviews


Riana Everly is giving away five eBooks internationally of Much Ado in Meryton. She has set up a Rafflecopter draw, but for anybody who cannot use the link, please email her your name and preferred email address and she will add you manually to the list for the draw. Her email is riana.everly@gmail.com

Good luck everyone!

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Tempted by Nicole Clarkston

tempted5 stars

Tempted is an epic story whose events start in 1900 and where readers will see an unlikely romance to grow between Elizabeth Bennet, a fierce American young woman, and Fitzwilliam Darcy, a wealthy English dandy.  

The main story takes place in England and is alternated with flashbacks of events that occurred in Wyoming and which explain Elizabeth’s arrival in London. This non-linear approach is very interesting because it keeps the reader engaged in the story making it hard to put down the book.  

My favorite aspect of Tempted was definitely the writing style, and apart from the non-linear storytelling, the fact that the story has several narrators was another feature I loved. The narration of the chapters is also alternated, however, the order by which the narrators appear is not random. When a certain scene culminates into an important situation for one character, it is that character who will narrate the following chapter.  This provides the book intensity and gives the reader a sense of closeness to the characters that in turn makes it engaging.  

As mentioned before, Tempted is very well written, and even though it is a big novel, I read it very quickly because Nicole Clarkston’s writing style is very fluid. There were many aspects I loved about in this book, but what captivated me in the first place was the Wyoming setting. The descriptions of the landscape and the frontier lifestyle that we witnessed were vivid and made me eager to visit Wyoming, even if it is obviously a very different place now.

The storyline is focused on Elizabeth and Darcy, however, there are many secondary characters that contribute to the richness of the story and Billy Collins is certainly one of them. He doesn’t have a huge role in the plotline, however, his willingness to help Elizabeth, his enthusiasm with the English culture and his entire personality made me cherish him as I don’t think I’ve ever cherished a Mr. Collins character before. I loved the fact that he got to have his own story and HEA. Georgiana was another interesting character whom I learned to like, and Anne was very intriguing! But if another secondary character deserves a shout out, it is Mary! Even though she takes a small part in the story I loved what Nicole Clarkston had in the bag for her, I loved her HEA, her remarks, and her letters.

Speaking of which, another aspect I loved in this book were the letters that were exchanged between the characters, they were a beautiful way to make the reader privy to the characters feelings, and once more another element that brought intensity to the story.

Summing up, Tempted is a heart-wrenching love story that demonstrates that love cannot be summoned, that true love is never extinguished, and that it is the flame that lights our lives. It is extremely well written, as is usual with Nicole Clarskton’s books and I highly recommend it.

 

You can find Tempted at:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

Kindle Unlimited 

 

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Pemberley by Laura Moretti – Review & Giveaway

Pemberley Laura Moretti5 stars

Pemberley by Laura Moretti takes the characters from Pride & Prejudice into a post-apocalyptic/dystopian scenario, which is a sub genre within the Jane Austen rehalm I’ve been looking forward for a long time.  

Post-apocalyptic and dystopia are two of my favorite genres, so when I heard Pemberley was getting released, I was extremely happy. To be honest, this is such a different take on Pride & Prejudice that I was somewhat afraid it would be a flop, but I was certainly not disappointed by it. Once I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down because I was constantly mesmerized with how all the P&P elements were introduced into the post-apocalyptic society. One would not imagine that it would be possible to keep most of the plotlines like Charlotte and Mr. Collins relationship, Darcy’s proposal, Lydia’s elopement etc. in this type of setting, but Laura Moretti made it happen in an unpredictable manner, which is always refreshing in a genre that focuses mainly on the same story and events.

The writing style is very cinematographic which I thought was very fitting to the type of story and the book has the perfect length that allows readers to read it in one single day.

Apart from the symbiose between P&P elements and the post-apocalyptic reality, I loved the dystopian elements of the story, such as the differences between citizens and non-citizens, the Red, the Bennet’s daily struggles, such as the lack of money to buy food, and even the alien elements of the story.

I would personally love to have more of these stories in JAFF as this is clearly a favorite sub-genre for me, and if they would all be penned down as this one, it would be a sub-genre I would not get tired of reading anytime soon.

I loved many characters, but Richard Fitzwilliam and Catherine De Bourgh were some of my favorites. I loved the little twists that Laura Moretti added to their background and how they helped the story move forward and our dear couple to find their happiness together.

The author did a wonderful job creating this storyline and I only wish I knew more about how this post-apocalyptic world was created. Maybe in a future story? Who knows if a prequel is in the works…

There is an epilogue in this book that takes the sci-fi element even deeper, and the author does have a disclaimer advising readers they should be aware of that. I have read it, and in fact, it was the only part of the book I didn’t absolutely love, so I will do the same thing as the author and advise you to read it only if you really want more sci-fi elements in the story, if not, the ending is just perfect 😊

Pemberley is not for everyone’s tastes, and readers who are not used to post-apocalyptic stories may find it hard to digest, but if like me you like those types of stories, then this book is definitely a must read. I highly recommend it to readers who love dystopian societies and therefore are not afraid of some hardship throughout the story.

Congratulations and thank you for writing this book Laura! Now I need to ask for more!

You can find Pemberley at:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

and on Kindle Unlimited


NEW giveaaway time

Laura Moretti would like to offer 3 ebook copies of Pemberley to readers commenting on this post. The giveaway is international and is open until the 21rst of January. To enter the giveaway all you need to do is comment on this post and let us know what you think about this sub genre 🙂

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From Pemberley to Milton’s 2021 Favorite Books

Welcome to my favorite post of the year!

After having published my end of the year stats two days ago, I will now share with you which of the 57 books I read in 2021 were the ones I loved the most.

I am always very eager to build this post and it is with great anticipation that I look back at my reading year to see which books stood out. Some years are harder than others, for example, last year with a bigger number of books read, I found it harder to narrow down my favorites, but this year I have to confess it wasn’t that hard 😊

I’m only considering for this list the books I read in 2021, regardless of their publication date, which means some were published in previous years but only read this year.

Just like last year, I decided to add another category: From Pemberley to Milton’s Favorite Novellas. Novellas are becoming a favorite of mine, and I don’t think it is fair for them to compete with lengthier books, so I have added them in a category of its own.

