Reading Reticule Roundup January 16

January is already zipping by! Looks like we are being treated to some great new releases, pre-orders, and sales this week!

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New Releases

The Duke's Daughter Part 1: Assumptions and Consequences by [Shana Granderson A Lady]

The Duke’s Daughter Part 1 by Shana Granderson

Lady Elizbeth Bennet is the Daughter of Lord Thomas and Lady Sarah Bennet, the Duke and Duchess of Hertfordshire. She is very wary of people’s motives based on an event before she was born that could have been disastrous for both her beloved father and mother’s felicity. The result is that she is quick to judge and anger and very slow to forgive. She does not see it yet, but she has far too many prejudices that colour her perceptions.

Driven by his life experiences, including the loss of his beloved father, almost losing his sister to a blackguard and relentless hunting of his person by unmarried ladies and their families of the Ton for his wealth and status, Fitzwilliam Darcy has learnt to rely on his own judgement above all others and had developed his haughty mask of pride, disdain and indifference. Once he believes that something or someone is a certain way, he does not allow anyone to change his mind. He ignored his mother about the hiring of his sister’s first companion and the result was the Ramsgate debacle, but he had not learnt his lesson yet.

He misinterprets information that he heard from his Aunt, Lady Catherine, about her parson’s relatives and the estate that is entailed upon him and with assumptions and surety that he is never wrong coupled with his failure to listen to his friends the Bingleys when they try to correct his perception, he makes a huge mistake at the infamous assembly in Meryton and faces a very angry Lady Elizabeth Bennet. They both make assumptions about the other and we see the consequences that follow.

Wickham arrives in Meryton to join the Derbyshire Militia to hide from his main creditor, the Spaniard, he tries to ply Lady Elizabeth with his lies but to his chagrin she is forewarned and not only exposes him for what he is, she dares to deride and laugh at him in a very public forum. He leaves Meryton just before the Fitzwilliam brothers return and swears revenge on the woman that has moved his nemesis Darcy out of his top spot of his hated people list.

Will Wickham get his revenge and will our couple work out their misunderstandings? Lady Anne Darcy is alive in this series and has a lot of influence on various characters and their expected behaviour. This is the first of a three book series.

The Complete Mercy's Embrace Trilogy: An Austen-Inspired Regency Romance by [Laura Hile]

The Complete Mercy’s Embrace Trilogy: An Austen-Inspired Regency Romance by Laura Hile

How hard can it be to marry well?

Meet Jane Austen’s “other Elizabeth”— beautiful and self-assured, but not as smart as she thinks. She is determined to snag a wealthy husband, yet finds herself falling for a dashing, dangerous man who is altogether unsuitable. And this is just one of her troubles!

The Mercy’s Embrace series has it all … misguided elopements, diverting nautical cant, nefarious scoundrels, and it is all written with a sparkling wit! I give this series my highest recommendation! – AUSTENESQUE REVIEWS

If you enjoy swoon-worthy Regency romance in the classic “Heyeresque” style, then you will love Laura Hile’s award-winning Mercy’s Embrace. The entire series is here for you.

The Mistress of Rosings Park : A Pride and Prejudice Vagary by [Regina Jeffers]

The Mistress of Rosings Park by Regina Jeffers

I much prefer the sharp criticism of a single intelligent man to the thoughtless approval of the masses. – Johannes Kepler

When she arrives at Hunsford Cottage for a visit with her long-time friend Charlotte Collins, Elizabeth Bennet does not expect the melodrama awaiting her at Rosings Park.

Mrs. Anne Darcy, nee de Bourgh, has passed, and Rosings Park is, by law, the property of the woman’s husband, Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy; yet, Lady Catherine de Bourgh is not ready to abandon the mansion over which she has served as mistress for thirty years. Elizabeth holds sympathy for her ladyship’s situation. After all, Elizabeth’s mother will eventually be banished from Longbourn when Mr. Bennet passes without male issue. She inherently understands Lady Catherine’s “hysterics,” while not necessarily condoning them, for her ladyship will have the luxury of the right to the estate’s dower house, and, moreover, it is obvious Rosings Park requires the hand of a more knowledgeable overseer. Therefore, Elizabeth takes on the task of easing Lady Catherine’s transition to dowager baronetess, but doing so places Elizabeth often in the company of the “odious” Mr. Darcy, a man Lady Catherine claims poisoned her daughter Anne in order to claim Rosings Park as his own.

The Kidnapping of Elizabeth Bennet: A Pride and Prejudice Variation by [Jennifer Kay]

The Kidnapping of Elizabeth Bennet by Jennifer Kay

Lost in depression after Elizabeth Bennet refused his proposal, Fitzwilliam Darcy chances upon a conversation that could change everything. Elizabeth has disappeared, and all signs point towards kidnapping. Determined to save the woman he loves, Darcy convinces her father to let him assist in the search. But finding Elizabeth does not guarantee that the danger has passed – and Darcy may still be the last man on earth she could ever be prevailed upon to marry. Will Elizabeth be able to reclaim her future? And if so, is there a place for Darcy by her side?

Forced to Marry Mr. Darcy: four Pride and Prejudice variations by [Valerie Lennox]

Forced to Marry Mr. Darcy: four Pride and Prejudice variations by Valerie Lennox

A collection of novels in which Mr. Darcy and Miss Elizabeth Bennet are obliged to marry each other because of various compelling circumstances. Four complete novels, bundled together in a convenient ebook set.

Note of warning: some novels included may not be appropriate for clean readers.

Fallen by [Jessie Lewis]

Fallen by Jessie Lewis

THE ARRIVAL OF TWO ELIGIBLE GENTLEMEN at Netherfield Park sends ripples of excitement through nearby Meryton. But Mr Bingley and Mr Darcy are not the only additions to the neighbourhood raising eyebrows. An unremarkable cottage in the woods between Netherfield and Meryton also has new tenants. One of them—a lively little girl with an adventurous spirit, a love of the outdoors, and a past shrouded in mystery—draws the notice of more than one local.

