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Bespelling Jane Austen (The Gardellas #5.4)

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But even if the whole world was against them, it would not matter. They were together—again. And this time they would remain together. Until death do them part and, of course, long after that.

What if Austen had believed in reincarnation and vampires? Join four bestselling romance authors as they channel the wit and wisdom of Jane Austen.

Almost Persuaded

In this Regency ta

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Paperback, 432 pages
Published September 27th 2011 by HQN Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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Janga
The purists among the Janeites will likely view Bespelling Jane as another sacrilege in the ever-growing field of Austen adaptations, parodies, and alternate texts, but Austen fans with a taste for the paranormal will find much to enjoy in this anthology that contains stories by an unlikely quartet: Mary Balogh, perennial favorite historical romance novelist; Colleen Gleason, author of the popular Gardella Vampire Chronicles, a series about a female vampire hunter in Regency England; Susan Krina ...more
Megan
Almost Persuaded by Mary Balogh- 3 stars. Historical romance. A reincarnation version of Persuasion. Good, but not great. I do have to admit that Ms. Balogh’s idea of reincarnation was a great idea for Persuasion, but it just came up a little short. Jane Everett and Captain Robert Mitford have loved each other for what they call “eternity” each in different lifetimes and they always look different, but the obstacles of getting married are almost always the same. Can they overcome Jane’s family’s ...more
Andree
Picked this up on a pure whim when I saw it at the library, which was weird because I generally avoid a lot of Austen adaptations. But I have been craving light, distraction reading lately, so here we are.

Look, it's not terrible. It's really not. But a few things:
1) I am picky about my Austen adaptations, because if the author does something I don't like (or that conflicts with a particular detail of the original novel that I particularly like), then I get annoyed.
2) I generally don't like vampi
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Virginia
I'm never a fan of short romantic stories and I am reminded again why paranormal fiction doesn't really do it for me. I only read the one by Mary Balogh since she's one of my favorite romance authors. It was ok.
Paula  Phillips
Iv'e read my fair share of Supernatural Renditions of classic tales e.g Jane Austen's books mainly and Louisa May Alcott's Little Vampire Women ( review to come). However, after reading one or two - sometimes you find the writing boring and along the same lines as you can only do so much with a tale. When asked the question Austen or Bronte ? I've always been an Austen gal , so when I read that Bespelling Jane Austen was too be released, I couldn't help no matter how many I've read in the past - ...more
willaful
An uneven collection of stories combining Jane Austen stories with paranormal elements. I almost didn't finish it, but am glad I did, since the best story came last.

"Almost Persuaded" by Mary Balogh. After numerous failed attempts to come together, two reincarnated soulmates have yet another chance to get it right -- but will Jane be persuaded to doom them once again? I respected Balogh for taking inspiration from Austen's plot rather than appropriating her characters, but I found this story pre
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Melindeeloo
I am ashamed to admit it but this collection of short stories brought me to the realization that although I am constantly reading, I am a literary pagan - I haven't read many of the `classics'. So my review of Bespelling Jane Austen is purely of my impression of the collection as an avid paranormal romance reader and a lover of anthologies and not someone familiar with Austen's works - which may be either a good or bad thing - I can't say, since I don't know how well these re-imagined stories ho ...more
Sharon
This delightful anthology basically takes 4 of Jane Austen’s novels and turns them into retellings of either Regency or Contemporary romances with a paranormal twist. Here’s a breakdown of the stories (a few *minor* spoilers, so be warned...):

"Almost Persuaded" by Mary Balogh
Balogh admits in her intro that writing Paranormal Romance is not necessarily her thing; instead of the usual paranormal characters (vampires, werewolves, etc.) her story focuses on the subject of reincarnation, following a
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Stephanie
With the popularity of both classic and time-shifted renditions of many Jane Austen works and the immense popularity of Paranormal Romance it was only a matter of time until Austen was altered with a dash of the supernatural. There have already been at least a couple of books with Miss Austen’s work re-done with werewolves or zombies. Like Clueless, most seem to use Austen’s novels as a base for comedic romance.


This is the first anthology I have seen with treatments of Persuasion, Northanger Abb
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Janet
I have not read the last two stories yet but I would give a ** stars to Almost Persuaded by Mary Balogh (one of her paler, more subdued heroines) & *** stars to Northanger Castle, humourous, sly and fun. I think this is the first I've read Colleen Gleason but I'd be interested in recommendations for other stories by her.