But now, without further ado, my favorite books of 2021 are:

From Pemberley to Miltons 2021 Favorite Books

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The Price of Pride 2021 Favorite Book

The Price of Pride – Abigail Reynolds

Publication year – 2021

Number of Pages – 354

Sub genre – Pride & Prejudice Variation

What I loved about it – Everything! The angst, the raw emotion, the intensity of each scene, Darcy’s jealousy, the family dynamics, the dialogues and the incredible writing style. This one has moved into my All Time favorites list!

My Review  Amazon.com  Amazon.co.uk

Available in Kindle Unlimited – Yes

Available in Audible – Yes


Dangerous Magic

Dangerous Magic – Monica Fairview

Publication year – 2021

Number of Pages – 290

Sub Genre – Pride & Prejudice Fantasy

What I loved about it – The ability the author had to transport me into a different reality, Darcy and Elizabeth’s characters and compatibility, and the incredible vivid and engrossing writing style.

My Review  Amazon.com  Amazon.co.uk

Available in Kindle Unlimited – Yes

Available in Audible – Yes


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John Eyre – Mimi Matthews

Publication year – 2021

Number of Pages – 362

Sub Genre – Gothic / Jane Eyre Role Swap

What I loved about it – The strong female character, the steadiness of the male character, the mystery, and the captivating and engrossing writing style.

My Review  Amazon.com  Amazon.co.uk

Available in Kindle Unlimited – No

Available in Audible – Yes


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Nameless – Julie Cooper

Publication year – 2021

Number of Pages – 391

Sub Genre – Pride & Prejudice Variation

What I loved about it – The addictive writing style, older and more mature versions of Darcy and Elizabeth, and the dark tone created by the mystery in the story.

My review (coming up this month)      Amazon.com    Amazon.co.uk

Available in Kindle Unlimited – Yes

Available in Audible – Yes


tempted

Tempted – Nicole Clarkston

Publication year – 2020

Number of Pages – 560

Sub Genre – Pride & Prejudice Different Era

What I loved about it – The execution of a beautiful story, the early years of the pioners in america, Billy Collins and the always consistent writing style.

My review (coming up this month)      Amazon.com    Amazon.co.uk

Available in Kindle Unlimited – Yes

Available in Audible – No


a captain for caroline gray

A Captain for Caroline Gray – Julie Wright

Publication year – 2021

Number of Pages – 324

Sub Genre – Regency Romance

What I loved about it – The intensity of the romance, the adventure and the main characters. Both Caroline and Captain Scott are carved in my heart.

My review      Amazon.com    Amazon.co.uk

Available in Kindle Unlimited – No

Available in Audible – Yes


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Back to the Bonnet- Jennifer Duke

Publication year – 2020

Number of Pages – 314

Sub Genre – Pride & Prejudice Time Travel / Secondary Character

What I loved about it – The originality, the unexpected factor at every turn of the page, and the execution of the story.

My review      Amazon.com    Amazon.co.uk

Available in Kindle Unlimited – Yes

Available in Audible – No


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So Material a Change – Amy D’Orazio

Publication year – 2021

Number of Pages – 387

Sub Genre – Pride & Prejudice Variation

What I loved about it – The liveliness in the writing style, the main characters and their bulding relantionship.

My Review  Amazon.com Amazon.co.uk

Available in Kindle Unlimited – Yes

Available in Audible – Yes


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Twists of Fate – Joana Starnes

Publication year – 2021

Number of Pages –  410

Sub Genre – Pride & Prejudice Variation

What I loved about it – The gossip, Darcy, and the quality of the writing.

My Review  Amazon.com    Amazon.co.uk

Available in Kindle Unlimited – Yes

Available in Audible – No


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Fallen – Jessie Lewis

Publication year – 2021

Number of Pages – 382

Sub Genre – Pride & Prejudice Variation

What I loved about it – Seeing Elizabeth falling in love with Mr. Darcy, their walks and conversations and the dialogues of the secondary characters.

My Review    Amazon.com    Amazon.co.uk

Available in Kindle Unlimited – Yes

Available in Audible – Yes


From Pemberley to Miltons 2021 Favorite Novellas

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Reckless, Headstrong Girl – Grace Gibson

Publication year – 2021

Number of Pages – 134

Sub Genre – Pride & Prejudice Variation / Secondary Character

What I loved about it – Lydia Bennet, the humour and the light yet captivating writing style.

My Review   Amazon.com    Amazon.co.uk

Available in Kindle Unlimited – Yes

Available in Audible – Yes


Longbourn Entanglement

A Longbourn Entanglement – Monica Fairview

Publication year – 2021

Number of Pages – 151

Sub Genre – Pride & Prejudice Variation

What I loved about it – The romance, the humor, the male characters and the dynamics at Longbourn.

My Review   Amazon.com    Amazon.co.uk

Available in Kindle Unlimited – Yes

Available in Audible – No


Do you share any favourites with me? Have you read all the books that are on my list? Is there any book that is missing on this list you would recommend?

Looking at my list I find it curious to see that despite having a bigger diversity in the sub genres read, that was not reflected in my favorites list. In fact, I believe that in previous years my favorites lists were more diverse, with books that fitted in sub genres like North & South, Austen’s other novels, Secondary Characters, Sequels, Modernizations, Different Eras, Different POV’s, etc, while this year most of the books on the list are P&P variations. This is certainly my favorite sub-genre, but I wonder why books in other sub genres didn’t stood as much as in previous years.

If you’d like to compare my favorites from previous years, and see what I am talking about, you can find them on the links below:

2015 From Pemberley to Milton’s Favorite books

2016 From Pemberley to Milton’s Favorite Books

2017 From Pemberley to Milton’s Favorite Books

2018 From Pemberley to Milton’s Favorite Books

2019 From Pemberley to Milton’s Favorite Books

2020 From Pemberley to Milton’s Favorite Books

Wishing you all a lovely 2022, full of books and reading hours 🙂


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2021 Achievements & 2022 Goals

Happy New Year everyone!

I hope you’re all starting with the right foot and that 2022 brings us back our normal lives! I really miss the good old days and I really hope this is the year! If not, we’ll always have books, right?

As usual, I decided to start 2022 with a wrap up of my year in terms of reading and blogging, so stats will follow, but first let’s see which goals were achieved, shall we?

For 2021 I had established 5 goals:

  1. Read at least 20 paperbacks  – Going strong on this one 🙂
  2. Listen to at least 20 audiobooks – Didn’t make it, I was certain I would but alas…
  3. Read more older books (published before 2015) – Yeah..again, I thought I would make it but…not really.
  4. Read more seconday character books or other Austen Novels – I achieved this one with a big improvement comparing to 2020 🙂 
  5. Conquer my paperback TBR (I know…it’s not realistic…but one can dream) – A strategic change of this goals interpretation shall follow.

