Bespelling Jane: Almost Persuaded / Northanger Castle / Blood and Prejudice / Little to Hex Her
Bespelling Jane Almost Persuaded / Northanger Castle / Blood and Prejudice / Little to Hex Her Author:Susan Krinard, Colleen Gleason, Mary Balogh, Janet Mullany What if Austen had believed in reincarnation and vampires? Join four bestselling romance authors as they channel the wit and wisdom of Jane Austen. — *** ALMOST PERSUADED by Mary Balogh — In this Regency tale of Robert and Jane, New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh brings together former lovers who have seen beyond the veil of forgetfulne... more »ss to their past mistakes, and are determined to be together in this life, and forever.
*** NORTHANGER CASTLE by Colleen Gleason
Caroline's obsession with Gothic novels winds up being good training for a lifetime of destroying the undead with her newfound beau, in this Regency by Colleen Gleason.
*** BLOOD AND PREJUDICE by Susan Krinard
Set in the business world of contemporary New York City, Liz Bennett joins Mr. Darcy in his hunt for a vampire cure in New York Times bestselling author Susan Krinard's version of the classic story.
*** LITTLE TO HEX HER by Janet Mullany
Present-day Washington, D.C., is full of curious creatures in Janet Mullany's story, wherein Emma is a witch with a wizard boyfriend and a paranormal dating service to run.« less
wolfie0516 reviewed Bespelling Jane: Almost Persuaded / Northanger Castle / Blood and Prejudice / Little to Hex Her on
Helpful Score: 1
I gave this book a 3 1/2, but only because I liked the last two stories. The funny thing is that I love the first two authors (Mary Balogh and Colleen Gleason), but I didn't care for their stories. I love Gleason's Gardella series, but I really didn't find much to like in her female lead. She was so silly, melodramatic, and immature that it was really hard for me to see the male lead developing any kind of interest in her, except as a scatter-brained pest. I did enjoy the last two stories by Krinard and Mullany, who I had never read before. For Krinard's story, it helped that I like Pride and Prejudice and the whole Darcy/Lizzy tension and storyline. The plot carried over well for this kind of redoing of the original story. Darcy being a vampire provided a good basis for the whole mystery surrounding him and his background; it also supported how quiet and serious and suspicious his character was. Mullany's story was a cute version of Emma reworked to include the supernatural. She was able to create likeable characters even in the short space of an anthology. Her story was good enough that I want to look up and read more of her books.
To be honest, although the anthology provided somewhat fun reading and was good enough to pass the afternoon, the stories really mean more if you are familiar with the original Jane Austen stories and can picture more of the backgrounds and plots of the stories. If you are not a fan of the original stories, you probably won't get much out of these.
Now I know why I don't like anthologies -- at least this one. I love Mary Balogh, I like the other authors. I just had a hard time pushing myself to finish each story. I gave it (the book) my best try. Boring and who cares what happens to the protagonists in all four selections.
So why do I keep getting anthologies? I'm an optimistic romantic, that's why.
4 stars based on Mary Balogh's story, Almost Persuaded, since that was the only one of the four that I read. Wonderful short about two lovers' repeated reincarnations and how they work towards being together in each lifetime. It was very romantic; very well done and I loved it!