Bespelling Jane Austen

Mary Balogh, Author, Colleen Gleason, Author, Susan Krinard, Author, Janet Mullany, Author
Mary Balogh, Colleen Gleason, Susan Krinard, and Janet Mullany, HQN, $14.95 paper (384p) ISBN 978-0-373-77501-9
Reviewed on: 08/09/2010
Release date: 09/01/2010
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Four romance novellas put a paranormal gloss on elements from Austen's work. Bestseller Balogh (A Precious Jewel) turns in the plodding "Almost Persuaded," wherein Jane Everett and Capt. Robert Mitford realize they're reincarnated soul mates. Gleason makes reference to her Gardella Vampire series with "Northanger Castle," in which pert Caroline Merrill, lover of vampire novels, suspects handsome Mr. Blanchard of being a bloodsucker. Krinard (Bride of the Wolf) sets "Blood and Prejudice" in New York where bookstore staffer Elizabeth Bennet encounters pharmaceutical CEO Charles Bingley and an unusual variety of vampires. Mullany (Jane and the Damned) gives us a witchy Emma Woodhouse running a dating service for Washington D.C.'s supernaturals in "Little to Hex Her." Though none show Austen's gift with character, humor, or irony, all but Balogh's are lively, and Mullany's sparkles with genuine wit. (Oct.)
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