My Top TEN AusTEN of 2017

My Top TEN AusTEN of 2017

Genres: Austenesque, Mr. Darcy Romance, Mr. Darcy Type Characters, Romance

I didn’t read enough JAFF this year, that is a fact; but what I was able to read I absolutely loved!! It is no secret that I LOVE Jane Austen. She is my QUEEN, my HERO, my FAVORITE author of ALL TIME! I love to read Austen retellings and adaptions, I COULD LIVE ON THEM FOREVER!! I am always so honored when JAFF writers ask me to read their stories, I usually stop anything else I am reading at the time just to indulge in the fascinating new worlds they create. Here are my favorite adaptions of 2017.

“You must allow me to tell you…”
For over two hundred years, Jane Austen’s Mr. Darcy has captivated readers’ imaginations as the ultimate catch. Rich. Powerful. Noble. Handsome. And yet, as Miss Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” is established through Elizabeth Bennet’s fine eyes, how are we to know what his tortured soul is indeed thinking? How does Darcy progress from “She is tolerable: but not handsome enough to tempt me” to “I thought only of you”?

In this romance anthology, fifteen Austen-inspired authors assemble to sketch Darcy’s character through a series of re-imaginings set in the Regency through contemporary times—from faithful narratives to the fanciful. Herein “The Darcy Monologues”, the man himself reveals his intimate thoughts, his passionate dreams, and his journey to love—all told with a previously concealed wit and enduring charm.

Stories by: Susan Adriani * Sara Angelini * Karen M Cox * J. Marie Croft * Jan Hahn * Jenetta James * Lory Lilian * KaraLynne Mackrory * Beau North * Ruth Phillips Oakland * Natalie Richards * Sophia Rose * Melanie Stanford * Joana Starnes * Caitlin Williams

READ MY REVIEW HERE!

Lizzie Venetidis is confident in her decisions. Moving to Seattle with her sister Jane after she graduated from Stanford, for instance, was a no-brainer. Adult life, however, turns out to be more difficult to navigate than she expected.

What career should she pursue with a bachelor’s degree in art history and no marketable experience amongst a tech-heavy job market? How responsible is it to drink that fourth cocktail while out with friends? And what should she do about Darcy — the aloof yet captivating guy she met her first night in town?

All the Things I Know is a one-mistake-at-a-time retelling of Pride & Prejudice set against the backdrop of modern-day, techie Seattle. Full of wry observations, heartache, and life lessons, All the Things I Know shares the original’s lessons of correcting ill-conceived first impressions and learning who you really are.  

READ MY REVIEW HERE!

A contemporary adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice

Billionaire President William Darcy has it all: wealth, intelligence, and the most powerful job in the country. Despite what his friends say, he is not lonely in the White House. He’s not. And he has vowed not to date while he’s in office. Nor is he interested in Elizabeth Bennet. She might be pretty and funny and smart, but her family is nouveau riche and unbearable. Unfortunately, he encounters her everywhere in Washington, D.C.—making her harder and harder to ignore. Why can’t he get her out of his mind?

Elizabeth Bennet enjoys her job with the Red Cross and loves her family, despite their tendency to embarrass her. At a White House state dinner, they cause her to make an unfavorable impression on the president, who labels her unattractive and uninteresting. Those words are immediately broadcast on Twitter, so the whole world now knows the president insulted her. Elizabeth just wants to avoid the man—who, let’s admit it, is proud and difficult. For some reason he acts all friendly when they keep running into each other, but she knows he’s judging her.

Eventually, circumstances force Darcy and Elizabeth to confront their true feelings for each other, with explosive results. But even if they can find common ground, Mr. Darcy is still the president—with limited privacy and unlimited responsibilities—and his enemies won’t hesitate to use his feelings for Elizabeth against him.

Can President Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet find their way to happily ever after?

READ MY REVIEW HERE!

It is a well-known fact that a single man without a penny to his name must be in want of a rich wife.
Darcy, Bingham and Wick Austen are about to lose the family business.
Without a miracle or a substantial cash investment, Austen’s – the bookstore chain that was established by their great-great grandfather – will go into receivership.
A chance encounter at a charity ball with the attractive, single and filthy-rich Bennet sisters has Wick Austen convincing his brothers that the way to save their livelihoods rests at the Bennet’s red-soled-shoe clad feet.
But these three women are far more than your average, simpering, society-loving heiresses.

Darcy isn’t so sure about his youngest brother’s plan, especially when the smart, feisty and ridiculously sexy Eliza Bennet shoots down his advances in a ball of flames, and accuses him of being a proud and egotistical jerk.
Meanwhile, Bingham meets the sweet and approachable Jane, and insta-love ensues, and Wick gets used up and spat out by the youngest and most flighty sister, Lydia.
Will the Austen bachelors secure a wife and save the family name or will they become the Bennet sister’s latest conquests?