ELIZABETH BENNET—YOUNG, INTELLIGENT, and UNFASHIONABLY INDEPENDENT—forms a poor first impression of the haughty Mr Darcy. On closer acquaintance, and against her better judgment, her disgust begins to give way to more tender feelings. Yet standing in the way of any potential romance is the closely guarded history of a certain little girl in a cottage in the woods. Elizabeth might be ready to disclose her hidden affections, but she is about to learn that some things are better kept secret, and some hearts are safer left untouched.

Wit & Wisdom: A Pride & Prejudice Reimagining (Pride & Prejudice Histories) by [M. Mitt]

Wit & Wisdom: A Pride & Prejudice Reimagining (Pride & Prejudice Histories) by M. Mitt

Elizabeth Bennet has just received a significant disappointment when she has proposed marriage to Mr. Darcy… and he rejects her! Luckily, through the help of Mr. Darcy’s sister, Georgiana, and Elizabeth Bennet’s friend, the colorful and ostentatious Oscar Wilde, one of the most famous playwrights in history, their fate may turn out right in the end!
Here comes another tale of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, through the ages!

Twice Shy: A Pride and Prejudice Variation by [Georgina Pryke, a Lady]

Twice Shy by Georgina Pryke

What if she hadn’t heard his insult? What if she readily saw his attraction to her and soon felt the same? What if two Bennet sisters had been left behind?

When Miss Elizabeth Bennet attracts the attention of the reserved and diffident Mr Darcy, it comes as a surprise to no one. Although he does not converse readily with strangers nor interact with those outside his own party, he singles Elizabeth out for one dance, then another. He seeks her out, he engages her in conversation, he watches her constantly. It is soon the belief of the community, fuelled readily by Mrs Bennet’s constant speculation, that the handsome, wealthy gentlemen of Netherfield will marry the two eldest Bennet sisters.

But Mr Darcy’s initial inclination against a country gentleman’s daughter will not change, no matter how often Mrs Bennet proclaims it, and his reservations about her family and connections are as strong as ever. He returns to London without a thought for the lady he leaves behind, nor her dashed and publicly thwarted hopes.

Heartbroken and pitied, Elizabeth wants nothing more to do with the rude Mr Darcy. When circumstances bring them together again, she is determined not to make the same mistake twice.

NO, Mr Darcy: A Regency Romance inspired by P&P by [Sydney Salier]

No, Mr. Darcy by Sidney Salier

Mrs Bennet claims a compromise between Elizabeth and Mr Darcy.

Darcy does the honourable thing, and angrily offers to marry Elizabeth, assuming she was a willing participant in the compromise, BUT without consulting the lady.

Elizabeth is not interested in marriage to a man she despises, BUT she is told by her family, she must marry Mr Darcy or leave Longbourn.

Which will Elizabeth choose?

The answer is obvious. She decides to leave Longbourn, after saying NO to Mr Darcy during the wedding ceremony.

Will Darcy thank his lucky stars that he narrowly escaped the connection to the crass Bennet family, or will Elizabeth’s refusal open his eyes to Elizabeth’s innocence in the scheme, and make him realise that he is in love with a very special lady?

Both of them need time to mature and find out what they truly want.

After such a rocky beginning, will they be able to find a way to a happily ever after?


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Rose Petals and Snowflakes: Snow White and Rose Red meets Sense and Sensibility (The Austen Fairy Tales Book 1) by [Kendra E. Ardnek]

Rose Petals and Snowflakes: Snow White and Rose Red meets Sense and Sensibility (The Austen Fairy Tales Book 1) by Kendra E. Ardnek

With their father dying, Elinrose and Snowmari must return their brother to his rightful throne. But he’s trapped at the mercy of the forest, and will freeing him doom them?

Coming this September as part of the Frosted Roses collection!

Perfect Happiness: The sequel to Jane Austen's Emma by [Rachel Billington]

Perfect Happiness: The sequel to Jane Austen’s Emma by Rachel Billington

‘The wishes, the hopes, the confidence, the predictions of the small band of true friends who witnessed the ceremony, were fully answered in the perfect happiness of the union’ …

So ends Emma, one of Jane Austen’s most loved novels. For centuries readers have devoured the romantic adventures of Emma Woodhouse and her circle in Hertfordshire, and Emma herself is one of Austen’s most complex heroines. The conclusion of her story sees her wed neighbour and family friend George Knightley, a marriage that looks to be blessed in every possible way.

Perfect Happiness finds Emma one year later, still living at her family home in order to care for her father, the hypochondriac Mr Woodhouse. Her husband has left his own estate in order to live with her there – a move that is the cause of some conflict. Her protegee Harriet is happily married to her husband’s tenant farmer, the estimable Robert Martin, in a union that does indeed appear to be perfect – and throws a shadow of doubt across Emma’s own marriage. Their social circle is unchanged – the Westons, the Eltons, the Bates ladies – and all is tranquil. That is, until the reappearance of Frank Churchill, who had flirted with Emma while conducting a secret engagement with the Bates’ niece, beautiful and good Jane Fairfax.

When tragedy falls into this narrow, comfortable world Emma must deal with the fallout – and, two decades younger than her husband, learn to gain his trust as a woman and not just a charming young girl. In this captivating sequel to one of our most famous novels Rachel Billington absolutely grasps the characters that Austen created, and imagines their future. This is a novel to delight Austen’s legions of fans across the globe, and a brilliant recreation of Emma’s world.

Pride and Poor Judgment by [J Anne Campanile]

Pride and Poor Judgment by J. Anne Campanile

Her pride, his prejudice, and astoundingly poor judgment.

Winter Darcy has her priorities straight: protect her best friend, reconnect with her brother, and survive senior year. Boyfriends? Crushes? Not in the plan. But life hasn’t cared about her plans in the past, so really, she should have expected the Bennet brothers.

John is a threat to her best friend, Charlie’s, recovery. Elliot is Darcy’s personal stumbling block. And then there’s Darcy’s brother, who hasn’t spoken to her in months. Her life is scattered, but her heart is in the right place.

Fresh, funny, and achingly relatable, this gender-flipped Pride and Prejudice follows Darcy’s socially awkward exploits in love, friendship, heartache, and learning that she’s not always right.

