Blog Tour “Caroline” by Sue Barr + Giveaway

Miss Caroline Bingley, our protagonist today. Hated by most, liked by a few. In Sue Barr’s Caroline you can discover a new Caroline…

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Let me introduce the author before I give you my opinion of the book.

Sue Barr

Sue Barr resides in beautiful Southwestern Ontario with her retired Air Force hubby, two sons and their families. She’s also an indentured servant to three cats and has been known to rescue a kitten or two, or three…in an attempt to keep her ‘cat-lady-in-training’ status current. Although, she has deviated from appointed path and rescued a few dogs as well.

Sue is a member of Romance Writers of America and their affiliate chapter, Love, Hope and Faith as well as American Christian Fiction Writers.

For more information about her other books, visit her website: http://www.suebarrauthor.com/. You can also follow her on:

Facebook     Twitter     Goodreads    Pinterest   Sue Barr’s Blog

Review

Mr Darcy and Mr Bingley are engaged to two Miss Bennets and Caroline Bingley could not be more angry, disappointed and lost. Even after seeing the attraction that Darcy had towards “dear Eliza” or how happy his brother seemed with “dear Jane”, she kept thinking about herself and how she will conquer Darcy and become the next mistress of Pemberley. However, now everything is lost to her and she is lost.

I have a nickname for this book: “the penny dropper”. Caroline acts like a child and her brother explains very clearly what will happen if she dares to damage his relationship again.

In this book we read how her understanding of the world comes around. She still wishes to become a lady and get a rich husband and be an important part of society but maybe her feelings about that are not her only drive.

Caroline has never been in love before and therefore she does not understand how her body and her mind acts when she meets Lord Nathan.

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Lord Nathan is not exactly what he appears to be. he used to be a rake but now he is quite the opposite but at the beginning Caroline does not know. Their attraction is mutual but also their stubbornness and their different ways of finding happiness. They will evolve into new characters, the evolution is greater in Caroline but Lord Nathan with his faith will also have to realise what God has put in front of him and how his life outside the ton can be seen as a non-appealing one by Caroline.

So, can you see a nice Caroline? Can you believe that she will change completely? Do you think she is capable of love? What would you do if a new acquaintance is always following you thinking that you are about to do the worst? What if everything is misunderstanding? What is your “worst enemy” (Elizabeth Bennet) is your only person to ask for advise? What if love is more powerful than society but then you are actually rewarded?

4out5 stars

Here you have the links to buy this book, you may be surprised with this Caroline.

Amazon UK   Amazon US   Amazon CA   Amazon AU

Time to Give Away

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Three winners will receive a paperback copy of “Caroline” and a Jane Austen Journal and three separate winners will receive an ebook copy of this book. (All giveaways are open to international winners.) Click on the link below:

Giveaway of “Caroline” by Sue Barr

Tour schedule

Follow all the different entries already posted and more to come here:

Caroline Ver Final Banner (1) copyMarch 12 / My Jane Austen Book Club/Launch Post & Giveaway

March 13/ From Pemberley to Milton/ Book Review & Excerpt & Giveaway

March 14/ More Agreeably Engaged/Author Spotlight & Giveaway

March 16/ Just Jane 1813/ Guest Post & Giveaway

March 17/ Babblings of a Bookworm/ Vignette Post & Giveaway

March 18/ My Love for Jane Austen/ Excerpt Post & Giveaway

March 19/ Margie’s Must Reads Excerpt Post & Giveaway

March 20/ Austenesque Reviews/ Guest Post & Giveaway

March 21/ My Vices and Weaknesses/ Book Review & Giveaway

March 22 / Savvy Verse & Wit/ Guest Post & Giveaway

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

March 24/ So Little Time…/ Excerpt Post & Giveaway

March 25/ Obsessed with Mr. Darcy/ Book Review & Giveaway

March 26/ Of Pens & Pages/ Book Review & Giveaway

Happy P&P birthday to me + Giveaway

31

31 years old

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31 days in March

I have been thinking for some time about doing a giveaway for some of my loyal readers. You may not be hundreds but I am so glad that you follow whenever I am posting a review!

