Archive for November, 2011

Katie’s New Life

Katy's New World (Katy Lambright Series #1)

Katie is a Mennonite girl.  Her thirst for learning leads her to the local high school (under consent of the church elders).  When Katie starts making friends at school, her Mennonite friends become jealous.  Meanwhile, Katie must contend with the veiled disapproval of her community.  This is a very interesting book that I would highly recommend to any young teenage girl.

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Ultimate Book Bash Part 1

I discovered this great series from Jemimah on BBP and wanted to participate.

Name three authors you love!

Jane Austen

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Jane Austen’s novels are the some of the best books I’ve ever read.  I especially enjoy Sense and Sensibility.

Beverly Lewis

Even though I’ve only read a few of her excellent novels, they are very interesting and inspiring.

Harriet Beecher Stowe

She wrote one book – Uncle Tom’s Cabin.  I’ve read this book over and over again.  Even though it has a sad ending, it’s still one of my favorites.

Name two authors you’d like to talk to.

Jane Austen of course.  I’d like to know how she thought of all the great plots she used, where she got the inspirations for her heroines/heros, etc.

Martha Finlay – The author of the Elsie Books.  I’d like to let her know how much of a fan I am.

Please feel free to use this book tag – just refer to me when you do.

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Book Tag

I found this tag over on safirewriter and decided to participate.  You can too.  Just refer to me in your post.

Books I am Currently Reading
Northanger Abbey
Mr. Darcy’s Diary
The Jane Austen Companion
Horse Diaries

Books I Have Enjoyed Recently
Sense and Sensibility
Jane Austen Made Me Do It
Saddle Island Series
Mr. Knightley’s Diary
Edmund Betram’s Diary
The Jane Austen Handbook
The Redemption of Sarah Cain

Books I’d Liked to Read
Henry Tilney’s Diary
Colonel Brandon’s Diary
October Song

My Favorite Genres
Regency Romance
Mystery
Adventure
Horse Stories

My Favorite Authors
Jane Austen
Martha Finley
Beverly Lewis
Walter Farley

My Favorites Series
The Horse Diaries
Elsie Dinsmore
Heritage of Lancaster County
Nancy Drew
The Black Stallion
Enola Holmes
The Roman Mysteries
Lady Grace Mysteries

My Favorite Novels
Sense and Sensibility
Pride and Prejudice
Mansfield Park
Northanger Abbey
Persuasion
The Shunning
The Confession
The Reckoning

 

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Race to the Rescue

Race to the Rescue

Race to the Rescue is the exciting last book in the Saddle Island Trilogy.  When Kelsie is given a beautiful Thoroughbred rescue, she becomes suspicious.  The people who gave Diamond to her didn’t seem right.  When Kelsie and her friend Jen discover a smuggling ring, will they be able to save themselves and Diamond in time?

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Persuasion

First the actual novel:

Persuasion

Persuasion is a story about the 27 year old, unmarried Anne Elliot.  When her first love, Captain Wentworth comes back from his naval duties, she is pained to see him flirting with her younger, prettier neighbour’s daughters.  When an accident brings Anne and Wentworth together will their love blossom once again?

Now for the diary:

Captain Wentworth's Diary

Captain Wentworth’s diary opens with his recordings from when he first meets Anne to their first engagement to the breaking of that engagement.  Then it skips eight years and goes on to when Persuasion really starts.  For anyone who’s every read Persuasion, this is a great read.  I found it tedious at times (more so then Persuasion) but overall it was very enjoyable.  If you are an Austen fan be sure to read it!

Last but not least – some fan fiction from Jane Austen Made Me Do It:

“Waiting: A story inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion,” by Jane Odiwe

This is probably one of my favorites in the whole anthology.  Anne is waiting to hear if her father will her agree to her and Captain Wentworth’s marriage.  While she is waiting her mind wanders back to the circumstances that brought them together for the first time.  A very skillful imagination of their young love, this story is worth reading more than once.

“Heard of You,” by Margaret C. Sullivan

We have been informed that Admiral and Mrs. Croft were married shockingly swiftly after their first meeting.  What was the cause?  Young Midmanship Wentworth unknowingly has a part to play in this whirlwind romance.  A great story that will interest you to read the book once again.

I hope you enjoyed this Persuasion post.  Come again soon.

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Eleanor and Catherine

I’ve decided to do this novel tag that I found on Miss Georgiana Darcy’s blog.  Here are the rules.