Fearful Symmetry: A Pride & Prejudice Variation by [Gailie Ruth Caress]

Fearful Symmetry by Gailie Ruth Caress

Darcy had never known such a woman, one who could rush into an inferno and emerge as bold and brilliant as burnished brass, bright as any mirror.

FITZWILLIAM DARCY HAD PLANNED TO LEAVE NETHERFIELD PARK and all thoughts of the enchanting Miss Elizabeth Bennet behind him—until one night when he saw smoke rising from Longbourn and realised she was in peril.

ELIZABETH BENNET FOUND MR DARCY ARROGANT AND INSUFERABLE right up until he became her hero, pulling her and her sister from the fire that devastated their home, and could have claimed both of their lives. Seeing how he put his own life at risk to pull her from the fire, how could she help but change her opinion of him?

THROWN TOGETHER AGAIN in the refuge offered at Netherfield, Darcy and Elizabeth’s unexpected bond gains strength. But disapproval, debts, and doubts all arise when the costs in time and expense involved in rebuilding Longbourn threaten to widen the gulf in standing between Elizabeth and Darcy in the eyes of society. Amidst these perplexities of destruction and decorum, can love’s courage overcome calamity?

Twins Of Pemberley : A Pride and Prejudice Variation by [Eleanor  Carter]

Twins of Pemberley by Eleanor Carter

Kidnapped during her visit to Derbyshire, Elizabeth must marry Mr Darcy to save her reputation.

Elizabeth Bennet is kidnapped from the inn in Lambton by a man who looks suspiciously like Mr.Darcy. Upon her rescue, Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy makes her an offer to save her from ruin.

The young woman believes he is marrying her to keep a family secret from being revealed. However, after their wedding, her husband’s attentiveness sways her uncertain heart, rekindling her hopes of finding everlasting love.

But when an unexpected visitor comes with yet another secret, her trust and the fragile peace between the couple are about to be broken for good.

Will Elizabeth find the truth and save her marriage and love before all is lost?

*** Please Note: the book starts off-canon as Elizabeth and the Gardiners visited Derbyshire without her passing through Rosings beforehand.***

The Secret Life of Miss Mary Bennet (The Secret Life of Mary Bennet Book 1) by [Katherine Cowley]

The Secret Life of Miss Mary Bennet (The Secret Life of Mary Bennet Book 1) by Katherine Cowley

Upon the death of her father, Mary Bennet’s life is thrown into turmoil. With no fortune or marriage prospects, Mary must rely on the kindness of her relatives. When a mysterious late-night visit by an unknown relative—a Lady Trafford from Castle Durrington—leads to an extended stay and the chance for an education, Mary gratefully accepts the opportunity.

But even as she arrives at the castle, she’s faced with one mystery after another. Who is Lady Trafford really and what is she hiding? Do her secrets and manipulations place the small seaside community at risk of an invasion by Napoleon Bonaparte? Always curious, Mary sets out to discover the truth. But when she discovers the dead body of a would-be thief she outed prior to her father’s funeral, Mary jeopardizes her position at the castle and her family’s good name in her quest for the truth.

Never underestimate the observation skills of a woman who hides in the background.

Incense and Sensibility: A Novel (The Rajes Series Book 3) by [Sonali Dev]

Incense and Sensibility: A Novel (The Rajes Series Book 3) by Sonali Dev

Yash Raje, California’s first serious Indian gubernatorial candidate, has always known exactly what he wants—and how to use his privileged background to get it. He attributes his success to a simple mantra: control your feelings and you can control the world.

But when a hate-fueled incident at a rally critically injures his friend, Yash’s easy life suddenly feels like a lie, his control an illusion. When he tries to get back on the campaign trail, he blacks out with panic.

Desperate to keep Yash’s condition from leaking to the media, his family turns to the one person they trust—his sister’s best friend, India Dashwood, California’s foremost stress management coach. Raised by a family of yoga teachers, India has helped San Francisco’s high strung overachievers for a decade without so much as altering her breath. But this man—with his boundless ambition, simmering intensity, and absolute faith in his political beliefs—is like no other. Yash has spent a lifetime repressing everything to succeed.

Including their one magical night ten years ago—a too brief, too bright passion that if rekindled threatens the life he’s crafted for himself. Exposing the secrets might be the only way to save him but it’s also guaranteed to destroy the dream he’s willingly shouldered for his family and community . . . until now.

Ladies of the House: A Modern Retelling of Sense and Sensibility by [Lauren Edmondson]

Ladies of the House: A Modern Retelling of Sense and Sensibility by Lauren Edmondson

No surprise is a good surprise. At least according to thirty-four-year-old Daisy Richardson. So when it’s revealed in dramatic fashion that her esteemed father had been involved in a public scandal before his untimely death, Daisy’s life becomes complicated—and fast.

For one, the Richardsons must now sell the family home in Georgetown they can no longer afford, and Daisy’s mother is holding on with an iron grip. Her younger sister, Wallis, is ready to move on to bigger and better things but falls fast and hard for the most inconvenient person possible. And then there’s Atlas, Daisy’s best friend. She’s always wished they could be more, but now he’s writing an exposé on the one subject she’s been desperate to avoid: her father.

Daisy’s plan is to maintain a low profile as she works to keep her family intact amid social exile, public shaming, and quickly dwindling savings. But the spotlight always seems to find the Richardsons, and when another twist in the scandal comes to light, Daisy must confront the consequences of her continued silence and summon the courage to stand up and accept the power of her own voice.

The Jane Austen Investigates: The Abbey Mystery by [Julia Golding]

The Jane Austen Investigates: The Abbey Mystery by Julia Golding

Jane Austen turns detective in this spooky historical adventure by award-winning author Julia Golding!It’s 1789 and a young Jane Austen turns detective as she seeks to solve the mysterious happenings at Southmoor Abbey. When a carriage accident forces a change of plans, 13-year-old Jane is sent to be a companion to Lady Cromwell for a week as the household prepares to celebrate the eldest son’s coming-of-age party. While there, Jane vows to solve the mystery of the ghostly monk in the Abbey grounds – for she does not believe in such stories!But this is not the only strange occurrence for the adventurous young Jane to investigate. There are shivery night-time investigations, an Indian girl with secret talents, a library fire, two prize horses in danger, and friends to save from false accusations.With notebook in hand and her faithful dog Grandison by her side, will Jane overcome the continuous obstacles and find out the truth?