These were very objective goals which are always the easiest to achieve, but I have only achieved the first, and the fourth, which is a bit disappointing because I was really hoping to listen to more audiobooks than I actually did. For 2022 I don’t have as many goals, in fact, I only have one and it is not that objective, but I think it is a big one! For 2022 I want to:

  1. Control my TBR!

You heard me… I am aiming for the stars! But it will be kind of achievable. What I mean to say is that in 2022 I want to be able to go to my shelves every month and pick a book I want to read in that particular moment. For me reading should be a pleasure and not an obligation, but with all the pressure to read and review books for the blog, sometimes it feels that way to me, at least in the last couple of years, so I want to go back to the time where I would read exactly what I wanted when I wanted, I want to be able to read a Non-JAFF book if I want to without feeling I will get behind on my blog reviews, and I believe I can do that if I read smaller books and keep only on my TBR the books authors and publishers send me for review. If all other books are just on my shelf waiting to be read when I feel that is the perfect book for that moment, then all I need to control is the books received for review, and that is manageable (I think). So, fingers crossed! I know this may seem like cheating, but psychologically speaking, I will feel I am controlling the TBR this way.

What do you think? Is considering the books I receive from authors and publishers the only ones in the TBR cheating? Am I deceiving myself? Even if I am, Istill think it will take some pressure of my shoulders, so I am optimistic about this one 🙂

Now that we’ve discussed the goals, lets move along into the achievements, shall we? This was a pretty good year in terms of reading, and I was able to surpass once more my GR challenge by reading 57 books!

2021 year in books

Last year I read 68 books which corresponded to 16,866 pages, so this year wasn’t as good, but 2020 was definitely not a normal year, so I am still pretty happy with what I’ve achieved in 2021. In fact, I am already setting up my GR goal and it will only be 40 books 🙂 I’m really going for the no pressure goal this year!

From these 57 books the shortest was Stranded at Pemberley with 79 pages and the longest was Mr. Darcy’s Persuasion with 586. My average book lenght in 2021 was 277 pages, and that is interesting because I intend to either keep it or even decrease it this year. As I said, I need to be able to review frequently here on the blog, and that is harder to do if I only read long books, so I will try to choose smaller books this year.

lenght

If I look at the type of books I read, instead of their lenght, variations occupy once more the biggest number of books read, but this year I was also able to read more secondary character novels and even a dystopian P&P story! This is a sub-genre I would love to read more if there were more of these books available 🙂

Books read by genre

Looking at this graphic I get to the conclusion that my reading was more diversified in 2021 than in previous years with many more sub genres appearing in it, but it also tells me I have read mostly only one book per sub-genre. Thinking on it, I think I like this trend because diversity helps me keep interested in JAFF as whole. If I look at these sub genres, I cannot pick one which I love more than the others (except variations, of course), so next year, I just want to keep the diversity coming 🙂 

Speaking of which, I have also read more books from Austen’s other novels!

Most of the books I read were based on Pride and Prejudice, of course, but this year I also read books based on Persuasion, Northanger Abbey and Lady Susan! That was a first for me and I wonder if I’ll be able to keep up this trend from the last couple of years. What about you? Do you only read P&P inspired novels?

books read by austen novel

And when were all these books published? During 2020 I tried reading more books published before 2015, and I wanted to keep up that goal in 2021 but I feel I have failed tremendously with 45 of the 57 books I read being published in either 2020 or 2021 😦

Would you be interested in having me review older books? Or are the freshly released the ones that interest you the most?

If we look at the format of books read, I was able to increase the percentage of paperbacks and reduce the number of ebooks, however, I have not listened to as many audiobooks as I was looking for, so that is something I really want to improve next year.  

books read by format

And how did all this reading translate into From Pemberley to Milton Blog?

I published 128 posts in 2021, which is a very similar number to 2020 and an average I would like to keep in 2022. The number of reviews was also similar to 2020 and even if I would like to raise it in 2022, I don’t know if I can!

Let’s look at the type of posts that were published:

During 2021 I had more diversity in my reading, but less diversity in the type of published posts as I only shared reviews, excerpts, guest posts and author interviews. My usual Jane Austen Road Trip posts and cover reveals where absent, but from the data we gathered for the JAFF Get Together panel, I think you’re ok with that, aren’t you?

Which type of posts would you like to see more in 2022? And which type of reviews? Please let me know which types of books you’d like to see reviewed, I would love to try to read more books that would interest you.

After all these stats, all that is left to do is tell you which were my favorite books, but that will only happen next Monday, so stop by to see which were the ones that marked me the most in 2021 🙂 I am looking forward to see if you share any favourites with me 🙂 Until then:

Happy New Year everyone!

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Books on Sale & Last Book Mail Giveaway of the Year

Good Afternoon everyone,

I’ve seen a lot of authors mentioning their books would be on sale during this holiday season, but I’ve been a bit absent from social media in these last couple of weeks, so I never found the time to actually spread out the word about many of them, however, as I was already preparing my last book mail giveaway post, I thought that I could manage a little more time and include the list of the books I am currently seeing on sale. As you know, this is not the entire list of books on sale, just the ones I could easily find with Kindle Countdown deals etc.

If you know of any other book that is on sale, please let us know in the comments, I’m sure other readers will appreciate it.

 

Jane Austen Fan Fiction on Sale for 0,99$

 

Tempted – 0,99$

Book Blurb:

Running from her past, Stumbling into the unknown, and Drawn to a future she cannot have.

Elizabeth Bennet left all she loved behind when she accepted Colonel Fitzwilliam’s hand. Dragging her sister Jane, her cousin Billy Collins, and a horrible secret along with her, she leaves her home and family in the United States and sets sail for England… and safety. Expecting to meet her new husband when he returns from the Boer front, she is shocked to learn that not only does his family not believe her, but Richard has gone missing.

Fitzwilliam Darcy is only doing his duty. Trying to learn the truth of what happened to his cousin, while sheltering the woman who claims to be Richard Fitzwilliam’s wife, he encounters more than he bargained for. She is ill-prepared for life in his world, and her independent ways threaten to defeat her before she has even begun. Unfortunately, she is close to defeating him, as well. Pledged to marry another, but honour-bound to do all he can for Fitzwilliam’s wife, his equanimity and fortitude are tested whenever she is near.

