REVIEW of “Revisit Mansfield Park: How Fanny married Henry” by Sarah Ozcandarli

When I read the title, I could not conceive the idea of Fanny marrying Henry. It went against my idea of Fanny, my dislike of Henry and my love for a happy ending.

Mansfield Park is one of my favourite Jane Austen’s novels and I find Fanny too sweet to end up with someone different from Edmund. However, I wanted to read Revisit Mansfield Park: How Fanny married Henry because it was a challenged not to be biased by my ideas.

It is true that I spent more than half of the book waiting for the author to show that everything was a lie, that Henry is still despicable and untruthful as Jane Austen showed us. I was being a bit mean with Sarah Ozcandarli‘s book because although I was enjoying the letters that Henry and Fanny wrote to each other in order to have a better acquaintance, I kept thinking that it was not possible that Henry was actually in love with Fanny.

However, he was and he wanted to show her how he could changed just to deserve her love. It is a lovely way the book is written because as I wrote before, the love story is mainly seen through the letters they send to each other. There is a great change between the first letters where they write in a very sensible and polite manner and the last ones, where feelings and emotions are so clear and evident.

There are more stories around the courtship that Henry and Fanny have, the Bertram’s do not have really happy news or events but those events are very important to complete the story. We can find Maria and Julia, Tom and Edmund together with their parents. I like Susan, Fanny’s sister, as an important character in this story, we also have Fanny’s parents on Revisit Mansfield Park.

I was lucky to get the story for free on Amazon, but I recommend it, mainly if you dislike the Henry Crawford from Mansfield Park as I do.

4out5 stars

Why JAFF is so great!?

Have a look at this nice article that tells us why JAFF (Jane Austen Fan Fiction) is so important and why we need even more!

5 Reasons the World Needs More Jane Austen Fanfic

I totally agree with Elizabeth Ann West on this matter but I will add another reason: the people involved in JAFF.

Obviously I have to thank the writers, they are absolutely amazing and creative. Taking as a reference, Pride and Prejudice, authors are telling us what if, what happened after the wedding, what happened before the wedding, they are meeting in different situations or they are taking the personality of the characters and changing the era.

I started reading JAFF books several years ago, thanks to Amazon USA and UK, I bought paperbooks, at that time mainly by Abigail Reynolds, highly recommended to read The Man who Loved Pride and Prejudicemy first JAFF book. Back then, I was not aware of the huge experience that the JAFF universe is nowadays.

However, my point does not only involve amazing authors writing great stories. I have been following JAFF authors, JAFF bloggers or befriending readers of JAFF stories and I have to say that I have felt extremely welcomed. Around two years ago, when I was commenting on blogs or groups, I felt like an invader because I could read and realise that they knew each other quite well and I was just a newbie. In addition to that, I started mainly on websites and groups with people from the USA and it seemed to me that I was the Spaniard living in England who “dared” to “invade” a new universe.

Needless to say, I was totally wrong, it was just a silly feeling that I had as I was just new in a cybernetic and “geeky” world. (By the way, I love to consider myself geeky, so please do not take any offense).

After participating on a few giveaways, I realised that the authors and the people behind some amazing blogs were just very pleasant and generous as well. I believe I will never forget the first ebook that I won: The Madness of Mr Darcy by Alexa Adams, a giveaway on The Calico Critic. It may sound silly but I felt really happy to win it, not only for the prize (a lovely and tender book) but for starting to be part of that universe. I have been lucky enough to win a few more books but what I adore above all on the JAFF universe is the contact with the writers and also with other JAFF addicts. Being able to write to authors on a post or on their twitter or facebook account is great! They answer you, you can give your opinion or leave a comment, etc. and it goes from “cybernetic”, that normally is related to impersonal, to personal and human.

I just want to thank everyone who belongs to this universe, and I have kept writing universe because it is vast and it is just great. Thank you for being so welcoming and for sharing so much with me and with everyone insterested in Jane Austen.

Keep being so awesome! Authors, carry on writing! 😉 and the rest of the people (readers, bloggers, editors, supporters), keep spreading the JAFF universe!

Thank you very much. Muchas gracias. 😀

Ana

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REVIEW of “Mr Darcy’s Rival” by Kara Louise

What would happen when you love someone but it looks like you are not the only one?

This variation of Pride and Prejudice is full of apologies, envy, wise people and love. If you enjoy reading about Elizabeth and Darcy but you prefer when Darcy suffers a bit more than in Jane Austen’s book, you will love Mr Darcy’s Rival.

What if a female character is the “baddie” instead of Wickham who is almost a puppet? What if Anna de Bourg hides her real self and her real feelings? What if the past helps the future just for reading it? What if Charlotte is as clever as always? 😉

Kara Louise has add a lot of intrigue to P&P but having always the main couple. SPOILER ALERT: at the end they marry but the important thing is: how do they arrive to that point? 🙂

Elizabeth carries on with her bad impression of Darcy’s behaviour and she lets her vanity again to be flattered by someone new in her life. Mr Rickland is not exactly what she thinks… at the beginning.

Lizzy still despises Mr Darcy, she believes he only looks at her to find fault, how mistaken she is! Elizabeth discovers Darcy’s feelings when she should not have, this makes a small change on her perception of the arrogant gentleman, but will it be enough to fall in love with him? No! He really needs to redeem himself of his faults but it is not easy as there are too hurdles to win Elizabeth’s affections. (Mr Darcy is so charming and sweet!)

