Blog Tour of “Catherine” by Sue Barr, review + giveaway

A year and a bit later, after she introduced us to her Caroline, I am delighted to have again Sue Barr in My Vices and Weaknesses, her last release “Catherine” may impress you or maybe not, however, it would not leave you indifferent.

Before I knew anything about this book, I read the title and what may have come to my mind? Yes, maybe you thought of “the magnanimous and excellent” Lady Catherine de Bourgh (please read this with Mr Collins (1995) voice in mind) 😉

However, in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, we have another Catherine that sometimes is overlooked… Catherine Bennet, that is, Kitty. I have to admit that I really enjoy reading about the other sisters and I normally love the books where they are the protagonists. Nonetheless, it may be interesting to read as well about Lady Catherine, perhaps when she was younger, before marrying or when Anne was little… Sue and authors… just saying (wink wink).

As usual, I am losing the track of what this post is about: Catherine, yes, Bennet. Before reviewing the book, I would let you read the description of this book…

Some secrets are not meant to be shared.
Catherine Bennet, known as Kitty to close friends and family, knows this better than anyone. She also knows that she will never marry, and it never bothered her before she met Lord George Kerr at Elizabeth and Darcy’s wedding. He’s determined to breach the walls of defense she’d carefully constructed around her heart, and she’s just as determined to stay the course.
Some secrets cannot be shared

Lord George Kerr knows this better than anyone. For five years, as a spy for His Majesty the King, he played the part of a Rake, concealing his espionage activities beneath a blanket of brothels, drink and loose women. Even though he’s forced to resume his regular life within London’s finest society, he still must keep some things hidden.
One thing he does not hide is his attraction to Miss Catherine Bennet of Longbourn. Enraptured by her beauty and warmth of character, he plunges headlong into winning her heart, only to find it carefully guarded and she’s unwilling to give him even a small pinch of hope.
Some things are beyond your control
When circumstances bring Kitty’s secret into the open, she fears the tenuous bonds of friendship she’s forged with Lord George will be lost forever along with whatever love he proclaims to have for her. With the very lives of England’s vast network of spies working undercover in Bonaparte’s France hanging in the balance, she’s forced to face her worst nightmare.
Her secret is laid bare, can he love her enough to overcome what he learns?

Secrets? What are you talking about? What secret(s) may Kitty have? Who is this Lord George? Why Kitty will never marry?

If you are a bit puzzled, the guilty one is the author, Sue Barr, let me (re)introduce her:

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’ Sue Barrstatus 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.

http://www.suebarrauthor.com

From there you can follow her on Facebook or Twitter or hop on over to her blog and find out how boring her life really is…. While there, don’t forget to sign up for her announcement only newsletter. No spam. Pinky promise.

If you prefer to go directly to some of her social media, here you have the links:

Facebook       Twitter       Goodreads         Pinterest        Sue Barr’s Blog

 

Before reviewing, I want to point out that Catherine can be read on its own, as a stand-alone book, however, there may be a couple of things when Caroline Bingley appears that you may not be sure about or you may be intrigued. That is because that Caroline is the protagonist of Sue Barr’s Caroline and they are related. I recommend you to read both books but you do not have to. However, I recommend it again 😉

Review

Kitty Bennet, normally known for following Lydia and her crazy behaviour, she may not be one of the favourite sisters, her cough is annoying and she is always arguing because Lydia “steals” her ribbons… 😉 To be honest, she has a lot of potential and Sue Barr has found it.

The main change (that I can write about) from the original book, is that the wedding of Jane and Charles+Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth takes place in Pemberley instead of Longbourn. During that event, a lot of pople from the higher circles attend the wedding and it is there, that the Bennet family is introduced to the Kerr family. Specially, we will focus on Lord George Kerr and his short chat with Miss Catherine Bennet.

