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18 12, 2013

Review: Dear. Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay

By | December 18th, 2013|Categories: Christian Literature & Fiction, Contemporary, For Jane Austen Fans, Gift Ideas, Literature & Fiction, Romance|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment


17657649Reviewed by Meg Massey

Samantha Moore has coped with a difficult childhood by quoting her favorite authors, and distancing herself from anyone that could hurt her. So when an anonymous benefactor offers to fund her education at Northwestern University’s prestigious Medill School of Journalism, it all feels too good to be true. But Sam agrees to the arrangement, and the only stipulation – that she must write letters about her time in graduate school to the donor, addressing them to Mr. Knightley.

Sam soon finds herself struggling in school. A popular but brutally honest professor tells her that she is not connecting with her work, and that if can’t learn to, she might as well leave the program. An unlikely source, a fellow foster child, Kyle, may be able to give her the push she needs to face her past and embrace her

30 01, 2012

Review: Dreaming of Mr. Darcy by Victoria Connelly

By | January 30th, 2012|Categories: Contemporary, For Jane Austen Fans, Gift Ideas, Literature & Fiction, Romance|Tags: , |6 Comments


Reviewed by Meg Massey

Kay is unlucky in love and bored at her job, until she inherits a property from a friend. Inspired by her favorite Austen novels, Kay buys a bed and breakfast in seaside Lyme Regis. Much to her surprise, her bed and breakfast is booked up by actors filming an adaptation of Persuasion in the area. Among them is handsome movie star Oli Wade Owen, and Kay finds herself falling for him almost instantly.

Unbeknownst to Kay, the movie’s screenwriter, Adam, with whom she’s formed a fast friendship, has fallen for her. But when she gets the bright idea of playing matchmaker for Adam and actress Gemma, she’s setting herself up for a romantic disaster right out of the pages of Emma. And when Oli doesn’t turn out to be the hero she’s imagined, her whole world is

8 07, 2011

Review: A Weekend with Mr. Darcy by Victoria Connelly

By | July 8th, 2011|Categories: Contemporary, For Jane Austen Fans, Gift Ideas, Literature & Fiction, Romance|Tags: , , , , |8 Comments


Reviewed by Meg Massey

The latest novel from Victoria Connelly, A Weekend with Mr. Darcy interweaves the stories of three Jane Austen fans who attend an Austen conference in Hampshire.

Katherine Roberts is a literary professor whose love for all things Austen is unparalleled. But Katherine would just die if her colleagues were to discover her secret admiration of regency romances, particularly the often risqué stories of best-selling author Lorna Warwick. Thrilled that she may meet her favorite author/penpal during a weekend-long Austen conference, Katherine packs her bags with anticipation.

Meanwhile, Robyn Love is stuck. Stuck in a dead-end job and a relationship that’s gone stale, Robyn is thrilled to get away from boyfriend Jace to attend the Austen conference. Once she arrives, she encounters Katherine, and the two immediately become friends.

The seminars and conversations about Miss Austen’s romances seem to get to

10 02, 2011

Review: Darcy and Fitzwilliam by Karen Wasylowski

By | February 10th, 2011|Categories: For Jane Austen Fans, Genre Fiction, Gift Ideas, Historical, Literature & Fiction|Tags: , , , , , , |9 Comments


Reviewed by Meg M.

Karen Wasylowski’s Darcy and Fitzwilliam provides a rare look into the relationship between cousins Mr. Darcy and Colonel Fitzwilliam.

The first part of the novel finds Mr Darcy recently married to the love of his life, Elizabeth Bennett. But not everything is sunshine and roses. When Elizabeth discovers that Mr. Darcy was once entangled in an affair with Caroline Bingley, she is furious at her husband’s omission of the truth. When Elizabeth discovers that she is pregnant, her emotions become even more muddled.

Throughout this first portion, we see the interaction between two cousins who greatly love one another. Though insults and sarcasm are often thrown between the two of them, advice and confidences are also shared. We also gain some insight into demons that Colonel Fitzwilliam wrestles with. Lady Catherine shows

2 02, 2011

Review: Mr. Darcy’s Secret by Jane Odiwe

By | February 2nd, 2011|Categories: For Jane Austen Fans, Genre Fiction, Gift Ideas, Historical, Literature & Fiction|Tags: , , |12 Comments


Reviewed by Meg M.

Mr. Darcy’s Secret, the latest novel from author Jane Odiwe, is a story that explores the life after Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth Darcy say “I do.”

Picking up where Austen left off, this novel begins with the newlyweds’ journey to their home in Pemberley. Once settled in, Elizabeth begins to learn what is expected of the mistress of Pemberley, as well as her duties as a wife to Mr. Darcy. Elizabeth finds fast friendship with her new sister-in-law Georgiana. The two women accompany Mrs. Gardiner on a visit to an old friend, and it is there that Georgiana encounters a young man who is appealing in both his looks and his artistic sensibilities. But Mr. Darcy has plans for Georgiana to marry an older gentleman with whom they are all acquainted. Will Elizabeth’s

17 01, 2011

Review & Giveaway: Prom & Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg

By | January 17th, 2011|Categories: Children's Books, For Jane Austen Fans, For Teens, Gift Ideas, Social Issues, Young Adult|Tags: , , |121 Comments


Reviewed by Jennifer J.