  1. Put your novel title in the title of your blog post.
  2. ‘Tag’ to people who are doing NaNo by commenting on their blog and telling you that you linked to them – Here are my two tags: Miss Georgiana Darcy and Writing Maiden.
  3. Answer all the questions below.

What is your current word count? I haven’t written much so I blush to tell you (so I won’t).

What would you consider is best about your novel: plot, dialog, characters, or description?  Plot – I used Jane Austen as a semi-inspiration and took off from there

Which of the above would you consider your weakest point?  My weakest point is probably my dialogue.  I can’t get it sound natural most of the time, but I’m working on it.

Of all your characters who do you like the best?  I would say Eleanor.  She’s very elegant and beautiful.  I just like her.

What was the inspiration for your novel?  Jane Austen
How long have you been doing Nano?  I just started it/discovered it this year.
What other writing projects have you completed or are in the process of writing?  I don’t have anything planned right now.
What would you consider the funniest line in your novel? “Eleanor, I have received an invitation to Mr. Davrille’s dinner party tomorrow.  May I accept?” Catherine eagerly waved an elegantly penned invitation in front of Eleanor.

Eleanor finally was able to remove the now slightly tattered invitation from Catherine’s grasp.

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Go to the 11th page of your novel and paste the last paragraph here.  

Dinner was announced soon afterwards and all sat down for the meal.  Both Eleanor and Catherine soon noticed a tall, handsome stranger sitting near Lord Davrille.  Eleanor concluded it was Henry, whilst Catherine, who had heard nothing of the previous conversation, was convinced that it was Robert sitting there. *************** You’d have to read it in context to fully understand it.

What time period is your novel set in?  The mid-1800’s, Regency England

Please paste here the paragraph you consider the best.

Eleanor was like her mother, in that she had a intelligence of mind and calm disposition.  This made her the perfect counterbalance to her sister’s flighty nature.  Eleanor was considered the prettier of the two even though she was nothing remarkable at first sight.  Her clear grey eyes and light brown hair were perhaps not as attractive as her sister’s bright looks, but she possessed a certain quality about her that made her appear in a better light.


What are you planning to do when your novel is all written and edited? Writing wise, that is.  Maybe another Regency story.  I’ll have to wait and see.

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Who is Alfie?

One of my three-year-old’s favourite series is one about a little boy his age and the little boy’s sister – Alfie and Annie-Rose.  Alfie is about three years old and has all the joys and sorrows of any little boy his age.  Shirley Hughes is British so of course her books reflect this in their language which is fun.

In Alfie Gets in First Alfie races ahead of Mum and gets in the door first with a disastrous result which is finally solved by Alfie himself but not before the whole neighbourhood gets involved trying to help.

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Alfie’s 1-2-3 is a number book (obviously) which does just a little bit of adding in addition to counting.

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One of our very favourite Alfie books is Alfie’s Feet.  Alfie needs new rain boots so he can splash in puddles – what little boy can’t relate?  The new boots are wonderful but not quite right.  See if you can figure out before Alfie does what is wrong with them.

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Alfie Weather is a collection of stories about Alfie and his family in different kinds of weather.  Interestingly right in the middle of the book is Mum tells Alfie the story of the Fall of Man while they are on a country explore.  This one is a bit longer than others so make sure you have time for it.

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Our library doesn’t have all of Shirley Hughes’ books – she wrote a lot.  We read what they have, and when we find any at resale shops or used book stores we buy them.  Shirley Hughes also wrote other series but Alfie is the one we love.

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It came!

My copy of Jane Austen Made Me Do It came in the mail today!  I am thrilled.  Here’s a summary of the stories in it from this site.

“The Riding Habit,” by Pamela Aidan

It is April 1814, almost sixteen months since the wedding of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy, and the happily married couple is in London for the Season. The months have been full for Elizabeth, but since removing to Town, she has discovered that the blunt words of Lady Catherine held more truth than she knew. Negotiating Society is complicated, and it promises to become more so as she prepares for Georgiana’s coming out ball. Why, then, must her beloved Fitzwilliam insist she learn to ride a horse now before the eyes of them all?

“The Ghostwriter,” by Elizabeth Aston

Sara, obsessed with Pride and Prejudice, is jilted by Charles, who can’t compete with Mr. Darcy. His parting gift is a lock of Jane Austen’s hair. Sara wakes the next morning to find a strange woman sitting on the end of her bed. A figment of her imagination? No, it’s the astringent ghost of Jane Austen. On a mission to restore the reputation of forgotten Gothic author Clarissa Curstable, Jane Austen saves Sara’s career and brings Charles back before taking herself off into the ether, but there’s a price to pay, as the couple discover when they wake up to find another ghostly visitor at the end of the bed. It’s Jane’s friend, Clarissa – and she plans to stay.


