Falling For Mr. Darcy, by KaraLynne Mackrory: A Review

Another delightful Pride and Prejudice re-imagining.  The creativity of these authors plying the rich legacy of our Miss Jane Austen appears endless.  If you can’t get enough of Darcy and Elizabeth, start here:

http://austenprose.com/2013/02/20/falling-for-mr-darcy-by-karalynne-mackrory-a-review/

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Sisters, by Danielle Steel: A Review

Sisters

4.0 out of 5 stars The first Danielle Steele novel I have ever read

Sisters (Hardcover)

my wife has read Danielle Steele extensively so when  she finished with “Sisters” I casually opened it up and began, not knowing what  to expect. I got a good dose of what I would characterize as “chick fiction.”
Did I enjoy it? Well, YES. My main review point would be to say that this novel
is tailor-made for the screen. Would I watch a movie adaptation of “Sisters?”
YES! Finally, would I read another Danielle Steele novel? Perhaps….

The Mischief of the Mistletoe, by Lauren Willig: A Review

The Mischief of the Mistletoe: A Pink Carnation Christmas

5.0 out of 5 stars A most charming mystery-romance not to be overlooked!

Having now read every single one of Lauren Willig’s Pink Carnation series, it is
obvious she is a natural-born story-teller. Her plots, characters, style, humor,
and wit are all wrapped up in near-perfection. The unlikely hero Reginald
Fitzhugh, AKA “Turnip,” is rich, loyal, honest, genuine, fearless, and entirely
loveable in his cluelessness. In the course of stumbling upon a spy-laden
mystery, he happens to get caught up in an awkward romance with Miss Arabella
Dempsey who has taken up teaching trying to make a meager living and watch over
her younger sisters. To say they find each other irresistible is an
understatement. It is destined to be a Christmas classic. You will simply fall
in love with these two!

The Orchid Affair, by Lauren Willig: A Review

The Orchid Affair (Pink Carnation)

5.0 out of 5 stars A more mature Pink Carnation offering from Ms Willig

The Orchid Affair (Pink Carnation) (Hardcover)

In the Orchid Affair,  it seems Ms Willig has ascended to another level of maturity in the both the plot and especially the development of the hero and heroine, who take on new
depths of subtlety and refinement. Ms Willig skillfully puts together two
unlikely but equally unhappy individuals: Andre, a higher-up police official who
shows a great capacity for love both for his departed wife and his two children
and Laura, who is working undercover for the Pink Carnation as a governess to
Andre’s two children. She has struggled to survive utterly on her own for 16
years and has erected a wall of invulnerability about her and it appears she has
never been intimate with any man yet. Throw together the man who has lost his
love for about 4 years with a woman who probably has never loved a man at all
and you get an unfolding, unlikely romance of a deep and heart-felt variety. Ms
Willig’s descriptions of the Paris of that time are cold, gray, ominous and
foreboding. No one knows who is working for whom, not even our hero and heroine.
Ms Willig is a natural-born story-teller and her offerings just pour out of her
with seemingly effortless perfection. Having read ALL of her works, I’m
impatiently waiting for The Garden Intrigue to be released in early 2012. She is
by far and away, my favorite contemporary author.

Jane Austen Made Me Do It, Edited by Laurel Ann Nattress: A Review

Jane Austen Made Me Do It: Original Stories Inspired by Literature's Most Astute Observer of the Human Heart

5.0 out of 5 stars A delicious sampler from the best authors in this genre’

Jane Austen Made Me Do It: Original Stories Inspired by Literature’s Most Astute
Observer of the Human Heart (Paperback)

For the gone-bonkers fan of all things Austen, you cannot go wrong reading this superb anthology of historical romance fiction. It is like a sampler gift of fine chocolates because
editor Laurel Ann Nattress has corraled the absolute best writers plying the
rich soil of Austen-style sequels, prequels, spin-offs, and parallels. I’ve read
previous stories from about half of the authors and this gives the reader an
idea of their writing styles. ALL of the stories are entertaining and some of
them are superlative. They range in category from fantasies, gothic,
contemporary, comedies, authentics spin-offs, and some that defy categorizing.
It helps to be somewhat familiar with Jane Austen’s novels and principal
characters but perhaps this anthology will create enough interest in the reader
to compel them into reading the divine Miss Austen’s incomparable literature to
see what all of the excitement is about.

Fitzwilliam Ebenezer Darcy, by Barbara Tiller Cole: A Review

Fitzwilliam Ebenezer Darcy: 'Pride and Prejudice' meets 'A Christmas Carol'

2.0 out of 5 stars Good idea but seems amateurish, unpolished, mawkish, cliched…

Fitzwilliam Ebenezer Darcy: ‘Pride and Prejudice’ meets ‘A Christmas Carol’
(Paperback)

Am I and my fellow reviewers here reading the same
novelette? I temporarily suspended my reading at page 11 and wanted to put it
down right there. However, I mercifully figured this offering deserved its “day
in court” so I struggled to finish it and it almost finished me. How many times
and ways did I have to read Mr. Darcy needed a bath? Once is humor; a dozen
times is over-kill. I found the writing style confusing and awkward. The
language seemed to lack polish and creative originality. In the dialogues, I
often couldn’t figure out who was talking to whom. Can the print size in a
publication be SO LARGE as to render it difficult to read? Little tiny book –
enormously oversized type face! Why? I’m pleased that others found it to their
liking and I appreciate the effort that goes into creating a piece of fiction,
AND I like to give the benefit of the doubt, but it simply wasn’t up to my
peculiar set of standards.