Austen in Austin, Volume 1

Austen in Austin, Volume 1

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781939023773
Publisher: WhiteFire Publishing
Publication date: 01/15/2016
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.72(d)

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Austen in Austin, Volume 1 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
lsnlj More than 1 year ago
To first make a confession, I have not read any of Jane Austins books (hard to believe, I know). So I was thrilled to be able to read these stories. I loved each story, They all come from stories by Jane Austin and are full of sparks, Romance and more. If I loved you Less by Gina Welborn (based on Emma) – I fell in love with both Emmeline and Noah. I love their friendship, the way the think they are completely honest with each other and the sparks that fly between them. Refinements by Anita Mae Draper (based on Sense and Sensibility)– Marion has a lost to learn about herself and men in general. I enjoyed watching try to figure of which man is truly a gentleman. One Word from you by Susanne Dietze (based on Pride and Prejudice)- Eliza finds herself in an uncomfortable situation. Apparently she must marry for money. However, that is not what she wants. Will wants anything but a fortune hunter. Their sparks are great. They have lots of misunderstanding, pride and prejudices to overcome. Alarmingly Charming by Debra E Marvin (based on Northanger Abbey)– Kathryn is not used to any man paying attention to her. So when there are two suiters she is not sure what to do. Are they both genuine?
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
Jane Austen fans will adore this collection (I will be reviewing the 2nd volume later this week). Each story had it’s own plot but there were characters that connected each as well. All are well-written and it don’t know if I could really pick a favorite. If I had to pick one it would probably be Refinement. But as I said, I enjoyed all of them and think anyone who lost Austen or historical romance will thoroughly enjoys this collection. A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own.
SBMC More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful collection of Austen-esque stories set in 1880s Austin, Texas! This collection of novellas is somewhat unique in that each novella progresses in timeline and involves the characters from previous novellas to tie the four stories together. Such fun! I have only read Susanne Dietze’s books before so the other three authors were new to me. All four novellas are well-written, feature multi-dimensional characters worthy of the reader’s sympathy and affection, have great plots (though, of course, the ending is somewhat obvious since this collection is devoted to Jane Austen’s novels), and carry messages of faith, hope, and forgiveness. The first novella by Gina Welborn (If I Loved You Less) pairs up childhood friends Emmaline, a rich hotel heiress, and Noah, a banker, in the style of Emma. Emmaline is strong, stubborn, and proud and needs to learn humility and the fact that she’s not always correct. Noah, though ignorant of his heart’s leanings toward his friend Emmaline until almost too late, is a patient hero. The second novella by Anita Mae Draper (Romantic Refinements) pairs up Brandon, an injured and soulful Texas Ranger now turned ranch foreman, and Marion, a rancher’s daughter, in the style of Sense and Sensibility. Brandon is a swoony hero who is loyal, dedicated, and hardworking but carries physical scars of his Ranger days as well as emotional scars. Marion is a young finishing school graduate who needs to learn emotional stability and maturity. I have to say Brandon was my favorite character in the book and loved watching him overcome his fears and sense of helplessness. The next novella by Susanne Dietze (One Word from You) pairs up Eliza, a finishing school student whose family desperately needs money, and Will, a railroad tycoon hardened to the idea of love, in the style of Pride and Prejudice. Eliza has much pride and prejudice that she needs to overcome; Will also has some that he needs to address as well. Will is a kind-hearted soul who needs to learn to forgive and extend grace. In that sense, Eliza helps him break down the walls around his heart. The last novella by Debra E Marvin (Alarmingly Charming) pairs up Kathryn, a kind and sensitive wallflower, and Harmon, a rancher and an engineer, in the style of Northanger Abbey. Kathryn is sweet and kind but also a doormat; while visiting Austin’s finishing school, she resolved to stand up for herself and be less timid. Harmon gets into a competition for Kathryn’s attentions with his cousin Jonathan but realizes that he needs to resolve some old family conflict prior to pursuing Kathryn for selfless love’s sake and not for competition’s sake. There is a bit of mystery regarding a graveyard in the story as well. Anyone who enjoys stories loosely based on Jane Austen’s famous books would love this collection. The novellas read like full-length novels and are quite enjoyable. I received a complimentary copy of this book from WhiteFire Publishing. I was not required to write a favorable review. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own and subjective.
vics49548 More than 1 year ago