Lizzie Bennet is a scholarship student attending the prestigious Longbourn Academy. Because of her social status, it has been very difficult for Lizzie to make friends with the other students, but she takes comfort in her friendship with Jane and Charlotte.

The school is abuzz with plans for the upcoming prom, and Jane has her hopes set on attending with Charles Bingley, a sociable guy that she’d dated casually before he left to study in England for a semester. Lizzie is pleased to meet Charles, but can’t say the same for his friend Will Darcy. Once Lizzie admits to Will that she’s a scholarship student, Will’s attitude toward her takes an ugly turn. Though Will tries to make amends with her, Lizzie’s pride stands in the way.

When Darcy starts invading her work environment and several social events bring

4 01, 2011

Review: The Perfect Bride for Mr. Darcy by Mary Simonsen

By | January 4th, 2011|Categories: For Jane Austen Fans, Genre Fiction, Gift Ideas, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Romance|Tags: , , , , , , , |7 Comments


Reviewed by Meg M.

Within the pages of The Perfect Bride for Mr. Darcy, author Mary Lydon Simonsen reveals a plot concocted by cousins Georgiana Darcy and Anne de Bourgh to unite Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy. This delightful Pride And Prejudice spin-off allows readers to see the classic tale from a variety of angles, including those of Georgiana and Anne, two characters who aren’t allowed a lot of time to speak in the Jane Austen’s beloved original work.

Simonsen weaves together a tale where Anne and her cousin, Fitzwilliam Darcy, are the best of friends. Despite their family’s plans for the two to someday marry, the two cousins aren’t interested in one another, and when Anne discovers Darcy’s affections for the beautiful and witty Elizabeth Bennet, she can’t help but get involved.

The matchmaking begins at Rosings,

10 11, 2010

Review: The Legacy of Pemberley by Rebecca Collins

By | November 10th, 2010|Categories: For Jane Austen Fans, Genre Fiction, Gift Ideas, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Series|Tags: , , , , |8 Comments


Reviewed by Meg M.

The Legacy of Pemberley, the latest novel from Rebecca Ann Collins, begins fifty years after Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth were married within the pages of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

This novel is the tenth in Collins’ The Legacy of Pemberley series, in which a number of new characters and tales of intrigue have emerged. The first part of the book begins with the last days of Elizabeth’s beloved cousin, Emily Courtney. For the remainder of the first portion of the novel, Emily’s children and extended family are discussed in great detail. Her son, Jude Courtney, is given her entire estate, which proves to enrage the rest of the family. But when Jude’s financial well-being is threatened, an unsuspected savior steps in to protect him.

In the second part, we are re-introduced to

15 08, 2010

Review: Emma and the Vampires by Jane Austen and Wayne Josephson

By | August 15th, 2010|Categories: For Jane Austen Fans, Gift Ideas, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Romance|Tags: , , , , , , , , |10 Comments


Reviewed by Michelle S.

Emma and the Vampires, by Jane Austen and Wayne Josephson, is yet another work in a growing trend of “mash-up” books. This time, it seems that Emma’s world of Highbury has been infiltrated by vampires.

True to the original, our clueless heroine Emma spends her time matchmaking for her friends and neighbors. I say clueless, because despite Emma’s insistence that she knows everyone and everything, she somehow manages to misunderstand the actions and words of the residents of Highbury – as well as the fact that most of the men are vampires. Luckily for them, she’s better at wielding a stake than understanding love.

I hate to say it, but I really didn’t enjoy Emma and the Vampires. As much as I favor the original, I found the modernization of some phrases to be

19 07, 2010

“Jane Bites Back” by Michael Thomas Ford

By | July 19th, 2010|Categories: For Jane Austen Fans, Gift Ideas, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Series|Tags: , |5 Comments


Reviewed by Jennifer J.

Even 200 years after her death, Jane Austen’s works are just as influential and meaningful to readers of today as those who lived during Jane’s lifetime. Anyone who doubts that her novels could possibly mean something to today’s readers needs to look no further than his or her nearest bookstore or novelty shop where items such as Jane Austen action figures, finger puppets, and even paper dolls are sold. Austen’s works are still made into big screen movies and performed as live theatre. Her classics are re-published with an extra spice: zombies, sea monsters, and now vampires.

In Jane Bites Back, Michael Thomas Ford brings Jane back to life as the undead. Living a quiet and unassuming existence as a bookstore proprietor, Jane Austen is thinly veiling her identity as Jane Fairfax. Like any other vampire, Jane