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Monday, February 13, 2012

GIVEAWAY!! "Caroline Bingley" by Jennifer Becton~ May Reflect The "..itch" In All of Us!!

Book:  Caroline Bingley
Pages:  262
Author Jennifer Becton
Genre:  Fiction/Jane Austen Mash-Up


Author's Blurb:
Caroline Bingley: Jane Austen fans love to hate her. We cannot forgive her for attempting to separate her brother Charles from Jane Bennet, nor can we forget that she had her eye on Mr. Darcy. Moreover, Caroline can be catty, manipulate, and downright unpleasant. Pride and Prejudice left me wondering why Caroline would take such manipulative actions against her own family and friends and why she was such a shrew. So I delved into her psyche to find the answer, and--horror of horrors!--I actually found myself understanding and sympathizing with her. I couldn't help but wonder how she would cope once Jane and Elizabeth joined her social circle. What will she do next? And most importantly, can dear, sweet Caro ever find true love?

GIVEAWAY Included!!!  Jennifer Becton is offering a free book: your choice of an ebook  in an international contest!

Entry: Just leave a comment, your name and email address & follow me on the side bar.

              How did you feel about Caroline?

Summary:

When Charles Bingley and Mr. Darcy made proposals of marriage to the Bennet sisters at the end of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Caroline Bingley was both distressed by her brother's choice of bride and humiliated by Mr. Darcy's rejection of her. And she made her objections known.

Now banished from her brother's household, Caroline must return to her mother's home in the north of England until she can make amends with both Bennet sisters. Desperate though Caroline may be to return to polite company, she absolutely refuses to apologize to Miss Elizabeth Bennet, and instead, she seeks an alternative route back into society in the form of Mr. William Charlton, heir to a barony.

Through her connections with Mr. Charlton's sister Lavinia, Caroline begins to infiltrate the household in the hopes of securing the gentleman and his title for herself. However, she must also contend with her vexing emotions regarding Mr. Patrick Rushton, a once-wealthy landowner, and the meddlesome opinions of Mrs. Rosemary Pickersgill, the companion sent by her brother.

When all that Caroline has ever dreamed of attaining--an ancient family name, a title, and a home of her own--is finally within her reach, will she grasp for it even if it means disregarding the workings of her own heart? Or will she cast off the trappings of society and give herself to true love?
The Bookish Review:
I was drawn to this book because secretly, I've always sympathized with Caroline Bingley.  Afterall, she saw Darcy first, she was friends with him first, and her brother was his best friend...didn't she have a right to feel she could be considered the obvious choice for his wife?  I thought Darcy's leaving her in the cold was a bit heartless.  And, Jane Austen's treatment of poor Caroline as a villianous,  hateful creature seemed harsh.  She was the jilted maiden, wasn't she?
Thus, Jennifer Becton's book, "Caroline Bingley" gave me hope that someone else held that sneaking suspicion that she wasn't all bad, but was only acting like "a woman scorned." A young woman whose social pressures got the best of her.
Ms Becton employs a wonderful, descriptive hand with her book.  Caroline is very much in character as Austen presents her in the beginning, and she then grows into a more sane and understandable character as love and opportunity finally flow her way.  At least, I think she does!!
Filled with a touch of the ironic and the forgiving spirit, this book will help you understand and, perhaps, learn to tolerate poor, grasping Caroline better. I, for one, had a great treat in reading the book!  I'll never see Miss Bingley the same again!
Highly recommended as a continuation of "Pride and Prejudice" by a very talented writer.
5 stars

Who is Jennifer Becton

Jennifer has worked in the publishing industry for twelve years as a proofreader, copy editor, and freelance writer. In 2010, she accepted the challenge to self-publish her first novel Charlotte Collins: A Continuation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Upon discovering the possibilities of the expanding ebook market, she created Whiteley Press, an independent publishing house, and has since sold more than 55,000 books. Caroline Bingley, Jennifer's second historical novel, was released in October 2011.


Jennifer also writes thrillers under the pseudo-pseudonym J. W. Becton. Absolute Liability, the first in the six-book Southern Fraud Thriller Series, made the Amazon Kindle Best Sellers list and spent three nonconsecutive weeks on the Indie Reader Best Sellers list. Death Benefits (SF2) is out now and At Fault (SF3) will be released in 2012. The Southern Fraud series blends suspense, humor, and Southern charm with just a touch of romance. If you enjoy reading humorous mysteries or watching TV crime dramedies like Castle or The Mentalist, you should like the Southern Fraud series. For more information on Jennifer's thrillers, visit http://www.jwbecton.com/.
Please stop by and check out her newest book on Amazon:
And read an excerpt:
http://www.scribd.com/embeds/76443304/content?start_page=1&view

6 comments:

Mary Simonsen

This is a fantastic start to your Valentine's week. Jennifer is multi-talented. She writes her JA stories with a quill pen and types her mysteries on her computer. :)

Jennifer Becton

Ha! Mary! If only. I require digital help for all my books. Plus my cat would undoubtedly swat the feather on the quill. :) But thank you for saying such sweet things. :)

Deb, thank you so much for choosing to review Caroline. I am so pleased that another person viewed Caroline as I did. :)

Jakki L.

Too bad I already own this wonderful book, otherwise I would enter this giveaway! Love your books, Jennifer! Can't wait for the next! :)

Lúthien84

Well, I don't own it yet so I would like to enter this giveaway. Does that mean if I win, I get to choose any eBook from Jennifer or other authors?

evangelineace2020(at)yahoo(dot)com

Sophia Rose

After reading the original P&P, I would have said that I didn't think there was much about Caroline to empathize with, but after reading this post, I am intrigued by the idea of turning her into the main character. I would love to read this book. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

GFC: Sophia Rose
sophiarose1816@gmail.com

kaewink

At first I didn´t want to think about a book centering around Caroline, but then, on second thought, it might be really interesting to get an insight into her character and into her life.

I´d really like to read this and be proven wrong in my dislike of Caroline (or maybe not wrong about my dislike, but about the fact, that I don´t want to read more about her :D)

I´m following through GFC
kewinkler@gmail.com

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