A Preview of Julian Fellowes’ new Period Drama, The Gilded Age on HBO

From the desk of Laurel Ann Nattress:

It’s time to brush up on your etiquette period drama fans. The Gilded Age premiers on Monday January 24th on HBO. We shall soon be immersed in the 1880s New York social whirl of Mrs. Astor’s elite, “Four Hundred,” along with some of those social climbing upstarts, the nouveau riche. Gasp!  

Period drama fans have been on high alert since the announcement of The Gilded Age in 2018. It started out in production at NBC and then moved to HBO. It’s been a long wait with many starts and stops. The Continue reading “A Preview of Julian Fellowes’ new Period Drama, The Gilded Age on HBO”

Matchless Margaret: The Hapgoods of Bramleigh (Book 4), by Christina Dudley — A Review  

From the desk of Katie Patchell:  

Who has seen the 1999 Wives and Daughters miniseries, adapted from Elizabeth Gaskell’s Victorian classic? It’s a powerful study of 19th-century life in a small English village, played by a phenomenal cast. Because of the miniseries, I recently devoured the 720-page volume and subsequently forced a family member to read it (which was a heroic accomplishment, because this specific family member has “Large Book Phobia”). Who can forget Squire Hamley, the character who acts like a character? To him, the Hamleys of Hamley Hall have a long history of honor to uphold…but they never quite live up to his Continue reading “Matchless Margaret: The Hapgoods of Bramleigh (Book 4), by Christina Dudley — A Review  “

Parting the Veil: A Novel, by Paulette Kennedy—A Review

From the desk of Laurel Ann Nattress:

I admit to being more than a bit of a Catherine Morland when it comes to historical suspense novels. While Austen’s gothic fiction addicted heroine in Northanger Abbey reads The Mysteries of Udolpho she is compelled to discover what lies behind the mysterious black veil. I got that same rush of adrenaline when I opened the first page of Parting the Veil, a debut novel by Paulette Kennedy. What secrets will the story reveal? What happens when the veil is parted?

Two Sisters in Search of a Fresh Start Continue reading “Parting the Veil: A Novel, by Paulette Kennedy—A Review”

The Siren of Sussex: Belles of London (Book 1), by Mimi Matthews — A Review

From the desk of Sophia Rose:  

Already a fan of the writing style and careful historical research that is given to romances rich in well-developed characters and plots, I was salivating for this new Belles of London series. Mimi Matthews’ stories are only a recent find for me, but each has presented something fresh and exciting. I hadn’t gotten far into this first in series release to see The Siren of Sussex, an equestrian lover’s dream romance, would be no exception.

A Bluestocking on a Mission Continue reading “The Siren of Sussex: Belles of London (Book 1), by Mimi Matthews — A Review”

12 Highly Anticipated Historical Novels to Ring in the New Year

From the desk of Laurel Ann Nattress: 

Happy news for historical book lovers. The selection of new novels available in the next two months is so exciting. From forgotten events in history, to deep dives into the social machinations of Gilded Age New York, to feisty heroines and swoon-worthy heroes, the selection is deep and broad and satisfying for those who enjoy being emersed in another era.

Here is my curated list of my favorites to entice you.

Best, Laurel Ann Continue reading “12 Highly Anticipated Historical Novels to Ring in the New Year”

Mischief, Mayhem, and Marriage: Supposed Scandal Series (Book 2), by Rebecca Connolly — A Review

From the desk of Katie Jackson:

Dear Historical Romance Readers,

Are you ready for a heartwarming love story? One that begins with a forced-marriage scenario, involves an apparently incompatible couple whose relationship expands in beautiful ways, and provokes emotions that will stay with you long after you’ve closed the book? You are in for a treat! Mischief, Mayhem, and Marriage—the latest sweet Regency tale from talented wordsmith Rebecca Connolly—has it all. Not only Continue reading “Mischief, Mayhem, and Marriage: Supposed Scandal Series (Book 2), by Rebecca Connolly — A Review”

Austenprose’s Best Austenesque & Historical Novels of 2021

From the desk of Laurel Ann Nattress: 

Happy New Year’s Eve dear readers!