Set in 1800s Texas, it was fun to see how each author wrote her story based on an Austen book. Entertaining light reads, I really enjoyed this series. While each story is a standalone they each also reference characters in another story. The personalities are fun, quirky, and realistic. Love isn’t smooth, and to see the situations they got into made me smile. If you are looking for a relaxing read to take you elsewhere for a while, I highly recommend this series. I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.
KayMKM More than 1 year ago
Readers who enjoy novellas that are interconnected will especially enjoy this book. If I Loved You Less by Gina Welborn I thoroughly enjoyed this delightful novella set in the city of Austin, Texas. The main characters, Emmeline and Noah are well-developed, and the engaging story moves along quickly to a satisfying end. Romantic Refinements by Anita May Draper The second novella takes place on a ranch outside of Austin, Texas. Marion, a sweet, but unwise young woman, is fooled by outward appearances. Fortunately, God is not fooled by such, and works everything out for the good of his children. I enjoyed this lively story. One Word from You by Susanne Dietze All the novellas feature the young women attending or who have attended the Jeanette C. Austen Academy for Young Ladies. This particular story takes place primarily on or near the campus in Austin, Texas. An inspiring novella featuring several interesting characters, it is based on the premise that trusting in God will have a better outcome than in trusting one’s own limited perspective. Alarmingly Charming by Debra E. Marvin What happens when two eager cowboys have their eyes on the same former wallflower? I love this story. It has humor, romance and introspection. Along with the fun, one character learns to appreciate the person God meant her to be and another learns the freedom of forgiveness. This novella takes place on or near Austin and the “Abbey” campus.
eLynda More than 1 year ago
A Fun Read for Austen Fans I am a huge Jane Austen fan; consequently there are great retellings or horrible ones—there is no middle ground. I always approach them with some trepidation, but a novella collection of Austen rewrites was just too much for me to resist. Happily, these stories both honored the original novels and added some of their own Texas flavor to create a delightful reading experience. Each author takes one of Austen’s beloved novels and relocates it to Austin, Texas in the late 1800s. The character names are changed, but similar enough that we have no trouble piecing them with their alter-egos. The only confusing part happens when some characters have the same name, but vastly different personalities from Austen’s original, for example, the headmistress of the Abbey, Mrs. Collins, is a widow in the collection. From the description, her husband was nothing like the Mr. Collins who inhabits the nightmares of single women everywhere. Because the readers ostensibly know the stories each novella is based on, the authors are able to concentrate on aspects of the original novel that intrigued her. These are small slices of time that emphasize the romance of each book; while some things remain the same, sometimes details change and the focus is different, but I enjoyed seeing the journey each writer took the characters on. One of my favorite parts of this collection is how the authors worked together to interweave the characters from one story to another, incorporating characters from other Austen novels into the rewrite they were doing. It expands Austen’s story world, in a way, populating it with characters from all of her work, creating a place to visit with any of our friends regardless of their original boundaries. Each author lovingly incorporates the spirit of Austen's work while at the same time making the story uniquely her own. It is the best possible formula when writing a sequel or derivative work that has such a devoted following. I thoroughly enjoyed this compilation—now, bring on the second novella collection! I received an electronic copy from the author in exchange for this honest review. All of the opinions are my own, and I have received no further compensation for sharing them.
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
I enjoy Austen retellings and stories based on her books. I don't consider myself an Austen "purist" because I like when the characters or plot are taken in much different directions than the original story. This is definitely a unique collection with the setting in 1800's Austin, Texas, and each novella based on a different book of Austen's. It was interesting to see how each author incorporated the classic storyline while making it new and interesting. I think some achieved more success at that than others. If I Loved You Less stayed pretty close to the original plot and dialogue of Emma, so much in fact that at times I felt like the characters were more British than Texan. Refinements and One Word From You were more creative with the plot and characters. Alarmingly Charming was my favorite since the writing flowed so well and had more depth and dimension than the other stories in the collection. Kathryn and Harmon's unexpected attraction has them in a dance of "should I/shouldn't I" until she helps bring peace to his family and makes her own decision about her future. (Thank you to Debra Marvin for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)