“The Love Letter,” by Brenna Aubrey

Young doctor Mark Hinton thinks his life is perfect.  He is just about to finish his residency and has accepted the offer of a fabulous new job.  Things could not be better…  until the arrival of an anonymous letter in the mail forces him to confront the truth he’s been hiding from for seven years.

Sent on a quest by the mysterious contents of the letter, he is forced to discover the contents of his own heart thanks to Jane Austen, a canny librarian, a cantankerous patient, and a coolly observant sister.

“Jane and the Gentleman Rogue,” by Stephanie Barron

Jane and the Gentleman Rogue finds the unsettled Miss Austen in the spring of 1806, living in temporary Bath lodgings following the death of her father.  An invitation to a ball at the Dowager Duchess of Wilborough’s home in Laura Place throws her into the company of Lord Harold Trowbridge: confidant of the Government, Rake about Town, and spy.  The unmasking of a French Adventuress and her traitorous paramour leads to an unexpected meeting at dawn–when only Jane’s wit stands between England and disaster.

“The Chase,” by Carrie Bebris

An Age of Sail adventure tale featuring Jane Austen’s brother Francis William Austen (who eventually rose to the Royal Navy’s highest position, Admiral of the Fleet) as the daring 26-year-old commander of the HMS Petterel sloop. It depicts the true events of the March 1800 action off Marseilles that earned him promotion to post-captain. There just might be more of Francis Austen in Persuasion’s Captain Wentworth than you ever imagined!

“Jane Austen and the Mistletoe Kiss,” by Jo Beverley

Elinor Carsholt is living on the charity of a connection of her late husband’s in the village of Chawton, facing a dismal future for her three young daughters, until she begins to hope that her oldest daughter Amy has caught the eye of local baronet Sir Nicholas Danvers. Amy must have been sneaking out for clandestine meetings, which disturbs her, and there is a ten-year age difference, but still, it would be the saving of them all.

When she and the girls go out on Christmas Eve to look for holly, ivy, and mistletoe, Elinor is still undecided and rejects Amy’s urging to go to Sir Nicholas’s estate in search of mistletoe, but then local resident Miss Austen drives by in her donkey cart and pauses to chat.

Elinor doesn’t really approve of Miss Jane Austen, for she’s been told she writes novels, which Elinor thinks a bad influence on young female minds, but she has to be polite. Miss Jane turns talk to love and marriage, expressing far too romantic a view, but she also assures them all that Sir Nicholas would be delighted if they searched his orchard for mistletoe, changing the course of their lives.

“Jane Austen’s Cat,” by Diana Birchall

Jane Austen’s niece Anna once wrote that her aunt used to “tell us the most delightful stories, chiefly of Fairyland, and her fairies had all characters of their own.“  A younger niece, Caroline, remembered that “Aunt Jane was the general favourite with children; her ways with them being so playful, and her long circumstantial stories so delightful. These were continued from time to time, and were begged for on all possible and impossible occasions; woven, as she proceeded, out of nothing but her own happy talent for invention. Ah! if but one of them could be recovered!

If only they could!  This inspired me to imagine what the stories might have been like, and to portray a scene of Jane Austen’s home life at Chawton, in which she entertains her nieces.  Trying to capture her playful spirit, and remembering how her brother James amused his daughter Caroline by writing poems about her cat Tyger, I pictured Jane Austen using that same cat as a story device.  Her “cat tails” are told on one level for children, but she is also telling stories based on her novels, and on her own life.

“Faux Jane,” by F. J. Meier (Frank Delaney & Diane Meier)

A rich young American actress anxious to marry an English Lord buys a “signed first edition” ofPride and Prejudice as a gift to impress his rare book collecting mother – which, of course, is a fake. The actress’s friends are the story’s two protagonists – a fashionable New York photographer and her chic-restaurant owner husband – they’re Nicola and Charles Scott. The story mirrors many of the snob and society nuances excelled in by Jane Austen – on whom the restaurateur, Charlie (as his wife calls him: he’s “Charles” to everyone else) is encyclopedic. With the help of their butler-manservant, a former hood named Uncle Julius, Charles and Nicola crack the fraud.

“Nothing Less Than Fairy-land,” by Monica Fairview

In this gently humorous story inspired by Jane Austen’s novel Emma, the day has come for Mr. Knightley to move into Hartfield, but Mr. Woodhouse is still not reconciled to the marriage. Trouble looms on the horizon, unless Emma can quickly come up with a way to convince her papa to accept Mr. Knightley’s presence.