When news of Fitzwilliam finally comes, it brings both grief and complications. Surprises, possibilities, and agonising choices… Will Darcy and Elizabeth find a path to love? Or will new revelations and the shadows of the past tear them apart before they are even together?

From the author of These Dreams and NefariousTempted is a deliciously nuanced tale of longing and trust. With good people in impossible places, close-knit families, and secrets working in the dark, Darcy and Elizabeth have to fight every step for their future.

*Trigger Warning* This book contains situations that may trouble some readers. Sexual content is clean.

Honour and loyalty war with the dream of hearts that were made for each other. Lose yourself in Tempted today.

 

A Proper Introduction to Dragons – 0,99$

Book Blurb: 

Most people were blissfully unaware that England was overrun by dragons. Only those born with preternatural hearing could hear and converse with dragonkind, and even those rarely came into their hearing before they were fifteen. It was not Elizabeth’s fault that she discovered the truth about dragons when she was only four years-old.

It was also not Elizabeth’s fault that the old tatzelwurm, Rumblkins, who lived in the woods near Longbourn House befriended her. Really, he would have attached himself to anyone who fed him dried cod and scratched behind his ears.

So clearly, it could not be her fault when Rumblkins led her to a nest of endangered fairy dragon eggs that the Pendragon Treaty compelled her to save. Unfortunately her father does not agree.

Thomas Bennet, dragon-lore expert, faithful member of the dragon-hearing society, the Blue Order, and Keeper of the local wyvern, Longbourn, has a dragon-sized problem on his hands. At eleven years-old, his second-oldest daughter is hopelessly fascinated with all things dragon-related. But his wife and other daughters lack the ability to hear dragons, so the world of the Blue Order must remain hidden from them.

Now faced with an abandoned clutch of fairy dragon eggs to care for, the careful balance he walks between the needs of his jealous estate dragon, Elizabeth’s incorrigible draw toward dragons and continued secrecy from the rest of the family hangs in jeopardy. If only Elizabeth would be a more conventional child!

But how can a girl who shuns traditional ladylike pursuits to play with dragons ever be conventional? Does dragon-hearing society have a place for such an oddity as her?

Prequel to Pemberley: Mr. Darcy’s Dragon

Jane Austen meets Anne McCaffrey – a must for lovers of Dragon Riders of Pern fans.

It’s Always Been You and Me – 0,99$

Book Blurb: 

If only he’d never come back!

Charlie didn’t mind being on her own. Heck, she’d been on her own since her high school sweetheart Jensen Worth left town for good after graduation. He obviously never looked back, so why should she? She had family and friends to keep her company. She certainly didn’t need a man in her life!

Thirteen years after Jensen left Marysville, he’s returned, joining the Marysville police force and reconnecting with the friends he left behind all those years ago—her friends. Why couldn’t he have simply stayed away? Her life was certainly much simpler without him around! The problem is he keeps turning up like a bad penny. Charlie not only has to bump into him around town, but to add insult to injury, her mother invites him for Thanksgiving. Can a little dog named Daphne, a family emergency, and pushy, meddling friends help break down that enormous wall around Charlie’s heart? Will Charlie be able to remain angry with the only man she’s ever loved, or God forbid, will she fall in love with him all over again?

Bourbon Street Nights – 0,99$

Book Blurb:

The year is 1998. This story is about three friends: Elizabeth, a Cajun from the swamps; Emma, an Uptown Jew; and Marianne, a Mississippi girl.
These ladies will have a year that will change their lives. They will meet the men who love them and the men who will break their hearts. It will be a time of love and friendship, trials and tribulations, tragedy and murder.
But it is also about a fourth lady, one that is known by many names. Isle d’Orleans. The Paris of the Americas. Queen City of the South. The City that Care Forgot. Birthplace of Jazz. The Big Easy. Crescent City. New Orleans—what she was, and what she may be again.

 

Miss Darcy’s Companion – 0,99$

Book Blurb:

Miss Georgiana Darcy is in need of a companion, and she would much rather not have Mrs Younge. The recently bereaved Miss Elizabeth Bennet is in need of a position. When she accepts the one Mr Darcy offers, she finds herself in his near-constant company and gets to know him at his best. Not as he would present himself to strangers in some remote corner of Hertfordshire, but as his nearest and dearest know him. An excellent brother, landlord, master. A wonderful man, noble, kind – and impossibly handsome.
So who falls in love first? What of Mr Wickham and his dastardly ploys? And how is a lady’s companion ever to have a future with one who could marry into the best houses in the land?

Dangerous Magic – 0,99$

Book Blurb:

Pride & Prejudice with a magical twist.

Elizabeth Bennet is stunned when someone from the Royal Mage Academy comes to her peaceful country home to take her away. She is even more bewildered when she is commanded to marry a powerful gentleman by the name of Fitzwilliam Darcy. She has always dreamed of marrying for love, and an arranged marriage with an arrogant stranger was never part of her plans.

Fitzwilliam Darcy is equally dissatisfied with this match. An obscure young lady from the middle of nowhere is hardly worthy of his long and powerful lineage. But Darcy and Elizabeth have no choice in the matter. Uniting their two forms of magic is essential if they are to defend King and Country against Napoleon’s mages. They may dislike each other on sight, but they are duty-bound to set aside their differences and find common ground before it is too late.
Fortunately, it is not long before the sparks begin to fly between them.

Join us in this enchanting Regency tale featuring Jane Austen’s beloved characters, a whiff of Harry Potter, and a sweet slow-burn romance.
Dangerous Magic is the first book in Mr. Darcy’s Magic, a new fantasy series. It is a standalone novel with no cliff-hangers.

