Monday, January 06, 2020

Find Wonder in All Things by Karen Cox ~ Review

Title: Find Wonder In All Things
Author: Karen Cox
Publisher: Adalia Street Press
Genre: Persuasion retelling
Release Date: Re-released January 6th, 2020
Number of Pages: 306
Buy: Amazon

Book Blurb: “There could have never been two hearts so open… Now they were as strangers”—Persuasion

Mountain Laurel Elliot is like her name—she blooms best in the cool comfort of shade, hidden in the Kentucky foothills of Appalachia. Alone on her mountain, she lives a private existence with only her pottery—and her regrets—for company.

James Marshall had a secret dream and Laurel was part of it, but dreams sometimes lead to unexpected places. James’s heart broke when Laurel cut him loose, but he moved on—and became successful beyond his wildest dreams.

For one glorious summer, James and Laurel had each other, but life has kept them far apart.

Until now.

My Review: When this was released back in 2012 I will admit I wasn't that much into Persuasion and couldn't care less about it so I never read this book. But now I have a love for all that is Persuasion and I still hadn't read this book. So with the re-release, I jumped at the chance to finally read the book. I have to say I wasn't disappointed. I really love this new cover over the old one.

I wasn't expecting the book to be this good since most of the time modern retellings fall short for me. I loved all the great characters in this book even Mrs. Elliot who took the place of Lady Russell in this story.  I was not expecting all the steamy bits in this story but they were a welcome addition nonetheless.

I definitely recommend this story if you love Persuasion.

Rating: 4 stars out of 5

*I received an advanced copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, December 04, 2019

A Secret Suitor by Allison Smith ~ Review

Title: A Secret Suitor
Author: Allison Smith
Publisher: Longbourn Lady
Genre: Pride and Prejudice variation
Release Date: November 19th, 2019
Buy: Amazon
Format Read: Kindle ebook

Book Blurb: A mysterious suitor. Dashing Mr Darcy. A secret stalker poised to snatch Elizabeth Bennet from both.Torn between her secret correspondent and Mr Darcy, Elizabeth must decide if courtship and marriage are even in her future.

She does not have time to wait, for Mr Bennet is gravely ill and it is up to her to save the family from poverty—even if it means accepting a position as a governess.

A position that brings an unexpected cloud of danger.

But Mr Darcy has a secret of his own, and it is time he reveals himself to Elizabeth Bennet—but his revelation may come too late, costing him the only woman he has ever desired to wed.

My Review: This book starts off learning how Lizzy and a mysterious gentleman have been exchanging letters through legal parties. I wonder who the gentleman is? Lol. I really did enjoy this tale. I could see who the governess killer was early on into the story and dear Gods Georgiana is such a brat in this story. She befriends Lydia which is crazy all in itself but then she tries to elope with Wickham but is thwarted.

So this is a good read if you want to get lost in a Darcy and Lizzy romance for a couple of hours. 

Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Friday, November 08, 2019

A Covenant of Marriage by C.P. Odom ~ Review

Title: A Covenant of Marriage
Author: C.P. Odom
Publisher: Meryton Press
Genre: Pride and Prejudice variation
Release Date: 
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Format Read: Kindle ebook

Book Blurb: A Covenant of Marriage–-legally binding, even for an unwilling bride!

Defined as a formal, solemn, and binding agreement or compact, a covenant is commonly used with regard to relations among nations or as part of a contract. But it can also apply to a marriage as Elizabeth Bennet learns when her father binds her in marriage to a man she dislikes. Against her protests that she cannot be bound against her will, the lady is informed that she lives under her father’s roof and, consequently, is under his control. She is a mere pawn in the proceedings.

With such an inauspicious beginning, how can two people so joined ever make a life together?

My Review: So this novel is a forced marriage scenario between Darcy and Lizzy. Darcy has been pining for Elizabeth for years while Lizzy has hated Darcy for years. So Mr. Bennet makes Lizzy marry Darcy and she's not happy about it. Though she stops hating him as soon as she gets some from Darcy. There was no real conflict in this book and the Wickham issue is solved very early on in the novel so you don't even have him for a villain.

I vaguely remember reading this on A Happy Assembly awhile back and enjoying it and that is still the case. If you want to read a story without any real conflict and plenty of hot mush this is the book for you.

Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Fine Eyes & Pert Opinions by Maria Grace ~ Review

Title: Fine Eyes & Pert Opinions
Author: Maria Grace
Publisher: White Soup Press
Genre: Austenesque
Release Date: October 3rd, 2019
Number of Pages: 246 (according to my kindle)
Format Read: Kindle ebook
Buy: Amazon

Book Blurb: His family faces ruin without help from a woman below his notice.

Fitzwilliam Darcy, guardian to his younger sister, Georgiana, is at his wits end. Despite every possible effort, Georgiana steadfastly refuses to become a properly accomplished woman in anticipation of her come out. Elizabeth Bennet, the vicar’s daughter who has grown up in the shades of Pemberley, suggests hosting a small house party to encourage Georgiana's improvement with a taste of society.

While the notion is utterly ludicrous, Darcy has no better ideas. Soon
cousins Richard and Anne, and friends, the Bingleys, are on their way to Pemberley. Richard makes his own additions to the party: the glamorous baronet playwright Sir Alexander and his stunning sister Miss Garland.

Over Darcy’s objections, the party sets upon performing a home theatrical written by Sir Alexander. But the Garlands are not as they seem. Soon everything at Pemberley is upended and in disarray.
Will Darcy’s pride and prejudice cause him to forever ruin the Darcys’ good name by overlooking the one person who has the keys to making it all right again?

My Review: I went into this book a little apprehensive because I really didn't know all that much about it. I'm happy to say that while I wanted to throw my kindle across the room about halfway through it (you'll understand why when you read it) I was glad I stuck with it. I hate how dense both Darcy and Elizabeth are in this book. While Colonel Fitzwilliam tried to give him good advice he gave him the wrong advice. I also loved how Georgiana wasn't perfect but she does end up falling for another rake that wasn't Wickham.

I did enjoy this book as I have all of Maria Grace's other novels and I can't wait to see what she puts out in the future.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Author Bio: Five-time BRAG Medallion Honoree, Maria Grace has her PhD in Educational Psychology and is a 16-year veteran of the university classroom where she taught courses in human growth and development, learning, test development and counseling. None of which have anything to do with her undergraduate studies in economics/sociology/managerial studies/behavior sciences. She pretends to be a mild-mannered writer/cat-lady, but most of her vacations require helmets and waivers or historical costumes, usually not at the same time.

She writes gas lamp fantasy, historical romance and non-fiction to help justify her research addiction. Her books are available at all major online booksellers.

She can be contacted at:
Random Bits of Fascination
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English Historical Fiction Authors

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October 18 Austenesque Reviews
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October 24 So Many Books
October 28 More Agreeably Engaged
October 31 Half Agony, Half Hope
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Sunday, October 20, 2019

When Charlotte Became Romantic by Victoria Kincaid ~ Review

Title: When Charlotte Became Romantic
Author: Victoria Kincaid
Publisher: Meadowbrook Press
Genre: Pride and Prejudice Variation
Release Date: October 16th, 2019
Number of Pages: 147 (My kindle says 195)
Format Read: Kindle ebook
Buy: Amazon

Book Blurb: In the original Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth Bennet’s friend, Charlotte Lucas marries the silly and obsequious clergyman, Mr. Collins. But what if fate—and love—intervened?

Desperate to escape her parents’ constant criticism, Charlotte has accepted a proposal from Mr. Collins despite recognizing his stupid and selfish nature. But when a mysterious man from her past visits Meryton for the Christmas season, he arouses long-buried feelings and causes her to doubt her decision.

James Sinclair’s mistakes cost him a chance with Charlotte three years ago, and he is devastated to find her engaged to another man. Honor demands that he step aside, but his heart will not allow him to leave Meryton. Their mutual attraction deepens; however, breaking an engagement is not a simple matter and scandal looms. If they are to be happy, Charlotte and James must contend with her parents’ opposition, Lady Catherine’s nastiness, and dangerous figures from James’s past.

Charlotte had forsworn romance years ago; is it possible for her to become romantic again?

My Review: So I'm not a big fan of any of the secondary characters in Pride and Prejudice but when I read the blurb for this book I admit I was intrigued enough to give it a go. Plus you can almost never go wrong reading a Victoria Kincaid novel. I have to say I loved James as a suitor for Charlotte. He is a much better match for her than Mr. Collins. I really wish that Charlotte had had more faith in James when they were together in Bath but then we wouldn't have this book.

I have to say I really enjoyed this book and hopefully, we'll get another book telling Darcy and Lizzy's story since it was teased at the end of the novel. I'll be looking for it too.

Rating: 4½ stars out of 5

*I received a copy of the book from the author. All opinions are my own.