“Mr. Bennet Meets His Match,” by Amanda Grange

On his daughters’ wedding day, Mr. John Bennet’s mind drifts back to the events of twenty-three years before, and the events leading to his own marriage . . .  Encouraged by his parents to marry sooner rather than later and thereby provide a new generation of Bennet heirs for the estate, John laughed at their hurry. However, a meeting with his Cousin Collins, who was next in line for the entail, and an unfortunate accident, made him reconsider his position, and the proximity of the lively, pretty Miss Jane Gardiner sealed his fate.

“Jane Austen’s Nightmare,” by Syrie James

Have you ever wondered what Jane Austen dreamt about? Are you curious how she felt about her own characters? In this highly amusing glimpse into Jane Austen’s mind, we are privy to her worst nightmare. All of her heroines, and a compendium of other characters from her novels, descend on her on a foggy day in Bath to discuss or complain about the way they were portrayed, a distressing but ultimately illuminating experience which inspires her to write Persuasion.

“Jane Austen, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!,” by Janet Mullany

It’s 1964 at the height of Beatlemania and the girls of Cleverton High School in England are out of control. Julie Morton, the most junior staff member, finds herself supervising three of the school’s worst offenders, and the resulting conversation about Sense and Sensibility starring the Fab Four gives the girls insight into Austen’s novels and teaches Julie something about her own choice in men.

“Waiting: A story inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion,” by Jane Odiwe

Captain Wentworth and his beloved Anne Elliot have waited almost nine years to be together. At last all misunderstandings are swept aside. They have declared their love for one another, and all that remains is for their union to be blessed by Anne’s father, the irascible Sir Walter Elliot, and for the family members to be told. As Anne and Frederick ponder their futures each is reminded of the past, and all that has happened. Anne recalls the heady days of their courtship, but Frederick finds his memories overshadowed by the recollection of Sir Walter’s former hostility. Anne waits patiently for the outcome, but is disappointed by her sister Elizabeth’s reaction to the news, and further dismayed when she sees Captain Wentworth’s expression telling her all has not gone well with his interview. However, Anne is resolute. Despite being persuaded in the past against the match, she is determined to marry the Captain whatever the opposition. To her relief she discovers that Sir Walter has given his blessing, albeit grudgingly, and that at least one of her sisters is moderately pleased for her. Anne and Frederick know there are more obstacles to their happiness to come, but rejoice in the old adage that ‘good things come to those who wait.’

“When Only A Darcy Will Do,” by Beth Pattillo

Elizabeth Brown hopes her bootleg tour of Jane Austen’s London will bring in some quick extra cash, but when a real-live Mr. Darcy shows up for the tour, her day takes an unexpected turn.  Elizabeth has very real problems.  Her father’s lost everything in the economic downturn, her parents have split up, and she has no idea where she’ll get the money she needs for grad school tuition.  Her afternoon with Mr. Darcy, though, shows her that even in the midst of turmoil, happiness can arrive in the most unexpected ways.

“Me and Mr. Darcy, Again…,” by Alexandra Potter

Mr. Darcy is every woman’s fantasy. But what happens when he becomes one woman’s reality? In 2007 Emily traveled from New York to England to go on a Jane Austen-inspired literary tour. There she met and fell in love with Spike, an English journalist.

She also met Mr. Darcy… Or did she? She can never be sure if it really happened, or it was her over-active imagination. Now, four years later, she’s had a huge row with Spike and is back in London nursing a broken heart. And there’s only one person who can mend it. Mr. Darcy….

“The Mysterious Closet: A Tale,” by Myretta Robens

In the wake of her most recent failed relationship, Cathy Fullerton takes an extended vacation in a converted Abbey in Gloucestershire, England.  Ensconced in the Radcliffe Suite, a jet-lagged Cathy mistakes a walk-in closet for a Vaulted Chamber, a clothing rack for an Instrument of Torture and an accumulation of cobwebs for her True Love.

“What Would Austen Do?,” by Jane Rubino and Caitlen Rubino-Bradway

Fifteen-year-old James Austen always thought Jane Austen was for people like his mom – people who read stuff, old people.  But when he mistakenly signs up for a country dancing class, James realizes that all kinds of girls actually read Jane Austen.  If he wants to figure out why, he’s going to have to actually…read the books.

