I really wanted to love this book. I did, but I didn't. The plot wasn't badly paced even if it got off to a...moreMore of a 3.5 rating then a 4 star rating.
I really wanted to love this book. I did, but I didn't. The plot wasn't badly paced even if it got off to a rather slow start. I didn't like the fact that Elinor wasn't in the book much. She hardly put in an appearance.
Marianne and Margaret's characters were inconsistent. Marianne was impulsive and out-spoken one moment then she was cautious and reserved the next moment. Margaret was childish and giddy one moment then mature and thoughtful the next. Margaret was "in love" with Willoughby in one moment then "in love" with Henry Lawrence the next without a second thought to Willoughby after that. I thought that spoke ill of Margaret's character if not the writing.
This was a disappointing lack in the novel, but it wasn't a glaring omission. The romances itself and the conflict were interesting enough to see past the flaws for me to read past the flaws and enjoy the book.
As far as style goes, this is the one book that resembles Jane Austen the most. I really enjoyed reading about the Darcys and their life even if the p...moreAs far as style goes, this is the one book that resembles Jane Austen the most. I really enjoyed reading about the Darcys and their life even if the plot was a bit tepid. The characters were what made the book interesting.
Still, I felt the end of the book was rushed. Between that and the mediocre plotlines, I couldn't give the book four stars. It's still not a bad book. In fact I think the strengths outweigh the weaknesses.
While this book isn't the same quality as Pride and Prejudice, it's still a good read. You have several new characters to enjoy. Including Major Talbo...moreWhile this book isn't the same quality as Pride and Prejudice, it's still a good read. You have several new characters to enjoy. Including Major Talbot, the vicar, Mr. Markwood, and his younger brother. There's even a curate.
The romance centers around Georgiana Darcy. She has a bevvy of suitors to choose from. Her shyness prevents her from really becoming engaged with any one gentleman though.
Ultimately she does become engaged to someone after a short engagement after a short courtship. The question is, is she really in love with him?
I really enjoyed this book. I enjoyed the vicars character the most. I thought he was the most interesting. He becomes estranged from his father and ends up with the Pemberly living through the compassion of the Bennett sisters, now Mrs. Bingely and Mrs. Darcy. His passion as a man of God is stirring, not that I'm particularly religious. There's a lot of religion in this book though. It's not particularly preachy, it's more theology.
Georgiana Darcy's character in this book was also likable and very true to Austen's Georgiana. Although Austen's was more reserved, more stilted. Still, this Georgiana showed a liveliness of mind and spirit that I came to admire when she showed it to those she was comfortable with.
So even though this book isn't on par with P&P, it still holds its own. If you don't mind reading past the religion.
In this sequel to “Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict“, Miss Jane Mansfield...moreActually a 3.5 star review. Read my reviews here or on The Akamai Reader!
In this sequel to “Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict“, Miss Jane Mansfield finds herself in the body of Courtney Stone in the year 2009. This 19th century girl needs all the help she can get from such friends as Wes, the sexy website developer. As she grapples with the transition from 19th century life to 21st century life, she also finds herself wondering if Courtney made the right decision to break the engagement with Frank.
I really enjoyed what was essentially a parallel novel to “Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict“. Jane’s reactions to 21st century life appeared very realistic. I delighted in Jane’s adventures while at the same time felt quite anxious for her adjustment to all the changes.
What was particularly wrenching was her realization of the sexual revolution. You can imagine her shock and horror over what she imagine was the ruination of her ‘reputation’ after she learned she had slept with her ex-fiancee. All the more chagrined was she when she learned that Wes knew about it, to put it mildly.
Seeing her evolve into an independent, modern woman was a joy. While we may romanticize the 19th century, life for them wasn’t exactly a walk in the park. It made me appreciate the freedoms I have. Maybe I won’t take for granted what is so common to women these days.
There were pockets of predictability and repetition that kept me from completely enjoying and immersing myself in Jane’s world. Her reactions became a broken record at times. It wasn’t often and it wasn’t always the same situation, but it was enough to give me pause.