*Inspired by Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, The Bachelors is a contemporary twist with added naughtiness*  

One has all the goodness, and the other all the appearance of it.” —Jane Austen

Jane Austen’s masterpieces are littered with unsuitable gentlemen—Willoughby, Wickham, Churchill, Crawford, Tilney, Elliot, et al.—adding color and depth to her plots but often barely sketched. Have you never wondered about the pasts of her rakes, rattles, and gentlemen rogues? Surely, there’s more than one side to their stories.
It is a universal truth, we are captivated by smoldering looks, daring charms … a happy-go-lucky, cool confidence. All the while, our loyal confidants are shouting on deaf ears, “He is a cad—a brute—all wrong!” But is that not how tender hearts are broken…by loving the undeserving? How did they become the men Jane Austen created?
In this romance anthology, eleven Austenesque authors expose the histories of Austen’s anti-heroes. “Dangerous to Know: Jane Austen’s Rakes & Gentlemen Rogues” is a titillating collection of Georgian era short stories—a backstory or parallel tale off-stage of canon—whilst remaining steadfast to the characters we recognize in Austen’s great works.

READ MY REVIEW HERE!

 

Elizabeth Bennet’s life is uncomplicated until she meets a quartet of new men: the haughty but handsome Mr. Darcy, the pert-with-a-pout Mr. Bingley, the confident and captivating Mr. Wickham—and then there is her father’s cousin, the happy man towards whom almost every female eye has turned.
Mr. Collins is HOT—well, incredibly handsome in Regency‑speak—beautiful of face, fine of figure, elegant of air, his perfect clothing and hair matching his Greek god-like form. Unfortunately, when he opens his mouth, Elizabeth wishes he were mute. With affected servility and prideful self-conceit, he capitalizes upon his exquisite appearance and fixes on Jane Bennet as his bride.
Can Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy form an alliance to stop Jane’s suitors from issuing challenges—and will Elizabeth coax a smile from Mr. Darcy?
Bestselling Regency romance author Suzan Lauder delivers a hilarious Austenesque romance suitable for all readers of Pride & Prejudice.

READ MY REVIEW HERE!

 

 

Sixteen-year-old Finley Price has perfected two things: how to direct a world-class production, and how to fly way, way under the radar. The only person who ever seems to notice Finley is her best friend, the Bertram’s son Oliver. If she could just take Oliver’s constant encouragement to heart and step out of the shadows, she’d finally chase her dream of joining the prestigious Mansfield Theater.

When teen movie stars Emma and Harlan Crawford move next door to the Bertram’s, they immediately set their sights on Oliver and his cunning sister, Juliette, shaking up Finley and Oliver’s stable friendship. As Emma and Oliver grow closer, Harlan finds his attention shifting from Juliette to the quiet, enigmatic, and thoroughly unimpressed Finley. Out of boredom, Harlan decides to make her fall in love with him. Problem is, the harder he seeks to win her, the harder he falls for her.

But Finley doesn’t want to be won, and she doesn’t want to see Oliver with anyone else. To claim Oliver’s heart—and keep her own—she’ll have to find the courage to do what she fears most: step into the spotlight.

“Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever and rich…”
Thus began Jane Austen’s classic, a light and lively tale set in an English village two hundred years ago. Yet every era has its share of Emmas: young women trying to find themselves in their own corners of the world.
I Could Write a Book is the story of a self-proclaimed modern woman: Emma Katherine Woodhouse, a 1970s co-ed whose life is pleasant, ordered, and predictable, if a bit confining.
Her friend George Knightley is a man of the world who has come home to fulfill his destiny: run his father’s thriving law practice and oversee the sprawling Donwell Farms, his family legacy in Central Kentucky horse country.
Since childhood, George’s and Emma’s lives have meshed and separated time and again. But now they’re adults with grown-up challenges and obligations. As Emma orchestrates life in quaint Highbury, George becomes less amused with her antics and struggles with a growing attraction to the young woman she’s become.
Rich with humor, poignancy, and the camaraderie of life in a small, Southern town, I Could Write a Book is a coming of age romance with side helpings of self-discovery, friendship, and finding true love in the most unlikely places.
  

READ MY REVIEW HERE!

~Volume I: Darcy’s Hope ~ Beauty from Ashes

Heartbroken. Devastated. WWI Captain Fitzwilliam Darcy was rejected by the woman he loved and vows, “No more sentimental entanglements!”

But an undercover assignment at a field hospital brings him face to face with his beloved Elizabeth—who’s working with a dashing American doctor and a prime suspect in the espionage plot.

Forced to grapple with his feelings for her, Darcy has only a few months build a lasting bridge to her and uncover the truth before she’s condemned to a traitor’s noose.

~Volume II: Darcy’s Hope at Donwell Abbey

Darcy has won the heart of Elizabeth Bennet. Finally.

Then she vanishes.

Still reeling from the loss, Darcy attempts a heroic feat and only survives by the daring rescue of his faithful batman John Thornton.

But the damage is done. Darcy is plunged into a dark and silent world.