2021 proved to be a fabulous year in the historical book arena. From creative Austenesque variations, to Regency romances upending tropes, to reimagined gender-switched classics, to compelling historical fiction and mystery, we have been duly entertained and enchanted. A big thank you goes out to all of the authors and their publishers for keeping us supplied with so many stories to binge during these challenging times. Continue reading “Austenprose’s Best Austenesque & Historical Novels of 2021”

Venetia (The Folio Society Edition), by Georgette Heyer — A Review

From the desk of Laurel Ann Nattress:

I will state unequivocally that Venetia is my favorite novel by author Georgette Heyer (1902-1974). That is quite an accolade considering the depth of her oeuvre including 26 Regency, 8 Georgian, 6 historical fiction, 4 contemporary, and 12 detective fiction novels. That’s 56 in total, and in my book, Venetia tops them all.

Ergo, it was no surprise to me that The Folio Society selected Venetia as their first Georgette Heyer book to trot out and showcase with their exquisite selection of beautifully bound and illustrated collector’s Continue reading “Venetia (The Folio Society Edition), by Georgette Heyer — A Review”

A Preview & Exclusive Excerpt of Austens of Broadford: The Midwife Chronicles (Book 3) by Carole Penfield

From the desk of Laurel Ann Nattress:

Merry Christmas Eve to one and all. Are you ready for the big day?

Can you image how the Christmas holiday season was celebrated in England in the early 1700s? Featured today is an exclusive excerpt from Austens of Broadford, by Carole Penfield, sharing a New Year’s Day dinner party and gift-exchange typical with English families during this time.

The new novel fictionalizes the life of Jane Austen’s great grandmother Elizabeth Weller Austen who lived in Horsmonden, Kent. The Austens of Broadford is the third stand-alone novel in The Midwife Chronicles series and was Continue reading “A Preview & Exclusive Excerpt of Austens of Broadford: The Midwife Chronicles (Book 3) by Carole Penfield”

A Mistletoe Mismatch: A Christmas Match (Book 4), by Sally Britton — A Review

From the desk of Katie Jackson:

The thought of love at Christmastime is enough to warm the heart, but when it is set in the midst of pleasant Regency-era traditions, snowy sleigh rides, and cheerful firesides, it’s certain to appeal to the hopeless romantic in us all. It is just such an inviting scene that awaits readers in prolific Regency author Sally Britton’s A Mistletoe Mismatch, book four of five in the new A Christmas Match series, which provides a standalone holiday tale from each of several popular historical romance authors. Continue reading “A Mistletoe Mismatch: A Christmas Match (Book 4), by Sally Britton — A Review”

A Preview & Exclusive Excerpt of Woodston: A Sequel to Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey, by Kate Westwood

From the desk of Laurel Ann Nattress: 

Happy Friday, dear readers. There was a time when I could count the number of Northanger Abbey sequels on one hand. Admitting that may date me and my Austenesque reading terribly, however, it is true. Only in the last few years has there been an uptick of new books inspired by Jane Austen’s Gothic parody published in 1817. Since Northanger and its charming characters is one of my favorites of Austen’s novels, I jumped at the chance to feature Woodston, by Kate Westwood. Continue reading “A Preview & Exclusive Excerpt of Woodston: A Sequel to Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey, by Kate Westwood”

Jane Austen’s Lost Letters: Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery (Book 14), by Jane K. Cleland — A Review

From the desk of Sophia Rose:

Outside of a long-lost manuscript, the discovery of an unknown Jane Austen letter is enough to set every Jane Austen fan into a tizzy. Hence, I was primed with excitement when I spotted this latest Jane K. Cleland title in her popular Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery series. Not having read the previous series installments, I was a tad wary of starting with this one, but Jane Austen’s Lost Letters turned out to be a cozy, entertaining installment that stood alone just fine. Continue reading “Jane Austen’s Lost Letters: Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery (Book 14), by Jane K. Cleland — A Review”

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