Filling In The Gaps
A Very Austen Valentine is a delightful collection of six tales that are woven around Jane Austen’s Pride And Prejudice and Persuasion. Tales one and six have the characters from Persuasion. Tales one to five are based around Pride And Prejudice. Pride And Prejudice is my all time favourite novel so I am very familiar with the storyline. All the tales were warm and wonderful, and it felt like I was catching up with old friends. Did I have a favourite story? Absolutely. See if you have a favourite too as you take a trip down the years with some familiar faces.
I Dream Of You by Robin Helm continues where Pride And Prejudice ended. The focus is on Elizabeth and Mr Darcy now they are married. There were some delightful verbal volleys between the two in this charming tale.
Sir Walter Takes A Wife by Laura Hile is a really light hearted match making tale that has perfectly captured Lady Catherine de Bourgh and Mr Collins. An amusing and fun read.
My Forever Valentine by Wendi Sotis is a delightful tale and written in a very similar style to Jane Austen. The tale expands on the detail from a visit by Elizabeth to Mr Collins and Charlotte’s home. There are actual quotes from Pride And Prejudice. The tension and attraction of Elizabeth and Mr Darcy for each other clearly comes across. A wonderful tale.
Pretence And Prejudice by Barbara Cornthwaite is delightfully amusing and set in the period just before Pride And Prejudice opens. Misunderstandings and attraction are the order of the day. Mr Darcy portrayed here is far warmer than in the actual novel. He and Elizabeth bounce off each other verbally.
My Valentine by Mandy Cook is set in 1827 and the 1840’s covering the childhood and young adulthood of the offspring of Mr Darcy and Elizabeth. Warm and welcoming, the reader glimpses what might have been.
The Lovers’ Ruse by Susan Kaye is a delightful tale with some of the characters from Persuasion. I am not familiar with the original novel but this is a charming tale following the course of true love.
I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.
About the Book
Book: A Very Austen Valentine
Author: Robin Helm
Genre: Historical Romance (Regency), Religious and Inspirational
Release Date: December 29, 2018
Six beloved authors deliver romantic Valentine novellas set in Jane Austen’s Regency world. Robin Helm, Laura Hile, Wendi Sotis, and Barbara Cornthwaite, together with Susan Kaye and Mandy Cook, share variations of Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, and Sense and Sensibility, featuring your favorite characters in sequels, adaptations, and spinoffs of Austen’s adored novels.
Experience uplifting romance, laugh-out-loud humor, and poignant regret as these authors deftly tug on your heartstrings this Valentine’s Day.
I Dream of You by Robin Helm
Newly-married Elizabeth Darcy has a plan: to charm her too-busy husband into desiring her company as much as he did when he was courting her. A series of romantic dreams gives her just the push she needs to put that plan into action.
Sir Walter Takes a Wife by Laura Hile
Faced with a lonely future and finding himself strapped for cash, Persuasion’s Sir Walter Elliot manfully decides to marry again. But his careful plans go sadly awry! A lighthearted Valentine mash-up featuring two of Jane Austen’s worst snobs.
My Forever Valentine by Wendi Sotis
Jane and Charles Bingley have married, even though Miss Elizabeth Bennet remains certain Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy gave his best effort to keep them apart. After Mr. Darcy refused to stand up with Bingley and did not attend the wedding, she despises the gentleman more than ever and finds his company intolerable. How will she endure her visit to Kent if Mr. Darcy turns up everywhere she goes?
Pretence and Prejudice by Barbara Cornthwaite
A chance encounter with a handsome stranger forces Elizabeth to resort to subterfuge in order to discover his true intentions.
My Valentine by Mandy H. Cook
Little Charlotte was always determined and independent, traits which served her well as she battled a serious childhood illness and later as she took on Polite Society. Will those traits now deprive her of true love? Or would her lifelong Valentine win her heart?
The Lovers’ Ruse by Susan Kaye
In this Persuasion alteration, Anne is so altered by Wentworth’s love in the summer of 1806, she refuses to give him up when both her godmother and father try to persuade her. “The Lovers’ Ruse”follows Frederick and Anne through their whirlwind courtship and their secret engagement. When Wentworth returns for his Annie girl, the cat comes out of the bag.
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About the Author
Robin Helm’s books reflect her love of music, as well as her fascination with the paranormal and science fiction.
Previously published works include The Guardian Trilogy: Guardian, SoulFire, and Legacy (a guardian angel protects a supernaturally gifted girl), the Yours by Design series: Accidentally Yours, Sincerely Yours, and Forever Yours (Fitzwilliam Darcy switches places in time with his descendant, Will Darcy), and Understanding Elizabeth (Regency sweet romance).
She contributed to A Very Austen Christmas: Austen Anthologies, Book 1, an anthology featuring like-minded authors, in 2017, and A Very Austen Valentine: Austen Anthologies, Book 2 which was released on December 29, 2018.
New releases for 2019 include More to Love, a standalone historical sweet romance dealing with body image; Lawfully Innocent, a historical U.S. Marshal romance book in the Lawkeepers series; Maestro, a historical sweet romance featuring a brilliant musician and his student; and A Very Austen Romance: Austen Anthologies, Book 3.
She lives in sunny South Carolina where she teaches piano and adores her one husband, two married daughters, and three grandchildren.
More from Robin
Do you love Historical romance, but avoid “those” covers like the plague?
Would you enjoy an anthology featuring six Valentine-themed novellas set in the Regency period written by Christian authors?
In A Very Austen Valentine, stories range from a young wife searching for a way to bring her marriage back to the way it was, to a laugh-out-loud courtship between Jane Austen’s worst snobs.
Misunderstandings, concealed identities, and romance abound.
There is even a sequel featuring the children of the Darcys and the Brandons.
Every reader will find something to love in this wonderful collection.
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To celebrate her tour, Robin is giving away
Grand Prize: a $50 Amazon gift card
1st Place: An autographed paperback of A Very Austen Valentine: Austen Anthologies, Book 1
2nd Place: An autographed paperback of A Very Austen Christmas: Austen Anthologies, Book 2
3rd Place: A set of three ebooks – Reader’s Choice of any three of my books and
4th Place: a $5 Amazon gift card!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/ddfa/a-very-austen-valentine-celebration-tour-giveaway
Thank you so much for hosting us, Julia. Your reviews were wonderful!
Julia, thank you for featuring our book. It’s heartwarming to know that there are readers who enjoy funny, romantic, happily-ever-after stories as much as we do. Even so, this is a busy world, and it takes time to read and review. We very much appreciate your work on our behalf.
Thank you so much for hosting us, Julia!
Would enjoy reading these regency period romances.
Hi, Vivian! So glad you stopped by.
If you like Regency romance, you’ll like this anthology.
Good luck in the giveaway!
This book sounds like an awesome read.
Thanks for the kind encouragement — and also for entering the giveaway. Good luck!
This collection sounds like a must read! Thank you for sharing.
Thanks for your interest in our book. It’s delightfully escapist, the kind of thing we enjoy reading. Good luck in the giveaway.
Sounds like a great collection of stories. Thanks for the giveaway!
Sounds like an awesome collection by great authors.
I enjoy stories by all these authors. Thank you for the generous give away.