Category Archives: Literary References

My favourite novel

My favourite novel

I thought I’d share some thoughts on why I love Pride and Prejudice so much. It is of course the inspiration for my recently published novel Elizabeth and Darcy: Beginning Again and countless other retellings. In some ways the story of Pride and Prejudice is almost like a fairy tale: a woman of no great… Read the full blog post …

Celebrating the Release of “Captain Stanwick’s Bride: A Tragic Character in Classic Lit Series Novel”

Celebrating the Release of “Captain Stanwick’s Bride: A Tragic Character in Classic Lit Series Novel”

When January 6, 2021, happened many news reporters were saying “This is the first time in history that the U.S. Capitol has been overrun!” Meanwhile, I was screaming at the TV that they were wrong. The British took control of Washington City, the name of the city before it became Washington, D. C., on August… Read the full blog post …

Of Mice and Men (and buggs?)

Of Mice and Men (and buggs?)

Forgive my plagiarism of the title of Mr. Steinbeck’s literary masterpiece but, in my defense, it seemed a decent fit for my January post. A poor reason, but I’ll take it. The subject occurred to me because of Cinnamon Worth’s December post regarding women’s hair styles in Georgian England. This set me to thinking: what… Read the full blog post …

The Marriage of Convenience

The Marriage of Convenience

Mr. Collins, to be sure, was neither sensible nor agreeable; his society was irksome, and his attachment to her must be imaginary. But still he would be her husband. Without thinking highly either of men or matrimony, marriage had always been her object; it was the only provision for well-educated young women of small fortune,… Read the full blog post …

Frances “Fanny” Austen and the Character of Mrs. Croft in Jane Austen’s “Persuasion”

Before discussing Fanny Austen, we must, first, establish the lady’s relationship to the author Jane Austen by mentioning the lady’s husband, Rear Admiral Charles John Austen (23 June 1778 – 7 October 1852), who was the sixth and youngest son of the Reverend George Austen. Like his elder brother, Sir Francis Austen, Charles joined the… Read the full blog post …

My House is Me and I Am It

My House is Me and I Am It

My kids have a great picture book called, “The Big Orange Splot” that I took this title from because it fits so well the intimacy that homes and houses represent in Jane Austen’s books. There’s Lizzy running into Darcy at Pemberley, arguably the best scene in any of the movies! Mr. Knightley walking into Emma’s house… Read the full blog post …