Los lugares de las novelas de Jane Austen, en Google Maps

Great map with the places where Jane Austen takes her characters with a description as well 🙂 (just double check the descriptions as it looks like there has been some jumble)

Jane Austen’s characters’ favourite places

Hablando de Jane Austen

Para quienes estéis planificando un viajecito Austen por el sur de Inglaterra, aquí tenéis buena parte del trabajo hecho.

A través de Cinthia, de Jane Austen Castellano, he tenido conocimiento de esta página en Google Maps, en la que están apuntados, por lugar y por libro, los entornos que se mencionan en las distintas novelas de Jane Austen.

Añadiendo los personales de la escritora, el viajecito ya está más que completo. Ahora solamente falta romper el cerdito porque barato, lo que se dice barato, no va a resultar… ¿Verdad Hachi Chan?

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¡Bon Voyage!

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Marrying Well For Fun & Profit is LIVE !

This one must be really fun, I have just bought it and I believe you should do the same.
Sir Walter Elliot, Anne Wentworth’s (née Elliot) father!
Follow Laura Hile on her blog https://laurahile.wordpress.com/
If you have not read it yet, I highly recommend you to read “Darcy by any other name”, a great book!

Laura Hile

marrying-wellThis morning I realized that it was Friday the 13th.

I have a fondness for this day, because eight months ago I published Darcy By Any Other Name on the 13th. My Freaky Friday romance released on “Freaky Friday.” I’m still smiling about that.

What better way to celebrate than to publish another book? 

It was time for Jane Austen’s Sir Walter Elliot to step up to the plate. This project has been on the back burner for too long.

Needless to say, Sir Walter is over the moon. He is at center stage in this e-book. No sharing the spotlight with anyone else.

It’s not fiction, being humorous courtship advice, but it’s fun.

Just right for reading on your coffee break.
A dose of snark from the snooty baronet everyone loves to hate.

Except that sometimes Sir Walter can be rather wise.

If you’ve followed Sir Walter’s Marrying Well

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REVIEW of “Loving Longest” by Lisa Van Gemert

Loving Longest by Lisa Van Gemert is a modern variation of Jane Austen’s Persuasion where we find:

  • Emma, a young widow and passionate English teacher and,
  • Adam, a police officer closed to trust or love

“Thanks” to a meth lab exploding in Emma’s neighbourhood, both characters meet, well, Adam meets a bleeding face, Emma’s face. As Emma lives alone, Adam has to track down from her home to her school and then to Emma’s sister Amy to find someone to take care of her. However, Adam eventually takes care of Barrett, Emma’s dog while she is in hospital. When Emma is back home, he offers to walk Barrett every morning as Emma is not able to do it, she agrees.

A strong attraction between them is forming and they start dating after being honest with each other and saying that they are not a full person to give. We know about Emma’s late husband, better said, at this point we know part of his marriage but we do not know anything about Adam’s past.

They fall in love and they are very happy although some days they barely see each other due to work, so they are just stealing moments to be together. However they are happy knowing each other and loving each other.

Before Thanksgiving, Adam asks her to spend the holiday with him and his family and she agrees. Barbara, Adam’s mother is not very welcoming, let’s say that everything she does or says looks like she hates Emma even when she has just met her. One of the afternoons they are in New York, Emma overhears a conversation between Adam’s parents and Adam where Barbara tries to convince Adam that Emma is not appropriate for him and she even implies that there might be something “dark”  on Emma’s husband’s death. Emma cannot believe what she is listening to and she is so shocked about Barbara’s implication that she almost misses the part when Adam declares that he is going to ask her to marry him.

Our Anne Elliot cannot think about having a happy marriage when her “mother-in-law” just hates her and she cannot put Adam on the situation where he has to choose between her and his family because part of his family hates her. Even when Adam keeps telling her that he chooses her. However, Emma cannot do that to him or to herself, so they break up.

A couple of years later, Emma encounters Becca, Adam’s sister, and Becca tells her about her teaching career and that she is going back to NY for his brother’s wedding. Emma’s heart breaks even more now because she knows that’s the end to any hope, Adam is lost to her.

Emma just needs to go on with her life: her job that she loves, her sister and nieces and nephew, her friends, her knitting and after some time she starts travelling as she does lectures on cruises. (I found this quite interesting!)

Six years after she met Becca, Emma is in a cruise around the British Isles and she has several presentations prepared about Jane Austen, George Elliot and Charles Dickens.

Her first conference is about Jane Austen and when she is reading Captain Wentworth’s letter to Anne, a person comes in the theatre and locks eyes with her: Adam. OMG! Yes, it is Adam and he listens to her reading:”Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever.

