'The Disappearance of Georgiana Darcy' reads almost like its own mystery. In the first 1/3 of the novel, Jeffers revisits the lives of Austen's popula...more'The Disappearance of Georgiana Darcy' reads almost like its own mystery. In the first 1/3 of the novel, Jeffers revisits the lives of Austen's popular characters along with those who live in her version of Pemberley. The reader catches up with the families and acquaintances of the Darcy's during Kitty's wedding with Mr. Winkler. What the author does best is not sugar-coat the realities that resulted from the choices each person made. Small spoiler - Mrs. Bennett's response to seeing Mrs. Wickham's home will stick with me for a long, long time.
Soon, a letter erroneously reporting the demise of Major General Fitzwilliam's death at Waterloo reaches the Fitzwilliam family, and most importantly, his young bride, Georgiana, while she is in Scotland waiting for his arrival home from the continent. Georgiana's choice leads to her disappearance into the harsh, Scottish countryside. The plot then turns into an epic adventure novel that manages to marry our familiar characters into an adrenaline-driven tale that can, at times, make your head spin. There were a few times I stopped myself and went,'What?!? Oh, wow!'
My favorite 'new' character is Normanna, the Scottish estate that is featured in the novel. Jeffers describes in detail the landscape, ruins, and people that differ so much from genteel Regency England. Take your time reading the brogue dialogue, or you may miss some important plot details. Jeffers writing style, whether she writes romance or adventures, takes no prisoners. She expects her audience to keep on the rollercoaster story she has written. Don't get off this ride till the end - you'll be surprised! (less)
Some romantic cliches are timeless. Written well, the reader will gladly be swept along with the story. My favorite happens to be getting caught in th...moreSome romantic cliches are timeless. Written well, the reader will gladly be swept along with the story. My favorite happens to be getting caught in the rain with someone you despise, but secretly love.
Decorum be damned, Elizabeth Bennett is going to London to find Charles Bingley. After being thwarted by Caroline Bingley, she risks her reputation and knocks on Darcy's door. In the rain...her carriage leaves...he's alone...there is a fight...she's soaked...
Dixon does a marvelous job of letting the wordplay between Darcy and Elizabeth become unintentional verbal foreplay between the characters. It's a quick, romantic read that I'm sure to revisit again and again.(less)
Even if you do not care for paranormal Austen retellings, read this book for the relationship between Darcy, Fitzwilliam and Georgiana. The author's p...moreEven if you do not care for paranormal Austen retellings, read this book for the relationship between Darcy, Fitzwilliam and Georgiana. The author's post-Huntsford scene was quite comical.
The story becomes bloated between Netherfield Ball and Darcy's arrival at Kent with too many extraneous plot threads. The pacing crawled with the introduction of a few new characters. One scene was saved, however, with one of the most touching lines I've ever heard uttered in a variation, non other than by Charles Bingley.
Though I never felt Elizabeth was in any physical danger from Darcy's vampiric nature, her libido was on fire 'before she knew it had begun.' Saucier's eroticism between Darcy & Elizabeth exploded off the pages. And truly, we paranormal fans swoon with the story.(less)
My first inclination when seeing this book listed on Amazon a couple of months ago was to dismiss it entir...more**spoiler alert** *Review contains spoilers*
My first inclination when seeing this book listed on Amazon a couple of months ago was to dismiss it entirely. Thank goodness I didn't, or I would've missed out on a riveting story.
'All My Tomorrows' is a modern adaptation of 'Pride and Prejudice,' set in the world of soap operas. Alice is the head writer of AMT, who is struggling to keep the show from being cancelled when famous movie star, Peter, joins for a short run to fill his contractual obligations with the network. Soap work is 'demeaning' to an A-List actor, and his attitude immediately slights Alice. What happens next are the usual romantic entanglements, misunderstandings, perceptions, and resolutions found in an Austen storyline. (Kudos for a very steamy reunion scene at the vineyard!)
What sets this novel apart is the SECOND novel interspersed through the story, 'The Edge of Tomorrow.' Wow. Alex's story was heartbreakingly beautiful. I was riveted with the family's backstory, and watching Alex's relationships turn from elation to devastation and back. So much so that THIS became the story I cared about more than Alice and Peter. Instead of the usual feeling of romantic bliss at the end of an Austenesque novel, I kept saying...but wait! Alex...what about Alex!?! I think knowing more in detail why Alice was using this story as her soap opera muse would've have have helped me embrace the ending a bit more.
This is a very good book with an original spin on a very old story - you'll enjoy it!