Nothing really happens during that chat, just a nice chat with some witty comments. Yes, witty, Kitty is lively and witty, she is more similar to Lizzy than to Lydia. She has a mind of her own, mainly after what happened to her…

Lord George has to finish his life as a spy due to an event with one of his colleagues who is also a cover for his “rake” life. After this event, he has to go back to a “boring and conventional” gentleman-like life but his instincts do not let him stop getting to know the truth about the event at his friend’s house and how his cover was compromised.

He has a couple of hints to where to start investigating, so on his way to Cambridgeshire, he has an accident with his horse due to a person being in the middle of the road, that person being more scared falls down in a ditch and hurts herself. Lord George quickly attends that woman who happens to be Catherine Bennet. He is surprised, happily surprised, and he takes her to her home as she is injured.

From there, Mrs Bennet is sure that he will propose as he has also promised to take Catherine and Mary to London as she was going to go shortly after the accident. However, you must remember that Catherine has said that she will not marry.

Once in London, they meet several times as Lord George feels that it is his duty to show her around and accompany her as he “almost kill her” according to Mrs Bennet.

Let’s face it, he is very intrigued by her, he has been thinking about her from their first conversation until he saw her again. He is fascinated by her and she likes him but she is taming her heart as she will not marry anyone.

Lovely scenes with the couple but the best one at the beginning of their stay in London is the one where Catherine recognises Lady Harriet, a friend who she has not seen for ten years. The interesting part is when Lady Harriet flies away when she is recognise by her friend as now, Lady Harriet is the companion to Lord George’s friend… interesting.

Interesting because everything is related to the event who caused George to stop working for the crown and his trip to Cambridgeshire… and also, all the people involved are related to the reason why Catherine does not want to marry anyone. Confused? It will be very easy once you read the book.

4.5out5 stars

Tour Schedule

Follow the tour, previous stops and the ones to come, you are going to find really good things 🙂

28th May /My Jane Austen Book Club/ Launch Post & Giveaway 

29th May /From Pemberley to Milton/ Excerpt Post & Giveaway

30th May /Just Jane 1813/ Guest Post & Giveaway

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31st May /More Agreeably Engaged/Author Spotlight & Giveaway

1st June /  So Little Time…/ Excerpt Post & Giveaway

2nd June / Liz’s Reading Life/ Book Review & Giveaway 

4th June / Diary of an Eccentric/Book Review & Giveaway

5th June /My Vices and Weaknesses/ Book Review & Giveaway

6th June /Savvy Verse & Wit/ Guest Post & Giveaway 

7th June /Margie’s Must Reads/Book Review Post & Giveaway

8th June /  Obsessed with Mr. Darcy/ Book Review & Giveaway

9th June /My Love for Jane Austen/ Excerpt Post & Giveaway 

10th June /  Babblings of a Bookworm/Excerpt Post & Giveaway 

11th June /  Austenesque Reviews/ Guest Post & Giveaway

Giveaway

Apart from showing us her latest release, Sue is presenting us with a great giveaway.We can have up to six different winner on this blog tour! Three winners will receive a copy of Catherine. Two winners will receive eBooks and one winner will receive an autographed paperback book of Catherine. All giveaways are open to international winners. Click on the link below and read the Terms and Conditions as well:

Rafflecopter – Catherine by Sue Barr

Terms and conditions:

Readers may enter the drawing by tweeting once each day and by commenting daily on a blog post or review that has a giveaway attached to this tour. Entrants must provide the name of the blog where they commented. Each winner will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter and the giveaway is international. Each entrant is eligible to win one eBook or paperback book.

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Blog Tour of “The Child” by Jan Hahn, review + giveaway

Will Darcy ever grow to love a child he never wanted?”

Wait a minute… how can someone write that and leave it like nothing happened! Jan Hahn, that is one of the most unnerving questions I have ever read in a JAFF novel. If you are looking for the definition of “intriguing”, that sentence would be a good example. You cannot guess how my mind went wildly and how many different scenarios I imagined in a few seconds.

I will let you read the rest of the book description in order to let your imagination rest… or not!

In Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Fitzwilliam Darcy’s proposal to Elizabeth Bennet at Hunsford is disastrous. In Jan Hahn’s The Child, Darcy flees England soon afterward, striving to overcome his longing for her. Upon his return two years later―while standing on the steps of St. George’s Church in Hanover Square―he spies the very woman he has vowed to forget. But who is the child holding her hand?

Darcy soon discovers that Elizabeth and her family are suffering the effects of a devastating scandal. His efforts to help the woman he still loves only worsen her family’s plight. His misguided pride entangles him in a web of falsehood, fateful alliances, and danger.

Will Elizabeth be able to forgive Darcy for his good intentions gone awry? And what effect will the child have on Darcy’s hopes to win Elizabeth’s love?

What now? Better? Worse? Even more questions? I totally understand it, it is complicated. I will let you know a bit more later on in my review, but let me introduce you to the author of The Child: Jan Hahn.

Award-winning writer Jan Hahn is the author of five Austen-inspired novels. She studied music at the University of Texas, but discovered her true love was a jan hahncombination of journalism and literature. Her first book, An Arranged Marriage, was published in 2011, followed by The Journey, The Secret Betrothal, A Peculiar Connection, and The Child. The anthology, The Darcy Monologues, contains her short story entitled Without Affection. She agrees with Mr. Darcy’s words in Pride and Prejudice: ‘A lady’s imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.’ Jan is a member of JASNA, lives in Texas, has five children and a gaggle of grandchildren.

Follow Jan on:

Jan Hahn’s Facebook Page                    Jan Hahn’s Author Page

Already so intrigued that you cannot wait for the giveaway?

Buy the book on:    Amazon US         Amazon UK        Amazon DE

Blog Tour Schedule

A great tour with lovely posts where you can find out more about this book. Do not forget to check them!

March 21st My Jane Austen Book Club/ Guest Post & Giveaway

March 22nd From Pemberley to Milton / Book Review & Giveaway

March 23rd  More Agreeably Engaged / Excerpt Post & Giveaway

March 24th My Vices and Weaknesses/ Book Review & Giveaway

March 25th My Love for Jane Austen / Vignette & Giveaway

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

March 27th Just Jane 1813/ Author Interview & Giveaway

March 28th Austenesque Reviews / Character Interview & Giveaway

March 29th So Little Time / Guest Post & Giveaway

March 30th Diary of an Eccentric / Excerpt Post & Giveaway

March 31st Babblings of a Bookworm / Book Review & Giveaway

April 1st Margie’s Must Reads / Book Review & Giveaway

April 2nd Laughing with Lizzie / Vignette Post & Giveaway

Review

Maybe one of the most difficult JAFF books that I have read and I want to review without giving spoilers. I will try: the book is really good and there is a lot of misunderstanding between Darcy and Elizabeth. Full stop.

No, I am not crazy, this book is almost impossible to review without spoilers so I will just make one… you have been warned, do not look below…

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there is a HEA.

Am I crazy again? Nope, but you may think so. Let me explain a couple of things about the beginning of the book.

Darcy, as you have read, left England after the first proposal. He went to Europe even crossing enemy lines. He took Charles Bingley with him. He was escaping. When he is back a few years later, he is about to walk down the aisle when, before entering the church, he sees the woman he has always loved, Elizabeth, just on the other side of the street. However, there is a surprise, she holds the hand of a child. He is petrified but eventually he goes down the aisle.

How can things get any worse?, you may be thinking. Trust me, they do worsen. A transport problem finds Darcy and Bingley helping Jane, Elizabeth and the child who are in need. Fire and thunder go around Elizabeth’s manners towards Darcy, you have no idea! However, the ladies need the help for the child’s sake. Nothing carries on in a good path from now on. Angst, pain, resentment, etc. go together hand in hand to despair us while reading.

Jan has written a lovely book where so many of the characters of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice appear again and a bit changed. There is anguish as well, and a two-years-old child who is a bit spoilt may not make things easy for the adults.