That cruise becomes extremely awkward because not only Adam is there, also his whole family… even Barbara. I need to say that (mini-spoiler) that Adam is not married! Becca has two brothers and she never specified nor Emma asked.

For the most romantic readers, this does not exactly become a Love Boat trip or at least it is not a love cruise where our protagonist end together… not exactly at least.

Our protagonists will have more heartache to live but…

Spoiler alert! 😛

happy ending will eventually arrive but it will be very difficult. There is too much complication for them and too much suffering even before they met.

Religion is a key part on the lives of Emma and Adam, I found it very nice but I know there are a few of you who do not like this topic on books. Trust me that it is not too much at all and I really enjoyed the wedding as Adam is Jewish and Emma Catholic. It is a lovely and funny wedding 🙂

4.5out5 stars

If you would like to buy the book, go to:

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Lisa Van Gemert is also a educator and she has her own website  dedicated to her job. As a teacher myself, I recommend it. You can follow her on Facebook or Twitter.

 

 

REVIEW of “45 dias na Europa com Sr Darcy” by Moira Bianchi

Engraçado e muito carioca 🙂

I have been a few months going after this book by Moira Bianchi as I would have loved to get the paperback in Portuguese, however I eventually bought the ebook as it was easier for me to get it. (You can get the English version as well: 45 days in Europe with Mr. Darcy)

As some of you know I am Spanish but half Portuguese and reading a modern variation of Pride and Prejudice in Portuguese was a great inducement for me. I know it is written in Brazilian Portuguese and I am not used to it, but I found it very entertaining and fresh.

However, you would like to know my opinion of 45 days in Europe with Mr. Darcy instead of me jabbering about how awesome Portuguese is 😉

 

Lizzy Bennett (yes, two ts) is a Brazilian-English student of tourism and she has a very popular blog where thousands of people follow her advice when it comes to travelling. She has drawn the attention of a big hotel chain thanks to her dear friend Charlotte who is working now for them.

Will Darcy is a young heir who is having one or two gap years before facing the “adult” world and take control of the foundation that her mother created among other businesses.

Lizzy travels to Amsterdam and while having dinner with her angelical sister Jane and her dear friend Charlotte and some other friends, they meet some “British” who apart from one, are a bit too snob. First impressions normally are not correct but we tend to follow them.

This Darcy is very similar to Jane Austen’s Darcy but with the big difference of the centuries in between. For instance when Lizzy appears in her sport outfit sweaty and with “sparkling eyes” at the main reception of the luxurious hotel, Caroline Bingley says that Darcy will never let Georgie appear like that in public and Darcy answers: “It’s impossible to control other people’s actions” (what a change!).

During the book we can see how their relationship or non-relationship evolves and how Darcy eventually is always there when she may be in need of “rescuing”, for instance in the park in Amsterdam, or after eating something in a coffee shop that may not be legal in other places, or in Italy when some wellies are needed, etc.

Lizzy is against Darcy because he is always looking grumpy around her and he is normally staring at her. She also discovers that he is the “insufferable brother” who split George Wickham and Georgie… Georgie does not answer her emails and texts and she starts being confused not for what Darcy did but for what she is not able to admit to herself.

Then Wickham is back on scene when he “goes with” Lydia to Germany to a rave, just remember that Lizzy and her family live in Brazil, so it is not a two-hour flight. As it happens in P&P, Darcy is there to help.

She is sooo stubborn! yes, he is a bit snob but this Lizzy is annoying… until they cannot fight more against themselves and finally get together. However, not everything ends here, we have to remember that he lives at Pemberley (an awesome house with hidden passages *wink wink*) and she lives in Ipanema… there is a whole ocean in between.

Moreover, even when they are together and their love is very powerful, there are still misunderstandings and jealousy, this Darcy is very jealous and Lizzy keeps confounding Darcy’s meanings.

Spoiler alert!

There is HEA ending and it is very nice.

FYI: there are erotic/sexual scenes and I know that not everyboy likes them.

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As I normally do, I will leave you some questions to intensify your curiosity: what if Georgie is not exactly who you think the character is? What if Mrs. Bennett is not crazy about marrying her daughters? What if Italy is so amazing and romantic as I know it is? What if Wickham has some preferences you have never though about? What if this book makes you want to travel to all those countries? What happens if you can even like a bit Lady C.?

4.5out5 stars

If you would like to follow this author, you can follow Moira on:  45days

Website               Goodreads            Facebook              Twitter

To buy her books, you could go to:

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WINNER of “Mr. Bennet’s Dutiful Daughter” by Joana Starnes

Thank you very much to Joana Starnes for adding me to the blog tour of this electrifying book.