Leap of Hope – 0,99$

Book Blurb:

At the Crossroads Center, they’re in the business of handing out second chances. And their newest client is Hope O’Neil – college student and Jane Austen devotee, who has always believed she’d be more at home in the past, wearing corsets and courted by men in cravats. But can a modern girl really fit into a world with no electricity, cell phones, or indoor plumbing? Hope is about to find out when her wish for an Austen kind of life is unexpectedly granted. Although she envisions her second chance will be like something straight out of Pride and Prejudice – complete with her own Mr. Darcy and a romantic happy ending – she gets more than she bargained for in this delightful romp through Regency England… a lot more.
Leap of Hope is part of in an innovative new collection by author Shannon Winslow, stories all about turning points, possibilities, and second chances. Each book is complete in itself and may be read in any order.
Who hasn’t wondered at least once how life would have changed by making an alternate choice at some crucial moment in the past? Where would you be today if you’d turned right instead of left at an important crossroads or been able to sidestep a particular misfortune? Perhaps you’ve daydreamed about a different life altogether, in a different place and time. Each book in the Crossroads Collection features a new hero/heroine who’s given the extraordinary gift of a second chance at life, the chance to answer for themselves the intriguing question “what if?”
Austenesque Reviews gave it a full 5 stars: “Shannon Winslow came up with an inventive and diverting premise and her execution was masterly… Well-written, original, and beautifully composed, Leap of Hope is an entertaining and delightful adventure. Fresh and fun…

The Darcy’s of Pemberley – 0,99$

Book Blurb:

A sequel true to Jane Austen’s beloved masterpiece, Pride and Prejudice.
Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy have been married for almost a year, and their heated arguments are a thing of the past. All that passion is now directed into more satisfying pursuits. But how long can the honeymoon last? The couple’s idyllic life together at Pemberley is jeopardized by secrets they begin keeping from each other, the troubles of their closest friends, and the threat of a villain in their midst.
Layers of seemingly innocent deception are building between Darcy and Elizabeth, threatening their relationship. He is conducting some covert business dealings that he’s unwilling to share with his wife, and she likewise begins keeping things from him against her own better judgment. The couple also becomes embroiled in the tribulations of Mr. Darcy’s younger sister, Georgiana, and his friend and cousin, Colonel Fitzwilliam.
Fitzwilliam falls victim to their aunt, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, as the object of her latest scheme to make a noble match for her daughter. The arrangement satisfies the ambitions of the couple’s parents, but appears to hold little prospect of happiness for Anne and Fitzwilliam, who each harbor other romantic interests.
During this same period, Georgiana runs the gamut of emotions as she comes of age. Her elation at her birthday ball soon crumbles when she learns the man she secretly admires is engaged to another. The excitement of a London season and the attention of two other eligible suitors cannot make her forget her disappointment over her lost first love.
As the story progresses, the menacing shadow of Mr. Darcy’s life-long nemesis looms ever larger. By carelessness and design, Mr. Wickham and Lydia painfully intrude into the lives of the Darcys and the Bingleys, with disastrous results.
The Darcys of Pemberley is the tale of two romances: the continuation of Darcy and Elizabeth’s story, and the courtship of Miss Georgiana. For those of us who didn’t want Pride and Prejudice to end, this charming novel gives the opportunity to learn what happens after the wedding, to revisit all our old friends and foes, and to share the next chapter of their lives. Ms. Winslow carries on the saga much as Jane Austen herself might have – true to her style, her sensibilities, and the delightful characters she created.

Pemberley, Mr. Darcy’s Dragon – 0,99$

Book Blurb:

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a dragon.
Fitzwilliam Darcy of Pemberley has the good fortune to be in possession of the first English firedrake egg laid in a century. Or, at least, he was until some miscreant stole it. Mr. Darcy tracks the thief to Hertfordshire. Catching the thief, however, proves to be an entirely different kettle of brimstone, especially when he encounters fellow Dragon Keeper, Miss Elizabeth Bennet of Longbourn.
Elizabeth Bennet’s deep connection to dragons and remarkable grasp of their lore make her the ideal companion for finding the egg. It’s too bad that from their introduction she finds Darcy arrogant, conceited, and selfishly disdainful of the feelings of others.
Time is running out for Darcy to win Elizabeth’s trust and recover the precious egg before it hatches, and the fragile peace between humans and dragons is lost forever.
Meryton meets Pern in a fantastical regency romp bound to delight readers of Jane Austen and Anne McCaffrey alike.
Book 1 in the Jane Austen’s Dragons series.

Master Elizabeth Bennet – 0,99$

Book Blurb:

When tragedy strikes her family, leaving no males to handle business affairs, Elizabeth Bennet decides to become “man of the family”. Cutting her hair and dressing in her uncle’s clothing, Elizabeth becomes Elijah Bennet. She must keep her secret, though when she meets Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy, the nephew of Elijah Bennet’s best customer, her heart is torn. Should she be honest about being a lady, or protect her family secret?

 

Longbourn and Beyond – 0,99$

Book Blurb:

The Bennets and their extended family find themselves embroiled in a variety of fascinating situations, involving the likes of Miss Austen’s original characters of Lady Catherine de Bourgh, Mr Collins and Colonel Fitzwilliam, and introducing newcomers such as the handsome, eligible bachelor, Dr Edward Hodges, and the bearded artist, Mr David King.
Will Mary and Kitty, the remaining Bennet girls, each find compatible husbands for themselves? What will happen to change the lives of both Georgiana Darcy and Anne de Bourgh?
This novel-length collection of related short stories, including the best-seller, ‘Longbourn Revisited’, is the brainchild of award-winning Australian author Margaret Lynette Sharp, for the especial enjoyment of lovers of Jane Austen Fan Fiction.

Conceit & Concealment – 0,99$

Book Blurb:

Pride & Prejudice meets alternate history.

Six years after Napoleon’s invasion of England….

Fitzwilliam Darcy is a traitor. He even admits to collaborating with Napoleon’s troops. And Elizabeth Bennet despises all traitors.

But she can’t make sense of Darcy. He doesn’t act like a traitor. He risks his own safety to save young women from the French. And how can she despise a man who loves puppies? Something about him doesn’t add up – and she finds him far too attractive.

Then Darcy’s carefully constructed world crumbles, and he must entrust his closest-held secret to Elizabeth. To protect that secret, Elizabeth must disappear entirely, leaving her family and Darcy behind, to plunge herself into the dizzying world of fashionable London and the dangers of the Loyalist Resistance. Nothing will ever be the same again.

Darcy is determined to find Elizabeth. Now that she knows the truth about him, there’s nothing to keep them apart – nothing, that is, until the day Darcy is forced to choose between his country and the life of the woman he loves….

A Simple Floral Bonnet – 0,99$

Book Blurb:

Who knew that wearing a simple floral bonnet would change lives forever? Elizabeth Bennet is in Hyde Park with her cousins when two men attempt to abduct her. Their target was another young lady, who was wearing a similar bonnet. The abduction is thwarted, but introduces Elizabeth to the Darcy siblings. She is afraid of losing her new friends if they knew the truth, she cannot return to her father’s estate as Elizabeth has refused to marry her father’s heir. But the Darcys have met Mr Collins, and they support her decision. What will happen when the parson refuses to accept that Elizabeth will not be his, all while the attempts to kidnap Georgiana Darcy continue?