However, who can resist a beautiful little child as the one on the cover. Isn’t it a lovely cover? What an artist!

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4.5out5 stars

Time To Give Away

8 eBooks of The Child are being given away by Meryton Press and the giveaway is open to international readers. This giveaway is open to entries from midnight ET on March 21 – until midnight ET on April 4, 2018. Just click the following link:

Rafflecopter link to the giveaway of “The Child” by Jan Hahn

Terms and conditions: Readers may enter the drawing by tweeting once each day and by commenting daily on a blog post or review that has a giveaway attached to this tour. Entrants must provide the name of the blog where they commented. Each winner will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter and the giveaway is international. Each entrant is eligible to win one eBook.

You can always buy the book on:    Amazon US         Amazon UK        Amazon DE

Blog Tour of “A Short Period of Exquisite Felicity” by Amy D’Orazio, excerpt + giveaway

Dear all,

I am going to reintroduce you to an author who has already shared some lovely moments with us before: Amy D’Orazio. Thank you very much Amy for stopping by again with another lovely book.

Amy D’Orazio is a former breast cancer researcher and current stay at home mom who is addicted to Austen and Starbucks in about equal measures. While she adores Mr. Darcy, she is married to Mr. Bingley and their Pemberley is in Pittsburgh PA.ADOrazio Author Image

She has two daughters who are devoted to sports which require long practices and began writing her own stories as a way to pass the time she spent sitting in the lobbies of various gyms and studios. She is a firm believer that all stories should have long looks, stolen kisses and happily ever afters. Like her favorite heroine, she dearly loves a laugh and considers herself an excellent walker.

Follow Amy on all these places to be always the first one knowing how her writing is going:

Amy D’Orazio’s Facebook Page

Amy D’Orazio at Meryton Press

Amy D’Orazio Goodreads Author Page

Twitter:  @AllAbtAusten

Amy has a new book that you cannot miss: A Short Period of Exquisite Felicity. I am going to let Amy’s words to give you a feeling of what you may expect:

Good morning, Ana. Thank you for inviting me to your blog, My Vices and Weaknesses, to share this excerpt from my newest release, A Short Period of Exquisite Felicity. This excerpt is from a scene between Darcy and Elizabeth while they share a private moment in the Netherfield’s library. I hope your readers enjoy this excerpt as much as I loved writing!

 

It had been a pleasant surprise to discover Bingley’s library was now far better stocked than on his first visit to Netherfield. He had even discovered several volumes that he owned but had not yet had time to read. Such was the volume he had begun that afternoon, and he eagerly anticipated losing himself in its pages once again.

He strode through the dark halls intent on his mission and entered the library within minutes, eager to retrieve the tome he hoped would help him pass the next solitary hours.

Elizabeth had the same notion, or so he surmised when he found her standing in front of the bookshelves. She startled upon seeing him and nearly dropped the lamp she held.

“I beg your pardon,” he said, bowing stiffly.

“No, I…” She bobbed awkwardly then looked around her, as if hoping the bookshelves might give her some indication of what to say.

Thankfully, his book was immediately apparent on a small side table near a comfortable blue chair where he had whiled away the afternoon. “My book.” He gestured at it.

“Oh.” She picked it up and took a step forward to hand it to him. Alas, her diffidence caused her to misjudge, and instead of landing in his hand, the book fell to the floor with a thud that startled them both.

“Oh!” She exclaimed again. “Forgive me, I…”

She bent to retrieve it. By unfortunate coincidence, he did likewise, and their heads collided. Both straightened immediately, each raising a hand to rub the spot where they had struck one another and babbling apologies. Elizabeth was quick to bend again and retrieve the tome where it still lay.

He took it and thanked her. “Is your head—?”

“I am well,” she assured him. “Yours?”

“A trifling bump.” He hesitated a moment then extended his hand to her.

Her eyebrows flew up for a moment until she arranged herself into a more sedate countenance. Her hand—pale, trembling, and small—came slowly to rest upon his. In a manner most natural, their hands moulded to one another, but he pushed that thought away, leading her to the sofa and sitting down next to her.