When I started the blog, I did not use it much, I do not feel like I have an anniversary date, so why not celebrating my birthday and giving something away?

I am going to give you my Top 10 Pride and Prejudice fan fiction books. The order is random and after thinking about it a lot, I may repeat authors because “I’m worth it” 😛

However, let me ask you a question, what makes the perfect book? how would you decide the top 10 for your list? In my case is as simply as: I loved the book, it made me feel (happy, sad, nervous, excited, amused…). I love the book and I want to read it again, or at least I remember everything afterwards. Some of my choices may not be your favourites or maybe you did not like them much, and I can understand it. What I would like to say is that even if I have loved a book, I still can realise if it has some flaws, or repetitions, or some style mistakes, etc. but above all a book needs no make me feel and transport me to its story.

I believe I am getting a bit annoying with this idea of what a book means to me, so without more ado, here you have my list and a bit more. (I have to say that I have focused only on stories where Darcy and Lizzy are the protagonists (being the “real” ones or modern ones), I have tried to “reduce” the possibilities to 10 for my list).

  1. Mr. Bennet’s Dutiful Daughter by Joana Starnes
    • Heartache, tears, sighs… simply great!
  2. When they fall in love by Mary Lydon Simonsen
    • Italy, years after the proposal, a widower Darcy… love is all around!
  3. Love at first sight by J. Marie Croft
    • The Bennet brothers… Yes, brothers!
  4. Green Card by Elizabeth Adams
    • “You gave me Valhalla” (sorry, you have to read it to understand! Just wait until late spring as it is getting even better 😛  )
  5. To Conquer Mr. Darcy by Abigail Reynolds
    • “Very fetching Miss Bennet” (same as above, read it!)
  6. Pulse and Prejudice by Colette L. Saucier
    • Darcy’s passion x 100
  7. Still a Young Man by P.O. Dixon
    • OMG! Elizabeth, STOP. IT!!! You are not so old at all!!
  8. Behind the Mask by Bronwen Chisholm
    • A very “spicy” start but after that, it is lovely.
  9. Mr. Darcy came to Dinner by Jack Caldwell
    • The cat is very important 😉 + Darcy vs. Collins!
  10. The Subsequent Proposal by Joana Starnes
    • Darcy, Elizabeth, Anne and Wentworth… what else?

What are your thoughts about these books? Have you read any of them? What was your opinion?

time to give away

I am giving away three books (March is the third month) and the giveaway is open internationally! So three winners will be lucky to get one of these:

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If you would like to participate on my giveaway, you have to comment telling me about your favourite Pride and Prejudice variation (or one of them) and I would like to know about what the book made you feel or why is one of your favourite ones!

Please leave you email address as well following the example: myvicesandweaknesses (at) gmail (dot) com

The entries will be taken into account until 11:59pm (GMT) on the 31st of March.

If you have read any of the three books or you have a preference, please say it.

Feel free to comment on my choices! Is there any book that you think it should be in EVERY top 10? Is there any of these book that you will just give them one or two stars, why?

Just remember, those 10 are not the only books tha I love, it has been very difficult to choose ten, I have decided to choose 10 that are quite different from each other in order to make a entertaining list.

 

 

 

 

“Darcy’s Hope”: double review and giveaway by Ginger Monette

Welcome to one of the stops on the blog tour of Darcy’s Hope at Downwell Abbey. This is the second book of Darcy’s Hope. It could be read as a stand-alone book but I highly recommend you to read first Darcy’s Hope: Beauty from Ashes as you may not understand some parts.

In such a lovely day as it is today, Saint Valentine’s Day, I am happy to share the love story of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy, this time in the context of the Great War or WW1.

