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

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

Blog Tour Schedule 

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

November 18/Pemberley to Milton/Book Review & Giveaway

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

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

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

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

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

November 24/ Happy Thanksgiving

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

November 26/ Just Jane 1813/Interview with Joana Starnes

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

November 28/ More Agreeably Engaged/ Vignette & Giveaway

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

December 2/ Austenesque Reviews/ Excerpt & Giveaway

 

My review

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Spoiler alert!!

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

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

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

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

5out5 stars

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

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

To follow one of my favourite writers, check these:

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

Twitter: Joana Starnes/ Twitter

Goodreads: Joana Starnes Goodreads Author Page

Website: joanastarnes.co.uk

Amazon US:  Joana Starnes Amazon US Author Page

Amazon UK: Joana Starnes Amazon UK Author Page

 

GIVEAWAY

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

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

For extra entries, tweet or share publicly on Facebook (once daily) and copy the link in the comments.

The winner will be picked randomly.

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

Book Tour “Dearest Bloodiest Elizabeth” by Colette L. Saucier + Giveaway

Book Tour of Dearest Bloodiest Elizabeth by Colette L. Saucier

I am glad to announce the new release by Colette L. Saucier: Dearest Bloodiest Elizabeth. It is a standalone book but I have to confess that it is even better if you have read Book I, Pulse and Prejudice, as you have all the version of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Click here to read my review of Pulse and Prejudice and here my re-review (yes, I have read it twice, it is so good). However, I will soon review the book that we are talking about, Dearest Bloodiest Elizabeth.

Please check below about the book and the author. Colette L. Saucier is also giving away two hardback copies and five ebook copies of her passionate new release: Dearest Bloodiest Elizabeth.

“Dearest Bloodiest Elizabeth:  The Confession of Mr. Darcy, Vampire. Book II”    by Colette L. Saucier

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Genre:  Historical paranormal romance

Publisher: Southern Girl Press

Date of Publication: eBook August 8, 2016;

Date of Publication: print October, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-9969974-0-9

ISBN: 978-0-9863718-8-2

ASIN:  B01K3DP652

Word Count: 80,000

Cover Artist: Dawné Dominique

 

Book Description:

The Confession of Mr. Darcy, Vampire

Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy – elegant, dark, brooding…vampire. In Pulse and Prejudice, the definitive vampire adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic, the Master of Pemberley reveals his haunting tale of unquenchable desire and forbidden love.

His story continues in Dearest Bloodiest Elizabeth, the lurid, lusty sequel to Pulse and Prejudice, as death shadows the newlywed Darcys from Pemberley to the parlors of Regency London to the courtyards of Antebellum New Orleans.  As Elizabeth discovers the trials and travails of marriage to a vampire, can Darcy ever believe that she loves him as he is?  Or will his jealousy tear them apart?

Note:  Pulse and Prejudice is not “fan fiction” but a complete stand-alone adaptation. No prior knowledge of Pride and Prejudice is required for full enjoyment of this remarkable novel.

On Sale Throughout October for $2.99 or £2.31

Kindle US     Nook       Kobo      iBooks       Kindle UK

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Excerpt from Dearest Bloodiest Elizabeth:

Crimson drops fell onto the white snow, staining it pink.

Darcy had not intended this—to drink from his wife—when he claimed his prize of a kiss after catching her as they raced through the hedge maze at Pemberley. Elizabeth had actually done surprisingly well in evading him, considering his intuitive abilities; but, of course, he caught her—laughing in his arms, eyes ablaze, cheeks chafed from the cold.

“And now my prize!” As had so often occurred in the span of their brief marriage, his tender kiss had escalated quickly into fervent ardour. The laughter then in her eyes, his wife had taken hold of the lapels of his greatcoat and, falling back onto the snow, pulled him down with her. As their kisses deepened, so, too, had his hunger and desire. He pulled off his gloves and trailed his cold fingers down her face. Untying her bonnet and unfastening her cape, he exposed her neck for his lips and his teeth.

She moaned softly as he drew the blood from her throat, sharing her warmth and her pulse, savouring the rich, metallic taste. He pulled back to watch her, only then noticing that a few precious drops of lifeblood had escaped his embrace and fallen onto the snow.

“William,” she whispered in a half-plea, her hand running over the front of his trousers to convey her intent.

He gazed into her eyes. “Should we not go in? Are not you cold?”

“Cover me to keep me warm.” She wrapped her arms around his neck and pulled his mouth onto hers, sharing the taste of her blood as their tongues intertwined.

Darcy pulled at her skirts and brought the hem to her knees. He reached his hand up between her cold thighs to the hot core that drew him in. She gasped against his mouth as he touched her there, but he wasted little time in freeing himself from his trousers and thrusting deep within her.

About the Author:

Colette Saucier began writing poems, short stories, and novellas in grade school. Her interest in literature led her to marry her college English professor, but eventually a love of history encouraged her to trade up to a British historian.colette-l-saucier

Technical writing dominated her career for twenty years, but finding little room for creativity in that genre, she is now a full-time author of fiction.

Pulse and Prejudice was named “A Most Inventive Adaptation” by Elle Magazine (April, 2016). It was the 1st Place Winner in its category in the 2013 Chatelaine Awards Romantic Fiction Contest and is listed in Chanticleer’s 2013 Best Book Listing. Colette dedicated 15 months traveling to Europe and Britain, researching Regency England and vampire lore and literature, to complete for historical accuracy. It remains faithful to nineteenth century literary conventions and Jane Austen’s narrative to create a compelling, thrilling paranormal adaptation.

Colette was selected a “2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award” Semi-finalist and named “Debut Author of the Year” by Austenprose for All My Tomorrows—now expanded and republished as The Proud and the Prejudiced—which was also chosen Austenesque Reviews “Favorite Modern Adaptation” 2013.

Colette’s romantic thriller Alicia’s Possession was the publisher’s #1 Bestselling Romantic Suspense for 4 straight weeks following its debut in June of 2013 and then again in January, 2014, after being voted a “Top Ten Romance Novel of 2013” (P&E Reader’s Poll). Colette is also the author of the controversial and erotic noir romantic suspense The Widow, an Amazon bestselling new release and Kobo bestseller.

Colette’s latest novel—Book II: The Confession of Mr. Darcy, Vampire—entitled Dearest Bloodiest Elizabeth, follows the newlywed Vampire Darcy and his bride Elizabeth from Britain to Antebellum New Orleans. Due to her devotion to historical accuracy, she spent two years researching Creole Society and Nouvelle Orleans in the years following the War of 1812.

A bestselling and award-winning author under multiple pseudonyms, she is currently working on multiple projects including a parody of Wuthering Heights and a children’s book based on the inspiration for the dog Amadeus from Pulse and Prejudice and Dearest Bloodiest Elizabeth.

Colette lives in a lakeside community in South Louisiana with her historian husband and their two dogs. When not researching or writing her next novel, she enjoys wine, reading, and cooking gourmet meal with her husband and pups underfoot.

www.colettesaucier.com

www.facebook.com/ColetteSaucierAuthor

http://colettesaucier.blogspot.com/

https://twitter.com/Colette_Saucier

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Tour giveaway

2 Hardback copies Dearest Bloodiest Elizabeth

5 eBookcopies Dearest Bloodiest Elizabeth

Click the link below to participate and do not forget to leave a comment 🙂

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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.

 

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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:

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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

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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

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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)