Yes. I am a woman in my 40's that love YA paranormal books. Oh, and Jane Austen adaptations, too. Much to my luck, I happened to stumble across the mo...moreYes. I am a woman in my 40's that love YA paranormal books. Oh, and Jane Austen adaptations, too. Much to my luck, I happened to stumble across the most ingenious pairing of the two I've ever read.
Austen's 'Persuasion' seems hard to adapt to modern sensibilities. Most people these days would just tell their overbearing father to bite them, then run off with their teenage bad boy. Wentworth's letter to Anne at the end of the novel is what keeps that story alive today.
Peterfreund's novel, 'For Darkness Shows the Stars,' takes this story and wraps it in a dystopian world where Luddites survived the apocalypse, and technology is to be feared. Elliot (Anne) works tirelessly to save her family's estate, all while her father and sister waste resources with their abusive, short-sighted luxuries. It's not just her family that will suffer if the estate goes under. There is a multitude of Post and Reduced workers that will starve without its survival.
Elliot's childhood friend, Kai, has returned after four years, and resents her for not leaving with him. The author weaves the story with letters written between Elliot and Kai that were left in the knothole in the barn, allowing readers to fall in love with, and be devastated by Kai's loss along with Elliot.
Anymore would spoil the twist and turns in this book. Put it on your must-read list!(less)
What a wonderful story! Readers note - retelling has more layers than the author's previous stories.
Mr. Darcy's Re...more**spoiler alert** **Small Spoilers**
What a wonderful story! Readers note - retelling has more layers than the author's previous stories.
Mr. Darcy's Refuge, the title of Reynolds' latest Pride & Prejudice variation,' is actually a bit of a misnomer. Though Darcy and Elizabeth's story to reconciliation is heartwarming, charming, and, of course, inevitable, what most surprised me is the amount of time given to normally secondary characters in the novel. A flood in Huntsford sets Colonel Fitzwilliam, Jane Bennet, and most surprisingly, Mr. Bennet on their own paths to find refuge and redemption. This results in a multi-layered story that brings readers not one, but two love stories.
Mary Simonsen is the master when it comes to using Austen's characters to describe the backdrop of historical events. In this narrative, Elizabeth Ben...moreMary Simonsen is the master when it comes to using Austen's characters to describe the backdrop of historical events. In this narrative, Elizabeth Bennet is assigned as a lorry driver when she meets RAF officer Fitzwilliam Darcy in a local pub in 1944 in war-torn England.
What makes this story so poignant, and at times, difficult to read is the authors depictions of a weary, war-torn England where rations, bombings, destruction and death have become commonplace in the country. The Bennet family struggles with their fellow countrymen as bombs rain down on London, and news of the Nazi onslaught have them reaching out to find what little life can offer them - local dances, handsome servicemen, and falling in love. I was about a third of the way through the novel when I realized that I no longer connected Jane Austen's characters with what I was actually reading. This story stands on its own.
But of course, the story is a brutal one. The author does not shy away from the horrific nature of the war, in this well-researched story. At one point, Elizabeth is driving into London, and I became just as overwhelmed with the results of the blitzkreg as she does. This is not an escapist, romantic adventure - it's the story of a family trying to make sense of their place with everything they know being stripped from them day by day.
Enjoyable! I'm half-tempted to get my husband to read this so he can see what all of my 'Darcy' fuss is all about. Would definitely recommend to stauc...moreEnjoyable! I'm half-tempted to get my husband to read this so he can see what all of my 'Darcy' fuss is all about. Would definitely recommend to stauch literary readers and Austen fans alike.(less)
Elizabeth and Darcy have been married for a year, with both learning how to unite their marriage with his greatest secret - he's a werewolf. What happ...moreElizabeth and Darcy have been married for a year, with both learning how to unite their marriage with his greatest secret - he's a werewolf. What happens when an old enemy emerges and threatens to expose his secret?
This novella is a sequel to Simonsen's terrific novel, 'Mr. Darcy's Bite,' which chronicles Elizabeth's acceptance of Darcy's lupine nature. Here, the author capitalizes on her knowledge of history, to flesh out a secret society. Darcy is forced to expand his pack as a result of the influx of werewolves from the French Revolution, putting him and his beta, Nell, into danger.
Simonsen keep's Darcy very true to character - he runs his pack much like he runs Pemberley. He is the master, and the pack's safety is his responsibility, especially with the influx of poachers looking for the famous 'Ghost Buck.' But, I missed the playful Darcy that wooed Elizabeth. Thankfully, Georgiana returns with news about our other favorite Austen characters, and I learned there are other color of coats in the regimen besides red!
I've never been disappointed in Simonsen's work - she's amazing!(less)