Rushing Waters of Pemberley – 0,99$

Book Blurb:

Fitzwilliam Darcy must marry before his next birthday or lose his inheritance. He has never met a young lady who caught his attention, until the swollen river during a storm brings Miss Elizabeth Bennet to Pemberley. Not knowing if her father is dead, and needing protection, will she agree to marrying the man who risked his life to save her from drowning? What will happen when their family and friends begin to arrive at Pemberley?

Note: Chapter 20 has a sexual scene at the end of the chapter. It is the only sexual scene in the book.
Also, This author is grateful for the services of Kay Tanner, who has aided in making sense of her stories and taking the Americanism out.

 

Fitzwilliam Darcy, Fugitive – 0,99$

Book Blurb:

When Fitzwilliam Darcy learns he has been framed for a murder, his only chance to clear his name and save himself from hanging is to disappear to somewhere he is unknown. Fortunately for him, Darcy learns of a position at the estate of Thomas Bennet. As the young gentleman attempts to find a way to be free of the charges, he must also hide his developing feelings he has for his employer’s second daughter. Will he be able to prove his innocence and return to his life, and could he leave his heart behind if he was to regain his position in society?

Darcy’s Love of a Rose – 0,99$

Book Blurb:

The village of Meryton has been taken over by the militia. First the officers demanded money to “keep the citizens safe”. Then the females of the area begin to disappear.
Elizabeth Bennet refused to stand by when her sister, Lydia becomes one of those who vanished, confronting the officers for the return the young girl. This leads to Elizabeth being taken by the officers.
Unlike the other females, Elizabeth is not taken to be sold to men in other countries, she has caught the eye of the man in charge of the criminal activities. In her escape, she meets the Darcy siblings. Will they be able to aid Meryton and the community surrounding it? Who is the man behind the criminal activity?

The True Wealth is Inside – 0,99$

Book Blurb:

After losing his wife during the birth of his second daughter, Thomas Bennet was distraught. While visiting his aunt’s home, he meets and falls in love with Margaret O’Brien. The married and had more children, including three sons, thus breaking the entail that had been in place by Thomas’ grandfather. But Thomas’ cousin is convinced that the sons cannot inherit. You see, the second Mrs Bennet came from Antigua, the child of an English born land owner and a freed slave. Mr Collins, the Bennet cousin believes that the sons are not worthy of inheriting an estate, and plans to eliminate the entire Bennet family, thus he could claim Longbourn. How will Darcy, who is visiting the community with his friend who had leased the neighboring estate of Netherfield Park, accept such knowledge? Will he follow his heart or will he bow to society’s view of such a family? Will Elizabeth and Darcy have a happily ever after or is their relationship doomed?

The Netherfield Fire – 0,99$

Book Blurb: 

Mr. Darcy saved Elizabeth from the fire, but could he save her from her scars?
When Elizabeth heard the cry of ‘Fire!’ during the Netherfield ball she ran up to the higher floors to rescue a servant with a broken leg . But as they hurtled downstairs she became lost in the thick, roiling smoke. And just when Elizabeth began to despair, she heard Mr. Darcy’s hoarse voice cry her name.
The next time they meet will be at Rosings Park under Lady Catherine’s watchful gaze…

The Mystery Bennet – 0,99$

Book Blurb:

Elizabeth has lived at the estate of her uncle all of her life. Her mother died at her birth and her father died before her first birthday.
As she meets and begins to fall in love with Fitzwilliam Darcy, secrets from her past come to the surface, secrets that were kept to protect her from someone who wishes her dead.
Will Darcy stand beside her when he learns the truth? What will happen when the one man who desires her death, learns of her location?

 

The Bennet Fury – 0,99$

Book Blurb:

Thomas Bennet had married Olivia Darcy, sister of Mr Gerald Darcy of Pemberley. The couple were deeply in love, and soon had two beautiful daughters, Jane and Elizabeth. Tragedy struck when Olivia Bennet was killed in an accident, returning home from visiting her brother’s estate. Mr Bennet becomes bitter, losing the love of his life and blaming the Darcy family for the accident. Years later, after having remarried and fathering three more daughters, Thomas Bennet is still harboring anger towards the Darcys. When he learns of Bingley’s connections to Fitzwilliam Darcy, the situation ignites into an inferno. Will the eldest Bennet sisters be able to reunite with their mother’s family?

Darcy’s Beloved Cousin – 0,99$

Book Blurb:

A Pride and Prejudice variation. Elizabeth Bennet Fitzwilliam was born and raised in Belgium, where she met and married Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam. When he is killed in battle, Elizabeth moves to England, to an estate near her uncle, Thomas Bennet, and his family. Meeting Elizabeth as her ship arrives on English shores, Fitzwilliam Darcy is determined to protect his cousin’s widow from the rest of the Fitzwilliam family. Richard’s family were not pleased when he married against their wishes, and they are determined to take out their fury on Elizabeth. When it is learned that Elizabeth is carrying Richard’s child, what lengths will Darcy go to in protecting Richard’s widow and child?

Reader, I Married Him – 0,99$

Book Blurb: 

A Pride and Prejudice Variation based on the story of Jane Eyre!
After Mr. Bennet died, Elizabeth became employed as a governess by the brooding and mysterious widower, Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy. Despite the difference in their stations Elizabeth helplessly falls in love with her proud employer. But when they are on the verge of finding happiness together, the mystery of Pemberley and Mr. Darcy’s past marriage will tear them apart…
You will love this intense and passionate love story!

Overhearings less to the Purpose – 0,99$

Book Blurb:

He is Mr. Darcy of Pemberley: How hard can it be for him to charm a woman?
At Rosings Park Mr. Darcy overhears Elizabeth disclose her true opinion of him to Charlotte. Her opinions of him were ra

ther less favorable than Mr. Darcy had believed them to be. Well he couldn’t let her continue to hate him. He needed to charm Elizabeth Bennet into liking him, at least a little, before he could leave Rosings Park.
Unfortunately, Mr. Darcy was to discover that he is not very good at charming women, even when he wants to…

I believe most of Regina Jeffers books are on sale for 0,99, but as they are many, I’m adding the link to her Amazon page, where you’ll be able to check them all out.

