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Book Review: Austen in Austin, Volume One

19Four Texas-Set Novellas Based on Jane Austen’s Novels

Discover four heroines in historical Austin, TX, as they find love–Jane Austen style. Volume 1 includes:

If I Loved You Less by Gina Welborn, based on Emma
A prideful matchmaker examines her own heart when her protégé falls for the wrong suitor.

Romantic Refinements by Anita Mae Draper, based on Sense and Sensibility
A misguided academy graduate spends the summer falling in love . . . twice.

One Word from You by Susanne Dietze, based on Pride and Prejudice
A down-on-her-luck journalist finds the story of her dreams, but her prejudice may cost her true love . . . and her career.

Alarmingly Charming by Debra E. Marvin, based on Northanger Abbey
A timid gothic dime-novel enthusiast tries to solve the mystery of a haunted cemetery and, even more shocking, why two equally charming suitors compete for her attentions.

As a whole, this collection was fun and entertaining. I enjoyed watching the creative minds at work as they shaped new stories, new characters, and a different setting to the classic Austen stories. I love the titles and details that went into the stories. Each of the novellas are set in the same town so you meet some of the same characters again. It was a fun and unique experience to feel like I was visiting a town where ALL of Jane Austen’s characters lived.

If I Loved You Less was the most straight forward retelling of all the novellas. I enjoy a good Emma story and this was a nice start to the collection, although I found it a bit too lustful for my tastes.

Romantic Refinements shook things up a bit by veering from the original story line in an unexpected plot twist. Spending more time on a ranch in Texas brought Merrianne’s story to a whole new setting.

One Word From You was my favorite of the collection and retold the story of Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy. The characters were well developed and worked flawlessly together.

Alarmingly Charming was a creative approach to one of my favorite stories. The story wrapped up a little too simply, but otherwise was a great treat and wonderful addition to the collection.

Rating and Recommendation: I’m giving the entire collection 4 stars. I can recommend Austen in Austin to those that enjoy Christian Historical Fiction but I think those that are familiar with Jane Austen’s work will enjoy it best.

~ I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. 

6 thoughts on “Book Review: Austen in Austin, Volume One”

  1. Thank you for reading and reviewing! Getting reviews can be harder than writing a synopsis! Susanne won an award for that novella in an unpublished contest, so we’re very glad it is out and about for readers’ enjoyment!

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