“Letters to Lydia,” by Maya Slater

While visiting her newly married sister Charlotte Collins, Maria Lucas writes to her best friend Lydia Bennet of her experiences in Kent. Top on her list of tittle-tattle is the budding romance of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. Present throughout the Hunsford episode, which culminates in Darcy’s first disastrous proposal of marriage to Elizabeth, we are privileged to Maria’s own account of their romance from the point of view of her naïve sixteen-year-old imaginings. Although she misinterprets everything she observes, it turns out that she is partly responsible for bringing about the marriage of Elizabeth and Darcy.

“Heard of You,” by Margaret C. Sullivan

In Jane Austen’s Persuasion, we are told that Admiral and Mrs. Croft married a shockingly short time after their first meeting, but that they had heard a great deal about each other before they met. How could they have known each other so well? In the midst of war, an unlikely Cupid brings together one of Austen’s best married couples in a story inspired both by Persuasion and by Captain Frederick Marryat’s novel Peter Simple.

“Love and Best Wishes, Aunt Jane,” by Adriana Trigiani

Love and Best Wishes, Aunt Jane is a story that celebrates the art of the written letter, sent person to person, in private to impart news, feelings of love or to warn of impending doom. One of the joys of reading Jane Austen’s novels are the letters written by the characters that change the course of the action, and send the plot off in new and unexpected directions. I imagined Jane today, and with the sketchy biographical information we have of her, wrote this letter in her fictional voice. Viva Jane!

“Intolerable Stupidity,” by Laurie Viera Rigler

Well hidden from the ordinary world, in a little-known corner of jurisprudential hell known as the Court of Intolerable Stupidity, a legal drama of literary proportions unfolds. The plaintiff is none other than the most famous romantic hero of all time, Mr. Darcy. The defendants are the authors who dared write sequels, adaptations, and inspired-by’s of his Creator’s most beloved work,Pride and Prejudice. One of those works, whose author was tried and convicted in absentia, is so popular that its salacious swimming-in-the-lake scene has resulted in Darcy’s being forced to endure a perpetual state of shivering wetness in a transparent white shirt. For when Darcy’s adoring public isn’t throwing water on him, his umbrella breaks in the midst of a downpour. And now, between the zombies and the vampires, Darcy and his wife Elizabeth are at their wit’s end. So is defense attorney Fritz Williams, who not only fights a losing battle in a kangaroo court ruled by Darcy’s tyrannical aunt, the Honorable Lady Catherine de Bourgh, but also his secret infatuation with prosecuting attorney Tawny Wolfson. Who has her own secret: a hopeless addiction to the illegal miniseries that she is supposed to abhor.

“A Night at Northanger,” by Lauren Willig

Our heroine, Cate Cartwright, is part of the cast of “Ghost Trekkers”, currently filming at one of England’s most haunted homes, Northanger Abbey.  Naturally, Cate knows there’s no such thing as ghosts.  It’s all smoke and mirrors for the credulous who watch late night TV.  At least, that’s what she thinks… until she meets the shade of one Miss Jane Austen during one fateful night at Northanger.

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My NaNoWriMo Novel – Characters and Excerpt

Yes!  I’m writing my own novel/story and I decided to share some of it with you.

First the synopsis:  Eleanor and Catherine are the rich daughters of Lady Celia Harcourt.  When she leaves for Bath, Eleanor falls in love with a handsome young man named Henry Davrille.  A neighbor then invites Eleanor and Catherine to London and after much deliberation they accept.  Catherine falls in love in London with a man named William Ashby.  When their mother sends for them, Catherine is reluctant because she will have to leave William, but she goes to Bath with Eleanor.  Meanwhile, Eleanor must fend off unwanted attentions from Robert Davrille.  William suffers an accident, and Catherine is beside herself with worry.  In time he recovers, but with a leg permanently broken.  The Harcourts finally return to their home and Elinor and Henry marry.  But how will Catherine and William overcome his disability and let their true love come through again?

The Characters

Eleanor Harcourt – Eleanor is a beautiful, rich, intelligent twenty year old.  She loves her mother and sister dearly and would do anything for them.  Eleanor is quiet and always finds something to keep herself busy.  She also helps her sister deal with her sometimes impetuous nature.

Catherine Harcourt – Catherine Harcourt is three years younger then her steadfast sister.  She loves doing many things with her sister and going to social events.  Catherine is perhaps not as pretty as Eleanor, but still has a sweet face.  She is very bright and cheerful.

Lady Celia Harcourt – Lady Celia is loving to girls but firm at the same time.  Eleanor is the one that takes most after her.  She loves Bath but has never traveled there and left the girls, until the time when the story opens.

