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The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen Vol. II
by Collins Hemingway

Publication Date: August 8, 2016
eBook & Paperback; 332 Pages
ISBN-13: 978-1535444958



Jane Austen Lived a Quiet, Single Life-Or Did She?

Tradition holds that Jane Austen lived a proper, contemplative, unmarried life. But what if she wed a man as passionate and intelligent as she-and the marriage remained secret for 200 years?

The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen resolves the biggest mystery of Austen’s life-the “lost years” of her twenties-of which historians know virtually nothing.

• Why the enduring rumors of a lost love or tragic affair?

• Why, afterward, did the vivacious Austen prematurely put on “the cap of middle age” and close off any thoughts of finding love?

• Why, after her death, did her beloved sister destroy her letters and journals?

The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen trilogy answers these questions through a riveting love affair based on the history of the times and the details of Austen’s own life.

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Praise for The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen Series

“A skillful portrayal of an early nineteenth-century literary icon takes this historical romance on an imaginative journey of the soul. … The adventure of a true romantic partnership and all the excitement that the nineteenth century had to offer. … [The] novel invites you to linger, to savor, and to enjoy. … Makes for wonderful reading. … A Jane that lives and breathes on the page.”—Claire Foster, Foreword Reviews, 4 stars

“Hemingway captures the energy of the times, while also writing with the irony and sly humor of Austen herself. … A strikingly real Jane Austen fully engaged in the turbulent times. … She is a living, breathing presence. … [He] displays a notable ability to recreate time and place. … A lively, compelling read, [a] sobering but moving conclusion.” —Blueink Starred Review

“An enjoyable novel in an imaginative, well-researched series. … A well-researched work of historical fiction … [with] sweet moments and intriguing historical insights. … An incredibly moving portrait of a woman facing loss and love.” —Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Whether his subject is literature, history, or science, Collins Hemingway has a passion for the art of creative investigation. For him, the most compelling fiction deeply explores the heart and soul of its characters, while also engaging them in the complex and often dangerous world in which they have a stake. He wants to explore all that goes into people’s lives and everything that makes tThe hem complete though fallible human beings. His fiction is shaped by the language of the heart and an abiding regard for courage in the face of adversity.

As a nonfiction book author, Hemingway has worked alongside some of the world’s thought leaders on topics as diverse as corporate culture and ethics; the Internet and mobile technology; the ins and outs of the retail trade; and the cognitive potential of the brain. Best known for the #1 best-selling book on business and technology, Business @ the Speed of Thought, which he coauthored with Bill Gates, he has earned a reputation for tackling challenging subjects with clarity and insight, writing for the nontechnical but intelligent reader.

Hemingway has published shorter nonfiction on topics including computer technology, medicine, and aviation, and he has written award-winning journalism.

Published books include The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen trilogy, Business @ the Speed of Thought, with Bill Gates, Built for Growth, with Arthur Rubinfeld, What Happy Companies Know, with Dan Baker and Cathy Greenberg, Maximum Brainpower, with Shlomo Breznitz, and The Fifth Wave, with Robert Marcus.

Hemingway lives in Bend, Oregon, with his wife, Wendy. Together they have three adult sons and three granddaughters. He supports the Oregon Community Foundation and other civic organizations engaged in conservation and social services in Central Oregon.

For more information please visit Collins Hemingway’s website and blog. You can also find him on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Goodreads.

Coffee and Ink’s Review

Jane Austen isn’t my usual go-to author at all, and I somehow never managed to read her in college. I’m far more a fan of the Brontes, of wild moors and dark regrets. That being said, I’ve also never read any fan fiction or erotic fan fiction or AU of Jane Austen’s life or writing, either—not a fan of zombies. I did enjoy the movie “Becoming Jane.” Oh, dear. I seem to have fallen down the rabbit hole of Jane Austen-ism…I also loved the movie “Death Come to Pemberly” from the novel by the late PD James.

Collins Hemingway has written a very satisfying three-volume series, I think. Even if you’re like me and haven’t read much or any of Jane Austen’s books, they are still very satisfying stories. I say this because I had my doubts, not about the novels themselves, but my capacity to enjoy them. Jane Austen obviously had a rich inner life that likely kept her from going mad at times. Collins Hemingway captures this richness with his luminous prose. His attention to detail, as sublime as Jane’s own writing, in bringing Jane to life and what might have happened during the missing years held me in utter fascination. I can’t decide if it’s the excellent writing or the story itself that kept me reading—both, I imagine.