Still haven't finished this book but this is just not my cuppa. I really did not care for the Pride and Prejudice story. I don't consider myself a Jane Austen purist but I am
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Steph
Bespelling Jane Austen was a change for me. I don't typically like historicals and/or Jane Austen books, but I am a fan of Jane Austen movies. I wanted to give this anthology a go mainly to read Colleen Gleason's story, since I'm a huge fan of her Gardella Vampire Chronicles series.

I'm not sure how die-hard Jane Austen fans will feel about the book and the authors' "para-mash-ups". Some of the stories were harder for me to get through than others. If I hadn't been reading this one for a NetGal
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Missie Kay The Book Fix
I liked three of the stories, with my favorite being "Northanger Castle"; it had the right tone of silliness which is necessary with making a classic author into a paranormal. By the same token, the "headline" story, "Almost Persuaded" was entirely too serious, and not paranormal, really. Maybe I just thought it was dumb because I don't believe in reincarnation, and the author was so serious about it. I also found the gratuitous name-changes in each of those two stories stupid and distracting: e ...more
Laurla2
four stories that give jane austen stories a paranormal twist.

almost persuaded by mary balogh. in this Regency tale of Captain Robert Mitford and Jane Everett, Mary Balogh brings together former lovers who have seen beyond the veil of forgetfulness to their past mistakes, and are determined to be together in this life, and forever.

northanger castle by colleen gleason. Northanger Castle by Colleen Gleason. Caroline's obsession with Gothic novels winds up being good training for a lifetime of dest
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Laylah
The rating is for Northanger Castle by Colleen Gleason only.

Northanger Castle is a cute short read. In normal circumstances, Caroline Merrill should annoy me to no end with her antics and silly imagination, but at the same time Ms. Gleason makes her so adorably funny I cannot help but immensely like her. The hero has a shade of the delicious Mr. Max Pisaro from her excellent Gardella series. Colleen Gleason has become another auto-buy author for me, no matter how short her story she'd put out.
Harlequin Books
"What if Austen had believed in reincarnation and vampires? Join four bestselling romance authors as they channel the wit and wisdom of Jane Austen."

Great October Read!
Judy
I'm not exactly sure who may have told me about this book or if I saw it while "browsing" through Goodreads but I am a fan of Jane Austen and have this "thing" for anything about witches or vampires. As I am a fan of Mary Balough and Colleen Gleason, I thought I'd give it a read. I thoroughly enjoyed the departure from their normal writing style (other than Colleen, who has written of vampires) and that there were innuendoes of Jane Austen characters in the stories. Diehard Jane fans may not car ...more
Babs
Nov 16, 2010 Babs rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes paranormal, Jane Austen or any of her characters
What if Austen had believed in reincarnation and vampires? Join four bestselling romance authors as they channel the wit and wisdom of Jane Austen.
Almost Persuaded
In this Regency tale of Robert and Jane, New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh brings together former lovers who have seen beyond the veil of forgetfulness to their past mistakes, and are determined to be together in this life, and forever.

Northanger Castle
Caroline's obsession with Gothic novels winds up being good training for
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Marnie
It was a fun read. Kept me entertained. I haven't read all of the original Austen novels on which these short stories are based, so I can't do a true comparison, but for the most part I enjoyed each of the 4 stories.

However, there were faults with all of the stories, which is why this book only gets 3 stars. The authors took some liberties with the original stories that I wasn't too fond of.

ALMOST PERSUADED:: Short story. It was okay but super predictable and a little too cheesy. At points in t
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Kimm
Never let it be said that Jane Austen will go out of style. The steady stream of Austenesque novels shows clear evidence of this fact. Paying homage to our most beloved female author, storytellers crank out pages of dialogue and description designed to continue Miss Austen’s legacy: her characters. One shining and unique example is the recently released Bespelling Jane Austen. BJA consists of four short stories, each one taking a separate classic Jane Austen novel and rewriting it to include a h ...more
Kylie
This is a nice little collection of novellas which are more for the -for want of a better word - serious Austen readers. They read more as paranormal romance (unsurprising given the authors' bodies of work) than romance with the paranormal and horror inserted and are just as much fun to read. If not more, IMO, since they don't have to worry about the making additions fit with the tone of an established text.

Almost Persuaded is a delightful and sweet period story of reincarnation. I enjoyed it a
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Marcie
Bespelling Jane Austen is a collection of four paranormal stories that are inspired by some of Austen's classic books. The first story, Almost Persuaded, is written by Mary Balogh. As you might have guessed from the title it is based off of Persuasion. Persuasion is my favorite book by Jane Austen so I was anxious to see what Balogh had in store for the readers. Her two main characters are Jane Everett and Captain Robert Midford. Midford has just returned from the war after he had been wounded. ...more
Carien
Almost Persuaded by Mary Balogh
In this Regency tale of Robert and Jane, New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh brings together former lovers who have seen beyond the veil of forgetfulness to their past mistakes, and are determined to be together in this life, and forever.