Elizabeth and Darcy Beginning Again: a Pride and Prejudice variation by [Elaine Jeremiah]

Elizabeth and Darcy: Beginning Again by Elaine Jeremiah

Little does Elizabeth Bennet think the journey across muddy fields from her home at Longbourn to Netherfield Park will change her life forever.

But an unexpected encounter with the proud and haughty Mr Darcy leaves her injured and vulnerable. Worse still, she is left alone with him for a significant amount of time. Her reputation at risk, she is forced to make a decision about her future. Now her life will never be the same again.

Can Elizabeth ever be happy? Or will she always loathe Mr Darcy?

Lovers' Meeting by [Catherine Lodge]

Lovers’ Meeting by Catherine Lodge

Journeys end in lovers’ meetings, every wise man’s son doth know— William Shakespeare

IT IS A TRUTH UNIVERSALLY ACKNOWLEDGED that the disastrous first meeting of Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet at the Meryton Assembly provided each with a ready-made set of prejudices to apply to the other. But when a horrific rural accident reveals Darcy to be a man of active, intelligent benevolence, and Elizabeth, in the absence of her appalling family, to be an extraordinary lady of courage and decision—then surely the course of true love will run smoothly.

BUT ALAS, THE LOVERS’ MEETING is not the end but a new beginning. For though they have found each other, a seeming multitude of complications—a catastrophic flood, the last wishes of a dying friend, Lydia’s misfortunes, a dastardly Member of Parliament, and even their own fears— contrives to come between them and their journey’s end.

Fanny: A Mansfield Park Story by [Amelia Marie Logan]

Fanny: A Mansfield Park Story by Amelia Marie Logan

Mansfield Park is the only novel in which Jane Austen gives her readers a glimpse of an alternative result and reveals that Fanny’s fate might have been very different. Fanny, A Mansfield Park Story answers that possibility and further explores the lives and choices of Austen’s fascinating and delightful cast of characters.

Determination: A Pride & Prejudice Variation by [C. P. Odom, Janet Taylor, Ellen Pickels, Neil McFarlane]

Determination by C.P. Odom

“Love at first sight” is a laughable concept in the considered opinion of Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam and never occurs in real life—certainly not in the life of an experienced soldier. In fact, until he observes the smitten nature of his cousin Fitzwilliam Darcy, he doubts that fervent love exists. Marriage, after all, is a matter of money, social standing, and property.

But his cousin becomes besotted with Elizabeth Bennet, the lovely but penniless daughter of a Hertfordshire gentleman, and is determined to make her his wife. Unfortunately, emotions overwhelm his good judgment, and he botches an offer of marriage.

When the colonel attempts to untangle the mess, his own world becomes almost as chaotic when he makes the accidental acquaintance of Miss Jane Bennet, Elizabeth’s beloved eldest sister. Can emotions previously deemed impossible truly seize such a level-headed person as himself? And can impassible obstacles deter a man of true determination?

Pride and Premeditation (Jane Austen Murder Mysteries Book 1) by [Tirzah Price]

Pride and Premeditation (Jane Austen Murder Mysteries Book 1) by Tirzah Price

Perfect for fans of the Lady Janies and Stalking Jack the Ripper, the first book in the Jane Austen Murder Mysteries series is a clever retelling of Pride and Prejudice that reimagines the iconic settings, characters, and romances in a thrilling and high-stakes whodunit.

When a scandalous murder shocks London high society, seventeen-year-old aspiring lawyer Lizzie Bennet seizes the opportunity to prove herself, despite the interference of Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, the stern young heir to the prestigious firm Pemberley Associates.

Convinced the authorities have imprisoned the wrong person, Lizzie vows to solve the murder on her own. But as the case—and her feelings for Darcy—become more complicated, Lizzie discovers that her dream job could make her happy, but it might also get her killed.

Charlotte's News: A 'Pride and Prejudice' Variation Vignette by [Margaret Lynette Sharp]

Charlotte’s News by Margaret Lynette Sharp

A rumour is sweeping Derbyshire, fit to incite rapture in all the town gossips! This particular rumour concerns the closest friend of Miss Elizabeth Bennet. Might there be a hint of the pealing of wedding bells in the air for Miss Charlotte Lucas? Or will the triumphant smiles of Lady Lucas turn to dismay when her daughter returns from her visit to Kent?

A Most Clever Girl: How Jane Austen Discovered Her Voice by [Jasmine A. Stirling, Vesper Stamper]

A Most Clever Girl: How Jane Austen Discovered Her Voice by Jasmine A. Stirling

For fans of I Dissent and She Persisted — and Jane Austen fans of all ages — a picture book biography about the beloved and enduring writer and how she found her unique voice.

Witty and mischievous Jane Austen grew up in a house overflowing with words. As a young girl, she delighted in making her family laugh with tales that poked fun at the popular novels of her time, stories that featured fragile ladies and ridiculous plots. Before long, Jane was writing her own stories-uproariously funny ones, using all the details of her life in a country village as inspiration.

In times of joy, Jane’s words burst from her pen. But after facing sorrow and loss, she wondered if she’d ever write again. Jane realized her writing would not be truly her own until she found her unique voice. She didn’t know it then, but that voice would go on to capture readers’ hearts and minds for generations to come.

Lost in Paris by [Elizabeth Thompson]

Lost in Paris by Elizabeth Thompson

Hannah Bond has always been a bookworm, which is why she fled Florida—and her unstable, alcoholic mother—for a quiet life leading Jane Austen-themed tours through the British countryside. But on New Year’s Eve, everything comes crashing down when she arrives back at her London flat to find her mother, Marla, waiting for her.