Sent to Donwell Abbey to recover, he’s coaxed back to life by an extraordinary nurse determined to teach him how to live and love again. A woman whose uncanny similarities to Elizabeth invite his admiration and entice his affections.

His heart tells him to hold on to Elizabeth.

His head tells him to take a chance with his nurse.

But a secret at Donwell Abbey just might change everything…

READ MY REVIEW HERE!

~ Pride & Prejudice meets Alternate History ~

Six years after Napoleon’s invasion of England…

Fitzwilliam Darcy is a traitor. He even admits to collaborating with Napoleon’s troops. And Elizabeth Bennet despises all traitors.

But she can’t make sense of Darcy. He doesn’t act like a traitor. He risks his own safety to save young women from the French. And how can she despise a man who loves puppies? Something about him doesn’t add up – and she finds him far too attractive.

Then Darcy’s carefully constructed world crumbles, and he must entrust his closest-held secret to Elizabeth. To protect that secret, Elizabeth must disappear entirely, leaving her family and Darcy behind, to plunge herself into the dizzying world of fashionable London and the dangers of the Loyalist Resistance. Nothing will ever be the same again.

Darcy is determined to find Elizabeth. Now that she knows the truth about him, there’s nothing to keep them apart – nothing, that is, until the day Darcy is forced to choose between his country and the life of the woman he loves…

What were some of your favorite 2017 JAFF?

BRING ON THE 2018 JAFF!!!

HAPPY READING!! And….Mr. Darcy FOREVER!

 

Comments

  1. Love your list. I have read most of those and loved them. I have a couple on my TBR list. There were so many great books last year that I would struggle to just pick 10.
    My main problem is remembering which were last year’s reads but I must also include
    These Dreams by Nicole Clarkston
    A Quest for Mr Darcy by Cass Grafton
    A Man With Faults by Lory Lilian
    When We Are Married by Caitlin Williams
    Mr Darcy’s Brides by Regina Jeffers
    On Equal Ground by Elizabeth Adams
    Particular Attachments by Leslie Diamond
    Etc etc etc. I apologise for the ones I haven’t mentioned here, but In fact most of the books I read last year were excellent and also included books published in previous years which I only just got round to reading.
    I don’t know how on earth you manage to narrow it down but then again I am notorious for my inability to make a decision 🙂

    • Margiesmustreads says:

      It is so hard! I literally love every one I read for one reason or another! I can’t wait for more!

  2. Christina Boyd says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! You know how much this must mean to us. “The Darcy Monologues,” “Dangerous to Know,” and then “I Could Write a Book” –is the absolute cherry on top! You have read so much this year–such an honor to make top honors! #ILoveBestOfListSeason

  3. Wow! Thank you so much, Margie, for including “I Could Write a Book”, “The Darcy Monologues” and “Dangerous to Know” on your 2017 list 🙂 I’m honored to be in this company of authors, and I’m so glad you enjoyed the stories. Have a great 2018!

  4. Sophia Rose says:

    Wowsers, Margie!

    What a line up and such heady company for The Darcy Monologues and Dangerous to Know. So glad you adored them! 🙂
    Oh yes, I adored I Could Write a Book and Darcy’s Hope duo, too.
    I have the others on my reading list already. 🙂

  5. Look who #HOTCollins is in company with! All my fave books! Thanks, Margie!

  6. Because L.L. Diamond is shy and doesn’t do blog tours, her books are always under the radar, but my fave book of the year was Particular Attachment. All reviewers should make up for that lapse and read that book! Then I loved Abigail’s C&C and Laura’s ADbaON. Anything Karen Cox writes is top 10 material. Though I no longer reviews, there’s my list! Otherwise, I made bad choices this year as I tried to catch up on older books that were just “Meh” or I couldn’t finish! I’ll try some of these to brighten up my JAFF reading, particularly if any are steamy ones. Not enough of them any more.

  7. I loved Victoria’s, Suzan’s and Ginger’s books too. They are on my top 11 list. Haven’t read 4 but two is on my TBR.

  8. I’m so happy to see Conceit & Concealment among such wonderful company! I’m thrilled it made your top 10 list!

  9. The ones from your list that I’ve read have all been amongst my favourites: The Darcy Monologues, Dangerous to Know, Darcy’s Hope Saga, I Could Write a Book and President Darcy. I’ve got most of the rest on my planet-sized TBR list and though I hadn’t previously come across Seeking Mansfield or The Bachelors before, they’re now on my Wish List!

    My favourite of the year though , if I had to choose, would be A Quest for Mr. Darcy by Cassandra Grafton. My honourable mentions would go to Maria Grace’s Longbourn: Dragon Entail, Jennifer Joy’s Meryton Mysteries series and Joy King’s Friends and Enemies.

  10. So happy that The Darcy Monologues and Dangerous to Know made it to your Top 10! Lovely to see them in such great company. Thanks for the great news, Margie, and have a fabulous New Year!

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