Henry Davrille – Henry Davrille is twenty-two.  He’s very handsome and charming.  He and Eleanor fall in love very quickly and happily.  He is much more genteel. than his older brother, Robert.

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William Ashby – William Ashby is handsome, kind, and as in love with Catherine as she is with him.  A nice young man with good manners.

Robert Davrille – Robert is very irritating.  He thinks he’s in love with Eleanor so he makes himself a nuisance by hanging around her and trying to be nice to her when in fact he is quite the opposite.

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Lady Marlin – Lady Marlin is the one to take the girls to London.  A kind, motherly lady, she is always ready to help the girls in any trouble that they come across.

Now for the excerpt:

Lady Celia, beautiful, highborn, and rich was also the widow of the late Lord Harcourt.  They had married early in their lives, and because of that, Lady Celia was still quite young when Lord Harcourt had died, leaving her with two daughters.  Eleanor, was then fifteen, and Catherine, at that time was twelve.  The two girls still remembered their father but spoke of him seldom because their mother was pained to be reminded of it.  Lady Celia was a good mother, and although stern and cold at times, the girls loved her.  Lord Harcourt had left Lady Celia a large sum of money which was more than enough to provide for her, the girls, servants, and the upkeep of Woodland Manor.

Eleanor was like her mother, in that she had a intelligence of mind and calm disposition.  This made her the perfect counterbalance to her sister’s flighty nature.  Eleanor was considered the prettier of the two even though she was nothing remarkable at first sight.  Her clear grey eyes and light brown hair were perhaps not as attractive as her sister’s bright looks, but she possessed a certain quality about her that made her appear in a better light.

Catherine, seventeen years of age, was a light hearted and happy girl.  She did not, it was true, have her sister’s calm and clear-headed traits of her sister, but she made up for it in being bright and cheerful.  Eleanor did have a cheerful disposition but with a graver temperament.

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Interview

Jemimah interviewed me on her blog, so I decided to return the favour.

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Name/pseudonym of interviewee:

I go by Jemimah C., which happens to be my real name, by the way.

Interviewee’s blog:

Beautiful Blank Pages

Give a little introduction about yourself.

As you already know, my name is Jemimah (pronounced gem-eye-ma). I’m a sixteen-year-old homeschooler. A bookworm, an avid reader. I love books by Jane Austen, C.S. Lewis, and J.R.R. Tolkien, just to name a few. I love writing and blogging. I am a photography enthusiast. Also an aspiring actress. And last (and most) of all, I am a Christian, a daughter of God. I try to glorify Him in all I do.

Since when have you been blogging?

I started blogging sometime last year, around July. And since then, I’ve had such a wonderful time with my blog–writing on it, and even meeting other bloggers through it.

What fueled your interest in blogging?

It all started when my older sister encouraged me to create a blog and occasionally write there. The more I blogged, the more I enjoyed writing. Reading other people’s’ blogs also inspired me in different ways. Those all brought me to be interested in this whole blogging affair.

What was the inspiration for your blog’s title? My blog name isn’t an original one that I thought up of. I forget exactly how I came across it–but it came from a certain poem. That poem’s title eventually became the name I dubbed my blog with.

What are some things you usually blog about?

My blog posts often vary diversely. I have a statement in my blog introduction page that goes like this: BBP consists of diverse posts with various topics—from God and His Word to adventures and journeys in this life; from literature, movies, and music to fashion and photography; from simple musings to complex ramblings; and so on. And those are exactly some of the things that I blog about.

List some of your favorite blogs.

Oh my! I never realized how hard this question is! If anyone would care to know some of my favorite blogs, you can find them under “Kindred Spirits” on my blog. There are so many inspirational and great blogs out there!

Aside from blogging, what else do you like doing?

On the computer, when I’m not on my blog, I like experimenting with Photoshop and HTML codes. Off the computer, here are some things I enjoy doing:

Reading books.

Practicing photography.

Writing…I’ve taken a liking for poetry-writing, and I’m currently trying my hand at story-writing.

Watching period drama films. (Seriously, they are one of the best kinds of movies.)

Acting.

Dancing.

Singing.

Endlessly listening to music.

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Rabbits and Raindrops

Jennifer is the newest guest blogger on this blog.  She will be reviewing children’s books.

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My children and I love to cuddle together with a good book. I grew up surrounded by books, good books and delight in giving my children the same experience. When they were all still little I started to keep a list of books we enjoyed – for our own reference and to share with others.

