It’s The “We’re Moving” Giveaway!

First, I need to apologize for the severe lack of blogging that occurred in August.  There have been some big changes happening here in the Ryder household.  Some of you may have already heard the news, but in case you haven’t……I’m moving! Well, staffer Todd and I are moving!  Todd got a great job offer in our home state of New Jersey, so it’s off we go.  As packing for the move has begun Todd and I have started sorting through all our belongings and deciding on what won’t be making it to NJ with us.  While packing our many books away (I think the final tally was 25 boxes) we came across a number of them that we’d like to give away.  (Giveaway instructions below the list)

  1. Wideacre (Wideacre Trilogy #1) by Philippa Gregory – Paperback
  2. The Favored Child (Wideacre Trilogy #2) b Philippa Gregory – Paperback
  3. The Complete Joy of Homebrewing by Charlie Papazian – Paperback
  4. Murder Most Austen (Elizabeth Parker Mystery #4) by Tracy Kiely – Hardcover
  5. The Other Mr. Darcy by Monica Fairview – Paperback
  6. Earth in the Balance by Al Gore – Paperback
  7. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen – Paperback
  8. Boardwalk Empire by Nelson Johnson – Paperback
  9. Mr. Darcy’s Diary by Amanda Grange – Paperback
  10. Expectations of Happiness by Rebecca Ann Collins – Paperback
  11. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe – Hardcover
  12. The Darcys & The Bingleys (Pride and Prejudice Continues #1) by Marsha Altman – Paperback


Twelve lucky winners will have the opportunity to win their choice of one of the above twelve books!  For your chance to win simply leave a comment below.  Comments will be accepted through midnight of Monday, September 9, 2013.  Winners will be picked at random and announced on Tuesday, September 10, 2013.  Open to US residents only.  Good luck!

Winners Announced in the Valentine’s Day Giveaway!!

heart-bookEight people have been chosen as winners in our Valentine’s Day Giveaway!

Congratulations to:

  1. Christine N who left a comment on February 17th
  2. Felica who left a comment on February 16th
  3. kelsoh7 who left a comment on February 18th
  4. gnottinggecko who left a comment on February 17th
  5. Krista who left a comment on February 16th
  6. heidenkind who left a comment on February 16th
  7. DoingDewey who left a comment on February 17th
  8. jacquemeier who left a comment on February 17th

Please contact me with your mailing address and book choice (first come first serve) by Saturday, March 2, 2013 to claim your prize.  Shipment is to the US only.

Valentine’s Day Giveaway!!

heart-bookI know that Valentine’s Day happened two days ago, but I didn’t get a chance to post the giveaway I wanted to do in honor of it!  I’m not of the mindset that you must have someone to spend Valentine’s Day with, as long as you are happy with who you are and take time to appreciate yourself.  Therefore, why not curl up with a good book?  With that in mind, we at Reflections would like to give away a few books so that you can do just that.  So, without further adieu, here are the books we’re giving away:

  1. Handle With Care by Jodi Picoult (Hardcover)
  2. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (Hardcover)
  3. Marley & Me by John Grogan (Paperback)
  4. Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart by Beth Pattillo (Paperback)
  5. Textual Healing by Eric Smith (Paperback)
  6. Young Master Darcy by Pamela Aidan (Paperback)
  7. Lobsters Scream When You Boil Them by Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough (Paperback)
  8. Mr. Darcy, Vampyre by Amanda Grange (Paperback)


Eight lucky winners will have the opportunity to win the novel of their choice from the selection above.  Simply leave a comment in the thread below telling us what you like about Valentine’s Day or about your favorite love story.  Comments will be accepted through midnight on Friday, February 22, 2013.  Winners will be picked at random and announced on Saturday, February 23, 2013.  Giveaway open to residents of the US only.  Good luck!

#84 A Guest Review of Pride and Pyramids by Amanda Grange and Jacqueline Webb

I recently had the opportunity to travel to Egypt with Mr. and Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy and their family! Ok, I didn’t really go to Egypt with them, but it felt like I did while I read Pride and Pyramids by Amanda Grange and Jacqueline Webb.  My review of the book was posted today over on the Austenprose blog!