I will review both books in this post and I can promise you that they are a great read. It is the first time I have read JAFF where Darcy and Lizzy are in this history moment of the 20th century and it has been very interesting and not only from the point of view of the love story. Please follow all the stops of this blog tour as you can find really good posts and different reviews that will reveal more details, you can see the schedule at the bottom of this post.

First of all, let me introduce you the author: Ginger Monette.3.1 Headshot .jpg

Winner of Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s 2015 “Picture This” grand prize, Ginger lives with her family in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she enjoys dancing on the treadmill, watching period dramas, public speaking, and reading—a full-length novel every Sunday afternoon.

Follow Ginger Monette on her Website, Facebook, Goodreads ot Twitter.

My review: DARCY’S HOPE: BEAUTY FROM ASHES

Sorry to start with a tiny spoiler but our couple finish this bo9-3-donwell-teaser-3ok happy but surrounded by a lot of dangers, treason and unknown. However, I will start with a bit of their story in this book before the happy ending. In Beauty from Ashes, Darcy is a Captain and together with his company take the dowager house at Longbourn state. Due to a lot of different events, including Mr. Wickham’s story, Elizabeth abhors Captain Darcy, her dislike of him is, I would say, even greater than in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. When she faces him professing his love for her together with some “unkind” words about her family, she is not to say the least pleased with him. After some tragedy in the Bennet family, Jane and Elizabeth are going to work as VADs, Voluntary Aid Detachment. Although Jane’s luck changes and she reunites with the man she loves, Bingley. In the meantime, Elizabeth goes to France to help in a hospital and she finds Wickham there who is as charming as usual and encourages her to go and be the personal nurse/assistant to an old Frenchman in a converted hospital for the British soldiers fighting only miles away in the front. For some reasons that I will not reveal here, Captain Darcy is sent to the same place and we could say that there is not a happy surprise or a warming welcome when they meet again. Elizabeth is still against him and he tries to distance himself from anyone. During this time, ups and downs between our two protagonists happen but not only on their relationships but with other characters too. They are together for a few months and there is a bit of a change from Elizabeth’s side but then they are separated as Darcy has to follow orders, do not forget he is a soldier.

There is danger, friendship, understanding, intrigue, treason and hope. Do not lose your hope while reading Darcy’s Hope: Beauty from Ashes because like the phoenix raising from the ashes, Darcy and Elizabeth will conquer their animosity and “beauty will rise from ashes”.

A teaser from a relevant character who appears in both books:

“Given y’er story with the captain, I suppose ya’ feel obligates to support him.”

She recoiled slightly. “I have no such obligation. In truth, i think him rather arrogant.”

Sapper laughed. “Maybe so. But lass, you’ve got firecrackers explodin’ for that man.” 

5out5 stars

My review: DARCY’S HOPE AT DONWELL ABBEY

Elizabeth is in England, in Pemberley, waiting for her fiancé Captain Fitzwilliam Darcy. She is happy and excited, she loves Fitzwilliam and he loves her back, still and after everything that has happened. However, one morning, the always lovely Mrs. Reynolds bring Elizabeth the newspaper and a letter from a “dear friend”. Everything changes, Elizabeth has to flee Pemberley to protect the man she loves. She devises a plan and borrows some money that Darcy told her to use if needed. She is thinking about boarding a ship and going to America but before that takes place, she finds herself helping a doctor who is recovering from some wounds and she lives at Darcy House in London!! She is conscious of the risks but as she is planning to go abroad to work as a VAD, she believes that everything will work for the best. She is wrong! She follows her employer to Donwell Abbey where she encounters Darcy!! Nevertheless he cannot recognise her, he is, hopefully temporarily, blind and deaf (read the book to know why). Against her better judgement, she stays to take care of him until she is able to go to France or Egypt to work. In the meantime she is Juliet Thomas and she avoids being discovered but always taking care of him, her love.

We have a lot of different characters that participate to make this story intriguing but I will mention a couple: Aunt Eliza, she is more annoying than Lady Catherine de Bourgh; or John Thornton, Darcy’s batman who has a broken heart… This book includes appearances by Margaret Hale, Colonel Brandon, Marianne Dashwood, and descendants of George Knightley, a very nice idea I have to say.

