RE-REVIEW of “Pulse and Prejudice” by Colette L. Saucier

I wrote the review of Pulse and Prejudice more than a year ago. I have just re-read the book and I have liked it as much as last year or even more.
Darcy’s passion is even greater in Colette’s version of Pride and Prejudice because it is not only his human pride and prejudice that he has to fight against.
When I did that review, I was not using stars, I was still a newbie on blogging reviews. I give five stars to Pulse and Prejudice as I think it is a very interesting variation of Pride and Prejudice.

“Confident his fascination with the young lady had ended, as every day he thought more and more of how little he though of her at all.” (Pulse and Prejudice)

I want to point out that there are some scenes of passion and erotic content towards the end of the book. I know some people do not like it, so I do not want to misguide anyone.
Read below my full review of Pulse and Prejudice and  look for a copy (links below) and enjoy a magnetic attraction between Darcy and Elizabeth. Then, go and read Dearest Bloodiest Elizabeth, Colette’s last release where you can find these lovely characters after their (SPOILERT) marriage. You can win an ebook or hardback copy of Dearest Bloodiest Elizabeth here.

5out5 stars

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I was eager to read this book not only because it is a variation of Pride a Prejudice but because it involves vampires.

I have to confess that I like the “Twilight Saga”, I read the books before watching the films and I liked Edward Cullen from the first page. However, I have always preferred the “proper” vampires that people discover with Bram Stoker’s Dracula and in my case, also watching the film adaptation  of Anne Rice’s Interview with the vampire.

I was pretty sure, without reading anything about Pulse and Prejudice, that our Mr Darcy was going to be a “real vampire”. I was more than happy to discover that I was right.

We can experience a different approach to this love story, where the passions are stronger and where the pain is sharper. Mr Darcy does not only fight the social status, he fights his own condition…

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Winners of “Northern Rain” – Casting of “North and South”

Choosing a possible Richard Armitage, sorry, I mean Mr. Thornton is one of the most challenging deeds in this life. However we have tried and, you have selected Álex Gadea as his feasible succesor if North and  South went Spanish.

Miss Hale’s description in Elizabeth Gaskell’s novel is an interesting one, a  description from John’s side. Personally I like Daniela Denby-Ashe as she captures Margaret’s personality very well. If we would do a Spanish cast, Iris Lezcano has been the favourite.

Here we have my favourite cast of N&S from the versions that I have watched:

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Here the casting that you have decided from the options I gave you. I must admit that Iris and Álex were also my first choices:alqueria diego anna

Without further delay, the winners of the awesome novel by Nicole Clarkston Northern Rain goes to: Pam Hunter and Sandra. Ladies, check your emails 🙂

Thank you very much, Nicole, for making this giveaway possible.

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REVIEW of “Second Impressions” by Amy George

This novella by a new author that I discovered recently, Amy George, has a problem, it was to quick to read! I mean, I have liked it so much that I started in the afternoon and I finished before going to bed (I only stopped to watch the new series of ITV Victoria).

In my opinion Second impressions is a great title, as most of you may know, Jane Austen initially titled First Impressions for her novel eventually called Pride and Prejudice

Elizabeth Darcy left England to avoid Fitzwilliam Darcy but she did not want to accept the real reasons for her fleeing her country. She goes to America, to Boston to visit a cousin, a liberal and brash cousin, Emeline Poston.

After two years, where her spirits have not improved much, she decides to go back home as Jane, her sister, is pregnant again. Elizabeth decides that she has lost too much time of the lives of her nephew and niece and she will be with Jane when she has her next child, a daughter, according to Elizabeth’s desire.

Darcy has had a horrible year but he has not been himself for the last two years when Elizabeth left. He is tormented and he is a ghost of his former self. I will not tell you more but you have to see again the lovely baby girl on the cover picture *sigh* That little girl is key for the story and for lovely scenes!

We do not only have Darcy and Elizabeth as main characters, we have from P&P: Mr. and Mrs. Bingley among others, I love the development of Jane’s character, she is as sweet but stronger as well. There is a new character that has the leading role on the subplot of this novella, Emeline, as I mentioned before, Elizabeth’s cousin. It is an interesting character who gives a twist to the polite, well-behaved and conservative English society of the time.

I will like to tell you more but I will just write the spoiler that I keep giving in most of my reviews (stop reading if you do not want to know)

 

4.5out5 stars

There is a happy ending 😉 The important question is: how do they achieve that end??

 

If you would like to know more about Amy George, you can follow her on Twitter or Facebook.

You can buy this lovely novella on Amazon UK or Amazon US. I was lucky to win this ebook in a great blog that you should follow, if you don’t do it yet of course, JustJane1813.

This post is not part of the blog tour that Amy George has done with Second Impressions. The blog tour just finished yesterday  but you may wish to read some excerpt from the novella or guest post.