After reading Pride and Prejudice, we already know the main characters, however, I have really like some minor characters who are Kara’s ideas: Mrs Brooks and Mr Jenkinson: with so little, they are really good assets.

What if you go and grab a copy of Mr Darcy’s Rival and enjoy this fantastic book?

I was very lucky to win a giveaway of this book. Thanks to Kara and Meredith for giving and organising the giveaway 🙂

(picture from http://www.karalouise.net/)

REVIEW of “Amelia Elkins Elkins” by A. M. Blair

I am used to read several variations or sequels of Pride and Prejudice every month and I simply love them. However, I found last months a very interesting book on a website whose author was giving her retelling of Persuasion free. Who can resist a freebie and who can resist a free of a retelling of one novel Jane Austen?

Amelia Elkins Elkins is a retelling of Persuasion from a contemporary point of view. We are not any more looking at the 19th century but the 21st. From my point of view, A. M. Blair shows a great variation of the love story of Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth but adding all the implications and “dramas” that we may face (well I am not in possession of a large fortune) in our lives.

Amelia is determined to save her family house after her mother’s death, complicated passing away. She finds out family “treasures” and the “black sheep”.

All the characters are very similar to the ones that Jane Austen wrote but in this novel with the 21st century turn. A like them or dislike them exactly the same. However, our Mr William Elliot, here he has a different name, is very creepy and a baddy (you need to read it to know his dark side).

You may think that I am missing one of the protagonist but no, I have not. You want to know how our Captain Wentworth is but I will only write that Michael is as loveable as Frederick.

“Please let me know”

You really need to grab a copy and read it, I only hope that you enjoy Amelia Elkins Elkins at least as much as I have enjoyed it. It is a really nice novel and you may enjoy also the description of all the clothes that Amelia is wearing ^^

In order to know more about A. M. Blair, go to her blog The Misfortune of Knowing or follow her on twitter A.M.B.

(Picture from https://misfortuneofknowing.wordpress.com/2015/06/22/amelia-elkins-elkins-a-retelling-of-jane-austens-persuasion/)

COVER REVEAL: Romantic Noir #Suspense THE WIDOW @Scarletxxo @IARTG #IARTG

I cannot wait to read this book. I think David Álvarez is going to be really nice 😉

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“When truth is buried underground it grows, it chokes, it gathers such an explosive force that on the day it bursts out, it blows up everything with it.” – Émile Zola, J’accuse

In this thrilling romantic noir suspense, DEA agent David Alvarez invested four years in deep undercover infiltrating the ruthless Sonora Drug Cartel only to have his primary target gunned down by a rival gang. Now his only hope in salvaging the operation and bringing the largest drug trafficker in the world to justice lies with the man’s beautiful, young widow Catherine, whom he cannot bring himself to trust.
Catherine would do anything to break free from the clutches of the cartel, but despite her desperate efforts, she can never escape the mistakes of her past that continue to haunt her.
Even though he cannot deny their mystical, mutual attraction, David must carry out his orders –…

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You Might Be A Janeite If……

It is universally acknowledge that if you like Jane Austen, you agree with this post 😉

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You might be a Janeite if…..

  • You being many a sentence with “It is a universally acknowledged….”
  • As a single person, your dates are compared to the following
    • If the date was good (and your female and/or straight): Captain Wentworth, Edmund Bertram, Fitzwilliam Darcy, etc
    • If your date was bad (and your female and/or straight) : Mr. Elliot, Henry Crawford, Mr. Collins, Mr. Wickham,
    • If your date was good (and your male and/or straight): Anne Elliot, Fanny Price, Elizabeth Bennet, etc.
    • If your date was bad (and your male and/or straight): Elizabeth Elliot, Mariah Bertram, Caroline Bingley, Mary Bennet etc
  • You frequently drop references to Austen characters and story lines in your every day conversations: i.e.- when sharing the details of a bad date with a friend: He was such a Mr. Collins. I wanted to puke.
  • You compare your parents to the parents in Austen and thank your lucky stars…

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

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. He suffers more than Jane Austen’s Mr Darcy because he thinks himself to be a sort of a monster. However, Colette L. Saucier is showing all the time the man that he is, the human side of this vampire without heart, physical heart I mean.

Although with pain, I have liked to see the story from his eyes and his feelings. Not only towards Elizabeth but towards all the characters. I always enjoy Colonel Fitzwilliam, as well as Mr Bingley, the annoying Miss Bingley, Jane Bennet, Georgiana (we listen to her more in this variation) or the baddy Wickham, among others.  However, I need to mention Rivens, Darcy’s valet. He is a very important character working in the shade (I am very fond of him).

SPOILER ALERT!!!

I cannot consider this an spoiler but just in case you do not want to know, stop reading immediately!

Love will find its way through paths where wolves would fear to prey. (“The Giaour” by Lord Byron)

The spoiler is that Elizabeth and Darcy end up together 😉  The important question is: how do they end up together? You will have to read this amazing book to know how Mr Darcy, Vampire, finds true love.

I want to thank Colette L. Saucier for doing great giveaways where her fans and Jane Austen’s fans can win her books. I also want to thank you because with all the poems that you use in Pulse and Prejudice (as the one I copied above), you have reminded me of a subject that I did in my English degree that I had a bit forgotten, poetry.

(Picture from http://www.colettesaucier.com/pulse-and-prejudice/)