Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Shannon Hale

Have you ever watched Pride and Prejudice, have you ever thought if only I could find Mr. Darcy for myself? Have you ever thought that live was so much simpler in the Regency period and that if you could have lived then your life would be perfect?

Well, Jane thought just that, if she could just find her own Mr. Darcy, life would be perfect but of course none of her boyfriends ever measure up to the perfect Mr. Darcy.

When her deceased aunt left her an all expense paid trip to "Austenland" Jane just can seem to refuse. While there she is immersed in Regency England and actors play the rolls from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

But will Jane find her own Mr. Darcy in Austenland? You will just have to read it for yourself to find out.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

by Susan Holloway Scott

We meet Sarah Jenning, as a twelve year old girl, in 1673. For forty years, we follow her life as she moves from a mere commoner to the richest woman in England. Along the way, Sarah marries John Churchill and helps make him a national war hero. She befriends, the Princess Anne and follows her to the throne, only to have the relationship as the Queen's"favorite" challenged. Her knowledge of court politics both helps and hinders her, as she attempts to manipulate the Court for her interests. Risking treason, the couple help bring a new king to the throne. Duchess is told from Sarah Churchill's point of view, consequently we get a jaded view of events and people. I found myself debating over who I disliked more: Sarah or Queen Anne. Assertive or agressive, you be the judge!

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