Marla’s brought two things with her: a black eye from her ex-boyfriend and an envelope. Its contents? The deed to an apartment in Paris, an old key, and newspaper clippings about the death of a famous writer named Andres Armand. Hannah, wary of her mother’s motives, reluctantly agrees to accompany her to Paris, where against all odds, they discover great-grandma Ivy’s apartment frozen in 1940 and covered in dust.

Inside the apartment, Hannah and Marla discover mysterious clues about Ivy’s life—including a diary detailing evenings of drinking and dancing with Hemingway, the Fitzgeralds, and other iconic expats. Outside, they retrace her steps through the city in an attempt to understand why she went to such great lengths to hide her Paris identity from future generations.

A heartwarming and charming saga set in the City of Lights, Lost in Paris is an unforgettable celebration of family and the love between a mother and a daughter.


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And Then Love: A Pride and Prejudice Variation Novella (Willow Hall Romance Book 1) by [Leenie Brown]

And Then Love: A Pride and Prejudice Variation Novella (Willow Hall Romance Book 1) by Leenie Brown

She needs a rescue. He’s her only hope.

When Lucy Tolson’s father dies, she must either marry quickly or go to live with her uncle. For Lucy, there is only one choice, and his name is Philip Dobney.

To be presented with an offer of marriage from a long time friend is shocking to be sure! But the thought is not unwelcome. After all, Philip, who has recently received the living at Kympton, is in need of a wife, and Lucy is more than qualified to be a parson’s wife.

However, what seems to be a simple solution soon becomes complicated when Lucy’s uncle and Wickham show up with plans to gain enough money to cover debts and secure the living that Wickham, at one time, refused. Events from the past combined with threats in the present threaten to tear Lucy and Philip apart unless Darcy can help his friends save their blossoming love and rid Lucy of her uncle once and for all.

And Then Love, set in the spring before Darcy goes to Hertfordshire, is a Pride and Prejudice variation prequel and the first book in Leenie Brown’s Willow Hall Romance Series. If you like well-written sweet romance that features ruthless, scheming villains and characters who capture your heart and become your friends, then you’ll love this story about good triumphing over evil and a marriage of convenience that is so much more.

So put the kettle on, grab your copy of And Then Love, and make your first visit to Willow Hall, a place where love is bound to surprise you and which you will wish to visit over and over again.

Finally Mrs. Darcy (Dash of Darcy and Companions Collection Book 1) by [Leenie Brown]

Finally Mrs. Darcy (Dash of Darcy and Companions Collection Book 1) by Leenie Brown

Separated for Years ~ Reunited at Last

When Fitzwilliam Darcy does not return to Netherfield with his friend, Elizabeth Bennet’s hopes of ever finding happiness with the man to whom she has lost her heart are crushed.

Having confessed to playing a part in separating his friend from the woman he loved, Fitzwilliam Darcy finds himself cast off and ostracized. Uncertain of Elizabeth Bennet’s feeling for him, he chooses to bide his time and hope that his friend will one day forgive him.

As months stretch into years, hope fades and both Elizabeth and Darcy settle into life without each other, expecting that their paths will never cross again ─ until one night at a ball when fate in the form of a new uncle reunites them.
However, as old sparks burst into flames and the truth behind their separation comes to light, will Darcy and Elizabeth’s reunion be perfectly happy or will is always be tainted by betrayal?

Finally Mrs. Darcy is part of Leenie Brown’s Dash of Darcy collection of Pride and Prejudice inspired novellas. If you like well-written, fast-paced, sweet romance, then you will love this story of forgiveness, restoration, and reclaiming of true love by Leenie Brown.

So, put the kettle on, grab your copy of Finally Mrs. Darcy, and slip into a world of sweet romantic indulgence today.

Georgiana Darcy's Diary: Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice continued (Pride and Prejudice Chronicles Book 1) by [Anna Elliott, Laura Masselos]

Georgiana Darcy’s Diary: Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice continued (Pride and Prejudice Chronicles Book 1) by Anna Elliott

Mr. Darcy’s younger sister searches for her own happily-ever-after…

The year is 1814, and it is springtime at Pemberley. Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy have married. But now a new romance is in the air, along with high fashion, elegant manners, scandal, deception, and the wonderful hope of a true and lasting love.

Shy Georgiana Darcy has been content to remain unmarried, living with her brother and his new bride. But Elizabeth and Darcy’s fairy-tale love reminds Georgiana daily that she has found no true love of her own. And perhaps never will, for she is convinced the one man she secretly cares for will never love her in return. Georgiana’s domineering aunt, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, has determined that Georgiana shall marry, and has a list of eligible bachelors in mind. But which of the suitors are sincere, and which are merely interested in Georgiana’s fortune? Georgiana must learn to trust her heart–and rely on her courage–for she also faces the return of the man who could ruin her reputation and spoil a happy ending, just when it finally lies within her grasp.

Georgiana Darcy’s Diary is Book 1 of the Pride and Prejudice Chronicles and is appropriate for all ages.

The Mystery of the Missing Heiress: A Pride and Prejudice Mystery (Miss Mary Investigates Book 0) by [Riana Everly]

The Mystery of the Missing Heiress: A Pride and Prejudice Mystery (Miss Mary Investigates Book 0) by Riana Everly

It is the summer of 1811 and Fitzwilliam Darcy is consumed with worry. His sister and her new companion were expected at Pemberley three weeks ago, but they seem to have vanished into the air. Is Georgiana safe? Is she even still alive? And is Mrs. Younge a victim in some nefarious plan or is she behind the disappearance?

Darcy’s friend Ecclesford tells him of a smart young investigator who might be able to help… and at the same time he might help Ecclesford with a romantic problem of his own.

In this prequel variation to Pride and Prejudice, private investigator Alexander Lyons makes his debut and sets his remarkable intellect to work to help Ecclesford win his bride and to solve the mystery of the missing heiress!

This is a novella of about 19000 words.

Pride and Prosperity by Julia Fellowes

Can a gentleman change his manners and a lady change her mind?

IF it is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a great fortune must be in want of a wife, mothers will go to great lengths to see their daughters have a real chance of marrying him.

Pride & Prosperity is a charming novelette inspired by Jane Austen’s highly esteemed story Pride & Prejudice.

A Lively Companion (An Austen Ensemble Book 1) by [Corrie Garrett]

A Lively Companion (An Austen Ensemble Book 1) by Corrie Garrett

Lizzy Bennet is more insulted than flattered when Lady Catherine asks her to be a temporary companion to Miss de Bourgh. Yes, a visit to Tunbridge Wells would be an interesting diversion, but at what cost?

When her father unexpectedly supports the plan, wanting Lizzy to gain a wider acquaintance and attracted by the ease of the opportunity, Lizzy reluctantly submits. Thus she stumbles feet first into a summer of misunderstandings, revelations, and unexpected proposals.

When Mr. Darcy realizes Lizzy is not going home as planned, he feels foolish for nearly proposing due to an arbitrary deadline. Determined to make up his mind one way or another, he accompanies the party to the Wells.

While Anne dutifully drinks the waters, Lizzy finds herself befriending Darcy’s sister and cousins. Lizzy can’t help feeling that this is a family she wouldn’t mind being a part of… except for Mr. Darcy!

A Lively Companion is a traditional variation on Pride and Prejudice, celebrating the humor, poignancy, and surprising inconsistency of life.

Four Days in April by Maria Grace

Sweet, Austen-inspired treats, perfect with a cup of tea.

Full of hope and ripe with possibility, beginnings and new beginnings refresh the spirit with optimism and anticipation.

Four Days in April.

Two letters. Four Days. Everything changes.

After offering a most disastrous proposal of marriage and receiving a rebuke he will never forget, Fitzwilliam Darcy writes Elizabeth Bennet an equally memorable letter.

What if she answers it with one of her own?

An Heir for Pemberley by Jane Grix

Fitzwilliam Darcy has it all – a beautiful, intelligent wife who loves him and she is expecting their first child. But Darcy’s mother died in childbirth and he worries that he could lose it all.

An Heir for Pemberley is a variation to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. It is a short story sequel, 4000 words long and takes about fifteen minutes to read. It is a quick escape to Pemberley.

Their adventure takes more twists and turns than does the original “Pride and Prejudice,” but the reader will enjoy the devotion displayed by Darcy and Elizabeth as they bring Wickham to the line in Lydia Bennnet’s defense, as well as their working their way through multiple misconstructions and vulnerabilities. Darcy’s final wooing of Elizabeth brings two very private individuals to a very public declaration of their love. considers what will happen if he does not succeed in bringing Mr. Wickham before a magistrate. Will his failure bring an end to their “bargain”? Or will true love prevail?

Pride and Precipitation (Chick Flick Clique Sweet Romantic Comedy #1) by [Heather Horrocks]

Pride and Precipitation (Chick Flick Clique Sweet Romantic Comedy #1) by Heather Horrocks

Pride and Precipitation ~ A sweet enemies-to-lovers romantic comedy. 

Forecast: Romance with occasional bursts of laughter. 

Breezy Jones is crazy about the weather — rain or shine — which makes her job as the local television station’s meteorologist perfect. She’s even hoping the new buyers of her Aspen Grove station will make some positive changes. 

That’s before she meets the attractive new general manager, Noah Drake, who is determined to repackage everything — including Breezy’s down-home delivery and casual, girl-next-door appearance that seems too Pollyanna for him. He replaces her with a high-powered diva weathercaster and makes Breezy her off-screen assistant. 

With a flood of angry emails from the community, plummeting ratings, and incessant demands from the diva, it doesn’t take long for Noah to see which way the wind is blowing. 

Will the station survive the competitive clash between pride and precipitation? 
More importantly, can their blossoming attraction survive?

Come join the Chick Flick Clique at Candy’s Café for a good serving of friendship, family, films, and flirty sweet romance. It’s the first book in a humorous, heartwarming series set in Aspen Grove. 

Perusasion: Behind the Scenes by Various Authors; Edited by Susan Mason-Milks & Maria Grace

You pierce my soul.

Before Jane Austen wrote that romantic letter from Captain Frederick Wentworth to Anne Elliot, she crafted a masterful story of heartbreak and longing that still resonates with readers today.

But what of those scenes that Jane Austen never wrote?  What Persuasion fan doesn’t want to listen in on Anne and Wentworth’s first courtship, laugh at the follies and foibles of the Elliot family, sail along on Captain Wentworth’s harrowing adventures at sea or attend Wentworth and Anne’s wedding.

Twelve authors of Austen-inspired fiction:  Diana Birchall, Marilyn Brant, Jack Caldwell, L.L. Diamond, Maria Grace, Cassandra Grafton, Kara Louise, Susan Mason-Milks, Jane Odiwe, C. Allyn Pierson, Mary Lydon Simonsen, and Shannon Winslow collaborated to put this unique collection that fills in “missing” scenes from Austen’s classic work, sure to delight any true Persuasion fan.

Pride and Prejudice:The Other Way Round: A gender switched cover version of Jane Austen's classic story by [Jane Austen, Anne Wrightwell, Michael Ward]

Pride and Prejudice:The Other Way Round: A gender switched cover version of Jane Austen’s classic story by Anne Whitewall

What if Mr. Darcy were Miss Darcy? And Elizabeth Bennet were Elijah Bennet?

Elijah Bennet overhears Miss Darcy saying he is “tolerable but not handsome enough to tempt me.’

And dislikes her instantly.

Mr. Bennet wants to marry off his sons to any eligible young gentlewoman. Lord Cather de Burgh wants to marry off his son to Miss Darcy. Wickham is up to no good as usual but this time, her victim is Lydior Bennet.

Will Elijah Bennet overcome his prejudice and Miss Darcy her pride?

The story’s the same but the genders are different.

You’ll enjoy exploring a genderswapped cover version of Pride and Prejudice.


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Elizabeth's Refuge: An Elizabeth and Darcy Story by [Timothy Underwood]

Elizabeth’s Refuge by Timothy Underwood

Elizabeth Bennet desperately needed help, and there was only one man in London to whom she could turn. The honorable man whose proposal she refused years before….