The second volume surpasses the first, in my opinion, and I loved the first book. I am a sucker for epistolary storytelling, though the first book is not solely written in letters.  The second book has Jane adjusting to married life, waiting for the moment she’ll find time to write again. Slavery and abolition are strong elements of the plot, well researched and sounding quite in step with the era, as is Jane’s pregnancy.

From the reviews, I see many an English major has been pleased with Mr. Hemingway’s interpretations and extrapolations of Jane’s life. He might have inspired me to go and read her! But first, Volume III…:D

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Review at Library of Clean Reads

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Review at History From a Woman’s Perspective

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Review at Jorie Loves a Story

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Review at Amy’s Booket List

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Review at Maiden of the Pages

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Interview at Myths, Legends, Books & Coffee Pots


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The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen Vol II


Book Blast: #FortressoftheSun by EM Thomas

Fortress of the Sun
by E.M. Thomas

Publication Date: December 26, 2018
Paperback & eBook; 300 Pages
Rokhish Press

Genre: Historical/Greek & Roman



Read an Excerpt.

It’s 243 B.C. and Greece is ready for a revolution.

Eighty years have passed since the death of Alexander the Great, the man who first cowed free Hellas into submission. His successors to the Macedonian throne have only tightened their grip in the interim, the present king no exception. Spartan rebellions, opportunistic usurpers, foreign invaders – for nearly five decades, King Antigonus has seen them all and crushed them all. He now stands alone astride Greece; he fears no one.

Aratus of Sicyon plans to change that. With a passion for freedom and hatred for the King that stem from the same childhood tragedy, he takes aim at Macedon when no one else would dare; takes aim at its crown jewel in the south, the linchpin of its control, the very symbol of its domination – Corinth. Hopelessly outfunded, outmanned, and outarmed, he embarks on one of the most audacious and stunning attacks in ancient history, one that would change Greece forever.

Available on Amazon

About the Author

E.M. Thomas is an author of two novels – an epic fantasy (The Bulls of War) and a historical fiction set in Ancient Greece (Fortress of the Sun).

E.M. was born and raised on the East Coast of the United States but is a world traveler at heart. He caught the writing bug early on and has a passion for all good fiction, but especially that of the fantasy and historical variety. One of his favorite moments thus far in his young career was writing a chapter of his latest book about the great battle of Corinth – while sitting amidst the ruins of ancient Corinth.

For all news and updates related to E.M. Thomas, visit www.emthomas.com. You can also connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

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Just One More Chapter

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What Is That Book About

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WWW Wednesday at coffee and ink #20

Sam at Taking on a World of Words is the host of WWW Wednesday.  To participate, all you have to do is answer the three W questions and post in the comments section at Sam’s blog:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

Finally getting back to this one:


The review will post on January 15th.

What did you recently finish reading?


Very good and compelling, excellent writing pulling me right in…:D Review on January 14.



Reviewed on January 6 and January 7 for NetGalley.

What do you think you will read next?

One of my Christmas books:


and another for reviewing…









#SmokeAndAshes #NetGalley



Abir Mukerjee

Pegasus Books

March 5, 2019

NetGalley Description:

“India, 1921. Haunted by his memories of World War I, Captain Sam Wyndham is battling a serious addiction to opium that he must keep secret from his superiors in the Calcutta police force. When Sam is summoned to investigate a grisly murder, he is stunned at the sight of the body: he’s seen this before. Last night, in a drug addled haze, he stumbled across a corpse with the same ritualistic injuries. It seems like there’s a deranged killer on the loose. Unfortunately for Sam, the corpse was in an opium den—and revealing his presence there could cost him his career. With the aid of his quick-witted Indian Sergeant, Surrender-Not Banerjee, Sam must try to solve the two murders, all the while keeping his personal demons secret, before somebody else turns up dead.”


This is the third in the series set in 1920s India, but the novel easily stands alone. I will read the first two books, that’s for sure! Well-written and intricately plotted against the backdrop of Calcutta, this was a very interesting read.

