(Review) Our Tempestuous Day: A History of Regency England by Carolly Erickson

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Publisher and Publication Date: HarperCollins. 1986. First Harper paperback 2011.
Genre: Nonfiction. British history. Regency Period.
Pages: 304.
Source: Self-purchase.
Audience: Readers of British history or Regency Period history.
Rating: Okay-good.

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Links of interest on George III:
Britannica on George III
History.com on George III
Royal.uk on George III
Biography.com on George III

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Links of interest on George IV:
Royal.uk on George IV
Britannica on George IV

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Summary:
The Regency period covers the years 1810 to 1820.
George III was born in 1738 and died in 1820.
King George III was the monarch of Great Britain and Ireland from 1760 to 1820. He had a mental illness that made him incapable of ruling during the last ten years. His son, the future George IV, became regent in 1811 and until his father’s death in 1820.
George IV reigned as monarch only ten years until his death in 1830.

Our Tempestuous Day focuses on George III and George IV. Other historical figures: Lord Byron, the Duke of Wellington, Caroline Lamb, Jane Austen, and Princess Charlotte are included.
The author uses characters to share what life was like during this time period, but these are people who are (mainly) in the upper part of society, not the common people.

My Thoughts:
I’ve struggled with whether to give this book an okay or good rating. I’ve toggled back and forth until I’ve decided to stay at okay-good.
The deciding factor for me in this rating is I wanted to read about the common people. The people closer to those in the Jane Austen’s stories. Chapter 18 finally answered some of my interests with how children were treated: stories of the “climbing boys,” child abandonment, street gangs, and prostitution.
However, the book is interesting in regards to how the two George monarchs lived. The opulence of George IV, and his tumultuous marriage and inappropriate treatment of the unloved wife.
Lord Byron is a character I knew a little about before reading this book. He was a scoundrel and didn’t care. You’ve heard the term, “love them and leave them.” I wouldn’t say he loved anyone but himself. He did leave them, that was a certainty.
Over-all, Our Tempestuous Day is a starting point for reading about the Regency Period.

(Review) Promised by Leah Garriott

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Publisher and Publication Date: Shadow Mountain. February 18, 2020.
Genre: Regency romance, historical romance, inspirational fiction.
Pages: 368.
Source: I received a complimentary paperback copy (advanced reader copy) from the publisher, I was not required to write a positive review.
Audience: Readers who love the Regency romance stories.
Rating: Excellent.

For more information at publisher: Promised

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Available in Paperback, audiobook, Kindle.

To read an additional review: Austenprose: A Jane Austen Blog.

About the author: 
Though she earned degrees in math and statistics, Leah Garriott lives for a good love story. She’s resided in Hawaii and Italy, walked the countryside of England, and owns every mainstream movie version of Pride and Prejudice. She’s currently living her own happily ever after in Utah with her husband and three kids. Leah is represented by Sharon Pelletier at Dystel, Goderich, and Bourret. You can visit Leah at leahgarriott.com.
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Advanced Praise:
“Promising Regency-set debut. Vivid period details and the hero’s grand romantic efforts will please fans of historical romance.” — Publishers Weekly
“I loved this story. The strongest thing about it was something I have been searching for ages: one point of view. I loved that this story was only told through the eyes of Margaret.” — For Where Your Treasure Is
“This book is a must read for any Jane Austen fan. It hits all of the right notes from Pride & Prejudice with enough new spin to make it its own special book.” — Melissa (Goodreads)

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Summary: 
Margaret Brinton keeps her promises, and the one she is most determined to keep is the promise to protect her heart…
Warwickshire, England, 1812
Fooled by love once before, Margaret vows never to be played the fool again. To keep her vow, she attends a notorious match-making party intent on securing the perfect marital match: a union of convenience to someone who could never affect her heart. She discovers a man who exceeds all her hopes in the handsome and obliging rake, Mr. Northam.
There’s only one problem. His meddling cousin, Lord Williams, won’t leave Margaret alone. Condescending and high-handed, Lord Williams lectures and insults her. When she refuses to give heed to his counsel, he single-handedly ruins Margaret’s chances for making a good match–to his cousin or anyone else. With no reason to remain at the party, Margaret returns home to discover her father has promised her hand in marriage–to Lord Williams.
Under no conditions will Margaret consent to marrying such an odious man. Yet as Lord Williams inserts himself into her everyday life, interrupting her family games and following her on morning walks, winning the good opinion of her siblings and proving himself intelligent and even kind, Margaret is forced to realize that Lord Williams is exactly the man she’d hoped to marry before she’d learned how much love hurt. When paths diverge and her time with Lord Williams ends, Margaret is faced with her ultimate choice: keep the promises that protect her or break free of them for one more chance at love. Either way, she fears her heart will lose.

