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Northpointe Chalet

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  • Posted February 5, 2009

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    I, along with many other ladies, have an intense attraction to the insurmountable works of Jane Austen. Ms. Elizabeth Aston's works are also as delightful as Ms. Austen's novels in their sense of intrigue, suspense, and romance. When I first heard of Ms. Smith's series, I briefly mentioned that they sounded interesting. Lo and behold, for Noel, a scrumptuously wrapped box addressed to me was opened to reveal the Austen Series. Feverishly, I began reading. As much as I did enjoy Northpointe Chalet, I began to notice one little thing that slowly became my personal irritent throughout the novel. Ms. Smith's characters have an uncanny ability to attract every sort of stain known to mankind! To quote from another book in the Austen Series, Reason and Romance, 'She liked everything about Ted Farris. Everything, right down to the ketchup streaking his T-shirt' Even from Northpointe Chalet is there such proof of food steaking people's clothing. 'Aside from the cream cheese's dark streak on her blouse, her clothing was rumpled and showed signs of wear along the seams.' Why are these characters so sloppy? Especially in Christian fiction, should not the characters present their bodies, their temples of God, in a more dignified manner? Jane Austen would have never referenced such intimate details, I think. I am sorry to be so terribly judgmental, but that is just how things appear to me. Surprisingly, I did think it was a very exceptional book. I greatly admire Ms. Smith's ability to seep sweet drops of suspense into her insightful chapters. I myself first read Northanger Abbey before I ever embarked on such special treats as Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion. I highly recommend both Northanger Abbey and Northpointe Chalet for all romantics with a soft spot for a slight hint of mystery that they can delightfully drown themselves into.

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  • Posted October 15, 2008

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    A Very Charming Modern Take on Northanger Abbey!

    I read it all in one night as my red eyes the following morning can attest. Out of the three books form the DWS Austen series I've read (First Impressions & Possibilities being the other two), this one was my favorite. The characters are charming, and I appreciate the strong Christian theme. Ben (modern Henry Tilney) also seems to have more personality than his 19th century counterpart, perhaps due to being able to see things from his perspective and his being given a bigger role. I especially enjoyed their first meeting! I definately recommend this to any Austen fan or any fan of romantic fiction. And if you haven't read the original Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen - I recommend ALL her books!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2008

    The Best Austen-Based Book I've EVER Read - short of Jane Austen herself, obviously.

    Big Austen fan? Want more after reading JA's seven novels? This is a fantastic read! I've tried the popular Elizabeth Aston's Mr. Darcy's Daughters and I wanted to puke. Don't bother reading Aston - she'll never be Austen. Now Debra White Smith really knows what she's doing. You will really enjoy this book. While she makes it her own, she also stays true to the Austen spirit which I definately couldn't find in other Austen-inspired books. This one totally kicks butt - so give it a try. The romance is sweet and beautiful!

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