Sam Wyndham, veteran of WWI, is a police detective in the days of the British Raj, but a change is coming. During a raid on an opium den (Sam is not part of the raid, but a partaker) Sam discovers a dead man with odd injuries. Two more seemingly unrelated bodies turn up with the same ritualistic markings and Sam and his partner Surrender-Not struggle to put the pieces together. Meanwhile, Ghandi has inspired his people to peaceful protests against British rule, namely Surrender-Not’s uncle and aunt, who have become leaders in the resistance. The past and present, the social turmoil of the age, begin to play a part in the investigation and for me, this was when the story really got fascinating and hard to put down. Sam is a great character, fighting his memories as a soldier, his subsequent addiction to opium, and against the rules that sometimes bind him as a police detective. Far from perfect, but determined.

Thank you NetGalley and Pegasus Books!


#TheUnquietHeart #NetGalley



Kaite Welsh

May 7, 2019

Pegasus Books


NetGalley Description:

“Edinburgh, 1893. Sarah Gilchrist has no intention of marrying her dull fiancé Miles, the man her family hope will restore her reputation and put an end to her dreams of becoming a doctor, but when he is arrested for a murder she is sure he didn’t commit, she finds herself his reluctant ally. Beneath the genteel façade of upper class Edinburgh lurks blackmail, adultery, poison, and madness, and Sarah must return to Edinburgh’s slums, back alleys, and asylums as she discovers the dark past about a family where no one is what they seem, even Miles himself.  It also brings her back into the orbit of her mercurial professor, Gregory Merchiston—he sees Sarah as his protege, but can he stave off his demons long enough to teach her the skills that will save her life? ”


Wow, blown away! I loved this book and would give it 10 stars if I could, and I can’t wait to read the first one—The Wages of Sin. The strong voice of Sarah Gilchrist kept me glued to the page. By the time I got through the backstory of the first novel, I was hooked.

Having survived rape, commitment to a madhouse, betrayal by a trusted mentor, Sarah is determined to move on with her plan to continue her studies at the University of Edinburgh to become a doctor of forensics. The women in this program are chaperoned at all times, held to different standards, and pretty much treated with contempt for daring to enter the male-dominated world of academics. Ugh, suffocating!

The only other bright-ish light in her world appears to be Gregory Merchiston, one of her professors. Brilliant and broken, he’s the only person in her life who sees her for herself, not some hysterical, subversive, unnatural woman fascinated by anatomy and poison.

Her mother’s schemes have trapped Sarah in an arranged marriage with Miles Greene. When the Greene’s maid, and then Miles’s father, die, Miles is accused and arrested. Lovely, complicated conflicts. Sarah likes Miles, though she doesn’t want to marry him, so the arrest is a bit of a relief. But she can’t stand by and let him be accused of and hanged for, a murder he didn’t commit.

Okay, I did guess who-dunnit, but how it all played out is what interested me!

Thank you NetGalley and Pegasus Books!





Thursday Review: #TheLostGirlsofParis #NetGalley


lost girls

Author: Pam Denoff

Publisher: Harlequin

Publication date: January 29, 2019

NetGalley Description:

“From the author of the runaway bestseller The Orphan’s Tale comes a remarkable story of friendship and courage centered around three women and a ring of female secret agents during World War II.

1946, Manhattan

One morning while passing through Grand Central Terminal on her way to work, Grace Healey finds an abandoned suitcase tucked beneath a bench. Unable to resist her own curiosity, Grace opens the suitcase, where she discovers a dozen photographs—each of a different woman. In a moment of impulse, Grace takes the photographs and quickly leaves the station.

Grace soon learns that the suitcase belonged to a woman named Eleanor Trigg, leader of a network of female secret agents who were deployed out of London during the war. Twelve of these women were sent to Occupied Europe as couriers and radio operators to aid the resistance, but they never returned home, their fates a mystery. Setting out to learn the truth behind the women in the photographs, Grace finds herself drawn to a young mother turned agent named Marie, whose daring mission overseas reveals a remarkable story of friendship, valor and betrayal.

