Friday, July 24, 2015

REVIEW: Sweet Caresses by Sarah Johnson

I received a ARC copy in exchange for an honest review. 

Book Blurb: Sweet Caresses is a charming compilation of inspirational and heart-warming Regency and Modern short stories, interspersed with fun letters. These tales have appeared, over the years, on several Jane Austen forums and blogs, and now they have been bundled together with all new material written just for this book for your reading pleasure. Feel the joy and triumph as our favorite characters defeat each obstacle set in the way of their own happily ever after moments.

“There are as many forms of love as there are moments in time.” ~ Jane Austen

As a bonus, the author is including the complete novella, Captain's Log:, in with this book.

An alternate tale of Jane Austen's 'Pride & Prejudice'.

Fitzwilliam Darcy received a special gift from his parents when he was eight years old – a journal. Within its pages the tales of his summer holidays at Pemberley with his cousins unfolded year after year. As adults now, will someone from their past forever change the futures of this ‘Jolly Band of Cousins’?

My Review: So the first thing I should mention is that about half of the book is short stories that Ms. Johnson has written over the years but has not published. They were cute little stories but I would love to see the one about Mr. Knightley lamenting over his feelings for Emma turned into a full length novella. You should go work on that Sarah. I also enjoyed all the little letters that were posted after the stories. Then when you get to the modern stories they change to text messages and twitter posts.

Captain's Log: This novella is about Mr. Darcy visiting his Meryton so he can perhaps find a bride amongst the local ladies so that Colonel Fitzwilliam can get married to Anne. The idea is to get him out of the army so that he doesn't have to be shipped off to Spain. Of course you also get to read logs of the Jolly Band of Cousins (which is comprised up of Anne, Darcy, and the Fitzwilliam brothers). It was very nice to read about the cousins when they were younger and their dashing exploits. Wickham is still the villain in this tale as he tries to force himself on Elizabeth but Darcy manages to stop him though they both sustain very serious injuries. Wickham pays the ultimate price for his villainy and at the end of the book all of the cousins and Bingley are married to their significant other.

I enjoyed this book very much and I would suggest that if your in the mood for some light reading you should pick this book up.

Rating: 4½ stars out of 5


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