Here you have the links to the blogs (all these blogs are really good):

***Second Impressions Blog Tour ***

8/15: Review at Margie’s Must Reads

8/16: Excerpt & Giveaway at Romance Novel Giveaway

8/17: Guest Post & Giveaway at My Jane Austen Book Club

8/18: Guest Post & Giveaway at Skipping Midnight

8/19: Review at Tomorrow is Another Day

8/20: Review at Liz’s Reading Life

8/22: Excerpt & Giveaway at More Agreeably Engaged

8/23: Review at Half Agony, Half Hope

8/23: Excerpt & Giveaway at So Little Time…

8/24: Review at My Kids Led Me Back to Pride and Prejudice

8/25: Guest Post & Giveaway at From Pemberley to Milton

8/26: Review at Diary of an Eccentric

8/27: Review at Just Jane 1813

8/28: Author Interview & Giveaway at Babblings of a Bookworm

REVIEW of “With Pen in Hand” by Melanie Schertz

So far I have only read two of Melanie Schertz‘s books, although I have a few more waiting on my kindle waiting for me to read but I would need days of 40 hours! Apart from With Pen in Hand, I have read Darcy’s Continental Escape and I really liked it. I have liked With Pen in Hand, however, it is too sugary for me. Spoiler below 😉

Elizabeth and Darcy end up together and obviously that’s great but I was missing more misunderstandings between them, I missed a bit of difficulty for them to get together.

The book relates how Elizabeth saves her family after a fire destroyed almost all Longbourn. Elizabeth is in London and  writes books and earns a lot of money that she sends home for repairs and she provides a good education for her younger sisters. Every single member of her family is extremely proud and thankful and Elizabeth, keeping her name under a pseudonym. Elizabeth, with the help of his uncle Gardiner, earns even more money with investments. Elizabeth and the Gardiners move to a bigger house in a “better” place of London.

Everything goes smooth apart from an initial “pride and prejudice” moment between them but it passes very quick. The book is like a walk in the clouds, that is nice, but maybe too much. We cannot forget about Wickham, he appears and he is indeed mean and despicable but everything is resolved quickly and our protagonists carry on with their story.

It is a pleasant read with really nice scenes, I will recommend the ones about giving bottles of Port in exchange of dances or Darcy fainting… you need to read to understand!

3.5out5 stars

If you want to discover more about Melanie Schertz, follow her on Facebook or Twitter.

To buy any of her numerous JAFF books, you could go to Amazon UK or Amazon US.

 

(cover picture from Amazon UK)

Casting for “North and South” + Giveaway

A few weeks ago I was very lucky to win an eBook by Nicole Clarkston in a lovely blog, From Pemberley to Milton (you can also participate here on another giveaway of Nicole’s books on that blog until the 29th August). I was very eager to read that book as it would be my first North and South variation, I was enthusiastic and I have to say that Northern Rain did not disappoint me at all. How things changed for John and Margaret after a raining day!! I would like to direct you to my review in case you want to know a bit more about the book that you could win.

Talking to the author, Nicole Clarkston, she asked me if I would be interested on doing a giveaway and I accepted straightaway. However, what to do? I am normally only doing reviews and, although excited, I had not a clue of what to do in a post for a giveaway. Thankfully Nicole gave me a few ideas and I visited other blogs that I follow to see what people normally do. Even if the ideas were numerous, I ended up with the impossible: a casting to choose a new John Thornton and Margaret Hale!!

Please, stop cursing and throwing virtual stones at me!! I know that there is no one like Richard Armitage for the role of Mr. Thornton. I love his eyes, his stern look and his “Coming home with me?!” *sigh*

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However, I would like to present you two possible actors to embody John Thornton and two actresses to play Margaret Hale if the film would consist only of a Spanish cast. As most of you know, I am Spanish so I am going to try to “convince” you that we can also have Spanish actors doing characters from English literature.  In addition, as you may not know these actors and actresses, you may not be biased or against them as it may happen if I go for a well-known person.

So, let’s introduce the possible cast:

MARGARET HALE

I will start with the ladies that could play the role of Margaret Hale. I have to point out that it has been very difficult to choose two actresses for this role as I think Daniela Denby-Ashe portrays very well the attitude of Miss Hale.

My two options are Iris Lezcano and María Valverde. Both actresses have done TV and drama. From my point of view, María is better known in Spain as she has done more cinema than Iris. However, I know Iris better as she is a Valencian girl, like me, and she has been in a TV series that I love: L’Alqueria Blanca.

Here you have a couple of pictures for you to look at and vote for your Margaret Hale:

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JOHN THORNTON

I believe this is the difficult part as Richard Armitage is the reference for almost any North and South fan. However, here I have: Álex Gadea and Miguel Ángel Silvestre. Both of them are also from my region and I would say that in different spheres, both of them are well-known in Spain. Both have done TV and drama but Miguel Ángel has done a bit more cinema than Álex.

Without any further ado, here you have a couple of pictures for you to decide:

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You can check more information about these good-looking actors and actresses clicking on the links that I have embedded on their names. The sources of the pictures are at the bottom of the post. You may want to start following them and learn Spanish to follow their series or films, why not?!

