Sunday, June 30, 2019

The Colonel by Beau North ~ Review + Giveaway

Title: The Colonel
Author: Beau North
Publisher: self-published
Genre: Austenesque
Number of Pages: 405
Format Read: ebook

Book Blurb: “This isn’t a love story, but the end of one. The story of two ships forever passing in the night. This is the story of my father and the woman he spent most of his adult life loving, a woman who was never really his.”

After letting his chance at love with Elizabeth Bennet slip through his fingers a second time, Richard Fitzwilliam loses himself in women, whiskey, and war as he tries to forget what he left behind. Putting oceans, continents, and decades between himself and his heartbreak, Richard seeks his future, only to be pulled back to the past again and again.

Shaken by recent events, Ben Fitzwilliam has left everything familiar behind, walking away from his relationship, his Manhattan apartment, his career as a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist to return to his family home in Annapolis, Maryland. Struggling to navigate a world that makes less and less sense, Ben finds purpose where he least expected it: in his father’s private letters. With the help of Annapolis PD Officer Keisha Barnes, Ben attempts to uncover his father’s secrets, heal the rifts those secrets caused, and find the answers he seeks on far shores.

Spanning decades, continents, wars abroad and wars at home, The Colonel is the anticipated companion to Longbourn’s Songbird.

My Review: I went into this book all excited to read about Richard Fitzwilliam and wow. We get the perspective of two different main characters but while I adored Richard's story Ben's was just there. I loved all the expanded stories of all the characters from Longbourn's Songbird. The only thing that really bothered me was Richard's obsessive love for Lizzy that kept him from pursuing a healthy relationship for many years. I was happy when he finally let it go and got to briefly be with the woman he slowly fell in love with over many years.

I really enjoyed this as a companion novel to Longbourn's Songbird but I feel like you don't need to read Longbourn's Songbird to enjoy it.

Rating: 4 stars out of 5

For the giveaway, you will get the most points if you comment on this post about your favorite 20th-Century adaptations. The contest is open to both international and domestic with the prize being paperback unless you prefer an ebook.

The Colonel will be officially released on July 9th, 2019

*I received an advanced copy of this novel from the author. All opinions are my own. 


  1. Thank you so much for the thoughtful review AND for hosting this Giveaway! For myself, my favorite 20th Century Retellings would have to be Karen M Cox's take on Emma in 'I Could Write A Book' and Audrey Ryan's 'All The Things I Know.' I'm so curious to hear everyone else's now!

  2. Congratulations on this release. Excited to read this book.

  3. Looking forward to reading. Love Beau’s books!! Now! How to pick a favorite? Boots and Backpacks, Muse, Darcy Rock Star, Denial of Conscience, Trials of Honorable F Darcy, Man Who Loved P&P, and of course Longbourns Songbird. And so many more.

  4. Since you all mentioned LS and AtTIK , I’ll mention The Trials of the Honorable F Darcy by Sara Angelini.

  5. The Trials of the Honorable F Darcy and 1932. I have Longbourn's Songbird in my to read list and after the wonderful reviews of The Colonel I have to get to it ASAP

  6. Congrats on the release, Beau. I adore the cover because it is unique. Definitely haven't seen the picture used in other books.

    I've read a number of excellent modern adaptations and my favourites are Pemberley by the Sea by Abigail Reynolds, Nina Benneton's Compulsively Mr. Darcy and The Trials of the Honorable F. Darcy by Sara Angelini.

  7. Absolute favorite Pemberley By The Sea.

  8. I enjoyed the Conscience Series by Cat Gardiner. Thank you for allowing me to participate in the give away.

  9. Pemberley By The Sea is my fvorite.

  10. Although I much prefer adaptations set in the Regency period, I adore the Darcy's Hope duo by Ginger Monette set during the Great War: Darcy's Hope: Beauty from Ashes and Darcy's Hope: At Donwell Abbey. Both are terrific for fans of Downton Abbey.

    And my favorite modern adaptation is definitely L.L. Diamond's Unwrapping Mr. Darcy--so fun!! Set in a modern business setting, Elizabeth is a lawyer and Darcy is the CEO...and a blunder on his part on her first day of work makes her dislike him greatly.

    Great question!!

    Susanne :)

  11. My favorite is Undeceived. Thanks for the review and giveaway!

  12. My favorite modern is Perfect Fit by Linda Wells with my second favorite being the Mister Darcy Series by Barbara Silkstone, but I much prefer regency.

  13. Sounds great. Beautiful cover. New author to me.

  14. one of my favorite modernizations is Persuaded by Misty Dawn Pilsipher, a lovely romantic adaption of Persuasion. Thanks for hosting the giveaway, would love to read these books.

  15. ❤️this story. Such an emotional read. I love the cover.