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review: Mr. Darcy, Vampyre

Mr. Darcy, Vampyre by Amanda Grange Wit, humor and suspense are what you will find in this unconventional Austen continuation from Amanda Grange. Mr. Darcy, Vampyre is a tale of what happens with Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice characters, but with a supernatural twist. Elizabeth and Darcy abandon their scheduled honeymoon plans and head for the continent, much to Elizabeth’s bewilderment and excitement. But soon she finds there are problems, not only with their trip, but perhaps with their marriage. Through France, the darkest forests, the mountains of the Alps, Venice and southern Italy they travel, all the while being followed by a malevolent specter that, in Elizabeth’s mind, could be real or imagined. What happened to her image of the perfect married life with…

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review: Wickham’s Diary

Wickham’s Diary by Amanda Grange This Pride and Prejudice novella focuses on George Wickham, infamous bad boy from Jane Austen’s original. As the son of Pemberley’s steward, George was never treated with the same respect as Fitzwilliam Darcy, though he possessed more graceful manners and a pleasant countenance. At first he thought this, along with his Pemberley connections, would be enough to secure him an heiress. When the deaths of old Mr. Darcy and his own father thwart his ambitions, he finds the lifestyle choices he had made during his years at Cambridge have damaged his prospects. Through diary entries we discover his past–his thoughts and motives reveal an uninspiring protagonist who cannot be redeemed, though it seems the author tried (a bit). This is…

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review: Henry Tilney’s Diary

Henry Tilney’s Diary by Amanda Grange A retelling of Northanger Abbey through the perspective of Henry Tilney and his sister, Eleanor, this story begins with the younger years of the Tilney siblings. Frederic, at eighteen, has recently been disappointed by a young lady and as a result has sworn off women—at least in the proper sense. He still wishes to cause mischief and anguishes his strict father so much that he insists on the army finishing Frederic’s education. Henry, at sixteen, is the calmer and more perceptive son, and will become a parson at Woodson upon his majority. Three year’s Henry’s junior, Eleanor must dodge undesirable suitors her father throws in her path in the attempt to gain her a title and/or add to her…

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