For a short while, he did not speak, staring down at the rug beneath their feet. He felt her eyes upon him, no doubt baffled by this alteration in his demeanour towards her.

“I thank you for your apology…before…in the drawing room. I did not receive it graciously, and I should have.” In a quieter tone, he added, “You know me too well to believe that I am well. I am not—not yet. I was ungenerous, and I am sorry.”

“You need not apologise to me,” she murmured.

He took a deep breath. “I shall be leaving in the morning and—”

“What? Leaving?” She interrupted him quickly. “Why are you leaving?”

He did not answer, and she pressed him. “Because of me?”

Because I am a helpless moth drawn to your flame, and I fear I shall be incinerated.

He did not reply but rose from the settee and walked a few paces before turning back to look at her.

“It is hard,” he began. “Very hard…” He stopped speaking, unable to clearly say what he wished her to know.

“To pretend there is nothing between us,” she said when the silence had drawn too long.

“Yes.”

“Pray, do not leave on my account.” She lowered her head and clasped her hands together, her fingers busily twisting among each other. “Your friend has missed you, and my sister is pleased to have you among her party. I shall go; I must go.”

She was an ethereal beauty sitting there, illuminated by the small dim lamp. She seemed so sorrowful with her head lowered. Everything within him revolted against seeing her thusly—she should be in sunshine with laughter dancing in her eyes—and he was struck by the need to fix the situation, to fix whatever ailed her.

“Elizabeth, I cannot ask you to leave your sister’s house.”

“I am offering to leave; indeed, I must, for I am needed at Longbourn.”

He wanted to stay; indeed, he wanted it a great deal. Was he a fool? Should he be leaving her as fast as his horse would take him?

But no. She would go to Longbourn, and he would be at Netherfield. Perhaps in smaller doses, he would learn to be unaffected by her.

“Very well,” he said quietly. “I shall stay.”

He helped her to rise, and when she stood, he did not drop her hand. They looked at each other for some time until he finally bowed over her hand, allowing himself one brief graze of his lips against her bare fingers before she left him.

 

Whaaaaat???? What have we just read? What is going on between them? There are in given names status… Elizabeth. Is he a fool? Why so nice and so… even tender? Amy, have you no consideration for my nerves??

Dear readers, after trying to calm down, just below you can read the blurb that may answer some of these questions. You may then be able to breath in and out without palpitations 😉

Sinopsis

Is not the very meaning of love that it surpasses every objection against it?

Jilted. Never did Mr. Darcy imagine it could happen to him. 

But it has, and by Elizabeth Bennet, the woman who first hated and rejected him but then came to love him—he believed—and agree to be his wife. Alas, it is a short-lived, ill-fated romance that ends nearly as soon as it has begun. No reason is given. 

More than a year since he last saw her—a year of anger, confusion, and despair—he receives an invitation from the Bingleys to a house party at Netherfield. Darcy is first tempted to refuse, but with the understanding that Elizabeth will not attend, he decides to accept. 

When a letter arrives, confirming Elizabeth’s intention to join them, Darcy resolves to meet her with indifference. He is determined that he will not demand answers to the questions that plague him. Elizabeth is also resolved to remain silent and hold fast to the secret behind her refusal. Once they are together, however, it proves difficult to deny the intense passion that still exists. Fury, grief, and profound love prove to be a combustible mixture. But will the secrets between them be their undoing?

So, are you going to buy it now? Here you can do it:

Amazon US    Amazon UK   Amazon DE

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Blog Tour Schedule

You can follow many many more post about this great book and maybe you will find a bit more about this bittersweet scene that Amy has shared today with us.

