Monday, May 20, 2013

Review and GIVEAWAY: Bluebells in the Mourning by KaraLynne Mackrory


Bluebells in the Mourning by KaraLynne Mackrory

Published by: Meryton Press 
Release date: May 1, 2013 
Paperback: 238 pages 
Received: paperback from publisher
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars




 

I loved this story! I was struck by how many good things came out of this tragic event. Even though, there is a death in the family and, to that end, some grieving, it wasn’t a heavy book. In fact, I found Bluebells in the Mourning a fun and enjoyable read!

Darcy arrives at the parsonage just moments after Elizabeth receives news that one of her dearly beloved sisters has been in an accident and died. Instead of the planned proposal, Darcy offers to escort Elizabeth and Maria Lucas to London. On the way to London, Elizabeth makes a few comments that make Darcy realize she holds many grievances and misconceptions against him. Recognizing what a disaster it would have been to propose to her at the parsonage, Darcy goes about the business of showing her the real gentleman he is, but will that matter as the circumstances of Lydia’s death come to light. Could Darcy have prevented it, if he had been more forthcoming of Wickham’s true character? 

What I found very interesting is, what affect this tragedy had on Mr. and Mrs. Bennet. It brought them closer together. It was really beautiful to see.

I loved Colonel Fitzwilliam and Bingley in this story. With the Colonel being Darcy’s best friend and always ready to go after Wickham. And Bingley finally doing what he wants, but still being cheerful and easy going. 

Georgiana catches on pretty quickly about Elizabeth, and invites her and the Gardiners to stay at Pemberley while traveling to Lambton. Only she doesn’t tell Darcy until about a week before they are due to arrive!! I love this Georgiana; a little sneaky, with a nice sense of humor.

Let me tell you, Darcy and Elizabeth’s first kiss was amazing!! Sweet and lovely.

Bluebells in the Mourning is a delightful read! One I plan to re-read many times in the future! 

5 out of 5 stars.

I was provide a copy of the book for my honest review.

Buy a copy at Amazon. (Disclaimer: As an Amazon Associate, should you purchase the book through the link I will get a small commission.)

This completes my ninth selection of the Pride and Prejudice Bicentenary Challenge 2013 hosted by Austenprose.

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* * * GIVEAWAY * * *
Meryton Press is graciously giving away two prizes! One person will win a paperback of Bluebells in the Mourning and one person will win an e-book copy of Bluebells in the Mourning! To enter, please fill out the Rafflecopter below and leave a comment! This giveaway is open Internationally! The last day to enter is May 27, 2013
Good luck!

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Any thoughts? I'd love to hear for you! Remember to enter the giveaway, you have to fill out the Rafflecopter above!

You can read my review for KaraLynne Mackrory's first book Falling for Mr. Darcy here.

25 comments:

  1. I really want to read this one, and your review makes me want to read it more! I was planning on buying it later this week funnily enough but now I'll wait and see if I'm a lucky winner instead!

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    1. Thanks, Ceri! I think you will love it! Good luck!

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  2. It sounds fabulous, Candy. Your review has certainly piqued my interest to read this book. I'm international so hope I can win either version.

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    1. Yes, the paperback is also open Internationally! Good luck!

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  3. Thank you Candy for the review! I'm glad you liked the book!

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    1. Hi KaraLynne! I loved it! Thank you for writing another great book! :)

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  4. it sounds like a great read, thanks so much for the giveaway

    meiklelbog at gmail dot com

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  5. LOL! Great minds think alike, Candy! I agree with so much of what you said in your review! I didn't get to mention it in mine, but the bits with Colonel Fitzwilliam an Darcy hunting down Wickham were just terrific! Loved seeing those two be all manly and determined like that! *swoon* ;)

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    1. HI Meredith! Ooh! Me too!! Colonel Fitzwilliam and Darcy make such a great pair! LOL! Definitely swoon worthy! :D

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  6. can't wait to read it! thank you for the review Candy!

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    1. I hope you get a chance to read it soon! Good luck in the giveaway!

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  7. I'm gonna read this very soon. I'm glad you and Meredith both loved it - I'm sure I will too!

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    1. Awesome, Monica! I'm sure you will love it too! Did you pick up a signed copy at the Book Festival?

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    2. Yes ma'am I did! I bought both of KaraLynne's books and she signed & inscribed them for me. (I may have squeed a little! Lol) I'd read Falling for Mr Darcy before but didn't own it. Both covers are just gorgeous.

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  8. I'd be interested in the paperback copy. I don't have a computer or e-reader.

    How terrible that one of Elizabeth's sisters had to die. But I guess that makes for another original P & P sequel. I just looked at Meredith's Austenesque Reviews e-mail about this book. I haven't read any books by this author.

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    1. HI Michelle! KaraLynne's "Falling for Mr. Darcy" is also a fantastic P&P spin off. I'll post a link for my review above. Thanks for stopping by and good luck in the giveaway! (I'll remember that you're only in it for the paperback. Thanks for letting me know.)

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  9. This is the first time that I've seen a scenario with one of the sisters dying. It sounds intriguing. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and for the giveaway opportunity.

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    1. Hi Sophia Rose! Yes, I think this is the first for me too. Of course, I've read stories where Mr. Bennet dies, but I don't think...no, wait, in "The Mistress's Black Veil" by M.K. Baxley, both Lydia and Mr. Bennet are gone.

      Good luck in the giveaway!

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  10. This is a unique twist. I can never get enough of the 'what ifs'. I look forward to this one! Thank you for the giveaway!!

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    1. HI Becky! I can't get enough of "what ifs" either! They are my favorite type of Pride and Prejudice spin-offs. Good luck!

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  11. This sounds like a fantastic twist on P&P! I really enjoyed Falling for Mr. Darcy, one of my top P&P variations!

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    1. Hi Nicole! I think you will enjoy this one too! Good luck on the giveaway!

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  12. Oh no, Lydia dies. That's certainly a twist to P&P. I love her character.

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