No, I have not forgotten that I was reviewing this book but I do not want to tell you anything else. Only one more thing, there is an epilogue where we discover Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam married but… what if Darcy falls in love with someone else before finding Elizabeth? What happens if Darcy touches the bottom of despondency? What if Elizabeth is still convinced that she has to flee? What if Darcy is not able to listen or see again? How does Darcy communicate?

5out5 stars

Time to Give Away

Downton Abbey Tea! Three lucky winners will each receive a tin of Downton Abbey Legacy Tea! (Open to US residents only) Click on the picture below to enter the Rafflecopter link:

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You can buy both books here: Amazon UK             Amazon US

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Here you have the schedule of the blog tour, we are more or less in the middle of it, so check the previous ones and do not forget the follow the rest of the tour as you will enjoy!

Feb 1  The Ardent Reader

Feb 2 From Pemberley to Milton

Feb 3 My Jane Austen Book Club

Feb 4  My Love for Jane Austen

Feb 5  vvb32reads

Feb 6  Just Jane 1813

Feb 7  Savvy Verse & Wit

Feb 8  Austenesque Reviews

Feb 9  My Kids Led Me Back to Pride & Prejudice

Feb 10 Babblings of a Bookworm

Feb 11  Obsessed with Mr. Darcy

Feb 12  Musings from the Yellow Kitchen

Feb 13  Half Agony, Half Hope

Feb 14  My Vices and Weaknesses

Feb 15  Diary of an Eccentric

Feb 16  Every Savage Can Dance

Feb 17  More Agreeably Engaged

Feb 18  The Calico Critic

Feb 20  Austenesque Reviews

Feb 21  More than Thornton

Feb 22  Margie’s Must Reads

Feb 23  Delighted Reader

Feb 24  Becky’s Book Reviews

Feb 26  Linda Andrews

Feb 27  Every Woman Dreams

Feb 28  Tomorrow is Another Day

ANNOUNCEMENT!! “The Darcy Monologues” is coming + GIVEAWAY

I could not be more excited to be part on the announcement of The Darcy Monologues, edited by Christina Boyd. The Darcy Monologues includes sixteen stories from Darcy’s point of view. I have always love novels with this characteristic and now you have sixteen stories to enjoy!!

To know more about this anthology, read the interview to Ms. Christina Boyd and enjoy discovering the authors behind these stories, the tale behind the title and much more… even Henry Cavill will be mentioned.

Interview with Christina Boyd

There are many well-known names behind today’s exciting announcement in the JAFF community and the one person at the center of it all is here today to share this news with us; the lovely Austenesque editor, Christina Boyd.

Christina, there’s a buzz going around the JAFF community that you are heading a new project and it’s a pleasure to have you visit so many Austenesque blogs today to share your big news!

 1. Can you share with us what you’ve been working on behind-the-scenes?

Thank you for hosting and shining your light on this project. I am excited and not a little proud to announce “The Darcy Monologues”—a short story anthology with sixteen of my very favorite Austenesque writers. I doubt anyone will be surprised by my list—authors I’ve either enjoyed working with and admire their work or authors I have simply fan-girl’d over for years: Susan Adriani, Sara Angelini, Karen M. Cox, J. Marie Croft, Jan Hahn, Jenetta James, Lory Lilian, Judy-Lynne, KaraLynne Mackrory, Beau North, Ruth Phillips Oakland, Natalie Richards, Sophia Rose, Melanie Stanford, Joana Starnes, and Caitlin Williams.

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 Wow, that is an exciting line-up of talent!

2. “The Darcy Monologues” sounds like such a fitting title for this anthology. Would you share with us how it was selected as the title, especially with so many authors involved in this project?

