Monday, May 14, 2012

Charlotte By Karen Aminadra


Lovely, lovely story! I found this story to be quite charming! I felt for the most part it stayed true to Jane Austen.
I know this book is about Charlotte, but could it be that I actually came to like, yes, like Mr. Collins! I did not think that was possible, but I did! (I cannot say love and Mr. Collins in the same sentence!)
Poor Charlotte finds herself regretting marrying Mr. Collins. She is bitter; she just wants to stay home and be left alone. The intimacies of marriage and the high-and-mighty Lady Catherine are more than she can bear. She finds herself in trouble for going shopping at a milliner not approved by Lady Catherine. Her punishment is being ostracized from Lady C’s company! (Terrible, I know!) That allows her more freedom and she enjoys life more. She becomes dear friends with Miss Thomas. She even becomes closer to Colonel Fitzwilliam, which leads to other complications!
During this time, Mr. Collins starts seeing the value in Charlotte. He also begins to see how ridiculous of a man he is, fawning and simpering to Lady Catherine, he now realizes how overbearing she is. His love for Charlotte grows, but is it too late?
I liked the side story with Miss Thomas and Mr. Simmons! They both have suffered a great deal from Lady Catherine's dictatorial nature.
I was so happy to see Elizabeth and Darcy come to help Charlotte during a moment of crisis! And loved it when Lady Catherine bursts in on them demanding to know why they are there! 
I enjoyed this story very much! I was surprised to see how much my opinions changed about some of my favorite characters and my not so favorite characters. I can’t wait to read Karen’s next story!
I give this 4 out of 5 stars.
I was provided a copy by the author for review.

Buy a copy of Charlotte here.

This completes my Supporting Characters category for the JA Spinoffs 2012 Reading Challenge.

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About the Author:

Karen Aminadra (pronounced Amin-ah-dra) is an author and an English language teacher who lives in Northamptonshire, England with her husband.
She was born in London and grew up in Hertfordshire 'the land of Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice'.
She has travelled and worked all over the world including South America, Russia and Europe.
She writes Jane Austen Continuation Novels, and other Fiction Novels with a good helping of historical romance, crime and mystery.
She loves to read, loves English history, Georgian architecture and is a dolls house miniaturist. She and her husband are currently working on a 1:12th scale Georgian Townhouse together.

You can find Karen at www.karenaminadra.com
Follow Karen on Twitter > @kaminadra

Comments are always welcome!

14 comments:

  1. Ooooh, now there's a twist on the Charlotte-Collins relationship! Hmm...Very intriguing...

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    1. Hi Rebecca, I thought you might find that intriguing! :) It was a really good book!!

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  2. You liked ... Mr. Collins! Sounds intriguing. I have this book; I will start reading this week.

    Thanks for the review!

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    1. Oh, yes! You should start reading it! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
      Thank you for stopping by and following my blog!

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  3. Looks like a great novel! And one I didn't know about until I just read your review!! Must add to list! Thanks, Candy!

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    1. Hi Meredith! Yes! You must read this! I would love to hear your thoughts!

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  4. I would love to read this! Please sign me up for the giveaway!

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    1. Hi Robin! I think you would really like this story! Sorry, I'm not having a giveaway. Thank you for stopping by! :)

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  5. Sounds wonderful! So glad you liked it.

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    1. Hi Mary! It was wonderful! I'm so glad you're back!

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  6. I have this for Kindle but have not read it yet. Your review makes me want to read it that much sooner. It's so rare that one can even think of liking Mr Collins but it's intriguing. I know some find him funny but I really do not.

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    1. Hi Monica! I've never been a fan of Mr. Collins and I resisted liking him in this one but I couldn't help it. He just kept pulling me over to the dark side...JK, no, he really did win me over. :)

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  7. I am putting this on my list to buy. It sounds really intriguing.

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  8. Your review has made me want to buy the book. It is next on my list. I also love the cover!

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