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TIME TO GIVE AWAY

We cannot forget that this post has what a lot of you are waiting for: a giveaway by Nicole Clarkson who is generously giving two ebooks of her last novel: Northern Rain.

northern rain    northern rainTo participate you just have to write a comment with your choice of Miss Hale and Mr. Thornton. Other comments or questions are more than welcome.

International giveaway. Open until the 1st of September at 12pm GTM. The winner will be announced on the 2nd September. Leave your email  adress on your comment following the example: anadarcy (at) email (dot) com

Sources of the pictures:

Richard Armitage – own print screen from the film

Iris Lezcano:  zimbio.com            onecero.com

María Valverde: elblogdegarcigomez.blogspot.co.uk              elattelier.com

Álex Gadea: sensacine.com                tuteledigital.es

Miguel Ángel Silvestre: 20minutos.es           lne.es

Cover of Northern Rain – amazon.co.uk

REVIEW of “Presumption” by Julia Barrett

While on holidays back in Spain, after reading a Pride and Prejudice variation that I will review shortly, I went to the library and borrow a P&P sequel that I never heard of: Presumption by Julia Barrett. I have read it in Spanish and it was strange as I am used to read in English, however, I was looking forward to read this sequel whose main character is Georgiana Darcy.

Generally speaking I have liked this book but I need to say that it was a bit empty of feelings, I mean, Georgiana was trying to be very adult-like and sensible after her first season and she tried to be cool and she was determined not to fall for the first man that came across, however, eventually she does it. There is not true feeling at that point. Although after a while I liked the character as she is stronger and extremely loyal to her brother, as we know from P&P but also to her sister-in-law, Elizabeth Darcy.

As it is a sequel, we can see the “pride and prejudice” through other eyes, for instance a new character, Georgiana and Fitzwilliam’s godfather among other neighbours. I do not have to mention Lady Catherine, that again, is mean and a snob in the extreme. Happy point for her: she loses another chance for her Anne (this time it is a good thing!)

I do not want to spoil anything but I will point out that there are good parts to enjoy, for instance Mrs. Gardiner is even better than in the Jane Austen’s novel, mainly because she is a character whose role is a very important moment for Georgiana’s character.

I would have enjoyed a bit more of warmth or romantic feelings between Darcy and Elizabeth or with Georgiana when appropriate 😉

 

3.5out5 stars

If you want to buy this book or any other novel by Julia Barrett, go to Amazon UK or Amazon US.

(cover picture from amazon.es)

REVIEW of “For Peace of Mind” by Leenie Brown

Love is in the air!! Love is all around!! John Paul John and Wet Wet Wet’s  songs’ titles  totally reflect this book. This book is about love and not only the love between Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet. There is a lot of love to share!

I received a Advance Reader Copy in exchange of an honest review. I got the book some time ago but I made the mistake of not passing the file to my kindle and it was still waiting on my email. Fortunately, I found it, read it and I had a great time 🙂

When Elizabeth refuses to marry Mr. Collins, her dad decides that it will be wise to send Elizabeth to London with Jane… for his peace of mind.

There she encounters Mr. Darcy and Colonel Fitzwilliam during a shopping outing with Jane and their aunts. Destiny comes to show that they actually know each other but maybe not in person as Darcy does businesses with Mr. Gardiner as well as Richard’s father, Lord Matlock. Mr. Gardiner is well esteemed and respected and he has a extremely important role on Mr. Bingley’s success…

Meetings come along and I will just point out that the encounters are lovely and endearing not only for the sparks but also for the presence of Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner’s offspring. There is a little gentleman who takes care of “his Lizzy” and does not allow anyone to approach her. Mr. Darcy has a powerful rival or adversary that he needs to prove his worth to in order to “be allowed” to court her.

However, although the vast majority of the book is about happiness, love, teasing, friendship and family, we need a baddie, and who will be a “better baddie” in this story than the scoundrel and blackguard of George Wickham?? He is despicable, I cannot even start describing his role in this story!! Even if the “length” of his part is not very long, it is more than enough!!

Back to a happy note, I mentioned teasing, happiness, family, love and friendship because you will find a lot from the very beginning. It is quite refreshing to read Richard and Charles teasing Darcy and Darcy not being all serious, he starts from the very beginning to be a bit more open and later on the book he can be fun with answers to comment. What we can see is three male friends who even share a laugh or can talk a bit about their hearts. In addition there are some stories about the eldest Bennet sisters when growing up and being a handful, always within reason but not letting others, mainly boys, to underestimate them.

I will just recommend you to read this charming book where love is essential and friendship and family are key.

I will leave you with a couple of teasers:

  1. Lady Catherine can surprise you after being confronted by Elizabeth and being threaten to be loved against her will.
  2. A short dialogue between Elizabeth and Darcy:

“Why Mr. Darcy, ” she said, colour staining her cheeks, “are you flirting with me, sir?”

“I believe I am, Miss Elizabeth.”

 

 

4.5out5 stars

Follow Leenie Brown on different media: Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads or Pinterest.

If you want to read this lovely book or any other novel or novella by Leenie Brown, you could go to Amazon UK or Amazon US.

(cover picture from her website)