Jim Arnosky is a favourite author. His books feature gorgeous, realistic artwork of nature. They are “scientific” without seeming to be. For example, did you know that raindrops are actually round in shape? Read “Rabbits and Raindrops” and you will learn that.

The pictures in Mr. Arnosky’s books will hold the attention of your toddlers until they are old enough to appreciate the story. That makes these books a bonus for busy moms with an age spread – one book to satisfy everyone. Here is a partial listing of his books.

ALL NIGHT NEAR THE WATER

All Night Near the Water

COME OUT, MUSKRATS

DEER AT THE BROOK

Deer at the Brook

EVERY AUTUMN COMES THE BEAR

Every Autumn Comes the Bear

OTTERS UNDER WATER

Otters under Water (Picture Books)

RABBITS AND RAINDROPS

Rabbits and Raindrops (Picture Puffins)

RACCOONS AND RIPE CORN

Raccoons and Ripe Corn (Reading Rainbow Book)

These are just a few of the many, many books Mr. Arnosky has written.
So take a walk to a library, borrow a couple of these wonderful books and enjoy some down time with your little ones.

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I finished Sense and Sensibility!

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Yes!  I finally did it!  I finally finished this awesome book.  Here is my review.

S and S is a story about two girls – Elinor (sense) and Marianne (sensibility).  When they move to Barton cottage with their mother, Marianne is swept off her feet by a dashing stranger, Willoughby.  Meanwhile, Elinor must mask the love she feels for Edward Ferrars because it is impossible for them to marry.  When Willoughby leaves suddenly, Marianne is heartbroken and succumbs to her ‘sensibility.’  How the two sisters find their own true loves makes and interesting and enjoyable read for anyone.

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Great Poem!

Continuing the S and S week theme, I found this funny poem.  Enjoy!

Ode to the Key of F Major
by the Anne-girl
The key of F of which I speak,
Causes Marianne to squeak.
Causes Elinor to blush,
So Mrs. Jennings please do hush.
The key of F of which I trill,
Giveth many heart a thrill.
Darling Elinor’s most of all
Though it cause her face to pall.
The key of F of which I sing,
Is a very major thing.
The Mr. F! Who can he be?
Only Edward, as you see.

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I’m the Winner!

Remember the post I did a few days ago about the Jane Austen Made Me Do It giveaway?  Well, I’m the lucky winner!  Of course I’ll be reviewing it when it comes in the mail.

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A Little Princess

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A Little Princess is about a girl named Sara Crewe.  Her rich young father sends her to a school in England.   She is treated like a little princess by her shallow teacher.  When her father dies, leaving her penniless she is forced to work as a drudge.  Will Sara ever become a ‘princess’ again?  Read this delightful book to find out.

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Sense and Sensibility Week

You probably noticed from the sidebar button that it’s S and S week.  Miss Georgiana Darcy is celebrating it and inviting other bloggers to do so.  Here is some things for S and S week.  They are all gotten from Miss Georiana Darcy.

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How much do you really know about Jane Austen’s first published novel?  Take this facts quiz to find out!

Notes: All questions are based on the book, not the film adaptations, unless I specifically mention it.  Since there are so many Very Clever People out there I have tried to make this quiz pretty hard.  If you can’t answer one question, just go on to the next.  Comment with your answers and I’ll comment back with your scores.  I’ve made the quiz pretty long, so if you don’t have enough time or space to put your answers in one comment you can send them in installments.

Now on to the interesting part!

1: What was the name of Elinor and Marianne’s father?
a: James
b: Henry
c: John
d: George

2: The home that the Dashwood’s father and later their step-brother inherited was called ____ Park?
a: Norland
b: Walnut Grove
c: Dashwood
d: Delaford

3: Elinor about Edward: I cannot deny that I think very highly of him – that I greatly ___ – that I ___ him.
a: admire, love
b: regard, like
c: esteem, like
d: value, respect

4: What is Colonel Brandon’s first name?
a: Albert
b: George
c: Christopher
d: It doesn’t say

5: How old is Margaret? 
a: ten
b: eleven
c: thirteen
d: It doesn’t say

6: Barton Park and Cottage is in….?
a: Devonshire
b: Somersetshire
c: Sussex
d: Oxfordshire

7: What is Mrs Dashwood and the girls’ combined income?
a: 1000 a year
b: 100 pounds each
c: 500 pounds a year
d: I doesn’t say

8: Which two things does Mrs. Palmer say about her husband’s ill-humor, neglect, and rudeness?
a: I must say, I do not understand Mr. Palmer at all!
b: Mr. Palmer is so droll!
c: He wants to be superior in ill-humor to other people.
d: I am excessively diverted!
e: Mr. Palmer is the kind of man I like.