Elizabeth had become a governess following Mr. Bennet’s death. And now she thought she had killed her employer, the Earl of Lachglass, while defending herself from his vile advances. When Elizabeth is reunited with Mr. Darcy, their love blossoms. Darcy’s old passion for her quickly wakes again, and Elizabeth can clearly see Mr. Darcy’s character and his kindness and goodness.

But the Earl of Lachglass survived, and he wants revenge. It shall take all of Elizabeth’s and Darcy’s strength, and the help of Darcy’s cousin General Fitzwilliam, for her to escape.

Warning: This story has a scene of attempted sexual violence, though Elizabeth successfully defends herself.


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Charlotte: Pride and Prejudice Continues, book 1 (The Pride & Prejudice Continues Series) by [Karen Aminadra, Brenda Rogers-Fiscus]

Charlotte: Pride and Prejudice Continues, book 1 (The Pride & Prejudice Continues Series) by Karen Aminadra

Charlotte secured her future by marrying Mr Collins.

But at what cost?

She used to say she wasn’t romantic, but after a year of marriage, she was unhappy and uncertain.

Everyone knew Mr Collins was a foolish man, and Charlotte had no delusions that they were in love either.

His constant fawning over his patroness, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, was embarrassing, and Charlotte tired of the Lady’s interference in their affairs.

Feeling trapped and unloved, Charlotte knows she ought to do as she’s told. But, as she sees the misery caused to others by their inimitable neighbour, she begins to question her loyalty to her husband.

If she risks everything to do what she knows is right, might Charlotte gain far more than she ever imagined from her marriage?

Delighting Mrs. Bennet: A Pride and Prejudice Variation (Marrying Elizabeth Book 2) by [Leenie Brown]

Delighting Mrs. Bennet: A Pride and Prejudice Variation (Marrying Elizabeth Book 2) by Leenie Brown

He wished to please her by tolerating her mother. He hadn’t expected to find his heart so entangled in her family.

In an attempt to right a wrong caused by his dog, Fitzwilliam Darcy extends an invitation for the Bennet family to stay at his home. He is confident he can tolerate Mrs. Bennet and her younger daughters for two weeks if it will please Elizabeth and help convince her to marry him. After all, he is determined to delight Mrs. Bennet by marrying her daughter.

As he expects, Mrs. Bennet and her daughters bring laughter and loudness to his home and cause some disturbance to his life. Unexpectedly, he discovers that inviting Mrs. Bennet and her daughters to Darcy House just might be the best decision he has ever made, for his life and his heart will be forever changed.

Delighting Mrs. Bennet is the second installment in Leenie Brown’s Pride and Prejudice variation series Marrying Elizabeth.  If you like well-written, sweet romance where the hero and heroine not only grow in their love for each other but also in their understanding of other family members, then you’ll enjoy this story about discovering that even the most trying relations are not so very trying when seen through the eyes of love.

So, put the kettle on, grab your copy of Delighting Mrs. Bennet, and join Darcy and Elizabeth on the second leg of their journey to happily ever after as they learn to see things from a different point of view.

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[Delighting Mrs. Bennet can also be found in Marrying Elizabeth, Books 1-3 Compilation.]  

Henry: To Prove Himself Worthy (Other Pens Book 1) by [Leenie Brown]

Henry: To Prove Himself Worthy (Other Pens Book 1) by Leenie Brown

He’s failed before, but with her help, this time, he might just succeed.

Henry Crawford has failed to secure the heart of a good woman before ─ and quite spectacularly so! There are few in town who have not heard of his scandalous affair. While his debacle might have proven great fodder for the gossips, it has left him with a shattered heart and a deep desire to change his ways.

However, change is never easy.

Old habits can die hard, and some friends may wish to see you say as you always were. Thankfully for Henry, there are others, such as Trefor Linton, who will wish to help and will offer his sister as a dance partner to help Henry ease his way into society.

While most girls her age dream of a rich and handsome husband, Constance Linton is looking for more. She wishes for an intelligent gentleman of good character who is not opposed to a bookish lady. But sifting through the dross in a ballroom in search of such a man is no easy task.

A gentleman with Henry’s reputation is not the sort of man for whom Constance seeks, yet she is not opposed to lending him her aid in achieving his desires.

What begins as a single dance will grow into a collaboration that will equip Henry with all he needs to win a woman of worth, while entangling hearts and leaving not only his own heart and reputation but also that of his friend and tutor at risk of being irreparably damaged.

Henry: To Prove Himself Worthy is part of Leenie Brown’s Other Pens Collection of books that pick up the storytelling pen where Jane Austen put it down. If you like well-written stories of sweet redemption, then you will love this story of facing the challenges that reformation can bring and discovering the pleasure that only deep, abiding love can provide.

So, put the kettle on, grab your copy of Henry: To Prove Himself Worthy, and let this sweet romance inspire a hope that even the most reprobate heart can, with care and determination, be transformed into that of a worthy gentleman.

Mr. Darcy, My Hero: Pride & Prejudice Variations by [Zoe Burton]

Mr. Darcy, My Hero: Pride & Prejudice Variations by Zoe Burton

One victim. One hero. Four happily ever afters.

Even the strongest of ladies sometimes needs rescuing. In this collection of four previously-published Pride and Prejudice variations, Elizabeth Bennet finds herself in need of a hero, and Fitzwilliam Darcy saves the day. Together, the pair finds healing and true love in each other.

To Save Elizabeth: Darcy has been moving along with little to rock the boat of his life, until a young woman faints in front of him. Elizabeth has survived a harrowing ordeal, but the danger is far from over. If Darcy wishes to help her heal, he’s going to have to save her first.

Darcy Overhears: Darcy hears a former friend make a threat against the most gorgeous, warm-hearted woman he knows. Elizabeth’s most cherished freedom becomes her greatest danger. When she is endangered, who can she trust to protect her?

The Essence of Love: Darcy and Elizabeth meet through the machinations of her sister, Mary. They make an immediate connection, and when Darcy proposes, Elizabeth is eager to accept him. Two people from Darcy’s life are determined to step between the couple; Darcy puts them in their place and both go on their way, but one returns for revenge. When Elizabeth goes missing, Darcy tears the county apart looking for her. Will he find her in time, or will she be lost to him forever?