21st February More Agreeably Engaged / Book Review & Giveaway

22nd February From Pemberley to Milton / Book Review & Giveaway

23rd February Austenesque Reviews / Guest Post & GiveawayASPoEF Blog Tour Banner 2

24th February My Vices and Weaknesses / Excerpt Post & Giveaway

25th February My Love for Jane Austen / Vignette & Giveaway

26th February Babblings of a Bookworm / Book Review & Giveaway

27th February Savvy Verse and Wit / Guest Post & Giveaway

28th February Laughing with Lizzie / Vignette Post & Giveaway

1st March So Little Time / Excerpt Post & Giveaway

2nd March Of Pens and Pages / Book Review & Giveaway

3rd March Liz’s Reading Life / Author Interview

4th March Just Jane 1813 / Book Review & Giveaway

5th March Diary of an Eccentric / Guest Post & Giveaway

6th March Margie’s Must Reads / Book Review & Giveaway

 

Time to Give Away

Amy D’Orazio and Meryton Press are giving away 8 copies to 8 different winners. The giveaway finishes a couple of day after the end of the blog tour, March the 8th . Check the terms and conditions below.

Rafflecopter – A Short Period of Exquisite Felicity

Terms and conditions:

Readers may enter the drawing by tweeting once each day and by commenting daily on a blog post or review that has a giveaway attached to this tour. Entrants must provide the name of the blog where they commented. Each winner will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter and the giveaway is international. Each entrant is eligible to win one eBook.

Blog Tour of “The Sweetest Ruin” by Amy George, review + giveaway

Book description of The Sweetest Ruin by Amy George to give you a clue of what I may be writing about.

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Amy George

Let me introduce you to the author of this book set in Las Vegas 🙂

“Amy George is a middle-aged woman who got rid of her old lady/grown up and has since purchased an unreasonably small car. She refuses to listen to its radio at a Amy George Author Photoreasonable volume, especially when the Beastie Boys or the Violent Femmes are playing. She lives in a small town in the Midwest where the bookstore and yarn shop are neighbors and most food is fried. Her household consists of a dog, a man, a hermit, and stubborn soap scum.

She has been writing since she was a child and ran the Hyacinth Gardens, a popular but defunct JAFF site.”

Fun fact: My birthday is January 30th so this is like a big birthday party.

Contact and follow Amy on:

Facebook Page

Goodreads Author Page

Amy George at Meryton Press

Twitter: @authoramygeorge

Review

A few hours since you meet a gorgeous English man when you are working in one of the best casinos in Las Vegas and… you wake up to a crazy marriage to him. What should you do? Firstly be surprise (duh!) but then both of you talk about it and give it a chance.

Yes, give it a chance! If we would have been talking about other protagonists, it could be a bit weird but we are talking about Elizabeth Bennet and William Darcy, so they are entitled to meet and start their relationship any way they want 🙂

They admit their supermegahyper chemistry since the first minute they saw each other, he is not a serial killer and she is not a gold digger, so at least they have a good beginning.

While in Las Vegas, they have a honeymoon for a couple of days and then her reality, as university student and waitress shows up but everything is fine and they keep knowing each other and falling for each other. However not everything is bliss and fireworks (trust me, there are a lot of fireworks between these two *wink wink*). Even if they are happy, friends and family from both sides may not be so happy about it and some problems must be faced: especially from the other side of the ocean. Let’s say that William’s little sister is not very enthusiastic about his brother’s impetuous and unexpected marriage.

Mr and Mrs Darcy face any problem coming along together but when a few months later they go to London to meet his family and also settle there, life gets much more complicated… extremely more complicated, particularly for Mrs Elizabeth Darcy. However, her love for her husband and also in a way her past and friends-family are key on her new role.

We could say that in this case Jane Bingley is not as sweet as we know her to be in the original Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. We can read about characters with names from P&P but there are some “swaps” between personalities, although we always have ¨Cousin Richard¨!

A short novel that it is very easy to read and with some twists that are really nice, who are the family-friends that Elizabeth has? What complications apart from Georgiana they may have? Is Darcy always to be there? How is Elizabeth Bennet on her “role” of Elizabeth Darcy?

