Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Giveaway Time for a Jane Austen Tie-in

Murder at Longbourn: A Mystery
I'm making room on my book shelves, so here are the titles included in my giveaway:

A Little Bit Psychic: Pride & Prejudice with a modern twistA Little Bit Psychic by Aimee Avery
A Match for Mary Bennet by Sister Eucharista Ward
Murder at At Lonbourn by Tracy Kiely
Jane Bites Back by Michael Thomas Ford

Jane Bites Back: A NovelPlease post a comment by answering the following question: Does Edward Ferrars deserve Elinor Dashwood? Please feel free to elaborate. You might suspect from the question that I don't think that he does. If you have not read or seen any adaptation of Sense and Sensibility, you can write that in your comment, and you are still eligible.

A Match for Mary Bennet: Can a serious young lady ever find her way to love?Rules: Open to U.S. and Canada residents only. If you are a follower of my blog, you are entered twice. Please post your e-mail along with your comment or you can e-mail me at

Winner will be announced on June 9th. Thanks to all who enter and who read my blog. Mary


  1. I would gladly take "A Match for Mary Bennet" or "Murder at Longbourn."

    I don't think Edward deserved Elinor. He should have been honest with his "fiancee", telling her that he didn't love her any more and asking if she still wanted to marry him; Lucy would still want to marry him because he had money for a while, but he still should have said something. Instead, he was willing to doom Lucy to a loveless marriage for the sake of "honor." There is no honor in deception. (Admittedly, Lucy was only able to love money!)

    I own the Alan Rickman and the recent BBC versions of S&S, but I always find it extremely painful to watch the beginning. Fanny and John Dashwood are soooooo despicable! And I always want to WHAP that Willoughby.

  2. I would take a little bit psychic or Jane bits back

    I put Edward in the class of Bingley - spineless. He allowed himself to get trapped into a relationship that wasn't healthy (lucy) and for a while lets his mother try to find a carrer for him instead of saying to her, "look, I love that you are trying to help me find my way, but, as an adult, I want to be a clergyman. I will only be happy in that manner. If you want to help me, help me find a living".

    So, I don't think Edward really does deserve Elinor b/c I'm not totally convinced he's a man. He's a boy wearing his daddy's clothes. Maybe Elinor can change him and be happy w/ that.

    I think Edward is in the classification of doormat. A lot of the "romantic" austen heros are doormats.

  3. Ooh, I've been wanting to read Jane Bites Back! :)

    Now me, I take the other end of the spectrum, I do think they deserve each other. I look at it that he thought it was a good idea to get engaged to Lucy at the time, but once he met Elinor, didn't realize what was happening, that his feelings were changing; then when he did, just felt it was too late to say anything. And he may or may not have wanted to talk to Lucy, but in the end, if modern Regency romances are right, really couldn't break the engagment, it had to be her. Of course I agree that he should have said something, but just might have been afraid too. Hard to say what his motivations were since we do not have his side of the story.


  4. Lois, it's true that Regency men couldn't easily break the engagment, but the WOMAN could break it. That's exactly what happened in S&S -- Edward told Lucy that he no longer had money and then she released him from the engagement.

  5. what a great question. emma thompson deserves love, and she loves ferrars, so i say yes, edward deserves elinor. looking just at the book i think edward is a product of his time, lots of expectations, pressure, education and strict rules about how they can (and mostly) can not interact with the female sex. for that reason (and the bennets are a great example) i think many men were taken in by a pretty face. obviously darcy is the noted example, but he's a bit jaded about the whole experience, and elinor wouldn't do well with jaded. as jane austen is working through shifting ideas of marriage, mostly brought on by ideas of love and shifting acceptability of trade money (since the aristocracy was poor they had to start liking money) she plays with the lengths women will go to to ensure security in their future. edward is an unfortunate example of a woman taking advantage of her understanding of the marriage mart and securing a match early on. i'm not a fan of lucy, so i'm probably putting way too much blame on her, but mostly because i think elinor deserves happiness, and edward is her happiness, so he deserves her (as long as he works at it very very hard forever!). :)

  6. Terrific answers from everyone. Lois and ngrahampfan, you succeeded in making me see Edward's side b/c, up to this point, I just thought he was a weenie. He's still a weenie--just less so.