Friday, December 18, 2015

The Colonel's Timely Bride - A Pride & Prejudice Variation Novella

Will Colonel Fitzwilliam finally find happiness?

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Title:  The Colonel's Timely Bride
Author:  Dana R. Lynn
Publisher:  Clean Reads
Release Date:  November 2, 2015

   

ABOUT THE BOOK
She’s a modern woman with a mind of her own. He’s a colonel in His Majesty’s Army and the son of an earl. Do they have a chance to make a timeless love match? 

The last thing Mckenzie James expected when she visited England for her grandmother’s funeral was to find a time portal. Now, stuck two hundred years in the past, she must rely on her new friend, Miss Georgiana Darcy, to help her transform into a proper regency lady. All is going well until she meets Georgiana’s dashing cousin, Colonel Fitzwilliam. Suddenly, hiding her identity isn’t her only problem…she must protect her heart, too! 

Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam wants what his cousin Darcy has- a love match. Unfortunately, society demands he marry a wealthy woman from a noble family. His duty has always been a bittersweet one, but now it is almost more than he can bear, for he is losing his heart to the mysterious Miss James. 

How can such a match work? Will his family- or her secret- be the wedge that divides them…forever? 
 

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MY THOUGHTS

A Pride & Prejudice variation.  What do you think about that when you hear those words? Do you dismiss them and refuse to read about Mr. Darcy, Elizabeth, Mr. Bingley and Jane in other scenarios not written by Jane Austen herself? Or do you immerse yourself with all the "variations" you can get to read more about your beloved characters? For myself, I don't mind adaptations of other characters, but I get a little "defensive" and maybe a tad bit critical when it comes to my beloved Mr. Darcy and Miss Elizabeth Bennett.  I'm one of those fans that have read the original Pride & Prejudice at least once a year and watched their film adaptations as well.  With that said, Colonel Fitzwilliam is one of those characters in the original that's open to imagination.  So when I came across Dana Lynn's The Colonel's Timely Bride, my curiosity got the best of me. I had to find out what happens to our good Colonel Fitzwilliam, right? 

It was a fun ride. It was sweet and enjoyable as any novella can be. Top it off with appearances of my favorite characters in my favorite novel of all time, just perfect.  It's a mash of modern thoughts with the elegance and romanticism of Regency England. The language and portrayal of each character's personality is spot on and for a long time, gave me a glimpse of what life would be if we traveled back to the times of Pride & Prejudice ourselves.  The thought occurred to me when I was younger, reading and falling in love with P&P. Now reading it about Kensie and Colonel Fitzwilliam brought it all back. A delightful story, reminiscent of Jane Austen's style in her books, as well as an element of fantasy that brings any P&P fan a timely and pleasing outcome for our favorite Colonel and cousin. 

NOTE:  I received a complimentary digital copy of this novella in exchange for my honest review.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dana grew up in Illinois, but now resides in rural Pennsylvania with her husband, three children, and enough animals to start her own petting zoo. She is an interpreter for the Deaf and hard of hearing during the day, and an author by night. An avid Jane Austen fan, she has always loved Pride and Prejudice variation stories. It was only natural that her first book, An Inconvenient Courtship, was a Pride and Prejudice variation novella (October, 2014) Her next variation novella, The Colonel's Timely Bride, was released in November, 2015. Dana enjoys a variety of romance genres, particularly inspirational. In spring of 2015, she released Presumed Guilty (Love Inspired Suspense). Her fans can look forward to the next suspense story in February, 2016. Interrupted Lullaby is the second story set in the fictional town of LaMar Pond, Pennsylvania. Her friends know to beware...anything they say may someday show up in a story.

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