4out5 stars

Why not to buy this book as soon as possible? Or maybe you just wait for the giveaway (check it below) and if you are not one of the lucky winners, you can always go to:

Amazon US                             Amazon UK                           Amazon DE

Blog Tour Schedule

Do not miss the chance to discover more about Amy and her steamy book, follow other stops of the blog. Here you have the schedule:

January 29   Austenesque Reviews; Guest Post, Giveaway

January 30   My Jane Austen Book Club; Excerpt Post, Giveaway01CBD977-7F24-4F1E-8D3C-C56B0D24F8D5

January 31   Of Pens and Pages; Book Review, Giveaway

February 1  More Agreeably Engaged; Guest Post, Giveaway

February 2  Babblings of a Bookworm; Excerpt Post, Giveaway

February 3  My Vices and Weaknesses; Book Review, Giveaway

February 4  My Love for Jane Austen; Character Interview, Giveaway

February 5  Diary of an Eccentric; Guest Post, Excerpt, Giveaway

February 6  Margie’s Must Reads; Book Review, Giveaway

February 7  From Pemberley to Milton; Excerpt Post

February 8  Savvy Verse and Wit; Book Review and Giveaway

February 9  Just Jane 1813; Guest Post, Giveaway

Time to Give Away

Amy is kindle offering on her blog tour 8 ebook copies of her The Sweetest Ruin to eight different winners. Click the link below and double check the terms and conditions as well to know how to get more points:

Rafflecopter – ¨The Sweetest Ruin¨ by Amy George

Terms and Conditions of the Giveaway:

Readers may enter the drawing by tweeting once each day and by commenting daily on a blog post or review that has a giveaway attached to this tour. Entrants must provide the name of the blog where they commented. Each winner will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter and the giveaway is international. Each entrant is eligible to win one eBook.

Blog Tour of “Dangerous To Know: Jane Austen’s Rakes & Gentlemen Rogues” edited by Christina Boyd

This time it is the “bad boys” who fill the pages, the ones that you actually hate or despise but at the same time you could have a soft spot for them because maybe they redeem themselves or maybe because they are actually not so bad… (wait until you know more).

ABOUT DANGEROUS TO KNOW: JANES AUSTEN’S RAKES & GENTLEMEN ROGUES

“One has all the goodness, and the other all the appearance of it.” —Jane Austen

Jane Austen’s masterpieces are littered with unsuitable gentlemen—Willoughby, Wickham, Churchill, Crawford, Tilney, Elliot, et al.—adding color and depth to her plots but often barely sketched. Have you never wondered about the pasts of her rakes, rattles, and gentlemen rogues? Surely, there’s more than one side to their stories.

It is a universal truth, we are captivated by smoldering looks, daring charms … a happy-go-lucky, cool confidence. All the while, our loyal confidants are shouting on deaf ears: “He is a cad—a brute—all wrong!” But is that not how tender hearts are broken…by loving the undeserving? How did they become the men Jane Austen created? In this romance anthology, eleven Austenesque authors expose the histories of Austen’s anti-heroes.

Dangerous to Know: Jane Austen’s Rakes & Gentlemen Rogues is a titillating collection of Georgian era short stories—a backstory or parallel tale off-stage of canon—whilst remaining steadfast to the characters we recognize in Austen’s great works.

What say you? Everyone may be attracted to a bad boy…even temporarily…but heaven help us if we marry one.

In Dangerous To Know we have eleven stories about eleven rakes or rogues who were created by Jane Austen. However, their differences cannot be greater, on one hand we have Willoughby and  Crawford, who I cannot stand, and on the other hand we can see Colonel Fitzwilliam and Thomas Bertram, who I like. There are other characters as well, as you have read above, but I can tell you already that these stories could make you like them or at least understand the reason why they turned out as they did. Although, I am going to be very mean and I have to say that I still do not like, for instance Willoughby even if Joana’s story is really good.

Redemption is a difficult word for characters that you have already “judged” but some of these stories are going to be difficult to ignore… I am mainly thinking about Wickham (you will have to read it!).