 

Jane Austen Fan Fiction on Sale for 1,99$

The Best Part of Love – 1,99$

Book Blurb: 

When Fitzwilliam Darcy meets Miss Elizabeth Bennet, his heart is almost immediately engaged. Seeing the pretty lady before him, a lady of no consequence or fortune, he believes he should not form an attachment to her, unsuitable as such a woman is to be his wife.
What he cannot see, however, is the truth, that the simple country girl harbours a secret. Before she meets Darcy, Elizabeth has spent two years hiding from the men who killed her beloved first husband. Feeling herself destroyed by love, Elizabeth is certain she will never love again, certainly not the arrogant man who has offended her from the first moment of their acquaintance.
In time, Elizabeth surprises herself by finding in Darcy a friend; even greater is her surprise to find herself gradually coming to love him and  even accepting an offer of marriage from him. As the newly married couple is beginning to settle into their happily-ever-after, a condemned man on his way to the gallows divulges a shattering truth, a secret that contradicts everything Elizabeth thought she knew about the tragic circumstances of her first marriage. Against the advice of everyone who loves her—including Darcy—Elizabeth begins to seek the truth, knowing she must have it even if it may destroy her newfound happiness with Darcy.
Of note, this ebook is a re-issue of a book of the same title but different cover.

 

An Unexpected Merry Gentleman – 1,99$

Book Blurb: 

 ‘Tis the season to be jolly and Mr. Darcy and his sister have been invited to Netherfield for Christmas with Bingley’s business associate and the Bennets of Longbourn. There is no comfort or joy for this taciturn man when he discovers the sparkling Elizabeth Bennet finds him proud and arrogant. His only choice is to win her heart, but is it too late to change her opinion of him?
Elizabeth Bennet is dismayed when she discovers the holiday guests of Netherfield include Mr. Darcy. How will she remain in the spirit of Christmas when faced with such a disagreeable man? Yet, with the kindness and attention he displays to her two young cousins, and the handsome Mr. Wickham’s character beginning to unravel, can she really trust in first impressions? Join the residents of Meryton as the spirit of the holidays may turn Mr. Darcy into “An Unexpected Merry Gentleman” after all. 
~A low angst, clean holiday novella

Twists of Fate – 1,99$

Book Blurb: 

What if Mr Collins shocked Elizabeth with his base conduct at the time of his proposal, thus sending her dashing out of her house, and into the arms of Mr Darcy? What if that accidental encounter was witnessed, and impropriety was assumed? What if Mr Darcy was glad of the excuse to marry his heart’s desire – only to have his best hopes blasted within hours of his wedding? What if he found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time more than once?
Evil rumours, an early marriage, a dreadful misunderstanding, an old secret and good intentions gone awry. What if ‘I do’ is not the end, but the beginning of the adventure?
(The novel addresses mature themes. Given the ‘early marriage’ premise, the issue of growing affection and intimacy is central to the story. The relevant scenes are emotive and deeply sensual, but never explicit.)

A Short Period of Exquisite Felicity – 1,99$

Book Blurb: 

Is not the very meaning of love that it surpasses every objection against it?
JILTED. NEVER DID MR DARCY IMAGINE that it could happen to him. But it has, and by Elizabeth Bennet, the woman who first hated and rejected him but then came to love him—he believed—and agree to be his wife. Alas, theirs is a short-lived, ill-fated romance that ends nearly as soon as it has begun. No reason is given.
MORE THAN A YEAR since he last saw her—a year of anger, confusion, and despair—he receives an invitation from the Bingleys to a house party at Netherfield Park. Darcy is first tempted to refuse, but with the understanding that Elizabeth will not attend, he decides to accept. When a letter arrives, confirming Elizabeth’s intention to join them, Darcy resolves to meet her with indifference. He is determined that he will not demand answers to the questions that plague him, no matter how much he wants to do just that.
ELIZABETH BENNET HOLDS IN HER HEART a number of secrets, including the love for Mr Darcy which remains burning brightly. Nevertheless she is resolved to remain silent and hold fast to the secret behind her refusal, knowing it can no longer matter, believing that Darcy must surely despise her.
Once they are together, however, it proves difficult to deny the intense passion that still exists. Fury, grief, and profound love prove to be a combustible mixture. But will the secrets between them be their undoing?
A Short Period of Exquisite Felicity is a novel length Pride and Prejudice variation.

Rosings Park – 1,99$

Book Blurb: 

A decade ago, groundbreaking novel THE THREE COLONELS began the epic Jane Austen’s Fighting Men series and transformed Austenesque literature with its blend of Regency romance and historical fiction. ROSINGS PARK is its long-awaited conclusion!
The Napoleonic Wars are finally over, and Britain seeks to rebuild after a generation of war. Gone is the “green and pleasant land” of the early Regency. In its place, a natural disaster on the other side of the world exacerbates the country’s woes: economic depression, widespread hunger, industrialization, and civil unrest. Great Britain faces ruin and revolution.
Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth Darcy agree to take in the young and spirited daughter of Lydia Wickham, and all the while, their beloved Pemberley is being endangered by riotous Luddites. Colonel Sir Richard Fitzwilliam marries Anne de Bourgh but finds the management of Rosings Park no easy matter, especially with Lady Catherine de Bourgh ready and eager to offer advice. Haunted by despair and gravely wounded in body and spirit, a bitter Colonel Sir John Buford returns to England to be nursed by his wife, the former Caroline Bingley.
Then, an evil out of the past returns to wreak vengeance on Rosings Park, and the Darcys, Fitzwilliams, Bufords, and their friends face a devastating truth: HAPPILY EVER AFTER MUST BE EARNED.

 

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For the Sake of her Hapiness – 2,99$

Blurb:

“For The Sake of Her Happiness” is a clean, romantic novella of about 30 K words that brings Darcy and Elizabeth together in Kent, in the beauty of Rosings Park.
At that point, their relationship is quite similar to the original; however, one small incident will change things completely.
What should a private man like Fitzwilliam Darcy do with the torment in his heart, if there is not a single living soul he trusted enough to share it? Writing his turmoil in a diary, of course!
But when the haste made him drop the precious possession in the grass and, and someone read it before he realized the loss and returned to claim it, the circumstances changed – for the better.
By the time the relationship slowly improved between our dear couple, most distressing news interrupted Elizabeth’s visit and demanded her presence in town.
What could Darcy do when the woman he loved suddenly left, with no apparent reason? Follow her and do everything for the sake of her happiness – of course!