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The winner of a copy of Mr. Bennet’s Dutiful Daughter is… Maria! Congratulations, please check your email as soon as possible.

 

I have used random.org to select the winner.

If unfortunately you have not won the book, go and buy it 🙂

Amazon UK                             Amazon US

 

To follow Joana Starnes, go to:

Facebook: All Roads Lead to Pemberley/ Joana Starnes Facebook Page

Twitter: Joana Starnes/ Twitter

Goodreads: Joana Starnes Goodreads Author Page

Website: joanastarnes.co.uk

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Amazon UK: Joana Starnes Amazon UK Author Page

REVIEW + GIVEAWAY of “Mr. Bennet’s Dutiful Daughter” by Joana Starnes

I am happy to participate on Joana Starnes’s Mr. Bennet’s Dutiful Daughter‘s blog tour. It is almost finished but you have to check out other entries where you can find really good reviews, guest posts and excerpts. You can always read my review first 🙂

Blog Tour Schedule 

November 17/ My Jane Austen Book Club/Launch Post & Giveaway

November 18/Pemberley to Milton/Book Review & Giveaway

November 19/Obsessed with Mr. Darcy/ Book Review & GiveawayMBDD blog tour banner vertical_D.jpg

November 20/ A Covent Garden Madame Gilflurt’s Guide to Life/Guest Post

November 21/ Margie’s Must Reads/ Book Review & Giveaway

November 22/ Babblings of a Bookworm/ Book Review & Giveaway

November 23/Diary of an Eccentric/Book Review & Giveaway

November 24/ Happy Thanksgiving

November 25/ So Little Time… So Much to Read/ Excerpt & Giveaway

November 26/ Just Jane 1813/Interview with Joana Starnes

November 27 / My Kids Led Me Back to Pride and Prejudice/ Guest Post & Giveaway

November 28/ More Agreeably Engaged/ Vignette & Giveaway

December 1/ My Vices and Weaknesses/ Book Review & Giveaway

December 2/ Austenesque Reviews/ Excerpt & Giveaway

 

My review

Heartache will be the best emotion to describe what I felt while reading Mr. Bennet’s Dutiful Daughter. It was distressing and agonizing to read this masterpiece where Elizabeth and Darcy almost destroy themselves!

No, you may be thinking that I liked that they almost torn apart each other, but no, I did not enjoy the feeling but I loved the reading. Joana Starnes has made me cry, has made suffer but also she has made me smile with her latest book Mr. Bennet’s Dutiful Daughter.

While in Rosings, the news of Mr. Bennet’s illness is made known to Lady Catherine by his lapdog and henpecked Mr. Colllins. Lady C.’s parson is more interested on telling his patroness than informing his own cousin, so Mr. Darcy rides as quickly as he can to find Elizabeth who happens to be having a stroll on Rosings grounds with Colonel Fitzwilliam who is about to praise his cousin on helping a friend to avoid an attachment to a country girl (you know who I mean, right?). So, Colonel is stopped and the news need to be told just after Mr. Darcy instruct his cousin to have everything ready to take Miss Bennet to her home.

Elizabeth is distress and she is very grateful to Mr. Darcy for being so kind to her and offer to take her to Longbourn. She is puzzled to say the least when he offers for her, he says that he loves her and wants to protect her. He declares his love and he laments that this is the most ill-timed moment to propose but he wants to protect her and her family from the heartless Mr. Collins who is like a vulture waiting for his prey.

Elizabeth has too much on her right now: “Her father. Apoplexy. Mr. Collins. Mr. Darcy. Marriage. Mourning.” Enough to make anyone to forget her ideas about marriage and love and accept a man who you find insufferable and proud. However, the same man is showing kindness to you as well as caring love, from time to time. Let’s say that Mr. Darcy  is like the bitter with the sweet per moments.

Before their arrival to Longbourn, Elizabeth accepts the proposal because her main interest is the security of her family and there is no other way that one of Mr. Bennet daughters could have an imminent proposal after Mr. Bingley left Jane’s heart broken when he left without a goodbye.

As you can imagine, Longbourn is a sad place to be with the uncertainty of their future and Mr. Bennet’s recovery. Mrs. Bennet is surprised when Elizabeth arrives with Mr. Darcy and his cousins but when she learns about the engagement, she cannot believe, it is like her least favourite daughter becomes of a sudden the best daughter ever and the rescuer of the family.

