Thursday, May 05, 2016

BLOG TOUR: Shadows Over Longbourn by Jann Rowland ~ Review + Giveaway

Book Blurb: The approaching death of Mr. Bennet threatens to leave his five young daughters at the mercy of the vengeful Mr. Thaddeus Collins. But Mr. Bennet plays one final desperate card before he passes, calling on his distant relatives—the Darcys—to provide his children with a home.
Removing themselves to Pemberley after their father’s death, the girls are protected by the estate’s current master, Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, who looks after them as conscientiously as he does his own sister.

When chance takes the Bennets and their Darcy relations to the estate leased by Mr. Bingley, little do they know that their father’s thwarting of Mr. Collins has only fanned the flames of his envy and hatred. He is determined to secure a Bennet daughter as a wife for his son, and he will stop at nothing to accomplish his goal.

Elizabeth has become consumed by love for Mr. Darcy, but since he remains oblivious to her feelings, Elizabeth’s desperation forces her to consider going into service as a governess, if only to obtain some distance from the object of her affection. But Mr. Collins has no intention of letting Elizabeth escape his grasp so easily, and everything finally comes to a head when he meets with her in an explosive showdown.

My Review: This book had me riveted from the moment I started reading it. You have to give props to a man who would take in his five distant cousins without even meeting them before having them live at his estate. I really didn't like the elder Mr. Collins in this book at all but the younger Mr. Collins did sort of redeem himself towards the end of the book. I can understand not having Lizzy and Darcy have insta-love and all but oh my god they skirted around their feelings for each other until almost the end of the book. I believe this is a good book, not one of Mr. Rowland's best but it's good.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Jann Rowland is generously giving away one ebook of Shadows Over Longbourn. To enter just comment below and please add your email address so you can be contacted if you win. The contest runs from today to May 10th 11:59 EST. The winner will be announced over on my facebook page on May 11th. Here is the link.

Author Bio: Jann Rowland is a Canadian writer. He enjoys reading and sports, and he also dabbles a little in music, taking pleasure in singing and playing the piano.

Though Jann did not start writing until his mid-twenties, writing has grown from a hobby to an all-consuming passion. His interest in Jane Austen stems from his university days when he took a class in which Pride and Prejudice was required reading. However, his first love is fantasy fiction, which he hopes to pursue writing in the future.

He now lives in Alberta with his wife of more than twenty years and his three children.

To connect with Jann, check out the following links:

Twitter: @OneGoodSonnet
Mailing List:
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Blog Tour Schedule
April 27/ Interview Post & Ebook Giveaway at Babblings of a Bookworm
May 1/Journey to Longbourn Estate & Ebook Giveaway at Just Jane 1813
May 5/ Book Review & Ebook Giveaway at Half Hope, Half Agony
May 26/Book Review & Ebook Giveaway at From Pemberley to Milton
May 30/ Book Review & Ebook Giveaway at Diary of an Eccentric
June 2/Bringing Thaddeus Collins to Life & Ebook Giveaway at More Agreeably Engaged


  1. I would LOVE to read this book, thank you for such a great review - it helps when deciding to read something :)

  2. wonder what this Darcy is like on first appearance

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  3. I think it looks like it will be excellent! Evil Collins will provide lots of necessary page turns, and 'must read one more chapter'! I would be thrilled to win a copy.
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  4. Sounds like such an interesting read! Thanks for giveaway.
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  5. Congrats on the new release, can't wait to see what Darcy will do!