Dearest, Loveliest Elizabeth – 2,99$

Book Blurb:

At their first encounter at Meryton Assembly, Darcy is appalled by Mrs Bennet’s lack of decorum as much as Bingley is charmed by Miss Jane Bennet’s beauty and gentleness.

In the following days, as they have more chances to know each other and to overcome the first pride and prejudice, Darcy and Elizabeth are slowly improving their acquaintance to the point that tender feelings are slowly growing between them.

Caroline Bingley had spent the last years trying to secure her position as Darcy’s wife, with no success. She is decided to have him for herself just as Lady Catherine is determined to have him for her daughter. When circumstances brought them together at Rosings Park, both women are attempting everything to accomplish their goal. Each by herself planned to eliminate the biggest obstacle: the obvious attraction between Darcy and Elizabeth.

Overwhelmed by her feelings for Darcy and uncertain by his, Elizabeth is easily deceived by false rumours and her heart is quickly broken in pieces. She returned from Rosings to Longbourn with her distress to turn into despair, an easy pray for Mr. Wickham’s decisiveness.

Caught in a hasty engagement that she will quickly come to regret, her salvation could only come from Darcy’s himself, whose love and loyalty to her had never changed during the months of separation.

“Dearest, Loveliest Elizabeth” is a sweet, romantic, clean Pride of Prejudice Variation of approximately 32 K words, that follows the usual road from the canon, adding several original scenes and some turning points that will make Elizabeth and Darcy’s journey toward “happily ever after” slightly more complicated and would surely keep the readers’s interest vivid.

Being Mrs Darcy – 2,99$

Blurb:

One distressing night in Ramsgate, Elizabeth Bennet impulsively offers Georgiana Darcy aid. Scandalous rumours soon surround the ladies and Fitzwilliam Darcy, forcing Elizabeth and Darcy, strangers to each other, to marry. Darcy despises everything about his marriage to the daughter of an insignificant country gentleman with vulgar relations. Georgiana, humiliated after a near-elopement with George Wickham and full of Darcy pride, hates her new sister. Their family look upon Elizabeth with suspicion and do little to hide their sentiments. Separated from those who love her, Elizabeth is desperate to prove herself to her new family despite their disdain. Just as she loses all hope, Darcy learns to want her good opinion. He will have to face his prejudices and uncover the depths of Georgiana’s misdeeds to earn it, and Elizabeth will have to learn to trust him if she is to ever to find happiness being Mrs Darcy.
This book is a Pride and Prejudice variation featuring Jane Austen’s beloved characters in scenarios of the author’s imagining.



December bookmail giveaway

And now, it’s giveaway time!

During 2021 I’ve decided to offer on a monthly basis an ebook copy of one of the books I’ve received through the mail during that specific month to one reader, and as we are now in the last month of the year, so this will be the last Book Mail Giveaway we’re having!

I have received 9 books in the mail, so the winners of this giveaway will be able to pick an ebook copy of any of the below books:

‘Tis the Season Anthology by Quills & Quartos Publishing – Source: Gift from Publisher

So Material a Change by Amy D’Orazio – Source: Gift from Publisher

Epiphany by Jessie Lewis – Source: Gift from Publisher

The Long Journey Home by J.Dawn King – Source: JAFF Get Together Goodie Bag

Still Waters by Elin Eriksen – Source: JAFF Get Together Goodie Bag

Transforming Mr. Darcy by Melanie Rachel – Source: JAFF Get Together Goodie Bag

The Secret Life of Miss Mary Bennet by Katherine Cowley – Source: JAFF Get Together Goodie Bag

Mages and Mysteries by Victoria Kincaid – Source: Gift from Author

Happy By Accident…or Not? by Michelle D’arcy – Source: Gift from Author

If you want to enter the giveaway just comment on this post and let me know you’re interested. The giveaway is open until the 14th of January and is valid for readers with US accounts only (sorry, I can’t offer the ebooks on other stores).

Good Luck and Happy Reading!

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Susan by Alice McVeigh

susan4.5 stars

Susan is a prequel of Jane Austen’s Lady Susan which allows the reader to get to know one of the most dislikeable characters Austen ever created and make him sympathize with her. In this book, we are introduced to young Susan Smithson and learn a little more about her background and the events that made her who she is.

The writing style in Susan, even if it is not an epistolary novel, is incredibly similar to Jane Austen’s. I was impressed with the approach Alice McVeigh had towards the characters, the development of the story, and how she penned everything is such a regency style manner. Every detail seemed to be in line with what I saw happening in Lady Susan, and that was what captivated me the most during the first part of the book, when the characters are still being introduced to the reader, and the pieces of the puzzle still being laid out in front of him.

It took me a while to connect with the characters, but once I did, I couldn’t stop reading to know what would happen. I found myself wanting to know more about Lady Cuthbert’s marriage, cheering up for Alicia and hoping Susan would never turn her back on her cousin. Given Susan’s constant manipulations I was always uncertain of what she would do, which made the story very exciting.

Susan’s character was also interesting for me in the sense that despite her coldness and manipulative personality, I could relate to her and even sympathize with her at times. I loved how Susan was simultaneously good to her cousin but conniving in order to achieve her goals. In fact, she was scheming and smart, but she was not mean, which is probably a facet of her personality she will develop in the future. In this book Susan is still a young lady, and she already has the traits of personality we see in Lady Susan, but she is still growing up, still learning the ways of life, and there is still some ingenuity in her that makes her more likable at the eyes of the reader. I liked this approach, because in essentials she is still the same character Austen created, but in a different stage of her life, and therefore, not yet the same as we see in Lady Susan. Alice McVeigh didn’t try to change Susan’s character to make her more favorable in the readers eyes, she simply created an interesting story where a younger version of Lady Susan is still learning how to navigate in society using her wit.

I was also pleasantly surprised with how many Austen characters from other novels were present in this book and with their influence on this story, their inclusion was smartly done, and I loved it. I personally loved reading Charlotte’s letters, witnessing how she is not so easily manipulated by Susan as other people were, and also to know Colonel Fitzwilliam’s connection and influence in Susan’s life.

Summing up, Susan is a very well written book that takes the reader into a regency storyline that becomes more and more captivating as the story progresses. It is a different JAFF novel that I recommend to those who want more then just Darcy and Elizabeth.

 

You can find Susan at:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

and on Audible


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