Saturday, July 11, 2015

BLOG TOUR: REVIEW - A Will of Iron by Linda Beutler

I'm honored to be a part of the A Will of Iron blog tour. I have read all of Ms. Beutler's books so far and I have loved them. I received an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. 

Book Blurb: The untimely death of Anne de Bourgh, only days after his disastrous proposal at the Hunsford parsonage, draws Fitzwilliam Darcy and his cousin Colonel Alexander Fitzwilliam back to Rosings Park before Elizabeth Bennet has left the neighborhood. In death, Anne is revealed as having lived a rich life of the mind, plotting rather constantly to escape her loathsome mother, Lady Catherine de Bourgh. Anne’s journal, spirited into the hands of Charlotte Collins and Elizabeth, holds Anne’s candid observations on life and her family. It also explains her final quirky means of outwitting her mother. Anne’s Last Will and Testament, with its peculiar bequests, upheaves every relationship amongst the Bennets, Darcys, Fitzwilliams, Collinses, and even the Bingleys! Was Anne de Bourgh a shrewder judge of character than Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy combined?

My Review: This story starts off with Anne dying from complications during pregnancy. It's was a big shock to Lady Catherine that Anne was pregnant at all and the search to find out the identity of the father begins. Darcy of course is the first person she suspects but as he said he hadn't seen her since July of the previous year so how could he be the father? Anne also had made a will and leaves some surprising things to different members of her family and friends both old and new. Of course Lady Catherine gets all pissy and tries to contest the will. She even consorts to murdering people, however this isn't the first time she has murdered. Eventually one of her murders goes wrong with a surprising twist. How will this all turn out? Will Lizzy and Darcy end up together? Find out by reading this book for yourself.

I really enjoyed this book. It doesn't disappoint just like her other one's don't. I however wanted to read more of their lives after they had gotten married but it ended on a good note so I guess I can't complain.

Rating: ★★★★★

Author Bio:
Linda Beutler is an Oregon native who began writing professionally in 1996 (meaning that is when they started paying her...), in the field of garden writing. First published in magazines, Linda graduated to book authorship in 2004 with the publication of Gardening With Clematis (2004, Timber Press). In 2007 Timber Press presented her second title, Garden to Vase, a partnership with garden photographer Allan Mandell. Now in 2013 Linda is working with a new publisher, and writing in a completely different direction. Funny how life works out, but more on that in a minute.

Linda lives the gardening life: she is a part-time instructor in the horticulture department at Clackamas Community College, writes and lectures about gardening topics throughout the USA, and is traveling the world through her active participation in the International Clematis Society, of which she is the current president. Then there's that dream job--which she is sure everyone else must covet but which she alone has--Linda Beutler is the curator of the Rogerson Clematis Collection, which is located at Luscher Farm, a farm/park maintained by the city of Lake Oswego. They say to keep resumes brief, but Linda considers Garden With Clematis her 72,000 word resume. She signed on as curator to North America's most comprehensive and publicly accessible collection of the genus clematis in July 2007, and they will no doubt not get shut of her until she can be carried out in a pine box.

And now for something completely different: in September 2011, Linda checked out a book of Jane Austen fan fiction from her local library, and was, to put it in the modern British vernacular, gobsmacked. After devouring every title she could get her hands on, she quite arrogantly decided that, in some cases, she could do better, and began writing her own expansions and variations of Pride and Prejudice. The will to publish became too tempting, and after viewing the welcoming Meryton Press website, she printed out the first three chapters of her book, and out it went, a child before the firing squad. Luckily, the discerning editors at Meryton Press saved the child from slaughter, and Linda's first work of Jane Austenesque fiction, The Red Chrysanthemum, published in September 2013. Her second work of fiction, From Longbourn to London was published in August of 2014.

Linda shares a small garden in Southeast Portland with her husband, and pets that function as surrogate children. Her personal collection of clematis numbers something around 230 taxa. These are also surrogate children, and just as badly behaved.

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  1. I'm really interested in reading this book and I will as soon as my budget allows. Congratulations Linda! Thanks Tina Carter.