This project is collection of stories all told from Fitzwilliam’s point-of-view—set in Regency, contemporary, as well as other eras. Because the stories are strictly from his eyes, I felt it imperative we find a title that clearly illustrated the book would be more than one tale but all from his point-of-view. In an e-mail from “The Trials of the Honorable F. Darcy” author, Sara Angelini, she mentioned how she had long wanted to write a story titled “The Darcy Monologues” or something like… So, in presenting the idea to the group, other ideas were thrown about. After a quick Google search, we learned there was a short story on Derbyshire Writer’s Guild by Judy-Lynne with the same title. She had written a short story described as six “extemporaneous rants” expressed by Fitzwilliam Darcy. Not one to be a copycat, we moved on to other names. But as time passed, nothing resonated with me as much so I felt incumbent to ask Judy-Lynne if she would be offended if we used the same title. Unfortunately, she is rarely on the fanfiction sites anymore and everyone I asked claimed they did not know how to get in touch with her. Finally! Finally, I connected with her through “A Happy Assembly” and asked her about the title use, she accepted, and I asked her if she was still writing and would she be interested in writing a short for the anthology. She said she wasn’t writing but agreed to the challenge. And that’s my story and I’m sticking with it.

 3. How does this project differ from anything you’ve worked on before?

I’ve worked on two other anthologies, published in 2015 by Meryton Press: “Sun-Kissed: Effusions of Summer” and “Then Comes Winter.” Both were set-up as writing contests with a panel of judges reading and selecting the submissions. This project, I am self-publishing and have assembled my own dream team.

 4. At this point, what can you share about your experiences working with so many talented Austenesque writers?

I feel lucky! Blessed. Not only that these talented writers have all graciously committed to this project—some having not written anything Austenesque in years—but have over a short period of time become so dear to me on a personal level.

 5. What can readers expect from this anthology?

The authors have all committed to write a short piece from Darcy’s point-of-view, between 5000-15,000 words, and must have romance—but no scenes that I wouldn’t be able to share with my teenage daughter or eighty-year-old mother-in-law. Even with that last tenet, I am amazed how these writers can turn up the heat in a room. Have your fans handy—and even a few tissues!

6. It seems like we just can’t get enough of Mr. Darcy! What’s his appeal, Christina, 200 years later?

“Pride and Prejudice” is told in the third-person narrative, limited omniscient, from Elizabeth Bennet’s point-of-view. In my fiction, I have always had a weakness for the rich, powerful, noble, and handsome man who changes his ways for love, and a woman worthy of his efforts. I’ve long dreamt of putting together a collection of stories all from my favorite Austen hero’s eyes. Yes, “Pride and Prejudice” has been told before from Darcy’s point-of-view by the talented Pamela Aidan, Stanley Hurd, Amanda Grange, Janet Aylmer, and Mary Street, to name a few—but with all the amazing “Pride and Prejudice” re-imaginings out there, I wanted to read alternate stories in his own words.

 7. Is there anything else you’d like to share with us today about The Darcy Monologues?

 The anthology is scheduled for release May 22, 2017 and we have a few promotions planned in the coming weeks as we finish the editing process to spit and polish the collection.

 8. Before we part, Christina, I hear you have some rather thrilling news to share with us on a personal level, which was just announced early this week. Care to divulge the details here too?

Well… I can barely believe it myself but…I won—I WON, the Omaze “Champagne Toast with Henry Cavill on the London Eye” experience! (Fundraiser to benefit the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund.) You read that right. I won. I’m flying to London to meet my all-time favorite book boyfriend, the very talented British actor, Henry Cavill. I have never been to England, except layovers in Heathrow—which doesn’t count—so I feel like the French teacher who has never been to France. And here I get to go, stay in a luxury hotel, explore London, and have a champagne toast with Henry Cavill. Pinch me! And yes, if he is willing, I do hope to have him sign some swag for “The Darcy Monologue” giveaways—after all, he is my book boyfriend.

Here you can read about Christina’s prize for fundraising to benefit the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund.