I have dearly enjoyed Dangerous to Know but I believe that I will always like The Darcy Monologues a bit better 🙂

5out5 stars

I got an ARC copy and asked if I wanted to do a review and I was glad to do it but you can always buy your copy and super enjoy these stories with the baddies from Jane Austen’s dear novels.

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I highly recommend you to check the authors, who are superb and have great stories for you to read and enjoy: Karen M Cox, J. Marie Croft, Amy D’Orazio, Jenetta James, Lona Manning, Christina Morland, Beau North, Katie Oliver, Sophia Rose, Joana Starnes and Brooke West. Their work is amazing but I cannot forget another key person in creating Dangerous To Know, the editor Christina Boyd.

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Apart from reading it, listen to songs that connect with the stories, check the Spotify list here.

Review of “Angel Comes to the Devil’s Keep” by Regina Jeffers

Angel Comes to the Devil’s Keep by Regina Jeffers

No, it is not a Pride and Prejudice variation or any variation related to Jane Austen. Carry on reading! Do not stop just because you may think that “you just want JAFF” because Regina has written a great book. Very strong characters and a plot that does not allow you to stop reading.

Love at first sight, just sight actually! Accidents, reputation and honour that needs to be protected, intrigue, murders, stubbornness…

Angelica is an American whose parents are British. Angel comes back to his father’s country to follow the wish her mother had for her: to come out in England. Her manners are not exactly what the ton looks for but she is still a novelty and that is good for gossip at least.

Angelica is determined to pleased his father and look for a good match until she sees his “Lucifer”… in her dreams or not…

A carriage accident occurs and she has to pretend that a gentleman is her husband because she has rescued him. This man eventually has only Angel as the only real part of his life because he has lost his memory during the accident and he sees her as his “Angel” even after he is recovered by his family and Angelica is back to his father’s protection.

However, destiny is vicious and the ton’s invitations cannot be forsake, so Angel goes with his father to the Devil’s Keep where her “husband” is.

Nope, I have not forgotten to mention anyone 😀 you will have to read about him. I am pretty sure that you will like him as much as I do. However, Angel is the character that I have loved the most due to her strength and determination to help everybody and if needed she will sacrifice herself, or her heart to protect others.

5out5 stars

Follow Regina or check her books on the links below. I have read quite a few and I recommend you to read her, you will not be disappointing.

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Review of “Colonel Darcy” by Timothy Underwood

Lizzy locked up in her bedroom as she were the mad woman in the attic but in this case the “stubborn” woman in the bedroom according to some.

Darcy, soldier with a horrible experience that changes his temper.

Letters, so important in Jane Austen’s world. Love letters, friendship letters, letters that bring people to life. Letters that may not be read, or will be read by the recipient years later.

Honour, reputation, the ton… that does not matter sometimes but who can decide? who can decide what to believe? People will believe anything that they do not like and will just label it under any tag that goes against honour and reputation, no matter what…

Two fathers taking his children to see the continent. Little Lizzy and very little Georgina become more than friends, sisters. Fitzwilliam likes the friendship that her sister has, he enjoys little Lizzy and her mind. Mr Darcy and Mr Bennet, the “nerds” of the time: Latin, Greek, calculus… A trip that unites two families but death is ruthless. First Mr Darcy, then Mr Bennet. Moreover, war, India, so far away.

‘Promise me that we will write to each other’.

Years in order to read the letters, but everything changes, hearts change and the future looks good but not very good.

Hearts are still closed and real happiness takes a while. Actually we could even thank Mr Wickham for the beginning of pure happiness, although… it is Wickham nonetheless.

5out5 stars

Really sweet story set a few decades before the time that Jane Austen gave to her Pride and Prejudice. There is a lot of suffering going on but we cannot underestimate the power of a letter even if it is not meant to be read directly.

Just a warning, you may dislike the dislike you will feel towards some normally lovely and loved characters from P&P.

 

This is the first book that I read by Timothy Underwood but it will not be the last one, that is for sure.

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