So many things happen during those days between the newly engaged couple that it is not surprising that the wedding takes place just after Mr. Darcy can obtain a special license. Elizabeth enters the marriage half-hearted because she does not know what to do with Fitzwilliam, one moment he is arrogant and disregards her family and the next moment he is extremely affectionate and loving to her.

I will not mention the wedding day or night, I will just leave the suspense for you to read the book.

It is important to remember that Darcy is still Darcy, he never thought that he may have been refused in other circumstances or that Elizabeth may not love him. He believes that her mood is just due to her father’s illness and her sorrow.

The dialogues between them and the encounters, intimate and personal, are just amazing to read and enjoy. Elizabeth starts knowing him more and sees a different face to the grand master of Pemberley. However, not everything is hearts and flowers between them even after Mr. Bennet’s demise. The worst occurs when they are back to Meryton and Elizabeth learns what was the last straw before his father’s passing. She is devastated, she is alone with her mother and Darcy’s nemesis, Mr. Wickham, who tries to “help” her and be her friend. Unfortunately, Mr. Darcy listens to all the conversation and miscontrues some of the things he listens to but unluckily he cannot misunderstand Mrs. Bennet saying that her daughter married him out of duty to her family.

That was the last thing he wanted to listen to, even less in the presence of George Wickham, he is hurt, he is pained and he is mad. From then on, he does not want to listen to Elizabeth, he repudiates her, he does not allow her to talk to him, he thinks he hates her he even starts a separation contract with his solicitors. Now is when the horrible heartache has started, where I wanted to shake him and put some sense on him. I could understand his disappointment and pain but he is over the top! I have never ever believed that I would say or write this but I have hated Mr. Darcy in this book for a long part of it!!

 

Spoiler alert!!

After all the heartache and more, there is a happy ending but OMG! Joana makes you suffer!

By the way, watch out for Mr. Bingley!! How amazing he is towards his sister Elizabeth, yes, Elizabeth, because he comes back to marry Jane! Charles is an awesome discovery when it comes to scolding!

Imagine how painful the situation between Elizabeth and Darcy is that even dear Jane says:

“I did not tell you because… because I could not boast of my happiness when you are so unhappy.”

5out5 stars

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Joana Starnes lives in the south of England with her family. A medical graduate, in more recent years she has developed an unrelated but enduring fascination with Georgian
Britain in general and the works of Jane Austen in particular, as well as with the remarkable and flamboyant set of people who have given the Regency Period its charm and sparkle.

Joana Starnes is the author of:
From This Day Forward ~ The Darcys of Pemberley, a Pride & Prejudice sequel
The Subsequent Proposal ~ A Tale of Pride, Prejudice & Persuasion
The Second Chance, a Pride & Prejudice ~ Sense & Sensibility variation
The Falmouth Connection, a Pride & Prejudice variation where Jane Austen’s beloved characters are compelled to leave their tame and reasonably peaceful lives in the south of England and travel to the far reaches of Cornwall, into a world of deceit and peril, where few – if any! – are what they seem to be…
The Unthinkable Triangle, a Pride & Prejudice variation that dwells on the most uncomfortable love-triangle of them all. What if Mr. Darcy’s rival for Miss Bennet’s hand and heart is none other than his dearest, closest friend? And how can they all find their ‘happily-ever-after’?
Miss Darcy’s Companion – a variation that explores what might have happened if the warm-hearted Miss Elizabeth Bennet were employed instead of the scheming Mrs Younge.

To follow one of my favourite writers, check these:

Facebook: All Roads Lead to Pemberley/ Joana Starnes Facebook Page

Twitter: Joana Starnes/ Twitter

Goodreads: Joana Starnes Goodreads Author Page

Website: joanastarnes.co.uk

Amazon US:  Joana Starnes Amazon US Author Page

Amazon UK: Joana Starnes Amazon UK Author Page

 

GIVEAWAY

Joana is offering an ebook giveaway to my readers. One copy for one fortunate winner.

To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment below. Please, leave your email address, write ()  around (at) and (dot).

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The winner will be picked randomly.

Last day to enter the giveaway will be the 9th December 2016, 11:59pm GMT.

WINNER of “The Courtship of Edward Gardiner” by Nicole Clarkston

Thank you very much to Nicole for writing this lovely book and also for sharing the blog tour of The Courtship of Edward Gardiner with My vices and weaknesses.

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The winner of a copy of The courtship of Edward Gardiner is… Vesper! Congratulations, please check your email as soon as possible because you need to tell me what format you prefer.

I have used random.org to select the winner.

 

If you have not been able to win this dear book, remember you can always buy it on:

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To follow Nicole Clarkston, you have different ways:

Website                          Goodreads Author Page                  Goodreads Blog

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