Biography: let’s meet Christina a bit more

christina-boyd-profile-photo-smallChristina Boyd wears many hats as she is an editor, a contributor to Austenprose, and a ceramicist under her own banner, Stir Crazy Mama’s Artworks. A life member of the Jane Austen Society of North America, Christina lives in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest with her dear Mr. B, two busy teenagers, and a retriever named BiBi. Visiting Jane Austen’s England remains on her bucket list.

 

Now it is time TO GIVE AWAY! (check the link below)

Thanks to this announcement, we are giving away some really fun prizes to three lucky winners! One winner will receive a stash of gifts to enjoy with his/her own significant other. These treats include assorted British food and beverage snacks and a Mr. Darcy quote mug. (This prize is open to a winner with a U.S. mailing address only)

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Another winner will receive two stories from the anthology; a Regency story and a contemporary or alternate era short story. The winner will choose his/her prize stories based on the authors in this anthology. These stories will be distributed to the winner on March 15th, 2017.

Our third prize winner will receive a walk-on role in one of the stories in this anthology. That’s right…This winner will have a piece of the action in one of our stories, which means having a character in one of these stories in the anthology named after her/him.

This is something every JAFF reader dreams about, isn’t it?

These giveaways are open for entries from Friday, January 20th until midnight, ET, on Saturday, January 28th, 2017.

The winners will be announced on Sunday, January 29th, 2017.

Here you have the Rafflecopter link to The Darcy Monologues Giveaway.

BLOG TOUR Stop of “A Lie Universally Hidden” by Anngela Schroeder – REVIEW + GIVEAWAY

A strange beginning of a post but I would like to start thanking Anngela Schroeder, today’s author, for sharing the blog tour of her last book with me and therefore with you, as well as Claudine Pepe for organising it. A blog tour full of great bloggers and reviewers, please check the schedule towards the end of the post because it is incredible! Do not forget to participate on the generous giveaway that Anngela has prepared.

A Lie Universally Hidden by Anngela Schroeder is a Pride and Prejudice variation where Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy knows he must marry his cousin Anne De Bourgh to fulfil his mother’s wish.

Spine-chilling and hair-raising, right?

Have a look at the book description and I will explain after this blurb a bit more about what you can expect :

“The engagement between them is of a peculiar kind. From their infancy, they have been intended for each other. It was the favorite wish of his mother…” —Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen

Fitzwilliam Darcy was raised to never stray from the path set before him: ensure the
continued prosperity of his estate, Pemberley, protect and educate his sister to become an accomplished woman, and marry the woman his mother chose for him—his cousin Anne
de Bourgh. With a letter bearing his late mother’s signature, Darcy presumes his fate is aluh-ver-bt-banner_edited-1sealed and prepares to wed one he does not love. However, his destiny begins to unravel when he glimpses a pair of fine eyes on a quiet, country road.

Elizabeth Bennet is the second daughter of a respectable though insignificant gentleman. She is flattered to have captured the attention of a local squire, a childhood friend, and everyone believes her path is secure—until a handsome, rich gentleman arrives at a neighboring estate. Happenstance begets the unlikely pair together, bridging a forbidden love long past a mere friendship.

In A Lie Universally Hidden, two of literature’s most beloved romance characters are destined to marry for fortune and obligation rather than love. How will Darcy and Elizabeth fulfill their true destiny under such circumstances? Shall honor, decorum, prudence—nay, a signed letter from the grave—forbid it?

A Lie Universally Hidden is a Regency Romance suitable for most audiences, teen and up.

My review

Darcy goes to Netherfield with his sister Georgiana just after his sister spent a short holiday in Ramsgate. They are a happy pair who meet the Bennet family but separately. Darcy goes with Bingley to Longbourn and has the “pleasure” of meeting Mr. and Mrs. Bennet as well as their three younger sisters. He is shocked, however this time his “haughty” manners are actually helpful, a new Catherine Bennet will appear and I must say that I really like her. On the other hand, Georgiana Darcy encounters Elizabeth Bennet when she is with Miss Bingley. Georgiana is amazed with Elizabeth’s lively manners and her ease of treating respectfully Miss Bingley when she is being slyly rude to her.