My Thoughts:
The story begins with an enticing dialogue reminding me of a business meeting, but it’s people meeting with the prospect of marriage. This is the first strong point I found about the book: dialogue. Whether it is father and daughter, sister and brother, or flirtatious words between a young man and woman. Several times while reading the book I laughed aloud. It reminded me a bit of classic movies when actors spar back and forth with witty dialogue. I just love this!
I love how the characters emotions are felt…..by me. Especially the main character Margaret. She is a character that I admire. She’s beautiful but doesn’t take that part of her as the number one most important of traits in a person. She is a person of character. She’s been deeply hurt in the past. She begins to analyze how she should best arrange the next chapter of her life. Throughout the book even though she shows emotion like sadness or shock, this doesn’t stop her from examining the situation and people. It was a sad experience she’d endured but she learned from it.
There are two young men who are related. I wondered what are they up to? What kind of people are they really? I loved the unfolding in the story of what they were up to.
How predictable is too predictable? I began to ask myself this question after reading about a 1/4 of the book. I’d hoped there would be something to snag that predictableness and continue to hold my attraction and attention. I’m pleased to say yes! Bravo!

(Review) The Bedside, Bathtub and Armchair Companion to Jane Austen by Carol Adams, Douglas Buchanan, and Kelly Gesch

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Publisher and Publication Date: Continuum International Publishing Group Inc. 2008.
Genre: Nonfiction. Jane Austen. Regency Period. Women and Literature. Biography.
Pages: 240.
Source: Library paperback copy.
Audience: Jane Austen readers. Biography and history readers.
Rating: Good.

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Summary:
If you are new to Jane Austen. If you haven’t read Jane Austen stories in a long time. This book is a good companion piece to become reacquainted with her works.

Examples of chapters:
“The Importance of a Good Carriage”
“The Clergy in Austen’s Fiction”
“On Reading Jane Austen”
“Jane Austen at the Movies”

All of Austen’s books have a chapter. The Watsons and Lady Susan share a chapter.

Illustrations are scattered throughout the book. They are all in black and white.

My Thoughts:
Don’t buy the book. If you can find it at the library do so. If you can find the book on discount as an ebook, this too is a great idea.
It’s a quick read.
It’s a book that can be used as a reference.
It’s not necessary to read it cover to cover.
The chapters are short.

What’s notable: An interesting essay on Willoughby (male character in Sense and Sensibility) as a sociopath.

Feature on The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen: Volume III by Collins Hemingway

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Publisher and Publication Date: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. November 4, 2017.
Genre: Fiction. Jane Austen spinoff series.
Pages: 338.
Source: I received a complimentary paperback copy, but was not required to leave a positive review.
Audience: Regency readers. Readers of Jane Austen novels.

My review will be posted at a later date.

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Summary:
The Stunning Finale to Jane Austen’s Saga
In the moving conclusion to The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen, Jane and her husband struggle with the serious illness of their son, confront a bitter relationship with the aristocratic family who were once their friends and face the horrific prospect of war when the British Army falters on the continent. The momentous events of the Napoleonic wars and the agonizing trials of their personal lives take Jane and Ashton to a decision that will decide their fate—and her future—once and for all.

Praise for The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen Series:
“Hemingway again displays his notable ability to recreate time and place, moving on from the heady days of Jane Austen’s early love to a marriage beset by difficulties and a country at war. Hemingway … vividly and authentically portrays the times. … [T]his is a lively, compelling read, [a] sobering but moving finale to Hemingway’s successful trilogy.”—BlueInk Review
“Immensely satisfying … Marriage is lively, compelling, and fun. … [Her] relationship with her husband Ashton still sparkles. Marriage is a lovely ode to their connection. … Hemingway has combined Austen’s humanity with her fiction and created a Jane that lives and breathes on the page. Audiences will want her to be real… It offers a wonderful, imagined alternate life for the well-loved author.” —Claire Foster, Foreword Review
“Enjoyable … an imaginative, well-researched series.” —Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author:
Collins’ passion for literature, history, and science enable him to create complete, sharply drawn fictional characters fully engaged in their complex and often dangerous worlds. His fiction is shaped by the language of the heart and an abiding respect for courage in the face of adversity.
As a nonfiction book author, Collins has investigated topics as diverse as corporate culture and ethics; the Internet and mobile technology; the ins and outs of the retail trade; and the cognitive potential of the brain. Best known for the #1 best-selling book on business and technology, Business @ the Speed of Thought, which he co-authored with Bill Gates, he tackles challenging topics with clarity and insight, writing for the intelligent but nontechnical reader.
Born and raised in Arkansas, Collins has lived most of his adult life in the American Northwest, with a career that has spanned writing, high tech, and aviation. He has a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of Arkansas, Phi Beta Kappa; a master’s degree in English literature from the University of Oregon; and numerous technical certifications in computer technology.
For more information please visit Collins Hemingway’s website and blog. You can also find him on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Goodreads.

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