Thursday, February 18, 2016

Review ~ Austen in Austin, Volume 1 by Susanne Dietze, Anita Mae Draper, Debra E. Marvin, Gina Welborn

Published January 15th 2016 by WhiteFire Publishing
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.

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.

Four more exciting novellas will follow in volume 2!

Anne's Review

 4 STARS!!!

Based on Jane Austen’s novels—Emma, Pride & Prejudice, Sense & Sensibility, and Northanger Abbey— these four novellas are set in the late 1800s and their distinctive Austen flavor is quite palatable. The authors connected the stories together by having the principle characters from each previous novella mentioned in the next one. I found this to be a delightful addition! The narratives are easily read and contain humorous dialogue, as well as pleasantly descriptive settings. 

Reading adaptations of classic novels isn’t something I usually do—but I was intrigued by the premise of Austen in Austin—and I’m glad I did. I thoroughly enjoyed being diverted from life’s cares for a couple of hours. I would definitely recommend this collection to fans of Historical fiction. I accepted an electronic copy from one of the authors in exchange for my review. No compensation has been received.

~Happy Reading~ 


  1. Thank you for your review and kind words, Anne! I'm certainly glad you enjoyed them and can recommend our little project. We had so much fun working on this!

    1. Thank you for taking time out of your busy day to stop by and leave a comment, Debra! It is much appreciated. And thank you for the book. I look forward to Vol 2. :)

  2. Thanks for the review! So glad you enjoyed the stories. Blessings!

    1. You are most welcome, Susanne! I enjoyed every minute I spent reading. Thanks so much for taking time to leave a comment. Have a great weekend~ Anne

  3. Thanks, Anne. Really appreciate the support and am so very glad you spent some time with us. :)

    1. Oh, Anita! I am so very sorry I didn't see your comment when you posted last year. I don't know what happened! Your story was such fun to read. Thank you!!!

  4. No problem, Anne. You're not alone in missing comments. :/

    Thanks for the nice words.



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