After both interactions, both Darcy and Elizabeth are thankful to each other even when they have not met.

When they met, friendship grows very quickly. We even have the appearance of the baddie per excellence: Mr. Wickham… seriously, he is very vexatious and sometimes I would prefer him not to be in some stories. However… at the end he has what he deserves after some mischief!! (just one detail: Bravo Lydia!, not as silly as usual)

Well, back to our pair of friends… both know that they are marrying someone else. Elizabeth is on the brink of being proposed and as you know, Darcy is engaged to Anne.

Nevertheless we are lucky to read beautiful moments between them where romance appears but obviously propriety is present. Their encounter at Ashby Park is very entertaining as well as their night out in Pemberley. Yes, Pemberley, Elizabeth and Kitty go with them. Kitty or Miss Catherine became best friends with Georgina Darcy and they are inseparable, going first to London and later on to Pemberley, but Elizabeth is always included. Since then Darcy and Elizabeth are a lot together and clever people like Colonel Fitzwilliam can perceive that Darcy has feelings for this interesting lady. Colonel tries to convince Darcy to forget about marrying Anne  because he does not love her and Anne does not love him either. Unfortunately Darcy is just following the wishes that her mother left written on her last letter.

 

Spoiler alert…

 

HEA is coming but how??? Let me leave you with a few questions to think about: what if Wickham’s plans are ruined by a sixteen years old?  What if a watch (yes, the one on the cover) can destroy any hope? What if Elizabeth does not have Darcy’s self-control? What if Lady Catherine’s doings caused her fall as mistress of Rosings?  What if we do not only have one love story to enjoy? Who proposes to Elizabeth and what happens with that proposal if Elizabeth actually never rejects it?

 

4.5out5 stars

Now the most important person on this post after Darcy and Elizabeth, the author 😉 Let her introduce herself:

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Anngela Schroeder

“I have a degree in English with a concentration in British Literature and a Masters in Education. I love to travel, bake, and watch college football with my husband of 16 years and 3 rambunctious sons. My goal in life is to make not only my children, but also my students feel that they are loved, and to bring magic into everyone’s world. My weaknesses are yellow cake with chocolate frosting, French bread with real butter, and my father’s Arabic food, namely grape leaves, and falafel. I live in California where I dream of Disney adventures and trips across the pond.”

Listen to Anngela talking about A Lie Universally Hidden on Good Day Sacramento.

To follow Anngela or buy her books, here you have some links:

Facebook                  Twitter                  Goodreads                 Amazon UK            Amazon US

What you were also waiting for… TIME TO GIVE AWAY!

Anngela is giving away two autographed hard copies (US mailing addresses only) 2 kindle versions (open to international winners), an autographed copy of Then Comes Winter (US mailing address only) and an autographed 5×7 of the A Lie Universally Hidden book cover. Click here to participate.

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January 16/ My Jane Austen Book Club/Launch Post & Giveaway

January 17/ From Pemberley to Milton/ Book Review & Giveaway

January 18/ A Covent Garden Madame Gilflurt’s Guide to Life/Guest Post

January 19/ So Little Time…/ Excerpt Post & Giveaway

January 20/ My Vices and Weaknesses/ Book Review & Giveaway

January 21/ Babblings of a Bookworm/ Book Review

January 22/ Just Jane 1813/ Excerpt Post

January 23/Austenesque Reviews/ Author Spotlight & Giveaway

January 24/ Obsessed with Mr. Darcy/ Book Review & Giveaway

January 25/ Every Savage Can Dance/Book Review & Giveaway

January 26 / Diary of an Eccentric/Book Review & Giveaway

January 27 / Austenesque Reviews/ Book Review & Giveaway

January 28/ My Kids Led Me Back to Pride and Prejudice/ Excerpt & Giveaway

January 29/ Savvy Verse & Wit/ Guest Post & Giveaway

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

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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

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