Mr. Darcy’s Love: Elizabeth is injured shortly after hearing Darcy insult her at the Meryton Assembly, and loses her memories of the incident. Without her feelings of offence, their relationship starts out on a better footing, which in turn leads Elizabeth to react differently to those who would try to derail their happiness. This story contains a non-graphic attempted sexual assault scene.

Mr. Darcy, My Hero is a compilation of two novels and two novellas by Zoe Burton. If you enjoy brave heroines, strong heroes, and a dash of danger, you’ll love these sweet JAFF romances. Curl up in your favorite chair and download Mr. Darcy, My Hero today!

Teaching Eliza by [Riana Everly]

Teaching Eliza by Riana Everly

A tale of love, manners, and the quest for perfect vowels.

From a new voice in historical romance comes this sparkling Regency tale, wherein the elegance of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and the wit of George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion collide. The results are clever, funny, and often quite unexpected….

Professor Fitzwilliam Darcy, expert in phonetics and linguistics, wishes for nothing more than to spend some time in peace at his friend’s country estate, far from the parade of young ladies wishing for his hand, and further still from his aunt’s schemes to have him marry his cousin. How annoying it is when a young lady from the neighbourhood, with her atrocious Hertfordshire accent and country manners, comes seeking his help to learn how to behave and speak as do the finest ladies of high society.

Elizabeth Bennet has disliked the professor since overhearing his flippant comments about her provincial accent, but recognizes in him her one opportunity to survive a prospective season in London. Despite her ill feelings for the man, she asks him to take her on as a student, but is unprepared for the price he demands in exchange.

“With her clever mash-up of two classics, Riana Everly has fashioned a fresh, creative storyline with an inventive take on our favorite characters, delightful dialogue and laugh out loud humor. Teaching Eliza is certain to become a reader favorite. It’s a must read!” – Sophia Meredith (author of the acclaimed On Oakham Mount and Miss Darcy’s Companion)

Teaching Eliza is a full-length JAFF novel of about 110 000 words.

Pemberley: Mr. Darcy's Dragon: A Pride and Prejudice Variation (Jane Austen's Dragons Book 1) by [Maria Grace]

Pemberley: Mr. Darcy’s Dragon: A Pride and Prejudice Variation (Jane Austen’s Dragons Book 1) by Maria Grace

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a dragon.

Fitzwilliam Darcy of Pemberley has the good fortune to be in possession of the first English firedrake egg laid in a century. Or, at least, he was until some miscreant stole it.

Mr. Darcy tracks the thief to Hertfordshire. Catching the thief, however, proves to be an entirely different kettle of brimstone, especially when he encounters fellow Dragon Keeper, Miss Elizabeth Bennet of Longbourn.

Elizabeth Bennet’s deep connection to dragons and remarkable grasp of their lore make her the ideal companion for finding the egg. It’s too bad that from their introduction she finds Darcy arrogant, conceited, and selfishly disdainful of the feelings
of others.

Time is running out for Darcy to win Elizabeth’s trust and recover the precious egg before it hatches, and the fragile peace between humans and dragons is lost forever.

Meryton meets Pern in a fantastical regency romp bound to delight readers of Jane Austen and Anne McCaffrey alike.

Book 1 in the Jane Austen’s Dragons series.

A Fair Prospect: Volume I - Disappointed Hopes by [Cass Grafton]

A Fair Prospect: Volume 1- Disappointed Hopes by Cass Grafton

Inspired by Jane Austen’s Pride & PrejudiceA Fair Prospect is a tale of Darcy and Elizabeth told in three volumes

Battling the unprecedented feelings stirred by an innocent but intimate encounter with Fitzwilliam Darcy in the aftermath of his proposal, Elizabeth Bennet escapes to Town, and finds comfort in the presence of the handsome Nicholas Harington. Humbled by Elizabeth’s rejection, the last thing Darcy wants is to face her once again… especially when she’s already on the arm of another man. Harington seems to be a fair prospect for Elizabeth, but with memories of the last moments he spent with the Bennet beauty tormenting Darcy, he’s forced to come to terms with his indecisive heart…

A Fair Prospect

  1. Volume I – Disappointed Hopes
  2. Volume II – Darcy’s Dilemma
  3. Volume III – Desperate Measures
The Jane Austen Society: A Novel by [Natalie Jenner]

The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner

Just after the Second World War, in the small English village of Chawton, an unusual but like-minded group of people band together to attempt something remarkable.

One hundred and fifty years ago, Chawton was the final home of Jane Austen, one of England’s finest novelists. Now it’s home to a few distant relatives and their diminishing estate. With the last bit of Austen’s legacy threatened, a group of disparate individuals come together to preserve both Jane Austen’s home and her legacy. These people—a laborer, a young widow, the local doctor, and a movie star, among others—could not be more different and yet they are united in their love for the works and words of Austen. As each of them endures their own quiet struggle with loss and trauma, some from the recent war, others from more distant tragedies, they rally together to create the Jane Austen Society.

A powerful and moving novel that explores the tragedies and triumphs of life, both large and small, and the universal humanity in us all, Natalie Jenner’s The Jane Austen Society is destined to resonate with readers for years to come.

Mistaken by [Jessie Lewis]

Mistaken by Jessie Lewis

A tempestuous acquaintance and disastrous marriage proposal make it unlikely Mr Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet will ever reconcile. Despairing of their own reunion, they attend with great energy to salvaging that of Darcy’s friend Mr Bingley and Elizabeth’s sister Jane. People are rarely so easily manoeuvred in and out of love, however, and there follows a series of misunderstandings, both wilful and unwitting, that complicates the path to happiness for all four star-crossed lovers more than ever before.

A witty and romantic novel that delights in the folly of human nature, Mistaken both honours Jane Austen’s original Pride and Prejudice and holds appeal for readers of all genres.


I would love to know which books from this list you’ve already read and which ones are on your TBR list?

Until next time,

Happy reading!

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