What did Voodoo Bride think of it:
A charming lovestory with a hint of the supernatural. Robert and Jane are two people you just can't help liking although I did want to slap Jane from time to time for not listening to her
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Laurel
4 Austen inspired paranormal romances

Pairing the Jane Austen and paranormal genre’s is a clever concept that has seen some hits and misses over the last few years. Bespelling Jane Austen is a new anthology offering four novellas from romance authors Mary Balogh, Colleen Gleason, Susan Krinard and Janet Mullany adapting Austen novels with a supernatural spin.

Almost Persuaded, by Mary Balogh

Bestselling romance novelist Mary Balogh uses Persuasion, Jane Austen’s tender love story of second chances
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Heather
Nov 24, 2010 Heather rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Austen fan-fiction fans
Recommended to Heather by: local library
I saw this at the library last week and just had to pick it up! The book contains four novellas based on.Persuasion, Northanger Abbey, Pride and Prejudice, and Emma. But all of the authors added a bit of the paranormal into the story lines.

The first one involves reincarnation and soulmates. Northanger Castles started off really fantastic, but the ending was too rushed and I just didn't see the chemistry there between the two leads. Blood and Prejudice takes place in present-time and it really wo
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Rebecca
This book was really neat. I am a big Austen fan, so it was neat to see these stories redone. I gave the book 4 stars because I was a little disappointed in the second story, Northanger Castle. The story development seemed fine, until it came time for the last few pages. Then it felt extremely rushed. The hero and the heroine only spoke a few times, and about 5 pages or so after the last time they spoke before seeing each other at the castle, they were madly in love and engaged to be married. It ...more
Dancer
I will openly admit that I only read two of the four novellas in this anthology. The one by Mary Balogh was adequate. Balogh is one of my favorite authors, and the style was acceptable, but the story line had major gaps in it. I felt like both Balogh's and Mullany's stories should have been longer. Crunching the stories robbed the reader of what could have been compelling reads. Give me Vampire Darcy's Desire by Regina Jeffers instead.

But even if the whole world was against them, it would not m
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Chibineko
I like Jane Austen & I like the supernatural, so I figured that this compilation would be something I'd be sure to enjoy. For the most part, it succeeded. For my review, I'm going story by story:

Almost Persuaded: I'm sad to say that this was easily the weakest story of the bunch. It takes quite a few liberties with the original story & not all of them good. The most noticeable one was a detailed sex scene that while being very steamy, stuck out like a sore thumb & didn't really fit i
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Pamela
REVIEW COURTESY OF ROMANCE JUNKIES (reviewer pamelalynne):

ALMOST PERSUADED by Mary Balogh

As a child, Miss Jane Everett has a wild imagination, or so she is told. One day while visiting a neighbor, she tells a tale she believes to be true. Jane soon realizes she should have kept her thoughts to herself because she only brought pain and embarrassment to those around her. Her parents notify her that she must stop inventing stories. Not wanting to upset others or to have her memories construed as li
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Cindy
A 4 story paranormal with takes on Jane Austen books. 2 Regency & 2 contemporary stories. I suspect the low ratings are from those who despise anyone trying to do a remake of anything Jane Austen. Try to keep an open mind!

Mary Balogh 4stars. MB is not normally knownfor paranormal writing. She does a pretty good job with this story, a take of "Persuasion" involving reincarnation. This is set in Regency England & does have sex in it.

Colleen Gleason 3 stars. Not a good thing to be a weak
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Cid Tyer
It’s no secret I’m a huge Austen fan. I love rereading Jane Austen, I love the stories that put a twist on her classics so when I was given the chance to read Bespelling Jane Austen it was like an early birthday present to me.

Almost Persuaded – This is very losely based off of Persuasion; the story of a woman who meets the man she was persuaded to turn down in her youth and discovers she still loves him. Almost Persuaded is the story of reincarnation. The story moves quickly, and reads a little
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Mary Jenkins was born on 1944 in Swansea, Wales, UK. After graduating from university, moved to Saskatchewan, Canada, to teach high-school English, on a two-year teaching contract in 1967. She married her Canadian husband, Robert Balogh, and had three children, Jacqueline, Christopher and Sian. When she's not writing, she enjoys reading, music and knitting. She also enjoys watching tennis and curl ...more
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