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review: Jane Eyre’s Daughter

Jane Eyre’s Daughter by Elizabeth Newark Though it’s been a while since I’ve read Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte’s imaginative writing style came back to me reading this book. It is apparent that the author not only channels the original in style, but also loves nature as the descriptions of wildlife and the changing of the seasons are very detailed and add relevant depth to the protagonist’s personality, who is much like her revered mother. The very first scene of this novel pulled me in and the suspense continued to build to the very end. I’m very impressed! Review Note: This is one of my earliest reviews, from 2007-2008. I didn’t write in depth reviews at the time, because I was wary of posting spoilers.

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review: The Darcys Give a Ball

The Darcys Give a Ball: A Gentle Joke, Jane Austen Style by Elizabeth Newark This Pride & Prejudice continuation opens with a fascinating view of the Collins’ married life, a run-down of their children’s personalities and a look back at both Mr. Collins and Charlotte Lucas Collins during their youth. Mr. Collins may be one of the unsavory characters from the original, and is still with this depiction, but his childhood held many clues as to why he was so supercilious and staid. Their eventual move into Longbourn is not quite so upsetting to the Bennett women, as they were mostly settled by this time. With Lady Catherine de Bourgh having passed away a few years prior, there are no more connections between the Collins’…

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