Vividly rendered and inspired by true events, New York Times bestselling author Pam Jenoff shines a light on the incredible heroics of the brave women of the war and weaves a mesmerizing tale of courage, sisterhood and the great strength of women to survive in the hardest of circumstances.”

My Review:

I liked the story, but the writing had me grinding my teeth a bit. Dramatic moments were cut off at the knees by sometimes anemic writing, and I wanted to love it, though I did enjoy the read otherwise.

The novel is told from multiple viewpoints at different points in time. Grace lives in New York City in 1946 and works for a man who helps out the displaced people coming over from post-war Europe. She enters the stories of Marie and Eleanor Trigg by finding Eleanor’s abandoned suitcase in Grand Central Station. A packet of photographs tickles her curiosity, and on a whim, she takes them.

The parallel storyline tells us what happened to the women in the photographs. Hand picked by Eleanor to become radio operators working from within Nazi-occupied France, Marie is one of the women we follow. I found her character flat and storyline somewhat unbelievable. Eventually, they are betrayed, and the operation is shut down.  No one knows what happened to the twelve women and both Eleanor, and eventually Grace, are determined to find out what became of the lost girls.

A compelling read because of the subject matter, but with some deep flaws, in my opinion.

Thank you NetGalley and Harlequin!



WWW Wednesday at coffee and ink #19

Sam at Taking on a World of Words is the host of WWW Wednesday.  To participate, all you have to do is answer the three W questions and post in the comments section at Sam’s blog:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

I don’t usually listen to audio books unless I’m focused on something like cleaning the house. Sometimes the noise in my head drowns out the narration and listening gets frustrating. I started listening to The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher and love it. I did get a little upset and teary that she herself was reading, but got past that. She’s on my list of “read more of” since I read Postcards from the Edge a long time ago, but…the road to hell and all. Well, the house is going to be really clean! 😀


What did you recently finish reading? 

So I do this thing starting around Christmas, where I hunt back in my Kindle for some comfort re-reads. Sue Brockmann’s “Troubleshooters” series and Andrea Speed’s “Infected” series are Christmas to New Year’s past re-reads.

This year I went with a re-read (the 5th, 6th?) of Josh Lanyon’s Adrien English series. Yes, that’s Adrien with an E.


Good Reads description:

“One sunny morning Los Angeles bookseller and aspiring mystery author Adrien English opens his front door to murder. His old high school buddy (and employee) has been found stabbed to death in a back alley following a loud and very public argument with Adrien the previous evening.

Naturally the cops want to ask Adrien a few questions; they are none too impressed with his answers, and when a few hours later someone breaks into Adrien’s shop and ransacks it, the law is inclined to think Adrien is trying to divert suspicion from himself.
Adrien knows better. Adrien knows he is next on the killer’s list.”

In order:

  1. Fatal Shadows
  2. A Dangerous Thing
  3. Death of A Pirate King
  4. The Dark Tide

The other seasonal re-read is KJ Charles Magpie Lord series. Why I find murder both mundane and paranormal a “comfort” I have no idea, but it’s Romance and at least I know there will be a happy ending, lol.


Good Reads:

“A lord in danger. A magician in turmoil. A snowball in hell.

Exiled to China for twenty years, Lucien Vaudrey never planned to return to England. But with the mysterious deaths of his father and brother, it seems the new Lord Crane has inherited an earldom. He’s also inherited his family’s enemies. He needs magical assistance, fast. He doesn’t expect it to turn up angry.

Magician Stephen Day has good reason to hate Crane’s family. Unfortunately, it’s his job to deal with supernatural threats. Besides, the earl is unlike any aristocrat he’s ever met, with the tattoos, the attitude… and the way Crane seems determined to get him into bed. That’s definitely unusual.

Soon Stephen is falling hard for the worst possible man, at the worst possible time. But Crane’s dangerous appeal isn’t the only thing rendering Stephen powerless. Evil pervades the house, a web of plots is closing round Crane, and if Stephen can’t find a way through it—they’re both going to die.”

  1. A Charm of Magpies
  2. A Case of Possession
  3. Flight of Magpies

What do you think you’ll read next?

These are review books coming up in January, and I’ve started two of them…



Very good and compelling, excellent writing for both pulling me right in…:D