Pride and Pyramids picks up fifteen years after the events of Pride and Prejudice.  The Darcys along with their children, cousin Edward, and several other new characters, trek down to Egypt for an adventure.  What happens when they get there can only be described as Egyptian myth……

To read my whole review, click here.

#81 A Review of A Darcy Christmas by Amanda Grange, Sharon Lathan, and Carolyn Eberhart

Cover Image A Darcy Christmas is a compilation of three novellas that focus around The Darcy’s and their Christmas experiences.  A Darcy Christmas marks the publishing debut of Carolyn Eberhart, while Amanda Grange and Sharon Lathan are both successful established Jane Austen fan fiction authors.  (Amanda Grange’s other novels include Mr. Darcy’s DiaryCaptain Wentworth’s Diary; while Sharon Lathan’s other novels include Mr. and Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy, Loving Mr. Darcy)
Mr. Darcy’s Christmas Carol by Carolyn Eberhart
Mr. Darcy’s Christmas Carol takes place the Christmas before Elizabeth and Darcy are married.  Shortly before Christmas Day Darcy is visited by the spirit of his father.  His father implores him to check his arrogance and pride at the door and treat all people as he treats those in and around Pemberley.  Darcy is told that he will be visited by the three Christmas spirits and to heed their messages if he wishes to have a peaceful afterlife.  The three Christmas spirits visit Darcy and show him Christmas past, present, and future.  Darcy must decide based on the events he is shown whether to change his ways, or be lost forever. 
Carolyn Eberhart did a fantastic job with her debut novella! Her characters were engaging, her storyline, while borrowing from Dickens’ story, was all her own.  She took a classic and made it unique and fitting in her own right.  It was great seeing her take on A Christmas Carol.  Of all the novellas  in this collection this one was my favorite.  It was definitely the most fulfilling of all the stories.  Eberhart is a welcome addition to the world of Jane Austen fan fiction.  I’m eagerly awaiting her next work.
5 out of 5 Stars
Christmas Present by Amanda Grange
In Christmas Present Elizabeth is pregnant with her and Darcy’s first child.  Jane has just given birth to her and Charles’ first born son, and are about to host Christmas at their new estate near Pemberley.  Wishing to see Jane, her family, and her new nephew she convinces Darcy to take her to Jane’s house, promising that if she feels any labor pains they will turn around and return to Pemberley.  Within a few days time the entire Bennet clan, along with the Hurst’s, Caroline Bingley, and Lady Catherine are all at Jane’s home celebrating the holiday with a Christmas ball.  Soon after dancing with Darcy, Elizabeth begins feeling the twangs of child-birth, and soon gives birth to a perfectly healthy baby. 
I felt as though Grange rushed this story.  Many elements are left open (maybe for a future novel) and unfinished.  I understand that what she wrote was a novella, but I’m not sure why she began multiple story arcs if she wasn’t going to complete them.  While I enjoy Grange’s writing style, I do wish there was more to Christmas Present.
3 out of 5 Stars
A Darcy Christmas by Sharon Lathan
Of all the novellas this is definitely the most unique and long ranging!  Each chapter is dedicated to a different Christmas that the Darcy’s experience.  A Darcy Christmas spans the time period from the Christmas prior to Lizzie and Darcy’s engagement through their 23rd Christmas as a married couple.  The chapters are filled with births, deaths, marriages, happy times, and sad ones.  As expected Lathan’s novella is filled with new characters that add to the richness of her imaginative creation. 
Fans of Lathan’s Darcy Saga novels will be glad to know that Lathan stays true to the Christmas’ she’s already written about in her novels, adding extra tidbits to what we already know. I really enjoyed each chapter giving us a small piece of each year of the Darcy’s lives.  It gave sneak peaks of what we can expect from Lathan in the future.  I’m definitely looking forward to the next novel in the Darcy Saga, as A Darcy Christmas left much to be excited for!
4 out of 5 Stars
For more reviews of A Darcy Christmas check out the following: