Pemberley: Fitzwilliam Stays At Rosings (Longbourn, #14) by Margaret Lynette Sharp #BookReview @MargaretLynett1

Pemberley:
Fitzwilliam Stays at Rosings
(Longbourn, #14)
by Margaret Lynett Sharp

 

The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

SHORT STORY

His stay at Rosings has brought Fitzwilliam Darcy, Jr, a measure of both delight and anguish as he realises that not only has he become even more attached to the charming daughter of Mr Collins – Miss Emily – but also that his rival, John King, is planning a serious step in order to secure his own future with the beautiful maiden. Where do Emily’s affections really lie?

This is yet another absorbing tale in the ‘Longbourn’ series of Jane Austen fan fiction pieces by prolific Australian author Margaret Lynette Sharp

.

Genre(s): Fan Fiction
Kindle eBooks
> 30-Minute Romance Short Reads
> Single Authors Short Stories
> Regency Historical Romance
Series: Longbourn, #14
Length: 19 pages
Release date: 2018-04-24

 

Teaser


“I see no reason why Fitzwilliam should be unable to reach the standard required for higher tuition,” said Emily. “He has made good progress already.”

Fitzwilliam gave her a smile, and not simply because of his delight at her compliment.


My Opinion

As this book is a work of fan fiction, it takes you back to the places and characters of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice”.

With “Pemberley: Fitzwilliam Stays at Rosings”, Margaret Lynette Sharp has created another nice piece of fan fiction. If you have read Pride and Prejudice” or even watched the remarkable TV mini series (1980), you recognize the world of Elizabeth Darcy, née Bennet. The Longbourn series is centred on Elizabeth, whose warmth and intelligence also made Pride and Prejudice” special. Her husband, Fitzwilliam Darcy, develops nicely – a tendency the readers could assume at the end of Pride and Prejudice”. It is a short read, taking you back to Pemberley – or in this case Rosings – to further extend your Pride and Prejudice and/or Longbourn/Pemberley experiences. Young Fitzwilliam stays at his aunt Catherine’s home, realising how much he cares for Emily. Margaret Lynette Sharp again took up the hard challenge of writing fan fiction on a classic by Jane Austen, aptly enhancing the story without changing the characters’ ways; the added next generation brings even more complexity. If you loved Pride and Prejudice, you will appreciate the additional stories this courageous author has to offer.

“Pemberley: Fitzwilliam Stays at Rosings” is a heart-warming story of hope, a lovely – and worthy – continuation of Elizabeth, Darcy, their children, and their story.

This is a book for you if you like Pride and Prejudice”, fan fiction, classic reads, classic reads’ aptly written fan fiction, and short installments.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Mood Hopeful, nostalgic
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (decent, no swearwords)
Violence :mrgreen:  (none)
Sexual content :mrgreen:  (none)

 

About the author

My name is Margaret Lynette Sharp, and I’m the wife of the creator of the Grand Organ in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House, Ronald Sharp B.E.M. I’m proud to say that I’ve won two literary awards – one each at the 2014 and 2015 Short Story Writing Competition held as part of the Hurstville (in suburban Sydney, Australia) Discovery Festival of Community Arts.
These stories have been published in prizewinners’ anthologies, ‘Write Out Loud’ and ‘The Art of Writing’.

My first venture into Jane Austen fan fiction resulted in the best-selling ‘Longbourn Revisited’.
Next came the well-reviewed title, ‘An Encounter at Longbourn’, followed by ‘A Party at Longbourn’, ‘And from Longbourn, A Wedding Comes,’ and ‘Much Ado at Longbourn’. Recently, these five stories were combined, forming the novel-length ‘From Longbourn, With Love’. To date, I have forty published eBooks, and some of these are also available as paperbacks.

I grew up in an inner city suburb of Sydney, moving to a pleasant, tree-filled outer suburb at the age of ten. Ron and I currently live in this same house, a small Federation brick and tile home.

I’m thankful that we live near a river that has a large, netted swimming baths. I love to swim, and I’ve been a member of the local swimming club for well over thirty years. Our little white rescue dog, Chicki, comes with me and waits patiently while I enjoy the water. Afterwards comes her reward – a walk beside the river, and a chance to play on a little, sandy beach. Who knows what doggy friends she’ll find there…

Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you? What did you think about “Pemberley: Fitzwilliam Stays at Rosings”? Or – if you did not yet read “Pemberley: Fitzwilliam Stays at Rosings” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

Save

Save

Save

Advertisements

Pemberley: A Ball to Remember (Longbourn, #13) by Margaret Lynette Sharp #BookReview @MargaretLynett1

Cover: Pemberley: A Ball to Remember
(Longbourn, #13)
by Margaret Lynette Sharp

The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

The prospect of a Ball at Pemberley to mark the birthday of Miss Juliette Darcy sets Elizabeth’s mind aglow with schemes for happy outcomes of every sort. Will romance blossom for her son, Fitzwilliam? Will the rift between Lady Catherine de Bourgh and her daughter Anne be healed? Will old friendships be rekindled, and new ones formed?

This is yet another engaging addition to the series of Jane Austen Fan Fiction pieces by Australian author Margaret Lynette Sharp.

Genre(s): Fan Fiction
Kindle eBooks
> 30-Minute Romance Short Reads
> Classic Short Stories
> Classic Romance Fiction
Series: Longbourn, #13
Length: 15 pages
Release date: 2018-04-12

 

Teaser


Elizabeth’s mind became engrossed by new thoughts. “One might think this signified a change in attitude – perhaps even the long-awaited olive-branch.”

“My thoughts, Mama. – Oh, I do hope so! Aunt Catherine must surely regret the rift between herself and her daughter. It would be wonderful if it were my birthday that brought them all together!”


My Opinion

As this book is a work of fan fiction, it takes you back to the places and characters of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice”.

With “Pemberley: A Ball to Remember”, Margaret Lynette Sharp has created another nice piece of fan fiction. If you have read Pride and Prejudice” or even watched the remarkable TV mini series (1980), you recognize the world of Elizabeth Darcy, née Bennet. The Longbourn series is centred on Elizabeth, whose warmth and intelligence also made Pride and Prejudice” special. Her husband, Fitzwilliam Darcy, develops nicely – a tendency the readers could assume at the end of Pride and Prejudice”. It is a short read, taking you back to Pemberley to further extend your Pride and Prejudice and/or Longbourn/Pemberley experiences. Elizabeth and Darcy plan a ball to celebrate their daughter’s birthday. Margaret Lynette Sharp again took up the hard challenge of writing fan fiction on a classic by Jane Austen, aptly enhancing the story without changing the characters’ ways; the added next generation brings even more complexity. If you loved Pride and Prejudice, you will appreciate the additional stories this courageous author has to offer.

“Pemberley: A Ball to Remember” is a story of hope, a lovely – and worthy – continuation of Elizabeth, Darcy, their children, and their story.

This is a book for you if you like Pride and Prejudice”, fan fiction, classic reads, classic reads’ aptly written fan fiction, and short installments.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Mood Hopeful, nostalgic
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (decent, no swearwords)
Violence :mrgreen:  (none)
Sexual content :mrgreen:  (none)

 

About the author

My name is Margaret Lynette Sharp, and I’m the wife of the creator of the Grand Organ in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House, Ronald Sharp B.E.M. I’m proud to say that I’ve won two literary awards – one each at the 2014 and 2015 Short Story Writing Competition held as part of the Hurstville (in suburban Sydney, Australia) Discovery Festival of Community Arts.
These stories have been published in prizewinners’ anthologies, ‘Write Out Loud’ and ‘The Art of Writing’.

My first venture into Jane Austen fan fiction resulted in the best-selling ‘Longbourn Revisited’.
Next came the well-reviewed title, ‘An Encounter at Longbourn’, followed by ‘A Party at Longbourn’, ‘And from Longbourn, A Wedding Comes,’ and ‘Much Ado at Longbourn’. Recently, these five stories were combined, forming the novel-length ‘From Longbourn, With Love’. To date, I have forty published eBooks, and some of these are also available as paperbacks.

I grew up in an inner city suburb of Sydney, moving to a pleasant, tree-filled outer suburb at the age of ten. Ron and I currently live in this same house, a small Federation brick and tile home.

I’m thankful that we live near a river that has a large, netted swimming baths. I love to swim, and I’ve been a member of the local swimming club for well over thirty years. Our little white rescue dog, Chicki, comes with me and waits patiently while I enjoy the water. Afterwards comes her reward – a walk beside the river, and a chance to play on a little, sandy beach. Who knows what doggy friends she’ll find there…

Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you? What did you think about “Pemberley: A Ball to Remember”? Or – if you did not yet read “Pemberley: A Ball to Remember” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

Save

Save

Save

Pemberley: Fitzwilliam Goes to London (Longbourn, #12) by Margaret Lynette Sharp #BookReview @MargaretLynett1

Cover: Pemberley: Fitzwilliam Goes to London
(Longbourn, #12)
by Margaret Lynette Sharp

The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

The grand ball at Pemberley has perhaps kindled a fledgling love between Fitzwilliam Darcy, Jr and Miss Emily Collins, the daughter of Mr William Collins and his late wife Charlotte. As a protegée of Lady Catherine de Bourgh’s, Miss Collins is living in London, far away from her Hunsford home – where she is undertaking the study of the pianoforte under the guidance of an eminent master.

An opportunity to visit the beautiful maiden proves irresistible to Fitzwilliam, who travels with his father who has business in London. Will Fitzwilliam’s feelings be reciprocated? Is Emily devoted to her musical studies, to the exclusion of a suitor? Or will someone else prove to have worked his way into her heart?

This short story provides yet another glimpse into the Regency world of Jane Austen.

Genre(s): Fan Fiction
Kindle eBooks
> 30-Minute Romance Short Reads
> in Single Authors Short Stories
> Regency Historical Romance
Series: Longbourn, #12
Length: 19 pages
Release date: 2018-03-28

 

Teaser


Suddenly overcome with mixed feelings, Fitzwilliam looked into her intelligent eyes. Was she truly glad to see him? Had he interrupted something more than a casual acquaintance?


My Opinion

As this book is a work of fan fiction, it takes you back to the places and characters of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice”.

With “Pemberley: Fitzwilliam Goes to London”, Margaret Lynette Sharp has created another nice piece of fan fiction. If you have read Pride and Prejudice” or even watched the remarkable TV mini series (1980), you recognize the world of Elizabeth Darcy, née Bennet. The Longbourn series is centred on Elizabeth, whose warmth and intelligence also made Pride and Prejudice” special. Her husband, Fitzwilliam Darcy, develops nicely – a tendency the readers could assume at the end of Pride and Prejudice”. It is a short read, taking you back to Pemberley to further extend your Pride and Prejudice and/or Longbourn/Pemberley experiences. Fitzwilliam, Elizabeth’s son has feelings for Miss Emily Collins; but – what about her feelings? Margaret Lynette Sharp again took up the hard challenge of writing fan fiction on a classic by Jane Austen, aptly enhancing the story without changing the characters’ ways. If you loved Pride and Prejudice, you will appreciate the additional stories this courageous author has to offer.

“Pemberley: Fitzwilliam Goes to London” stays true to its title, it is indeed a lovely – and worthy – continuation of Elizabeth, Darcy, and their story.

This is a book for you if you like Pride and Prejudice”, fan fiction, classic reads, and classic reads’ aptly written fan fiction.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Mood Hopeful, nostalgic
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (decent, no swearwords)
Violence :mrgreen:  (none)
Sexual content :mrgreen:  (none)

 

About the author

My name is Margaret Lynette Sharp, and I’m the wife of the creator of the Grand Organ in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House, Ronald Sharp B.E.M. I’m proud to say that I’ve won two literary awards – one each at the 2014 and 2015 Short Story Writing Competition held as part of the Hurstville (in suburban Sydney, Australia) Discovery Festival of Community Arts.
These stories have been published in prizewinners’ anthologies, ‘Write Out Loud’ and ‘The Art of Writing’.

My first venture into Jane Austen fan fiction resulted in the best-selling ‘Longbourn Revisited’.
Next came the well-reviewed title, ‘An Encounter at Longbourn’, followed by ‘A Party at Longbourn’, ‘And from Longbourn, A Wedding Comes,’ and ‘Much Ado at Longbourn’. Recently, these five stories were combined, forming the novel-length ‘From Longbourn, With Love’. To date, I have forty published eBooks, and some of these are also available as paperbacks.

I grew up in an inner city suburb of Sydney, moving to a pleasant, tree-filled outer suburb at the age of ten. Ron and I currently live in this same house, a small Federation brick and tile home.

I’m thankful that we live near a river that has a large, netted swimming baths. I love to swim, and I’ve been a member of the local swimming club for well over thirty years. Our little white rescue dog, Chicki, comes with me and waits patiently while I enjoy the water. Afterwards comes her reward – a walk beside the river, and a chance to play on a little, sandy beach. Who knows what doggy friends she’ll find there…

Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you? What did you think about “Pemberley: Fitzwilliam Goes to London”? Or – if you did not yet read “Pemberley: Fitzwilliam Goes to London” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

Save

Save

Save

Ghosts on the Sand: and other Chilling Tales by Sandra Thompson #BookReview @ColoradoBrit

Cover: Ghosts on the Sand: and other Chilling Tales
by Sandra Thompson

 

I purchased this book (mobi format).

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)

Plot
(by Amazon)

Ghosts on the Sand is the first in a series of stories about a young girl coming to terms with a frightening and unwanted gift. She sees dead people! Her first terrifying experience takes place on a warm sunny day in Blackpool and opens the floodgates to a lifetime of premonitions and visitations. Guy at the Bar is the second story in the series and portrays a disturbing encounter which takes place in a quiet village on the banks of the river Swale. Does Sheila still see dead people? Sometimes! Does Sheila still have premonitions? Too often for comfort! The writer was born and raised in County Durham and North Yorkshire and most of her stories are based on real life experiences. Her life has been far from dull, and continues its colorful path as she prepares for retirement.

 

Genre(s): Books
> Ghost Fiction
> Single Authors Short Stories
> in Short Stories (Books)
Series: n.a.
File size: 127 pages
Release date: 2018-10-05

 

Teaser


“Sheila, what’s wrong? What is it?”

“This ribbon came form the little girl on the beach. She was real. It wasn’t a nightmare. It wasn’t sunstroke. Something bad happened, Mam – I’m scared.”


My Opinion

This book several paranormal short stories in various lengths.

With “Ghosts on the Sand: and other Chilling Tales”, Sandra Thompson has created a remarkable collection of short stories. If you have read “Dead of July” you will recognise Sheila in some of the stories. Each story drew me in, I got very close to the respective protagonist(s). Sandra Thompson skillfully combines the normal and the paranormal, presenting a slight chill as well as great turns in each of the memorable stories. I had a great time reading this collection; these are stories to read more than once.

This is a book for you if you like suspenseful paranormal stories.

Highly recommended!

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV First person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (decent)
Violence 😳  (one blow, several mentions, some detail)
Sexual content :mrgreen:  (mild kissing, mentions without detail)

 

About the author

Sandra was born in Bishop Auckland, County Durham in 1957. The first five years of her life were difficult because of her father who was an angry and abusive man. She would hide behind a chair, terrified as he delivered cruel beatings to her mother. They finally escaped with their lives, taking only the clothes they wore.

Sandra’s mother found work in a beautiful little village called Summerhouse, where they lived frugally, but happily for five years. In 1967 her mother re-married and they moved to North Yorkshire.

Sandra began writing at the young age of twelve and became quite the celebrity at Richmond High School for Girls where she shared her stories with her friends. She was encouraged many times to submit her short stories to magazines, but never did.

In 1977 Sandra married a British Soldier and thoroughly enjoyed the life of an Army Wife. The three years spent in Germany inspired her first novel ‘Dead of July’. Although this is a Ghost Story, it is strongly influenced by the character and humor of those people she met while living and working in Dortmund, Germany.

Sandra now lives in Colorado with her husband, and talented daughter.

Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about “Ghosts on the Sand: and other Chilling Tales”?  Or – if you did not yet read “Ghosts on the Sand: and other Chilling Tales – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


Review:  Dead of July by Sandra Thompson

10 Statements – Sandra Thompson

 

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Pemberley: The Next Generation (Longbourn, #11) by Margaret Lynette Sharp #BookReview @MargaretLynett1

Cover: Pemberley: The Next Generation
(Longbourn, #11)
by Margaret Lynette Sharp

The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Almost one and twenty years have passed since Elizabeth gave birth to her first child – a son, Fitzwilliam Edward Darcy. Since then, another child – a daughter, Juliette Elizabeth – has also entered the world, and has grown into a fine young lady. With her son’s birthday drawing nigh, the Mistress of Pemberley devises a plan to give the younger Fitzwilliam a day to remember.

Genre(s): Fan Fiction
Kindle eBooks
> Classic Short Stories
> Classic British & Irish Fiction
> 45-Minute Literature & Fiction Short Reads
Series: Longbourn, #11
Length: 25 pages
Release date: 2018-03-13

 

Teaser


Elizabeth thought this over for a few moments – her thoughts interrupted by the arrival of Juliette, who kissed her cheek. “I am glad to be home again, Mama,” she said in a half-whisper.

“It’s wonderful to have you here. I am sure your Papa misses you as much as I do,” added Elizabeth.


My Opinion

As this book is a work of fan fiction, it takes you back to the places and characters of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice”.

With “Pemberley: The Next Generation”, Margaret Lynette Sharp has created another nice piece of fan fiction. If you have read Pride and Prejudice” or even watched the remarkable TV mini series (1980), you recognize the world of Elizabeth Darcy, née Bennet. The Longbourn series is centred on Elizabeth, whose warmth and intelligence also made Pride and Prejudice” special. Her husband, Fitzwilliam Darcy, develops nicely – a tendency the readers could assume at the end of Pride and Prejudice”. It is a short read, taking you back to Pemberley to further extend your Pride and Prejudice and/or Longbourn/Pemberley experiences. Lady Catherine de Bourgh is not quite her usual traditional self, as we know her from our previous encounters be it in the book or in the already mentioned mini series. True to the title, there are some nice turns. Margaret Lynette Sharp again took up the hard challenge of writing fan fiction on a classic by Jane Austen, aptly enhancing the story without changing the characters’ ways. If you loved Pride and Prejudice, you will appreciate the additional stories this courageous author has to offer.

“Pemberley: The Next Generation” stays true to its title, it is indeed a lovely – and worthy – continuation of Elizabeth, Darcy, and their story.

This is a book for you if you like Pride and Prejudice”, fan fiction, classic reads, and classic reads’ aptly written fan fiction.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (3 stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Mood Hopeful, nostalgic
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (decent, no swearwords)
Violence :mrgreen:  (none)
Sexual content :mrgreen:  (none)

 

About the author

My name is Margaret Lynette Sharp, and I’m the wife of the creator of the Grand Organ in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House, Ronald Sharp B.E.M. I’m proud to say that I’ve won two literary awards – one each at the 2014 and 2015 Short Story Writing Competition held as part of the Hurstville (in suburban Sydney, Australia) Discovery Festival of Community Arts.
These stories have been published in prizewinners’ anthologies, ‘Write Out Loud’ and ‘The Art of Writing’.

My first venture into Jane Austen fan fiction resulted in the best-selling ‘Longbourn Revisited’.
Next came the well-reviewed title, ‘An Encounter at Longbourn’, followed by ‘A Party at Longbourn’, ‘And from Longbourn, A Wedding Comes,’ and ‘Much Ado at Longbourn’. Recently, these five stories were combined, forming the novel-length ‘From Longbourn, With Love’. To date, I have forty published eBooks, and some of these are also available as paperbacks.

I grew up in an inner city suburb of Sydney, moving to a pleasant, tree-filled outer suburb at the age of ten. Ron and I currently live in this same house, a small Federation brick and tile home.

I’m thankful that we live near a river that has a large, netted swimming baths. I love to swim, and I’ve been a member of the local swimming club for well over thirty years. Our little white rescue dog, Chicki, comes with me and waits patiently while I enjoy the water. Afterwards comes her reward – a walk beside the river, and a chance to play on a little, sandy beach. Who knows what doggy friends she’ll find there…

Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you? What did you think about “Pemberley: The Next Generation”? Or – if you did not yet read “Pemberley: The Next Generation” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

Save

Save

Save