There was also the matter of the mysterious fortune-teller with her sage advice and her magical tricks. I thought the matter of her reappearing in this book was a little too snug for my liking. I think Jane accepted her too much at face value. I’m not too sure a 19th century girl would just accept what is essentially a witch so sagaciously.
The end of this book makes the end of the other book much more clear. All my questions are answered and I’m satisfied in that respect, but the resolution felt rushed and hurried. It was also too neat and pat, but I suppose that could be typical of romances which I’m not all that used to reading.
Despite its speed bumps, I still enjoyed myself!(less)
Georgiana Darcy is one of my favorite Pride and Prejudice characters. I loved her shy demeanor and I always thought she possessed a special something....moreGeorgiana Darcy is one of my favorite Pride and Prejudice characters. I loved her shy demeanor and I always thought she possessed a special something. I also thought that she could be developed into a main character quite nicely.
In Georgiana Darcy's Diary, you get a complete look into the working of her mind. Her narrative is sweet and unaffected. As she reveals her love for her cousin, Edward Fitzwilliam, you're able to see how deeply her passions run. You also see how she became so shy and reserved and what exactly motivates her as a person.
During the time she writes in her diary, a house party is at Pemberley. All manner of occurrences take place. From marriage proposals to masquerades. One of those things is the blossoming of her cousin, Anne De Brough. As Anne comes out of her shell so does Georgiana.
The romance that takes place isn't all wooing and courting. It's more unaffected then that. It doesn't make it any less romantic. It's between two people who have known each other all their lives. One of them has only just realized their love for the other.
While the spelling isn't in keeping with Jane Austen, the language is more authentic then other books I've read like it. Although the culmination of the romance was rather out of character for both of the players. I could suspend belief to carry the story through. It is a romance. So romantic endings will out and it was an entertaining climax to an entertaining book.
Actually a 3.5 star rating. Read my reviews here and at Akamai Reader!
Courtney Stone awakens to find herself not only in Regency-era England but also...moreActually a 3.5 star rating. Read my reviews here and at Akamai Reader!
Courtney Stone awakens to find herself not only in Regency-era England but also in the body of Miss Jane Mansfield. This 21st Century Jane Austen addict needs all her wits to try and maneuver herself around the ins and outs of the courtship of Mr. Edgeworth and the machinations of Mrs. Mansfield. Her adventures take her to picturesque Bath and the bustling London where she encounters her heroine Jane Austen herself.
This lighthearted book was exactly that, a lighthearted read. It wasn’t meant to be taken in a serious vein. Courtney’s humorous quips had me smiling as I imagined any 21st century girl in her situation doing the same. Although critics would retort that as a Jane Austen addict she should know have known better.
Case in point, when a woman remarked to her about place that was Hargrove Court, Courtney replied with “the retirement home?” I can’t help but think that Courtney was being sarcastic, but maybe I’m giving her the benefit of the doubt.
There were unanswered questions in the book. Such as how the real Jane Mansfield knew about certain events in the 21st century. That was never developed but maybe that will be developed in the subsequent book. Again, maybe I give Rigler the benefit of the doubt.
Another glaring question came at the end when you were left wondering how exactly the situation resolved itself. I was left with more questions then answers and that’s never satisfying.
I do think that although Courtney confessed to reading Austen over twenty times, she wasn’t an avid scholar of her works. She did confess to reading Austen for the familiarity of her words over anything else. I think that explains her gaps in knowledge when it came to certain aspects of Regency life.
I admit to growing tired of Courtney’s reiterations of getting back to her time and her non-acceptance of her situation. She also tended to harp overly much on her choice of men to the point of whining. Other then that I enjoyed her character. She showed spunk in an otherwise impossible situation.
As a fun and humorous read to be taken without a serious light, I did enjoy this book. (less)
Charlotte Collins is a recent widow. She's suddenly out in society again when she starts to play chaperon to her younger sister. Soon she attracts the...moreCharlotte Collins is a recent widow. She's suddenly out in society again when she starts to play chaperon to her younger sister. Soon she attracts the attention of two gentleman, Mr. Basford and Mr. Edgington. Who will win her heart?
I really enjoyed this book. It was unexpectedly thrilling. There is a threat of scandal and that led to breathless, pensive moments.
Through it all, I admired Charlotte's character. She's a strong, independent woman. Charlotte also possessed a will to survive in that day and age that was surprising. It would have been easy to give up and hide, but she fought.
I loved the romance. Once Charlotte knew her own heart, she acted on it. It was out of character but at the same time it wasn't. She had been through so much she was done with the pretensions of society. So it was entirely in keeping with what she had gone through to act as she did. I'm being purposefully vague so as I don't spoil the book.
As for authenticity, I have my usual gripe that the spelling wasn't in keeping with Jane Austen. That's a minor complaint in the scheme of things. The language wasn't quite in Austen's style either. It wasn't totally off-base but it wasn't exact either. Again, that's a minor complaint and only a true Austen fanatic would be pained by it. As for me, I was slightly annoyed but it didn't take away from my enjoyment from the book. I'm sure a true Austen fanatic would be able to pick out other flaws. As for me I have no other grievances.
Caroline Bingley is banished to the north country where her Mother resides upon refusing to apologize to Elizabeth Bennet. Once there her machinations...moreCaroline Bingley is banished to the north country where her Mother resides upon refusing to apologize to Elizabeth Bennet. Once there her machinations to climb back into society's good graces begins. Except Mr. Rushton, a wholly unsuitable tradesman, might throw her plans awry.
The character Caroline Bingley was the one that I found most easy to hate in Pride and Prejudice. She was wholly despicable. So I was eager to see how she'd come off as a heroine in her own book.
She is still conniving and she is still aware of social rank. She was forever demeaning her hired companion. She is still impertinent. At the same time, because you know her insecurities you can excuse much of her actions. At least I did. She's still hard hearted. She remains essentially "hard-hearted" to the very end. She doesn't melt and become doe-eyed when she becomes united with her love.
That's what I appreciated about this book. Caroline remained true to character. Even in tears she was true to who she was.
I really liked Mr. Rushton. I thought he was the perfect foil for Caroline. He was sardonic and perpetually amused. He was eternally of good humor even if it was at Caroline's expense.
In the end, I grew to like Caroline much to my surprise. I found sympathy for her despite the way she treated her servant. I enjoyed this book very much.
As for authenticity, I would have preferred the spelling to have been Jane Austen style. Other then that the book seemed to be okay, but I'm not a true Austen fanatic. There was a scene I had my doubts about. Where two ladies of quality got into a yelling match. I really don't know if that would have happened or if good breeding would have won the day. I suppose anything is possible. I chose to suspend belief. Like I said, I really don't have any complaints. (less)
His Good Opinion is Pride and Prejudice from Mr. Darcy's point of view. It's not a bad story. I would have preferred the spelling to be more authentic...moreHis Good Opinion is Pride and Prejudice from Mr. Darcy's point of view. It's not a bad story. I would have preferred the spelling to be more authentic, but that's my personal gripe.
Other then that, I think Nancy Kelley portrayed Darcy well. He was both stiff and proud, yet feeling and warm. He was unbending at first. Then he slowly learned to bend after he made that disastrous first proposal to Elizabeth.
We were able to learn more about Darcy as he interacts more with Georgiana, his sister and Colonel Fitzwilliam, his cousin. We also learn about how things happen from his standpoint as far as Lydia and Wickham's terrible elopement went.
I felt Darcy's heartbreak when he was refused. I also felt he was rightly refused. I admired his stalwart determination to change for the better in light of Elizabeth's refusal.
It was a fascinating and entertaining look into Darcy's viewpoint. It was also very romantic. I enjoyed it a great deal. (less)