9: Which character said the quote: “This is admiration of a very particular kind!”
a: Elinor
b: Mrs. Jennings
c: Marianne
d: Sir John Middleton

10: Who do Elinor and Marianne go to London with?
a: their mother
b: Lady Middleton
c: Fanny Dashwood
d: Mrs. Jennings

11: What is the name of John and Fanny’s little boy?
a: Harry
b: Georgie
c: William
d: John

12: How many notes did Marianne write to Willoughby in London?
a: too many to count
b: three
c: two
d: it doesn’t say

13: The girl that Marianne reminded Colonel Brandon was…… (choose all that apply)
a: his sister
b: his wife
c: his sister-in-law
d: named Eliza
e: a near relative
f: named Catherine

14: Willoughby rode from London to Cleveland because…… (choose all that apply)
a: He wanted to take revenge on Colonel Brandon
b: He wanted to talk to Marianne
c: He had been told that Marianne was dying
d: He wanted to explain himself

15: Why did Edward not break his engagement to Lucy?
a: because he didn’t love her
b: because he wanted to annoy Mrs. Ferrars
c: because it would be dishonorable
d: because he loved her

16:  What was Elinor’s reaction when she heard that Edward was free from Lucy?
a: She ran out of the room and burst into tears of joy
b: she tried to talk, but couldn’t
c: she jumped up and hugged Edward
d: she sat down in amazement

17: With what feelings did Marianne accept Colonel Brandon? 
a: deep love
b: esteem and friendship
c: total indifference
d: passionate feeling

1: When did you first read Sense and Sensibility?  Have you reread it since?  I am currently reading S and S for the very first time.  I’m really enjoying it.

2: When did you first watch Sense and Sensibility? Which adaptation was it?  I watched the 1995 version with Emma Thompson a few months ago.

3: If you have watched/heard of more than one adaptation which one was your favorite? I’ve only watched the 1995 edition but I really like Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet.  I think they were perfect in their roles.

4: Which three S&S characters drive you crazy? Willoughby, Lucy Steele, and Mrs. Palmer, in that order.

5: Which heroine are you most like: Elinor or Marianne? I would have to say Elinor.

6: Who would be most enjoyable: (or bearable) Mr. Palmer or Mrs. Palmer? Mr. Palmer

7: What would be your reaction if you saw a re-write of Sense and Sensibility where it was Elinor who married Colonel Brandon? I think that Colonel Brandon needed Marianne to make him more lively.  I wouldn’t like to have Elinor marry him anyway.

8: Where does Sense and Sensibility rank in your list of favorite Austen novels? In order of their ranking from highest to lowest: Emma, P and P, Northanger Abbey, S and S, Persuasion, and Mansfield Park.  But I like them all.

(All the answers I am putting are my own, but the questions are from her)

Please share your thoughts through comments or e-mail me at kraftyhorselover@hotmail.com

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Miss Georgiana Darcy is also hosting a fan-fiction S and S contest.  I can be a limerick, poem, or short story.  Here’s the awful poem I wrote.

First came Elinor, then Marianne
The finest girls in all the land.
They had to move to Barton cottage,
Which was soon to them a home.
A dreadful accident happened one day,
And Willoughby came on the scene.
By him, Marianne became entrapped,
Until the day he went away.
But all the troubles resolved themselves.
Elinor married Edward.
Marianne changed her name to Brandon.
All were happy.  All were well.
And that’s the story Jane Austen was first to tell.

 

Miss Georgiana DarcyMiss Georgiana DarcyMiss Georgiana DarcyMiss Georgiana DarcyI hope that you enjoy this post and that it encourages you to read S and S for yourself.

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A Brand New Look

As you may or may not have noticed, my blog has a fresh new look to it.  For one, the header looks more sleek and cool.  (In case you WP users are wondering, I changed my theme from Twenty-Eleven to Fusion).  Another thing about my blog is the new sidebar format.  It juts up into the header now (which I think is pretty cool).

Another thing new is my content.  A LOT of Jane Austen related things have been creeping their way into my blog.  Check my sidebar.  Tons of Jane Austen themed stuff is just waiting to be found out.  Be sure to check out the new Jane Austen drop down menu as well.

But one thing that will never change is the great original content written by your truly.

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Giveaway on BBP

Check out this A.W.E.S.O.M.E. giveaway here.

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