“Austen in Austin: Volume 1” by Susanne Dietze, Anita Mae Draper, Debra E. Marvin, and Gina Welborn.
Review copy source: Author/Publishers
My rating: 4 out of 5 Stars (Three out of four novels I’d give somewhere between 3.5/4 stars and the last one I’d give a full 5 :)
About the Book:
Four Texas-Set Novellas Based on Jane Austen’s Novels
Discover four heroines in historical Austin, TX, as they find love–Jane Austen style. Volume 1 includes:
“If I Loved You Less” by Gina Welborn, based on Emma
A prideful matchmaker examines her own heart when her protégé falls for the wrong suitor.
“Romantic Refinements” by Anita Mae Draper, based on Sense and Sensibility
A misguided academy graduate spends the summer falling in love . . . twice.
“One Word from You” by Susanne Dietze, based on Pride and Prejudice
A down-on-her-luck journalist finds the story of her dreams, but her prejudice may cost her true love . . . and her career.
“Alarmingly Charming” by Debra E. Marvin, based on Northanger Abbey
A timid gothic dime-novel enthusiast tries to solve the mystery of a haunted cemetery and, even more shocking, why two equally charming suitors compete for her attentions.
Four more exciting novellas will follow in volume 2!
This is a pretty fun collection. :) Each novella followed the plot of each of Jane Austen’s books well, and still with their own unique-ness intertwined. “Emma”, “Sense and Sensibility”, “Pride and Prejudice” and “Northanger Abbey” were all a part of this collection.
Each of these authors were new to me, but they all did an excellent job! Each story was beautifully written and had great characters. I don’t think I had any real complaints for any of them. I enjoyed some over others, but that was solely personal preference. :)
The retelling of “Northanger Abbey” was by far my favourite. That tale was extremely entertaining and I just loved the whole thing! I really ‘bonded’ with Kathryn and fell in love with the hero. :)
The Sense and Sensibility one was my second favourite; though it was only Marrianne’s half of the story, it was very good and had quite a strong strand of faith through out it. And Brandon was a great character! Very easy to picture each of the characters and the story flowed nicely.
“Pride and Prejudice”‘s retelling was quite good as well, and fans of P&P and a very southern feel will definitely love this one. :)
The “Emma” retelling was entertaining and frustrating at the same time. ^.^ I’ve never been a huge fan of “Emma” in general so this wasn’t my favourite of the collection, but it was still well written and enjoyable!
As I said, each of the authors did an excellent job, and wrote captivating tales, each with a bit of depth to them.
A very nice collection and I’m looking forward to Volume two!
I received a complimentary ecopy of this collection from the authors/publishers in exchange for my honest review which I have given.