Category Archives: Austen

review: Mr. Darcy, Vampyre

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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… Read more »

review: Pemberley Shades

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Pemberley Shades: A Lightly Gothic Tale of Mr. and Mrs. Darcy by D.A. Bonavia-Hunt The cover art and subtitle of this book suggest a mysterious, sinister tone that I couldn’t detect. It is much like other Austen continuations in setting and characterization. It’s true that one of the main characters, Acworth, is strange and difficult to read. I knew from… Read more »

author guest post: Syrie James on Writing and Travels

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Syrie James, author of The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen, discusses how her extensive travels have influenced her writing. My family and I lived in France for two years when I was a child, and by the time I was eight years old, I had visited 26 countries. It was an amazing education that I’ll never forget. I think that… Read more »

review: A Pemberley Medley

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A Pemberley Medley by Abigail Reynolds This volume contains five short stories based on Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice characters, Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet. Some are continuations or alternate endings of the author’s existing variations, and one is a “dark” story. Abigail Reynolds is a fabulous Austen author and I have greatly enjoyed several of her books in the… Read more »

review: Jane Austen’s First Love

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Jane Austen’s First Love by Syrie James At the age of fifteen, Jane Austen spends a summer holiday with her elder brother at his fiancé’s home in Kent. Five families come together to celebrate the upcoming nuptials and along the way many, including Jane, discover much about love and relationships. There she meets a young man who both exasperates and… Read more »

interview: Syrie James on Jane Austen’s First Love

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JANE AUSTEN’S FIRST LOVE by Syrie James is available for purchase today, August 5, 2014! My review has been posted on GoodReads and will be featured on Historical-Fiction.com tomorrow. Author Syrie James has kindly answered some questions about her latest novel below. Your Jane derives her fiction from the world around her. Do you feel that the author actually borrowed… Read more »

review: Darcy and Fitzwilliam

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Darcy and Fitzwilliam A Tale of a Gentleman and an Officer by Karen V. Wasylowski This Austen continuation explores the first years of Darcy’s marriage, while Colonel Fitzwilliam searches for happiness after the horrors of Waterloo. Lady Catherine de Bourge plays a large part in this novel, though curiously not as the antagonist–that role is given over to Caroline Bingley,… Read more »

review: A Jane Austen Daydream

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A Jane Austen Daydream by Scott D. Southard “When one looks at life it is easy to get lost in big moments, losing simple days that pass by in a glance, unimportant except in counting down to other days and events. We only notice their loss when we wonder whither all the time disappeared. We may see the lost time… Read more »

review: Becoming Elizabeth Darcy

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Becoming Elizabeth Darcy: A Time Travel Novel by Mary Lydon Simonsen Jane Austen fanatic, Elizabeth “Beth” Hannigan, is suffering from an illness and wakes up in the body of Elizabeth Darcy from Pride & Prejudice. What she first thinks is a dream, she begins to realize is more likely a sort of time warp and, once acclimated to her surroundings,… Read more »

review: Mr. Darcy’s Obsession

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Mr. Darcy’s Obsession by Abigail Reynolds This Pride & Prejudice variation explores what could have happened if Darcy had not proposed at Rosings and, with much personal turmoil on his mind that did not stem from his attachment to Elizabeth, cut all connections with the Bennets. When he happens upon Elizabeth in London, all of his feelings come rushing back… Read more »

review: Mr. Darcy’s Little Sister

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Mr. Darcy’s Little Sister by C. Allyn Pierson This Pride & Prejudice continuation begins just after the Darcys’ wedding and though not entirely in her perspective, is focused on Georgiana’s coming out year and hopeful wedding plans thereafter. A few new characters are introduced with the usual cast, and the storyline is full of plots, intrigue and humor. Georgiana at… Read more »

review: The Darcys Give a Ball

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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… Read more »